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LINGLINE Volume 96 June 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
Vale Professor Christopher N Candlin (Professor Lynda Yates, Dr John Knox and Dr Stephen Moore)
Staff news
New appointments
Reports: Conferences, workshops and special events

  • CLaS-CCD eye tracking workshop:  Language, vision, perception and their interface - 11 June 2015 (Rosemary Elliott)
  • ICAME 36 (University of Trier, Germany) - 27-31 May 2015
  • UECA Annual Professional Development Day - 2 May 2015 (Dr Phil Chappell)
  • Bilingualism Symposium (UNSW) - 5 June 2015
  • CCD Stakeholders' Workshop: Supporting Research Impacts - 8 May 2015
  • CLaS-CCD research colloquium series - April 2015


  • News from the Phonetics Lab (Dr Michael Proctor)
  • Student in the limelight: Sijia Chen

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

LINGLINE now has its own webpage! With the help of Melanie Moscatt, we are also in the process of making the LINGLINE archives available online - LINGLINE is a repository of the rich history of the department, and we hope to make some of this history accessible online. Keep an eye on the webpage for new developments!

- Haidee Kruger

Vale Professor Christopher N. Candlin

It is with great sadness that we report that Emeritus Professor Christopher N. Candlin passed away on 9 May 2015. He was a major force in the field of applied linguistics and instrumental in its establishment as a respected discipline in Australia and worldwide. Throughout his career, his work pursued a greater understanding of the role of language and other forms of communication in a range of social contexts, and on using this understanding to develop solutions to issues in a wide range of areas including language teaching and learning, and professional communication.LINGLINE 96 Candlin

His contributions to the field and to society more broadly came through his own research output, his editorship of influential and prestigious book series and journals, his mentorship of PhD students (many of whom are now leaders in the field in their own right), his founding and leading of numerous highly regarded and productive research centres (including the Institute for English Language Education and the Centre for Language in Social Life at the University of Lancaster, and the National Centre for English Language Teaching & Research and the Centre for Language in Social Life at Macquarie University), his development of postgraduate courses which have trained thousands of language teachers and other language professionals internationally, and his own teaching career that spanned almost 50 years.

Chris will also be remembered for his significant service to the academic community as Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, UK (FRSA), as Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, UK (AcSS), and as President of International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA).

In addition to his contributions to applied linguistics, he made important contributions to Linguistics at Macquarie University. Arriving as Professor and Chair in 1987, he developed and nurtured a department with diverse interests (including applied linguistics, audiology, editing and publishing, speech and hearing sciences, speech pathology, and translation and interpreting).  

As Senior Research Professor, and then Senior Research Professor Emeritus, Chris travelled often, but his energy, his enthusiasm, his voice and his laughter seemed to fill the corridors each time he returned. He was a scholar and teacher with vision, deep and broad understanding, and with a generosity of spirit. He will not be forgotten.

- Contribution by Professor Lynda Yates, Dr John Knox and Dr Stephen Moore

Staff News


Happy news from LINGLINE's previous editor, Dr Maria Dahm, who welcomed Ida Mae into the world on 2 April 2015. Congratulations to Maria, Toby and Gus!

New Appointments

Professor David McAlpine from UCL will be joining the department later this year to take up the newly created roles of Professor Hearing, Language and the Brain and Director of Hearing Research at Macquarie University. He will be located at the Australian Hearing Hub with responsibility for leading and developing hearing research in collaboration with industry and other partners.

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 David to Macquarie and look forward to some exciting new developments in hearing research.    

In addition, we look forward to welcoming the following new staff members:

  • Dr Peng Zhou joins us on 6 July 2015 after postdoctoral work in the CCD and Cognitive Science. He has expertise in general and developmental linguistics and will be teaching on our undergraduate program.
  • Dr Nick Wilson will be joining us for Semester 1 2016 from a lecturer position at Cardiff University. He has expertise in sociolinguistics and discourse analysis and will be teaching on our undergraduate program.
  • Dr Joe Blythe will be joining us in 2016 from Melbourne University where he currently holds a DECRA. He has expertise in conversation analysis, sociolinguistics and aboriginal languages, and will be teaching on our undergraduate program.
  • Dr Titia Benders joins us on 6 July from a lecturer role at the University of Newcastle and following postdoctoral research at Radbourg University, Nijmegen and a PhD from the University of Amsterdam.
  • Dr Anita Szakay joins us from a lecturer role at Queen Mary University of London following postdoctoral work at Stanford and a PhD from University of British Columbia.

Anita and Titia will be located in the Australian Hearing Hub and will contribute largely to the undergraduate program and research profile in the area of phonetics and phonology.



Congratulations to Belinda Hill from the Speech Pathology programme who has just been appointed Vice President: Operations on the Board of Directors of Speech Pathology Australia.

Mridula Sharma was recently promoted to the position of Associate Professor. Well done, Mridula!

Postgraduate students

Congratulations to Editing student, Kathleen McGarry, who has succeeded in winning a competitive Student Travel Grant to attend the Society for Scholarly Publishing Annual Meeting, Arlington VA.

PhD student Alexandra Grey was invited to participate in the annual New Voices conference held by the Lowy Institute for International Policy, held on 8 May, with the theme "Is Geopolitics Returning to Asia?" The Lowy Institute's New Voices conference brings together some of Asia-Pacific's most talented emerging leaders in academia, government, defence, business, journalism and the not-for-profit sector. Congratulations, Alexandra!

LINGLINE congratulates the following students who graduated in April:

  • Douglas Agar (MRes)
  • Chi Lo (MRes)
  • Colum Thomas Ruane (MRes)
  • Thi My Truong (MRes)
  • Jun Wang (MRes)
  • Dana Skopal (PhD)
  • Kevin Robin Knight (PhD).

We plan to showcase some of our MRes and PhD graduates' exciting work in the next edition.

Reports: Conferences, workshops and special events

CLaS-CCD Eye tracking Workshop:  Language, vision, perception and their interface - 11 June 2015

This well-attended workshop hosted by the Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS) and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD) brought together researchers who study different aspects of cognition and are interested in the use of eye tracking as a method. The aim of the workshop was not only to get a better understanding of eye movements, but also to get a clearer picture of the relation between eye movements and processes in our brain. What can we measure using the eye tracker and what are its limits? How can the combination of eye tracking with brain measures (e.g. EEG and MEG) provide information regarding the eye-mind linkage? These and many more questions were addressed by looking at research in different domains (i.e. language perception and processing, reading, object recognition, face perception, and visual search), with different populations, using the eye-tracker.

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Dan Sorvik, primary trainer for Tobii technology, demonstrating equipment to workshop participants. Photo credit: Rosemary Eliott.

Gerry Altmann (University of Connecticut) presented his latest work showing how eye tracking can be used to get a precise record of changes in object representation over time. Eiling Yee (University of Connecticut) showed how conceptual representations change over time and the relevance of these findings for our theory of semantic memory. Stefanie Becker (University of Queensland) presented an exciting set of studies demonstrating that object recognition is relative in the sense that it is determined by the visual context to a great extent.

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Keynote speakers and organisers at the CLaS-CCD eye tracking workshop: Stefanie Becker, Gerry Altmann, Loes Koring, Peng Zhou, Eiling Yee. Photo credit: Rosemary Eliott.

- Contribution by Rosemary Eliott

ICAME 36 (University of Trier, Germany) - 27-31 May 2015

The department was well represented at ICAME 36, which focused on the theme "Words, words, words - corpora and lexis". Emeritus Professor Pam Peters presented a paper on "The variability of strong verb past forms in C21 Englishes", while Adam Smith presented two papers: "The emergence of temporal subordinators across inner- and outer- circle varieties of English" and "Charting ongoing change: The emergent complex subordinators (at/from) the moment (that) and for/out of/in fear (that)/of" (with Lot Brems and Kristin Davidse). Dr Haidee Kruger (with Professor Bertus van Rooy) presented a paper in a pre-conference workshop on Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Innovations in Non-native Englishes. The paper was titled "Editorial practice and the distinction between error and conventionalised innovation in New Englishes: a corpus-based investigation of Black South African English". She also presented a paper at the main conference, on "Word order of reporting and reported clauses in language-contact situations: A comparison of translated English and ESL writing" (also with Professor Bertus van Rooy).

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Pam Peters in action at the ICAME conference in Trier, Germany. Photo credit: Sebastian Hoffmann.

UECA Annual Professional Development Day - 2 May 2015

The Universities English Language Centres of Australia (UECA) held its annual professional development day at Macquarie's English Language Centre on Saturday 2 May. Dr Phil Chappell opened the day with a plenary talk on "The buzz about creativity". Following this were parallel sessions by teachers from various universities across Australia, including Gamze Sayram and MaryAnn Chehade, conducting classroom research under Professor Phil Benson's guidance. The Department of Linguistics is very pleased to offer its ongoing support of and collaboration with the language centre.

- Contribution by Dr Phil Chappell

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Phil Chappell, Richard Stewart (Head of English Language Centre) and Phil Benson.

Bilingualism Symposium (UNSW) - 5 June 2015

A bilingualism symposium was hosted by the University of New South Wales on 5 June 2015. The symposium was titled "Theory, Practice and Innovation: Social, Cognitive and Linguistic Perspectives in the Study of Bilingualism", and brought together researchers from across Australia, and abroad, who investigate the multidimensional phenomenon of bilingualism.

Professor Ingrid Piller was a keynote speaker at the event, presenting a talk on "Linguistic diversity and social justice". Other staff and students from the department who presented papers at the event are:

  • Elaine Schmidt & Brechtje Post: "Rhythm development in Spanish-English simultaneous bilinguals"
  • Haidee Kruger: "Translation and the intersection of social and cognitive aspects of bilingualism"
  • Kimiko Tsukada, Felicity Cox and John Hajek: "The perception of unfamiliar Italian and Japanese consonant length contrasts by monolingual and bilingual speakers"
  • Lynda Yates & Jihong Wang: "A qualitative look at the multiple factors impacting English language learning post migration"
  • Lynda Yates & Olga Kozar: "Age and language learning in migration"
  • Mojgan Mokhatebi Ardakani: "Social perspectives in heritage language research: A case study of Persian heritage language learners in Sydney, Australia"
  • Sijia Chen: "Cognitive load in consecutive interpreting: Models and measurement"

CCD Stakeholders' Workshop: Supporting Research Impacts - 8 May 2015

The CCD stakeholders' workshop is a special opportunity to further develop and enhance collaborative links between CCD members and those who support the people whose lives are impacted by the Centre's research.

This year's workshop built on last year's sharing of vision and comprised a series of focused group sessions during which those with common interests had the opportunity to share dedicated time to discuss and develop opportunities for mutually beneficial collaboration in support of research outcomes.

The focused group session topics for this year's workshop included:

  • Dementia, Old Age, Memory
  • Childhood Language Development, SLI, Bilingualism
  • Dyslexia and Learning to Read and Spell
  • Exploring New Technology: TMS, TDCS, Doppler, Emotiv
  • Mental Health
  • Hearing, Hearing Loss, and the Brain
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders

During each focus group session, CCD research leaders presented research updates and facilitated discussion of planned and potential research directions, seeking input and assistance in identifying opportunities for support from stakeholders in attendance. Some of the Macquarie participants at the workshop included:

  • Associate Professor Gen McArthur, Chief Investigator of the CCD, Director of the Macquarie Cognition Clinic for Reading and Head of Macquarie University's Department Cognitive Science
  • Associate Professor Rosalind Thornton, Chief Investigator of the CCD
  • Ben Davies, Child Language Lab CCD PhD candidate (Language acquisition, phonetics & phonology)
  • Distinguished Professor Anne Castles, CCD Deputy Director and Reading Program Leader
  • Distinguished Professor Katherine Demuth, Director of the Child Language Lab and Chief Investigator of the CCD
  • Dr Carmen Kung, Child Language Lab Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Speech production & comprehension, EEG)
  • Dr Danielle Colenbrander, recent CCD PhD recipient
  • Dr Elaine Schmidt, Child Language Lab Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Bilingual acquisition, phonetics/phonology) and Associate Investigator of the CCD
  • Dr Erin Banales, Clinic Coordinator of the Macquarie Cognition Clinic for Reading and Associate investigator of the CCD
  • Dr Hua-chen Wang, Associate Investigator of the CCD
  • Dr Ivan Yuen, Child Language Lab Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Perception/production link, tone & intonation) and Associate Investigator of the CCD 
  • Dr Michael Proctor, Child Language Lab member (Speech production and perception, phonology) and Associate Investigator of the CCD
  • Dr Nan Xu Rattanasone, Child Language Lab Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Infant Language Development) and Associate Investigator of the CCD
  • Dr Nic Badcock, postdoctoral research fellow and Associate Investigator of the CCD
  • Dr Serje Robidoux, postdoctoral research fellow and Associate Investigator of the CCD
  • Kelly Rombough, CCD PhD student (The verb BE and the linguistic constraints on contraction in children with specific language impairment)
  • Professor Brian Byrne, Emeritus Professor of the School of Cognitive, Behavioural & Social Sciences at the University of New England and Chief Investigator of the CCD
  • Sithembinkosi Dube, Child Language Lab CCD PhD student (Speech perception & processing, L1 & L2, EEG)
  • Yvette Kezilas, fourth-year CCD PhD student


CLaS-CCD Research Colloquium Series - April 2015

During April, the CLaS-CCD Research Colloquium Series hosted four talks. The Colloquium Series provides an opportunity for national and international researchers to present talks and meet with staff, HDR and senior undergraduate students, and aims to promote collaborative research links across Faculties within the University and with industry. April's talks included a talk by Associate Professor Sanjeev Khudanpur from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Computer Science, Johns Hopkins University, on the topic "Statistical Language Modeling Turns Thirty-Something: Are We Ready To Settle Down?" Associate Professor Carmel O'Shannessy (Department of Linguistics, University of Michigan) presented her research on the roles of children and adults in language change. Her paper examined the speech production of multilingual children and adults in one Warlpiri community in northern Australia. Professor Mari Ostendorf (Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Washington) presented a talk on "Assessing Text Difficulty via Automatic Analysis of Oral Reading", while Professor Shrikanth (Shri) Narayanan, Signal Analysis and Interpretation Laboratory, University of Southern California, Los Angeles) presented his research on "Behavioral Signal Processing: Enabling human-centered behavioral informatics".

The colloquia were hosted by Distinguished Professor Katherine Demuth, Professor Mark Johnson and Dr Michael Proctor



News from the Phonetics Lab

The Macquarie Phonetics Laboratory is currently being upgraded and expanded as a result of two MQSIS awards. The centrepiece of the new phonetics research facilities is a state-of-the-art articulography (EMA) system (NDI Wave), which tracks the underlying movements of the tongue and lips during speech production. These EMA facilities allow us to study in detail how different speakers of English and other languages articulate the sounds of their languages, and how their tongue movements shape the acoustic properties of the speech signal. In addition to EMA, the phonetics lab also provides ultrasound, palatography, airflow measurement, glottographic, and high-fidelity acoustic recording facilities. Depending on the research questions, various combinations of these technologies may be used to examine all different aspects of speech production in detail. These facilities can also be used to study disordered speech (stuttering, apraxia, aphasia), phonological development in children, and phonological acquisition by adult learners of a second or other language. The Speech Physiology Laboratory is located in the Australian Hearing Hub (Room 1.715). The research facilities are available to members of the CCD and Faculty of Human Sciences with the necessary expertise and authorization to conduct research in phonetics and phonology. Interested researchers should contact lab managers Dr Michael Proctor and Associate Professor Felicity Cox in the first instance. The Macquarie Phonetics Lab group meets each Monday morning at 10am in AHH 3.610.

- Contribution by Dr Michael Proctor

Student in the limelight: Sijia Chen

Interpreting has always been my passion. I took interpreting courses for my undergraduate studies, and I majored in interpreting during my postgraduate years. During this time I also practiced as a part-time interpreter. I also completed two theses in the field of interpreting (for my Bachelor's and Master's degrees). Before I graduated, I thought to myself, "I'm a student of Chinese-English interpreting and I've interpreted for so many conferences, yet I have never been to an English-speaking country." So I decided to pursue my interest in interpreting by furthering my research on the subject and applied to be a PhD student in Australia. I've long heard about the strength of the Linguistics Department of Macquarie, and the university offers a joint scholarship together with the China Scholarship Council. So I applied and succeeded.

LINGLINE 96 Sijia ChenI came to Australia in October 2013, my first time abroad. It took me quite some time to narrow down the topic of my research project. Cognitive research has a strong presence here at the Linguistics Department, and I gradually become more familiar with and intrigued by the field. This has encouraged me to grow my interest in researching across the discipline of cognitive science and interpreting. After all, interpreting is just another cognitive language processing task, although it is more challenging in so many ways than any other form of language processing.

My PhD project is titled "Exploring the process of note-taking in consecutive interpreting: An eye-pen-voice approach towards cognitive load". This mixed methods study uses eye tracking, digital pen recording, and retrospection to investigate the process of note-taking in consecutive interpreting, and to assess the associated cognitive load. Note-taking in interpreting was actually the subject of study for my undergraduate thesis. So it is amazing how sometimes life just connects the dots for you, and that's something I always believe in. I believe that one day when I look back at my days here in Australia as a PhD student at Macquarie, I will be amazed by how enriched my life has been, and how much I appreciate the experience.

- Contribution by Sijia Chen

Linguists in the Media

Language on the Move

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Language on the Move (ISSN 2203-5001) is a peer-reviewed sociolinguistics research site devoted to multilingualism, language learning and intercultural communication in a transnational world. Our research blog focuses on the ways in which language intersects with consumerism, family life, globalization, tourism, identity, migration and social justice - in Australia and beyond. New research blog posts are published each Wednesday and new contributors are always welcome (view the Submissions and Review Policy).

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.

So far in 2015, the following research blog posts have been published:








PhD student Michael Rampe Interviewed on FIGURE/GROUND

Michael Rampe is an educational designer in the Learning and Teaching Centre, and is also a PhD student in the department, working on the educational use of videos from a socio-semiotic multimodal perspective.

 LINGLINE 96 RampeMichael was recently interviewed by Judie Cross for Figure/Ground. Here's an extract from the interview:

"In my professional role as an educational designer, I'm currently creating a series of online educational videos for a Big History MOOC and also working on how we can develop a set of standardised approaches to evaluate educational media production: questions on purposes, time needs, quality, resources and approaches, etc.

Of course (in my spare time) I'm also completing my PhD. At the moment I am currently working out a system (or trying to) that I'll call, for now, the sub-genres of interview based educational videos: how we use different ways to construct interview based videos for educational use: ranging from simply filming a two-person interview, to talking heads, conversations, panel discussions, vox-pops where different people answer the same question, etc.; how they are edited, sequentially or non-sequentially; how the questions are realised, verbally or as text; who the participants are. There are details in these different ways of making video interviews that can serve different educational purposes. For example, if the person asking questions in a video interview were my lecturer then, as a viewer I would probably consider the answers differently than if the interviewer were one of my peers or a journalist. Furthermore, if the interviewer was invisible, what effect does that have on the information? Giving equal film weight and time, for example, to multiple responses may indirectly be saying no particular view is correct or conversely, reinforcing a dominant view. Such a technique could be used to encourage critical thinking perhaps. Basically, I am attempting to systematise the types of video interviews we can use depending on their educational purpose."

Credit: Cross, J. (2015). "Interview with Michael Rampe," Figure/Ground. March 19th.

You can see some of Michael's work on Teche, the university's teaching and learning blog.

Upcoming Events

Australian Hearing Hub Open House 2015

 22 August 2015
12pm - 4pm (doors open at 11.45am)

To celebrate Hearing Awareness Week, the Australian Hearing Hub is opening its doors to raise awareness on healthy hearing and the services available at the Hearing Hub.

To learn more and to register click here​.

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.



Presentation title

10 March

Dr Mridula Sharma

What we know about listening deficits so far?

28 April

Associate Professor Mehdi Riazi

Modelling second language (L2) academic writing in postgraduate programs: In search of construct definition

12 May

Dr Haidee Kruger

Constrained language: a multidimensional analysis of translated English and a non-native indigenised variety of English

26 May

Associate Professor Catherine McMahon

I can hear but listening is tiring... Measuring listening effort in adults

2 June

Professor Lynda Yates

Culture, communication and the workplace: Some challenges for second language users

28 July

Dr Deanna Wong

LOL! Inflectional morphology in blog comments. Just how do users structure their acronym-based responses?

11 Aug

John Newall

Hearing health in the Philippines

25 Aug



8 Sept

Mr Adam Smith  & Emeritus Professor Pam Peters

Corpus-based terminography and online termbanks for the multilingual community

22 Sept

Dr Jill Murray


13 Oct

Professor Tony McEnery

To be confirmed

Corpus linguistics

27 Oct

Dr Mike Proctor

New Insights into Click Consonants using real-time MRI

3 Nov

Dr Annabelle Lukin

Understanding ideology: a dialogue between sociology and linguistics


Workshop on Infant Speech Perception (WISP): Phonological and Lexical Development 

Level 1 Theatre, Australian Hearing Hub, Macquarie University, Sydney NSW, Australia

1-2 September 2015

The Workshop on Infant Speech Perception (WISP) will highlight recent research on infants' developing abilities to perceive and learn the phonological, morphological and prosodic systems of language.  Research has shown that children make use of perceptual cues very early in life to bootstrap the learning of phonemes, carry out processes of word segmentation, and identify morphological boundaries. However, the mechanisms underlying how these levels of language learning are integrated and represented in early language development is still unclear. Even less is known about how these aspects of language learning proceed in early bilinguals or children with hearing loss.  

The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers working on various aspects of phonology, morphology and prosody to discuss 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. The workshop will include keynote addresses and invited talks by experts in the fields of linguistics, computational modelling, cognitive science, and developmental psychology.

Keynote Speakers

  • Paola Escudero: "Encoding of phonetic and phonological detail in early word learning" (MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney)
  • Thierry Nazzi: "Impact of phonological acquisition on early lexical processing: the C-bias revisited" (LPP, Université Paris Descartes, Sorbonne Paris Cité and CNRS)
  • Dan Swingley: "Words and speech sounds in the first two years" (Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania)

Registration (free):

Registration deadline: 31 July 2015 

Sponsored by: Macquarie University Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS) and ARC FL130100014 and the Language Emergence:  Acquisition and Processing (LEAP) project.

Open Scholarships and Fellowships

It's exciting to announce another round of iMQRES and MQRES scholarships which are available to new candidates commencing in 2015! Interested and eligible PhD students in Linguistics are strongly encouraged to apply.

The University will have 30 iMQRES (for international) and 20 MQRES (for domestic) available to new commencing PhD candidates only.  These candidates must meet the direct PhD admission and scholarship criteria and are able to commence no later than 15 December 2015.

International candidates must submit their applications before 30 September 2015.
Domestic candidates must submit their applications before 31 October 2015.  

Applications are open now.  Candidates are encouraged to submit their applications via eApplication.  Paper-based applications will also be accepted.

Conference Calls

ARTIS Event: Narrative Theory in Translation Studies: A Research Symposium

Centre for Translation and Intercultural Studies, School of Foreign Languages, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

25-27 March 2016

ARTIS will hold this three-day teaching symposium on 25-27 March 2016 at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. It aims to bring together doctoral and postdoctoral students and early career researchers.

This event will feature the following keynote speakers and workshop leaders:

  • Prof. Jens Brockmeier (The American University of Paris, France)
  • Prof. Mona Baker (University of Manchester, UK)
  • Dr Sue-Ann Harding (Hamid bin Khalifa University, Qatar)

The programme and further details can be accessed here.

Abstract submission deadline: 31 July 2015.

LCNAU Colloquium 2015 - Tertiary Language and Culture programs: Directions in Research, Teaching and Policy

Department of International Studies: Languages and Cultures
Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University

 25-27 November 2015

Colloquium Themes

  • The Language-Culture Nexus: Teaching language, teaching culture, teaching literature
  • Research in Language and Culture Studies: Directions and challenges
  • Innovation in Language Teaching Methodology: Research and current practice
  • Internationalisation: Research and practice in developing meaningful exchange opportunities
  • Technology Enhanced Language Learning: Recent developments and current practices
  • Language Policy: National and international developments
  • Heritage Languages and the Tertiary Language Curriculum
  • Language Learning Beyond the Classroom: Research and development of placements and internships

Proposals for papers, posters, and workshops addressing the colloquium themes and related topics are invited. Proposed contributions will be peer-reviewed and the publication of selected contributions is planned.

Submission deadline: 15 July 2015.

More information about proposals is available on the conference website.

10th University of Sydney TESOL Research Network Colloquium

In conjunction with the Centre for English Teaching (CET), University of Sydney and the Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University

5 September 2015

The University of Sydney TESOL Research Network Colloquium aims to provide a forum to discuss and share research in the area of TESOL as well as explore possible future research collaborations in this area. The colloquium is a place for networking, for both established and new TESOL researchers. The colloquium includes presentation sessions on a wide range of TESOL and TESOL-related research, both in progress and completed.

Keynote speakers:

  • Patsy Duff (University of British Columbia): "Academic language and literacy socialization into and through social networks and communities of practice"
  • Christian Chun (City University of Hong Kong/University of New South Wales): "Critical pedagogies and English language learning: In the classroom and beyond"

 Proposals are invited for:

  • 25-minute paper presentations (20-minute presentations followed by 5-minutes for questions/discussion)
  • 90-minute symposia (80-minutes for presentations followed by 10-minutes for questions/discussion)

Submissions are invited for:

  • Individual papers: A title, a 250-word abstract plus a 50-word summary of the abstract (plus your name, institution, email and telephone).
  • Symposia: A title, a 500-word abstract plus a 200-word summary of the abstract (plus your name, institution, email and telephone).

 Submissions to be uploaded for further inquiries about the colloquium and workshop.

