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LINGLINE 98 November 2015

LINGLINE is the departmental newsletter of the Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University. It focuses on the interests and concerns of staff and postgraduate students in the department. LINGLINE aims to keep staff and students across the world in touch with the department and with one another, and welcomes contributions from all staff and students. Please send submissions to the editor, Haidee Kruger, at Suggestions for and feedback about the newsletter are welcome.

Inside this edition

Hello again

Message from the incoming Head of Department: Associate Professor Jan-Louis Kruger

Staff news


Reports: Conferences, workshops and special events

  • AUSIT mini-conference, 13 November 2015 (Dr Helen Slatyer)
  • New programme of research in varieties of English launched, 29-30 November 2015 (Emeritus Professor Pam Peters)
  • Corpus linguistics workshop, 12 & 14 October 2015 (Adam Smith)
  • News from the Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS) (Rosemary Eliott)
    • Workshop on Infant Speech Perception (WISP): Phonological and Lexical Development, 1-2 September 2015
    • CCD Rational Inferences Workshop, 30 October 2015
    • CLaS/CCD Research Colloquium Series
  • Peer development for linguistics postgraduates at the annual Showcase, 20 November 2015 (Alexandra Grey)


  • Distinguished Professor Katherine Demuth elected ASSA Fellow (Katherine Revius)
  • Student in the limelight: Emiri Oishi (Dr Helen Slatyer)
  • A brand new office space for linguists in Building C5A
  • Applied linguists present workshop at the Australian Physiotherapy Association conference (Dr Maria Herke & Dr Heather Jackson)

Linguists in the media

Upcoming events

Conference calls

HDR corner

Recent publications and conference presentations by staff and PhD students

Hello again

The last edition of LINGLINE for 2015 reflects the busy last three months of the year, with a wealth of news and events - not least the move into the revamped Level 5 in C5A, and a new Head of Department. Some of our regular features have taken an early holiday - but will return in the first edition of 2016.

Remember that LINGLINE now has its own webpage!

LINGLINE wishes all staff and students in the department a peaceful and festive holiday season. We look forward to an exciting, stimulating and productive 2016.

- Haidee Kruger

Message from the incoming Head of Department: Associate Professor Jan-Louis Kruger

LINGLINE 98 - November 2015As 2015 is coming to an end, I want to thank you for what has been another challenging but exciting year in higher education. I appreciate the warm reception I received as I stepped in on 1 November, taking over from Professor Lynda Yates after her four-year term. The department has benefited greatly from her commitment and leadership.

I believe that 2016 is going to be an important year for the Department. I like to think that it will be the year in which we begin to develop a stronger and more cohesive sense of identity as one of the leading units at Macquarie, and in which we further build on our position as one of the strongest departments of Linguistics in the country. We have everything that is needed for this, including research above world standard with world leaders in a number of areas; state-of-the-art equipment; a rich diversity that provides us with unique opportunities for interdisciplinary work; industry partners that keep us in touch with societal and market needs; the largest international student numbers in the faculty; a growing undergraduate presence; and a number of new appointments to further strengthen our staff composition.

The external departmental review in 2016 is an excellent opportunity for taking a step back to look at where we are and where we want to be. This will be the year in which we set our strategic goals for the next three years and beyond, and figure out how we will get there. Together with the new management team that has been put together to ensure broad representation, I will do my best to minimise the impact of the review on our day-to-day activities.

The year will also see important changes to the workload and PDR processes that will be informed by a shift of emphasis towards a goal-driven process in which the main aim will be to align individual goals with departmental goals. The process will still be informed by the principles of equitable distribution of work and resources, but will also be used to get us all to look to the horizon as we build an even stronger Department.

I wish you all a wonderful festive season wherever you will be. Enjoy spending time with family and friends, and create some sense of closure on 2015 so that 2016 can begin as a brand new phase.


Staff news

New Head of Department

On 1 November 2015, Associate Professor Jan-Louis Kruger took over the position of Head of Department from Professor Lynda Yates. The department thanks Lynda for her leadership, and wishes her well in her new role as Associate Dean: International. We wish Jan-Louis all the best in his new role!

New Director of HDR

Dr Stephen Moore will be stepping down as Director of HDR after an extensive stint in the role at the end of June 2016. Associate Professor Mridula Sharma has agreed to take on this vital role from July 2016.

Welcome to our new staff members

A warm welcome to all our new staff members who recently joined the Department.

In Speech Pathology, Dijana Wolffram has been appointed as the new Manager: Speech Pathology Clinical Education, job-sharing the position with Eva Nemeth (replacing Belinda Hill). Claire Layfield joined us on 12 October as a 0.6 Scholarly Teaching Fellow, teaching in the MSLP program and the BSHLSc.

