Chief Investigators

Anthony Angwin Associate Professor

Anthony Angwin

Anthony Angwin's research interests are centred around the investigation of neurogenic communication disorders.

Anthony is a speech pathologist and senior lecturer conducting research on psycholinguistics and neurogenic communication disorders. In particular, his research interests are focussed upon the investigation of communication impairments associated with Parkinson's disease, stroke and dementia.

Recent Publications

  1. Literacy development in children with cochlear implants: a narrative review

    Bibliography

    Nicola Bell, Anthony Angwin, Wayne Wilson, and Wendy Arnott. 2022. "Literacy development in children with cochlear implants: a narrative review." Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties. 27 (1): 115-134. doi: 10.1080/19404158.2021.2020856.

  2. Acquisition of novel word meaning via cross-situational word learning: An event-related potential study

    Bibliography

    Anthony Angwin, Samuel Armstrong, Courtney Fisher, and Paola Escudero. 2022. "Acquisition of novel word meaning via cross-situational word learning: An event-related potential study." Brain and Language. 229: 105111. doi: 10.1016/j.bandl.2022.105111.

  3. How Effective are Pictures in Eliciting Information from People Living with Dementia? A Systematic Review

    Bibliography

    Muhammad Haroon, Nadeeka Dissanayaka, Anthony Angwin, and Tracy Comans. 2022. "How Effective are Pictures in Eliciting Information from People Living with Dementia? A Systematic Review." Clinical Gerontologist. doi: 10.1080/07317115.2022.2085643.

  4. The effect of sleep on novel word learning in healthy adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis

    Bibliography

    Emma Schimke, Anthony Angwin, Bonnie Cheng, and David Copland. 2021. "The effect of sleep on novel word learning in healthy adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis." Psychonomic Bulletin and Review. 28 (6): 1811–1838. doi: 10.3758/s13423-021-01980-3.

  5. Corticostriatal regulation of language functions

    Bibliography

    David Copland, Sonia Brownsett, Kartik Iyer, and Anthony Angwin. 2021. "Corticostriatal regulation of language functions." Neuropsychology Review. 31 (3): 472–494. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11065-021-09481-9.

Anne Cutler Distinguished Professor ✝︎

Anne Cutler

Anne Cutler studied languages and psychology at the Universities of Melbourne, Berlin and Bonn, taught German at Monash University, but embraced psycholinguistics as soon as it emerged as an independent sub-discipline, taking a PhD in the subject at the University of Texas. Postdoctoral fellowships at MIT and Sussex University followed, and from 1982 to 1993 a staff position at the Medical Research Council Applied Psychology Unit in Cambridge. In 1993 she became a director at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, a post she held till 2013. She was also professor of comparative psycholinguistics at the Radboud University Nijmegen from 1995 to 2013, and, from 2006 to 2013, part-time Research Professor in MARCS Auditory Laboratories. In 2013 she took up a full-time position at the MARCS Institute.

Recent Publications

  1. Cross-language data on five types of prosodic focus

    Bibliography

    Martin Ip, and Anne Cutler. May 2016. "Cross-language data on five types of prosodic focus". In Proceedings of Speech Prosody 2016, Boston.

  2. Processing advantages for focused words in Korean

    Bibliography

    Heather Kember, Jiyoun Choi, and Anne Cutler. June 2016. "Processing advantages for focused words in Korean". In Proceedings of Speech Prosody 2016, Boston.

  3. Language-specificity in speakers’ strategies of focus expression

    Bibliography

    Martin Ip, and Anne Cutler. July 2016. "Language-specificity in speakers’ strategies of focus expression". In Abstracts of Laboratory Phonology, Ithaca, New York.

  4. Auditory Perceptual Learning in Autistic Adults

    Bibliography

    Samra Alispahic, Elizabeth Pellicano, Anne Cutler, and Mark Antoniou. 2022. "Auditory Perceptual Learning in Autistic Adults." Autism Research. doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/aur.2778.

  5. Managing Speech Perception Data Sets

    Bibliography

    Cutler, Anne, Ernestus, Mirjam, Warner, Natasha, and Weber, Andrea. 2022. "Managing Speech Perception Data Sets". In The Open Handbook in Linguistic Data Management, MIT Press.

Paola Escudero Professor

Paola Escudero

Paola Escudero is based at The MARCS Institute. Her main interest within CoEDL is on how the learning of phonetic detail takes place in multilingual communities. She collaborates with CI Kidd (Processing) on statistical learning in monolingual and bilingual infants, with CI Fletcher (Processing/Shape) on comparing Australian English accents, with AI Byrd (Technology Thread) and Postdoc Ellison (Shape) on an app that can be used to collect processing data in the field, and with PhD Kashima, Postdocs Ellison and Schokkin (Shape) on the phonetic description of PNG languages. Paola’s team is also collaborating with CIs Rumsey and Wigglesworth’s teams (Learning) on adapting laboratory methods for testing processing questions in the field, as well as with Postdoc Durantin (Evolution) on EEG analysis techniques that can be applied to individual language learners. Paola was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship which she started in 2017.

