Chief Investigators

Anthony Angwin Doctor

Anthony Angwin

Anthony Angwin's research interests are centred around the investigation of neurogenic communication disorders.

Anthony is a speech pathologist and senior lecturer conducting research on psycholinguistics and neurogenic communication disorders. In particular, his research interests are focussed upon the investigation of communication impairments associated with Parkinson's disease, stroke and dementia.

Anne Cutler Distinguished Professor

Anne Cutler

Anne Cutler studied languages and psychology at the Universities of Melbourne, Berlin and Bonn, taught German at Monash University, but embraced psycholinguistics as soon as it emerged as an independent sub-discipline, taking a PhD in the subject at the University of Texas. Postdoctoral fellowships at MIT and Sussex University followed, and from 1982 to 1993 a staff position at the Medical Research Council Applied Psychology Unit in Cambridge. In 1993 she became a director at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, a post she held till 2013. She was also professor of comparative psycholinguistics at the Radboud University Nijmegen from 1995 to 2013, and, from 2006 to 2013, part-time Research Professor in MARCS Auditory Laboratories. In 2013 she took up a full-time position at the MARCS Institute.

Recent Publications

  1. Prediction, Bayesian inference and feedback in speech recognition

    Bibliography

    Dennis Norris, James McQueen, and Anne Cutler. 17-20 August 2016. "Prediction, Bayesian inference and feedback in speech recognition". 4-18. London, UK.

  2. Auditory and phonetic category formation

    Bibliography

    Goudbeek, Martijn, Smits, Roel, Cutler, Anne, and Swingley, Daniel. 2017. "Auditory and phonetic category formation". In Handbook of Categorization in Cognitive Science, 687-708. Amsterdam: Elsevier.

  3. Stress effects in vowel perception as a function of language-specific vocabulary patterns

    Bibliography

    Natasha Warren, and Anne Cutler. 2017. "Stress effects in vowel perception as a function of language-specific vocabulary patterns." Phonetica,. (74): 81-106. doi: 10.1159/000447428..

  4. Bottoms up! How top-down pitfalls ensnare speech perception researchers too. Commentary on C. Firestone & B. Scholl: Cognition does not affect perception: Evaluating the evidence for 'top-down' effects

    Bibliography

    Anne Cutler, and Dennis Norris. 2016. "Bottoms up! How top-down pitfalls ensnare speech perception researchers too. Commentary on C. Firestone & B. Scholl: Cognition does not affect perception: Evaluating the evidence for 'top-down' effects." Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

  5. Processing advantages for focused words in Korean

    Bibliography

    Heather Kember, Jiyoun Choi, and Anne Cutler. June 2016. "Processing advantages for focused words in Korean". In Proceedings of Speech Prosody 2016, Boston.

Paola Escudero Associate Professor

Paola Escudero

Paola Escudero is based at The MARCS Institute. Her main interest within CoEDL is on how the learning of phonetic detail takes place in multilingual communities. She collaborates with CI Kidd (Processing) on statistical learning in monolingual and bilingual infants, with CI Fletcher (Processing/Shape) on comparing Australian English accents, with AI Byrd (Technology Thread) and Postdoc Ellison (Shape) on an app that can be used to collect processing data in the field, and with PhD Kashima, Postdocs Ellison and Schokkin (Shape) on the phonetic description of PNG languages. Paola’s team is also collaborating with CIs Rumsey and Wigglesworth’s teams (Learning) on adapting laboratory methods for testing processing questions in the field, as well as with Postdoc Durantin (Evolution) on EEG analysis techniques that can be applied to individual language learners. Paola was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship which she started in 2017.

Recent Publications

  1. Speaker and accent variation are handled differently : evidence in native and non-native listeners

    Bibliography

    Buddhamas Kriengwatana, Katerina Chladkova, and Paola Escudero. 2016. "Speaker and accent variation are handled differently : evidence in native and non-native listeners." PLoS ONE. 11 (6)

  2. Cross-situational learning of minimal word pairs

    Bibliography

    Paola Escudero, Karen Mulak, and Haley Vlach. 2016. "Cross-situational learning of minimal word pairs." Cognitive Science. 40: 455-465. doi: 10.1111/cogs.12243.