Professor David McAlpine from UCL has joined the department in the newly created roles of Professor: Hearing, Language and the Brain and Director of Hearing Research.

Professor McAlpine comes to us with a stellar record in research and leadership in auditory neuroscience, and extensive experience in world-class collaborative research in this area. As Director of the UCL Ear Institute and Professor of Auditory Neuroscience at UCL since 2006, he has played a major role in the development of the Institute's clinical and translational research program.

We welcome Professor McAlpine and his team: Dr Jessica Monaghan, Dr Nick Haywood, Dr Jaime Undurraga and Matthieu Recugnat. They introduced themselves at a presentation on 2 November 2015, during which they presented the following talks:

  • Professor David McAlpine: "Creating a sense of space"
  • Dr Jessica Monaghan: "Speech! Speech! At the cocktail party"
  • Dr Nick Haywood: "Being objective: Matching EEG to behaviour"
  • Dr Jaime Undurraga: "Being objective: (Arti-)facts in electrical hearing"
  • Matthieu Recugnat: "Rewiring the brain-machine interface"




We are pleased to announce that the department had two successful applications for promotion in this round: Dr Annabelle Lukin has been promoted to level D and Dr Michael Proctor to level C.

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Our warmest congratulations also go to Maria Brittain from our Speech and Hearing Clinic on receiving a Vice-Chancellor's Commendation for Outstanding Service.


Professor Simon Handley, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Human Sciences with Maria Brittain, who received a Vice-Chancellor's Commendation for Outstanding Service.

Jean Cho from Translation and Interpreting received an award for HDR Excellence at the Faculty meeting on 9 December 2015. Jean has managed to not only bring her thesis to completion, but also to produce a series of publications from her HDR research project.

At the Faculty meeting, Dr Peng Zhou also received an award for ECR excellence.

Congratulations to Dr Olga Kozar for being awarded a very competitive Macquarie Research Fellowship.

Dr Heather Jackson (and her team from Thiess John Holland Dragados and Transport for New South Wales) recently won an industry award for her work in Community Relations on the Sydney Metro North West Project. The award is the PRIA (Public Relations Institute of Australia) State Golden Target Award for Excellence in Community Relations. The award submission was titled "Train tunnels, trucks and the toolkit to build trust". The award is a great example of putting research into practice.

Congratulations to all these staff members on their achievements!

On a more personal note, staff members welcomed some new additions to the linguistics family:

  • Dr Liora Ballin welcomed the beautiful Jazmin Paris on Friday 30 October 2015. Congratulations Liora and Shai - we wish you great happiness!
  • Professor David McAlpine and his wife Jessica welcomed son Oscar Eoin on 3 December 2015. Congratulations!

Rebecca Kim welcomed baby Lucas on Friday 16 October 2015. Welcome Lucas!

Postgraduate students

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The department's 3MT competition took place on 4 September, with five excellent presentations, and an impressive turnout of staff and HDR students. The overall winner (and also "People's choice" winner) was Pragati Mandikal Vasuki. Second place went to Kiri Mealings, and third place to Tonia Crawford. Well done to all participants!


Presenters at the 3MT competition: (left to right) Thembi Dube, Kiri Mealings, Pragati Mandikal Vasuki, Neda Karimi, Tonia Crawford.

On the same day, but on the other side of the world, PhD student Alexandra Grey won the "Researcher Speed Dating" event at the annual conference of the British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL) in Birmingham.

Alex has been busy - she was also successful in her application for a prestigious Endeavour Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. Congratulations, and best of luck with your project in China next year!

Translation and Interpreting student Emiri Oishi was recently announced as the winner of the inaugural AUSIT (Institute of Interpreters and Translators) Student Award. Congratulations Emiri! (Emiri features as our Student in the Limelight for this edition.)



Reports: Conferences, workshops and special events

2015 AUSIT mini-conference (13 November 2015)

Dr Helen SlatyerMacquarie hosted a very successful 2015 AUSIT (Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators) mini conference on 13 November with close to a hundred participants. The conference was jointly organised by Macquarie staff (Dr Helen Slatyer and Dr Jing Fang) and AUSIT NSW Branch members and attracted translators and interpreters, researchers, educators, students and industry partners from around Australia. The conference aimed to stimulate discussion around the implementation of quality in translation and interpreting from different perspectives and was successful in presenting research and practice around the theme of quality.

