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. Theta and gamma connectivity is linked with affective and cognitive symptoms in Parkinson's disease

    Bibliography

    Kartik Iyer, Tiffany Au, Anthony Angwin, David Copland, and Nadeeka Dissanayaka. 2020. "Theta and gamma connectivity is linked with affective and cognitive symptoms in Parkinson's disease." Journal of Affective Disorders. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2020.08.086.

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

    Bibliography

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

  3. Alterations to dual stream connectivity predicts response to aphasia therapy following stroke

    Bibliography

    Kartik Iyer, Anthony Angwin, Sophia Van Hees, Katie McMahon, Michael Breakspear, and David Copland. 2020. "Alterations to dual stream connectivity predicts response to aphasia therapy following stroke." Cortex. 125: 30-43. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2019.12.017.

  4. White noise facilitates new word learning

    Bibliography

    Anthony Angwin, Wayne Wilson, Pablo Ripolles, Antoni Rodriguez-Fornells, Wendy Arnott, Robert Barry, Bonnie Cheng, Kimberley Garden, and David Copland. 2019. "White noise facilitates new word learning." Brain and Language. 199: doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bandl.2019.104699.

  5. Conversational trouble and repair in dementia: Revision of an existing coding framework’

    Bibliography

    Rachel Sluis, Alana Campbell, Christina Atay, Erin Conway, Zaneta Mok, Anthony Angwin, Helen Chenery, and Brooke-Mai Whelan. 2019. "Conversational trouble and repair in dementia: Revision of an existing coding framework’." Journal of Communication Disorders. 81: 105912.

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. Neural Correlates of Phonetic Adaptation as Induced by Lexical and Audiovisual Context

    Bibliography

    Shruti Ullas, Lars Hausfeld, Anne Cutler, Frank Eisner, and Elia Formisano. 2020. "Neural Correlates of Phonetic Adaptation as Induced by Lexical and Audiovisual Context." Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 32 (11): 1-14. doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/jocn_a_01608.

  2. Intonation facilitates prediction of focus even in the presence of lexical tones

    Bibliography

    Martin Ip, and Anne Cutler. 2017. "Intonation facilitates prediction of focus even in the presence of lexical tones". In Proceedings of Interspeech 2017, 1218--1222. Stockholm, Sweden.

  3. Similar prosodic structure perceived differently in German and English

    Bibliography

    Heather Kember, Ann-Kathrin Grohe, Katharina Zahner, Bettina Braun, Andrea Weber, and Anne Cutler. 2017. "Similar prosodic structure perceived differently in German and English". In Proceedings of Interspeech 2017, 1388-1392. Stockholm, Sweden.

  4. Lexically guided perceptual learning in Mandarin Chinese

    Bibliography

    Ann Burchfield, San-Hei Kenny Luk, Mark Antoniou, and Anne Cutler. 2017. "Lexically guided perceptual learning in Mandarin Chinese". In Proceedings of Interspeech 2017, 576-580. Stockholm, Sweden.

  5. Converging evidence for abstract phonological knowledge in speech processing

    Bibliography

    Anne Cutler. 2017. "Converging evidence for abstract phonological knowledge in speech processing". In Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 1447-1448. Austin, Texas.

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. The relationship between perception and production of Brazilian Portuguese vowels in European Spanish monolinguals

    Bibliography

    Jaydene Elvin, Daniel Williams, and Paola Escudero. 2017. "The relationship between perception and production of Brazilian Portuguese vowels in European Spanish monolinguals." Loquens. 3 (2) doi: 10.3989/loquens.2016.031.

  2. Speech Perception: Development

    Bibliography

    Curtin, Suzanne, Hufnagle, Daniel, Mulak, Karen E, and Escudero, Paola. 2017. "Speech Perception: Development". In Reference Module in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology, Elsevier.

  3. The development of fast‐mapping and novel word retention strategies in monolingual and bilingual infants

    Bibliography

    Marina Kalashnikova, Paola Escudero, and Evan Kidd. 2018. "The development of fast‐mapping and novel word retention strategies in monolingual and bilingual infants." Evelopmental Science. 21 (6): e12674. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/desc.12674.