Recent Publications

  1. Rapid learning of minimally different words in five- to six-year-old children: effects of acoustic salience and hearing impairment

    Bibliography

    Paola Escudero, Marcel Raymond Giezen, and Anne Baker. 21 May 2015. "Rapid learning of minimally different words in five- to six-year-old children: effects of acoustic salience and hearing impairment." Journal of Child Language. 43 (2): 310-337. doi: 10.1017/S0305000915000197.

  2. Music Perception Abilities and Ambiguous Word Learning: Is There Cross-Domain Transfer in Nonmusicians?

    Bibliography

    Eline Smit, Andrew Milne, and Paola Escudero. 2022. "Music Perception Abilities and Ambiguous Word Learning: Is There Cross-Domain Transfer in Nonmusicians?." Frontiers in psychology. 13: 801263. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.801263.

  3. Learning to Perceive Non-Native Tones via Distributional Training: Effects of Task and Acoustic Cue Weighting

    Bibliography

    Liquan Liu, Chi Yuan, Jia Hoong Ong, Alba Tuninetti, Mark Antoniou, Anne Cutler, and Paola Escudero. 2022. "Learning to Perceive Non-Native Tones via Distributional Training: Effects of Task and Acoustic Cue Weighting." Brain Sciences. 12 (5): 559. doi: 10.3390/brainsci12050559.

  4. Unattended distributional training can shift phoneme boundaries.

    Bibliography

    Kateřina Chládková, Paul Boersma, and Paola Escudero. 2022. "Unattended distributional training can shift phoneme boundaries.." Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. 1-14. doi: 10.1017/S1366728922000086.

  5. Vowel acoustics of Nungon child-directed speech, adult dyadic conversation, and foreigner-directed monologues

    Bibliography

    Hannah Sarvasy, Weicong Li, Jaydene Elvin, and Paola Escudero. 2022. "Vowel acoustics of Nungon child-directed speech, adult dyadic conversation, and foreigner-directed monologues." Frontiers in Psychology. doi: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.805447.

Bethwyn Evans Doctor

Bethwyn Evans

Bethwyn Evans’s research is focused on language change and language contact, and the role that linguistics plays in understanding our non-linguistic past. She predominantly works on Austronesian and Papuan languages in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. Beth collaborates with Simon Greenhill on exploring the links between micro- and macro-level processes of language evolution.

Recent Publications

  1. The Papuan languages of Island Melanesia

    Bibliography

    Stebbins, Tonya, Evans, Bethwyn, and Terrill, Angela. 2018. "The Papuan languages of Island Melanesia". In The languages and Linguistics of the New Guinea Area, 775–894. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

  2. Foundations of the new historical linguistics

    Bibliography

    Bowern, Claire, and Evans, Bethwyn. 2015. "Foundations of the new historical linguistics". In The Routledge handbook of historical linguistics, London: Routledge.

  3. Demographic correlates of language diversity

    Bibliography

    Greenhill, Simon, Bowern, Claire, and Evans, Bethwyn. 2015. "Demographic correlates of language diversity". In The Routledge Handbook of Historical Linguistics, 555-578. London: Routledge.

  4. The Routledge Handbook of Historical Linguistics

    Bibliography

    Claire Bowern, and Bethwyn Evans. 2015. The Routledge Handbook of Historical Linguistics. New York : Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.

  5. Maternal History of Oceania from Complete mtDNA Genomes: Contrasting Ancient Diversity with Recent Homogenization Due to the Austronesian Expansion

    Bibliography

    Ana Duggan, Bethwyn Evans, Francoise Friedlaender, Jonathan Friedlaender, George Koki, D Andrew Merriwether, Manfred Kayser, and Mark Stoneking. 2014. "Maternal History of Oceania from Complete mtDNA Genomes: Contrasting Ancient Diversity with Recent Homogenization Due to the Austronesian Expansion." American Journal of Human Genetics. 94 (5): 721-733. doi: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2014.03.014.

Nicholas Evans Distinguished Professor

Nicholas Evans

Nicholas (‘Nick’) Evans is the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language. His central research focus is the diversity of human language and what this can tell us about the nature of language, culture, deep history, and the possibilities of the human mind. His 2010 book Dying Words: Endangered Languages and What They Have to Tell Us sets out a broad program for the field’s engagement with the planet’s dwindling linguistic diversity. Nick has carried out fieldwork on several languages of Northern Australia and Papua New Guinea, particularly Kayardild, Bininj Gun-wok, Dalabon, Ilgar, Iwaidja, Marrku and Nen, with published grammars of Kayardild (1995) and Bininj Gun-wok (2003), and dictionaries of Kayardild (1992) and Dalabon (2004). His ARC Laureate Project The Wellsprings of Linguistic Diversity examines how microvariation at speech community level relates to macro-diversity of languages and language families, and he is leading a team in a cross-linguistic study of how diverse grammars underpin social cognition.