  3. Rapid learning of minimally different words in five- to six-year-old children : effects of acoustic salience and hearing impairment

    Bibliography

    Marcel Raymond Giezen, Paola Escudero, and Anne Baker. 2016. "Rapid learning of minimally different words in five- to six-year-old children : effects of acoustic salience and hearing impairment." Journal of Child Language. 43 (2): 310-337.

  4. Naive learners show cross-domain transfer after distributional learning : the case of lexical and musical pitch

    Bibliography

    Jia Hoong Ong, Denis Burnham, and Paola Escudero. 2016. "Naive learners show cross-domain transfer after distributional learning : the case of lexical and musical pitch." Frontiers in Psychology. 7: 1189. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01189.

  5. Infants encode phonetic detail during cross-situational word learning

    Bibliography

    Paola Escudero, Karen Mulak, and Haley Vlach. 2016. "Infants encode phonetic detail during cross-situational word learning." Language Sciences.

Bethwyn Evans Doctor

Bethwyn Evans

Bethwyn Evans’s research is focused on language change and language contact, and the role that linguistics plays in understanding our non-linguistic past. She predominantly works on Austronesian and Papuan languages in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. Beth collaborates with Simon Greenhill on exploring the links between micro- and macro-level processes of language evolution.

Recent Publications

  1. Demographic correlates of language diversity

    Bibliography

    Greenhill, Simon, Bowern, Claire, and Evans, Bethwyn. 2015. "Demographic correlates of language diversity". In The Routledge Handbook of Historical Linguistics,

Nicholas Evans Distinguished Professor

Nicholas Evans

Nicholas (‘Nick’) Evans is the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language. His central research focus is the diversity of human language and what this can tell us about the nature of language, culture, deep history, and the possibilities of the human mind. His 2010 book Dying Words: Endangered Languages and What They Have to Tell Us sets out a broad program for the field’s engagement with the planet’s dwindling linguistic diversity. Nick has carried out fieldwork on several languages of Northern Australia and Papua New Guinea, particularly Kayardild, Bininj Gun-wok, Dalabon, Ilgar, Iwaidja, Marrku and Nen, with published grammars of Kayardild (1995) and Bininj Gun-wok (2003), and dictionaries of Kayardild (1992) and Dalabon (2004). His ARC Laureate Project The Wellsprings of Linguistic Diversity examines how microvariation at speech community level relates to macro-diversity of languages and language families, and he is leading a team in a cross-linguistic study of how diverse grammars underpin social cognition.

Recent Publications

  1. Nen

    Bibliography

    Nicholas Evans, and Julia Colleen Miller. 2016. "Nen." Journal of the International Phonetic Association. 46 (3): 331-349. doi: 10.1017/S0025100315000365.

  2. Born, signed and named: naming, country and social change among the Bentinck Islanders

    Bibliography

    Evans, Nicholas. 2016. "Born, signed and named: naming, country and social change among the Bentinck Islanders". In Land and Language in Cape York Peninsula and the Gulf Country, 305-335. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

  3. As intimate as it gets: paradigm borrowing in Marrku and its implications for the emergence of mixed languages

    Bibliography

    Evans, Nicholas. 2016. "As intimate as it gets: paradigm borrowing in Marrku and its implications for the emergence of mixed languages". In Loss and Renewal: Australian Languages since Colonisation, 29-56. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

  4. Obituary. A life of polysynthesis: Hans-Jürgen Sasse (1943-2015)

    Bibliography

    Nicholas Evans, Nikolaus Himmelmann, and Matić, Dejan. 2015. "Obituary. A life of polysynthesis: Hans-Jürgen Sasse (1943-2015)." Linguistic Typology. 19 (2): 327-335.

  5. Valency in Nen

    Bibliography

    Evans, Nicholas, Malchukov, Andrej, and Comrie, Bernard. 2015. "Valency in Nen". In Valency classes in the world's languages, 1069-1116. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Janet Fletcher Associate Professor

Janet Fletcher

Janet Fletcher is Professor of Phonetics in the School of Languages and Linguistics. She has held previous appointments at the University of Edinburgh, the Ohio State University, and Macquarie University. Her research interests include phonetic theory, laboratory phonology, prosodic phonology, articulatory and acoustic modelling of prosodic effects in various languages. She is currently working on phonetic variation, and prosody, and intonation in Indigenous Australian languages and has commenced projects on selected languages of Oceania. She is a member of the Research Unit for Indigenous Language in the School of Languages and Linguistics.