  4. Infants use phonetic detail in speech perception and word learning when detail is easy to perceive

    Bibliography

    Paola Escudero, and Marina Kalashnikova. 2020. "Infants use phonetic detail in speech perception and word learning when detail is easy to perceive." Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 190: 104714. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2019.104714.

  5. Probability of Heritage Language Use at a Supportive Early Childhood Setting in Australia

    Bibliography

    Paola Escudero, Criss Jones Diaz, John Hajek, Gillian Wigglesworth, and Eline Adrianne Smit. 2020. "Probability of Heritage Language Use at a Supportive Early Childhood Setting in Australia." Frontiers in Education. doi: https://doi.org/10.3389/feduc.2020.00093.

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 Routledge handbook of historical linguistics

    Bibliography

    Claire Bowern, and Bethwyn Evans. 2015. The Routledge handbook of historical linguistics. London : Routledge.

  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. The Papuan languages of Island Melanesia

    Bibliography

    Tebbins, 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.

  4. Maternal history of Oceania from complete mtDNA genomes: contrasting ancient diversity with recent homogenization due to the Austronesian expansion

    Bibliography

    Ana Dugan, 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." The American Journal of Human Genetics. 94: 1-13.

  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. Time, diversification and dispersal on the Australian continent: three enigmas of linguistic prehistory

    Bibliography

    Evans, Nicholas. 2020. "Time, diversification and dispersal on the Australian continent: three enigmas of linguistic prehistory". In Language Dispersal, Diversification and Contact: A Global Perspective, 116-141. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  2. The Semantics of Gender in Mayali: Partially Parallel Systems and Formal Implementation

    Bibliography

    Greville G. Corbett, Nicholas Evans, and Dunstan Brown. 2019. "The Semantics of Gender in Mayali: Partially Parallel Systems and Formal Implementation." Language. 95 (S1)

  3. A Fragile Archipelago : What Linguistic Diversity Tells Us

    Bibliography

    Nicholas Evans. 2020. "A Fragile Archipelago : What Linguistic Diversity Tells Us." Okinawan Journal of Island Studies. 1: 65-89. doi: doi.org/20.500.12000/45773.

  4. To compress or not to compress? A Finite-State approach to Nen verbal morphology

    Bibliography

    Saliha Muradoglu, Nicholas Evans, and Hanna Suominen. 2020. "To compress or not to compress? A Finite-State approach to Nen verbal morphology". In Proceedings of the 58th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Student Research Workshop, 207–213.

  5. Typology and coevolutionary linguistics

    Bibliography

    Nicholas Evans. 2016. "Typology and coevolutionary linguistics." Linguistic Typology. 20 (3): 505-520. doi: 10.1515/lingty-2016-0023.

Janet Fletcher Associate 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. Fundamental Frequency and Regional Variation in Lifou French

    Bibliography

    Catalina Torres, Janet Fletcher, and Gillian Wigglesworth. 2020. "Fundamental Frequency and Regional Variation in Lifou French." Language and speech. doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0023830920952497.

  2. Leaders and Followers: Uptalk and speaker role in map tasks in New Zealand English and Australian English

    Bibliography

    Janet Fletcher, and Paul Warren. "Leaders and Followers: Uptalk and speaker role in map tasks in New Zealand English and Australian English." New Zealand English Journal. 29-30: 77-93.

  3. 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." Journal of the Acoustical Society of America Special Issue.. 147 (4): 2947. doi: doi.org/10.1121/10.0001006.

  4. Acoustic evidence for right-edge prominence in Nafsan

    Bibliography

    Rosey Billington, Janet Fletcher, Nick Thieberger, and Ben Volchok. 2020. "Acoustic evidence for right-edge prominence in Nafsan." Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. Special Issue.. 147 (4): 2829. doi: doi.org/10.1121/10.0000995.

  5. An acoustic phonetic analysis of intonational prominence in two Australian languages

    Bibliography

    Janet Fletcher, and Nicholas Evans. 2002. "An acoustic phonetic analysis of intonational prominence in two Australian languages." Journal of the International Phonetic Association. 32 (2): 123–140. doi: 10.1017/s0025100302001019.

