Research Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellows

Grant Aiton Doctor

Grant Aiton

  • Title: Doctor
  • Program: Shape
  • Institution: The Australian National Unversity

Before joining ANU, I completed my MSc at the University of Alberta researching Salish and Dene languages, and then received his PhD from James Cook University, where he conducted extensive fieldwork in the Bosavi watershed in Western Province, Papua New Guinea studying the Eibela language. He will continue to research and conduct language documentation and revitalization in indigenous languages of Canada and Papua New Guinea.

Danielle Barth Doctor

Danielle Barth

  • Title: Doctor
  • Program: Shape/Learning
  • Institution: The Australian National University - on maternity leave 2017

Danielle Barth has completed her PhD at the University of Oregon where her research has investigated the interface between syntax, phonetics and information theory. In her research she uses empirical data drawn from corpora, experiments and descriptive fieldwork. At the Centre she'll be working on building a multilingual corpus built from data collected by multiple researchers on 12-15 languages from around the world. Her project will focus on finding, describing and comparing inter- and intra-language variation as it relates to the expression of social cognition, using descriptive and quantitative methodologies. She is also looking forward to returning to her fieldsite in Matukar, Papua New Guinea so that Matukar Panau, the language spoken there, can be added to the sample of languages for the social cognition typology project.

Recent Publications

  1. Using forced alignment for sociophonetic research on a minority language

    Bibliography

    Danielle Barth, James Grama, Simon Gonzalez, and Catherine Travis. 2020. "Using forced alignment for sociophonetic research on a minority language." University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics. 25 (2)

  2. Variation in Matukar Panau kinship terminology

    Bibliography

    Danielle Barth. 2019. "Variation in Matukar Panau kinship terminology." Asia-Pacific Language Variation. 5 (2): 139-171.

  3. Recursive forced alignment: A test on a minority language

    Bibliography

    Simon Gonzalez, Catherine Travis, James Grama, Danielle Barth, and Sunkulp Ananthanarayan. 2018. "Recursive forced alignment: A test on a minority language". In Proceedings of the 17th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology, 145-148.

  4. Subgrouping the Sogeram languages

    Bibliography

    Danielle Barth, Wolfgang Barth, and Don Daniels. 2019. "Subgrouping the Sogeram languages." Journal of Historical Linguistics. 9 (1): 92-127..

  5. Discourse motivations for pronominal and zero objects across registers in Vera'a

    Bibliography

    Stefan Schnell, and Danielle Barth. 2018. "Discourse motivations for pronominal and zero objects across registers in Vera'a." Language Variation and Change. 30 (1): 51-81. doi: doi:10.1017/S0954394518000054.

Rosey Billington Doctor

Rosey Billington

  • Title: Doctor
  • Program: Shape
  • Institution: The University of Melbourne

Rosey is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Melbourne. She is currently researching the phonetic and phonological patterns of South Efate, an Oceanic language of Vanuatu, together with CIs Fletcher and Nick Thieberger. As part of the Processing and Shape programs, this project focuses on the correlates of prosodic phenomena such as stress, and the ways that prosodic patterns interact with phonotactic and morphosyntactic structures. For her PhD research, Rosey worked on a phonetically-based description of the phonology of Lopit, an Eastern Nilotic language traditionally spoken in South Sudan. This project included phonetic investigations of vowel contrasts, glides and gemination, and tonal distinctions. Rosey also maintains an interest in the phonetic characteristics of English varieties spoken in Australia.

Recent Publications

  1. The phonetics and phonology of the Lopit language

    Bibliography

    Rosey Billington. 2017. The phonetics and phonology of the Lopit language. Melbourne : University of Melbourne PhD Thesis.

  2. The /el-/ael/ merger in Australian English: Acoustic and articulatory insights

    Bibliography

    Chloe Diskin, Deborah Loakes, Rosey Billington, Hywel Stoakes, Simon Gonzalez, and Sam Kirkham. 2019. "The /el-/ael/ merger in Australian English: Acoustic and articulatory insights". In Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia, 2019,

  3. Building capacity for community-led documentation in Erakor, Vanuatu

    Bibliography

    Krajinovic, Ana, Billington, Rosey, Emil, Lionel, Kaltap̃au, Gray, and Thieberger, Nick. 2019. "Building capacity for community-led documentation in Erakor, Vanuatu". In Human language technologies as a challenge for computer science and linguistics — 2019, 185-189. Poznan: Wydawnictwo Nauka i Innowacje.

  4. Homogeneity vs. heterogeneity in Indian English: Investigating influences of L1 on f0 range

    Bibliography

    Olga Maxwell, Eleanor Payne, and Rosey Billington. 2018. "Homogeneity vs. heterogeneity in Indian English: Investigating influences of L1 on f0 range". In Proceedings of Interspeech 2018, 191-2195. Hyderabad, India.