Recent Publications

  1. Artist Sally Gabori had a language of her own.

    Bibliography

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  2. A life of polysynthesis: Hans-Jurgen Sasse (1943–2015)

    Bibliography

    Nicholas Evans, Nikolaus P. Himmelmann, and Dejan Matić. January 2015. "A life of polysynthesis: Hans-Jurgen Sasse (1943–2015)." Linguistic Typology. 19 (2) doi: 10.1515/lingty-2015-0010.

  3. How a man got off the grog: A Dalabon 'family problems' story

    Bibliography

    Nicholas Evans, and Manuel Pamkal. 2022. "How a man got off the grog: A Dalabon 'family problems' story." Asian and African Languages and Linguistics. (16): 165-186. doi: 10.15026/117161.

  4. The eye of the dolphin: Sally Gabori and the Kaiadilt vision

    Bibliography

    Evans, Nicholas. 2022. "The eye of the dolphin: Sally Gabori and the Kaiadilt vision". In Sally Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Gabori, 13-32. Paris: Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain.

  5. Words of Wonder: Endangered Languages and What They Tell Us

    Bibliography

    Nicholas Evans. 2022. Words of Wonder: Endangered Languages and What They Tell Us. : Wiley-Blackwell.

Janet Fletcher Professor

Janet Fletcher

Janet Fletcher is Professor of Phonetics in the School of Languages and Linguistics. She has held previous appointments at the University of Edinburgh, the Ohio State University, and Macquarie University. Her research interests include phonetic theory, laboratory phonology, prosodic phonology, articulatory and acoustic modelling of prosodic effects in various languages. She is currently working on phonetic variation, and prosody, and intonation in Indigenous Australian languages and has commenced projects on selected languages of Oceania. She is a member of the Research Unit for Indigenous Language in the School of Languages and Linguistics.

Recent Publications

  1. 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.

  2. Phrase-level and edge marking in Drehu

    Bibliography

    Catalina Torres, and Janet Fletcher. 2022. "Phrase-level and edge marking in Drehu." Glossa. 7 (1) doi: 10.16995/glossa.5845.

  3. The Autosegmental-Metrical Theory of Intonational Phonology

    Bibliography

    Arvaniti, Amalia, Fletcher, Janet, Gussenhoven, Carlos, and Chen, Aoju. 2021. "The Autosegmental-Metrical Theory of Intonational Phonology". In The Oxford Handbook of Language Prosody, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  4. Nafsan

    Bibliography

    Rosey Billington, Nick Thieberger, and Janet Fletcher. 2021. "Nafsan." Journal of the International Phonetic Association. 1-21. doi: 10.1017/S0025100321000177.

  5. The alignment of F0 tonal targets under changes in speech rate in Drehu

    Bibliography

    Catalina Torres, and Janet Fletcher. 2020. "The alignment of F0 tonal targets under changes in speech rate in Drehu." The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 147 (4): 2947. doi: 10.1121/10.0001006.

Caroline Jones Professor

Caroline Jones

Caroline Jones' research focuses on how we can increase the success and sustainability of Aboriginal language revitalization initiatives, how we can improve early language assessment and intervention, and what strategies support communication with elderly people. She is also interested in ways of making research more efficient and more accessible or participatory with new technology and is Deputy Leader of the CoEDL Future Technologies Thread.

Recent Publications

  1. Suitability of vocabulary assessments: Comparing child scores and parent perspectives on communicative inventories for Aboriginal families in Western Sydney

    Bibliography

    Chantelle Khamchuang, Caroline Jones, Emilee Gilbert, Karen Mattock, and Christa Lam-Cassettari. 2022. "Suitability of vocabulary assessments: Comparing child scores and parent perspectives on communicative inventories for Aboriginal families in Western Sydney." International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. 1-12. doi: 10.1080/17549507.2022.2045357.

  2. Matjarr Djuyal: How Using Gesture in Teaching Gathang Helps Preschoolers Learn Nouns.

    Bibliography

    Anjilkurri Rhonda Radley, Caroline Jones, Jose Hanham, and Mark Richards. 2021. "Matjarr Djuyal: How Using Gesture in Teaching Gathang Helps Preschoolers Learn Nouns.." Languages. 6 (2): 1-14. doi: 10.3390/languages6020103.

  3. A short-form version of the Australian English communicative development inventory

    Bibliography

    Caroline Jones, Marina Kalashnikova, Chantelle Khamchuang, Catherine Best, Erin Bowcock, Anne Dwyer, Hollie Hammond, Caroline Hendy, Kate Jones, Catherine Kaplun, Lynn Kemp, Christa Lam-Cassettari, Weicong Li, Karen Mattock, Suzan Odemis, and Karen Short. 2021. "A short-form version of the Australian English communicative development inventory." International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. 1-11. doi: 10.1080/17549507.2021.1981446.