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. Indigenous Linguistic & Cultural Heritage Ethics Policy

    Bibliography

    Nick Thieberger, and Caroline Jones. 2019. Indigenous Linguistic & Cultural Heritage Ethics Policy. ACT : ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language.

  2. Bilingualism, language shift and the corresponding expansion of spatial cognitive systems

    Bibliography

    Felicity Meakins, Caroline Jones, and Cassandra Algy. 2015. "Bilingualism, language shift and the corresponding expansion of spatial cognitive systems." Language Sciences. 54: 1-13. doi: 10.1016/j.langsci.2015.06.002.

  3. Review of F4transkript, a simple interface for efficient annotation

    Bibliography

    Caroline Jones, and Amit German. 2016. "Review of F4transkript, a simple interface for efficient annotation." Language Documentation & Conservation. 10: 347-355.

  4. Pre-service teachers’ knowledge of language concepts: relationships to field experiences

    Bibliography

    Caroline Jones, and Deborah Tetley. 2014. "Pre-service teachers’ knowledge of language concepts: relationships to field experiences." Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties. 19 (1): 17-32. doi: 10.1080/19404158.2014.891530.

Felicity Meakins Associate 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. Jingulu and Mudburra Plants and Animals: Biocultural knowledge of the Jingili and Mudburra people of Murranji, Marlinja, Warranganku (Beetaloo) and Kulumindini (Elliott) Northern Territory, Australia

    Bibliography

    Pompey Dakamajbi Raymond, Pharlap Dilkbarri Dixon, Sue 'Lady' Mangkanjangiwarra Dixon, Shannon Kulngankarri Dixon, Ray Dimakarri Dixon, Jeffrey Manawurda Dixon, Janey Walanyku Lunjabirni Dixon, Elizabeth Dixon, Mark Murrulunginji Raymond, Harold Injimadi Dalywaters, Jumbo Kijilikarri Colins, Robin Yikalamba Woods, Eileen Minyminyngali Peterson-Cooper, Felicity Meakins, Rob Pensalfini, and Glenn Wightman. 2018. Jingulu and Mudburra Plants and Animals: Biocultural knowledge of the Jingili and Mudburra people of Murranji, Marlinja, Warranganku (Beetaloo) and Kulumindini (Elliott) Northern Territory, Australia. Batchelor, Australia : Batchelor Press.

  2. Overabundance resulting from language contact: Complex cell-mates in Gurindji Kriol

    Bibliography

    Meakins, Felicity, and Wilmoth, Sasha. 2020. "Overabundance resulting from language contact: Complex cell-mates in Gurindji Kriol". In The Complexities of Morphology, 81-104. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  3. Lend me your verbs: Verb borrowing between Jingulu and Mudburra

    Bibliography

    Felicity Meakins, Rob Pensalfini, Caitlin Zipf, and Amanda Hamilton-Hollaway. 2020. "Lend me your verbs: Verb borrowing between Jingulu and Mudburra." Australian Journal of Linguistics. 40 (3): 1-23. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/07268602.2020.1804830.

  4. Dis, that and da other: Variation in Aboriginal children's article and demonstrative use at school

    Bibliography

    Fraser, Henry, Mushin, Ilana, Meakins, Felicity, Gardner, Rod, Wigglesworth, Gillian, Simpson, Jane, and Vaughan, Jill. 2017. "Dis, that and da other: Variation in Aboriginal children's article and demonstrative use at school". In Language practices of Indigenous children and youth: the transition from home to school, 237-269. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

  5. Typological factors

    Bibliography

    Meakins, Felicity. 2020. "Typological factors". In The Routledge Handbook of Language Contact, 185-200. London: Routledge.

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. Morphology in Lexical-Functional Grammar and Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar

    Bibliography

    Nordlinger, Rachel, and Sadler, Louisa. 2018. "Morphology in Lexical-Functional Grammar and Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar". In The Oxford Handbook of Morphological Theory, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  2. Demorphologization and deepening complexity in Murrinhpatha

    Bibliography

    Mansfield, John, and Nordlinger, Rachel. 2020. "Demorphologization and deepening complexity in Murrinhpatha". In The Complexities of Morphology, 52-80. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  3. In press: Input and Child Directed Speech in Australian Aboriginal Communities

    Bibliography

    Davidson, Lucinda, Kelly, Barbara, Wigglesworth, Gillian, and Nordlinger, Rachel. "In press: Input and Child Directed Speech in Australian Aboriginal Communities". In Handbook of Australian Languages, OUP.

