Research Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellows

Andrew Back Doctor

Andrew Back

  • Title: Doctor
  • Program: Technology/Evolution
  • Institution: University of Queensland

Andrew has a background in machine learning algorithms and architectures, higher order statistics and signal processing. He has held positions with the Department of Defence, NEC Research Laboratories (USA), RIKEN (Japan) and founded a software company developing tools for computational finance. He has developed large scale computer models for high impact systems including a commercial model of the wholesale electricity prices across Australia. His particular current interests are in the development of probabilistic information theoretic entropic models, which can be used to analyse natural language, estimate learning time and predict analytical model performance.

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. 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.

  2. Evaluating Logistic Mixed-Effects Models of Corpus-Linguistic Data in Light of Lexical Diffusion

    Bibliography

    Barth, Danielle, and Kapatsinski, Vsevolod. 2018. "Evaluating Logistic Mixed-Effects Models of Corpus-Linguistic Data in Light of Lexical Diffusion". In Mixed-Effects Regression Models in Linguistics. Quantitative Methods in the Humanities and Social Sciences, 99-116. Cham: Springer.

  3. A multimodel inference approach to categorical variant choice: construction, priming and frequency effects on the choice between full and contracted forms of am, are and is

    Bibliography

    Danielle Barth, and Vsevolod Kapatsinski. 2017. "A multimodel inference approach to categorical variant choice: construction, priming and frequency effects on the choice between full and contracted forms of am, are and is." Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory. 13 (2) doi: https://doi.org/10.1515/cllt-2014-0022.

  4. SCOPIC Design and Overview

    Bibliography

    Barth, Danielle, and Evans, Nicholas. 2017. "SCOPIC Design and Overview". In Social Cognition Parallax Interview Corpus (SCOPIC), 1-21. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.

  5. The Social Cognition Parallax Interview Corpus (SCOPIC)

    Bibliography

    Danielle Barth, and Nicholas Evans. 2017. The Social Cognition Parallax Interview Corpus (SCOPIC). Honolulu : University of Hawai'i 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.

Greg Dickson Doctor

Greg Dickson

Greg Dickson has lived and worked in the Katherine Region of the Northern Territory for over a decade — a region that is a hotspot for endangered languages, where most remote Aboriginal people now speak a creole or mixed language. His PhD thesis, recently completed through the Australian National University, considered one of those endangered languages, Marra, and observed the degree to which the lexicon of Kriol demonstrates a transfer (or lack thereof) of lexical material and related cultural denotata. His current research project with the Centre of Excellence will capture well-known but under-described geographic variation found across Kriol speaking communities, with a particular focus on the area east of Katherine.

Recent Publications

  1. Rethinking the substrates of Roper River Kriol: the case of Marra

    Bibliography

    Dickson, Greg. 2016. "Rethinking the substrates of Roper River Kriol: the case of Marra". In Loss and Renewal: Australian Languages since Colonisation, 145-173. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

  2. Rethinking the substrates of Roper River Kriol: the case of Marra

    Bibliography

    Dickson, Greg. 2016. "Rethinking the substrates of Roper River Kriol: the case of Marra". In Loss and Renewal: Australian Languages Since Contact, 145-173. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Samantha Disbray Doctor

Samantha Disbray

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

Samantha Disbray has worked as a community and research linguist in the vibrant and dynamic language ecology of Central Australia for almost 20 years. Samantha has worked with speakers of Warumungu, an endangered language spoken in Tennant Creek and compiled a learner’s dictionary. She has investigated child language input and development in Tennant Creek and the contemporary contact language Wumpurrarni English. Her doctoral thesis was a developmental study of reference in children’s Wumpurrarni English narrations. More recently she has researched languages in education, particularly the Northern Territory Bilingual Education Program. She continues to work closely with Warlpiri educators and education activists. In her current project she is working once again with speakers of Warumungu and Wumpurrarni English, repatriating historical Warumungu recordings and preparing a corpus of texts, a dictionary and learning materials.

