ECDI Update: September 2022 activities

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


  • Understanding Corpus Linguistics: A report on teaching corpus linguistics for the first time at the Australian National University, Danielle Barth, 8 Sep
  • Secrets of Kuwae begin to be revealed, Stuart Bedford and Chris Ballard, 15 Sept
  • The PNG Field School Team, led by CHL’s Dr Ben Shaw, Talks to NBC National Radio PNG, 5 Sept
  • Nick Evans recently attended and presented at 12e Colloque de Linguistique Océanienne/12th Conference on Oceanic Linguistics, 5-9 Sept, Tahiti. See the program here.  
  • Congratulations to Catherine Frieman on her ARC Future Fellowship award:
    • Kin and connection: Ancient DNA between the science and the social (FT220100024) – $1,057,210.00. This project aims to capitalise on the emerging wealth of ancient DNA data to build bridges between social and scientific archaeologies. It expects to create new knowledge by integrating genetic data with social models of kinship, applying an innovative, cross-disciplinary methodology to the uniquely rich and well-documented archaeological record of prehistoric Europe. Expected outcomes include a new framework for understanding past kinship and the formation of a new interdisciplinary and international research network. Significant benefits include increased value of legacy collections, capacity building in archaeology, and positioning Australia at the forefront of major developments in ancient DNA and archaeological science. 


Seminars, Workshops, Conferences

CoEDL End of Centre Event Public Lecture
Wednesday 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

International Symposium on Bilingualism 14 – Diversity Now 

Abstracts due: 30 November 

The 14th International Symposium on Bilingualism will take place on 26-30 June 2023 at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. The theme of the conference is Diversity Now. The United Nations General Assembly has declared the period between 2022 and 2032 as the International Decade of Indigenous Languages to draw attention to the critical status of many Indigenous languages across the world and to encourage action for their preservation, revitalisation, and promotion. ISB14 especially encourages submissions of work involving lesser-studied bilingual communities and interdisciplinary work examining bilingualism across cultures, societies, and the life-span. 

We invite abstracts for two categories of submissions: individual papers and posters. Find more information 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

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics, ANU

Applications close 2 Oct 2022

The purpose of this position is contribute to the development of this digital research platform, help to build up a community of users, and carry out research capitalising on, and showcasing, the capability of infrastructure like LDaCA for the analysis of digital language data. The successful candidate will have a strong background in research involving the application of digital methods to language data. More information here.

Research Data Officer, School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics, ANU

Applications close 2 Oct 2022

The purpose of this position is to provide support for the development, implementation, maintenance and uptake of LDaCA. It involves contributing technical expertise towards the development of the digital platform and the effective management and use of language research data, as well as promoting the infrastructure through creating and offering training in its use. The work will take place individually and in teams and will require liaising with a wide variety of collaborators and stakeholders. More information here.

Assistant Professor of Fieldwork and Indigenous Languages, Ohio State University 

Deadline: 15 November 2022 

The Department of Linguistics in the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University (USA) seeks to hire an Assistant Professor specializing in linguistic fieldwork and researching an indigenous language, with a commitment to engagement with that language’s community of speakers. 

We welcome applications from specialists on indigenous signed or spoken languages anywhere in the world. We are particularly interested in applicants whose research focuses on languages often excluded from social institutions, associated with racial or ethnic minority communities, and/or subject to language loss. While we are interested in candidates with the promise of or expertise in conducting fieldwork and community engagement, we also value contributions toward development of documentary resources and advancement of linguistic theory (in any subfield). The department is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and outreach and we especially welcome applications from under-represented scholars, including members of the linguistic communities they study. Find more information and apply here. Contact Micha Elsner for enquiries. 

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

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). 

ELDP grant round 2023 

Deadline: 15 October 2022 

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. 

Find more information and apply online here



Angelo, Denise Disbray, Samantha, Singer, Ruth, O’Shannessy, Carmel, Simpson, Jane , Smith, Hilary, Meek, Barbra, and Wigglesworth, Gillian. 2022. Learning (in) Indigenous Languages: Common Ground, Diverse Pathways. OECD Education Working Papers, No. 278. Paris: OECD.

O’Shannessy, Carmel, Carter, Amelia, and Kaylan, Siva. 2022. Transitivity Marking in Light Warlpiri, an Australian Mixed Language. Languages. 7(3): 235.

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