Recent Publications

  1. Phonetic differences between uptalk and question rises in two Antipodean English varieties

    Bibliography

    Paul Warren, and Janet Fletcher. 2016. "Phonetic differences between uptalk and question rises in two Antipodean English varieties". In Proceedings of Speech Prosody 2016, 148-152.. Boston, USA.

  2. Native prosodic systems and learning experience shape production of non-native tones

    Bibliography

    Mengyue Wu, Janet Fletcher, Rikke Bundgaard-Nielsen, and Brett Baker. 2016. "Native prosodic systems and learning experience shape production of non-native tones". In Proceedings of Speech Prosody 2016, 587-591. Boston, USA.

  3. Intonational correlates of subject and object realisation in Mawng (Australian)

    Bibliography

    Janet Fletcher, Hywel Stoakes, Ruth Singer, and Deborah Loakes. 2016. "Intonational correlates of subject and object realisation in Mawng (Australian)". In Proceedings of Speech Prosody 2016, 188-192. Boston, USA.

  4. Hyperarticulation in short intonational phrases in three Australian languages

    Bibliography

    Simone Graetzer, Janet Fletcher, and John Hajek. 2016. "Hyperarticulation in short intonational phrases in three Australian languages". In Proceedings of Speech Prosody 2016, 173-177. Boston, USA.

  5. Closure duration as an acoustic correlate of the word-initial singleton/geminate consonant contrast in Kelantan Malay

    Bibliography

    Mohd Hilmi Hamzah, Janet Fletcher, and John Hajek. 2016. "Closure duration as an acoustic correlate of the word-initial singleton/geminate consonant contrast in Kelantan Malay." Journal of Phonetics. 58: 135–151. doi: 10.1016/j.wocn.2016.08.002.

Caroline Jones Associate Professor

Caroline Jones

Caroline Jones' research focuses on how we can increase the success and sustainability of Aboriginal language revitalization initiatives, how we can improve early language assessment and intervention, and what strategies support communication with elderly people. She is also interested in ways of making research more efficient and more accessible or participatory with new technology and is Deputy Leader of the CoEDL Future Technologies Thread.

Recent Publications

  1. Bilingualism, language shift and the corresponding expansion of spatial cognitive systems

    Bibliography

    Felicity Meakins, Caroline Jones, and Cassandra Algy. 2016. "Bilingualism, language shift and the corresponding expansion of spatial cognitive systems." Language Sciences. 54: 1-13. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.langsci.2015.06.002.

  2. F4, a simple interface for efficient annotation

    Bibliography

    Caroline Jones, and Amit German. 2016. "F4, a simple interface for efficient annotation." Language Documentation & Conservation. 10: 347-355.

  3. Pre-service teachers’ knowledge of language concepts: relationships to field experiences

    Bibliography

    Caroline Jones, and Deborah Tetley. 2014. "Pre-service teachers’ knowledge of language concepts: relationships to field experiences." Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties. 19 (1): 17-32. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19404158.2014.891530.

Evan Kidd Associate Professor

Evan Kidd

Evan Kidd is an Associate Professor in the Research School of Psychology at the ANU and is a Senior Investigator at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. He completed his PhD in Psycholinguistics at La Trobe University, and has held academic positions at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, The University of Manchester, and La Trobe University. His research concentrates on language acquisition and language processing across different languages and in different populations.

Recent Publications

  1. Priming the comprehension of German object relative clauses

    Bibliography

    Silke Brandt, Sanjo Nitschke, and Evan Kidd. 2017. "Priming the comprehension of German object relative clauses." Language Learning and Development.. 13 (3): 241-261. doi: 10.1080/15475441.2016.1235500.

  2. An investigation into the effect of play-based instruction on the development of play skills and oral language: A 6-month longitudinal study

    Bibliography

    Karen Stagnitti, Alison Bailey, Edwina Stevenson, Emily Reynolds, and Evan Kidd. 2016. "An investigation into the effect of play-based instruction on the development of play skills and oral language: A 6-month longitudinal study." Journal of Early Childhood Research. 14 (4): 389-406. doi: 10.1177/1476718X15579741.