Recent Publications

  1. History of bilingual education in the Northern Territory: People, programs and policies

    Bibliography

    Brian Devlin, Samantha Disbray, and Nancy Devlin. 2018. History of bilingual education in the Northern Territory: People, programs and policies. Singapore : Springer.

  2. Curriculum as Knowledge System: The Warlpiri theme Cycle

    Bibliography

    Disbray, Samantha, and Martin, Barbara. 2018. "Curriculum as Knowledge System: The Warlpiri theme Cycle". In Language Practices of Indigenous Children and Youth: The Transition from Home to School, Palgrave Macmillan.

  3. ‘Red Dirt’ Schools and Pathways into Higher Education

    Bibliography

    Guenther, John, Disbray, Samantha, Benveniste, Tessa, and Osborne, Sam. 2017. "‘Red Dirt’ Schools and Pathways into Higher Education". In Indigenous Pathways, Transitions and Participation in Higher Education, Singapore: Springer.

  4. A Thematic History of Bilingual Education in the Northern Territory

    Bibliography

    Devlin, Brian, Disbray, Samantha, and Devlin, Nancy. 2017. "A Thematic History of Bilingual Education in the Northern Territory". In History of bilingual education in the Northern Territory: People, programs and policies, 1-10. Singapore: Springer.

  5. Policy and Practice Now

    Bibliography

    Disbray, Samantha. 2017. "Policy and Practice Now". In History of bilingual education in the Northern Territory: People, programs and policies, 237-246. Singapore: Springer.

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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Assessing the impact of conversational overlap in content on child language growth

    Bibliography

    Elizabeth Che, Patricia Brooks, Maria Alarcon, Francis Yannaco, and Seamus Donnelly. 2017. "Assessing the impact of conversational overlap in content on child language growth." Journal of Child Language. 1-25. doi: 10.1017/S0305000917000083.

  4. Empirical logit analysis is not logistic regression

    Bibliography

    Seamus Donnelly, and Jay Verkuilen. 2017. "Empirical logit analysis is not logistic regression." Journal of Memory and Language. 94: 28-42. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jml.2016.10.005.

  5. Second-­language lexical knowledge benefits first-­language lexical retrieval

    Bibliography

    Seamus Donnelly, Eve Higby, and Jungmee Yoon. 2016. "Second-­language lexical knowledge benefits first-­language lexical retrieval". In International Workshop on Language Production, La Jolla, CA USA.

Cris Edmonds-Wathen

Cris Edmonds-Wathen

  • Program: Shape
  • Institution: The University of Melbourne

Cris Edmonds-Wathen researches how mathematics is expressed in different languages. She has recently been working on a project to improve the teaching of mathematics in Papua New Guinea by helping elementary teachers to draw on local languages and culture. She has also been working on the comparison of mathematics tasks in different languages, during a postdoc at Umea University, Sweden. For her PhD she investigated spatial language in Iwaidja, a language of northern Australia.

In her current postdoctoral position at the Research Unit for Indigenous Language, she will further investigate the relationship between mathematics education and language in remote indigenous communities. Key questions that shape this research are: What mathematical concepts do young indigenous language speaking children learn in their everyday life? How does their mathematical understanding correspond or not correspond with assumed learning in the Australian curriculum? How can curriculum design and teaching programs for indigenous language speaking students be better informed by the children’s prior mathematical understanding?

Recent Publications

  1. Bringing ethnomathematics to elementary schools in Papua New Guinea: A design-based research project

    Bibliography

    Kay Owens, Cris Edmonds-Wathen, and Vagi Bino. 2015. "Bringing ethnomathematics to elementary schools in Papua New Guinea: A design-based research project." Revista Latino Americana de Etnomatemática. 8 (2): 32-52.

