Alice Gaby

Assoc Professor

Accepting PhD Students

20052019
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Biography

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My research interests lie in three intersecting domains: semantic and structural typology; the relationship between language, culture and cognition; and the documentation and analysis of endangered languages, especially those of the Australian continent. It explores questions like:

1) How much (and what) is common to all human languages (and why)?

2) How much (and why) do languages differ from one another?

3) To what extent do the differences and similarities between languages reflect and/or shape how we think about the world?

Much of my research builds upon collaborations with speakers of Paman languages (e.g. Kuuk Thaayorre) spoken in and around the community of Pormpuraaw (Cape York Peninsula, Australia). The knowledge they have shared has impressed on me the importance of language documentation, especially in contexts of language obsolescence. It has also given me an appreciation of how linguistic analysis can be enriched by acknowledging that grammatical structures are part of a larger communicative system, encompassing multiple languages, registers and modalities.

Current research interests include:

  • the role of cultural and physical environment in shaping spatial language and thought (with Bill Palmer, Jonathon Lum and Jonathan Schlossberg);
  • cultural, gestural and conceptual representations of geo-centric directions (north, south, east, west) and viewpoint-bound directions (left/right) in the absence of such directional language (with Joe Blythe and Hywel Stoakes);
  • the cross-cultural representation of time in terms of space in both language and thought (with Lera Boroditsky);
  • the indirect expression of desire in Australian languages;
  • Indigenous names for places in contemporary Australia;
  • kinship semantics and manual kin signs (with Jenny Green, Anastasia Bauer and Elizabeth Marrkilyi Ellis);
  • representing knowledge, beliefs and emotions in Australian Aboriginal languages;
  • the ethics of collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous linguists and language workers in Australia (with Lesley Woods, Tonya Stebbins, Margaret Carew).

Research area keywords

  • Australian Aboriginal languages
  • Linguistic Typology
  • Grammatical description
  • Semantics
  • Pragmatics
  • Language & Cognition
  • Language & Culture
  • Language reclamation and revitalisation
  • Ethical collaboration in linguistic research

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Projects 2012 2019

Research Output 2005 2019

Geospatial natural language in indigenous Australia: Research priorities

Palmer, B., Blythe, J., Gaby, A., Hoffmann, D. & Ponsonnet, M., 1 Jan 2019, In : CEUR Workshop Proceedings. 2455, p. 17-27 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articleOtherpeer-review

Season naming and the local environment.

Kemp, C., Gaby, A. & Regier, T., 2019, Proceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. p. 539-545 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperOtherpeer-review

Open Access

Wulaya ‘head’ in Yanyuwa

Gaby, A. & Bradley, J., 2019, Embodiment in cross-linguistic studies: the “head”. Kraska-Szlenk, I. (ed.). Leiden The Netherlands: Brill, Vol. 20. p. 263-272 17 p. (Brill’s Studies in Language, Cognition and Culture).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Diversity in Spatial Language Within Communities: The Interplay of Culture, Language and Landscape in Representations of Space

Palmer, B., Gaby, A. R., Lum, J. T. S. & Schlossberg, J., 2018, 10th International Conference on Geographic Information Science (GIScience 2018). Dagstuhl: Schloss Dagstuhl, p. 53 1 p. (Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperOtherpeer-review

Open Access

Pointing to the body: Kin signs in Australian Indigenous sign languages

Green, J., Bauer, A., Gaby, A. R. & Ellis, E. M., 2018, In : Gesture. 17, 1, p. 1-36 36 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Activities 2014 2018

  • 3 Contribution to conference
  • 2 Membership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board
  • 1 Public lecture/debate/seminar
  • 1 Public outreach

Language Diversity

Alice Gaby (Contributor)
17 Apr 2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Australian Linguistics Society (ALS) Conference 2017

Alice Gaby (Keynote/plenary speaker)
4 Dec 20177 Dec 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

International Cognitive Linguistics Conference 2017

Alice Gaby (Speaker), John James Bradley (Speaker)
10 Jul 201714 Jul 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

International Cognitive Linguistics Conference 2017

Alice Gaby (Speaker), Jonathon Thomas Stephen Lum (Speaker), Jonathan Schlossberg (Speaker), Bill Palmer (Speaker)
10 Jul 201714 Jul 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

First Language, Second Thoughts

Alice Gaby (Performer)
29 Nov 2017

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic outreach

Press / Media

Explainer: the seasonal ‘calendars’ of Indigenous Australia

Alice Gaby & Tyson Yunkaporta

3/01/18

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities