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LINGLINE Volume 95 March 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
Farewell from the outgoing editor
Staff news
Reports: Conferences, workshops and special events
* Faculty of Human Sciences Public Lecture: Professor Paul Smolensky, Johns Hopkins University - 9 December 2014 (Distinguished Professor Katherine Demuth)
* M.A.K. Halliday: Celebrating a 70-year career in linguistics (Associate Professor David Butt)
* Workshop on the role of prosody in language learning: Stress, tone and intonation - 8-9 December 2014 (Distinguished Professor Katherine Demuth)

* Linguist in the Limelight: Professor Phil Benson
* New suite of equipment integrating eye-tracking and EEG (Associate Professor Jan-Louis Kruger)
* Student in the Limelight: Minna Korhonen

Linguists in the media
Upcoming events
Open scholarships and fellowships
Conference calls
New library resources
HDR corner
Recent publications and conference presentations by staff and PhD students

Hello Again

The first edition of LINGLINE for 2015 rings the changes, with a new editor and a new design. Many thanks to Maria Dahm for her work as the editor of LINGLINE over the last two years. We wish her all the best with the new challenges ahead - she will soon be welcoming a new addition to her family.

We are also currently considering various options for the distribution of LINGLINE, and would love to hear staff and students' thoughts on how best to circulate LINGLINE.

Farewell from the Outgoing Editor

After almost seven years in the Linguistics Department at Macquarie, first as a PhD student, and later as a researcher and early career fellow, my time has come to say goodbye. For the past two years, I have been hunting, collating and editing your stories and have loved to contribute in that way to our little linguistic community. LINGLINE 95 Mary Dahm

As I write this I am in two minds about going on maternity leave before my contract runs out: a part of me is apprehensive yet excited about juggling a newborn and a toddler at home, another part of me is sad about leaving this great and supportive environment I have worked in since I moved to Australia and yet another part of me is nervous about what my academic future might hold. (Just by the way, I'd be more than happy to return in case you need a casual tutor/lecturer or research assistant in Semester 2 ). I realise that all these feelings might be exacerbated by pregnancy hormones.

I just wanted to thank you all for your wonderful contributions and feedback over the last couple of years and hope that Haidee will have just as pleasant an experience as I did.

Cheers, Mary

Staff News

Wedding Bells

Congratulations to Mike Proctor and Alice Wu, who both got married on 21 March 2015.


John, Carol and Ava Newall welcomed baby Thomas into the world on 22 March 2015.



It is a great pleasure to announce the promotion of two academic staff members in the department. Professor Lynda Yates was promoted to Level E, Step 1, while Dr Isabelle Boisvert was promoted to Level B, Step 1. Congratulations!

Postgraduate Students

Congratulations to the following PhD students who have officially successfully completed their studies:

Katharina Genske. Early child bilingualism: Cross-linguistic influence in the simultaneous acquisition of German and English. (Principal supervisor: Associate Professor Rosalind Thornton, Associate supervisor: Professor Stephen Crain, Adjunct supervisor: Dr Thomas Pechmann)

* Min Liao. The children's acquisition of 'shenme' in Mandarin Chinese. (Principal supervisor: Associate Professor Rosalind Thornton, Associate supervisor: Professor Stephen Crain)

* Dana Patricia Skopal. Exploring the concept of communicative expertise in the production and consumption of Public Information Documents: The relationship between features of the written text and perceptions of readability. (Principal supervisor: Dr Alan Jones, Associate supervisor: Professor Christopher Candlin)

PhD student David Leaper's thesis has been accepted as satisfying the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy. David's thesis title is Consistency in performance in the group oral discussion test over time: An interactional competence perspective. The thesis was completed under the supervision of Associate Professor Mehdi Riazi. Another student of Associate Professor Riazi, Rachael Ruegg, has recently had three articles accepted for publication:

  •  The effect of assessment of peer feedback on the quantity and quality of feedback given. Papers in Language Testing and Assessment (2014).
  • The relative effects of peer and teacher feedback on improvement in EFL students' writing ability. Linguistics and Education (2015).
  •  The effect of assessment of process after receiving teacher feedback. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education (2015).

MRes student Josh Penney was awarded first place at MacqCon2015 (Macquarie's Undergraduate Research Convention) for his oral presentation "E lowering in Victoria: Neogrammarian change or lexical diffusion?" Josh will have his research published in the Macquarie Matrix journal.

Congratulations to all these students on their accomplishments!

Reports: Conferences, Workshops and Special Events

Faculty of Human Sciences Public Lecture: Professor Paul Smolensky, Johns Hopkins University - 9 December 2014

Professor Paul Smolensky (pictured below) is an endowed Professor at Johns Hopkins University, where he was Chair of Cognitive Science for several years. His research explores the relation between the brain and language, the theory of grammar, and the mind/brain problem in philosophy. Professor Smolensky revolutionised the field of Linguistics in the early 1990s when he co-developed Optimality Theory, a model of grammar derived from the theory of information processing in the brain. The success of Optimality Theory demonstrates how even highly abstract aspects of the mind can be better understood by incorporating general principles of neuroscience.

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Professor Smolensky's ground-breaking work not only enlightens grammatical theory; it also provides a framework for understanding many aspects of language acquisition and language change, providing principled mechanisms for understanding many issues which were once thought to be "exceptions" in more traditional, rule-based systems of grammar.

In his public lecture, Professor Smolensky explored his current ideas regarding language as a unique product of the human brain. The expressiveness of human language derives from the computational power of its grammar and the radical premise that grammatical computation deeply reflects neural computation. This hypothesis has led to a "Kuhnian" scientific revolution in linguistics, providing mathematically precise predictions about the neural encoding of grammar. Although developed in the context of language, this new theory is applicable to the many cognitive faculties in which information consists of diverse combinations of (approximately) discrete constituents.

Host: Distinguished Professor Katherine Demuth

- Contribution by Distinguished Professor Katherine Demuth

M.A.K. Halliday: Celebrating a 70-year Career in Linguistics - 17 February 2015

Around 140 scholars took all available places at a meeting at Sydney University on 17 February 2015, to recognise the effect that Professor Halliday's work has had on their research and careers.

In the late 1940s, a young British researcher, having studied Chinese during WWII in England, and later at Peking University, was sent by the noted scholar Wang Li to study tone variation in the communities of the Pearl River delta. Michael Halliday went on to complete his doctoral thesis at Cambridge, though under the supervision of J.R. Firth, founding Chair at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Halliday was committed to the study of living forms of language, not the classical focus that dominated at Cambridge; and Firth supported this commitment.

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Presenters at the celebration event for Professor M.A.K Halliday: (from left to right): Christian Matthiessen, Geoff Williams, Frances Christie, Ruqaiya Hasan, M.A.K. Halliday, James Martin, Clare Painter, David Butt. (Picture)

Decades later, more than 11 volumes of his collected papers attest to the spectrum of problems in linguistics which Halliday has addressed. These range from studies in Chinese and English languages (centrally on grammar) to child language development; computational linguistics; stylistics; corpus studies; schooling and language; intonation and prosodic analysis; register variation (e.g. discourses of science, medicine, and of government institutions); language in relation to culture; discourse analysis; language and brain sciences; and the claims of linguistics as a science. Halliday's students are especially influential in domains in which linguistics is asked to make a difference to outcomes in social and personal experience - language learning; translation; speech pathology; psychiatry: psychotherapy; education; typological description; anthropology and the analysis of languages in their cultural context.

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Professor Halliday responding after a day of talks. (Picture)

Michael Halliday is Professor Emeritus and foundation Chair of Linguistics at the University of Sydney; yet he has also been a mentor for many people based at Macquarie, especially through the teaching of Professor Emeritus at Macquarie, Ruqaiya Hasan. Furthermore, the previous Chair at Macquarie, Professor Christian Matthiessen, has been the leading "cartographer" of Halliday's Systemic Functional Theory. This approach does not emphasise idealised rules but attempts to "map" the actual choices of meaning that a speaker has moment to moment: the network of meaning potential that a language offers, or of a learner's current control of the resources a language provides.

Over recent years, Professor Halliday has shared his time between China and his home in Australia. In China - in particular in Beijing, Shanghai, and the Pearl River area (Guangzhou to Hong Kong) - there are a number of centres that focus on his work in Functional and "Appliable" Linguistics.

- Contribution by Associate Professor David Butt

Workshop on the Role of Prosody in Language Learning: Stress, Tone and Intonation - 8-9 December 2014

Much of the research on language acquisition has focused primarily on the segmental level of structure. Much less is known about how and when learners develop perceptual sensitivity to suprasegmental aspects of language, and how this development varies as a function of the language being learned. The use of stress, tone, and/or intonation varies widely across languages, with implications for word segmentation, learning the lexicon, syntax, semantics and discourse pragmatics, depending on the language. Using these prosodic cues to break into language, and putting them to practice in everyday speech, is critical to becoming a competent speaker of a language. Listeners also more easily and quickly comprehend the fluent use of prosodic structures, facilitating efficient and effective communication. However, monolinguals can be slow to exploit and produce prosodic structures, and L2 learning adults, or those with hearing loss, may never fully acquire these structures.

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Keynote speakers at the workshop on the role of prosody in language learning: (from left to right) Denis Burnham, Anne Cutler, Katherine Demuth, Paul Smolensky, Geraldine Legendre, Mark Johnson. (Picture)

This workshop brought together researchers working on various aspects of stress, tone and intonation to discuss how prosodic cues are exploited by learners, and put to use in language comprehension and production. Computational as well as empirical studies of both L1 and L2 language acquisition from a variety of languages and populations were discussed, with keynote addresses and invited talks by experts in the fields of linguistics, cognitive science, computer science, and psychology. Keynote speakers included Professor Denis Burnham (MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney); Professor Anne Cutler (MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney) and Professor Paul Smolensky (Johns Hopkins University). Invited speakers included Dr Colleen Holt (University of Melbourne), Dr Chigusa Kurumada (University of Rochester), Professor Geraldine Legendre (Johns Hopkins University) Professor Reiko Mazuka (Riken Brain Science Institute) and Dr Jason Shaw (MARCS Institute and School of Humanities and Communication Arts, University of Western Sydney).

This event was sponsored by the Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS).

- Contribution by Distinguished Professor Katherine Demuth

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PhD student Sithembinkosi Dube presenting her work at the workshop on the role of prosody in language learning. (Picture)


Linguist in the Limelight: Professor Phil Benson

LINGLINE 95 Phil Benson I arrived at Macquarie in February 2014 as Professor of Applied Linguistics. Like those of many expatriate researchers in Applied Linguistics, it has been a winding and unpredictable journey, in my case involving a childhood in Manchester, England, a BA in Sociology at Essex University, a false start on a PhD in Sociology at the University of Kent, and the joys of graduate unemployment in Thatcher's Britain, which were finally ended by a postgraduate TESOL qualification that propelled me on a TESOL journey that passed through Algeria, Kuwait, the Seychelles, Malaysia, Japan and Hong Kong.

My academic career began with an MA and PhD at Exeter University and a trip to Hong Kong, where I eventually worked at three universities. A sociologist by training and a linguist by inclination, my research interests are eclectic, but always tied together by an interest in what I would call the "sociology of second language learning" - a field of research that does not, but possibly should, exist!

I also have a habit of turning everyday interests into research interests. Conversations with Malaysian friends on Hash House Harrier runs turned into an MA dissertation on Malaysian English and a PhD on World Englishes in English dictionaries (not to mention a two-week visit to the Macquarie Dictionary and Linguistics Dictionary Research Centre in 1998). An interest in learning foreign languages in my spare time turned into an interest in learner autonomy and out-of-class language learning. A desire to get to know my Hong Kong students better led to narrative research on language learning histories and study abroad. A passion for popular music turned into research projects on popular culture and language learning and a Research Centre on Popular Culture and Education at the Hong Kong Institute of Education.

After more than 20 years in Hong Kong, I am enjoying the challenges of rethinking my research interests in a new setting. The linguistic challenges faced by overseas students in Australia is an interest that I have carried over from Hong Kong, and I am at present working on two exciting collaborative projects with teachers at the Macquarie University English Language Centre. I am supervising PhD students on a variety of topics, including autonomy and out-of-class learning and I am looking forward to launching a new Masters course on Language Learning beyond the Classroom.

I have also initiated two projects under the umbrella of "experiences of multilingualism in Australia". The first combines Australia's tradition of oral history research with its extensive opportunities for research on histories of multilingualism in migration. The second is a "linguistic landscape" project in the fascinating nearby district of Eastwood. These are both new areas of research for me, in which I am keen to explore opportunities for collaboration (perhaps over lunch in Eastwood?).

- Contribution by Professor Phil Benson

New Suite of Equipment Integrating Eye-Tracking and EEG

The already impressive research infrastructure available in the Department of Linguistics received a further boost with the acquisition of a unique suite of equipment that integrates eye movement (through a remote and a mobile eye tracking system) and brain activity (electroencephalography with EEG headsets). The infrastructure development was made possible by funding secured through the office of the DVC Research from strategic funds. The suite of equipment was initially the essence of an application to the Research Infrastructure Block Grant Scheme (RIBG) prepared by a team of researchers coordinated by Associate Professor Catherine McMahon and Associate Professor Jan-Louis Kruger.

This acquisition brings together the latest technology from SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI) in Germany in the form of a remote SMI RED250 (with a sampling rate of 250Hz) eye tracker and a mobile eye tracker (the new generation SMI eye tracking glasses or ETG2w with a sampling rate of 60Hz), and the latest EEG Epoc+ Neuro headsets from Emotiv with sampling rates of 256Hz. The suite was put together so that correlates can be established to improve understanding of complex brain activity as well as interactions between sensation, perception and action in laboratory and real-world settings.


Image credit: SMI.

The first experiment to be conducted in the laboratory involves an investigation into the impact of subtitling on the processing of and immersion into fiction film. In this experiment, participants will view a film with or without subtitles while their eye movements and brain activity are recorded, and then answer a set of self-reported immersion questions. The goal of the experiment is to find objective corroboration through EEG data (specifically decreased beta coherence between the prefrontal cortex and the posterior parietal regions) for evidence from self-reported measurements that subtitles increase immersion into the fictional reality of film for second-language viewers.

For more information, contact Associate Professor Jan-Louis Kruger at

Student in the Limelight: Minna Korhonen

LINGLINE 95 Korhonen storyMy history with Australia and Australian English goes back to 1993-94 when I spent a year as an exchange student in Blayney, NSW which was later to become the fieldwork site for my PhD. I completed my MA at the University of Joensuu, Finland after which I became affiliated with the University of Helsinki, Finland to do my PhD. When writing my corpus-based MA thesis on American English influence on written Australian English, I became interested in language attitude research through reading comments on the Americanisation of Australian English. Therefore, my PhD study is a combination of examining language attitudes as well as actual language use. The research material for my PhD consists of sociolinguistic interviews with 69 informants representing three generations which I collected in Blayney in 2005 and 2006. The tentative title of my PhD is Perspectives on the Americanisation of Australian English: A Sociolinguistic Study and it revolves around the following questions: 1) Are American English usages becoming more common in Australian English? 2) Are there generational differences in the use of these linguistic features? 3) What kinds of attitudes and opinions do the speakers themselves have concerning the alleged American English influence?

My affiliation with Macquarie University started in 2006 when I was fortunate to get in contact with Emeritus Professor Pam Peters and subsequently spent three months here as a visiting researcher. Afterwards, my keen interest in editing and publishing led me to complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Editing offered by Macquarie as an online program. This time I'm here for six months (November 2014-May 2015) as a visiting scholar on an Endeavour Research Fellowship, which truly is a great opportunity to further my PhD research and make connections for future research collaboration.

It has taken me a while to get this far with my PhD, but I have three good reasons for that: Tiitus (4 years), Isla (almost 3 years) and Noel (8 months). So being back in Australia is very special this time around as I got to bring my whole family here. When I arrived in Sydney in November my friend said to me: "Welcome home!" and that's how I feel: very much at home in Sydney and especially at Macquarie.

- Contribution by Minna Korhonen

Linguists in the Media

Language on the Move

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Research-blogging about the sociolinguistics of multilingualism, language learning and intercultural communication has resumed on Language on the Move. New research blog posts are published each Wednesday and new contributors are always welcome. So far in 2015, the following research blog posts have been published:





PHD Student Kiri Mealings on the Conversation

LINGLINE 95 Mealings storyKiri Mealings, a PhD candidate researching speech perception in open plan classrooms, recently published a piece on The Conversation, titled "Students struggle to hear teacher in new fad open-plan classrooms". Here is an extract from the article:

"Our findings suggest that open-plan classrooms that are unable to control the noise from adjacent classes are not appropriate learning environments. Acoustically treated enclosed classrooms are much better listening environments.

If open-plan classrooms are still strongly desired, then they need to be purpose-built as flexible learning spaces with proper acoustic treatment and, most importantly, operable walls that can be closed when a class is engaged in critical listening activities.

Quiet rooms are essential in these classrooms so children who have particular difficulty working in noisy conditions can quietly work away from the other students. Additionally, teachers need to be trained how to teach effectively in these environments.

We also need to better understand how children who have special educational needs, such as attention deficits, hearing impairments, language delays and English as a second language cope in these environments as they are likely to be even more affected by the noise."

New Directions for using Corpora in Translation Studies

Dr Haidee Kruger was recently invited to contribute to a debate on new developments in the use of corpora in studying translation, in the newsletter of the European Society of Translation Studies (EST), November 2014. Her contribution is titled "Language change, photoshopped language and constrained communication: Some new ways of thinking about translation through corpora". You can read the complete newsletter here

Upcoming Events

Department of Linguistics seminar series

The programme for the departmental seminar series for 2015 is now available. Seminars start at 13:00 in the Australian Hearing Hub seminar room S2.61.62.

