Language, Communication and Culture
Macquarie has concentrated research excellence in language, communication and culture, an area that crosses multiple faculties, departments and disciplines at the University. Engagement in cross-media research dissemination is an area of strength at Macquarie, communicating socially inclusive research to a broader public.
Communication and Media Studies is characterised by strengths in digital and social media studies, media history, politics and policy, and radio studies. Cultural Studies research is distinguished by critical analyses of biopolitics, social justice, equity and ethics, and race and gender. Research in Language Studies focuses on the nexus between language and culture, historical and linguistic description of languages, intercultural interactions, and cultural productions in and across languages. Linguistics includes strong concentrations of researchers on applied, functional, and experimental linguistics, with strengths in speech science, and child language acquisition. Literary Studies combines cognitive and global approaches with strengths in medieval literature, medievalism, early modern literature, modernist literature, and children’s literature, with cross-disciplinary strengths in creative writing.
The quality and the international impact of Macquarie’s research is evidenced by national and international awards, including an Honorary Fellowship of the Library Council of NSW, the John Dunmore Medal for the advancement of French Culture, a Talkley Award, the Anne Devereaux Jordan Award for contributions to children’s literature, a Fellowship of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and a Fellowship of the Royal Society of NSW. Macquarie outputs have also been nominated or shortlisted for the UK Hart Socio-Legal Studies Book Prize, the US Herbert Jacob Law and Society Book Prize, the British Association of Applied Linguistics Book Prize and the Walter McCrae Russell Award for the Study of Australian Literature.
Projects conducted in the Hearing Cooperative Research Centre have been supported by partners including Cochlear, Australian Hearing, including its National Acoustic Laboratories, and the Royal Institute for Deaf & Blind Children. Funding for smaller projects has come from the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association, Screen Australia, the State Library of NSW, Optus, the Federal Attorney General’s Office, and the Australasian Performing Rights Association. Partners providing in-kind support include the British Library, the National Film and Sound Archive, Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, SBS, Sky News, and the ABC (for an ARC project on the history of Radio National).
Australian best practice for communicating goes global
In our modern, interconnected world, developments and changes in the English language happen quickly. It is very important that authorities keep on top of current trends to ensure that the language used in national and international relations, policy and law, consumer education, health and literacy, is current and valid. Our researchers provide crucial evidence-based advice to authorities, both nationally and internationally, promoting valuable and harmonious communication in an array of areas. We have provided evidence-based advice to Australian authorities, including the Federal Government through the Style Manual for Authors, Editors and Printers of Australian Government Publications, and the language advisory body of the ABC. Our researchers have also promoted informed discussion of variations and innovations in Australian English among language professionals through style councils and national editors conferences, and with the public through the online newsletter Australian Style.
3. Approach to impact
University Research Centre
Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS)
Director: Prof Roz Thornton