In her plenary, Professor Sandra Hale explored how research can translate into positive change, through collaborative research with institutions that rely on interpreters to carry out their work. Individual papers explored a range of themes, from how translation technology can support quality assurance for individual translators and translation agencies to how a better understanding of role for health care interpreters can lead to better collaborations in health.

Photo: Dr Helen Slatyer (far left) participating in a panel discussion at the AUSIT mini-conference.

The final session was a panel coordinated by Anna Kenny from the Health Care Interpreter Service on exploring notions of quality in interpreting from a range of perspectives (interpreters, research, agencies and service managers).

- Contribution by Dr Helen Slatyer

New programme of research in varieties of English launched (29-30 November 2015)

An Australia-led project on Varieties of English in the Indo-Pacific (VEIP) convened its inaugural meeting at Macquarie University, following endorsement by the Union Academique Internationale in Brussels. The project is directed by Emeritus Professor Pam Peters (Macquarie University) and Professor Kate Burridge (Monash), with well-known international scholars in English linguistics on its advisory committee.

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Participants in the inaugural VEIP meeting: (back left to right) Dr Tobias Bernaisch, Adam Smith, Professor Bertus van Rooy, Dr Haidee Kruger, (front left to right) Professor Jeff Siegel, Dr Sandra Goetz, Professor Andy Kirkpatrick, Professor Kate Burridge, Emeritus Professor Pam Peters, Professor Winnie Cheng, Dr Loy Lising.

Participants in the two-day inaugural meeting held from 29-30 November 2015 included four international partners in VEIP: Professor Bertus van Rooy (North-West University, South Africa), Professor Winnie Cheng (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong), Dr Sandra Goetz (Giessen University, Germany), and Dr Tobias Bernaisch (Giessen University, Germany).

Australian scholars attending from interstate were Professor Andy Kirkpatrick (Griffith University) and Professor Jeff Siegel (UNE), as well as local researchers in varieties of English, including Dr Loy Lising (Sydney University), Dr Haidee Kruger (Macquarie University) and Adam Smith (Macquarie University). Others, including Professor Jenny Cheshire (Queen Mary University of London, UK), Professor Bernd Kortmann (University of Freiburg, Germany), Professor Marianne Hundt (Zürich University, Switzerland), and Professor Edgar Schneider (Regensburg University, Germany), skyped from Europe into the discussions in the conference evenings.

The papers presented at the meeting featured research across Indo-Pacific-adjacent countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, South Africa, the Philippines, Indonesia, Fiji and Australia - foregrounding the use of English in multilingual settings.  Wider contextual issues were also canvassed, such as the role of English alongside other languages in national education policies and language planning; higher and lower lects of English and especially mixed forms of English; and questions of the conventionalisation of lexicogrammatical items borrowed from local languages into evolving varieties of regional English. The need to examine the socio-political and cultural contexts was a recurrent theme, and the importance of seeking explanatory factors for the emergent language features described.

Several new collaborative projects in varieties of English were discussed, to be developed before the next meeting in June 2016.

- Contribution by Emeritus Professor Pam Peters.

Corpus linguistics workshop (12 & 14 October 2015)

The corpus linguistics workshop, held on 12 and 14 October, proved a very successful event, bringing in 55 registered participants from Macquarie and outside - some coming from as far away as China and Japan. The team of experts from Lancaster University's Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Sciences, led participants through a series of presentations and practical demonstrations on corpus techniques and areas of use. In addition, Professor Tony McEnery gave a talk for the Linguistics research seminar series on 13 October that proved so popular that there was standing room only.

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Presenters and organisers at the workshop: (left to right) Dr Deanna Wong, Dr Vaclav Brezina, Dr Dana Gablasova, Professor Tony McEnery, Professor Paul Baker, Emeritus Professor Pam Peters and Adam Smith.

The powerpoints from the workshop are now available at, along with some links to further corpus resources.

Due to the generous funding from the Linguistics Department's Learning and Teaching Committee and the Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS), there are also plans to develop the department's corpus facilities and webpages, to make these resources more accessible to students and staff.

- Contribution by Adam Smith

News from the Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS)   

Workshop on Infant Speech Perception (WISP): Phonological and Lexical Development (1-2 September 2015)

LINGLINE 98 - November 2015The Workshop on Infant Speech Perception (WISP) held on 1-2 September 2015, was the first in the Language Development Series co-supported by the ARC Laureate Fellowship held by Distinguished Professor Katherine Demuth, the Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS) and the Child Language Lab. The event highlighted recent research on infants' developing abilities to perceive and learn the phonological, morphological and prosodic systems of language. Researchers from the fields of linguistics, cognitive science, computational linguistics and developmental psychology discussed novel techniques and paradigms that will shed light on the diverse roles of speech perception abilities at various stages of infant development, across languages and populations. Some of the issues raised included research on more diverse range of languages other than English and using a range of complementary measures to better account for infant performance. 