All seminars are webcast live, and recorded. To access the live webcast for any of these seminars, or to catch up on one you missed, click here.

Contact Dr Annabelle Lukin for more information.

 DatesPresenterPresentation title
10 MarchDr Mridula SharmaWhat we know about listening deficits so far?
28 AprilAssociate Professor Mehdi RiaziModelling second language (L2) academic writing in postgraduate programs: In search of construct definition
12 MayProfessor Fred DervinTBA
26 MayAssociate Professor Catherine McMahonI can hear but listening is tiring... Measuring listening effort in adults
2 JuneProfessor Lynda YatesCulture, communication and the workplace: Some challenges for second language users
28 JulyDr Deanna WongLOL! Inflectional morphology in blog comments. Just how do users structure their acronym-based responses?
11 AugJohn NewallHearing health in the Philippines
8 SeptMr Adam Smith  & Emeritus Professor Pam PetersCorpus-based terminography and online termbanks for the multilingual community
22 SeptDr Jill MurrayTBA
13 Oct

Professor Tony McEnery

To be confirmed

Corpus linguistics
27 OctDr Mike ProctorNew Insights into Click Consonants using real-time MRI
3 NovDr Annabelle LukinUnderstanding ideology: a dialogue between sociology and linguistics


Open Scholarships and Fellowships

  • The Australian Bicentennial Scholarships and Fellowships, offered by the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies at King's College, London
    The Scholarships and Fellowships are one-off awards of up to £4,000 to enable UK postgraduate students or academic staff to undertake a period of research/study in Australia.These schemes are also open to Australian postgraduate students and academic staff wishing to come to the UK.
    An applicant for a Scholarship must be registered as a post-graduate student at an Australian or UK tertiary institution. He/she should normally have at least an upper second class honours degree.
    An applicant for a Fellowship should have a good post-graduate degree or equivalent experience, and should be seeking to further his/her education or professional experience but not through taking a further degree.
    Further information for applicants and application forms can be found at
    Applications are now being accepted and the final date for submission is Monday 27 April 2015.
  • TIRF-British Council Doctoral Dissertation Grant 2015.
    The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF) is a non-profit organisation committed to strengthening links between theory, practice and policy in English language education. They foster partnerships among researchers in the field around the world. The British Council have partnered with TIRF to offer additional Doctoral Dissertation Grants in 2015. These grants will have clear implications for policy-makers and others in positions to make decisions involving English language education practices. We are now calling for submissions for these grants, and will be awarding up to US $5,000 per proposal. All applicants must be clearly advanced to doctoral candidacy at dissertation stage.
    Deadline: Wednesday 22 April 2015

Conference calls

  • Organisational Communication - from Academic and Practical Perspectives. First International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Discourse and Communication in Professional Contexts. Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark, 18-21 August 2015. Call deadline: 1 April 2015.
  • The Fourth International Conference on Current Issues of Linguistics (CIL). Russian Federation, Saint-Petersburg, Saint-Petersburg State Electrotechnical University (LETI), 20-21 April 2015. Call deadline: 1o April 2015.
  • Bilingualism Symposium: Theory, Practice and Innovation: Social, Cognitive and Linguistic Perspectives in the Study of Bilingualism. University of New South Wales, 5 June 2015. Call deadline: 10 April 2015.


New Library resources

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Curated by your Research Librarians Heather Cooper and Grai Calvey  


Visible Body

Visible Body is a 3D human anatomy visualization and learning tool which consists of highly detailed, anatomically accurate, 3-D models of all human body systems including anatomy, physiology, muscles, the skeleton and the circulatory system. It allows users to view in real time any combination of anatomical structures from any angle by zooming in, rotating, and making structures transparent or visible. It has dynamic search capability, easy-to-use 3D controls, and is compatible with most web browsers. Please note: access to resources requires Unity Web Player to be downloaded.

Subjects:  Audiology and speech pathology; Chiropractic; Health; Medicine; Physiotherapy

On Demand Media

Description: On Demand Media is a searchable multiple media archive with content dated back to September 2012. It provides access to Australian media content from television, radio, press, and newspapers. TV coverage includes local news daily from Channels Nine, Seven and Ten News programs in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Press clips cover all News Ltd titles around Australia including The Australian, Daily Telegraph, Courier Mail, Herald Sun, Adelaide Advertiser, The Mercury, and more.  Subscription is to the News & Program modules.

Subjects: Media; Newspapers' Video streaming; Multi-Subject

Nature Index 

Description: The Nature Index is a database of author affiliation information collated from research articles published in an independently selected group of 68 high-quality science journals. The database is compiled by Nature Publishing Group (NPG) in collaboration with Digital Science. The Nature Index provides a close to real-time proxy for high-quality research output at the institutional, national and regional level. The Nature Index is updated monthly, and a 12-month rolling window of data is openly available under a Creative Commons non-commercial license at

Subjects: Clinical medicine; Health; Medicine

ClinicalKey University Essentials

Description: Bibliographic and full-text database. ClinicalKey University Essentials delivers a large selection of Elsevier's medical and surgical content which includes journals, reference  books, videos and images.  It also provides access to practice guidelines, selected third-party journals and contents sources.  Local Australian content and MEDLINE abstracts are also included.

Subjects: Health; Medicine


CINAHL Complete

Description: This upgrade from CINAHL now contains full text.  CINAHL Complete is the world's most comprehensive source of full-text for nursing & allied health journals, providing full text for more than 1,300 journals indexed in CINAHL (Cumulative index to nursing and allied health literature complete).

10 exciting drops in an ocean of books...

A selection of new Linguistic titles recently added to the Library's collection

The Routledge handbook of historical linguistics / edited by Claire Bowern and Bethwyn Evans (ebook)
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge 
Date: 2015 

The semantics of free indirect discourse: how texts allow to mind-read and eavesdrop / by Regine Eckardt (ebook)
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill 
Date: 2015 

Pronunciation for English as an international language: from research to practice / Ee-Ling Low (ebook)
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge 
Date: 2015 

Fundamentals of audiology for the speech-language pathologist / by Deborah R. Wellin
Publisher: Burlington, MA Jones & Bartlett Learning 
Date: 2015 
Call Number: RF290 .W45 2015

Language production and interpretation: linguistics meets cognition / By Henk Zeevat (ebook)
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill 
Date: 2014 

Counseling in speech-language pathology and audiology: reconstructing personal narratives / Anthony DiLollo, Robert A. Neimeyer
Author: Anthony DiLollo
Publisher: San Diego, CA : Plural Publishing Inc. 
Call Number RC428.8 .D55 2014  

Approaches to language, culture, and cognition: the intersection of cognitive linguistics and linguistic anthropology / edited by Masataka Yamaguchi (ebook)
Publisher: Houndsmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan 
Date: 2014 

Nonveridicality and evaluation: theoretical, computational and corpus approaches / Edited by Maite Taboada, Radoslava Trnavac. (ebook)
Publisher: Leiden : Brill 
Date: 2014 

The Body in language: comparative studies of linguistic embodiment / Edited by Matthias Brenzinger and Iwona Kraska-Szlenk. (ebook)
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill 
Date: 2014 

Developing systemic functional linguistics: theory and application / edited by Fang Yan and Jonathan J. Webster
Publisher: Sheffield, UK ; Bristol, CT : Equinox Pub. Ltd 
Date: 2014 
Call Number: P147 .D48 2014 


HDR Corner

Completing your degree and Graduating - Don't miss this important step!

If you expect to qualify for your degree once you complete your Session 1, 2015 units, you must advise the university by submitting an 'Expectation to Complete' request via The link is available on the 'My Stuff' page under graduation - I expect to complete. Please refer to the Graduation website for further information.

LOT Summer school in Linguistics

The LOT Summer School in Linguistics takes place in Leuven (Vaalbeek) from 15 to 26 June 2015.

Registration is open until 1 May 2015. More information on the poster session, the social program and other activities is available here.

Recent publications and conference presentations by staff and PhD students

Edited journal special issue

Piller, I. (Ed.) 2014. Linguistic Diversity and Social Inclusion in Australia. Special issue of Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 37(3).

Journal papers

Benson, P. (2014). Narrative inquiry in applied linguistics research. Annual Review of Applied Linguistics Research, 34, 154-170.

Hodge, G., & Johnston, T. (2014). Points, depictions, gestures and enactment: Partly lexical and non-lexical signs as core elements of single clause-like units in Auslan (Australian sign language). Australian Journal of Linguistics, 34 (2), 262-291.

Hodge, G. (2014). How deafness may emerge as a disability as social interactions unfold. Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics: A Journal of Qualitative Research, 3 (3), 193-196.

Kozar, O. (2014), 'Language barrier' in private online tutoring - From an innocuous concept to a neoliberal marketing tool, European Education, 46 (2), 74-96.

Kozar, O. & Sweller, N. (2014), An exploratory study of demographics, goals and expectations of private online language learners from Russia, System, 45, 39-51. 

Kozar, O. (2014), Discursive practices of private online tutoring websites in Russia, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 36 (4), 1-15. 

Kruger, J. L. and Steyn, F. (2014). Subtitles and eye tracking: reading and performance. Reading Research Quarterly. 49 (1): 105-120.

Kruger, J. L., Hefer, E., & Matthew, G. (2014). Attention distribution and cognitive load in a subtitled academic lecture: L1 vs. L2. Journal of Eye Movement Research, 7(5):4, 1-15 

Kruger, J. L., Szarkowska, A. & Krejtz, I. (2015).  Subtitles on the moving image: an overview of eye tracking studies. Refractory, 25: February 7.

Lin, S., & Demuth, K. (2015). Children's acquisition of English onset and coda /l/: Articulatory evidence. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 58, 13-27.

Peters, P. (2014) Usage guides and usage trends in Australian and British English Australian Journal of Linguistics  34 (4), 581-598.

Peters, P. (2014) Australian narrative voices and the colloquial element in nineteenth century written registers Australian Journal of Linguistics  34 (1), 100-117.

Piller, I.  (2014). Linguistic diversity and social inclusion in Australia. Australian Review of Applied Linguistics 37 (3), 190-197.

Narayanan, S., Toutios, A., Ramanarayanan, V., Lammert, A., Kim, J., Lee, S., Nayak, K., Kim, Y.-C., Zhu, Y., Goldstein, L., Byrd, D., Bresch, E., Ghosh, P., Katsamanis, A., & Proctor, M. (2014). Real-time magnetic resonance imaging and electromagnetic articulography database for speech production research (TC). Journal of the Acoustic Society of America, 136 (3), 1307-1311.

Gyldenkaerne, P., Dillon, H., Sharma, M., Purdy, S. C. (2014). Attend to this: The relationship between auditory processing disorders and attention deficits, Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 25 (7).

Sharma, M., Dhamani, I., Leung, J., Carlile, S. (2014). Attention, memory, and auditory processing in 10-to 15-year-old children with listening difficulties, Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 57 (6), 2308-2321.

Lochrin, M., Arciuli, J., Sharma, M. (2014). Assessing the relationship between prosody and reading outcomes in children using the PEPS-C, Scientific Studies of Reading, 19 (1), 72-85.

Sharma, M., Purdy, S. C., Munro, K. J., Sawaya, K., Peter, V. (2014). Effects of broadband noise on cortical evoked auditory responses at different loudness levels in young adults. NeuroReport, 25 (5), 312-319.

Sharma, M., Johnson, P. K. H., Purdy, S. C., Norman, F. (2014). Effect of interstimulus interval and age on cortical auditory evoked potentials in 10-22-week-old infants. NeuroReport, 25 (4), 248-254

Sharma, M., Purdy, S. C., Kelly, A. S. (2014). the contribution of speech-evoked cortical auditory evoked potentials to the diagnosis and measurement of intervention outcomes in children with auditory processing disorder. Seminars in Hearing, 35 (01), 051-064

Xu-Rattanasone, N., & Demuth, K. (2014). The acquisition of coda consonants by Mandarin early child L2 learners of English. Bilingualism: Language & Cognition, 17(3), 646-659.

