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).