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About Us

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Adelaide as we know it today began with the appointment of Professor Peter Mühlhäusler (now Emeritus) in 1993.

At the University of Adelaide we have a particular focus on endangered languages and language revival. The Department works with local Aboriginal languages and their speakers/ custodian including Kaurna, Ngarrindjeri, Barngarla, Adnyamathanha, Yankunytjatjara and many others.

We engage a Kaurna Warra Pintyanthi (KWP) team, producing Kaurna language resources and undertaking exhaustive research into Kaurna placenames. The Department also hosts the Mobile Language Team (MLT), which has a state-wide brief to support the Indigenous languages of South Australia where we work with a wide range of Aboriginal languages.

In our undergraduate program we offer courses in phonology, morphology and syntax, also functional grammar and discourse analysis to develop the skills needed for language documentation and analysis, language teaching and language learning and for documenting and analysing communication and miscommunication.

  • The Department of Linguistics has particular expertise in:
    • Revivalistics (Revival Linguistics)
    • Kaurna Language and Linguistics
    • Barngarla Language
    • Lexicology and Lexicography
    • Lexical Expansion
    • Contact Languages (Koines, Pidgins and Creoles)
    • Israeli Language (Revived Hebrew)
    • Language Planning
    • Mission Linguistics
    • Indigenous Languages and Education
    • Indigenous Languages, Health and Wellbeing
    • Systemic Functional Linguistics
    • Discourse Analysis
    • Literacy Development
    • Norfolk Island Language
    • Barossa Deutsch
Department of Linguistics

Level 7, Napier Building


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