Language lies at the heart of research both in the social sciences and applied humanities as it represents the means by which research questions are both framed and investigated. Language data contribute heavily to qualitative research through interviews, focus groups and media analysis for example. Language itself provides the means by which we understand the ideological framing of beliefs and attitudes that critical and strategic analysis seeks to explore. Members of the Language, Culture and Discourse program typically come from a range of disciplines (Applied Linguistics, Cultural History, Gender, Migration, Film and Literary Studies, Education and Psychology). They engage systematically with language data using a range of established theories of discourse analysis (among other theories) to provide a critical perspective that problematizes historical, social, political and educational questions. As well as investigating and researching questions that are expressed in the language itself, members of the LCD program apply their knowledge of language and culture to explore issues such as multilingualism, culture and identity, intercultural communication, language and culture education, language policy and planning, forensic linguistics, and interpreting and translating services.

 

Recent Publications

2018

Hutchings, S., Hernández Castillo Sr R. A., & B. Noble (eds) (2018), Alliances with, as Indigenous Peoples: The Obligations and Actions of Anthropologist in Mexico, Canada and Australia, University of Arizona Press.

Hutchings, S. (2018) ‘Indigenous anthropologists caught in the middle: the fragmentation of Indigenous knowledge in native title anthropology, law and policy in urban and rural Australia’, in Hutchings, S., Hernández Castillo Sr R. A. & B. Noble (eds), Alliances with, as Indigenous Peoples: The Obligations and Actions of Anthropologist in Mexico, Canada and Australia, University of Arizona Press.

Hutchings, S. (2018) ‘Beyond post-colonial paradigms: incorporating Indigenous knowledges theory into music therapy practice’, in (Post)Colonial Music Therapy, S. Hadley & A. Crooke (eds), Barcelona Publishers.

Hutchings, S., & Rodger, D. (2018) “As black as it gets”: contemporary Indigenous Hip-Hoppers use of social media to forge fan/artist relationships, express identity and challenge racism, Theme Issue of Media International Australia Indigenous Innovation in Social Media, B. Carlson & Dreher T. (eds), Media International Australia Journal.

Hutchings, S., & Rodger, D., Reclaim Australia, A.B. (2018). Original’s debut album, commenting on racism and Indigenous identity in modern Australia, in Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 series, J. Stratton and J. Dale (eds), Bloomsbury.

2017

Book Chapters

Crozet, C. (2017). The intercultural foreign language teacher: Challenges and choices In: The Critical Turn in Language and Intercultural Communication Pedagogy, Routledge, New York, United States.

Hale, S. & Gonzalez, E. (2017), “Teaching Legal Interpreting at University level: a research based approach”. In Cirilo, L. & Niemants, N. (eds.), Teaching Dialogue Interpreting. Amsterdam-Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 200-216.

Hutchings, S. & Morrison, A. (eds) (2017). Indigenous knowledges: Proceedings of the water sustainability and wild fire mitigation symposia, 2012 and 2013. University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA.

Hutchings, S. with Morrison, A. (2017). Introduction. In S. Hutchings & A. Morrison (eds) Indigenous knowledges: Proceedings of the water sustainability and wild fire mitigation symposia, 2012 and 2013 (pp. 1-21). University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA.

Journal Articles

Beal, C.,Mullan, K. (2017). The pragmatics of conversational humour in social visits: French and Australian English In: Language and Communication, 55, 24 – 40.

Bergantz, A. (2017). National history and migrant history after the transnational turn: the French in Australia and the articulation of Frenchness In: E-rea, 14, 1 – 11.

Bergantz, A. (2017). Mapping the consul’s treasure: a discussion and a guide to French consular archives In: The French Australian Review, 61, 40 – 45.

Bergantz, A. (2017). The culture and politics of Frenchness in Australia (1890-1914): reflections on a research project In: The French Australian Review, 62, 19 – 33.

Dalton, E. (2017) Sexual harassment of women politicians in Japan. Journal of Gender-Based Violence, 1,2,205-219.

Dalton, E. (2017). Womenomics, ‘Equality’ and Abe’s Neo-liberal strategy to make Japanese women shine In: Social Science Japan Journal, 20, 95 – 105.

Heydon, G.,Powell, A. (2017). Written-response interview protocols: an innovative approach to confidential reporting and victim interviewing in sexual assault investigations In: Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy, 1 – 16.

