Research Categories

Linguistics and Multilingual Studies

NameResearch Interests
Dr Aileen Ng Cheng ChengAileen Ng is interested in the area of Discourse Analysis and Computer Mediated Communication in English Language teaching and learning. She has researched on the use of Information and Communication Technology for teaching Communication Skills based on Socio-cultural Theory as well as analysed the discourse of pre-workplace texts such as job application letters and resumes.
Assoc Prof Alexander Robertson CoupeAlexander Coupe's major contributions to linguistic research have focused upon aspects of the grammar of Ao; more recently he has turned his attention to other Tibeto-Burman languages of north-east India, including Chang, Khiamniungan, Lotha, Sangtam and Yimchungru, and he has investigated evidence of their contact and convergence with Indic languages. This fieldwork-based research is driven by a desire to record and analyse the grammars of these poorly understood Tibeto-Burman languages, to determine their genetic relationships, and to document them for posterity. The output of this work feeds another research goal: to seek functional and diachronic explanations for the structural diversity and commonalities found in Tibeto-Burman languages and in human language more generally, and to advance knowledge in the field of linguistic typology. Specific areas of research interest include the analysis of tone systems, phonetics and phonology, the role of pragmatics in grammar, case-marking systems, morphosyntax, clause linkage, nominalization, grammaticalization and language contact.
Asst Prof Astrid C KensingerGraphic Design history, typography, mapping, live art as communication and participation art. Currently working on three funded research and design projects using GPS, video and site-specific research in South East Asia and Europe.
Assoc Prof Chan Hiu Dan AliceHer research work mainly utilizes neuroimaging (fMRI) and behavioral measures to investigate how cultural experiences such as language and socialization may shape our brains and affect the way we see and hear the world. Her studies demonstrated that the auditory perception pattern is different between members from East Asian and Western cultures, which is in connection with previous findings on visual perception. She is interested in looking at the underlying cognitive and neuroanatomical mechanisms as well as the genetic bases of these culturally sensitive perceptual patterns and behaviors. Her current work also looks at possible neurophysiological realizations that would support the Whorfian hypothesis, with a specific interest in Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese, as well as bilingual and multilingual communities.
Dr Chen LiandongJapanese Grammar, morphology and syntax in Japanese language and teaching Japanese language as a second language.
Mrs Cristina Gonzalez RuizLanguage Learning Strategies Developing Language Skills in the Classroom Effects of Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) Curriculum and Course Design
Prof Denis BurnhamBehavioural science research in: Perception, Cognition, Psycholinguistics, Speech Science, and Developmental Psychology. Speech perception and production, and how humans adapt to variability in speech input. Research is guided by a quest to understand language development from infants’ early speech perception, through the influence of various surrounding language environments to the onset of reading, and on to language perception by adults. Specialisations in behavioural and brain research in: • Infant Speech Perception in infants and children, and relations with later Literacy, and Dyslexia. • Phonetic, attentional, emotional and rhythmic aspects of Infant-directed Speech and of Special Speech Registers to foreigners, pets, lovers, computers etc; • Lexical Tone, an understudied but prevalent speech feature used in 70% of languages by >50% of the world population; investigations of speech-music, and segmental-suprasegmental relationships. • Cross-Language studies of the relationship between speech perception and second language learning, vocabulary, and reading; • Auditory-Visual speech perception studies with infants, children and adults within and across languages; • Practical Applications to: hearing impairment, dyslexia, speech perception and production problems; speech and language corpus studies, talking heads and human-computer / human-robot interaction (HCI/HRI); emotional prosody in clinical conditions (Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia); infant and child language development and child rearing; methods of reading instruction, second language acquisition.
Ms Estelle BechIT / web use in second language acquisition and blended learning pedagogical approach in second language acquisition
Prof Foo Shou Boon, SchubertProfessor Schubert Foo's research areas cover multimedia technology, Internet technology, multilingual information retrieval, digital libraries, information literacy, knowledge management and social media innovations.
Assoc Prof Francesco Paolo CavallaroFrancesco Cavallaro is primarily a sociolinguist, but also conducts research in applied linguistics. His research interests are in sociolinguistics and the social aspects of bilingualism, especially of minority groups in multilingual contexts. He has published on language maintenance and shift, the demographics of the Italian community in Australia, language attitudes in Singapore and on the use of technology in the classroom. He is the author of the book 'Transgenerational language shift: From Sicilian and Italian to Australian English', published in 2010 by The Italian Australian Institute. La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. His current research direction involves exploring language attitudes, identity and language shift in multilingual contexts.