Photo: WISP keynote speakers and organisers: (left to right) Associate Professor Paola Escudero, Professor Reiko Mazuka, Professor Thierry Nazzi, Distinguished Professor Katherine Demuth, Professor Dan Swingley and Dr Nan Xu Rattanasone. Image: Katherine Revius.

The keynote speakers were Associate Professor Paola Escudero from the MARCS Institute, Western Sydney University; Professor Reiko Mazuka from the Riken Brain Science Institute and Duke University; Professor Thierry Nazzi, LPP, from Université Paris Descartes, Sorbonne Paris Cité and CNRS and Professor Dan Swingley from the Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania. The workshop also included presentations and posters by HDR students and Postdoctoral Fellows who gained valuable feedback on their projects.

CCD Rational Inferences Workshop (30 October 2015)

CLaS co-sponsored the CCD Developing Mind Series Rational Inferences Workshop held on 30 October 2015. The workshop explored current research on the development of reasoning, judgment and decision making, including computational modelling of how children adopt a rational approach to making decisions. The CCD Developing Mind Series will look more broadly at major research findings and evidence-based strategies to improve cognitive development in early childhood. In addition to the workshop on children's inferences, future workshops will cover topics such as developing coding skills, social cognition (e.g., children's theory of mind) and phonological awareness (e.g., children's use of prosody in ambiguity resolution). The workshop provided an opportunity for researchers from different disciplines, including neuropsychology, psychiatry, linguistics, psychology, philosophy and speech pathology, to present research that relates rational inferences to theories of cognitive development.

CLaS/CCD Research Colloquium Series

Together with the CCD, CLaS continues to co-host an active and vibrant Research Colloquium Series for staff and HDR students. Speakers from August included Professor Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky and Professor Matthias Schlesewsky from the University of Adelaide, Professor Richard Wiese from Philipps-Universität Marburg, Dr Evan-Gary Cohen from Tel Aviv University, Professor Dinh Phung from Deakin University and Associate Professor Molly Babel from the University of British Colombia.

- Contribution by Rosemary Eliott

Peer Development for Linguistics Postgraduates at the Annual Showcase (20 November 2015)

Every year, the department's PhD Student Showcase reminds us what a large cohort, and wide-ranging and international research projects we have. The Showcase is designed for postgraduate linguistics students at all stages, and academics from our many research streams, to come together and listen to live and pre-recorded video presentations from students in the middle years of a doctorate presenting on topics relevant to that stage. Some presenters have findings from a pilot study or even emerging final findings, while others are entrenched in methods or literature reviews, or deep in the challenges of project redesign. The Showcase is a chance to practice presenting, discuss research with more senior colleagues, and spend some time with student peers.

To enhance the development aspects of the Showcase not just for presenters but also for the audience of postgraduate students, we also introduced a morning session of reflective talks by colleagues who are one or two stages ahead on their career path: Jean Jinhyun Cho and Dr Vera Tetteh Williams (both students of Professor Ingrid Piller), and Dr Titia Benders, from the Child Language Lab. Jean will soon submit her PhD, Vera was awarded her PhD this September, and Titia recently commenced at Macquarie after completing her postdoc at Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. The student participants found these reflective talks especially useful, and honest. The speakers were frank about the difficulties like balancing work, parenting and completing the thesis, the ups and downs of motivation during a years-long research project (particularly as thesis preparation very rarely goes exactly to plan), and the trials of finding a postdoc position that suits you.

Titia gave a practical and inspiring speech about transitioning from doctoral to postdoctoral research, and beyond. Particularly interestingly, Titia spoke about her response to the pressure to publish: she focuses on her publishing quality rather than large outputs. She talked us through her own career goals, reminding us that we shouldn't aim to achieve all our goals in each role, but to develop different skills at each stage of our early career. The skills may include teaching small and large cohorts, researching in teams, publishing, working closely with a senior academic, taking your research in a new direction, learning new techniques, or developing grant proposals. Titia encouraged early career academics to think carefully about the skills we already have and what we're lacking, and to amass the experience we need so that we will eventually be well-prepared for our more distant career goals.

After beginning the Showcase with these speakers' personal insights, Dr Stephen Moore walked us through the features of a strong Post-graduate Research Fund application, and then we commenced with our 19 student presentations (abstracts here). Our audience of staff, students and fellow presenters gave Likert-scale and open comment feedback for each student presentation. We used the scaled feedback to award Best Speaker prizes.