The 5th New Zealand Discourse Conference (NZDC5)

AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand

7-9 December 2015

Keynote speakers

  • Distinguished Professor Ruth Wodak (Faculty of Linguistics and English, Lancaster University, United Kingdom)
  • Professor Bob Hodge (Institute of Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney, Australia)
  • Associate Professor Donald Matheson (School of Language, Social and Political Sciences, University of Canterbury, New Zealand)

Registration is available on the conference website.

New Library Resources

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Curated by your Research Librarians Heather Cooper and Grai Calvey  


Counseling and psychotherapy transcripts. Volume II / Alexander Street Press.

Alexandria, VA: Alexander Street Press

Counseling and psychotherapy transcripts, volume II is an online resource for teaching and research featuring a diverse set of clients, a wide range of presenting issues, and multiple therapeutic approaches. It provides a deep look into the client-therapist office, allowing readers to follow the progress and setbacks of clients over the course of multiply therapy sessions. All Volume II content was recorded in 2012 or later which examines contemporary issues and the most up-to-date therapeutic approaches to treat them. The collection adheres to the American Psychological Association's Ethics Guidelines for use and anonymity.

LEGENDcom / Australian Government, Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

Canberra: Dept. of Immigration and Citizenship

LEGENDcom is a searchable electronic database of Migration and Citizenship legislation and policy documents. It provides access to the most up-to-date Migration and Citizenship legislation and policy available on the day they come into effect. Related legislation and policy documents are hyperlinked to each other.

10 exciting drops in an ocean of books...

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

Aptitude for interpreting / Edited by Franz Pöchhacker, University of Vienna; Minhua Liu, Monterey Institute of International Studies.
Publisher:Amsterdam; Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company
Call Number: P306.5 .A68 2015

The Routledge handbook of interpreting / edited by Holly Mikkelson and Renée Jourdenais (ebook).
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY: Routledge
Date: 2015 

Child and adolescent communication disorders: organic and neurogenic bases / [edited by] Marie R. Kerins.
Publisher: San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing 2015
Date: 2015 
Call Number: RJ496.C67 C45 2015

Metaphor and metonymy across time and cultures: perspectives on the sociohistorical linguistics of figurative language / edited by Javier E. Diaz-Vera (ebook).
Publisher: Berlin; Boston: De Gruyter Mouton
Date: 2015

Linguistic ethnography: collecting, analysing and presenting data / Fiona Copland, Angela Creese; with Frances Rock and Sara Shaw (ebook).
Publisher: London: SAGE Publications Ltd.
Date: 2015

Basic fundamentals in hearing science / Tony L. Sahley, Frank E. Musiek.
Publisher: San Diego, CA  Plural Publishing
Date: 2015
Call number: QP461 .S339 2015

Cognitive linguistics and lexical change: motion verbs from Latin to Romance / Natalya I. Stolova, Colgate University (ebook).
Publisher: Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Philadelphia, PA: John Benjamins Publishing Company
Date: 2015

From Clerks to Corpora: essays on the English language yesterday and today (ebook).
Publisher: Stockholm University Press
Date: 2015

Here's how to do therapy: hands-on core skills in speech-language pathology / Debra M. Dwight.
2nd Edition
Publisher:  San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing 2015 Call Number: RC428 .D95 2015

The sociological turn in translation and interpreting studies / Edited by Claudia V. Angelelli, San Diego State University (ebook)
Publisher: Amsterdam; Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company
Date: 2014 


JALT 2015

Macquarie University will again host a range of activities at the annual JALT conference in Japan, this year, in Shizuoka. Dr Phil Chappell (Linguistics) and Dr Alice Chik (Education) are both featured speakers who will give presentations and workshops. There will also be an alumni dinner hosted by Macquarie, which is always a great event for new and old members of Macquarie's Linguistics community to meet up. There will also be an HDR students research roundtable, where research projects are shared and discussed in a less formal setting. And of course, the Linguistics department will have its exhibition booth, staffed by Kylie Coaldrake, who advises on courses and HDR. Finally, the Graduate Student Showcase is programmed during the conference to allow our HDR students to share their research projects with the conference community. This was a competitive process and 7 proposals have been accepted for Macquarie's session. Congratulations to the successful MRes and PhD students!

Please see for more information about the conference.

Macquarie will have several important events at the conference, including an information booth in the display hall, two featured speakers presenting workshops and research talks, a research student roundtable, and an alumni social event.

We look forward to hearing from anyone who may be thinking of attending the JALT Conference and to meeting you in beautiful Shizuoka.

