DR Jill Vaughan

DR Jill Vaughan

Positions

  • Australian Indigenous languages
  • Irish diaspora
  • Language contact
  • Language variation and change
  • Linguistics
  • Multilingualism
  • Sociolinguistics

Overview

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  • Jill is an ELDP Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Research Unit for Indigenous Language, an Affiliate of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, and an Adjunct at Batchelor Institute for Indigenous Tertiary Education. Her research program in linguistics draws together fundamental questions about the shape of language, the ways in which it varies and changes over time, and the social meanings of linguistic choices in real-time local interaction. Her current work is centred on fieldwork and community language work in Arnhem Land (northern Australia), a linguistically diverse region with rich potential to explore the unique local operation of linguistic variation, language contact and change. Other projects include work on cultural and political discourses around the Irish language in Ireland and diaspora, on variation in Australian English, and on language use online.


    In 2018-19 Jill is working on an ELDP-funded project, ‘Documenting Burarra dialectal variation within the multilingual ecology of north­central Arnhem Land’, and a language revitalisation project in Victoria, ‘Strengthening language, strengthening community: showcasing Mildura’s Aboriginal languages’. She is also engaged in various outreach activities as a founding member of The Linguistics Roadshow (https://lingroadshow.com/), in organising and supporting the Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad (http://ozclo.org.au/), and in community-oriented language projects in Arnhem Land.


    For more information see Jill’s Academia web page (https://unimelb.academia.edu/JillVaughan).

       

Publications

Selected publications

Research

Additional Grant Information

  • 2018-19 Endangered Languages Documentation Program Postdoctoral Fellowship, 'Documenting Burarra dialectal variation within the multilingual ecology of north­central Arnhem Land'
  • 2016-17 Fieldwork grant, Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, 'Multilingual meaning-making: the sociolinguistics of language choice in Maningrida'
  • 2015-current Transdisciplinary & Innovation Grant (with Rosey Billington and Katie Jepson), Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, 'The Linguistics Roadshow'
  • 2015 Early Career Researcher Grant (University of Melbourne), 'The social life of languages in Maningrida: code-choice in a multilingual community'
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Awards

Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2014
  • BA (Hons), University of Melbourne 2006