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Discipline of Linguistics
School of Humanities
Napier Building Level 7
Room 722
The University of Adelaide
SA 5005 AUSTRALIA

Phone: +61 8 8313 1044
Fax: +61 8 8313 4341

Mobile Language Team
230 North Tce, Level 3
Phone: +61 8 8313 0707
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Kaurna Warra Pintyandi
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Phone: + 61 8 8313 3343
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Napier Building Undercroft (Ground)
North Terrace Campus
The University of Adelaide
SA 5005 Australia

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Thurs 11am-5pm

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Linguistics

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Programs and courses out of Linguistics can be taken at either undergraduate or postgraduate levels.   Please refer to the links on the side menu for more information.

Staff in the Discipline of Linguistics can be found on Level 9 of the Napier Building at the North Terrace campus of the University.

Adelaide Linguistics is internationally known for its public impact and social contribution. It is home to the world's finest experts in Revivalistics, language reclamation, resurrection, revitalization, renewal and revival, and their link to Indigenous wellbeing and cultural empowerment. Adelaide linguists lead the revival of various Aboriginal Australian languages such as Kaurna, Barngarla (Parnkalla), Ngarrindjeri and Wirangu.

Mobile Language Team

A new Mobile Language Team (MLT) was established in October 2009 to support work in Aboriginal languages throughout the length and breadth of the state of South Australia. For more information, see the MLT webpage.


News

2014

Truth and Reconciliation Colloquium

Thursdays 5:30pm in Napier Lecture Theatre G04.
Commencing 1 May 2014

Download information here

Adelaide Language Festival

WHEN: Friday 16 and Saturday 17 May 2014
WHERE: The University of Adelaide North Terrace Campus
REGISTRATIONS: Not required - Attendance is free
MORE INFO: Professor Ghil'ad Zuckermann
ghilad.zuckermann@adelaide.edu.au  Phone (08) 8313 5247 / 0423 901 808
Visit www.hss.adelaide.edu.au/linguistics/alf/  for full program details

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Barngarla people rediscover their language

Nancia Guivarra SBS
http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/49943107526/Barngarla-people-rediscover-their-language


2013

Reclaiming the Barngarla Aboriginal dormant language, University of Adelaide Port Augusta Campus, 20 July
Professor Ghil'ad Zuckermann, Chair of Linguistics and endangered languages, the Revd Volker Dally, director of the Leipzig Lutheran Mission and members of the Barngarla community of Port Augusta.

           

Gabmididi Manoo, Whyalla, 19 July

The first Barngarla delegation to AIATSIS, Canberra (11-15 February 2013) with Dr Luise Hercus, 13 February 2013. The delegation was organized by Professor Ghil'ad Zuckermann, Chair of Linguistics and Endangered Languages, with the support of Dr Jaky Troy, AIATSIS.

     


 

 

Three scholars from leading Chinese institutions have been appointed postdoctoral fellows at the University of Adelaide. They will work with Professor Ghil'ad Zuckermann on Revivalistics (Revival Linguistics) throughout 2013:

Dr Yao Chunlin (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing)
Dr Xu Jia (Shanghai International Studies University, Shanghai)
Dr Li Ya (Sichuan Normal University, Chengdu), who has been awarded a 2013 Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellowship.

Professor Ghil'ad Zuckermann held an interdisciplinary cross-fertlization workshop with Professor Tzachi Pilpel (Weizmann Institute of Science) on 21 January 2013 at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  http://www.as.huji.ac.il/confereces/evolution   
The theme was "Miqadmat DNA: Evolution, Genesis, Cross-Fertilization and Hybridization in Nature and Language".

Professor Zuckermann delivered the keynote address at the international conference "Hybridity Here and Now: Israeli Language, Culture and Identity", held at Beit Leyvik Tel Aviv on 29 January 2013.

 


 

2012-2013: Professor Ghil'ad Zuckermann, Chair of Linguistics and Endangered Languages, has been appointed Visiting Professor at the (1) Israel Institute for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University Jerusalem, (2) Weizmann Institute of Science (Rehovot).

Professor Ghil'ad Zuckermann has established 3 new courses: Revival Linguistics: Language Reclamation, Cultural Empowerment and Wellbeing; Language in a Global Society; and Languages in the 21st Century: Cultural Contact and New Words.

On 11-13 May 2012 Professor Ghil'ad Zuckermann gave the keynote address at the International Conference of Contemporary Linguistics in Xi'an, China.  He was a Focus Speaker (on Revival Linguistics) at the Free Linguistics Conference in Sydney on 6-7 October 2012.


Professor Zuckermann continues to work closely with the Mobile Language Team (MLT) (University of Adelaide) and to cooperate with AIATSIS (Canberra). He has recently launched the reclamation of the Barngarla language together with the Barngarla communities of Port Lincoln, Whyalla and Port Augusta, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia.
Throughout June 2012 he delivered lectures and took part in several groundbreaking Revival Linguistics events at AIATSIS.


Awards and Grants

  • ILS grants 2012-2015:
    Mobile Language Team (MLT) - Phase Two: $1,050,000 (3 years total)
    Consolidating Kaurna Language Revival: $420,000 (3 years total)
    Trialling community language workers course Teaching an Endangered Aboriginal Language: $120,000
    Tjurlpu tjurta ngurraritja AntikirrinyaYankunytjatjara --- traditional linguistic and ecological knowledge of native birds: $85,000

  • ARC Grant (2011 - 2014):
    ARC Linkage project between four State Health Departments and the University of Adelaide in collaboration with several other universities on a national project to look at Clinical Handover, deals with the communication between clinicians about patients. Our own focus is on the language involved in mental health handovers.
    Further particulars: Dr John Walsh and Dr Nayia Cominos at nayia.cominos@adelaide.edu.au.
  • MILR Awards 2011:
    Documenting traditional knowledge about seasons and time in the highly endangered Yankunytjatjara/Antikirinya language of northeast SA and publishing learning resources ($105,320)

    Preparing for community use a set of language awareness and learning materials for the critically endangered Mirning language of the Great Australian Bight region, and training language workers ($56,000)

    Kaurna Dictionary ($53,000)

    Ngarrindjeri Song CD ($40,000)  

In 2007 Dr Rob Amery was awarded a UNESCO Certificate of Achievement for his work in Linguistics. Specifically, his award was in recognition of "the documentation both of the Kaurna language and aspects of the traditions of the Kaurna Plains people and the development of language revival resources" and Dr Rob Amery established the KWP Secretariat with three new part-time jobs advertised.

2011: Professor Ghil'ad Zuckermann, Chair of Linguistics and Endangered Languages, has been appointed (1) Distinguished Visiting Professor and Oriental Scholar at Shanghai International Studies University (China), and (2) Visiting Scientist at the Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel).  http://www.as.huji.ac.il/confereces/evolution