Linguistics is the most scientific of the humanities and the most humanistic of the sciences.
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Dr Celeste Rodriguez Louro awarded Vice-Chancellor's Research Award
Dr Celeste Rodriguez Louro awarded two UWA Teaching Excellence Awards
Dr Celeste Rodriguez Louro awarded Australian Research Council DECRA Award
Dr Luisa Miceli awarded two UWA Student Guild Students' Choice Awards
Dr Maia Ponsonnet awarded Australian Research Council DECRA Award
Monitoring as a Driver of Differential Language Change
When languages share speakers one observed outcome is that their vocabulary differentiates while their structure converges. A monitoring process in bilingual speakers has been proposed as the mechanism responsible for vocabularies becoming more distinct over time. Words shared across a bilingual’s languages are selected less often than language distinctive words because they are ambiguous in their language membership and may be avoided in favour of an unambiguous synonym. Could monitoring also explain convergence in structure? In this study we test the hypothesis that different change outcomes for form/structure result from differences in our ability to monitor for these two levels.
Aboriginal English in the global city: do minorities participate in surrounding language change?
This ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award project will directly inform the implementation of cross-cultural teaching programs in Australia. For more information, visit our project webpage.
Landscape, language and culture in Indigenous Australia
This project explores descriptions of space and landscape in Australian Indigenous languages, based on experimental and natural data in six endangered languages around the continent.
Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad
The Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad is a state and national linguistics competition for secondary students. This competition introduces students to language puzzles which challenge natural logic and reasoning, while helping students learn about the richness, diversity and systematic nature of language.
ABC Radio Mornings
Ms Glenys Collard and Dr Celeste Rodriguez Louro discuss Aboriginal English: 1:48:57Read more
10 ways Aboriginal Australians made English their own
Aboriginal English is spoken by an estimated 80% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and is the first and only language spoken by many Aboriginal children.Read more