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Katherine Demuth

QS ranks Macquarie in Top 50 worldwide for Linguistics

Macquarie University is ranked among the top 50 institutions in the world when it comes to Linguistics (43rd) according to the 2014 QS World University Rankings by Subject, published today.

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Congratulations to Professor Katherine Demuth

She has been awarded an ARC Laureate Fellowship for her project 'Neural and behavioural evidence for children's learning of grammatical morphology'.

Children with various types of language delay have problems learning grammatical structure, leading to communicative breakdown. Katherine's project will use brain imaging and behavioural methods to better understand the nature of these problems, leading to more effective intervention and better child health, wellbeing, and educational outcomes.

Katherine is among seventeen of Australia's most outstanding researchers to have been awarded a 2013 Australian Laureate Fellowships.

Congratulations to our newly promoted colleagues!

It is with very great pleasure (one of the best parts of the job) that I invite you all to join with me in congratulating the following colleagues who have been successful in their promotions to the next rung on the ladder! - Lynda Yates

Peter Roger Felicity Cox Catherine McMahon Trevor Johnston

Congratulations to all the Winners of Student Nominated Learning and Teaching Awards 2011

To encourage the active involvement of students in the process of acknowledging and rewarding outstanding teaching, the Department of Linguistics this year introduced a system of "student-nominated learning and teaching awards".

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Congratulations to Emeritus Professor Pam Peters

Congratulations to Emeritus Professor Pam Peters - Department of Linguistics on being elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities (Linguistics section) at their recent annual meeting.
Professor Peters has been an outstanding contributor to Linguistics at Macquarie and internationally for many years and her election to the Academy is well deserved.

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Congratulations to Emeritus Professor Chris Candlin

Congratulations to Emeritus Professor Chris Candlin on being awarded the title of Academician by the Academy of Social Sciences in the UK. This is indeed a well-deserved honour.

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Congratulations to Emeritus Professor Pam Peters

Congratulations to Emeritus Professor Pam Peters on being elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities (Linguistics section) at their recent annual meeting.
Professor Peters has been an outstanding contributor to Linguistics at Macquarie and internationally for many years and her election to the Academy is well deserved.

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Congratulations to Emeritus Professor Chris Candlin

Congratulations to Emeritus Professor Chris Candlin on being awarded the title of Academician by the Academy of Social Sciences in the UK. This is indeed a well-deserved honour. Three members nominated by BAAL have been awarded the title of Academician by the Academy of Social Sciences:

  • Emeritus Professor Christopher Candlin (Macquarie University, Australia)
  • Professor Paul Meara (Swansea University, UK)
  • Professor Srikant Sarangi (Cardiff University, UK)

BAAL members who know their work, both in their research and their contributions to BAAL and AILA, will know that the recognition is well-deserved.

The Academy of Social Sciences is a body linked to many of the main learned societies in the UK. Besides recognising the contributions of academicians, it promotes links between these learned societies, and campaigns for a stronger voice for UK social science in policy-making. Names of other academicians can be found here: http://www.acss.org.uk/about5.htm.

 

Speech Science and Technology 2012 (SST) 14th Australasian International Conference

Speech Science and Technology 2012 (SST)
14th Australasian International Conference

Date: December 3-6, 2012
Location: Macquarie University, Sydney

Linguistics Diversity

Linguistic Diversity & Social Inclusion

Friday, October 12 (9am-5pm, Campus Hub, Level 3)
For catering purposes RSVP agnes.terraschke@mq.edu.au by October 08 at the latest. Visit the website

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Associate Professor Ilija Casule discovered the language, known as Burushaski is Indo-European in origin

Professor Casule's discovery, which has now been verified by a number of the world's top linguists, has excited linguistics experts around the world. An entire issue of the eminent international linguistics journal The Journal of Indo-European Studies is devoted to a discussion of his findings later this month.

April 2012 Graduation photo's are now on the Alumni facebook page

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Congratulations to all the Winners of Student Nominated Learning and Teaching Awards 2011

To encourage the active involvement of students in the process of acknowledging and rewarding outstanding teaching, the Department of Linguistics this year introduced a system of "student-nominated learning and teaching awards".

Ingrid Piller and Lynda Yates

Congratulations to Ingrid Piller and Lynda Yates

who have received funding from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) to undertake a 3-year longitudinal study into the relationship between language training and settlement outcomes of newly arrived migrants from non-English-speaking backgrounds. The project is an extension of a similar longitudinal study undertaken at Macquarie University in 2008 and 2009.

The new phase of the project will follow participants from the first phase of the project and also follow a cohort of newly arrived migrants. The goal will be to find out how they use English as they settle in Australia, and how closely their engagement with English in the Adult Migrant English Program matches their communicative needs.

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Macquarie University Speech, Hearing and Linguistics Society (MUSHLS)

“We're a society with a focus not only on the communication sciences, but also on building awesome friendships, hosting great events and turning your university degree into a more active and exciting experience”.

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Aussie accents to be preserved for posterity - Invitation to donate your voice

The Linguistics Department is pleased to announce the launch of a national initiative to collect the accents of 1000 Australian English speakers. Australian English accents from adults of all ages from various locations in all states and territories will be collected to represent the regional and social diversity of Australian English. To become involved visit the AusTalk website.

Katherine Demuth and Felicity Cox

‘Phonological effects on the development of inflectional morphology’.

Katherine Demuth and Felicity Cox were recently awarded an ARC Discovery grant entitled ‘Phonological effects on the development of inflectional morphology’. In collaboration with Senior Research Scientist Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel (MIT), they will be exploring the acoustic and articulatory mechanisms underlying children’s variable use of morphemes such as the plural and past tense markers in different linguistic contexts. The findings will contribute to a better understanding of the development of inflectional morphology both in typical and language-impaired populations.

Stephen Crain

Congratulations to Stephen Crain

Stephen Crain was named a Macquarie University Distinguished Professor at the 2010 Research Awards Ceremony. Stephen was honoured for “his outstanding work in the advancement of science in the study of human language and cognition.

Sue Spinks

Congratulations to Sue Spinks

Who recently received an Australian Learning and Teaching Council citation for “sustained commitment to empowering students to find their individual academic “voices,” and to achieving excellent outcomes for all students through relevant University committees".

Vice-Chancellor Award and Citation recipients

Vice-Chancellor Award Congratulations

We are very happy to announce and congratulate the following two Vice-Chancellor Award and Citation recipients from the Department of Linguistics:

  • Ms Jean Cho from the Department of Linguistics has been awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Award for Programs that Enhance Learning
  • Dr Verna Rieschild from Linguistics has been awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
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Innovation Awards - Winners 2009

Innovation in Learning and Teaching

Termfinder - Jargon-busting and Concept-building an online Learning Tool for Beginners in Science and Social Science.