  3. On-line processing of noun modification in young children with high functioning autism

    Bibliography

    Edith Bavin, Luke Prendergast, Evan Kidd, Emma Baker, and Cheryl Dissanayake. March 2016. "On-line processing of noun modification in young children with high functioning autism." International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders. 51 (2): 137-147. doi: 10.1111/1460-6984.12191.

  4. Individual differences in statistical learning predict chlidren's comprehension of syntax

    Bibliography

    Evan Kidd, and Joanne Arciuli. 2016. "Individual differences in statistical learning predict chlidren's comprehension of syntax." Child Development. 87 (1): 184-193. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12461.

  5. How do language-specific characteristics affect the acquisition of different relative clause types? Evidence from Finnish

    Bibliography

    Minna Kirjavainen, Evan Kidd, and Elena Lieven. 2017. "How do language-specific characteristics affect the acquisition of different relative clause types? Evidence from Finnish." Journal of Child Language. 44 (1): 120-157. doi: 10.1017/S0305000915000768.

Felicity Meakins Associate Professor

Felicity Meakins

Felicity Meakins specialises in the documentation of Australian languages in the Victoria River District in northern Australia and the effect of English on Indigenous languages. She has worked as a community linguist and academic, facilitating language revitalisation programs, consulting on Native Title claims and conducting research into Indigenous languages. This work has provided the basis for Case-Marking in Contact (Benjamins, 2011), Bilinarra, Gurindji and Malngin Plants and Animals (NT-LRM, 2012), Gurindji to English Dictionary (Batchelor Press, 2013), Bilinarra to English Dictionary (Batchelor Press, 2013), A Grammar of Bilinarra (with Rachel Nordlinger, Mouton, 2014), Kawarla: How to Make a Coolamon (Batchelor Press, 2015), Loss and Renewal: Australian Languages Since Colonisation (edited with Carmel O'Shannessy, Mouton, 2016) and Yijarni: True Stories from Gurindji Country (edited with Erika Charola, Aboriginal Studies Press, 2016).

Recent Publications

  1. Bilingualism, language shift and the corresponding expansion of spatial cognitive systems

    Bibliography

    Felicity Meakins, Caroline Jones, and Cassandra Algy. 2016. "Bilingualism, language shift and the corresponding expansion of spatial cognitive systems." Language Sciences. 54: 1-13. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.langsci.2015.06.002.

  2. Mayarni-kari Yurrk: More Stories from Gurindji Country

    Bibliography

    Erika Charola, and Felicity Meakins. 2016. Mayarni-kari Yurrk: More Stories from Gurindji Country. Batchelor, Australia : Batchelor Press.

  3. Mixed languages

    Bibliography

    Meakins, Felicity. 2016. "Mixed languages". In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics, Oxford: Oxford University.

  4. Deadly reckoning: Changes in Gurindji children's knowledge of cardinals

    Bibliography

    Felicity Meakins, and Cassandra Algy. 2016. "Deadly reckoning: Changes in Gurindji children's knowledge of cardinals." Australian Journal of Linguistics. 36 (4): 479-501.

  5. Yijarni: True Stories from Gurindji Country

    Bibliography

    Felicity Meakins, and Erika Charola. 2016. Yijarni: True Stories from Gurindji Country. Canberra : Aboriginal Studies Press.

Rachel Nordlinger Professor

Rachel Nordlinger

Rachel Nordlinger is the Director of the Research Unit for Indigenous Language in the School of Languages and Linguistics. Rachel’s research centres around the description and documentation of Australia's indigenous languages, and she has worked with the Bilinarra, Wambaya, Gudanji, Murrinhpatha and Marri Ngarr communities to record and preserve their traditional languages. She has also published on syntactic and morphological theory, and in particular the challenges posed by the complex grammatical structures of Australian Aboriginal languages. She is the author of numerous academic articles in international journals, and five books, including A Grammar of Wambaya (Pacific Linguistics, 1998), Constructive Case: Evidence from Australian languages (CSLI Publications, 1998) and A Grammar of Bilinarra (Mouton de Gruyter, 2014, coauthored with Dr. Felicity Meakins). She is co-editor (with Harold Koch) of The Languages and Linguistics of Australia (Mouton de Gruyter, 2014).