  5. Advanced Tongue Root’ in Lopit: Acoustic and ultrasound evidence

    Bibliography

    Rosey Billington. 2014. "Advanced Tongue Root’ in Lopit: Acoustic and ultrasound evidence". In Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, 119-122. Christchurch.

Laurence Bruggeman

Laurence Bruggeman

  • Program: Processing
  • Institution: Western Sydney University

Laurence is a postdoctoral fellow in spoken-language processing at the MARCS Institute (Western Sydney University). She obtained her PhD in psycholinguistics from Western Sydney University 2016, for research investigating first and second language speech processing in Dutch emigrants in Australia. Laurence then spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher in the Child Language Lab at Macquarie University, where she investigated speech processing in children with hearing loss. She joined CoEDL in September 2018 to work with Prof Anne Cutler in the Processing Program.

Recent Publications

  1. No L1 privilege in talker adaptation

    Bibliography

    Laurence Bruggeman, and Anne Cutler. 2019. "No L1 privilege in talker adaptation." Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. 1-13. doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1366728919000646.

  2. The production of voicing and place of articulation contrasts by Australian English-speaking children

    Bibliography

    Laurence Bruggeman, Julien Millasseau, Ivan Yuen, and Katherine Demuth. 2018. "The production of voicing and place of articulation contrasts by Australian English-speaking children". In Proceedings of the 17th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology, 177-180.

  3. Audiovisual benefits for speech processing speed among children with hearing loss

    Bibliography

    Rebecca Holt, Laurence Bruggeman, and Katherine Demuth. 2019. "Audiovisual benefits for speech processing speed among children with hearing loss". In Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Auditory-Visual Speech Processing,

  4. Visual speech cues improve children's processing speed in both quiet and noise

    Bibliography

    Rebecca Holt, Laurence Bruggeman, and Katherine Demuth. 2019. "Visual speech cues improve children's processing speed in both quiet and noise". In Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia, 2019, 2514-2518. Canberra.

  5. Durational cues to place and voicing contrasts in Australian English word-initial stops

    Bibliography

    Julien Millasseau, Laurence Bruggeman, Ivan Yuen, and Katherine Demuth. 2019. "Durational cues to place and voicing contrasts in Australian English word-initial stops". In Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia, 2019, 3759-3762. Canberra.

Matthew Carroll Doctor

Matthew Carroll

  • Title: Doctor
  • Program: Shape
  • Institution: The Australian National University

Prior to commencing at the Centre with an ELDP funded postdoctoral fellow position, I was hosted as a Newton International Fellow at the Surrey Morphology Group where I retain visitor status. I research the boundary between redundant and distributed structures in the architecture of language. My research is grounded in traditional qualitative linguistics (typology and description) using mathematical and formal models to make explicit the assumptions and practices of these approaches. I research language from an evolutionary perspective in which grammar is an emergent property of broader cognitive principles. Linguistics is fundamentally an empirical endeavour and I work with data primarily drawn firsthand from fieldwork in the region east of Merauke in West Papua (Indonesian Papua), specifically the Yam language groups of Kanum and Yei.

Recent Publications

  1. The Ngkolmpu Language with special reference to distributed exponence

    Bibliography

    Matthew Carroll. 2016. The Ngkolmpu Language with special reference to distributed exponence. Canberra : Australian National University PhD Thesis.

  2. The languages of Southern New Guinea

    Bibliography

    Evans, Nicholas, Arka, Wayan, Carroll, Matthew, Dohler, Christian, Kashima, Eri, Mittag, Emil, Gast, Volker, Schokkin, Dineke, Quinn, Kyla, Tama, Philip, Van Tongeren, Charlotte, Olsson, Bruno, and Siegel, Jeff. 2017. "The languages of Southern New Guinea". In The Languages and Linguistics of New Guinea: A Comprehensive Guide, 641-774. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.

Lucinda Davidson Doctor

Lucinda Davidson

  • Title: Doctor
  • Program: Learning
  • Institution: University of Melbourne

Lucy is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Melbourne, whose primary interests lie in the development of language use by children, specifically Indigenous children in Australia. For her PhD (through the ARC funded project, Language Acquisition in Murrinhpatha (LAMP), based at the University of Melbourne), Lucy explored the linguistic and sociocultural understandings of children aged 3 to 7 who are learning the traditional Australian language, Murrinhpatha, as their first language. In her current position she continues to work with Murrinhpatha speakers at Wadeye, NT, with Dr Barbara Kelly and Prof Gillian Wigglesworth, on their project investigating children’s acquisition of narratives. Lucy is also conducting research with Pitjantjatjara speaking children in the remote community of Pipalyatjara, SA, the focus of which is children’s development of nominal case marking.

