Current research

Reconstructing Australia's linguistic past: Are all Australian languages related to one another?

  • Researcher: Associate Professor Mark Harvey and Dr Robert Mailhammer
  • Funding body: Australian Research Council (ARC)
  • Year: 2014 to 2016

Materials in Ratsua and the dialects of Hahon, two virtually undocumented endangered Oceanic language of northern Bougainville.

  • Researcher: Dr Bill Palmer
  • Funding body: The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project
  • Year: 2013 to 2014

Aboriginal place names and ethnobiology: enhancing interpretation of indigenous culture and heritage

  • Researchers: Associate Professor Mark Harvey, Associate Professor Ian Clark, and Dr Laura Kostanski
  • Funding bodies: Australian Research Council (ARC), Northern Territory Department of Lands and Planning, and Office of Surveyor-General Victoria
  • Year: 2012 to 2015

Thinking and talking about atolls: the role of environment in shaping language and our understanding of physical space

  • Researchers: Dr Bill Palmer and Dr Alice Gaby
  • Funding body: Australian Research Council (ARC)
  • Year: 2012

Documentation of Matavat (Nese): A highly endangered Northern Vanuatu language

  • Researchers: Dr Catriona Malau and Ms Lana Takau
  • Funding body: The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project
  • Year: 2012

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.