  2. Indigenous language speaking students learning mathematics in English: Expectations of and for teachers

    Bibliography

    Cris Edmonds-Wathen. 2015. "Indigenous language speaking students learning mathematics in English: Expectations of and for teachers." Australian Journal of Indigenous Education. 1-11. doi: doi: 10.1017/jie.2015.9.

  3. Distribution, recognition and representation: Mathematics education and Indigenous students

    Bibliography

    Edmonds-Wathen, Cris, Meaney, Tamsin, McMurchy-Pilkington, Cris, and Trinick, Tony. 2016. "Distribution, recognition and representation: Mathematics education and Indigenous students". In Research in mathematics education in Australasia 2012-2015, 145-167. Singapore: Springer.

  4. Impact of differing grammatical structures in mathematics teaching and learning

    Bibliography

    Edmonds-Wathen, Cris, Trinick, T, and Durand-Guerrier, V. 2016. "Impact of differing grammatical structures in mathematics teaching and learning". In Mathematics education and linguistic diversity: The 21st ICMI study, 23-46. New York: Springer.

  5. Route description in Iwaidja: Grammar and conceptualisation of motion

    Bibliography

    Cris Edmonds-Wathen. 2016. "Route description in Iwaidja: Grammar and conceptualisation of motion." PNA (Special issue in mathematics education and language). 11 (1): 53-74.

Elizabeth Ellis ARC Discovery Indigenous Fellow

Elizabeth Ellis

  • Title: ARC Discovery Indigenous Fellow
  • Program: Shape
  • Institution: The Australian National University

Elizabeth Marrkilyi Ellis is a Ngaatjatjarra educator, interpreter and linguist from the Ngaanyatjarra region of Western Australia. Over recent years she has collaborated with Inge Kral on a research project documenting Western Desert speech styles and changing modes of communication across the generations.

Recent Publications

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

    Bibliography

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

  2. Family in mind: Socio-spatial knowledge in a Ngaatjatjarra/Ngaanyatjarra children’s game'

    Bibliography

    Elizabeth Ellis, Jennifer Green, and Inge Kral. 2017. "Family in mind: Socio-spatial knowledge in a Ngaatjatjarra/Ngaanyatjarra children’s game'." Research on Children and Social Interaction. 1 (2): 164–198.

  3. I See Something Better Soon: How a Remote Community Was Transformed through Empowerment

    Bibliography

    Elizabeth Ellis, and Inge Kral. 2016. "I See Something Better Soon: How a Remote Community Was Transformed through Empowerment." Aboriginal History. 40: 289-291.

  4. Pictures from My Memory: My Story as a Ngaatjatjarra Woman

    Bibliography

    Elizabeth Ellis. 2016. Pictures from My Memory: My Story as a Ngaatjatjarra Woman. Canberra : Aboriginal Studies Press.

Simon Gonzalez Ochoa Doctor

Simon Gonzalez Ochoa

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

Simon’s research focuses on acoustic phonetics, empowered by computational tools. His experience is mainly on Australian English, after finishing his PhD in English Phonology (Australian English) at the University of Newcastle, and working as a Research Assistant at Griffith University analysing West Australian English (ARC-funded, led by Gerard Docherty). He develops computational tools (scripts and apps) for more efficient and practical analysis/visualisation of phonetic and phonological phenomena. Currently he is part of two projects at ANU: Sydney Speaks (CI Catherine Travis) and the Transcription Acceleration Project (CIs Nick Evans and Janet Wiles), both ARC-funded through CoEDL.

James Grama Doctor

James Grama

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

James completed his PhD at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa where he focused largely on vocalic variation in English and English-based varieties. His work on California English, Hawaiʻi English, and Hawaiʻi Creole has investigated the ways in which phonetic variation is correlated with social factors and sound change over time. In his research, he uses quantitative acoustic measures along with rigorous statistical models to describe how changes in linguistic varieties have taken shape, especially in heterogeneous communities. At the Centre, he works as a member of the Sydney Speaks project where he hopes to investigate the acoustic features of a variety of features of Australian English in the diverse and changing Sydney community, especially as a function of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and network affiliation.

