End of Centre Event

Since 2014, CoEDL has worked to investigate, support and transform the language sciences. The Centre pioneered a dynamic and multi-faceted model guided by four key puzzles:

    • Why is human language so diverse and how can linguists measure and document this diversity?
    • How is language learned and what impact do contexts like age and multilingualism have on language learning?
    • How does the brain process language and how do linguistic and neurological diversity impact cognition?
    • Why and how did language evolve, does continue to evolve, and what does this tell us about society, diversity and culture?

Interweaving these questions were concerted efforts to improve and explore the documentation and archiving of linguistic and heritage materials; the ways technology can facilitate language use and linguistics research; and countless education and outreach activities.

With CoEDL winding down in late 2022, this event will reflect on the achievements of Centre investigations, the lessons learned and the future avenues for linguistics research.


Essential information

Date: Wednesday, 28 September, Thursday, 29 September and Friday, 30 September

Location: Canberra, Australia

Venue: The Shine Dome, 15 Gordon Street, Acton ACT 2601

Please note that the Australian Academy of Science (which operates the Shine Dome) has a strict COVID-19 vaccination policy, and requires all visitors to be fully vaccinated (two doses) — or provide proof of medical exemption — to enter the venue.

Information to assist visitors with coming to Canberra is available here.

Please send any questions to coedl@anu.edu.au.


Public Lecture

Professor Clint Bracknell will be giving a public lecture titled 'Waabarangara! Invigorating a community of speakers via performance' on Wednesday, 28 September from 6pm. More information is available here. Registration via Eventbrite.



Each day of the event is organised around a theme: education and outreach, CoEDL research achievements, and linguistic research futures.


Full program details are available here.



Registration for the event is $80 per day. You can register for 1, 2 or 3 full days. Registrations closed 31 August 2022. Contact coedl@anu.edu.au with any questions.

Please note that registration for the public lecture remains open via Eventbrite.

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