  4. The Hearing and Talking Scale (HATS): development and validation with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in urban and remote settings in Australia

    Bibliography

    Teresa Y. Ching, Michelle Saetre-Turner, Samantha Harkus, Louise Martin, Meagan Ward, Vivienne Marnane, Caroline Jones, Eugenie Collyer, Chantelle Khamchuang, and Kelvin Kong. 2020. "The Hearing and Talking Scale (HATS): development and validation with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in urban and remote settings in Australia." Deafness And Education International. 22 (4): 305-324. doi: 10.1080/14643154.2020.1830241.

  5. Developing a parent vocabulary checklist for young Indigenous children growing up multilingual in the Katherine region of Australia’s Northern Territory

    Bibliography

    Caroline Jones, Eugenie Collyer, Jaidine Fejo, Chantelle Khamchuang, Anita Painter, Lee Rosas, Karen Mattock, Alicia Dunajcik, Paola Escudero, and Anne Dwyer. 2020. "Developing a parent vocabulary checklist for young Indigenous children growing up multilingual in the Katherine region of Australia’s Northern Territory." International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. 22 (5): 583-590. doi: 10.1080/17549507.2020.1718209.

Felicity Meakins Professor

Felicity Meakins

Felicity Meakins specialises in the documentation of Australian languages in the Victoria River District in northern Australia and the effect of English on Indigenous languages. She has worked as a community linguist and academic, facilitating language revitalisation programs, consulting on Native Title claims and conducting research into Indigenous languages. This work has provided the basis for Case-Marking in Contact (Benjamins, 2011), Bilinarra, Gurindji and Malngin Plants and Animals (NT-LRM, 2012), Gurindji to English Dictionary (Batchelor Press, 2013), Bilinarra to English Dictionary (Batchelor Press, 2013), A Grammar of Bilinarra (with Rachel Nordlinger, Mouton, 2014), Kawarla: How to Make a Coolamon (Batchelor Press, 2015), Loss and Renewal: Australian Languages Since Colonisation (edited with Carmel O'Shannessy, Mouton, 2016) and Yijarni: True Stories from Gurindji Country (edited with Erika Charola, Aboriginal Studies Press, 2016).

Recent Publications

  1. Empiricism or imperialism: The science of Creole Exceptionalism

    Bibliography

    Felicity Meakins. 2022. "Empiricism or imperialism: The science of Creole Exceptionalism." Journal of Pidgin and Creole languages. 37 (1): 189-203. doi: 10.1075/jpcl.00092.mea.

  2. Intergenerational changes in Gurindji Kriol: Comparing apparent-time & real-time data

    Bibliography

    B Sloan, Felicity Meakins, and Cassandra Algy. 2022. "Intergenerational changes in Gurindji Kriol: Comparing apparent-time & real-time data." Asia-Pacific Language Variation. 8 (1): 1-31. doi: https://doi.org/10.1075/aplv.21001.slo.

  3. Alternate for some and primary for others: Sign language in a Gurindji community in northern Australia

    Bibliography

    Jennifer Green, Felicity Meakins, and Cassandra Algy. 2022. "Alternate for some and primary for others: Sign language in a Gurindji community in northern Australia." Australian Journal of Linguistics. 42 (2)

  4. The word wide web: A mycelial turn in the conceptualisation and modelling of language evolution

    Bibliography

    Felicity Meakins. 2022. "The word wide web: A mycelial turn in the conceptualisation and modelling of language evolution." Journal of Pidgin and Creole languages. 37 (2): 396-416. doi: https://doi.org/10.1075/jpcl.00099.mea.

  5. Global predictors of language endangerment and the future of linguistic diversity

    Bibliography

    Lindell Bromham, Russell Dinnage, Hedvig Skirgard, Andrew Ritchie, Marcel Cardillo, Felicity Meakins, Simon Greenhill, and Xia Hua. 2021. "Global predictors of language endangerment and the future of linguistic diversity." Nature, Ecology & Evolution.

Rachel Nordlinger Professor

Rachel Nordlinger

Rachel Nordlinger is the Director of the Research Unit for Indigenous Language in the School of Languages and Linguistics. Rachel’s research centres around the description and documentation of Australia's indigenous languages, and she has worked with the Bilinarra, Wambaya, Gudanji, Murrinhpatha and Marri Ngarr communities to record and preserve their traditional languages. She has also published on syntactic and morphological theory, and in particular the challenges posed by the complex grammatical structures of Australian Aboriginal languages. She is the author of numerous academic articles in international journals, and five books, including A Grammar of Wambaya (Pacific Linguistics, 1998), Constructive Case: Evidence from Australian languages (CSLI Publications, 1998) and A Grammar of Bilinarra (Mouton de Gruyter, 2014, coauthored with Dr. Felicity Meakins). She is co-editor (with Harold Koch) of The Languages and Linguistics of Australia (Mouton de Gruyter, 2014).