Recent Publications

  1. Allies and adversaries: categories in Murrinhpatha speaking children's talk

    Bibliography

    Lucinda Davidson. 2018. Allies and adversaries: categories in Murrinhpatha speaking children's talk. Melbourne : University of Melbourne PhD Thesis.

  2. The acquisition of Murrinhpatha (Northern Australia)

    Bibliography

    Forshaw, William, Davidson, Lucinda, Kelly, Barbara, Nordlinger, Rachel, Wigglesworth, Gillian, and Blythe, Joseph. 2017. "The acquisition of Murrinhpatha (Northern Australia)". In The Oxford Handbook of Polysynthesis, 473-494. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Rebecca Defina

Rebecca Defina

  • Program: Learning
  • Institution: The University of Melbourne

Rebecca joins the Centre from the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen. For her PhD there, she investigated relationships between linguistic and conceptual event representations, with a particular focus on serial verb constructions in Avatime (a Kwa language spoken in Ghana). Her research incorporated a range of methods including linguistic description, gesture analysis, and behavioural experiments in order to study the relationships between language and thought within different ways of thinking.

She is now carrying out a longitudinal study of acquisition in Pitjantjatjara. For this project, she will be developing a corpus of naturalistic language use and narratives from children and their caregivers. She will also be continuing her work on event segmentation, looking at how Pitjantjatjara children learn to use complex predicates and how the alignment between syntactic, gestural, and conceptual event units develops.

Seamus Donnelly Doctor

Seamus Donnelly

  • Title: Doctor
  • Program: Processing
  • Institution: The Australian National Unviersity

Seamus received his PhD in Educational Psychology from the City University of New York in 2016. His dissertation research was a meta-analysis of studies comparing monolinguals and bilinguals on executive control tasks. He came to CoeDL to work under the supervision of Dr. Evan Kidd on the Canberra Longitudinal Child Language Project. His current research interests include usage-based approaches to the study of language acquisition and statistical methods for analyzing longitudinal and eye-tracking data.

Recent Publications

  1. Individual Differences in First Language Acquisition

    Bibliography

    Evan Kidd, and Seamus Donnelly. 2020. "Individual Differences in First Language Acquisition." Annual Review of Linguistics. 6: 319-340. doi: https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-linguistics-011619-030326.

  2. Is there a bilingual advantage on interference-control tasks? A multiverse meta-analysis of global reaction time and interference cost

    Bibliography

    Seamus Donnelly, Patricia Brooks, and Bruce Homer. 2019. "Is there a bilingual advantage on interference-control tasks? A multiverse meta-analysis of global reaction time and interference cost." Psychonomic Bulletin and Review. 26 (4): 1122-1147. doi: doi: 10.3758/s13423-019-01567-z.

  3. Examining the bilingual advantage on conflict resolution tasks: a meta-analysis

    Bibliography

    Seamus Donnelly, Patricia Brooks, and Bruce Homer. 2015. "Examining the bilingual advantage on conflict resolution tasks: a meta-analysis". In Proceedings of the 37th Annual Cognitive Science Society Meeting,

  4. The relationship between symbolic play and language acquisition: A meta-analytic review

    Bibliography

    Sara Quinn, Seamus Donnelly, and Evan Kidd. 2018. "The relationship between symbolic play and language acquisition: A meta-analytic review." Developmental Review.

  5. Individual Differences in Language Acquisition and Processing

    Bibliography

    Evan Kidd, Seamus Donnelly, and Morten Christiansen. 2018. "Individual Differences in Language Acquisition and Processing." Trends in Cognitive Science. 22: 152-169. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tics.2017.11.006.

Gabriela Garrido Rodriguez

  • Title: Doctor
  • Institution: University of Melbourne
Jennifer Green Doctor

Jennifer Green

  • Title: Doctor
  • Program: Shape
  • Institution: University of Melbourne

Recent Publications

  1. Alyawarr to English Dictionary

    Bibliography

    Jennifer Green, David Blackman, and David Moore. 2019. Alyawarr to English Dictionary. Alice Springs : IAD Press.

  2. Sustaining Multimodal Diversity: Narrative Practices from the Central Australian Deserts

    Bibliography

    Jennifer Green. 2020. "Sustaining Multimodal Diversity: Narrative Practices from the Central Australian Deserts." Linguapax Review 6, 2018. Languages, Worlds and Actions.. 64-100.

