The School of Languages and Linguistics conducts research into a wide range of areas.
Research is directed towards 9 key strengths. These key strengths reflect research orientations and concentrations among the staff. Each area has a successful record of academic publication, research training, the attainment of significant grants and funding, and the promotion of knowledge transfer to relevant community bodies and policy-makers. The key research strengths are from Morphology to 19th Century French culture - our research areas are as diverse as they are interesting.
|Areas of study||Principal key strengths of research|
Cinema studies, Critical theory, Feminist theory, Intercultural communication, La Francophonie, Quebec studies, 20th Century French history and cultural history.
German literature from 16th to 20th Centuries, Current German literature from the former GDR, German culture and philosophy, European studies, Historical linguistics and aspects of German, German teaching methodology and structural linguistics.
Language studies - Italian linguistics, Dialectology, Applied linguistics, Phonetics and Phonology, Computer Assisted Language Learning.
Medieval and renaissance studies - Dante, Theories of gender, Theories of behaviour and literary patronage.
Literature studies - Modern and contemporary drama and narrative, Women's writing, Theories of intertextuality and hypertext, Theories of modernity and postmodernity.
Cultural studies - Italian cinema, Migrant writing, Italo-Australian (auto)biographical and fictional writing, Avant-garde texts.
Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
Language description, typology, and theoretical linguistics - Linguistic typology, Australian Languages, and endangered languages of the Indo-Pacific including Papuan, Aslian, Austronesian, Sino-Tibetan, Amerindian Languages, Language documentation, Syntactic and Morphological theory, Semantics, Phonetics laboratory, Phonology, Discourse and pragmatics, Language and cognition.
Applied linguistics and language acquisition - First language acquisition, Second Language acquisition, Second language learning and teaching, Interlanguage pragmatics, TESOL, Computer assisted language learning, Language disorders.
Language testing and Language program evaluation - Language testing and assessment, Language curriculum design and pedagogy, Language program evaluation
Language in Society - Language variation, Language contact, Cross cultural communication, Language and identity, Language and gender, Language and Media, Gesture, Bilingualism, Computer mediated communication and Virtual communication, Language and the law, Poststructuralist approaches to language.
Staff in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics are engaged in a wide variety of research projects covering all major areas of linguistics and applied linguistics. Much of this research is funded by Discovery and Linkage grants from the Australia Research Council, and by international funding bodies including the British Academy of Humanities, the DFG and Volkswagen Stiftung (Germany) and the ETS Princeton, and Oxford University.
Language test development and validation, Testing languages for specific purposes, School-based language assessment, Teacher proficiency assessment and, Language program evaluation. Language Training and Research Center website.
The Research Unit for Indigenous Language consists of a team of researchers within the School of Languages and Linguistics whose research is focused on Indigenous languages. We work with Indigenous communities across Australia and the region to expand and strengthen Indigenous Language research, and to support efforts by communities to maintain their linguistic and cultural heritage.
Russian language, Russian/Slavic linguistics, phonology, word stress/accent, Czech language, Russian literature.
Spanish turn of the century and national decadence / regeneration, Nineteenth and Twentieth Century universal exhibitions, and the construction of Spanish identity.
Cultural Studies - Cinema studies, Critical theory, early modern, modern and contemporary Spanish and Latin American cultural history, food studies, Queer theory, transnational experiences
Literature studies - Early modern Spanish and European Literature, Cervantes studies, popular music and protest, political discourse and language tropes, contemporary Spanish and Latin American literary canon
Geographical Area Studies - The Caribbean, Latin America, Spain, China, Australia