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. Effects of emotional cues on novel word learning in typically developing children in relation to broader autism traits

    Bibliography

    Melina West, Anthony Angwin, David Copland, Wendy Arnott, and Nicole Nelson. 2021. "Effects of emotional cues on novel word learning in typically developing children in relation to broader autism traits." Journal of Child Language. 1-19. doi: doi:10.1017/S0305000921000192.

  2. 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. doi: https://doi.org/10.3758/s13423-021-01980-3.

  3. Dorsal and ventral cortical connectivity is mediated by the inferior frontal gyrus during facilitated naming of pictures

    Bibliography

    Kartik Iyer, David Copland, and Anthony Angwin. 2021. "Dorsal and ventral cortical connectivity is mediated by the inferior frontal gyrus during facilitated naming of pictures." Brain Connectivity. 0 (JA) doi: https://doi.org/10.1089/brain.2020.0867.

  4. Dorsal and ventral cortical connectivity is mediated by the inferior frontal gyrus during facilitated naming of pictures

    Bibliography

    Kartik Iyer, David Copland, and Anthony Angwin. 2021. "Dorsal and ventral cortical connectivity is mediated by the inferior frontal gyrus during facilitated naming of pictures." Brain Connectivity.. doi: https://doi.org/10.1089/brain.2020.0867.

  5. 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. 277: 875-884. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2020.08.086.

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. In press: Asymmetric memory for birth language perception versus production in young international adoptees

    Bibliography

    Wencui Zhou, Mirjam Broersma, and Anne Cutler. 2021. "In press: Asymmetric memory for birth language perception versus production in young international adoptees." Cognition. 104788. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2021.104788.

  5. Word stress in speech perception

    Bibliography

    Cutler, Anne, and Jesse, Alexandra. 2021. "Word stress in speech perception". In The Handbook of Speech Perception, 239-265. New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

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. Four-Year-Old's Online Versus Face-to-Face Word Learning via eBooks

    Bibliography

    Paola Escudero, Gloria Pino Escobar, Charlotte Casey, and Kristyn Sommer. 2021. "Four-Year-Old's Online Versus Face-to-Face Word Learning via eBooks." Frontiers in Psychology. 12: 610925. doi: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.610975.

  3. Evidence-Based Design Principles for Spanish Pronunciation Teaching

    Bibliography

    Laura Colantoni, Paola Escudero, Victoria Marrero-Aguiar, and Jefferey Steele. 2021. "Evidence-Based Design Principles for Spanish Pronunciation Teaching." Frontiers in Communication. doi: https://doi.org/10.3389/fcomm.2021.639889.

  4. Word learning in the field: Adapting a laboratory-based task for testing in remote Papua New Guinea

    Bibliography

    Karen Mulak, Hannah Sarvasy, Alba Tuninetti, and Paola Escudero. 2021. "Word learning in the field: Adapting a laboratory-based task for testing in remote Papua New Guinea." PLOS One. 16 (9): e0257393. doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0257393.

  5. Cross-situational word learning in two foreign languages: Effects of native and perceptual difficulty

    Bibliography

    Alba Tuninetti, Karen Mulak, and Paola Escudero. 2020. "Cross-situational word learning in two foreign languages: Effects of native and perceptual difficulty." Frontiers in Communication. 5: 602471. doi: 10.3389/fcomm.2020.602471.

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

    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.

  2. The Papuan languages of Island Melanesia

    Bibliography

    Stebbins, Tonya, Evans, Bethwyn, and Terrill, Angela. 2017. "The Papuan languages of Island Melanesia". In The Languages and Linguistics of New Guinea: A Comprehensive Guide, 775-894. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. The Routledge handbook of historical linguistics

    Bibliography

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

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. The Oxford Handbook of Polysynthesis

    Bibliography

    Michael Fortescue, Marianne Mithun, and Nicholas Evans. November 2017. The Oxford Handbook of Polysynthesis. : Oxford University Press.

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

    Bibliography

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  3. The last speaker is dead – long live the last speaker!