Recent Publications

  1. The Acquisition of Polysynthetic Languages

    Bibliography

    Barbara Kelly, Gillian Wigglesworth, Rachel Nordlinger, and Joseph Blythe. February 1, 2014. "The Acquisition of Polysynthetic Languages." Language and Linguistics Compass. 8 (2): 51-64. doi: 10.1111/lnc3.12062.

  2. Australia Loves Language Puzzles: The Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad (OzCLO)

    Bibliography

    Dominique Estival, Cathy Bow, John Henderson, Barbara Kelly, Mary Laughren, Elisabeth Mayer, Diego Mollá, Colette Mrowa-Hopkins, Rachel Nordlinger, Verna Rieschild, Andrea Schalley, Alexander Stanley, and Jill Vaughan. December 1, 2014. "Australia Loves Language Puzzles: The Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad (OzCLO)." Language and Linguistics Compass. 8 (12): 659-670. doi: 10.1111/lnc3.12096.

  3. Category Clustering and Morphological Learning

    Bibliography

    John Mansfield, Carmen Saldana, Peter Hurst, Rachel Nordlinger, Sabine Stoll, Balthasar Bickel, and Andrew Perfors. 2022. "Category Clustering and Morphological Learning." Cognitive Science. 46 (2): e13107. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/cogs.13107.

  4. Sentence planning and production in Murrinhpatha, an Australian 'free word order' language

    Bibliography

    Rachel Nordlinger, Gabriela Garrido Rodriguez, and Evan Kidd. 2022. "Sentence planning and production in Murrinhpatha, an Australian 'free word order' language." Language. 98 (2): 187-220. doi: 10.1353/lan.2022.0008.

  5. Wambaya, Gudanji, Binbinka and Ngarnka Plants and Animals: Aboriginal biocultural knowledge from Gulf of Carpentaria and the Barkly Tablelands, north Australia

    Bibliography

    Molly Nurlanyma Grueman, Minnie Niyamarrama Nimara, Mavis Bangarinya Hogan, Powder Bangarinju O'Keefe, Peggy Yarrburrngalina Mawson, Katie Banduluka Baker, Pompey Jack Warnbiyaji, Lynette Nuranyma Hubbard, Gilbert Jackson Maanula, Jeffrey Heath, Rachel Nordlinger, and Glenn Wightman. 2021. Wambaya, Gudanji, Binbinka and Ngarnka Plants and Animals: Aboriginal biocultural knowledge from Gulf of Carpentaria and the Barkly Tablelands, north Australia. Tennant Creek : Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security & Papulu Apparr-kari Aboriginal Corporation.

Alan Rumsey Emeritus Professor

Alan Rumsey

Alan Rumsey is an Emeritus Professor of Anthropology in the School of Culture, History and Language, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU. His research fields are Highland New Guinea and Aboriginal Australia, with a focus on speech genres and relations among language, culture and intersubjectivity. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities, a past president of the Australian Anthropological Society and the co-convenor of the ANU Pacific Institute. He is currently involved in collaboration with CoEDL Affiliate Francesca Merlan on a major research project on ‘Children’s Language Learning and the Development of Intersubjectivity’, for which he was funded by an ARC Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award during 2013-16, and in collaboration with CoEDL Affiliate Lauren Reed on a study of a sign language in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea that is used in communication with deaf people.

Recent Publications

  1. Recent research on language and culture in Australia and Oceania

    Bibliography

    Rumsey, Alan, Singer, Ruth, and Tomlinson, Matt. 2022. "Recent research on language and culture in Australia and Oceania". In Approaches to Language and Culture, 443-470. Berlin: Mouton De Gruyter.

  2. Language and Mind

    Bibliography

    Rumsey, Alan. 2021. "Language and Mind". In The International Encyclopedia of Linguistic Anthropology, 1-12. Hoboken, N.J: Wiley-Blackwell.

  3. Reported Speech and Represented Speech

    Bibliography

    Rumsey, Alan. 2021. "Reported Speech and Represented Speech". In The International Encyclopedia of Linguistic Anthropology, Hoboken, N.J: Wiley-Blackwell.

  4. Ku Waru Clause Chaining and the Acquisition of Complex Syntax

    Bibliography

    Alan Rumsey, Lauren Reed, and Francesca Merlan. 2020. "Ku Waru Clause Chaining and the Acquisition of Complex Syntax." Frontiers in Communication. 5: 19. doi: 10.3389/fcomm.2020.00019.