  4. From body part to applicative: encoding ‘source’ in Murrinhpatha

    Bibliography

    Rachel Nordlinger. 2019. "From body part to applicative: encoding ‘source’ in Murrinhpatha." Linguistic Typology. 23 (3): 401-433.

  5. Working at the interface: The Daly Languages Project

    Bibliography

    Nordlinger, Rachel, Green, Ian, and Hurst, Peter. 2019. "Working at the interface: The Daly Languages Project". In Archival returns in Central Australia and beyond, 193-216. Honolulu & Sydney: University of Hawai’i Press & Sydney University Press.

Alan Rumsey Emeritus Professor

Alan Rumsey

Alan Rumsey is a 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. Obituary: Thomas Mitchell Ernst (1943–2016)

    Bibliography

    Alan Rumsey, and Francesca Merlan. 2017. "Obituary: Thomas Mitchell Ernst (1943–2016)." The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology. 18 (1): 87-88. doi: 10.1080/14442213.2017.1253433.

  2. Peter Sutton and the sociocultural dynamics of Indigenous Australian multilingualism

    Bibliography

    Rumsey, Alan. 2020. "Peter Sutton and the sociocultural dynamics of Indigenous Australian multilingualism". In More than Mere Words: Essays on language and Linguistics in Honour of Peter Sutton, 149-166. Adelaide: Wakefield Press.

  3. Epistemic authority, triadic engagement and participant transposition

    Bibliography

    Alan Rumsey. 2016. "Epistemic authority, triadic engagement and participant transposition". Stockholm, Sweden.

  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: doi: doi: 10.3389/fcomm.2020.00019.

  5. Getting the story straight: Language fieldwork using a narrative problem-solving task

    Bibliography

    Lila San Roque, Lauren Gawne, Darja Hoenigman, Julia Colleen Miller, Alan Rumsey, Stef Spronck, Alice Carroll, and Nicholas Evans. 2012. "Getting the story straight: Language fieldwork using a narrative problem-solving task." Language Documentation & Conservation. 6: 135–173.

Jane Simpson 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. Self-determination with respect to language rights

    Bibliography

    Simpson, Jane. 2020. "Self-determination with respect to language rights". In Indigenous Australian self-determination: histories and historiography, 293-313. Canberra: ANU Press.

  2. Junior skin names in Central Australia: function and origin

    Bibliography

    Koch, Harold, and Simpson, Jane. 2020. "Junior skin names in Central Australia: function and origin". In More than mere words: Essays on language and linguistics in honour of Peter Sutton, 165-191. Adeliade: Wakefield Press.

  3. Dis, that and da other: Variation in Aboriginal children's article and demonstrative use at school

    Bibliography

    Fraser, Henry, Mushin, Ilana, Meakins, Felicity, Gardner, Rod, Wigglesworth, Gillian, Simpson, Jane, and Vaughan, Jill. 2017. "Dis, that and da other: Variation in Aboriginal children's article and demonstrative use at school". In Language practices of Indigenous children and youth: the transition from home to school, 237-269. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

  4. Which MATter matters in PATtern borrowing? The direction of case syncretisms

    Bibliography

    Felicity Meakins, Samantha Disbray, and Jane Simpson. 2020. "Which MATter matters in PATtern borrowing? The direction of case syncretisms." Morphology. 30 (2) doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11525-020-09357-3.

  5. The Horwood Memorial Lecture: Learning and speaking First Nations Languages in Australia

    Bibliography

    Jane Simpson. 2019. "The Horwood Memorial Lecture: Learning and speaking First Nations Languages in Australia." Babel: Journal of the Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers’ Associations. 54: 7-10.

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. Adaptation without Insight?

    Bibliography

    Sterelny, Kim. 2018. "Adaptation without Insight?". In A Different Kind of Animal: How Culture Transformed Our Species, 135-151. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

  2. Review of Billy Griffiths’s Deep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient Australia

    Bibliography

    Kim Sterelny. 2020. "Review of Billy Griffiths’s Deep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient Australia." Australian Journal of Biography and History. (3): 163-166.