Scott Heath Doctor

Scott Heath

  • Title: Doctor
  • Program: Technology (and Evolution)
  • Institution: The University of Queensland

Scott is interested in how robots can develop languages where words are understood by robots through their interactions with each other and their environment. Scott completed his PhD on the Lingodroids project in 2015, a project that explores how robots can develop words to describe the places and times that they share. He is now working on Opie, a robot that is designed for exploring social interactions with children.

Recent Publications

  1. Spatiotemporal Aspects of Engagement during Dialogic Storytelling Child–Robot Interaction

    Bibliography

    Scott Heath, Gautier Durantin, Marie Boden, Kristyn Hensby, Jonathan Taufatofua, Ola Olsson, Paul Pounds, Jason Weigel, and Janet Wiles. 2017. "Spatiotemporal Aspects of Engagement during Dialogic Storytelling Child–Robot Interaction." Frontiers in Robotics and AI. doi: https://doi.org/10.3389/frobt.2017.00027.

  2. Social Moments: A Perspective on Interaction for Social Robotics

    Bibliography

    Gautier Durantin, Scott Heath, and Janet Wiles. 2017. "Social Moments: A Perspective on Interaction for Social Robotics." Frontiers in Robotics and AI. (4): 24. doi: doi: 10.3389/frobt.2017.00024.

  3. Lingodroids: Cross-Situational Learning for Episodic Elements

    Bibliography

    Scott Heath, David Ball, and Janet Wiles. 2016. "Lingodroids: Cross-Situational Learning for Episodic Elements." IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems. 8 (1): 3-14. doi: 10.1109/TAMD.2015.2442619.

  4. Discovering patterns of touch: a case study for visualization-driven analysis in human-robot interaction

    Bibliography

    Kris Rogers, Janet Wiles, Scott Heath, Kristyn Hensby, and Jonathan Taufatofua. 2016. "Discovering patterns of touch: a case study for visualization-driven analysis in human-robot interaction". 499-500. Christchurch, NZ.

  5. Social cardboard: Pretotyping a social ethnodroid in the wild.

    Bibliography

    Janet Wiles, Peter Worthy, Kristyn Hensby, Marie Boden, Scott Heath, Paul Pounds, Nikodem Rybak, Michael Smith, Jonathan Taufatofua, and Jason Weigel. 2016. "Social cardboard: Pretotyping a social ethnodroid in the wild.". In Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), 531-532. Christchurch, NZ.

Anton Killin Doctor

Anton Killin

ANU CoEDL Postdoc Anton Killin will be on secondment from the Centre from mid-August 2017 to mid-May 2018 to take up a position as a Visiting Postdoctoral Associate with the Florida International University in Miami. While at FIU Anton will be contributing to a research program on philosophy, archaeology and palaeoanthropology, including furthering his CoEDL research on music and language origins.

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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Where did language come from? Connecting sign, song, and speech in hominin evolution

    Bibliography

    Anton Killin. 2017. "Where did language come from? Connecting sign, song, and speech in hominin evolution." Biology & Philosophy. 32 (6): 759-778. doi: doi: 10.1007/s10539-17-9607-x.

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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Working together to keep communicating

    Bibliography

    Jacki Liddle. 2017. "Working together to keep communicating." Australian Journal of Dementia Care. 6 (4): 10-11.

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. 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.

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

    Bibliography

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

  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. Accentual prominence and consonant lengthening and strengthening in Mawng

    Bibliography

    Deborah Loakes, Hywel Stoakes, Ruth Singer, and Janet Fletcher. 2015. Accentual prominence and consonant lengthening and strengthening in Mawng. : University of Glasgow.