In the morning's first bracket, Applied Linguistics (Medical Discourse / Systemic Functional Linguistics), Tonia Crawford's presentation on international nurses and the process of confronting and adjusting to clinical communication in Australia took first place, while Abdullah Qabani's work translating and analysing speeches from four recent Arabic-speaking leaders inspired a particularly active Q&A. 

In our bracket of Translating and Interpreting research, Rachel Sijia Chen won with her thorough account of the experimental design for her eye-tracking and pen recording study of interpreters' note taking. Next, the affable Jo Fitzgibbon had the room hooked on her research into repeated reading interventions for children with poor reading fluency, and her succinct communications also won her the Postgraduate Quick Comms activity.

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(Left) Baljeet Rana, winner of the best Audiology presentation, in action at the showcase.

(Right) The five best speakers with the showcase organisers: (from left to right) Alexandra Grey, Pragati Rao, Daniel Hyuk Kwon, Baljeet Rana, Jo Fitzgibbon, Rachel Sijia Chen and Tonia Crawford.

After lunch, the best Audiology presentation was awarded to Baljeet Rana. Baljeet is researching the artificial magnification of spatial cues at low and mid frequencies in response to the difficulties many people with hearing-impairments face understanding speech in the presence of background noise. It was great to see so many of the Hearing Hub researchers coming along to support the Audiology doctoral students. In our final bracket of the day, on Second Language Acquisition, Daniel Hyuk Kwon fascinated the audience with a description of some challenges in his recent survey-based comparison of the attitudes to English language learning amongst students at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology in the DPRK and at POSTECH in South Korea.

In the afternoon, we broke from presentations for an interactive, noisy and fun hour of Postgraduate "Quick Communications", a training activity. This is another new item on the Showcase program. Based on the "Postgraduate Speed Dating" which I had participated in at this year's British Association of Applied Linguistics annual conference, this activity involves pairs of postgraduates telling each other about aspects of their research in response to prompt questions under shorter and shorter time limits. Jo, who was voted the best communicator by the Quick Comms participants, gave an impromptu testimonial later in the day:

"You know, I wasn't even going to come to that session, because I thought I'm going to be really bad at that and ... as if I'm ever going to need to use that anyway... But, you know what? I actually really enjoyed that session. And I'm going to actually take that away and practise that a little bit more, cause I actually found that really useful."

Nigel, an off campus student who flew over from Perth to present, told us:

"This is the first time I've actually met anybody. And I've being doing it since 2009.  So sometimes you can just sit there like, you know, what on earth is this? ... Particularly with the early sessions ... the difficulties and frustrations they've had; they were all things that I had so it's good to know ... It was good to be not alone."

These testimonials were great to hear! Our staff supervisor Dr Stephen Moore and my Organising Committee of fellow students, Pragati Rao, Fadwa Alnafjan and Dariush Izadi, did a superb job! Many thanks again to them and to all the staff and students who came along.

- Contribution by Alexandra Grey



Distinguished Professor Katherine Demuth elected ASSA Fellow

LINGLINE 98 - November 2015Distinguished Professor Katherine Demuth was announced in September as a new Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.  Thirty new Fellows of the Academy were announced, recognised for their distinguished research.  This accolade follows on from Professor Demuth's ARC Laureate, awarded in 2013, her award of Distinguished Professor in 2014, and her award as a Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW in 2015.

Professor Demuth, a world leader in linguistic research, is passionate about the importance of theoretically driven empirical evidence for understanding both the structure of languages and how children learn them. This is evidenced in her ground-breaking psycholinguistic research on child language acquisition, and the implications this has for understanding language development in bilinguals, those with hearing loss, and those with specific language impairment/language delay.

Collaborating widely both nationally and internationally, as well as through the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD), the Centre for Language Sciences at Macquarie University (ClaS), and as part of the Hearing CRC, Professor Demuth provides high-quality supervision and guidance to undergraduates, postgraduate students, and postdoctoral researchers. Her professional values align strongly with those of the Academy, and she is honoured to be joining others as a newly elected Fellow.

- Contribution by Katherine Revius

Student in the limelight: EMIRI OISHI

LINGLINE 98 - November 2015Translation and Interpreting student Emiri Oishi was recently announced as the winner of the inaugural AUSIT (Institute of Interpreters and Translators) Student Award. Emiri first thought about becoming an interpreter and translator in junior high school in Japan. But on completing school she decided to choose a more practically relevant pathway than Linguistics and enrolled in Commerce for her Bachelor's Degree. After completing her undergraduate study, she worked as a sales representative for a manufacturing company in Japan. However, during this time, she hardly used her English skills, wishing instead that she could have spoken Chinese to communicate with clients. The turning point came when she had the chance to work with an interpreter on a business trip to Taiwan. Emiri noted that "it was very interesting to see how her interpreting between Chinese and Japanese helped business negotiations go smoothly". This experience made her realise that there is more to professional interpreting than language ability and this realisation set her on the path to pursuing her early interest in a career in Translation and Interpreting.