  3. Mudburra to English Dictionary

    Bibliography

    Rebecca Green, Jennifer Green, Amanda Hamilton-Hollaway, Felicity Meakins, David Osgarby, and Rob Pensalfini. 2019. Mudburra to English Dictionary. Canberra : Aboriginal Studies Press.

  4. Pointing to the body: Kin signs in Australian Indigenous sign languages

    Bibliography

    Jennifer Green, Anastasia Bauer, Alice Gaby, and Elizabeth Ellis. 2018. "Pointing to the body: Kin signs in Australian Indigenous sign languages." Gesture. 17 (1): 1-36.

  5. Understanding linguistic fieldwork

    Bibliography

    Felicity Meakins, Jennifer Green, and Myfany Turpin. 2018. Understanding linguistic fieldwork. Oxford : Routledge.

Clair Hill Doctor

Clair Hill

  • Title: Doctor
  • Program: Learning
  • Institution: Western Sydney University

Clair Hill is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Western Sydney University. She has special interest and expertise in Australian languages, particularly those of north-eastern Cape York Peninsula. For her PhD research (MPI Nijmegen and University of Leuven), Clair investigated the organisation a highly interactive mode of multi-party storytelling employed by Umpila and Kuuku Ya’u speakers. Her work has also involved team-based collaborative projects on cross-cultural variation in semantics and interaction, language documentation and language revitalisation, and translating research into useful language learning products with the community. In her current position within CoEDL, Clair will work with CI Caroline Jones on early language development in Australian language settings.

Anton Killin Doctor

Anton Killin

Anton completed his PhD in Philosophy at Victoria University of Wellington on music and philosophical naturalism, combining research topics in philosophy of music and evolution of music. His postdoctoral research at CoeDL focuses on the intersection of music and language, in particular the connections between evolution of music and evolution of language. In addition to these topics, Anton’s research interests include philosophy of biology and philosophy of the arts more broadly.

Recent Publications

  1. From things to thinking: Cognitive archaeology

    Bibliography

    Adrian Currie, and Anton Killin. 2019. "From things to thinking: Cognitive archaeology." Mind & Language. 34 (2): 263-279. doi: doi: 10.1111/mila.12230.

  2. Review of Thought In Action: Expertise and the Conscious Mind, by Barbara Gail Montero

    Bibliography

    Anton Killin. 2018. "Review of Thought In Action: Expertise and the Conscious Mind, by Barbara Gail Montero." British Journal of Aesthetics. doi: doi: 10.1093/aesthj/ayx035.

  3. Review of How Biology Shapes Philosophy: New Foundations for Naturalism, ed. D.L. Smith.

    Bibliography

    Anton Killin. 2018. "Review of How Biology Shapes Philosophy: New Foundations for Naturalism, ed. D.L. Smith.." Philosophical Quarterly. 68 (272): 635-638.

  4. Analyzing antiqueness: a response to Curtis and Baines

    Bibliography

    Anton Killin. 2017. "Analyzing antiqueness: a response to Curtis and Baines." Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. 75 (2): 195-197. doi: doi: 10.1111/jaac.12362.

  5. Plio-Pleistocene foundations of musicality: the co-evolution of hominin cognition, sociality and music

    Bibliography

    Anton Killin. 2017. "Plio-Pleistocene foundations of musicality: the co-evolution of hominin cognition, sociality and music." Biological Theory. 12 (4): 222-235. doi: doi: 10.1007/s13752-017-0274-6.

Jacki Liddle Doctor

Jacki Liddle

Jacki Liddle is a postdoctoral research fellow and occupational therapist researching quality of life, participation and life transitions. She uses innovative technology, along with qualitative and quantitative research methods to investigate the needs and experiences of people living with neurological conditions (Parkinson's disease, dementia, stroke), older people and their caregivers, and develop approaches to improve outcomes.

Her research has focussed on the experiences of life transitions related to ageing (for example, driving cessation of older people), illness, and related treatments (for example, deep brain stimulation). Developing technology to measure outcomes including quality of life, wellbeing, time use, and activity and role participation has led to new approaches of monitoring community life and impact of treatments. Researching the experiences related to retirement from driving for older people during her PhD led to the development of the UQDRIVE program, now called CarFreeMe for older drivers, people with dementia and people with traumatic brain injury. A telehealth trial of the the CarFreeMe program is currently underway.​

Jacki is currently working on the Florence Project with a focus on the lived experience of people living with dementia and their conversation partners, and how to facilitate a co-development approach to communication technology with people living with dementia.

Recent Publications

  1. The Challenges of Designing a Robot for a Satisfaction Survey: Surveying Humans Using a Social Robot

    Bibliography

    Scott Heath, Jacki Liddle, and Janet Wiles. 2019. "The Challenges of Designing a Robot for a Satisfaction Survey: Surveying Humans Using a Social Robot." International Journal of Social Robotics. 1-15. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12369-019-00604-0.

