Linguistics is the most scientific of the humanities and the most humanistic of the sciences.
Our research expertise
- Sociolinguistics/language variation and change
- Exploring how language relates to culture and society, and relations between linguistic and social variables in language and change.
- Language description and documentation
- Discovering the structures of previously undescribed languages, and documenting endangered languages.
- Anthropological linguistics
- Studying the relationship between language and culture, and how humans use language in social interactions.
- Historical linguistics
- Answering how we reconstruct the linguistic past through our study and understanding of how languages can change over time.
- Bilingualism and bidialectalism
- Investigating how bilingual individuals process and use their languages, and bilingualism and bidialectalism at the community level.
- Meaning in language: semantics and pragmatics
- Looking at how we communicate meaning through language and how meanings change through time.
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.
Why linguistics is important for cultural identity
Linguistics students visited Indigenous communities in Geraldton, where they learnt about the importance of preserving ancestral languages.Read more
ABC Radio Mornings
Ms Glenys Collard and Dr Celeste Rodriguez Louro discuss Aboriginal English: 1:48:57Read more