  3. Demography and Cultural Complexity

    Bibliography

    Kim Sterelny. 2020. "Demography and Cultural Complexity." Synthese. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-020-02587-2.

  4. The Origins of Multi-Level Society

    Bibliography

    Kim Sterelny. 2019. "The Origins of Multi-Level Society." Topoi. 1-14. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11245-019-09666-1.

  5. Michael Devitt, Cultural Evolution and the Division of Linguistic Labour

    Bibliography

    Sterelny, Kim. 2019. "Michael Devitt, Cultural Evolution and the Division of Linguistic Labour". In Language and Reality From a Naturalistic Perspective: Themes From Michael Devitt, Springer.

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. Technology in support of languages of the Pacific: neo-colonial or post-colonial?

    Bibliography

    Nick Thieberger. 2020. "Technology in support of languages of the Pacific: neo-colonial or post-colonial?." Asian-European Music Research Journal. 5 (3): 17-24. doi: https://doi.org/10.30819/aemr.

  2. Acoustic evidence for right-edge prominence in Nafsan

    Bibliography

    Rosey Billington, Janet Fletcher, Nick Thieberger, and Ben Volchok. 2020. "Acoustic evidence for right-edge prominence in Nafsan." Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. Special Issue.. 147 (4): 2829. doi: doi.org/10.1121/10.0000995.

  3. Public access to research data in language documentation: Challenges and possible strategies

    Bibliography

    Mandana Seyfeddinipur,, Felix Ameka, Bolton Lissant, Jonathan Blumtritt, Brian Carpenter, Hilaria Cruz, Sebastian Drude, Patience Epps, Vera Ferreira, Ana Vilacy Galucio, Brigit Hellwig, Oliver Hinte, Gary Holton, Dagmar Jung, Irmgarda Kasinskaite Buddeberg, Manfred Krifka, Susan Kung, Miyuki Monroig, Ayu’nwi Ngwabe Neba, Sebastian Nordhoff, Brigitte Pakendorf, Kilu von Prince, Felix Rau, Keren Rice, Michael Riessler, Vera Szoelloesi Brenig, Nick Thieberger, Paul Trilsbeek, Hein van der Voort, and Tony Woodbury. 2019. "Public access to research data in language documentation: Challenges and possible strategies." Language Documentation & Conservation. 13: 545-563.

  4. Languages past and present

    Bibliography

    Simpson, Jane, McConvell, Patrick, and Thieberger, Nick. 2019. "Languages past and present". In Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia, 76-85. Sydney: Pan Macmillan.

  5. Building capacity for community-led documentation in Erakor, Vanuatu

    Bibliography

    Krajinovic, Ana, Billington, Rosey, Emil, Lionel, Kaltap̃au, Gray, and Thieberger, Nick. 2019. "Building capacity for community-led documentation in Erakor, Vanuatu". In Human language technologies as a challenge for computer science and linguistics — 2019, 185-189. Poznan: Wydawnictwo Nauka i Innowacje.

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. Introducción a la lingüística hispánica

    Bibliography

    José Ignacio Hualde, Antxon Olarrea, Anna María Escobar, Catherine Travis, and Cristina Sanz. 2020. Introducción a la lingüística hispánica. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press.

  2. The role of pragmatics in shaping linguistic structures

    Bibliography

    Travis, Catherine, and Cacoullos, Rena Torres. 2020. "The role of pragmatics in shaping linguistic structures". In The Routledge Handbook of Spanish Pragmatics, 129-147. New York/Oxon: Routledge.

  3. Code-switching and bilinguals’ grammars

    Bibliography

    Cacoullos, Rena Torres, and Travis, Catherine. 2020. "Code-switching and bilinguals’ grammars". In The Routledge Handbook of Language Contact, 252-274. London/New York: Routledge.

