RUIL researchers awarded 2018 Discovery Project

RUIL researchers Dr Brett Baker and Professor Janet Fletcher, and RUIL associate Dr Rikke Bundgaard-Nielsen have been awarded Discovery Project DP180100821

RUIL researchers Dr Brett Baker and Professor Janet Fletcher, and RUIL associate Dr Rikke Bundgaard-Nielsen have been awarded Discovery Project DP180100821, asking 'Are super-complex words represented like sentences in speakers' minds?'.

Their project will examine speakers' knowledge of super-complex words in the remote Australian language Wubuy. The project will provide a crucial test of current theories of language processing and linguistic typology via experimental work on the Indigenous language Wubuy, a language that defies the perceived fundamental distinction between words and phrases. This will have significant benefit to Indigenous language maintenance and revitalisation efforts and thus help improve Indigenous education outcomes and reinforce cultural pride.

Congratulations to Brett, Rikke and Janet, from everyone at RUIL!