- Contribution by Dr Phil Chappell

Recent Publications and Conference Presentations by Staff and PhD Students


Slade, D., Manidis, M., McGregor, J., Scheeres, H., Chandler, E., Stein-Parbury, J., Dunston, R., Herke, M., Matthiessen, C.M. (2015). Communicating in Hospital Emergency Departments. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer-Verlag.

Journal papers

Caple, H., & Knox, J. S. (2015). A framework for the multimodal analysis of online news galleries: What makes a 'good' picture gallery? Social Semiotics. 25 (3), 292-321. doi: 10.1080/10350330.2014.1002174

Ching Tyc, Quar Tk, Newall P, Sharma M. (2015). Comparing NAL-NL1 and DSL v5 in hearing aids fit to children with severe or profound hearing loss: goodness of fit to targets, impacts on predicted loudness and speech intelligibility. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 26, 260-274.

Edwards, E., and Roger, P. (2015). Seeking out challenges to develop L2 self-confidence: A language learner's journey to proficiency. TESL-EJ 18 (4), 1-24. Available online at

Floyd, C. B. (2015). Closing the gap: International student pathways, academic performance and academic acculturation. Journal of Academic Language and Learning, 9 (2)

Johnson, R.C., and Riazi, A.M. (2015). Accuplacer Companion in a foreign language context: An argument-based validation of both test score meaning and impact. Papers in Language Testing and Assessment, 4 (1), 31-58.

Lochrin M, Arciuli J, Sharma M. (2015). Assessing the relationship between prosody and reading outcomes in children using the PEPS-C. Scientific Studies of Reading, Special Edition, 19 (1) 72-85.

Sharma M, Dhamani I, Leung J, Carlile S. (2014). Attention, memory and auditory processing in 10-15 year old children with listening difficulties. Journal of Speech-Language-Hearing Research, 57 (6), 2308-2321. (IF 2.68)

Westermann, A., Buchholz, J. M. (2015). The effect of spatial separation in distance on the intelligibility of speech in rooms. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 137, 757-767.

Willoughby-Knox, B. and Yates, L. (2015). The emotional dimension of 'mixing' in an internationalised classroom: A pathway program case study. International HETL Review, Vol. 5, Article 1, URL:

Yates, L. & Major, G. (2015). "Quick-chatting", "smart dogs", and how to "say without saying": Small talk and pragmatic learning in the community, System, 48, pp 141-152

Zhan, L., Crain, S., & Zhou, P. (2015). The online processing of only if- and even if- conditional statements: Implications for mental models. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 27(3), 367-379. [Link]

Zhou, P., Crain, S., Gao, L., Tang, Y., & Jia, M. (2015). The use of grammatical morphemes by Mandarin-speaking children with high functioning autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45 (5), 1428-1436. doi:10.1007/s10803-014-2304-6

Published abstract

Miller Amberber, A., Nickels, L., Coltheart, M., & Crain, S. (2015). Subcortical links in bilingual language representation [Abstract]. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. doi:10.3389/conf.fnhum.2015.217.00226

Book chapters

Benson, P. (2015). YouTube as text: Spoken interaction analysis and digital discourse. In R. Jones, A. Chik, and C. Hafner (Eds.), Discourse and digital practices (pp. 81-96). London: Routledge.

Djonov, E., Knox, J. S., & Zhao, S. (2015). Interpreting websites in educational contexts: A social-semiotic, multimodal approach. In P. Smeyers, D. Bridges, N. Burbules & M. Griffiths (Eds.), International handbook of interpretation in educational research methods (pp. 315-345). New York: Springer.

Lukin, A. 2015. A linguistics of style: Halliday on literature. In J. J. Webster (Ed.), The Bloomsbury Companion to M.A.K. Halliday. London and New York: Bloomsbury.

Pagano, A., and Lukin, A. (2015). Exploring Language in Verbal Art: a Case Study in K. Mansfield's 'Bliss'. In S. Starc, C. Jones, A. Maiorani (Eds.), Meaning Making in Text: Multimodal and Multilingual Functional Perspectives.  London: Palgrave.

Piller, I., and Cho, J. (2015). Neoliberalism as language policy. In T. Ricento (Ed.) Language Policy and Political Economy: English in a Global Context (pp. 162-186). New York: Oxford University Press.

Conference presentation

Crain, S., An, S., Zhou, P., and Thornton, R. (2015, January). Dou and disjunction in child Mandarin. Paper presented at the Linguistic Society of America 2015 Annual Meeting, Portland, USA.