Emiri enrolled in the Master of Translation and Interpreting Studies at Macquarie University in 2014 as an international student. She has been an outstanding student throughout her studies at Macquarie, achieving high grades in both theoretical and practical studies. As her graduation is around the corner, she is planning to apply for a graduate visa to stay in Australia to gain some work experience in the interpreting and translation field as a way of enhancing her knowledge and skills. Even though there is much more work for interpreters and translators in Japan, she considers that this is a unique opportunity to gain experience working in a foreign country that will be beneficial to her future career.

The translation and interpreting section staff at Macquarie had no hesitation in nominating Emiri for the AUSIT Student Awards and couldn't have hoped for a worthier recipient of the 2015 AUSIT Student Award. We wish her all the best in her future career as a translator and interpreter.

- Contribution by Dr Helen Slatyer

A brand new office space for linguists in Building C5A

After a year in temporary spaces, linguistics staff members in Building C5A finally returned to their brand new office spaces on Level 5. Thanks to all the staff members who helped to make the refurbishment and move run smoothly.

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(Left) The stylish reception area.  (Centre) Flexible open-plan working spaces for students.  (Right) The bright and airy tearoom.

Applied linguists present workshop at the Australian Physiotherapy Association Conference

LINGLINE 98 - November 2015At the beginning of October, Dr Heather Jackson and Dr Maria Herke flew to Jupiters Casino on the Gold Coast to attend the Australian Physiotherapy Association annual pre-conference workshop where they were invited to deliver a four-hour workshop on communication strategies for physiotherapists. Entitled "This won't hurt a bit: Honest strategies for establishing and maintaining patient-clinician interaction and trust", the workshop was well attended by an enthusiastic bunch of mostly physiotherapy educators. Heather and Maria based the workshop on research they have each undertaken (i.e. Heather's PhD research on trust and Maria's research on emergency department communication). The workshop was a success and by the end of the morning, the attendees were convinced of the value of communication education as a necessary skill for physiotherapy students.

Heather also represented Macquarie University on the panel at a plenary session on cross-cultural communication whilst at the conference. This was characterised by  some lively discussions with physiotherapy educators about what this might mean for international students of physiotherapy as well as for practitioners and patients from diverse backgrounds.

- Contribution by Dr Maria Herke and Dr Heather Jackson.

Linguists in the Media

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You can subscribe to our blog in the "Subscribe to Blog" form in the bottom right-hand corner of Language on the Move; and you can also follow us on Twitter @lg_on_the_move and find us on Facebook @languageonthemove.

Our publications since August are listed below:





Upcoming Events

Symposium celebrating the life and work of Emeritus Professor Ruqaiya Hasan

The department will be hosting a symposium celebrating the life and work of Emeritus Professor Ruqaiya Hasan on 16-17 February 2016.

The first day will consist of workshops: there are two options to choose from in the morning, and two in the afternoon. There is no catering on that day (but plenty of options to buy food/drink nearby). Wednesday will consist of a series of presentations by scholars who worked closely with Ruqaiya particularly during her time at Macquarie. Catering will be provided for this event. We will also announce details of a dinner on the evening of Wednesday 17 February.

We are very grateful for funding from the Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association, and from the department, which has allowed us to host this event.

The event is free, but numbers are limited. Registration will close the week prior to the event. Please click here to register.

- Contribution by Dr Annabelle Lukin

WORKSHOP: Developmental Perspectives on Language Processing

This workshop, co-sponsored by the ARC Laureate Fellowship held by Distinguished Professor Katherine Demuth, the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD), the Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS) and the Child Language Lab, will be held in the Level 1 Theatre, the Australian Hearing Hub, on 12-13 May 2016.

Keynote speakers are Professor Phaedra Royle from the Université de Montréal, Professor Jesse Snedeker from Harvard University, A/Professor Karsten Steinhauer from McGill University and Professor John Trueswell from the University of Pennsylvania.

CLaS Research Colloquium Series

Speakers in early 2016 include Professor Anthony Woodbury from the University of Texas at Austin and Professor Mariapaola d'Imperio from Aix Marseille Université & CNRS who will give presentations on 12th February, and Dr Laurence White from Plymouth University (presentation date in February to be confirmed).

