Investigating language diversity, belonging and cultures of resistance

With globalisation, English has become the ‘world language’. However, thousands of diverse languages and cultures live on, influencing and reflecting diverse ways of thinking, interacting and being in the world. Linguistic and cultural diversity reaches across time too.

We bring together linguists, sociologists, communication researchers, Islamic studies scholars and cultural experts to investigate language diversity, different ways of belonging, and cultures of resistance. Our work takes place in diverse environments—urban environments, rural and regional locations, online spaces—and considers the complexities of intercultural interaction and lifestyle politics.

Theme leaders: Professor Cliff Goddard and Professor Andy Bennett

ARC projects

Balfour, M., Moyle, W., Cooke, M. and Dunn, J. ‘Playful engagement and dementia: assessing the efficacy of applied theatre practices for people with dementia in residential aged care facilities’. ARC-LP120100194 (2012–2015). Total amount funding $200,000.

Docherty, G., & Foulkes, P. ‘The social dynamics of language: a study of phonological variation and change in West Australian English’. ARC-DP130104275 (2013–2015). Total funding amount $320,000.

Woodward, I., & Skrbis, Z. ‘Cosmopolitan encounters in contemporary Australia’. ARCDP130100283 (2013–2016). Total funding amount $404,478 (project near completion).

Other external grants/funding

Guerra, P., Bennett, A., Moreira, T., Quintela, P., Abreu, P., Santos Silva, A. (2016) ‘Under Connected. On and offline Luso Brazilian music scenes’. Transnational cooperation

Contest of Bilateral Agreements (Portugal and Brazil. Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) (Portugal) and Coordination of Improvement Higher Education Personnel CAPES (Brazil). (Total funding amount €10.000,00).

Natural Semantic Metalanguage (NSM)

The NSM approach is based on evidence that there is a small core of basic, universal meanings, known as semantic primes, which can be expressed by words or other linguistic expressions in all languages. The method has applications in intercultural communication, lexicography (dictionary making), language teaching, the study of child language acquisition, legal semantics, and other areas.

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