Language is what makes us human – it’s more than just a system of communication.
The study of linguistics helps us to become more aware of our use of language. It assists greatly in the learning and teaching of languages. It is particularly vital for teaching and recording Indigenous languages to ensure their survival for future generations.
The Department of Linguistics offers courses in the core areas of phonology, morphology and syntax and semantics to develop the skills needed for language documentation and analysis. These are complemented by sociolinguistic courses which examine language in society, communication and miscommunication. We have a particular focus on Indigenous languages and language revival.
Our department is involved with the Kaurna Warra Pintyanthi (KWP) and Mobile Language Team (MLT).
Name Role Dr Stefan Hajduk Head of Department of European Languages and Linguistics Professor Ghil'ad Zuckermann Chair of Endangered Languages
Name Role Dr Afifa Eve Kheir Ferro Tutoring and lecturing in 2022 Dr Ian Green Tutoring and lecturing in 2022 Mrs Susie Greenwood Tutoring in 2022 Mr Anh Le Tutoring in 2022 Mr Kieran Smith Tutoring in 2022
Professor Emeritus Peter Mühlhäusler
Norf’k (Norfolk Island Language Project) Associate Prof. Robert Amery Visiting Research Fellow Dr Mary-Anne Gale ARC Research Associate Dr Ian Green Daly River Languages; Postgrad Supervision Dr Mark Clendon The Western Desert/Pilbara supervisor Dr Peter Mickan Barossa Deutsch Dr John Walsh Postgrad Supervision Dr Petter Naessan Yankunytjatjara Projects Ms Susie Greenwood ARC Research Assistant: Towards Sustainable Language Revival
Kaurna Warra Pintyanthi staff
Name Role Associate Prof. Robert Amery Manager Katrina Karlapina Power Media Production Taylor Tipu Power-Smith Media Production Jaylon Newchurch Media Production Kieran Smith Project Officer Tempest Summer-Lovett Media Production Chester Schulz Placenames Researcher
Mobile Language Team
Name Role Dr Paul Monaghan Manager; Senior Linguist Karina Lester Aboriginal Co-Manager; Language Worker Celeste Humphris Consultant Linguist Eleanor McCall Linguist Emeritus Professor Mühlhäusler Senior Linguist Henrietta Byrne Language, Health & Wellbeing Officer
From a language survey of Pulau Simeulue and Pulau Banyak, to other projects looking at remaining knowledge of German language and culture in the Barossa Valley, our research is varied and much of it based in the field.
Our current projects
Aceh, Indonesia: A language survey of Pulau Simeulue and Pulau Banyak
Chief Investigators: Associate Prof. 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 (contemporary Indigenous Australian people from the Flinders Ranges, South Australia)
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’.
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)
Kaurna Dictionary Project
An AIATSIS Dictionaries Project for the Kaurna Language with additional ILA funding.
- Chief Investigator: Associate Prof. Rob Amery
- Research Assistant: Susie Greenwood
'Kaurna Warrapiipa - Kaurna Dictionary' published by Wakefield Press
Kaurna Language Project: in collaboration with the Kaurna community
Associate Prof. 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
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
Language of Sport
An SFL analysis of the range of communications common in the contexts of elite professional sport. The specific focus in on the language of evaluation as expressed in the SFL system of Appraisal.
To be published by Routledge in 2020 as 'A Linguistic Perspective on the Language of Sport'
- Dr John Walsh, Dr David Caldwell & Prof Jon Jureidini
Language revival and mental health
Research examining the impact of language reclamation on social and emotional well being among the Barngarla.
2017-2022 NHMRC Grant Holders: Prof. Ghil'ad Zuckermann and Prof. Alex Brown (SAHMRI)
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: Associate Prof. Rob Amery & 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 aimed to articulate how formulation is achieved linguistically.
Investigators: Dr John Walsh and Prof. Jon Jureidini
- Book chapter in 'Effective Communication in Clinical Handover: from Research to Practice' published by de Gruyter in 2016
Sustainable Language Revival
Towards Sustainable Language Revival: A critical analysis of Kaurna (2019-2021)
ARC Project: DP190102413
Chief Investigators: Associate Prof. Rob Amery
Research Associate: Dr Mary-Anne Gale
Research Assistant: Ms Susie Greenwood
- The Australian Linguistic Society
- Applied Linguistics Association of Australia
- Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL)
- The Foundation for Endangered Languages
- Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities (LCNAU)
- World Atlas of Linguistic Structures (WALS)
- The Linguist List
- Course in Phonetics, University of California at Berkley
Mobile Language Team
The Mobile Language Team (MLT) was established in 2009 to support work in Aboriginal languages throughout South Australia.
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