ECDI Update: August 2022 activities

This is a monthly update about the Evolution of Cultural Diversity Initiative (ECDI) activities and upcoming events.


  • ECDI welcomes our newest PhD students Alpheaus Zobule and Anna Naupa to the team!





Ballard, C. 2022. A night on the island: Jean Guiart and Roi Mata on Lelepa. Journal de la Societe des Oceanites. 153: 77-88.

Ballard, C. 2021. Transmission’s end?: Cataclysm and chronology in Indigenous oral tradition. In: The Routledge companion to global Indigenous history. Taylor & Francis Group. Pp. 571- DOI:10.4324/9781315181929-32.

Collen E, Johar AS, Teixeira JC, Llamas B. 2022. The immunogenetic impact of European colonization in the Americas. Frontiers in Genetics. 13:918227. DOI: 10.3389/fgene.2022.918227.

Roca-Rada X, Tereso S, Rohrlach AB, Brito A, Williams MP, Umbelino C, Curate F, Deveson IW, Souilmi Y, Amorim A, Carvalho PC, Llamas B, Teixeira JC. 2022. A 1000-year-old case of Klinefelter’s syndrome diagnosed by integrating morphology, osteology, and genetics. Lancet. 400(10353):691-692. DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(22)01476-3.


Conferences, Workshops

Computational Thinking in the Humanities 
1 September 2022, 5-8pm 
The workshop Computational Thinking in the Humanities is a 3-hour online workshop featuring two plenary talks, lightning presentations, as well as a panel discussion. The workshop is co-organized by the Australian Text Analytics Platform (ATAP)FIN-CLARIAH and its UEF representatives, and the Australian Digital Observatory
Find more information here and join via Zoom

Language Documentation and Archiving Conference: Where Do We Need To Go From Here? 
Registration deadline: 15 September 2022 
Registration for the conference Where Do We Need To Go From Here – Language Documentation and Archiving during the Decade of Indigenous Languages ( is now open. If you would like to attend the conference, please register via Eventbrite until 15 September 2022. 
This conference is organized jointly by PARADISEC (Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures) and ELAR (Endangered Languages Archive) bringing together people working in this area to present papers, posters, and conduct training sessions aiming to develop capacity, present new approaches to documentation and preservation, and offer models of how we can create, strengthen, enhance, and amplify language records. 
Find more information and register here

CoEDL End of Centre Public Lecture, 28 September
CoEDL Advisory Committee member Clint Bracknell will give a public lecture titled Waabarangara! Invigorating a community of speakers via performance. Register to attend here


Job Opportunities

Language Revitalization Coaches 
Deadline: 30 September 2022 
The Endangered Languages Project (ELP) is seeking two Language Revitalization Coaches to support communities and individuals around the world in their work to reclaim, revitalize, restore, and strengthen their languages. This role will serve as a resource person, offering support and guidance to revitalization practitioners, and helping people discover and navigate existing learning resources. 
Find more information here

PhD projects, Charles Darwin University 
Deadline: 31 October 2022 
We have PhD projects for students with backgrounds in computer science, human-computer interaction, machine learning, linguistics, language acquisition, anthropology, and other language-related fields. We have relationships with several Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory and Western Australia which may serve as field sites. 
Find more information here

PhD projects, Charles Darwin University 

Deadline: 31 October 2022 

We have PhD projects for students with backgrounds in computer science, human-computer interaction, machine learning, linguistics, language acquisition, anthropology, and other language-related fields. We have relationships with several Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory and Western Australia which may serve as field sites. 

Find more information here


Funding Opportunities

Australian National University: Humanities Research Centre 2023 Visiting Fellows Scheme: 

Deadline: 30 September 2022. 

Applications are now open for the 2023 Humanities Research Centre Visiting Fellowship program. 

The scheme provides travel and accommodation for up to 3 months at the Australian National University, as per information provided here. We invite applications from eligible scholars working in every discipline and from every part of the world who wish to contribute to our 2023 Annual Theme of ‘Repair’

Find more information and apply here

ELDP grant round 2023 now open 

The Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP) is delighted to announce a call for applications for the 2023 grant round
ELDP is announcing the 2023 call for applications for the documentation of endangered languages. Funding is available for documentation projects globally. 
Please get in touch with ELDP if you would like to discuss project design in more detail or have any questions that are not addressed in the guidance materials.