Department of Linguistics seminar series

The departmental seminar series has concluded for the year. Thanks to all presenters and attendees for their participation - we are looking forward to an exciting seminar series in 2016! Details about the programme for 2016 will follow early in the new year.

To access any of the recordings of the 2015 seminars, click here. Contact Dr Annabelle Lukin for more information.

Conference calls

3rd International Conference of the American Pragmatics Association (AMPRA)

Conference dates: 4-6 November 2016

Conference venue: Indiana University, Bloomington, USA

Submission deadline: 15 January 2016 (early submission), 15 April 2016 (regular submission)

Conference website

Hong Kong Speech and Hearing Symposium

Conference dates: 22-23 October 2016

Conference venue: Chinese University of Hong Kong

Submission deadline: 31 March 2016

Conference website

HDR Corner

ClaS Writing Workshop

CLaS is proposing to host a Writing Workshop for HDR students in late January 2016. Details will be confirmed shortly.

Recent publications and conference presentations by staff and PhD students


Gollin-Kies, S., Hall, D. R., and Moore, S. H. (2015). Language for Specific Purposes. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan

Book chapters

Agar, D. and Chappell, P.J. (2015). The Creation of a Rubric for the Evaluation of Language Teaching and Learning Videogames. In Russell, D. and Laffey, J. Handbook of Research on Gaming Trends in P-12 Education, IGI Global.

Crain, S., & Thornton, R. (2015). Third year grammar. In Gallego, Á., & Ott, D. (Eds.), 50 years later: Reflections on Chomsky's aspects (pp. 71-84). Cambridge, MA: MIT Working Papers in Linguistics.

Lukin, A. (2015). Language, context and text: the contributions of Ruqaiya Hasan. In Wendy L. Bowcher & Jennifer Yameng Liang (eds), Society in Language, Language in Society: Essays in Honour of Ruqaiya Hasan. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Chappell, P.J. (2015). 'Creativity through Inquiry Dialogue', in Richards, J.C. and Jones, R (ads). Creativity in Language Teaching: Perspectives from Research and Practice, London: Routledge.

Journal papers

Benson, P. (2015). Commenting to learn: Evidence of language and intercultural learning in YouTube comments. Language Learning and Technology, 19 (3), 88-105.

Mealings, K. T., Buchholz, J. M., Demuth, K., & Dillon, H. (2015). Investigating the acoustics of a sample of open plan and enclosed Kindergarten classrooms in Australia. Applied Acoustics, 100, 95-105.

Tomas, E., Demuth, K., Smith-Lock, K. M., & Petocz, P. (2015). Phonological and morphophonological effects on grammatical development in children with specific language impairment. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 50(4), 516-528.

Wanrooij, K., Boersma, P., & Benders, T. (2015). Observed effects of "distributional learning" may not relate to the number of peaks. A test of "dispersion" as a confounding factor. Frontiers in Psychology6, 1341.

Yates, L. (2015). Intercultural communication and the transnational: Managing impressions at work, Multilingua, Vol. 34 (6), 773-795. 0167-8507, DOI: 10.1515/multi-2014-0063.

Journal papers - advance access

Kozar, O., Lum, J. and Benson, P. (2015). Reflection: Self-efficacy and vicarious learning in doctoral studies at a distance. Distance Education, 36 (3) (Advance access:

Peters, P., Smith, A., Funk, Y. & Boyages, J. (2015). Language, terminology and the readability of online cancer information. Medical Humanities. doi:10.1136/medhum-2015-010766. Accepted 5 October 2015. Published Online First 3 November 2015

Piller, I. (2015). Monolingual Ways of Seeing Multilingualism. Journal of Multicultural Discourses, 1-9. doi: 10.1080/17447143.2015.1102921

Conference papers in proceedings

Cox, F., Palethorpe, S. & Miles, K. (2015) The role of contrast maintenance in the temporal structure of the rhyme, Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow, 10-14 August 2015.

Davis, C., Shaw, J., Proctor, M., Derrick, D., Sherwood, S., & Kim, J. (2015). Examining speech production using masked priming. In The Scottish Consortium for ICPhS 2015 (ed.), Proc. 18th Intl. Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow, 10-14 Aug. 2015: Paper# 560, 1-4

Ding, J., Peters, P. & Smith, A. (2015).  The Construction of Online Health TermFinder and its English-Chinese Bilingualization. In I. Kosem, M. Jakubíček, J. Kallas, S. Krek (Eds.), Electronic lexicography in the 21st century: linking lexical data in the digital age. Proceedings of the eLex 2015 conference, 11-13 August 2015, Herstmonceux Castle, United Kingdom. Ljubljana/Brighton: Trojina, Institute for Applied Slovene Studies/Lexical Computing Ltd.