  5. Sign Languages in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands

    Bibliography

    Reed, Lauren, and Rumsey, Alan. 2020. "Sign Languages in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands". In Sign language in Papua New Guinea: A Primary Sign Language from the Upper Lagaip Valley, Enga Province, 141-184. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Jane Simpson Emeritus Professor

Jane Simpson

Jane Simpson has carried out fieldwork on Indigenous Australian languages since 1979, and is Chair of Indigenous Linguistics at the ANU. Jane has worked collaboratively on numerous Indigenous language resources: the Warlpiri dictionary with Affiliate Mary Laughren; Ngaanyatjarra speech register corpus with postdoctoral fellow Inge Kral, and Affiliates Jenny Green and Lizzy Ellis; a Warumungu dictionary and corpus with postdoctoral fellow Samantha Disbray; and with Affiliates Rob Amery and Maryanne Gale on a Ngarrindjeri text corpus. She is also working with CI Gillian Wigglesworth on the language learning experience of Indigenous school children. As Chair of the CoEDL Education Sub-committee, she helps draw together HDR training and other education initiatives, which include the University Languages Portal of Australia.

Recent Publications

  1. Learning (in) indigenous languages: Common ground, diverse pathways

    Bibliography

    Denise Angelo, Samantha Disbray, Ruth Singer, Carmel O'Shannessy, Jane Simpson, Hilary Smith, Barbra Meek, and Gillian Wigglesworth. 2022. Learning (in) indigenous languages: Common ground, diverse pathways. Paris : OECD.

  2. Automated speech tools for helping communities process restricted-access corpora for language revival efforts

    Bibliography

    Nay San, Martijin Bartelds, Tolulope Ogunremi, Alison Mount, Ruben Thompson, Michael Higgins, Roy Barker, Jane Simpson, and Dan Jurafsky. 2022. "Automated speech tools for helping communities process restricted-access corpora for language revival efforts". In Proceedings of the Fifth Workshop on the Use of Computational Methods in the Study of Endangered Languages, 41-51. Dublin.

  3. Borrowing of address forms for dimensions of social relation in a contact-induced multilingual community

    Bibliography

    Kamaludin Yusra, Yuni Budi Lestari, and Jane Simpson. 2022. "Borrowing of address forms for dimensions of social relation in a contact-induced multilingual community." Journal of Politeness Research. 1-32. doi: https://doi.org/10.1515/pr-2021-0022.

  4. Qualitative comparison in Warlpiri: semantic case, adposition and/or derivational affix?

    Bibliography

    Jane Simpson. 2021. "Qualitative comparison in Warlpiri: semantic case, adposition and/or derivational affix?". In Proceedings of the LFG'20 Conference On-Line, 349-362. Stanford, CA.

  5. Bound, free and in between: A review of pronouns in Ngarrindjeri in the world as it was

    Bibliography

    Mary-Anne Gale, Rob Amery, Jane Simpson, and David Wilkins. 2021. "Bound, free and in between: A review of pronouns in Ngarrindjeri in the world as it was." Australian Journal of Linguistics. 41 (3): 314-343. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/07268602.2021.1967875.

Kim Sterelny Professor

Kim Sterelny

Kim Sterelny's main research interests are Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy of Psychology and Philosophy of Mind. He is the author of The Representational Theory of Mind and the co-author of Language and Reality (with Michael Devitt) and Sex and Death: An Introduction to Philosophy of Biology (with Paul Griffiths). He is Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. In addition to philosophy, Kim spends his time eating curries, drinking red wine, bushwalking and bird watching. Kim has been a Visiting Professor at Simon Fraser University in Canada, and at Cal Tech and the University of Maryland, College Park, in the USA.

Recent Publications

  1. Ethnography, Archaeology and The Late Pleistocene

    Bibliography

    Kim Sterelny. 2022. "Ethnography, Archaeology and The Late Pleistocene." Philosophy of Science. 1-39. doi: 10.1017/psa.2021.42.

  2. Foragers and their tools: Risk, technology and complexity

    Bibliography

    Kim Sterelny. 2021. "Foragers and their tools: Risk, technology and complexity." Topics in cognitive science. 13 (4): 728-749. doi: 10.1111/tops.12559.

  3. The Pleistocene Social Contract: Culture and Cooperation in Human Evolution

    Bibliography

    Kim Sterelny. 2021. The Pleistocene Social Contract: Culture and Cooperation in Human Evolution. New York : Oxford University Press.

  4. Kinship revisited

    Bibliography

    Nicholas Evans, Stephen Levinson, and Kim Sterelny. 2021. "Kinship revisited." Biological Theory. 16 (3): 123–126. doi: 10.1007/s13752-021-00384-9.

  5. From signal to symbol

    Bibliography

    Ronald Planer, and Kim Sterelny. 2021. From signal to symbol. Cambridge : MIT Press.

Nick Thieberger Associate Professor

Nick Thieberger

Associate Professor Nicholas Thieberger has worked with speakers of Australian languages since the early 1980s. He established the Aboriginal language centre Wangka Maya in Port Hedland in the late 1980s, then worked at AIATSIS building the Aboriginal Studies Electronic Data Archive in the early 1990s. He wrote a grammar of South Efate, a language from central Vanuatu that was the first to link media to the analysis, allowing verification of examples used in analytical claims. In 2003 he helped establish PARADISEC, a digital archive of recorded ethnographic material and is now its Director. He is a co-founder of the Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity (RNLD) and in 2008 he established a linguistic archive at the University of Hawai’i. He is interested in developments in digital humanities methods and their potential to improve research practice and he is now developing methods for creation of reusable data sets from fieldwork on previously unrecorded languages. He is the Editor of the journal Language Documentation & Conservation. He is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the University of Melbourne.

