Language Learning

When children and adults learn a language, they engage with its internal complexity and varietal characteristics (see Shape), use human cognitive abilities for processing which change over their lifespans (Processing), inspire computational models of potential technological application to building adaptive systems that know how to learn, and contribute over generations to language change (Evolution).

The learning program integrates all these elements, but with a twist: it is putting a spotlight on how children and adults learn languages in contexts that are acutely under-researched, but which are of social, educational, and economic importance for Australia and its place in our region.

The three focus areas are:

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