  2. There is moderate evidence that the process of service delivery for assistive technology relates to client satisfaction with the technology

    Bibliography

    Jacki Liddle, and Zoe Cann. 2018. "There is moderate evidence that the process of service delivery for assistive technology relates to client satisfaction with the technology." Australian occupational therapy journal. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/1440-1630.12480.

  3. Investigating Evolving Current Practices with Mixing Quantitative with Qualitative Methods

    Bibliography

    Ann Morrison, Tamara Heck, Jacki Liddle, and Sabiha Ghellal. 2018. "Investigating Evolving Current Practices with Mixing Quantitative with Qualitative Methods". Sydney.

  4. Hello harlie: Enabling speech monitoring through chat-bot conversations

    Bibliography

    David Ireland, Christina Atay, Jacki Liddle, Dana Bradford, Helen Lee, Olivia Rushin, Thomas Mullins, Daniel Angus, Janet Wiles, Simon McBride, and Adam Vogel. 2016. "Hello harlie: Enabling speech monitoring through chat-bot conversations". In Digital Health Innovation for Consumers, Clinicians, Connectivity and Community - Selected Papers from the 24th Australian National Health Informatics Conference, HIC 2016, 55-60. Melbourne, Australia.

  5. Intelligent Assistive Technology for people living with dementia is a rapidly growing and changing area requiring clinical consideration

    Bibliography

    Jacki Liddle, and Sandra Smith. 2017. "Intelligent Assistive Technology for people living with dementia is a rapidly growing and changing area requiring clinical consideration." Australian Occupational Therapy Journal. 64 (6): 510-511. doi: 10.1111/1440-1630.12434.

Deborah Loakes Doctor

Deborah Loakes

Deborah (Debbie) is a phonetician at The University of Melbourne. She has been working on both Indigenous languages and Australian English, and has most recently carried out collaborative work on prosody in Mawng, and has also carried out postdoctoral research focusing on a sound change (a vowel merger) in Australian English. Debbie's postdoctoral project for the Centre of Excellence is a sociophonetic study of Aboriginal English, bringing together an analysis of speech production, speech perception, and social factors. Participants will be (English L1) Indigenous people from Warrnambool, where the vowel merger occurs in the Anglo-Celtic community. Debbie is particularly interested in whether this merger is present in production and perception for the minority Indigenous community. Ultimately the project will use fine-grained phonetic analyses to feed into a deeper understanding of language shape, processing and evolution (and their interaction).

Recent Publications

  1. Sociophonetics of Australian English

    Bibliography

    Loakes, Deborah. 2019. "Sociophonetics of Australian English". In Australian English Reimagined: Structure, features and developments, 103-119. London: Routledge.

  2. A sociophonetic analysis of vowels produced by female Irish migrants: Investigating second dialect contact in Melbourne

    Bibliography

    Chloe Diskin, Deborah Loakes, Joshua Clothier, and Ben Volchok. 2019. "A sociophonetic analysis of vowels produced by female Irish migrants: Investigating second dialect contact in Melbourne". In Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia, 2019,

  3. The /el-/ael/ merger in Australian English: Acoustic and articulatory insights

    Bibliography

    Chloe Diskin, Deborah Loakes, Rosey Billington, Hywel Stoakes, Simon Gonzalez, and Sam Kirkham. 2019. "The /el-/ael/ merger in Australian English: Acoustic and articulatory insights". In Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia, 2019,

  4. Can you t[æ]ll I’m from M[æ]lbourne? An overview of the DRESS and TRAP vowels before /l/ as a regional accent marker in Australian English

    Bibliography

    Deborah Loakes, John Hajek, and Janet Fletcher. 2017. "Can you t[æ]ll I’m from M[æ]lbourne? An overview of the DRESS and TRAP vowels before /l/ as a regional accent marker in Australian English." English Worldwide. 38 (1): 29-49. doi: 10.1075/eww.38.1.03loa.

  5. Short vowels in L1 Aboriginal English spoken in Western Australia

    Bibliography

    Deborah Loakes, Janet Fletcher, John Hajek, Joshua Clothier, and Ben Volchok. 2016. "Short vowels in L1 Aboriginal English spoken in Western Australia". In 16th Speech Science and Technology Conference (SST2016), 33-36. Sydney.

Bruno Olsson Doctor

Bruno Olsson

  • Title: Doctor
  • Program: Evolution
  • Institution: The Australian National University

Bruno's postdoctoral research project focuses on the development and typology of Papuan languages, with special attention to the languages of the Anim family in Southern New Guinea. For his PhD at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Bruno carried out extensive documentation of Coastal Marind, an Anim language that displays a wealth of typologically interesting features, and his current work on related Anim languages aims to shed light on the processes that led to this language family being so different from other Papuan languages. Bruno is also planning to investigate the broader typological characteristics of Papuan languages, partly by using cross-linguistic databases.

