Fieldwork report: On the road with Dr Joe Blythe’s CIARA project

Fieldwork report: On the road with Dr Joe Blythe’s CIARA project

In June and July Dr Joe Blythe conducted a four week field trip in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia. The research is associated with Joe’s ARC Discovery project Conversational Interaction in Aboriginal and Remote Australia (CIARA). The first three weeks of the field trip was in Halls Creek and Ringer Soak, recording and transcribing multiparty conversation in the Jaru language. In the final week Joe overlapped with fellow investigator Professor Lesley Stirling from the University of Melbourne in Kununurra and Halls Creek. Lesley was collecting multiparty conversations in Kimberley varieties of Australian English, as spoken by gardiyas (non-Aboriginal people). While in Kununurra, Joe gave a talk about the CIARA project at the Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring Language and Culture Centre. The project investigates interactional similarities and differences in Aboriginal conversation and non-Aboriginal conversation.

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