Book chapters

Demuth, K. (2014). Prosodic licensing and the development of phonological and morphological representations. In A. Farris-Trimble & J. Barlow (Eds.), Perspectives on Phonological Theory and Development: In honor of Daniel A. Dinnsen. Language Acquisition and Language Disorders Series (pp. 11-24). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Djonov, E., & Knox, J. S. (2014). How to analyze webpages. In S. Norris & C. D. Maier (Eds.), Interactions, images and texts: A reader in multimodality (pp. 171-193). Boston/Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

Knox, J. S. (2014). Online newspapers: Structure and layout. In C. Jewitt (Ed.), The Routledge handbook of multimodal analysis (2nd ed.) (pp. 440-449). London: Routledge.

Kozar, O (2014). Language Exchange websites for independent learning. In Nunan & Richards, Language learning beyond the classroom, London, Routledge

Moore, S. H. & Xu, H. L. (2014). Where the academy meets the workplace: Communication needs of tertiary-level accounting students. In E. Stracke (Ed.). Intersections: Applied Linguistics as a meeting place. (pp. 112-128) Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Peters, P. and Wong, D. (2015). Turn management and backchannels. In K Aijmer and C Ruehlemann (eds), A handbook of corpus pragmatics.  Cambridge University Press, pp. 408-429.

Peters, P. (2014) Differentiation in Australian English.  In S.Buschfeld,T Hoffmann, M Huber and A Kautzsch eds, The Evolution of Englishes: the Dynamic Model and Beyond.  Amsterdam, John Benjamins, pp. 107-125.

Turpin, M., Demuth, K., & Campbell, A.N. (2014). Phonological aspects of Arandic Baby Talk. In R. Pensalfini, M. Turpin, & D. Guillemin (Eds.), Language Description Informed by Theory (pp. 49-79). John Benjamins: Amsterdam.

Xu Rattanasone, N., &Demuth, K. (2014). The acquisition of linguistic tonal systems. In P. Brooks & V. Kempe (Eds.), Encyclopedia of language development (pp. 352-353). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.

Papers published in conference proceedings

Cox, F. & Palethorpe, S. (2014) Phonologisation of vowel duration and nasalised /æ/ in Australian English, in Hay, J. & Parnell, E. (eds.) Proceedings of the 15th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology, 2-5 December, Christchurch, 33-36.

Tsukada, K., Cox, F., Hajek, J, Hirata, Y. (2014) Perception of Japanese consonant length by native speakers of Australian English and Italian: A pilot study, in Hay, J. & Parnell, E. (eds.) Proceedings of the 15th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology, 2-5 December, Christchurch, 213-218.

Hodge, G., & Ferrara, L. (2014). Showing the story: Enactment as performance in Auslan narratives. In L. Gawne & J. Vaughan (Eds.), Selected Papers from the 44th Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society 2013 (pp. 372-397).

Gonzalez, S., Harvey, M., & Proctor, M. (2014). Posterior cavity and aperture distance oppositions in english coronal fricatives. 14th Conf. on Laboratory Phonology (LabPhon14), 25-27 July, Tokyo.

Mealings, K. T., Demuth, K., Buchholz, J., & Dillon, H. (2014). Investigating the effect of intrusive noise levels on speech perception in an open-plan Kindergarten classroom. In Proceedings of the 15th Speech Science and Technology Conference (SST), pp. 228-231. Hay, J., and Parnell, E. (Eds.), ASSTA: New Zealand.

Mealings, K. T., Buchholz, J., Demuth, K., & Dillon, H. (2014). An investigation into the acoustics of an open plan compared to enclosed Kindergarten classroom. In Proceedings of the 43rd International Congress on Noise Control Engineering (inter.noise). Davy, J., Don, C., McMinn, T., Dowsett, L., Broner, N., Burgess, M. (Eds.), The Australian Acoustical Society: Australia.

Proctor, M., Yinghua Zhu, Adam Lammert, Asterios Toutios, Bonny Sands & Shrikanth Narayanan (2014). Articulatory coordination in Nama click consonants. Proc. 15th Australasian Intl. Conf. on Speech Science and Technology. 2-5 Dec, Christchurch NZ: 247

Shaw, J., Chen, W-R., Proctor, M., Derrick, D. & Dakhoul, E. (2014). On the inter-dependence of tonal and vocalic production goals in Mandarin Chinese. In S. Fuchs, M. Grice, A. Hermes, L. Lancia & D. Mücke (Eds.), Proc. 10th International Seminar on Speech Production (pp. 399-402). Cologne: ISSP.

Shaw, J., Chen, W., Tyler, M., Derrick, D., & Proctor, M. (2014). Perceptual attunement to coarticulation: Hearing tone in vowel height. 14th Conf. on Laboratory Phonology (LabPhon14), 25-27 July, Tokyo.

Yuen, I., Xu-Rattanasone, N., Macdonald, G., Holt, R., and Demuth, K. (2014). Temporal planning in the production of Australian English compounds. Proceedings of Speech Science and Technology Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Conference Presentations

Ang, P.S. (2014). Special language for special people in the Malaysian print media: How special is 'special'? Paper presented at AILA World Congress 2014, Brisbane, Australia. August 2014.

Ang, P.S. (2014). Is giving really better than taking? A critical discursive view on news on charitable activities for disabled persons in a Malaysian newspaper. Paper presented at the Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines (CADAAD) Conference, Budapest, Hungary. September 2014.

Chappell, P., & Gamage, T. (2014). Using Voice thread to address specific communicative learning outcomes in specific subject areas in the NSW primary school curriculum during an international school award project (ISA) facilitated by The British Council. Paper presented at the Human Sciences Perspective Workshop in Language Teaching and Technology, Macquarie University, Sydney, October 2014.