Hussain, Q., Harvey, M., Proctor, M., & Demuth, K. (2015). Contrast reduction among coronals is conditioned by the following vowel. In The Scottish Consortium for ICPhS 2015 (ed.), Proc. 18th Intl. Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow, 10-14 Aug. 2015: Paper# 496, 1-4

Proctor, M., Lo, C.Y., & Narayanan, S. (2015). Articulation of English Vowels in Running Speech: a Real-time MRI Study. In The Scottish Consortium for ICPhS 2015 (ed.),  Proc. 18th Intl. Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow, 10-14 Aug. 2015: Paper# 220, 1-4

Tsukada, K., Cox, F. & Hajek, J. (2015) Perception of Italian and Japanese singleton/geminate consonants by listeners from different language background, Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow, 10-14 August 2015.

Yuen, I., Cox, F. and Demuth, K. (2015) Anticipatory planning of r-insertion in Australian English, Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow, 10-14 August 2015.

Harvey, M., Davies, B., Lin, S., Turpin, M., Ross, A. & Demuth, K. (2015). Two types of pre-stopping in Kaytetye. Proceedings of the Forty-Ninth Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, Helena Aparicio, Gallagher Flinn, Kathryn Franich, Joanna Pietraszko, Tamara Vardomskaya  (eds.), pp. 145-152.

Unpublished conference presentations

Liardét, C.L.  (2015). 'As we all know': Decoding Chinese EFL learners' use of interpersonal grammatical metaphor.  Paper presented at the International Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference (ISFC), July 2015, Aachen Germany.

Liardét, C.L., & Black, S.  (2015). 'So and so' says, states and argues: An engagement analysis of university learners' use of reporting verbs.  Paper presented at the International Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference (ISFC), July 2015, Aachen Germany.

Van Rooy, B. & Kruger, H. (2015). A corpus-based analysis of the construction network of verb complement clauses in Afrikaans. 13th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (ICLC). Newcastle, UK. 20-25 July. Theme session: Corpus Methods and Cognitive Linguistics.

Van Rooy, B. & Kruger, H. (2015). Language variation, contact, and prescription: reported speech in Afrikaans. LSSA/SAALA/SAALT joint annual conference. Potchefstroom, South Africa. 24-26 June

Publications in press

Bill, C., Romoli, J., Schwarz, F. & Crain, S. (In press). Presuppositions vs. scalar implicatures in acquisition. In E. Doty & B. Sneller (Eds.), Proceedings of the 38th Annual Penn Linguistics Colloquium University of Pennsylvania, USA: UPenn Working Papers in Linguistics.

Chappell, P., Bodis, A. and Jackson, H. (In press). The Impact of Teacher Cognition and Classroom Practices on IELTS Test Preparation Courses in the Australian ELICOS Sector, IELTS Research Report Series, (7).

Holt, C. M., Demuth, K., & Yuen, I. (In press). The use of prosodic cues in sentence processing by prelingually deaf users of cochlear implants. Ear & Hearing.

Kruger, H. (In press). What's happening when nothing's happening? Combining eyetracking and keylogging to explore cognitive processing during pauses in translation production. Across Languages and Cultures, 17(1).

Kruger, H. & Van Rooy, B. (In press). Editorial practice and the distinction between error and conventionalised innovation in New Englishes: The progressive in Black South African English. World Englishes.

Mealings, K. T., Demuth, K., Buchholz, J. M., & Dillon, H. (In press). The effect of different open plan and enclosed classroom acoustic conditions on speech perception in Kindergarten children. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.

Miles, K., Cox, F., Yuen, I. & Demuth, K. (2015). The prosodic licensing of coda consonants in early speech: interactions with vowel length. Journal of Child Language. doi:10.1017/S0305000915000185

Ren, Y., Wyver, S., Xu Rattanasone, N., & Demuth, K. (In press). Social competence and language skills in Mandarin-English bilingual preschoolers: Moderation effect of emotion regulation. Early Education and Development. doi:10.1080/10409289.2015.1066639. 

Notley, A., Zhou, P., & Crain, S. (In press). Children's interpretation of conjunction in the scope of negation in English and Mandarin: New evidence for the Semantic Subset Maxim. Applied Psycholinguisticsdoi:10.1017/S0142716415000296.

Van Rooy, B. & Kruger, H. (In press). Faktore wat die weglating van die Afrikaanse onderskikker dat bepaal [Factors that influence the omission of the Afrikaans complementiser dat 'that']. Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe / Journal of Humanities.