    Bibliography

    Evans, Nicholas. June 2001. "The last speaker is dead – long live the last speaker!". In Linguistic Field Work, 250–281. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  4. A life of polysynthesis: Hans-Jürgen Sasse (1943–2015)

    Bibliography

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

  5. Typologies of agreement: some problems from Kayardild

    Bibliography

    Nicholas Evans. August 2003. "Typologies of agreement: some problems from Kayardild." Transactions of the Philological Society. 101 (2): 203–234. doi: 10.1111/1467-968x.00118.

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. 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. Intonational Downtrends in Mayali

    Bibliography

    Janet Fletcher, and Nicholas Evans. April 2000. "Intonational Downtrends in Mayali." Australian Journal of Linguistics. 20 (1): 23–38. doi: 10.1080/07268600050003346.

  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. The Autosegmental-metrical theory of Intonational Phonology in Gussenhoven

    Bibliography

    Arvaniti, Amalia, and Fletcher, Janet. 2021. "The Autosegmental-metrical theory of Intonational Phonology in Gussenhoven". In Oxford Handbook of Language Prosody, 78-95. New York: Oxford University Press.

  5. Nafsan

    Bibliography

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

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

    Bibliography

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

  2. 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. doi: 10.1080/17549507.2021.1981446.

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

    Bibliography

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

  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. Acquisition or shift: Interpreting variation in Gurindji children’s expression of spatial relations

    Bibliography

    Dunn, Vivien, Meakins, Felicity, and Algy, Cassandra. 2021. "Acquisition or shift: Interpreting variation in Gurindji children’s expression of spatial relations". In Variation rolls the dice: A worldwide collage in honour of Salikoko S. Mufwene, 105-131. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

  2. In press: Advances in mixed language phonology: An overview of three case studies

    Bibliography

    Stewart, Jesse, and Meakins, Felicity. 2021. "In press: Advances in mixed language phonology: An overview of three case studies". In New Perspectives on Mixed Languages: From Core to Fringe, 58-92. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

  3. A Grammar of Gurindji. As spoken by Violet Wadrill, Ronnie Wavehill, Dandy Danbayarri, Biddy Wavehill, Topsy Dodd Ngarnjal, Long Johnny Kijngayarri, Banjo Ryan, Pincher Nyurrmiari and Blanche Bulngari

    Bibliography

    Felicity Meakins, and Patrick McConvell. 2021. A Grammar of Gurindji. As spoken by Violet Wadrill, Ronnie Wavehill, Dandy Danbayarri, Biddy Wavehill, Topsy Dodd Ngarnjal, Long Johnny Kijngayarri, Banjo Ryan, Pincher Nyurrmiari and Blanche Bulngari. Berlin : De Gruyter Mouton.

  4. In press: Language change in multidimensional space: New methods for modelling linguistic coherence

    Bibliography

    Xia Hua, Felicity Meakins, Cassandra Algy, and Lindell Bromham. 2021. "In press: Language change in multidimensional space: New methods for modelling linguistic coherence." Language Dynamics and Change. 1-46.

  5. 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): 296-318. doi: 10.1080/07268602.2020.1804830.

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. Linguistic diversity in first language acquisition research: Moving beyond the challenges

    Bibliography

    Barbara Kelly, William Forshaw, Rachel Nordlinger, and Gillian Wigglesworth. October 1, 2015. "Linguistic diversity in first language acquisition research: Moving beyond the challenges." First Language. 35 (4-5): 286-304. doi: 10.1177/0142723715602350.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Positional dependency in Murrinhpatha: expanding the typology of non-canonical morphotactics

    Bibliography

    Rachel Nordlinger, and John Mansfield. 2021. "Positional dependency in Murrinhpatha: expanding the typology of non-canonical morphotactics." Linguistics Vanguard. 7 (1): 2020079. doi: https://doi.org/10.1515/lingvan-2020-0079.

  5. Bridging Australian Indigenous language learner’s guides with SLA materials development frameworks

    Bibliography

    Yu-Ting Chiang, Helen Zhao, and Rachel Nordlinger. 2021. "Bridging Australian Indigenous language learner’s guides with SLA materials development frameworks." Language and Education. doi: 10.1080/09500782.2021.1970179.

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. 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.

  2. Language and Mind

    Bibliography

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

  3. 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.