  4. Australia Speaks 2020 App (http://www.dynamicsoflanguage.edu.au/sydney-speaks/sydney-speaks-apps/australia-speaks-2020/)

    Bibliography

    Catherine Travis, Cale Johnstone, and Simon Gonzalez. 2020. Australia Speaks 2020 App (http://www.dynamicsoflanguage.edu.au/sydney-speaks/sydney-speaks-apps/australia-speaks-2020/).

  5. Sydney Speaks App (http://www.dynamicsoflanguage.edu.au/sydney-speaks/sydney-speaks-apps/sydney-speaks-online-app/)

    Bibliography

    Catherine Travis, Cale Johnstone, and James Grama. 2017. "Sydney Speaks App (http://www.dynamicsoflanguage.edu.au/sydney-speaks/sydney-speaks-apps/sydney-speaks-online-app/)." 'This is a Voice' exhibition.

Gillian Wigglesworth 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. Fundamental Frequency and Regional Variation in Lifou French

    Bibliography

    Catalina Torres, Janet Fletcher, and Gillian Wigglesworth. 2020. "Fundamental Frequency and Regional Variation in Lifou French." Language and speech. doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0023830920952497.

  2. Dis, that and da other: Variation in Aboriginal children's article and demonstrative use at school

    Bibliography

    Fraser, Henry, Mushin, Ilana, Meakins, Felicity, Gardner, Rod, Wigglesworth, Gillian, Simpson, Jane, and Vaughan, Jill. 2017. "Dis, that and da other: Variation in Aboriginal children's article and demonstrative use at school". In Language practices of Indigenous children and youth: the transition from home to school, 237-269. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

  3. Language Assessment in Indigenous Contexts in Australia and Canada

    Bibliography

    Baker, Beverly, and Wigglesworth, Gillian. 2017. "Language Assessment in Indigenous Contexts in Australia and Canada". In Encyclopedia of Language and Education, 287-301. Boston: Springer.

  4. Task and performance based assessment

    Bibliography

    Wigglesworth, Gillian. 2017. "Task and performance based assessment". In Encyclopedia of Language and Education, 111-134. Boston: Springer.

  5. Probability of Heritage Language Use at a Supportive Early Childhood Setting in Australia

    Bibliography

    Paola Escudero, Criss Jones Diaz, John Hajek, Gillian Wigglesworth, and Eline Adrianne Smit. 2020. "Probability of Heritage Language Use at a Supportive Early Childhood Setting in Australia." Frontiers in Education. doi: https://doi.org/10.3389/feduc.2020.00093.

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

    Bibliography

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

  2. Functional Knowledge Requirements for Interactive Task Learning

    Bibliography

    Wray, Robert, Taatgen, Niels, Lebiere, Christian, Pastra, Katerina, Pirolli, Peter, Rosenbloom, Paul, Scheutz, Matthias, Stewart, Terrance, and Wiles, Janet. 2019. "Functional Knowledge Requirements for Interactive Task Learning". In Interactive Task Learning: Humans, Robots, and Agents Acquiring New Tasks through Natural Interactions, 19–52. Cambridge: MIT Press.

  3. Children's Expectations and Strategies in Interacting with a Wizard of Oz Robot

    Bibliography

    Janet Wiles, Scott Heath, Peter Worth, Kristyn Hensby, Ben Matthews, Marie Boden, Arafeh Karami, Jason Weigal, Jonathon Taufatofua, and Paul Pounds. 2015. "Children's Expectations and Strategies in Interacting with a Wizard of Oz Robot". In OzCHI '15: Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Australian Special Interest Group for Computer Human Interaction, 608–612. Parkville, VIC Australia.

  4. Preschool children overimitate robots, but do so less than they overimitate humans

    Bibliography

    Kristyn Sommer, Rebecca Davidson, Kristy Armitage, Virginia Slaughter, Janet Wiles, and Mark Nielsen. 2020. "Preschool children overimitate robots, but do so less than they overimitate humans." Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 191: 104702. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2019.104702.

  5. The Challenges of Designing a Robot for a Satisfaction Survey: Surveying Humans Using a Social Robot

    Bibliography

    Scott Heath, Jacki Liddle, and Janet Wiles. 2019. "The Challenges of Designing a Robot for a Satisfaction Survey: Surveying Humans Using a Social Robot." International Journal of Social Robotics. 1-15. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12369-019-00604-0.

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