Recent Publications

  1. The Alignment of Prosody and Clausal Structure in Dalabon

    Bibliography

    Bella Ross, Janet Fletcher, and Rachel Nordlinger. 2016. "The Alignment of Prosody and Clausal Structure in Dalabon." Australian Journal of Linguistics. 36 (1): 1-27. doi: 10.1080/07268602.2016.1109434.

  2. Getting in Touch: Language and digital inclusion in Australian Indigenous communities

    Bibliography

    Margaret Carew, Jennifer Green, Inge Kral, Rachel Nordlinger, and Ruth Singer. 2015. "Getting in Touch: Language and digital inclusion in Australian Indigenous communities." Language Documentation and Conservation. 9: 307-323. doi: 10.13140/RG.2.1.4940.5924.

  3. The Languages and Linguistics of Australia: A Comprehensive Guide

    Bibliography

    Harold Koch, and Rachel Nordlinger. 2014-08-19. The Languages and Linguistics of Australia: A Comprehensive Guide. Berlin : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG.

  4. Fieldwork and first language acquisition

    Bibliography

    Barbara F. Kelly, and Rachel Nordlinger. 2014. Fieldwork and first language acquisition. : University of Melbourne.

  5. Linguistic diversity in first language acquisition research: Moving beyond the challenges

    Bibliography

    Barbara Kelly, William Forshaw, Rachel Nordlinger, and Gillian Wigglesworth. October 1, 2015. "Linguistic diversity in first language acquisition research: Moving beyond the challenges." First Language. 35 (4-5): 286-304. doi: 10.1177/0142723715602350.

Alan Rumsey Emeritus Professor

Alan Rumsey

Alan Rumsey is a Professor of Anthropology in the School of Culture, History and Language, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU. His research fields are Highland New Guinea and Aboriginal Australia, with a focus on speech genres and relations among language, culture and intersubjectivity. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities, a past president of the Australian Anthropological Society and the co-convenor of the ANU Pacific Institute. He is currently involved in collaboration with CoEDL Affiliate Francesca Merlan on a major research project on ‘Children’s Language Learning and the Development of Intersubjectivity’, for which he was funded by an ARC Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award during 2013-16, and in collaboration with CoEDL Affiliate Lauren Reed on a study of a sign language in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea that is used in communication with deaf people.

Recent Publications

  1. Mana, power and ‘pawa’ in the Pacific and beyond

    Bibliography

    Rumsey, Alan. 2016. "Mana, power and ‘pawa’ in the Pacific and beyond". In New Mana: Transformations of a Classic Concept in Pacific Languages and Cultures, Canberra: ANU Press.

  2. Language ecology, language policy and pedagogical practice in a Papua New Guinea highland community

    Bibliography

    Francesca Merlan, and Alan Rumsey. 2015. "Language ecology, language policy and pedagogical practice in a Papua New Guinea highland community." Journal of the Linguistic Society of Papua New Guinea. 33 (1): 82-96.

  3. Language, affect and the inculcation of social norms in the New Guinea Highlands and beyond

    Bibliography

    Alan Rumsey. 2015. "Language, affect and the inculcation of social norms in the New Guinea Highlands and beyond." The Australian Journal of Anthropology. 26: 349-364.

  4. Bilingual language learning and the translation of worlds in the New Guinea Highlands and beyond

    Bibliography

    Alan Rumsey. 2014. "Bilingual language learning and the translation of worlds in the New Guinea Highlands and beyond." HAU: Journal of Ethnographic. 4 (2): 119-140.

  5. Language and Human Sociality

    Bibliography

    Rumsey, Alan. 2014. "Language and Human Sociality". In The Cambridge Handbook of Linguistic Anthropology, 391-410. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Jane Simpson Professor

Jane Simpson

Jane Simpson has carried out fieldwork on Indigenous Australian languages since 1979, and is Chair of Indigenous Linguistics at the ANU. Jane has worked collaboratively on numerous Indigenous language resources: the Warlpiri dictionary with Affiliate Mary Laughren; Ngaanyatjarra speech register corpus with postdoctoral fellow Inge Kral, and Affiliates Jenny Green and Lizzy Ellis; a Warumungu dictionary and corpus with postdoctoral fellow Samantha Disbray; and with Affiliates Rob Amery and Maryanne Gale on a Ngarrindjeri text corpus. She is also working with CI Gillian Wigglesworth on the language learning experience of Indigenous school children. As Chair of the CoEDL Education Sub-committee, she helps draw together HDR training and other education initiatives, which include the University Languages Portal of Australia.