Mejia, G.,Pink, S. (2017). Entangled belonging: Barcelona-to-Melbourne professional transient migrants In: Transitions: Journal of Transient Migration, 1, 85 – 100.

Heydon, G.,Naylor, B. (2017). (In Press) Criminal record checking and employment: The importance of policy and proximity In: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 1 – 23.

Mullan, K. 2017, ‘Et pis bon, ben alors voilà quoi! Teaching those pesky discourse markers’, in International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning, Routledge, Australia, vol. 11, no. 3, 271-282.

Ohashi, H. and Ohashi, J. (2017). Aiming for language education beyond language acquisition: Japanese and English language immersion camp in Australia In: Journal for Japanese Studies, , 19 – 36.

Pruitt, L.,Hamilton, G.,Heydon, G.,Spark, C. (2017). (In Press) Abbott’s ‘budget crisis’, CALD women’s loss? Service providers explore the impact of funding cuts In: Australian Journal of Political Science, 1 – 16.

2016

Book Chapters

Crozet, C. 2016, ‘On language and interculturality: Teaching languages and cultures for a global world‘, in Narratives of Globalization Reflection on the Global Condition, Rowman and Littlefield, London, United Kingdom, pp. 85-94 ISBN: 9781783484423.

Li, L. (2016). On diversity and language: My route through different cultures, languages, and ideologies In: Narratives of Globalization: Reflections on the the Global Condition, Rowman and Littlefield International, London, United Kingdom.

Journal Articles

Dalton, E.,Dales, L. (2016). Online Konkatsu and the gendered ideals of marriage in contemporary Japan In: Japanese Studies, 36, 1 – 19.

Findling, J.,Heydon, G. (2016). Questioning the evidence: A case for best-practice models of interviewing in the Refugee Review Tribunal In: Journal of Judicial Administration, 26, 19 – 30.

Mejia, G. (2016). Language usage and culture maintenance: a study of Spanish-speaking immigrant mothers in Australia In: Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 37, 23 – 39.

Mejia, G. (2016). Promoting language learning: The use of mLearning in the Spanish classes In: Revista de Lenguas para Fines Espec’ficos, 22, 80 – 99.

Mullan, K. and Crozet, C. 2016. (eds.). Special issue of Essays in French Literature and Culture: Conflit, dialogue et représentation. (53).

Ohashi, H. and Ohashi, J. (2016). Comparative Study of the Discourse of University Rankings in Japan and Australia In: Journal of Oceanian Education Studies, 22, 56 – 75.

Projects

Women and the Japanese state

Exploring the contemporary relationship between women and the Japanese state

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‘Changing the score’: an Australia-Brazil reconciliation exchange

This action research project focused on an intercultural exchange that would provide opportunities for mutual learning between Australians and Brazilians.

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Written Corrective Feedback on Spanish Language Students’ Assessment Tasks

Exploring Written Assessment Feedback in a University-level Spanish Program in three parts

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EMO-FUNDETT PERSUASION

EMO-FUNDETT is a coordinate project funded by the Spanish Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (FFI2013-47792-C2-1-P). Its main area of research is found within the field of linguistic discourse-pragmatic studies.

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Humour in social interactions in French and English

The main aim of the project is to analyse the functions of humour in French and Australian social visits within the framework of a larger joint project on social interaction.

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Key People

Researchers

Dr Chantal Crozet

Dr Chantal Crozet

Senior Lecturer

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Professor Desmond Cahill

Professor Desmond Cahill

Professor

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Associate Professor Georgina Heydon

Associate Professor Georgina Heydon

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Dr Kerry Mullan

Dr Kerry Mullan

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Dr Lynne Li

Dr Lynne Li

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Dr Glenda Mejia

Dr Glenda Mejia

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Dr Ana Maria Ducasse

Dr Ana Maria Ducasse

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Dr Suzi Hutchings

Dr Suzi Hutchings

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Dr Alexis Bergantz

Dr Alexis Bergantz

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Dr Emma Dalton

Dr Emma Dalton

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Hiroko Ohashi

Hiroko Ohashi

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Dr Erika Gonzalez

Dr Erika Gonzalez

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Naomi Wilks-Smith

Naomi Wilks-Smith

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Dr Jing Qi

Dr Jing Qi

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Dr Martha Lucia Florez

Dr Martha Lucia Florez

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