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Current research projects in the Department of Linguistics.

Researchers are engaged in a wide variety of research, much of it based in the field.

  • Aceh, Indonesia

    A language survey of Pulau Simeulue and Pulau Banyak.
    Chief Investigators: Dr Rob Amery and Dr Zulfadli Aziz (Syiah Kuala University)
    SSP project, July to December 2016
    Funded by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL)

    Aceh Islands Language Survey

  • Adnyamathanha Language Project

    Promote the active speaking of Adnyamathanha.
    Chief Investigators: Clayton Cruise with assistance from Prof. Peter Mühlhäusler
    Commenced Jan. 2016
    Funding: Indigenous Languages and the Arts (ILA) and First Languages Australia

  • Barngarla Language Project

    Barngarla Aboriginal Language Workshops (ILS-funded) (2012 – present)
    Grantholder: Prof. Ghil’ad Zuckermann

    Professor Zuckermann has conducted dozens of workshops and Barngarla Language Advisory Committee (BLAC) meetings all over Eyre Peninsula. A Barngarla participant found learning the language ‘liberating’, giving her a ‘sense of identity’ and ‘a purpose in life’.
  • Barossa Deutsch

    Chief Investigator: Dr Peter Mickan
    Research Assistant/PhD Candidate: Kateryna Katsmann

    This project looks at remaining knowledge of German language and culture in the Barossa Valley and ways to promote and support the use of the language. See Monatsblatt produced by the German Language Association Inc. (Deutscher Sprachverein). Read more.
  • Communication in Mental Health

    Driving health care efficiencies and patient care outcomes by improving communication across acute and primary transitions of care. The focus in South Australia is on communication in transition of mental health patients from acute to primary settings.

    ARC Linkage Project” LP140100563
    Investigators: Dr John Walsh and Prof. Jon Jureidini
    Research Officer: Dr Nayia Cominos

    Partner Organisations: Medicare Local, Central and Hills & Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN)
  • Discourse of Sport

    Dr John Walsh is editing a volume Discourse of Sport: Analyses from Social Sciences to be published by Routledge in 2016.

  • Engaging: A Guide
  • Health Literacy

    Dr John Walsh is also part of a national team working towards an NHMRC application in 2016 with a focus on health literacy. The focus in South Australian will be mental health literacy.

  • Kaurna Language Project

    Dr Rob Amery has been working in collaboration with members of the Kaurna community to reclaim and re-introduce the Kaurna language since 1989. Amery’s PhD (1995-1998) is published.

    Research is currently focussed on lexicography and toponyms and production of Kaurna language resources (see Kaurna Warra Pintyanthi).
  • Literacy

    An analysis of the linguistic trajectory of the development of writing in one child based on the complete portfolio of writing of a child from her 12 years of schooling.

    Chief Investigators: Dr John Walsh and Dr Bill Winser
    MPhil Candidate: Ms Evita Ratcliffe

  • Ngarrindjeri Language Project

    Analysis of Ngarrindjeri texts of the Lower Murray, Lakes & Coorong region, as recorded in the book A World That Was by Ronald & Catherine Berndt

    ARC Project: DP150103287
    Chief Investigators: Dr Rob Amery and Prof. Jane Simpson (ANU)
    Research Associate: Dr Mary-Anne Gale

  • Norf’k Language Project

    Long-term ongoing project commenced in 1989
    The Nolfolk Island language is a unique case of language genesis and language development leading to a sustained language revival movement. The project has worked towards the recognition of the Norf’k language and development of ongoing support systems.

    Chief Investigator: Emeritus Prof. Peter Mühlhäusler
    The project has been supported by several ARC grants over the years.

  • Pidgin German

    Investigation of colonial varieties of German. This is a long-term ongoing project based on unique recordings made in PNG in 1974.
    Commenced working with international partners: 2004
    Chief Investigator: Emeritus Prof. Peter Mühlhäusler

    Supported by the Institut für Deutsche Sprache and the University of Augsburg.
  • Psychiatric Case Formulation

    Psychiatrists are faced with the challenge of articulating ‘Why this patient presents in this way at this time’. This is a key skill for psychiatrists. The project aims to articulate how formulation is achieved linguistically.
    Investigators: Dr John Walsh and Prof. Jon Jureidini

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