Videos

14 November 2019

Meet Nick Thieberger

Chief Investigator Nicholas Thieberger is Associate Professor and ARC Future Fellow in the School of Languages and Linguistics at the University of Melbourne. In 2003 he helped establish the Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Resources in Endangered Languages (PARADISEC), and is now its Director. See more...



12 November 2019

Meet Catherine Travis

Chief Investigator Catherine Travis is Professor of Modern European Languages in the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics at ANU. Her work addresses questions related to language evolution at a micro level, where she applies quantitative methods to probe the impact of linguistic and social factors on language variation and change in the speech community. See more...


23 October 2019

Solomon Island speakers

During the ‘Understanding our languages: Solomon Islands’ workshop in Honiara, 15 multilingual Solomon Islanders, speaking at least 35 local languages between them, were asked to talk about what’s important and special about their languages.


9 October 2019

Early Language Inventory

The ERLI is a parent checklist of first words and gestures designed with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. Find out more... 


13 September 2019

The Linguistics of the Internet

At last year’s Summer School, blogger, podcaster and prominent linguistic communicator Gretchen McCulloch gave a public lecture and a foretaste of her upcoming bookBecause Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language. See more...


29 August 2019

Language Across Time

In this special, four linguists guided students through some of the ways in which historical linguistics can be a window onto the human past – both recent and remote – and respond to students’ questions. See more...


30 July 2019

Manyardi songs make us remember

Traditional custodians from Warruwi community in western Arnhem Land (NT), David Manmurulu, Jenny Manmurulu, Rupert Manmurulu and Jamie Milpurr joined with researchers to present the Garrurru public lecture, centred around the Inyjalarrku ‘Mermaid’ song-set, an important part of their cultural heritage. See more...


28 June 2019

Studying the vernacular in the vernacular – Luqa literacy in the Solomon Islands

In this public lecture, Dr Alpheaus Graham Zobule takes the audience on the fascinating 20-year journey of the Kulu Language Institute in the Solomon Islands, which he founded and continues to direct. See more...


20 June 2019

In conversation with Professor Janet Wiles

In this interview, Janet speaks about her life’s work and current research interests with Amanda Hamilton-Hollaway, a PhD candidate with Centre. See more...


6 June 2019

In conversation with Professor Kim Sterelny

Professor Kim Sterelny, leader of the Language Evolution program at the Centre, speaks with Dr Rosey Billington about his life's work and current research interests. See more...


17 May 2019

Public lecture: The genius of Australian Indigenous languages 

On 6 February, Professor Rachel Nordlinger, one of the country’s foremost experts on Australian Indigenous languages, explained their unique importance to an audience of hundreds. See more...


2 April 2019

Seminar: The 'ecology' of deaf sign languages in PNG

In this seminar, Lauren Reed, Alan Rumsey and local advisor John Onga outline their work documenting these barely studied languages and present one fascinatng case study from the Western Highlands. See more...


25 February 2019

Language Keepers Conference - Why Indigenous Languages Matter

Director Nick Evans joins Professor Rawinia Higgins, Professor Jakelin Troy and Chair Dan Bourchier to explore why language revival is vital to the future of Indigenous communities. Read more...


24 February 2019

Language Keepers Conference: Voices from the Archives

Significant recordings of Indigenous languages are held in archival collections. In this session, Associate Professor Nick Thieberger and Dr Shirleene Robinson look into how these recordings can assist Indigenous communities to revive or relearn their culture (Note). Read more...


1 February 2019

Meet Professor Rachel Nordlinger

Professor Rachel Nordlinger talks with PhD scholar Catalina Torres about her work in describing, documenting and analysing indigenous languages, delving into theoretical paradigms, and what inspires her about working with Australian Aboriginal communities. See more ...



8 January 2019

PARADISEC collection and management

Amanda Harris presents on the Pacific And Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures to a meeting for language centre managers on Managing Language Collections, held in conjunction with the WANALA Forum at Batchelor in October 2018. See more...


27 September 2018

Video: Nick Evans on the language of poetry in Indigenous Australian song

In this public lecture, Professor Nick Evans gives a glimpse into the richness of the poetic language found across a number of Australian indigenous traditions. See more…


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