Professor Kate Burridge is a prominent Australian linguist and the current Chair of Linguistics at Monash University. Kate completed her undergraduate training in Linguistics and German at the University of Western Australia. She completed her PhD in 1983 on syntactic change in medieval Dutch. This was followed by three years postgraduate study at the University of London. Kate is also the author of many books, a regular guest on ABC radio and recently presented a TED talk in Sydney on Euphemisms in English.
Professor Kent Anderson is an international lawyer who specialises in comparing Asian legal systems, and is currently a Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Western Australia. He has an eclectic background, having completed tertiary studies in US, Japan, and the UK in Law, Politics, Economics and Asian Studies. He also worked as a marketing manager with a US regional airline in Alaska and as a commercial lawyer in Hawaii. Before joining UWA, Kent was Pro Vice Chancellor (International) at University of Adelaide and before that foundational director of the School of Culture, History and Language at the Australian National University. He started his academic career as associate professor at Hokkaido University Law School in Japan. Kent is on the New Colombo Plan Advisory Board, the Board of Canberra Grammar School, and a variety of academic and community boards including the Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities (LCNAU).
Craig Cornelius is a senior software engineer at Google, with special skills in internationalisation, imaging, computer graphics, analysis, and enhancing understanding and interaction with visual information. He has added Google search in approximately 20 countries and languages, including Albania, numerous African countries, Myanmar, and others, designing virtual keyboards for Cherokee, Sorani, Kurdish and Burmese in close collaboration with speakers. He has also worked with Cherokee Nation representatives to support the Cherokee language in Google Search, GMail, and other products.
Katherine Demuth is a CORE Professor in Linguistics and the Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS) at Macquarie University, where she is Director of the Child Language Lab and a member of the new Centre of Excellence for Cognition and its Disorders (CCD). Demuth's research focuses on Language Acquisition, including studies of both perception and production across languages. She is especially interested in the development of phonological, morphological and syntactic representations, in both typically developing and language-impaired children and L2 learners. Much of her work is crosslinguistic, using insights from the structure of different languages along with neural and behavioural methods to better understanding the mechanisms underlying the process of language acquisition. Part of this research program also involves a better understanding of the nature of the input (child-directed speech) that language learners hear.
Jeff Elman's primary research interests are on language processing and learning. He studies language both through computational models and also through psycholinguistic and neuroimaging studies. In his early work he was interested in speech perception, and what the mechanisms are that make it possible for humans to perceive complex acoustic inputs with such apparent ease. With Jay McClelland, he developed TRACE , a neural network that takes either simulated or real speech as input, and exhibits a number of phenomena characteristic of humans perception. Recently he has been working on understanding sentence-level and discourse-level language phenomena. Jeff is based at the University of California, San Diego where he recently served as Dean of Social Sciences.
Merrki Ganambarr is a Yolngu artist, educator and activist from eastern Arnhem Land. She is the principal of Yirrkala School which has maintained a bilingual program for 40 years. Merrki is passionate about language rights and the promotion of Indigenous cultural heritage. In 2001 she featured in the award-winning film Yolngu Boy.
Ralph Regenvanu has been a Member of Parliament in the Republic of Vanuatu since 2008. Ralph came to national prominence as cultural activist, committed to the promotion and preservation of local knowledge in one of the most linguistically diverse regions of the world. He was a founding member of the Pacific Islands Museum Association and has been director of the Vanuatu National Cultural Council and Vanuatu Cultural Centre. His achievement is recognised with the title of Chavalier dans l”ordre des Art et des Lettres (Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters) by the government of France, while the Nende people of South West Bay, Malakula have conferred him the honour of Libehkamel Tah Tomat (Caretaker of the Sacred Nakamal).
Lia Tedesco began her involvement in languages education as a teacher of Italian at secondary level. She has been involved with numerous state and national level curriculum development projects and policy initiatives, including the Australian Language Level (ALL) Guidelines and the National Statement and Profile for Languages Other Than English. She was the Manager of Languages with the South Australian Department of Education for many years, prior to her appointment as Principal of the School of Languages in 2000. Since that time she was seconded on two occasions to undertake projects for the Ministerial Council of Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA) – she conducted the 2003 Review of Languages Education in Australian Schools, and she developed the National Statement and National Plan for Languages Education in Australian Schools. In addition to her ongoing role as Principal at the School of Languages, she continued to serve the MCEETYA Languages Working Party as Executive Officer for many years as it oversaw the implementation of the National Statement and Plan. She also served as President of the Australian Federation of Modern Languages Teachers Associations (AFMLTA) from 2006 – 2008. She continues in her role as Principal of the South Australian School of Languages, and continues to be involved in state wide and national Languages education initiatives.
Anthony C. Woodbury
Anthony C. Woodbury earned his B.A. in Linguistics in 1975 from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1981. He has taught in the UT Linguistics Department since 1980, and served as its chair, 1998-2006. He was elected President of the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas for the year 2005; and he received the UT Graduate School’s Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award for 2008. His research focuses on the indigenous languages of the Americas, and what they reveal about human linguistic diversity. Since 2003, he has been engaged, together with current and former students, in the documentation and description of Chatino, an Otomanguean language group of Oaxaca, Mexico, supported by grants from the Endangered Language Documentation Programme and the National Science Foundation. Earlier, he worked on Yupik-Inuit-Aleut languages of Alaska, especially Cup’ik. Themes in his writing have included tone and prosody, morphology, syntax, historical linguistics, ethnopoetics, language endangerment and preservation, and documentary linguistics. He is also co-director of the digital Archive for Indigenous Languages of Latin America (www.ailla.utexas.org) at the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, which is supported in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation.