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Department of Linguistics

Research at Centre for Language Sciences

2010 Successful external grant applications

  • ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders. This ARC funded centre will receive $21 million over the next 7 years, beginning January 2011 with Prof Stephen Crain as Centre Director.

  • Grant by Harvard University to organise the Harvard-Australia Workshop entitled “Language, Learning and Logic” in July 2011. The Local Organizing Committee comprising Professor Stephen Crain and Professor Mark Johnson from CLaS, as well as Dr Drew Khlentzos (UNE, Psychology). The Harvard organizers are Professor Gennaro Chierchia and Professor James Huang, both from Linguistics. Harvard and MQ each will contribute $25,000 USD towards the workshop.

  • HEARing CRC/Cochlear MEG III Grant. $150,000. The custom design and development of reference sensors for the MEG III (magnetoencephalography) system to be used in research with individuals who have CIs.

  • ARC Discovery Grant: DP110102506. Duration: 3 years, 2011-2013
    Prof Mark E Johnson, Prof Katherine Demuth, Asst Prof Michael Frank
    Project Title: Computational models of synergies in human language acquisition
    Project Summary: How do children learn language? Do they first learn to recognise words and then associate words with meanings, or do they use the meanings to figure out what the words are, or do they do both at the same time, and if so, how? This project will investigate questions like these using advanced computational models of the way children learn from their environment. $368,000.

  • ARC Discovery Grant: DP110102593. Duration: 3 years, 2011-2013
    Prof Mark E Johnson, Prof Mark Steedman
    Project Title: Incremental syntactic parsing and coreference resolution
    Project Summary: As computers become smaller, keyboards and screens become increasingly impractical. We'd like to be able to talk to our computers, but they'd have to understand what we say. This project will develop a computational model that tracks which things are talked about and identifies 'who did what to whom' in text or speech. $395,000.

  • ARC Discovery Grant: DP110102479. Duration: 3 years, 2011-2013
    Prof Katherine Demuth, Dr Felicity M Cox, Dr Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel
    Project Title: Phonological effects on the development of inflectional morphology
    Project Summary: This project investigates the mechanisms underlying typically developing children's variable omission of inflectional morphemes (for example, plural, past tense). The results will have significant implications for the evaluation and design of interventions for language-delayed populations where serious problems of communication persist. $205,000.

  • ARC Discovery Grant: DP110100294. Duration: 3 years, 2011-2013
    Dr Saskia R Kohnen, Prof Lyndsey A Nickels, Prof Brenda Rapp
    Project Title: Using generalisation to better treat poor spelling
    Project Summary: Current understanding of how human readers decode a string of letters into known words is inadequate. This project advances understanding of this early reading process, by combining computational modelling, behavioural and brain imaging approaches. $240,000.

  • ARC Discovery Grant: DP110100799. Duration: 3 years, 2011-2013
    Dr Britta A Biedermann, Prof Lyndsey A Nickels, Prof Niels O Schiller
    Project Title: Speech production in language-impaired speakers: Informing theoretical models and clinical practice regarding grammatical processing
    Project Summary: This research examines how language is stored and processed in our minds and the ways this can go wrong. By improving our theory of language processing, the research will result in improved diagnosis and treatment for the ten per cent of Australians who suffer from communication impairment. $401,409.

 

2009 Successful external grant applications

  • ARC Discovery Grant: DP1096160. Duration: 5 years
    Prof S Crain; A/Prof RJ Thornton; Dr BW Johnson; Dr DM Khlentzos; Prof OJ Tzeng; Prof TH Lee; Prof LQ Gao
    Project Title: The emergence of logic in child language
    Project Summary: This project investigates the development of logical expressions in Chinese and English. The project will promote intercultural awareness by establishing the degree to which typologically diverse languages share core logical properties. The findings are relevant for theories of language acquisition and logical reasoning, and will inform research in Linguistics, Philosophy and Psychology. The Neurosciences will benefit from data obtained using the brain imaging technique, Magnetoencephalography (MEG), for the first time with children, and these data will establish benchmarks for assessing early intervention in treating hearing disorders. The project will enhance collaborative research with Australia's neighbours in East Asia.
    $601,000.

  • NHMRC Partnership Projects (ID 571449)
    S Leeder; JJ Wang; P Mitchell; C McMahon; J Ellis
    Project Title: Developing service policies for Australians with dual sensory impairment: An integrated, collaborative pilot project.