Recent Publications

  1. The gender system of Coastal Marind

    Bibliography

    Olsson, Bruno. 2019. "The gender system of Coastal Marind". In Grammatical gender and linguistic complexity I: General issues and specific studies, 197-223. Berlin: Language Science Press..

  2. Introduction

    Bibliography

    Di Garbo, Francesca, Olsson, Bruno, and Walchli, Bernhard. 2019. "Introduction". In Grammatical gender and linguistic complexity I: General issues and specific studies, 1-12. Berlin: Language Science Press.

  3. Introduction

    Bibliography

    Di Garbo, Francesca, Olsson, Bruno, and Walchli, Bernhard. 2019. "Introduction". In Grammatical gender and linguistic complexity II: World-wide comparative studies, 1-13. Berlin: Language Science Press.

  4. Grammatical gender and linguistic complexity II: World-wide comparative studies

    Bibliography

    Francesca Di Garbo, Bruno Olsson, and Bernhard Walchli. 2019. Grammatical gender and linguistic complexity II: World-wide comparative studies. Berlin : Language Science Press.

  5. Grammatical gender and linguistic complexity I: General issues and specific studies

    Bibliography

    Francesca Di Garbo, Bruno Olsson, and Bernhard Walchli. 2019. Grammatical gender and linguistic complexity I: General issues and specific studies. Berlin : Language Science Press.

Ronald J. Planer Doctor

Ronald J. Planer

Ronald J. Planer received his PhD in Philosophy, along with a Certificate in Cognitive Science, from Rutgers University, New Brunswick (USA). His doctoral research examined the theoretical role of informational concepts in molecular, developmental, and evolutionary biology. He is currently focused on a cluster of issues related to the evolution of language, among them: foundational models of communication, the pathways by which different types of communication systems emerge and how they interact with one another, the relevance of gesture and musical vocalization to the evolution of linguistic communication, and more. Ronald strongly prefers an interdisciplinary approach to the issues he works on, drawing upon ideas from archeology, anthropology, linguistics, psychology, neuroscience, and biology, in addition to philosophy.

Sonja Riesberg Doctor

Sonja Riesberg

  • Title: Doctor
  • Program: Shape
  • Institution: The Australian National University

Sonja Riesberg is a field linguist working on Austronesian (Western Malayo-Polynesian) and Papuan (Trans New-Guinea) languages. She is currently working on the documentation and description of Yali, a West Trans New-Guinea language, spoken in the highlands of West Papua. Sonja is also strongly involved in capacity building measures in Papua, especially at the Centre for Endangered Languages Documentation (CELD) in Manokwari.Sonja commenced in January 2017.

Recent Publications

  1. How universal is agent-first? Evidence from symmetrical voice languages

    Bibliography

    Sonja Riesberg, Kurt Malcher, and Nikolaus Himmelmann. 2019. "How universal is agent-first? Evidence from symmetrical voice languages." Language. 95 (3): 523-561.

  2. On the perception of prosodic prominences and boundaries in Papuan Malay

    Bibliography

    Riesberg, Sonja, Kalbertodt, Janina, Baumann, Stefan, and Himmelmann, Nikolaus. 2018. "On the perception of prosodic prominences and boundaries in Papuan Malay". In Perspectives on information structure in Austronesian languages, 389–414. Berlin: Language Science Press.

  3. Perspectives on information structure in Austronesian languages

    Bibliography

    Sonja Riesberg, Asako Shiohara, and Atusko Utsmi. 2018. Perspectives on information structure in Austronesian languages. Berlin : Language Science Press.

  4. Optional ergative, agentivity and discourse prominence - evidence from Yali (TNG)

    Bibliography

    Sonja Riesberg. 2018. "Optional ergative, agentivity and discourse prominence - evidence from Yali (TNG)." Linguistic Typology. 22 (1): 17-50.

  5. An Introduction to the Yali-German Dictionary with a Short Grammatical Sketch

    Bibliography

    Riesberg, Sonja. 2017. "An Introduction to the Yali-German Dictionary with a Short Grammatical Sketch".

Luis Miguel Rojas-Berscia Doctor

Luis Miguel Rojas-Berscia

  • Title: Doctor
  • Program: Shape/Evolution
  • Institution: The University of Queensland

Luis commenced with the Centre at our UQ Node in mid-September 2018. Luis attained his PhD within the Language in Interaction Research Consortium (currently located at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, The Netherlands). His research was from two main axes: linguistic theory and grammatical description.

