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Language & Cognition
Members: Alice Chan Hiu Dan, Francis C.K Wong, Ng Bee Chin, Randy LaPolla, Francis Bond
Subfield: Language and Emotion; Bilingual Conceptual Organisation; Cognitive Neuroscience; Brain & Language; Communication Sciences & Disorders; Events & Casuality
Documenting Endangered Cultures & Language
Subfield: Digital Intangible Heritage of Asia (DIHA) ; Literacy; Deaf Communication & Sign Language; Lexicography; FLAG
Investigating Conversational Interaction
Members: KK Luke
In this research theme our interest is in language and talk in interaction. By ‘language and talk’ we mean to include not only everyday conversation and face-to-face encounters but also communication between social agents in a variety of settings through a host of modalities, including ‘computer-mediated communication’. The focus is on the process of communication itself: how understandings are achieved through the use of language forms, multimodal resources, social cognition and cultural norms. A range of methods are employed including conversation analysis and discourse analysis.
Subfield: Conversational Analysis; Child Languages; Intercultural Communications; Pragmatics; Stance-taking; Interactional Linguistics; Mandarin Conversation; Multimodality in Interaction
Shifting Identities in Local and Global Interaction
Members: Francesco Cavallaro, Ng Bee Chin, KK Luke, Tan Ying Ying, Ivan Panovic, Luke Lu
Our research examines and describes multifaceted language-related identity practices of people living in diverse, multilingual and multicultural contexts, where the available linguistic varieties tend to be socially marked, subjected to language planning and management, and in constant competition with each other, especially with the more prestigious and international varieties. We are particularly interested in issues pertaining to language shift, loss, or maintenance, as well as in ways in which language users, as active social actors, creatively interact with, or resist, hegemonic language ideologies.
Subfield: Ethnography of Writing; Language, Attitudes & Identity; Language Maintenance & Shift; Language Planning & Policy; Ethnic Identities; Globalisation & Language Shift; Social & Cultural Construction of Literacies
Members: Tan Ying Ying, Alice Chan Hiu Dan, Francis C.K Wong
“Language Sounds”, as a cluster, brings together researchers who are working to understand the role of language sounds in human language and their correlation to larger issues such as cognition, acquisition, perception, and societal concerns such as identity, status and prestige. We approach these issues from phonetic, experimental, sociolinguistic, and engineering perspectives, working with broad topics such as accents, music, aging, and brain health.
Subfield: Sociophonetics; Intonation; Tone, Prosody; Intelligibility; Hearing & Aging; Language & Music