ECDI Update: December 2022 activities

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


Congratulations to ECDI affiliate Danielle Barth on her promotion to Associate Professor in linguistics at ANU.

Sam Passmore is part of the Global Jukebox project which brings together songs from around the world –

Stuart Bedford & Chris Ballard – ANU CHL CAP Field School returns from Tongoa, Central Vanuatu

Simon Haberle – Fieldwork showcase: Truwana (Cape Barren Island) (Lutruwita/Tasmania)

A group of seven Summer Research Scholars are working on the ARC Little Kids Learning Languages project led by Carmel O’Shannessy. The scholars have come to ANU from universities across Australia and also from ANU. They are working on complementary aspects of the project, including annotating transcripts in Warlpiri, Arrernte and English for morphosyntax, and multimodal perspectives; describing children’s phonetic development in Warlpiri; analysing perspectives on adult input to children; preparing resources for health and education professionals – 

Welcome to our newest affiliate member I Wayan Arka! And congratulations Wayan on being elected to the Academy of Humanities for 2022.

Congratulations also to affiliate member Amina Mettouchi on your election as a Corresponding Member of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres for 2022.

Watch out for the 2023 SYNAPSE seminars line up in the new year!


Seminars, Workshops, Conferences

Symposium on language and linguistics in honour of Jane Simpson
A symposium on language and linguistics in honour of Jane Simpson was held at ANU in July 2022. The talks were given by many people connected to ANU. Recorded talks are now available on the CoEDL YouTube channel at:

2023 International Symposium on Communication in Healthcare 
14-15 February 2023 
The 2023 International Symposium on Communication in Healthcare: Communicating for Patient Safety: Translating Health Communication Research into Clinical Practice, Education & Training will be hosted by the ANU Institute for Communication in Health Care and co-hosted with QUT Health Research Network and the International Consortium for Communication in Healthcare
Find more information here and register to attend here

International Symposium on Bilingualism 14 – Diversity Now 
26-30 June 2023
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 

2023 Vanuatu Languages Conference 
Abstract deadline: 14 February 2023 
The Comparative Oceanic Linguistics group at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme, and the Vanuatu Cultural Centre are pleased to announce the third Vanuatu Languages Conference, which will take place on July 10-13, 2023 at the Vanuatu Cultural Centre in Port Vila, Vanuatu. The focus will be on current and emerging areas of linguistic research in Vanuatu. 
Find more information here


Job/Funding Opportunities

Foundation for Endangered Languages Grants 
Deadline: 31 December 2022 
The annual grant round for projects that will support, enable or assist the use of one or more endangered languages is now open. FEL is committed to raising awareness of endangered languages throughout the world and supporting their revitalisation and preservation. Find more information and apply here

Two PhD Fellowships, The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) 
Deadline: 2 January 2023 
The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Language Sciences is offering two fully-funded PhD Fellowship for four years (2023-2027) with a preferred start-date in September or October, 2023. Find more information and apply online here

Research Fellow / Senior Research Fellow in Infant Studies, MARCS Institute for Brain Behaviour and Development 
Deadline: 15 January 2023 
The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development is seeking to appoint an outstanding and innovative scholar to complement and strengthen our research in Infant Studies. This is a full-time, fixed-term position for 3 years based at the Westmead Campus, located in the Westmead Health and Medical Research Precinct. Find more information and apply here

Doctoral researcher in Linguistics, University of Zurich 
Deadline: 16 January 2023 
The Department of Comparative Language Science of the University of Zurich is inviting applications for a 4-year PhD researcher position (60% FTE) associated with the Swiss National Science Foundation-funded research project ‘Reference production and the evolution of agreement’, to commence in April 2023. 
Send enquiries and applications to Stefan Schnell

PhD studentship, Surrey Morphology Group 
Deadline: 31 January 2023 
The Surrey Morphology Group is offering a PhD studentship on project about analogy in morphological change, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The student will be responsible for conducting a case study into morphological change in the history of a specific language. They will design their own project using the dataset they have collected, developing research questions and hypotheses relating to the theme of analogy in morphological change. The student will be supervised by Professor Matthew Baerman, Dr Oliver Bond and Dr Helen Sims-Williams, and will work and receive training in the vibrant research environment of the Surrey Morphology Group, alongside leading researchers on inflectional morphology. 
Find more information here

PhD scholarship, Charles Darwin University 
Deadline: 28 February 2022 
CDU is offering a PhD scholarship to work on a project investigating the mathematical affordances of Australian Indigenous languages and to identify and develop the language required to teach and learn school mathematics in Australian Indigenous languages. Find more information and apply online here



Bundgaard-Nielsen, Rikke, Baker, Brett, & O’Shannessy, Carmel. (2022). Something borrowed, something new: Acquiring unexploited sets of feature contrasts. In Rosey Billington (Ed.), Proceedings of the Eighteenth Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (pp. 166-170). Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association.

Bundgaard-Nielsen, Rikke, O’Shannessy, Carmel, Nelson, Alice, Bartlett, Jessie, & Davis, Vanessa. (2022). Warlpiri IDS: Expanding the path to communicative success. In Rosey Billington (Ed.), Proceedings of the Eighteenth Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (pp. 146-150). Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association.

Fletcher, Janet, Kidd, Evan, Stoakes, Hywel, & Nordlinger, Rachel. (2022). Prosodic phrasing, pitch range, and word order variation in Murrinhpatha. In Rosey Billington (Ed.), Proceedings of the Eighteenth Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (pp. 201-205). Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association.

Rajeg, I. M., Rajeg, G. P. W., & Arka, W. (2022). Corpus linguistic and experimental studies on the meaning-preserving hypothesis in Indonesian voice alternations. Linguistics Vanguard, 1–16.

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