Recent Publications

  1. Exploring the history of pronouns in South America with computer-assisted methods

    Bibliography

    Luis Miguel Rojas-Berscia, and Sean Roberts. 2019. "Exploring the history of pronouns in South America with computer-assisted methods." Journal of Language Evolution. 0 (0): 1-21. doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/jole/lzz006.

  2. Nominalization in Shawi (Chayahuita)

    Bibliography

    Miguel Rojas-Berscia, Luis. 2019. "Nominalization in Shawi (Chayahuita)". In Nominalization in the Languages of the Americas, 491–514. John Benjamins.

Rachel Sluis Doctor

Rachel Sluis

  • Title: Doctor
  • Program: Processing
  • Institution: The University of Queensland/Bond University

Rachel Sluis completed her PhD in clinical psychology at Griffith University on the Gold Coast. Her doctoral research examined the impact of executive functioning on cognitive maintaining features of social anxiety disorder, such as repetitive negative thinking. Rachel is a postdoctoral research fellow and psychologist working on the Florence Project with a focus on the development of communication technology to support conversational breakdown for people living with dementia and their carers.

Recent Publications

  1. Conversational trouble and repair in dementia: Revision of an existing coding framework’

    Bibliography

    Rachel Sluis, Alana Campbell, Christina Atay, Erin Conway, Zaneta Mok, Anthony Angwin, Helen Chenery, and Brooke-Mai Whelan. 2019. "Conversational trouble and repair in dementia: Revision of an existing coding framework’." Journal of Communication Disorders. 81: 105912.

  2. Fear of evaluation in social anxiety: Mediation of attentional bias to human faces

    Bibliography

    Rachel Sluis, and Mark Boschen. 2014. "Fear of evaluation in social anxiety: Mediation of attentional bias to human faces." Journal of Behaviour Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry. 45 (4): 475-483. doi: 10.1016/j.jbtep.2014.06.007.

  3. Intensive treatment of pediatric OCD: The case of Sarah

    Bibliography

    Lara Farrell, Rachel Sluis, and Allison Waters. 2017. "Intensive treatment of pediatric OCD: The case of Sarah." Journal of Clinical Psychology. 00: 1-17. doi: 10.1002/jclp.22397.

  4. Repetitive negative thinking in social anxiety disorder 2: Post-event processing

    Bibliography

    Rachel Sluis, Mark Boschen, David Neumann, and Karen Murphy. 2017. "Repetitive negative thinking in social anxiety disorder 2: Post-event processing." Psychopathology Review. 4: 263-289. doi: https://doi.org/10.5127/pr.045616.

  5. Repetitive negative thinking in social anxiety disorder 1: Anticipatory processing

    Bibliography

    Rachel Sluis, Mark Boschen, David Neumann, and Karen Murphy. 2017. "Repetitive negative thinking in social anxiety disorder 1: Anticipatory processing." Psychopathology Review. 4: 244-262. doi: https://doi.org/10.5127/pr.045516.

Research Associates

Inge Kral Doctor

Inge Kral

Inge is a linguistic anthropologist working with Jennifer Green and Jane Simpson on Elizabeth Ellis’ ARC Discovery Indigenous Award investigating Western Desert speech styles and verbal arts in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands region of Western Australia. Co-affiliated with the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR-ANU) Inge draws on some thirty years experience in Indigenous education, language and literacy in remote Australia. As an ethnographer of language and literacy her research interests include literacy as social practice; adolescent language socialisation; out-of-school learning; and youth, digital media and new literacies. She recently completed an ARC DECRA researching changing modes of communication and the socio-cultural and linguistic consequences of digital technologies in remote Indigenous Australia. Current projects include ‘Getting in Touch: Language and digital inclusion in Australian Indigenous communities’ and a youth media and literacy project in an Orang Asli indigenous village in Peninsular Malaysia.

Recent Publications

  1. Census data on Australian Languages

    Bibliography

    Simpson, Jane, Angelo, Denise, Browne, Emma, Kral, Inge, Markham, Francis, O'Shannessy, Carmel, and Venn, Danielle. 2018. "Census data on Australian Languages". In Endangered languages and the land: Mapping landscapes of multilingualis, 115-120. London: FEL & EL Publishing.

  2. Language vitality in and out of school in a remote Indigenous Australian context

    Bibliography

    Kral, Inge, and Ellis, Elizabeth. 2019. "Language vitality in and out of school in a remote Indigenous Australian context". In A World of Indigenous Languages—Politics, Pedagogies, and Prospects for Language Revitalization and Maintenance, Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

  3. Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand, Language Research

    Bibliography

    Kral, Inge. 2018. "Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand, Language Research". In Wiley International Encyclopedia of Anthropology., 1-10. Wiley Publications.

