Associate Investigators

Daniel Angus Doctor

Daniel Angus

Daniel Angus received the BS/BE double degree in research and development, and electronics and computer systems, and the PhD degree in computer science from Swinburne University of Technology, in 2004 and 2008, respectively. Dr. Angus joined The University of Queensland in 2008 as part of the ARC Thinking Systems initiative, and in 2012 began a strategic initiative in communication technologies between the then School of Journalism and Communication and School of Information Technology & Electrical Engineering.

His research focuses on the development of visualization and analysis methods for communication data, with a specific focus on conversation data. Dr. Angus and colleagues pioneered the development of the Discursis computer-based visual text analytic tool, used to analyse various forms of communication. Discursis has been used to analyse conversations, web forums, training scenarios, among other large and complex datasets, and is featured in numerous journal articles.

I Wayan Arka Associate Professor

I Wayan Arka

Wayan Arka is interested in Austronesian and Papuan languages of Eastern Indonesia, language typology, syntactic theory and language documentation. His current project on the typological study of core arguments and marking in Austronesian languages is an extension of my previous collaborative project with Indonesian linguists on the languages of Eastern Indonesia. He is still working on the Rongga materials collected for The Rongga Documentation Project, funded by the Hans Rausing ELDP grant (2004-6). He is also currently doing collaborative research on voice in the Austronesian languages of eastern Indonesia (funded by an NSF grant, 2006-2009), Indonesian Parallel Grammar Project (funded by a near-miss grant from Sydney University (2007) and an ARC Discovery grant (2008-2011), and the languages of Southern New Guinea (funded by an ARC grant 2011-2015).

Brett Baker Doctor

Brett Baker

Brett Baker is a senior lecturer in linguistics, the author of Word Structure in Ngalakgan (2008), and the co-editor (with Ilana Mushin) of Discourse and Grammar in Australian Languages (2008).

Steven Bird Professor

Steven Bird

Steven Bird is Professor in the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University. He is developing scalable methods for documenting and revitalising endangered languages, with a focus on the Bininj Kunwok language of West Arnhem.

David Bradley Professor

David Bradley

David Bradley has conducted extensive research on endangered languages, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, geolinguistics, language policy and phonetics/phonology in Southeast, East and South Asia over many years, especially on Tibeto-Burman languages, as well as on other languages of these areas and on varieties of English. He is a member of the editorial boards of eight international journals and monograph series, the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of over twenty books and five language atlases, several with translation and/or second and third editions; and of numerous other publications.

Denis Burnham Professor

Denis Burnham

Denis Burnham is the inaugural Director of MARCS at the Western Sydney University. His current research focuses on experiential and inherited influences in speech and language development: infant speech perception; auditory-visual (AV) speech perception; special speech registers, including ,infant-, pet-, foreigner-, computer-, and lover-directed speech; captions for the hearing impaired; tone languages: lexical tone perception, tone perception with cochlear implants, and speech-music interactions; human-machine interaction; speech corpus studies; and the role of infants’ perceptual experience and expertise, in literacy development.

Michael Christie Professor

Michael Christie

Michael Christie heads up the Contemporary Indigenous Governance and Knowledge Systems research theme at the Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University. Professor Christie worked in Yolŋu communities as a teacher linguist in the 1970s and 1980s, and started the Yolŋu Studies program at Northern Territory University (now CDU) in 1994. After working within the Faculty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and the School of Education, he moved to the Northern Institute in 2010. He has over 40 years involvement with bilingual education, linguistics and literature production in the NT, and the ways in which Aboriginal philosophies and pedagogies have influenced the production and use of literature over the years. He is a major contributor to the Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages.

David Copland Professor

David Copland

Professor David Copland is a Principal Research Fellow and Speech Pathologist conducting research in the areas of language neuroscience, psycholinguistics, and neuroimaging of normal and disordered language. He is Deputy Chair of the Research and Postgraduate Studies Committee of the UQ School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and is a group leader at the UQ Centre for Clinical Research where he leads the Language Neuroscience Laboratory.

Nick Enfield Professor

Nick Enfield

  • Title: Professor
  • Program: Shape/Evolution
  • Institution: The University of Sydney

Nick Enfield’s research addresses the intersection of language, cognition, social interaction, and culture, from three main angles: 1. Semiotic structure and process; 2. Causal dependencies in semiotic systems; 3. Language and Human Sociality. His empirical specialisation is in the languages of mainland Southeast Asia, especially Lao and Kri. Lao is the national language of Laos, spoken by over 20 million people in Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and elsewhere. Kri (Vietic sub-branch of Austroasiatic) is spoken near the Laos-Vietnam border in Khammouane Province by an isolated community of around 300 people.

Simon Garrod Professor

Simon Garrod

Simon Garrod holds the Chair in Cognitive Psychology and is director of the INP Social Interactions Centre. His interests in psycholinguistics include reading, dialogue, and the evolution of language and communication. He was awarded the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the Society for Text and Discourse and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Simon Greenhill Doctor

Simon Greenhill

Simon Greenhill's research focus is the evolution of languages and cultures. He has applied cutting-edge computational phylogenetic methods to language and cultural evolution, and used these methods to test hypotheses about human prehistory and cultural evolution in general. The questions he has explored so far include how people settled the Pacific, how language structure and complexity evolve, the co-evolution of cultural systems in the Pacific, and how cultural evolution can be modelled.

Nikolaus Himmelmann Professor

Nikolaus Himmelmann

Nikolaus Himmelmann has done fieldwork in the Philippines (Tagalog), Sulawesi (Tomin-Tolitoli languages) and East Timor (Waima’a) and published widely on a number of core issues in Austronesian grammar, including the nature of lexical and syntactic categories and voice.