Recent Publications

  1. Teaching minority Indigenous languages at universities

    Bibliography

    Simpson, Jane. 2014. "Teaching minority Indigenous languages at universities". In FEL XVIII Okinawa: Indigenous Languages: their Value to the Community, 54-58. Batheaston, UK: Foundation for Endangered Languages.

  2. Pama-Nyungan

    Bibliography

    Simpson, Jane. 2014. "Pama-Nyungan". In Oxford Handbook of Derivational Morphology, 651-668. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  3. Language attrition and language change

    Bibliography

    Simpson, Jane. 2015. "Language attrition and language change". In The Routledge Handbook of Historical Linguistics, 537-554. Abington, UK: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.

Kim Sterelny Professor

Kim Sterelny

Kim Sterelny's main research interests are Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy of Psychology and Philosophy of Mind. He is the author of The Representational Theory of Mind and the co-author of Language and Reality (with Michael Devitt) and Sex and Death: An Introduction to Philosophy of Biology (with Paul Griffiths). He is Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. In addition to philosophy, Kim spends his time eating curries, drinking red wine, bushwalking and bird watching. Kim has been a Visiting Professor at Simon Fraser University in Canada, and at Cal Tech and the University of Maryland, College Park, in the USA.

Recent Publications

  1. From mechanisms to function: an integrated framework of animal innovation

    Bibliography

    Sabine Tebbich, Andrea Griffin, Markus Peschl, and Kim Sterelny. March 19 2016. "From mechanisms to function: an integrated framework of animal innovation." Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society B Biological Sciences. 371: doi: 10.1098/rstb.2015.0195..

  2. Neolithization in Southwest Asia in a Context of Niche Construction Theory

    Bibliography

    Kim Sterelny, and Trevor Watkins. 2015. "Neolithization in Southwest Asia in a Context of Niche Construction Theory." Cambridge Archaeological Journal. 25 (3): 673-691.

  3. Deacon’s Challenge: From Calls to Words

    Bibliography

    Kim Sterelny. 2015. "Deacon’s Challenge: From Calls to Words." Topoi. 1-12.

  4. Beyond Homo Economicus

    Bibliography

    Kim Sterelny. 2015. "Beyond Homo Economicus." The Quarterly Review Of Biology. 90 (1): 67-70.

  5. The extended evolutionary synthesis: its structure, assumptions and predictions

    Bibliography

    Kevin Laland, Tobias Uller, Marcus Feldman, Kim Sterelny, Gerd Müller, Armin Moczek, Eva Jablonka, and John Odling-Smee. 2015. "The extended evolutionary synthesis: its structure, assumptions and predictions." Proc. R. Soc. B. 282 (1813): 20151019.

Nick Thieberger Associate Professor

Nick Thieberger

Associate Professor Nicholas Thieberger has worked with speakers of Australian languages since the early 1980s. He established the Aboriginal language centre Wangka Maya in Port Hedland in the late 1980s, then worked at AIATSIS building the Aboriginal Studies Electronic Data Archive in the early 1990s. He wrote a grammar of South Efate, a language from central Vanuatu that was the first to link media to the analysis, allowing verification of examples used in analytical claims. In 2003 he helped establish PARADISEC, a digital archive of recorded ethnographic material and is now its Director. He is a co-founder of the Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity (RNLD) and in 2008 he established a linguistic archive at the University of Hawai’i. He is interested in developments in digital humanities methods and their potential to improve research practice and he is now developing methods for creation of reusable data sets from fieldwork on previously unrecorded languages. He is the Editor of the journal Language Documentation & Conservation. He is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the University of Melbourne.

Recent Publications

  1. Language Documentation

    Bibliography

    Sato, Hiroko, Bradshaw, Joel, and Thieberger, Nick. 2016. "Language Documentation". In Introductory readings in languages of the Pacific Islands, 226-232. Honolulu: Department of Linguistics, University of Hawai`i.