  4. Tekná – a vanishing oral tradition among the Kayan people of Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo

    Bibliography

    Roselind Wan, Sumathi Renganathan, and Inge Kral. 2018. "Tekná – a vanishing oral tradition among the Kayan people of Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo." Indonesia and the Malay World. 46 (135): 218-234.

  5. A Space to Learn: A community-based approach to meaningful adult learning and literacy in remote Indigenous Australia

    Bibliography

    Inge Kral, and RG Schwab. 2017. "A Space to Learn: A community-based approach to meaningful adult learning and literacy in remote Indigenous Australia." Prospects, UNESCO Journal of Curriculum, Learning and Assessment. 1-13.

Doug Marmion Doctor

Doug Marmion

  • Title: Doctor
  • Program: Shape
  • Institution: AIATSIS

Originally from Perth, Doug worked as a teacher at Yirara College (a residential school for secondary age Aboriginal children from remote communities) in Alice Springs, followed by three years as Adult Educator for the community of Walungurru (also known as Kintyre) 400 kms west of Alice Springs. While in Central Australia he began learning the Western Desert Language and studying linguistics, which eventually led to him taking up the position of Senior Linguist at the Yamaji Language Centre in Geraldton, Western Australia. In this position he worked with speakers of various languages of the Murchison-Gascoyne region (including Wajarri, Badimaya, Nhanda, Malgana, Warriyangka, Ngarlawangka and Wanmala) to document those languages from the remaining speakers and develop strategies for their maintenance and revival.

Following this Doug completed a PhD in linguistics at the Australian National University with a description of Wutung, a complex, tonal Papuan language and member of the Skou language family, spoken on the north-west coast of Papua New Guinea.

Doug joined AIATSIS in 2010 as the Linguistics Research Fellow. Doug’s primary research interests are across the areas of Indigenous language description, documentation and revitalisation in Australia. He is presently working with the Ngunawal community of Canberra on the revival of their language and has continuing interests in the documentation of the Western Australian languages Ngajumaya, and Wajarri, and the historical linguistics of the Kartu subgroup of languages.

Doug was co-author of both the first (2005) and second (2014) National Indigenous Language Surveys and is one of the lead authors of the Curriculum Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages.

Doug’s work for the Centre of Excellence is focused on the AIATSIS archives and drawing on language materials held there to construct corpora of Australian languages.

David Wilkins Doctor

David Wilkins

David Wilkins is an anthropological linguist who explores the relationship between language use, culture and cognition. His publications range across lexical semantics, pragmatics, semantic change, gesture, aphasia and augmentative and alternative communication. He has done fieldwork in central Australia and Far North Queensland. In the area of documentary and descriptive linguistics, he is currently working to show how and why the current model of grammar, dictionary and texts needs to be complemented by a grammar of language use, an ethno-thesaurus, an ethnography of speaking and an account of a community's paralinguistic repertoire and the interface of language with other culturally available semiotic systems.

Recent Publications

  1. Private Interests and Problem Frames in Social Policy Reform: A corpus-assisted critical discourse analytical study

    Bibliography

    Gabrielle Meagher, and David Wilkins. 2018. "Private Interests and Problem Frames in Social Policy Reform: A corpus-assisted critical discourse analytical study." Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis across Disciplines. 10 (2): 1-29.

  2. The representation of the national quality framework in the Australian print media: silences and slants in the mediatisation of early childhood education policy

    Bibliography

    Marianne Fenech, and David Wilkins. 2018. "The representation of the national quality framework in the Australian print media: silences and slants in the mediatisation of early childhood education policy." Journal of Education Policy. doi: 10.1080/02680939.2018.1502815.

  3. The Demonstrative Questionnaire: “THIS” and “THAT” in Comparative Perspective

    Bibliography

    Wilkins, David. 2018. "The Demonstrative Questionnaire: “THIS” and “THAT” in Comparative Perspective". In Demonstratives in Cross-Linguistic Perspective, 43-71. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  4. Arandic alternate sign language(s)

    Bibliography

    Green, Jennifer, Wilkins, David, Jepson, Julie Bakken, de Clerck, Goedele, Lutalo-Kiingi, Sam, and McGregor, William B. 2015. "Arandic alternate sign language(s)". In Sign languages of the world: A comparative handbook, 843-870.

  5. With or Without Speech: Arandic Sign Language from Central Australia

    Bibliography

    Jennifer Green, and David Wilkins. April 3, 2014. "With or Without Speech: Arandic Sign Language from Central Australia." Australian Journal of Linguistics. 34 (2): 234-261. doi: 10.1080/07268602.2014.887407.

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