Paul Maruff Professor

Paul Maruff

  • Title: Professor
  • Program: Processing/Technologies
  • Institution: Cogstate

Paul Maruff is one of the founders of Cogstate. He is a neuropsychologist with expertise in the identification and measurement of subtle behavioral and cognitive dysfunction. Paul's research integrates conventional and computerized neuropsychological testing with cognitive neuroscientific methods to guide decision making in drug development and in clinical medicine.

Francesca Merlan Professor

Francesca Merlan

Francesca Merlan's research interests include: social transformation; indigeneity, nationalism, language and culture; theories of social action, organisation, and consciousness; modernity segmentary politics; exchange emergent identities; gender, social and cultural transformation in North Australia; the transformation of place-worlds among Aboriginal people; the building of Australian national identity in relation to indigeneity; land claims; applied anthropology; and sites and heritage issues. Her research covers many geographies and nationalities, including Australia; Papua New Guinea; and North America, particularly American Indian communities and surrounding (rural) communities and towns.

Ilana Mushin Doctor

Ilana Mushin

Ilana Mushin has a long-standing interest in the management of knowledge in discourse. Her recent research has included epistemic stance-taking in Australian Aboriginal communities; grammatical description of Garrwa, a critically endangered Aboriginal language; and, more recently, on the English-based vernacular languages spoken by most Aboriginal people in Australia today.. She is the author of Evidentiality and Epistemological Stance: Narrative Retelling (John Benjamins, 2001) and A Grammar of (Western) Garrwa (Mouton De Gruyter, 2012) and co-editor of Discourse and Grammar in Australian Languages (with Brett Baker, John Benjamins, 2008).

Carmel O’Shannessy Professor

Carmel O’Shannessy

  • Title: Professor
  • Program: Shape/Learning
  • Institution: Australian National Unviersity

Carmel O'Shannessy began a continuing appointment at ANU, in SLLL, CASS on July 1, coming to ANU from the University of Michigan. She will be continuing an NSF grant #1348013 on the Documentation and acquisition of Light Warlpiri and Warlpiri, and teaching in SLLL.

Carmel is currently documenting a newly emerged mixed language in northern Australia, Light Warlpiri, the emergence of which is the result of code-switching between an Australian language, Warlpiri, and English and Kriol (an English-lexified creole). Her current projects include diachronic changes in nominal case-marking from Warlpiri to Light Warlpiri, and grammaticalisation and innovation in the Light Warlpiri auxiliary system. Of particular interest is the role of children in grammaticalisation processes.

Amy Perfors A/Professor

Amy Perfors

Amy is an Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Complex Human Data Hub at the University of Melbourne. Amy graduated from MIT in 2008 with a PhD in Brain & Cognitive Sciences. Her research program spans concepts, decision-making and language, including hypothesis generation and testing, the representation and acquisition of complex concepts, the social assumptions underlying decision making and inference, language acquisition, linguistic and cognitive evolution, and statistical learning. To explore these issues she uses computational and primarily Bayesian mathematical models coupled with empirical work. Her publications can be found in many of the premier journals in psychology, including Psychological Review, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Cognition, Cognitive Science, and Cognitive Psychology, and she has received extensive grant support from the ARC, including a DECRA and two Discovery Projects.

Luc Steels Professor

Luc Steels

Luc Steels studied linguistics at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA). His main research field is Artificial Intelligence covering a wide range of intelligent abilities, including vision, robotic behavior, conceptual representations and language. He founded the Sony Computer Science Laboratory in Paris in 1996 and became its first director. Currently he is ICREA research professor at the Institute for Evolutionary Biology (CSIC,UPF). During the past decade he has focused on theories for the origins and evolution of language using computer simulations and robotic experiments to discover and test them.

Jakelin Troy Doctor

Jakelin Troy

  • Title: Doctor
  • Institution: University of Sydney

Jakelin Troy is a Ngarigu woman whose country is the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. Her academic research is diverse but has a focus on languages and linguistics, anthropology and visual arts. She is particularly interested in Australian languages of New South Wales and ‘contact languages’. Her doctoral research was into the development of NSW Pidgin. Since 2001 Jakelin has been developing curricula for Australian schools with a focus on Australian language programs.

Adam Vogel Doctor

Adam Vogel

Adam leads the Speech Neuroscience Unit at the University of Melbourne where his team work towards improving speech, language and swallowing function in people with progressive and acquired neurological conditions. Adam’s group pursues rehabilitation and discovery research across two intertwined domains: (1) the first seeks to improve communication and swallowing in people with progressive neurological disorders (e.g., atypical dementia, hereditary ataxias); (2) the second exploits speech as a sensitive marker of central nervous system integrity to better understand the mechanisms underlying a range of neurological conditions (e.g., sleep disturbance, drug use, hearing impairment, depression).

Brendan Weekes Professor

Brendan Weekes

Brendan Weekes is an experimental psychologist who studies the psychology of language and memory – specifically word recognition and recall. He examines cognitive processes using cross-linguistic, neuropsychological and brain imaging methods. His research can be applied to understanding problems in clinical neuropsychology including bilingual aphasia, dementia and reading difficulties. He is Chair in Communication Science at the University of Hong Kong and Director of the Communication Science Laboratory at HKU, where he has been since 2010. Prior 2010, he was a Reader in Experimental Psychology at the University of Sussex for ten years.

  • Australian Government
  • The University of Queensland
  • Australian National University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Western Sydney University