  2. What Remains to be Done—Exposing Invisible Collections in the other 7,000 Languages and Why it is a DH Enterprise

    Bibliography

    Nick Thieberger. August 3, 2016. "What Remains to be Done—Exposing Invisible Collections in the other 7,000 Languages and Why it is a DH Enterprise." Digital Scholarship in the Humanities. 1-12. doi: 10.1093/llc/fqw006.

  3. Documentary Linguistics: Methodological Challenges and Innovatory Responses

    Bibliography

    Nick Thieberger. January 14, 2016. "Documentary Linguistics: Methodological Challenges and Innovatory Responses." Applied Linguistics. 37 (1): 88-99. doi: 10.1093/applin/amv076.

  4. Assessing annotated corpora as research output

    Bibliography

    Nick Thieberger, Anna Margetts, Stephen Morey, and Simon Musgrave. 2016. "Assessing annotated corpora as research output." Australian Journal of Linguistics. 36: 1-21. doi: 10.1080/07268602.2016.1109428.

  5. Digital humanities and language documentation

    Bibliography

    Nick Thieberger. 2014. Digital humanities and language documentation. : University of Melbourne.

Catherine Travis Professor

Catherine Travis

Catherine Travis is Professor of Modern European Languages in the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics at the ANU. Her work addresses questions related to language evolution at a micro level; she applies quantitative methods to probe the impact of linguistic and social factors on language variation and change in the speech community. In the Centre of Excellence, she leads the Sydney Speaks project, a sociolinguistic study of Australian English, examining the speech of Sydney-siders of diverse social backgrounds, recorded at different times, and born over a 100-year period (from the 1890s to the 1990s). A second project, in collaboration with PI Rena Torres Cacoullos (Penn State University), examines outcomes of language contact in a long-standing Spanish-English bilingual community in New Mexico, USA. A co-authored book deriving from this work, Bilingualism in the Community: Code-switching and Grammars in Contact, has been published by Cambridge University Press.

Recent Publications

  1. Different registers, different grammars? Subject expression in English conversation and narrative

    Bibliography

    Catherine Travis, and Amy Lindstrom. March, 2016. "Different registers, different grammars? Subject expression in English conversation and narrative." Language Variation and Change. 28 (1): 103-128. doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0954394515000174.

  2. Two languages, one effect: Structural priming in code-switching

    Bibliography

    Rena Torres Cacoullos, and Catherine Travis. August, 2016. "Two languages, one effect: Structural priming in code-switching." Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. 19 (4): 733-753. doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1366728914000406.

  3. Two languages, one effect: Structural priming in code-switching

    Bibliography

    Rena Torres Cacoullos, and Catherine Travis. 2015 (online). "Two languages, one effect: Structural priming in code-switching." Bilingualism: Language and Cognition (Special issue edited by Margaret Deuchar). doi: 10.1017/S1366728914000406..

  4. Foundations for the study of subject pronoun expression in Spanish in contact with English: Assessing interlinguistic (dis)similarity via intralinguistic variability

    Bibliography

    Torres Cacoullos, Rena, Travis, Catherine, Carvalho, Ana M., and Orozco, Rafael. 2015. "Foundations for the study of subject pronoun expression in Spanish in contact with English: Assessing interlinguistic (dis)similarity via intralinguistic variability". In Subject pronoun expression in Spanish: A cross-dialectal perspective, 83-102. Georgetown: Georgetown University Press.

Gillian Wigglesworth Professor

Gillian Wigglesworth

Gillian Wigglesworth’s expertise is in first and second language acquisition in monolingual, bilingual and multilingual settings. A major focus of her work is in remote Indigenous communities documenting children’s language learning at home and at school, together with CI Jane Simpson (Shape). She is collaborating with other Learning program members to ensure comparable data collection patterns in the acquisition projects taking place in Australia and Papua New Guinea. Her collaboration with CI Janet Wiles (Evolution) investigates the potential of using robots in remote communities for language development, and with Professor Katherine Demuth (Macquarie University, CI, Centre in Cognition and its Disorders) on assessing Indigenous children’s hearing to determine any relationship to phonological awareness development. She is a Deputy Director of the Research Unit for Indigenous Language and Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor at the University of Melbourne.

