Research Nodes

The Centre has ten research nodes, which reflect current research strengths.

Computational Approaches to Language

Advances in computing have enabled collection and analysis of large-scale linguistic data.

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History and Philosophy of Linguistics

Mature disciplines need to create space for historical and metatheoretical reflection. This node works on the history and philosophy of language research disciplines.

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Indigenous Languages Research

This node focuses on language maintenance and revival in Indigenous communities in Australia and overseas.

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Language and Prehistory

Aim to combine the best of linguistics, archaeology, and other means of studying the past

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Language in Education

Apply new research into student-focused academic literacy programs and aims for broader social impact through schools and curriculum authorities internationally

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Language, Brain, and Mind

Bring together researchers from multiple disciplines to address issues relating to the representation and processing of speech, language, and literacy in a truly interdisciplinary way

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Language, Identity and Culture

Explore how language shapes us, both as individuals and as communities in real and imagined contexts

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Languages of Asia

Two core goals are to study (a) linguistic relationships across political boundaries and (b) linguistic diversity and Asia’s indigenous languages.

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Sydney Uni Grammar Lab

To write a comprehensive reference grammar of a language that has not previously been described in detail

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Systemic Functional Linguistics

The USyd Department of Linguistics is the international centre for the development of Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) theory and description.

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What’s on

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Research on language is part of many fields of research at The University of Sydney:

in the humanities and social sciences (across Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, e.g., in linguistics, language/culture departments in the School of Languages and Cultures, philosophy, anthropology, media and communications)

in the Conservatorium of Music (language and song, especially in Indigenous Australia)

in Psychology (language and cognition, language processing)

in Health Sciences (e.g., in speech pathology, health communication, the Brain and Mind Centre)

in information/data science (Centre for Translational Data Science, Sydney Informatics Hub, School of Information Technologies, School of Mathematics and Statistics)

There are also language researchers embedded in diverse parts of the university, including the offices of the DVC Research.

Research on language at our university has enormous breadth and depth. The objective of this centre is to consolidate the community of researchers, and to pursue and create opportunities for new research collaborations, increased research funding and activity, improved quality of research outputs and outcomes, and enhanced research engagement and impact.


Currently, more than 70 researchers are publishing in the Linguistics FoR code (2004), and/or are trained in a field of linguistics and are active in research on language in some capacity, in linguistics, languages, philosophy of language, anthropology of language, media/comms, music, psychology, speech pathology, health communication, information/data science.