    Project Summary: The burden from hearing and vision impairments, greatest for people with dual sensory impairment (DSI), will rise with population ageing. Target rehabilitation and support for DSI may improve health and quality of life. This project will pilot an integrated, collaborative service model for assessment and rehabilitation of DSI in older people. The knowledge gained will inform policy development and optimize use of resources to provide the best possible care for older Australians with DSI.
    $318,651.

  • ARC Discovery Grant: DP1094572. Duration: 4 years
    A/Prof TA Johnston; Prof B Woll
    Project Title: New languages seen with new eyes: Evidence for the emergence of grammar in signed languages using new methodologies and technologies.
    Project Summary: This project will ensure that the education of signing deaf children and the scientific study of human language are based on descriptions of sign language vocabulary and grammar that are supported by empirical evidence from representative samples of naturalistic language. The knowledge is essential for developing assessment and teaching tools for deaf children, for improving the training of sign language interpreters, and for understanding the results of research into human cognition and the processing of language-spoken, written or signed-in the brain. The internet accessible digital video corpus will be an important cultural archive, educational resource and scientific dataset for the on-going research.
    $384,000.
  • NHMRC Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Aphasia Rehabilitation. Duration: 5 years
    Lead Institution University of Queensland
    Professor L Worrall, Dr L Togher, A/Professor A Ferguson, Dr D Copland, A/Professor L Nickels, A/Professor J Douglas.
    $2,495,200.

  • National Philosophy and Social Science Foundation Grant of China (09BYY022): "Semantic Acquisition in Chinese and English: A Cross-linguistic Comparison of Children's Understanding of Logical Word". Liqun Gao, Thomas Lee, Stephen Crain and Rosalind Thornton

  • Affordable Hearing Aid Project - Lions Club International and WWhearing. WW EARS (Easy Access to Rehabilitation Services) Program: Community-based Auditory Rehabilitation in the Philippines - Pilot Study. Martinez, M., Pastor, I., Newall, P and Regal, A. US$50,000.

  • Grant from Department of Finance and Deregulation (AGIMO) for research on Australian style and usage, associated with the new online publication of Australian Style. Emeritus Prof Pam Peters. $10,52.

2008 Successful external grant applications

  • ARC Discovery Project. "The meaning of 'OR' in logic and in human languages" DP0879842, 2008-2011,
    $306,700. Chief Investigators, Stephen Crain and Rosalind Thornton

  • A 3.0 Tesla MRI System for Human Cognitive Neuroscience Research. LE0882345. ARC LIEF grant. 2008:
    $650,000. Chief Investigator, Stephen Crain (with 1stCI Mattingly, Cunnington, Hester, Bellgrove, Lipp, Wallis, Brereton, Galloway, de Zubicaray, Crozier, Colditz, Jull, Hodges, Coltheart, Williams).

  • ARC Industrial Partner Linkage Grant: A MEG system to study cognitive processing in children. LP0669471, 2006-2009. $970,000. Industrial Partner: Yokogawa Electric Corporation. Chief Investigator, Stephen Crain, with Rosalind Thornton, Hisashi Kado & Max Coltheart.

  • Partner Investigator, Stephen Crain, Catherine McMahon. Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training Co-operative Research Centres Programme. The HEARing Co-operative Research Centre: Core participants: : The University of Melbourne, Cochlear Ltd., Siemens Hearing Instruments Pty. [$745,675 for July 2007 - June 2008]

  • ARC Discovery Project Grant (2008 - 2010) "Neurocognitive substrates of naming facilitation in aphasia." Copland, D.A., Nickels, L.A., McMahon, K.L., & Angwin, A.J. ($323,000) Granting organisation: ARC (Scheme: Linkage Projects LP0882270). (2008 - 2011).
    Research: OEMedical Signbank: sign language planning and development in interpretermediated medical health care delivery for deaf Austalians1 Amount: ARC approx $102,806 over 3 years + Industry Partner contribution. Partner organisations: National Auslan Interpreter Booking and Payment Service, Multicultural Health Unit. Investigators: Chief Investigators, Trevor Johnston & Jemina Napier (Macquarie University), & Mrs K Gilbert & Ms V Dragoje.