One of the hardest things in the world is to convey a meaning from one mind to another.
Our research expertise
Picture-naming, synonymy and language divergence in bilinguals
This UWA Research Collaboration Award-funded study questions how bilinguals process words and whether bilingualism can make languages more or less alike over time. It combines psycholinguistic methods with historical and evolutionary linguistics to answer these questions.
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.
Emotions, language and culture in Arnhem Land
This ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award investigates expressivity and emotions in language in the Katherine Region of Australia.
Community program and volunteers
We have an active program for Linguistics within the community and are currently seeking volunteers in the following areas:
- foreign language speakers for out-of-class language practice
- promotion of languages at university events and school visits
- guest speakers who use languages in their professional lives
If you would like to get involved, contact the School of Social Sciences.
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.
Nyungar language continues to live and breathe
Make the most of every opportunity and who knows where it will lead is the sentiment from outstanding community leader Len Collard, who won a fellowship to the Yumalundi NIRAKN (National Indigenous Research and Knowledge’s Network) program late last year.Read more
School of Social Sciences
The School of Social Sciences looks at understanding the human experience and exploring how and why society works.
History research at UWA explores the past to illuminate the present and gain a deeper understanding of the world we live in.
European Languages and Cultures
Study French, German, Italian and Spanish language and cultures, and Translation Studies at UWA as a major or complementary to other degrees.
English and Literary Studies
English and literary research in the School of Humanities investigates how we manufacture meaning through novels, poems, plays, film and television.