Recent Publications

  1. Community-Led Documentation of Nafsan (Erakor, Vanuatu)

    Bibliography

    Krajinovic, Ana, Billington, Rosey, Emil, Lionel, Kaltappau, Gray, and Thieberger, Nick. 2022. "Community-Led Documentation of Nafsan (Erakor, Vanuatu)". In Human Language Technology. Challenges for Computer Science and Linguistics, 112–128.

  2. When Your Data is My Grandparents Singing. Digitisation and Access for Cultural Records, the Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC)

    Bibliography

    Nick Thieberger, and Amanda Harris. 2022. "When Your Data is My Grandparents Singing. Digitisation and Access for Cultural Records, the Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC)." Data Science Journal. 21 (9): 1–7. doi: 10.5334/dsj-2022-009.

  3. Nafsan

    Bibliography

    Rosey Billington, Nick Thieberger, and Janet Fletcher. 2021. "Nafsan." Journal of the International Phonetic Association. 1-21. doi: 10.1017/S0025100321000177.

  4. Un nouveau souffle numérique pour les corpus en langues océaniennes

    Bibliography

    Jacques Vernaudon, Nick Thieberger, Tamatoa Bambridge, and Takurua Parent. 2021. "Un nouveau souffle numérique pour les corpus en langues océaniennes." Journal de la Société des Océanistes. 153: 323-336. doi: https://doi.org/10.4000/jso.13165.

  5. A Dictionary of Nafsan, South Efate, Vanuatu: M̃p̃et Nafsan ni Erakor

    Bibliography

    Nick Thieberger, and Members of the Erakor Community. 2021. A Dictionary of Nafsan, South Efate, Vanuatu: M̃p̃et Nafsan ni Erakor. Honolulu, Hawaii : University of Hawaii Press.

Catherine Travis Professor

Catherine Travis

Catherine Travis is Professor of Modern European Languages in the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics at the ANU. Her work addresses questions related to language evolution at a micro level; she applies quantitative methods to probe the impact of linguistic and social factors on language variation and change in the speech community. In the Centre of Excellence, she leads the Sydney Speaks project, a sociolinguistic study of Australian English, examining the speech of Sydney-siders of diverse social backgrounds, recorded at different times, and born over a 100-year period (from the 1890s to the 1990s). A second project, in collaboration with PI Rena Torres Cacoullos (Penn State University), examines outcomes of language contact in a long-standing Spanish-English bilingual community in New Mexico, USA. A co-authored book deriving from this work, Bilingualism in the Community: Code-switching and Grammars in Contact, has been published by Cambridge University Press.

Recent Publications

  1. Ethnic variation in real time: Change in Australian English diphthongs

    Bibliography

    James Grama, Catherine Travis, and Simon Gonzalez. 2021. "Ethnic variation in real time: Change in Australian English diphthongs". In Studies in Language Variation (Papers from the Tenth International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE 10), 292-314. Amsterdam.

  2. Alternating or mixing languages

    Bibliography

    Travis, Catherine, and Torres Cacoullos, Rena. 2021. "Alternating or mixing languages". In English and Spanish: World languages in Interaction, 287-311. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  3. Categories and frequency: Cognition verbs in Spanish subject expression

    Bibliography

    Catherine Travis, and Rena Torres Cacoullos. 2021. "Categories and frequency: Cognition verbs in Spanish subject expression." Languages. 6 (3): 126. doi: https://doi.org/10.3390/languages6030126.

  4. Gender, mobility and contact: Stability and change in an Acehnese dialect

    Bibliography

    Catherine Travis, and Inas Ghina. 2021. "Gender, mobility and contact: Stability and change in an Acehnese dialect." Asia-Pacific Language Variation. 7 (2): 142-167. doi: https://doi.org/10.1075/aplv.20007.tra.

  5. Comparing the performance of forced aligners used in sociophonetic research

    Bibliography

    Simon Gonzalez, James Grama, and Catherine Travis. 2020. "Comparing the performance of forced aligners used in sociophonetic research." Linguistics Vanguard. 6 (1) doi: 10.1515/lingvan-2019-0058.

Gillian Wigglesworth Emeritus Professor

Gillian Wigglesworth

Gillian Wigglesworth’s expertise is in first and second language acquisition in monolingual, bilingual and multilingual settings. A major focus of her work is in remote Indigenous communities documenting children’s language learning at home and at school, together with CI Jane Simpson (Shape). She is collaborating with other Learning program members to ensure comparable data collection patterns in the acquisition projects taking place in Australia and Papua New Guinea. Her collaboration with CI Janet Wiles (Evolution) investigates the potential of using robots in remote communities for language development, and with Professor Katherine Demuth (Macquarie University, CI, Centre in Cognition and its Disorders) on assessing Indigenous children’s hearing to determine any relationship to phonological awareness development. She is a Deputy Director of the Research Unit for Indigenous Language and Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor at the University of Melbourne.