  5. An Investigation of the /el/–/æl/ Merger in Australian English: A Pilot Study on Production and Perception in South-West Victoria

    Bibliography

    Deborah Loakes, Joshua Clothier, John Hajek, and Janet Fletcher. October 2, 2014. "An Investigation of the /el/–/æl/ Merger in Australian English: A Pilot Study on Production and Perception in South-West Victoria." Australian Journal of Linguistics. 34 (4): 436-452. doi: 10.1080/07268602.2014.929078.

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.

Ola Olsson Doctor

Ola Olsson

  • Title: Doctor
  • Program: Technology (and Evolution)
  • Institution: The University of Queensland

Ola received his PhD in real-time computer graphics from Chalmers University of Technology in 2014. His research focussed on massively parallel algorithms running on Graphics Programming Units (GPUs), primarily solving real-time graphics problems involving many lights. He has a broad interest in High-Performance Computing (HPC) and GPU-algorithm design and development, and has assisted HPC-application development, for example fusion-plasma simulation targeting the Titan, the world #3 supercomputer. Ola is involved in computational aspects of Opie, a social robot in development at UQ, as well as assisting anywhere in the Centre where high computational throughput is required.

Recent Publications

  1. Spatiotemporal Aspects of Engagement during Dialogic Storytelling Child–Robot Interaction

    Bibliography

    Scott Heath, Gautier Durantin, Marie Boden, Kristyn Hensby, Jonathan Taufatofua, Ola Olsson, Paul Pounds, Jason Weigel, and Janet Wiles. 2017. "Spatiotemporal Aspects of Engagement during Dialogic Storytelling Child–Robot Interaction." Frontiers in Robotics and AI. doi: https://doi.org/10.3389/frobt.2017.00027.

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

Commencing January 2017

Recent Publications

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 will be commencing with the Centre at our UQ Node in mid-September 2018.

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

    Bibliography

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

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

    Bibliography

    L Farrell, Rachel Sluis, and A Waters. 2017. "Intensive treatment of pediatric OCD: The case of Sarah." Journal of Clinical Psychology. 00: 1-17.

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

    Bibliography

    Rachel Sluis, M Boschen, D Neumann, and K Murphy. 2017. "Repetitive negative thinking in social anxiety disorder 2: Post-event processing." Psychopathology Review. 4: 263-289.

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

    Bibliography

    Rachel Sluis, M Boschen, D Neumann, and K Murphy. 2017. "Repetitive negative thinking in social anxiety disorder 1: Anticipatory processing." Psychopathology Review. 4: 244-262.

  5. Anticipatory processing in social anxiety: Investigation using attentional control theory

    Bibliography

    Rachel Sluis, and M Boschen. 2017. "Anticipatory processing in social anxiety: Investigation using attentional control theory." Journal of Behaviour Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry. 57: 172-179.

Alba Tuninetti

Alba Tuninetti

  • Program: Processing
  • Institution: Western Sydney University

Alba is a postdoctoral research fellow working under A/Prof Paola Escudero on second language (L2) speech perception using behavioural and EEG methodologies. She received her bachelors' from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009, and went on to complete her Master's in 2012 at the University of Pittsburgh examining how nonnative English speakers processed syntactic violations using eye-tracking. She completed her PhD in 2015, investigating how similarity to the first language, training, feedback, and cue strength influence the neural and behavioral processing of nonnative phonemes. She received an Endeavour Research Fellowship from the Australian Department of Education to examine how the acoustics of the first language influence the perception of nonnative phonemes. She is also interested in bilingual speech and accent perception, investigating how the first language influences the L2 at the acoustic and phonological levels.

Recent Publications

  1. Non-Native Dialect Matters: The Perception of European and Brazilian Portuguese Vowels by Californian English Monolinguals and Spanish–English Bilinguals

    Bibliography

    Jaydene Elvin, Alba Tuninetti, and Paola Escudero. "Non-Native Dialect Matters: The Perception of European and Brazilian Portuguese Vowels by Californian English Monolinguals and Spanish–English Bilinguals." Languages. 3 (3): 37. doi: https://doi.org/10.3390/languages3030037.