ELDP provides grants for the documentation of endangered languages creating audio-visual recordings with transcriptions, translations, and annotations. Four types of grants are available for such language documentation projects: 

Small Grants (up to 10,000 Euros)
Individual Graduate Scholarships
Individual Postdoctoral Fellowships
Major Documentation Projects (more than 10,000 Euros) 

The Legacy Material Grant is for the digitisation of analogue legacy materials like for example  recordings of endangered languages in private holdings of retired colleagues. 

Applicants are asked to carefully review the guidance materials for the different grant types.

Applications must be submitted online by 15th of October 2022, 5pm CEST.

The online application system is now open accessible through the ELDP website. 

ELDP will set up online drop-in sessions for potential applicants. These sessions will be announced on the ELDP Website and ELAR’s social media in due course.

All ELDP-funded projects can be found here.

Joint call for applications: ELDP & DLCE Glottobank grants 


The Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP) and the Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (DLCE) are collaborating to document linguistic diversity. The initiative focuses on contributing data from languages of Latin America and Oceania to the Glottobank project.

The DLCE is providing 20 grants at 5,000 Euro each, for work contributing to Grambank, Lexibank, and Numeralbank ( If you are working on a language of Latin America or Oceania (broadly construed to include Micronesia, Polynesia, the Western Pacific, New Guinea, and Island Southeast Asia), and can contribute data on the grammar, lexicon or numeral system to the Glottobank databases, please apply.

The grants are for up to six months and can be used for travel and subsistence costs, recording equipment or equipment for remote/distributed fieldwork, and consultant payments. Grants will be awarded to a host institution who will administer the funds (e.g.; University, NGO). Please ensure that your institution agrees to the administration of the grant. Note that no overheads will be provided.

Please fill in the online application form here.

Submission deadline for the online application is September 15th 2022.

Complete the form, print, sign, have the research office sign and send a scan of the signed form to by October 15th 2022. You may also use electronic signatures.

Notification of results: November 15th 2022.

Successful applicants will be paired with a Glottobank coder who will train them in the coding system and support them throughout the grant period.

Importantly, given the global pandemic applications must demonstrate the viability of the documentation project. Applications should address the Covid situation in the country of documentation as well as provide information on the measures you will take to safeguard your health and the health of your collaborators in the community. ELDP and DLCE will not support any project that jeopardises the welfare or health of communities and/or grantees. Protective measures and careful planning must be demonstrated in your application to ensure the viability of the project.

If you have any questions please get in touch with ELDP at

Workshops Program, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia 

Deadline: 14 October 2022 

The Academy Workshops Program offers Australian social scientists financial assistance to host multidisciplinary workshops to advance research and/or policy agendas on important national issues. The Academy supports up to eight workshops each year with funding to a maximum of $9,000 (excl GST). The Workshops Program aims to be a catalyst for innovative social science ideas, to build capability amongst early and mid-career researchers and foster networks across social science disciplines and with practitioners. 

Find more information and apply online (or this link for non-follow applicants). 

Support offered for plant entries in Australian languages dictionaries 

Are you compiling a dictionary of an Australian language and need some support with plant/fungus entries? 

I’m a linguist currently working on a project at the Australian National Herbarium (National Collections and Maritime Infrastructure – NCMI) to make its collection more useful to Indigenous communities. One avenue of this is to link Indigenous plant names to vouched specimens in the herbarium.

Plant names do not have one-to-one correspondences across languages and scientific names are somewhat esoteric and are liable to change due to taxonomic reclassification. Likewise, what may be identified as a single species in the Western taxonomy may correspond to different plants in an Indigenous taxonomy.

For example, the Kunwok plant manbardbard refers to grevillea plants that grow in the lowlands, while mandjenkererr refer to grevillea plants in the highlands. Both terms refer to at least two species of grevillea in the Western taxonomy: Grevillea decurrens and G. Heliosperma. Linking a plant name to a physical specimen ensures that despite changes to Western scientific nomenclature or language shift in a community, we have vouched and corroborated connections between plant and knowledge systems. 

If you’re interested in using the National Herbarium or the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) to support your dictionary work, please get in touch! Check out the Noongar Budjarplants and animals encyclopaedia for an example of an ALA/NCMI + language centre collaboration. 

This project is a CSIRO funded post-doc fellowship and will be running until Dec 2023.


Honours project, Ablation study: What level of linguistic detail is needed for word-level modelling? (Australian National University)

As NLP (Natural language processing) tools are expanded to include new languages one of the big bottlenecks is labelled data availability. This issue is particularly acute for low-resource languages. So the question of annotation detail and quality is important. How much detail is needed for supervised learning? Is there a minimum number of labels to capture linguistic patterns? Find more information here

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