Cox, F., Palethorpe, S., Miles, K. & Davies, B. (2014) Is there evidence for region specific vowel variation in /hVd/ word list data from AusTalk? Paper presented at the Australian Linguistic Society Conference, Newcastle, December 2014.

Demuth, K.    Plenary Address: 39th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD), Boston, November 7-9, 2014.

German, A., Yuen I., Cox, F., Buckley, L. & Demuth, K. (2014) Perceptual analysis of epenthetic 'r' in linking and intrusive contexts in Australian English. Paper presented at the Australian Linguistic Society Conference, Newcastle, December 2014.

Chen H., Xu Rattanasone, N. & Cox, F. (2014) Perception and production of phonemic vowel length in Australian English-learning 18 month-olds, LabPhon 14, Tokyo, July 25-27 2014

Clarke, A., Chester, A., Wiebusch, F., Wingrove, D., Brown, M. (2014, July). Fostering deep reflection on teaching through Peer Partnerships. Paper presented at the 37th HERDSA Annual International Conference, Hong Kong SAR, People's Republic of China.

Cox, F. & Palethorpe, S. (2014) Probablilistic Enhancement and Australian English /æ/. Third Workshop on Sound Change, University of California, Berkeley, May 28-31

Gamage, T (2014). Voicethread: an interactional tool used in telecollaborative tasks between Sri Lankan and Australian primary schools. Symposium on Mediation, Multimodality and Language Learning: Expanding Interaction in EFL Contexts at the 9th University of Sydney TESOL Research Network Colloquium, The University of Sydney, Sydney, August 2014.

Han, C. (2014). An interactionalist approach to construct definition for high-stakes interpreter performance testing. Paper presented at the 7th International Conference on English Language Teaching in China, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China. October 2014.

Han, C. (2014). "A profile of conference interpreting practice in China" survey: Implications for interpreter certification performance testing. 10th China National Conference and International Forum on Interpreting, Xiamen University, Xiamen, China. October 2014.

Hodge, G., Schembri, A., & I. Rogers (2014). 'The Auslan (Australian Sign Language) Production Skills Test: Responding to challenges in the assessment of deaf children's signed language proficiency'. 4th Australasian Deaf Studies Research Symposium, RIDBC Renwick Centre, 25 - 26 October, Sydney, Australia.

Hodge, G., Goswell, D., Whynot, L., Linder, S., & C. Clark (2014). 'What standards? Developing evidence-based Auslan translation standards and production guidelines'. 4th Australasian Deaf Studies Research Symposium, RIDBC Renwick Centre, 25 - 26 October, Sydney, Australia.

Hodge, G., Schembri, A., & I. Rogers (2014). 'The Auslan (Australian Sign Language) Production Skills Test: Responding to challenges in the assessment of deaf children's signed language proficiency'. Disability Studies in Education conference, Victoria University, 25 - 27 July, Melbourne, Australia.

Hussain, Q., Harvey, M., Proctor, M., & Demuth, K. (2014). Do temporal and spectral measures differentiate the contrast between Punjabi retroflex and dental stops? Paper presented at the 45th Annual Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society (ALS), University of Newcastle, Australia.

Izadi, D. (2014). Service Interactions in Persian Ethnic Shops in Sydney. Paper presented at the AILA World congress, Brisbane, August 2014.

Izadi, D. (2014). What do you mean by Persian shops? Paper presented at the Linguistic Ethnography: Benefits and Challenges, Manchester, September 2014.

Izadi, D. (2014). Excuse me? Are these Authentic? Service interactions in Persian shops in Sydney. Paper presented at the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL), University of Warwick, September 2014.

Izadi, D. (2014). What is it that is going on here? Interactions in Persian Ethnic shops in Sydney. Paper presented at the Fifth international conference Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis across Disciplines, Budapest, September 2014.

Butt, D. G. & Khoo, K. M. (2014). Cohesion: motifs of order and fragmentation in the Conversational Model (CM) of psychotherapy. Australian and New Zealand Association for Psychotherapy 25th Anniversary Conference. Sydney, September 18-21 2014.

Khoo, K. & Butt, D.  (2014). Cohesion: the meaning potential of a metaphor for linguistics and psychotherapy.  Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association.  University of New South Wales, Sydney, September 29- 2 October 2014. 

Kozar, O (2014). To type or not to type: using written facilities during audio/videoconferencing lessons, presented at AILA, Brisbane, August 11th

Kozar, O (2014). Conversational lessons via Skype: something old, something new? Presented at TESOL Research Network Colloquium, August, 23rd

Kozar, O (2014). Private language teaching via Skype, presented at Human Sciences Perspectives on Language Teaching and Technology, Symposium, Macquarie University, October 9th

Mealings, K. T., & Demuth, K. (2014, December). Investigating the effect of intrusive noise levels on speech perception in an open-plan Kindergarten classroom. Paper presented at the 15th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (SST), Christchurch, New Zealand.

Mealings, K. T., Buchholz, J., Demuth, K., & Dillon, H. (2014, November). An investigation into the acoustics of an open plan compared to enclosed Kindergarten classroom. Paper presented at the 43rd International Congress on Noise Control Engineering (inter.noise), Melbourne, Australia.

Pam P. (2014). The Lexicography of English Usage.  Invited plenary at the international workshop on English Usage Writing: Bridging the Unbridgeable.  Held 26-27 June 2014 at Cambridge University UK

Peters, P. (2014). Transcending their format: dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases.  Invited plenary at the Australian Academy of the Humanities Symposium, 20-21 November 2014. Australian National University, Canberra.

Piller, I. (2014). Linguistic diversity: Research perspectives on the move. Sprachliche Bildung und Mehrsprachigkeit [Language education and multilingualism], Hamburg University, Hamburg, Nov 8-9, 2014.  (Keynote Speaker)

Riazi, M. (2014). The interface between test validation and research methodology: The pledge of mixed-methods research. Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand (ALTAANZ). University of Queensland, 28-29 Nov. 2014, Brisbane, Australia.