  2. One way or another: Evidence for perceptual asymmetry in pre-attentive learning of non-native contrasts

    Bibliography

    Liquan Liu, Alba Tuninetti, Paola Escudero, and Jia Hoong Ong. 2018. "One way or another: Evidence for perceptual asymmetry in pre-attentive learning of non-native contrasts." Frontiers in Psychology. 9: 162. doi: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00162.

  3. The influence of a first language: Training nonnative listeners on voicing contrasts

    Bibliography

    Alba Tuninetti, and Natasha Tokowicz. 2018. "The influence of a first language: Training nonnative listeners on voicing contrasts." Language, Cognition, & Neuroscience. 1-19.

  4. When speaker identity is unavoidable: Neural processing of speaker identity cues in natural speech

    Bibliography

    Alba Tuninetti, Katerina Chladkova, Varghese Peter, Niels Schiller, and Paola Escudero. 2017. "When speaker identity is unavoidable: Neural processing of speaker identity cues in natural speech." Brain and Language. (174): 42-49. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bandl.2017.07.001.

Research Associates

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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Temporal correlates of Lopit singleton and geminate glide

    Bibliography

    Rosey Billington. 2016. "Temporal correlates of Lopit singleton and geminate glide". In Proceedings of the 16th Australasian International Speech Science and Technology Conference, 265-268. Parramatta.

  4. Lexical tone in Lopit

    Bibliography

    Rosey Billington. 2015. "Lexical tone in Lopit". In Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow, Scotland.

Peter Hurst Doctor

Peter Hurst

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

Peter completed his PhD at the University of Melbourne with Assoc Prof Rachel Nordlinger. His work examined the reciprocal constructions in Icelandic (Germanic), Malagasy (Austronesian) and Swahili (Bantu) in order to determine the variability of their non-standard syntax and to analyse these constructions within the theoretical framework of Lexical Functional Grammar (LFG). He revealed that the syntactic and, to a lesser extent, semantic behaviour of reciprocal constructions arise not from structural features (such as whether the reciprocal construction is formed from a clitic, affix etc.), but from more fundamental reciprocation strategies by which asymmetric predicates are made to describe symmetric situations. He is now working with Ian Green and Rachel Nordlinger on the Daly Languages website (http://www.ianxgreen.com/tryonagain) - a database driven website that presents the languages of this region and their related literature in an accessible manner.

Recent Publications

  1. Code-Switching or Code-Mixing? Tiwi Children’s Use of Language Resources in a Multilingual Environment

    Bibliography

    Wilson, Aidan, Hurst, Peter, and Wigglesworth, Gillian. 2018. "Code-Switching or Code-Mixing? Tiwi Children’s Use of Language Resources in a Multilingual Environment". In Language Practices of Indigenous Children and Youth: The Transition from Home to School, Palgrave Macmillan.

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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Everyday watching and learning in an Indigenous Australian community

    Bibliography

    Catherine Massola, and Inge Kral. 2017. "Everyday watching and learning in an Indigenous Australian community." Learning, Culture and Social Interaction. (15): 31-43.

  4. Family in mind: Socio-spatial knowledge in a Ngaatjatjarra/Ngaanyatjarra children’s game'

    Bibliography

    Elizabeth Ellis, Jennifer Green, and Inge Kral. 2017. "Family in mind: Socio-spatial knowledge in a Ngaatjatjarra/Ngaanyatjarra children’s game'." Research on Children and Social Interaction. 1 (2): 164–198.

  5. I See Something Better Soon: How a Remote Community Was Transformed through Empowerment

    Bibliography

    Elizabeth Ellis, and Inge Kral. 2016. "I See Something Better Soon: How a Remote Community Was Transformed through Empowerment." Aboriginal History. 40: 289-291.

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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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