Recent Publications

  1. The Acquisition of Polysynthetic Languages

    Bibliography

    Barbara Kelly, Gillian Wigglesworth, Rachel Nordlinger, and Joseph Blythe. February 1, 2014. "The Acquisition of Polysynthetic Languages." Language and Linguistics Compass. 8 (2): 51-64. doi: 10.1111/lnc3.12062.

  2. Learning (in) indigenous languages: Common ground, diverse pathways

    Bibliography

    Denise Angelo, Samantha Disbray, Ruth Singer, Carmel O'Shannessy, Jane Simpson, Hilary Smith, Barbra Meek, and Gillian Wigglesworth. 2022. Learning (in) indigenous languages: Common ground, diverse pathways. Paris : OECD.

  3. Translating translanguaging into our classrooms: Possibilities and challenges

    Bibliography

    Rhonda Oliver, Gillian Wigglesworth, Denise Angelo, and Carly Steele. 2021. "Translating translanguaging into our classrooms: Possibilities and challenges." Language Teaching Research. 25 (1): 134-150. doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/1362168820938822.

  4. From “Civilising Missions” to Indigenous Language Reclamation: Language policy, language shift and maintenance in Australia and Norway

    Bibliography

    Lane, Pia, Wigglesworth, Gillian, Røyneland, Unn, and Blackwood, Robert. 2021. "From “Civilising Missions” to Indigenous Language Reclamation: Language policy, language shift and maintenance in Australia and Norway". In Multilingualism across the Lifespan, 124-143. New York: Routledge.

  5. Beyond Success and Failure: Intergenerational Language Transmission from within Indigenous Families in Southern Chile

    Bibliography

    Espinoza, Marco, Wigglesworth, Gillian, Wright, Lyn, and Higgins, Christina. 2021. "Beyond Success and Failure: Intergenerational Language Transmission from within Indigenous Families in Southern Chile". In Diversifying family language policy, London: Bloomsbury.

Janet Wiles Professor

Janet Wiles

Janet Wiles’ research involves bio-inspired computation in complex systems, with applications in cognitive science and biorobotics. She completed a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Sydney, a postdoctoral fellowship in Psychology at the University of Queensland, and served as faculty in the Cognitive Science program for 12 years. In 2003 she formed the Complex and Intelligent Systems research group at the University of Queensland where she has been Professor since 2006. She currently coordinates the UQ node of CoEDL, where her research focuses on social robots and language.

Recent Publications

  1. Using technology to enhance communication between people with dementia and their carers

    Bibliography

    Helen Chenery, Christina Atay, Alana Campbell, Erin Conway, Daniel Angus, and Janet Wiles. July 1, 2016. "Using technology to enhance communication between people with dementia and their carers." Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association. 12 (7): 279-280. doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2016.06.507.

  2. An Automated Approach to Examining Conversational Dynamics between People with Dementia and Their Carers

    Bibliography

    Christina Atay, Erin Conway, Daniel Angus, Janet Wiles, Rosemary Baker, and Helen Chenery. December 10, 2015. "An Automated Approach to Examining Conversational Dynamics between People with Dementia and Their Carers." PLoS ONE. 10 (12): e0144327. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0144327.

  3. User-Friendly Automatic Transcription of Low-Resource Languages: Plugging ESPnet into Elpis

    Bibliography

    Oliver Adams, Benjamin Galliot, Guillaume Wisniewski, Nicholas Lambourne, Ben Foley, Rahasya Sanders-Dwyer, Janet Wiles, Alexis Michaud, Guillaume Séverine, Laurent Besacier, Christopher Cox, Katya Aplonova, Guillaume Jacques, and Nathan Hill. 2021. "User-Friendly Automatic Transcription of Low-Resource Languages: Plugging ESPnet into Elpis". In Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Computational Methods for Endangered Languages, Online.

  4. Can a robot teach me that? Children’s ability to imitate robots

    Bibliography

    Kristyn Sommer, Virginia Slaughter, Janet Wiles, Kathryn Owen, Andrea Chiba, Deborah Forster, Mohsen Malmir, and Mark Nielsen. 2021. "Can a robot teach me that? Children’s ability to imitate robots." Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 203 (105040): 1-15. doi: 10.1016/j.jecp.2020.105040.

  5. An Automated Approach to Examining Pausing in the Speech of People With Dementia

    Bibliography

    Rachel A. Sluis, Daniel Angus, Janet Wiles, Andrew Back, Ting Ting Gibson, Jacki Liddle, Peter Worthy, David Copland, and Anthony J. Angwin. 2020. "An Automated Approach to Examining Pausing in the Speech of People With Dementia." American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease & Other Dementias. 35: 1-8. doi: 10.1177/1533317520939773.

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