Riazi, M. (2014). An ability-in-writer in context model of L2 writing. Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand (ALTAANZ). University of Queensland, 28-29 Nov. 2014, Brisbane, Australia.

Ruegg, R. (2014). Peer and teacher feedback: The relative effects on ability and confidence.  17th World Congress of the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA).  Brisbane, Australia.

Sharma, M. (2014). Middle ear infections, hearing, listening and reading. Presentation at Paint The City Read, Sydney, Australia, 25th Nov, 2014.

Sharma, M. (2014). Cortical auditory evoked potentials as a measure of auditory processing. Presentation at Interacoustics Education Seminar, Sydney, Australia, 21st Nov, 2014.

Sharma, M. (2014).Late latency responses and their clinical applications. GEEFA: Study Groups of Hearing Electrophysiology. Sao Paulo, Brazil. 3-4th Sept, 2014

Sharma, M. (2014). Cortical auditory evoked potentials as the measure of maturation and plasticity. Key note Gatanu: Universal Hearing Screening Group. Sao Paulo, Brazil. 5-6th Sept, 2014

Sharma, M. (2014). CAEPs as a measure of auditory skills in babies. Key note Gatanu: Universal Hearing Screening Group. Sao Paulo, Brazil. 5-6th Sept, 2014

Sharma, M. (2014). Management of hearing loss in babies. Key note Gatanu: Universal Hearing Screening Group. Sao Paulo, Brazil. 5-6th Sept, 2014

Sharma, M. (2014). Hands-on CAEPs workshop. Key note Gatanu: Universal Hearing Screening Group. Sao Paulo, Brazil. 5-6th Sept, 2014

Tilney, M. (2014). Allegory in Australian New Writing - 1974. Paper presented at the Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association Conference, University of New South Wales, Sydney.

Tsukada, K., Cox, F. & Hajek, J. (2014) Cross-language Perception of Japanese Singleton and Geminate Consonants: Preliminary Data from Non-native Learners of Japanese and Native Speakers of Italian and Australian English, Interspeech 2014, Singapore, 14-18 September.

Wiebusch, F. (2014, September). Fostering teacher-led professional learning in tertiary ELT settings. Paper presented at the Australian Council of TESOL Associations ACTA Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Wiebusch, F. & Gormley, L. (2015, February). [11]Paper presented at the 11th International CamTESOL Conference, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 

Xu-Rattanasone, N., & Demuth, K. (2014, August). The acquisition of English phonology and morphology by early child second language learners. Paper presented at the CLaS-CCD Bilingualism Workshop, Sydney.


Grey, A (2014) Diana Eades, Aboriginal Ways of Using English. Book Review, Multilingua (published online at, print edition forthcoming).

Grey, A (2014) Gaining a Green Thumb for Grassroots Language Activism. Language on the Move (

Invited Talks

Schembri, T. (2014, December). L2 learning of Cairene Arabic stress. Presentation given at the Workshop on the Role of Prosody in Language Learning, Sydney.

Dube, S., Kung, C., Varghese, P., & Demuth, K. (2014). Type of Morphosyntactic Violation and Subject-Verb Agreement Processing: An ERP Study of Mandarin L2-English Adults. Talk presented at the HDR Linguistics PhD Conference; Macquarie University, Australia.

Dube, S., Kung, C., Varghese, P., & Demuth, K. (2014).  Effects of sentence position on Subject-verb agreement processing: An ERP Study of Mandarin-L2 English & L1 English Adults. Talk presented at the Bilingualism Workshop; Macquarie University, Australia.

Schmidt, E. & Post, B. (2014). Prosodic acquisition in simultaneous bilinguals - rhythm and contributing phonological factors. Presentation at CLaS. Macquarie University.

Schmidt, E. & Post, B. (2014). The acquisition of rhythm and related phonological factors in simultaneous bilinguals. Presentation at Bilingualism Workshop. Macquarie University.

Schmidt, E. & Post, B. (2014). The role of phonological factors in the acquisition of rhythm in simultaneous bilinguals. Presentation at Prosody Workshop. Macquarie University.

Xu-Rattanasone, N., Dyball, A., Mandikal-Vasuki. P., Sharma, M., and Demuth, K., (2014, Dec). Acoustic Change Complex as a Measure of Cross-Linguistic Perception of Mandarin Tones. Workshop on the Acquisition of Prosody: Stress, Tone and Intonation. Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

Xu-Rattanasone, N., Yuen, I., Macdonald, G., Holt, R., and Demuth, K., (2014, Dec). Acquisition of Australian English compounds by 6-year-olds. Workshop on the Acquisition of Prosody: Stress, Tone and Intonation. Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

Poster Presentations

Hussain, Q. (2014, December). Why Indo-Aryan languages adapt English alveolars as retroflexes: acoustic evidence from Punjabi. Poster presented at the 15th Australasian International Speech Science and Technology Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Hussain, Q., & Yuen, I. (2014, July). Acoustic differentiation between coda retroflex and dental stops in Punjabi. Poster presented at the 14th Laboratory Phonology Conference, NINJAL, Tokyo, Japan.

Hussain, Q. (2014, July). An acoustic study of retroflex and dental stops in Punjabi. Poster presented at the Linguistic Diversity in Asia, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Mealings, K. T., Demuth, K., Buchholz, J., & Dillon, H. (2014, August). Investigating the impact of intrusive open plan classroom noise on speech perception: A case study. Poster presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

Chen, H., Xu-Rattanasone, N., Cox, F., & Demuth, K. (2014, August). Perception and production of phonemic vowel length in Australian English-learning toddlers. Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.

Chen, H., Xu-Rattanasone, N., Cox, F., & Demuth, K. (2014, July). Perception and production of phonemic vowel length in Australian English-learning 18-month-olds. Poster session presented at the 14th Conference on Laboratory Phonology (LabPhon14), Tokyo, Japan 

Dube, S., Varghese, P., Kung, C., & Demuth, K. (2014). An ERP Study of the Effects of Sentence Position on Subject-Verb Agreement Processing in English. Poster presented at the CCD Annual workshop; Macquarie University, Australia.