Recent Publications

  1. Apprendre une langue dans les régions isolées de l’Australie aborigène

    Bibliography

    Wigglesworth, Gillian. 2016. "Apprendre une langue dans les régions isolées de l’Australie aborigène". In Melanges: A Festschrift in honour of Professor Anne Freadman on the occasion of her retirement, Paris: Librairie Garnier.

  2. Making the ESL classroom visible: Indigenous Australian children’s early education

    Bibliography

    Dixon, Sally, Gawne, Lauren, Morales, Gemma, Poetsch, Susan, and Wigglesworth, Gillian. 2016. "Making the ESL classroom visible: Indigenous Australian children’s early education". In Early Childhood Education in English for Speakers of Other Languages, 111-136. London: British Council.

  3. Linguistic diversity in first language acquisition research: Moving beyond the challenges

    Bibliography

    Barbara Kelly, William Forshaw, Rachel Nordlinger, and Gillian Wigglesworth. October 1, 2015. "Linguistic diversity in first language acquisition research: Moving beyond the challenges." First Language. 35 (4-5): 286-304. doi: 10.1177/0142723715602350.

  4. The Acquisition of Polysynthetic Languages

    Bibliography

    Barbara Kelly, Gillian Wigglesworth, Rachel Nordlinger, and Joseph Blythe. February 1, 2014. "The Acquisition of Polysynthetic Languages." Language and Linguistics Compass. 8 (2): 51-64. doi: 10.1111/lnc3.12062.

  5. The nature of negotiations in face-to-face versus computer-mediated communication in pair interactions

    Bibliography

    Amir Rouhshad, Gillian Wigglesworth, and Neomy Storch. 2015-05-12. "The nature of negotiations in face-to-face versus computer-mediated communication in pair interactions." Language Teaching Research. 1362168815584455. doi: 10.1177/1362168815584455.

Janet Wiles Professor

Janet Wiles

Janet Wiles’ research involves bio-inspired computation in complex systems, with applications in cognitive science and biorobotics. She completed a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Sydney, a postdoctoral fellowship in Psychology at the University of Queensland, and served as faculty in the Cognitive Science program for 12 years. In 2003 she formed the Complex and Intelligent Systems research group at the University of Queensland where she has been Professor since 2006. She currently coordinates the UQ node of CoEDL, where her research focuses on social robots and language.

Recent Publications

  1. Using technology to enhance communication between people with dementia and their carers

    Bibliography

    Helen Chenery, Christina Atay, Alana Campbell, Erin Conway, Daniel Angus, and Janet Wiles. July 1, 2016. "Using technology to enhance communication between people with dementia and their carers." Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association. 12 (7): 279-280. doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2016.06.507.

  2. Can a smartphone-based chatbot engage older community group members? The impact of specialised content

    Bibliography

    Christina Atay, David Ireland, Jacki Liddle, Janet Wiles, Adam Vogel, Daniel Angus, Dana Bradford, Alana Campbell, Olivia Rushin, and Helen Chenery. July 1, 2016. "Can a smartphone-based chatbot engage older community group members? The impact of specialised content." Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association. 12 (7): 1005-1006.

  3. Visualising conversations between care home staff and residents with dementia

    Bibliography

    Rosemary Baker, Daniel Angus, Erin Smith-Conway, Katherine Baker, Cindy Gallois, Andrew Smith, Janet Wiles, and Helen Chenery. 2015. "Visualising conversations between care home staff and residents with dementia." Ageing and Society. 35 (2): 270-297.

  4. Acquired Codes of Meaning in Data Visualization and Infographics: Beyond Perceptual Primitives

    Bibliography

    Lydia Byrne, Daniel Angus, and Janet Wiles. 2015. "Acquired Codes of Meaning in Data Visualization and Infographics: Beyond Perceptual Primitives." Visualization and Computer Graphics, IEEE Transaction. (99): 1-1.

  5. Using visual text analytics to examine broadcast interviewing

    Bibliography

    Daniel Angus, Richard Fitzgerald, Christina Atay, and Janet Wiles. 2015. "Using visual text analytics to examine broadcast interviewing." Discourse, Context & Media. doi: 10.1016/j.dcm.2015.11.002.

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