  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. Egophoricity, engagement, and the centring of subjectivity

    Bibliography

    Rumsey, Alan, Bergqvist, Henrik, and Kittilä, Seppo. 2020. "Egophoricity, engagement, and the centring of subjectivity". In Evidentiality, egophoricity, and engagement, 61-93. Berlin: Language Science Press.

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. Language studies by women in Australia: 'A well-stored sewing basket'

    Bibliography

    Simpson, Jane. 2021. "Language studies by women in Australia: 'A well-stored sewing basket'". In Women in the history of linguistics, 367-399. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  2. 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.

  3. Language studies by women in Australia: 'A well-stored sewing basket'

    Bibliography

    Simpson, Jane, Ayres-Bennett, Wendy, and Sanson, Helena. 2021. "Language studies by women in Australia: 'A well-stored sewing basket'". In Women in the history of linguistics, 367-399. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  4. Self-determination with respect to language rights

    Bibliography

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

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

    Bibliography

    Jane Simpson. 2020. "Qualitative comparison in Warlpiri: semantic case, adposition and/or derivational affix?". In Proceedings of the LFG’20 Conference, 349-362. Stanford, CA.

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

    Kim Sterelny. April 2016. "Adaptation without Insight". Princeton, USA.

  2. 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.

  3. Veiled agency? Children, innovation and the archaeological record

    Bibliography

    Kim Sterelny. 2021. "Veiled agency? Children, innovation and the archaeological record." Evolutionary Human Sciences. 3: e12. doi: 10.1017/ehs.2021.9.

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

    Bibliography

    Kim Sterelny. 2021. "Foragers and their tools: Risk, technology and complexity." Topics in cognitive science. 0: 1-22. doi: 10.1111/tops.12559.

  5. 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.

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. The Language Documentation Quartet

    Bibliography

    Nick Thieberger, and Simon Musgrave. 2021. "The Language Documentation Quartet". In Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Computational Methods for Endangered Languages, 6-12.

  2. Be Not Like the Wind: Access to Language and Music Records, Next Steps

    Bibliography

    Nick Thieberger, and Amanda Harris. 2021. "Be Not Like the Wind: Access to Language and Music Records, Next Steps". In Proceedings of the Language Technologies for All (LT4All), 101–103. Paris.

  3. Nafsan

    Bibliography

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

  4. A Dictionary of Nafsan

    Bibliography

    Nick Thieberger, and Members of the Erakor Community. 2021. A Dictionary of Nafsan. Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press.

  5. 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." The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 147 (4): 2829-2844. doi: 10.1121/10.0000995.

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. Two languages, one effect: Structural priming in code-switching

    Bibliography

    Rena Torres Cacoullos, and Catherine Travis. August, 2016. "Two languages, one effect: Structural priming in code-switching." Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. 19 (4): 733-753. doi: 10.1017/S1366728914000406.

  2. Gauging convergence on the ground: code-switching in the community

    Bibliography

    Catherine Travis, and Rena Torres Cacoullos. August, 2015. "Gauging convergence on the ground: code-switching in the community." International Journal of Bilingualism (Guest editors - Special Issue). 19 (4): 365-480. doi: 10.1177/1367006913516042.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  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 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. Linguistic diversity in first language acquisition research: Moving beyond the challenges

    Bibliography

    Barbara Kelly, William Forshaw, Rachel Nordlinger, and Gillian Wigglesworth. October 1, 2015. "Linguistic diversity in first language acquisition research: Moving beyond the challenges." First Language. 35 (4-5): 286-304. doi: 10.1177/0142723715602350.

  2. 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.

  3. Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Development of an Early Literacy App in Dhuwaya

    Bibliography

    Gillian Wigglesworth, Melanie Wilkinson, Yalmay Yunupingu, Robyn Beecham, and Jake Stockley. 2021. "Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Development of an Early Literacy App in Dhuwaya." Languages. 6 (2): 106.

  4. 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: 10.1177/0023830920952497.

  5. The impact of standardised testing on Indigenous students: the case of Australia

    Bibliography

    Freeman, Leonard, Wigglesworth, Gillian, Mirhosseini, Seyyed-Abdolhamid, and De Costa, Peter. 2020. "The impact of standardised testing on Indigenous students: the case of Australia". In The Sociopolitics of English Language Testing, 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. 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. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2020.105040.

  4. 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.

  5. 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: 10.1016/j.jecp.2019.104702.

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