Linguistics Research Showcase 2020


When: Friday 25 September     10:00am-4:00pm
Where: F2F and online via zoom
How to register: CLICK HERE


The Linguistics Research Showcase aims to explore the diversity of Linguistics research, celebrating the work of our recent graduates, promoting recent publications, crowdsourcing expert input for our works-in-progress and workshopping some of the skills specific to conducting research in the global age of communication.

Talks are in various formats, including Graduate Plenaries (HDR students who have completed or submitted since Jan 2019), Lightning Talks, Research in Progress presentations, and Strategic Research Topics.




Morning Sessions     10:00-12:00 Ainsworth Building: 1 Wally’s Walk Rm. 202  Online Link: TBA
10:00 Opening Address & Welcome Prof. Mark Connor, A/D HDR, Faculty of Medicine, Health & Human Sciences
10:20 Dr. Rebecca Holt         (in person)
Facilitating language processing for children with hearing loss
Children with hearing loss may process language slowly and effortfully compared to those with normal hearing. This thesis examined the effects of input enriched via visual speech cues (bottom-up information) or informative semantic context (top-down information) on the processing speed and effort of children using hearing aids and/or cochlear implants. Children with hearing loss benefited from both sources of information and performed similarly to their peers with normal hearing overall. This contributes to theoretical accounts of bottom-up and top-down interactions in language processing and suggests practical steps to facilitate communication for children with hearing loss.
Supervisors: Prof. Katherine Demuth and Dr. Laurence Bruggeman
10:45   Dr. Colum Ruane         (in person)
  Fresh insights into the position and utility of English in the world: a Korean perspective.
  This presentation is in response to current globalising trends in which broadened cultural influences allow for fresh insights to English’s ideological position in the world. It showcases views from a cohort of Koreans on their perceptions of Global English – specifically, how they ideologically shaped English within the Korean and global context, and how they perceived its usage with respect to a sense of internationalism and global integration. Findings suggest that greater global mobility, online and offline is leading to enhanced global sensitivities. English users can construct a sense of global community through more individuated and culturally informed engagement with the world.
  Supervisor: Prof. Phil Benson
11:10   Dr. Wing Shan (Andrea) Chan             (online)
  An investigation of subtitles as learning support in university education
  Using a mixed-methods approach, the current study aims to investigate the processing and resultant impact of subtitles on English- and Chinese-speaking participants in terms of their comprehension and cognitive load. Experiment 1 was conducted in an authentic university classroom and revealed that English-speaking participants had lower self-reported cognitive load in reading Chinese subtitles, while neither English nor Chinese subtitles had any impact on the self-rated cognitive load of Chinese-speaking participants. Experiment 2 was a laboratory-based experiment with Chinese first-language participants watching video with no subtitles, Chinese subtitles and English subtitles. First-language subtitles were found to result in improved comprehension.
  Supervisors: Prof. Jan-Louis Kruger and A/Prof Stephen Doherty (UNSW)
11:35 Nu Anh Vo       (online)           
  Critical Thinking in English Language Teaching in the Vietnamese Tertiary Context
  This study examines the importance and feasibility of critical thinking (CT) in English language teaching (ELT) in the Vietnamese tertiary context. Evidence was collected through two questionnaires, two CT tasks and interviews in a qualitative case study. The findings emphasize the appropriateness of CT to Vietnamese students, support the integration of CT instruction into ELT, and suggest ideas for developing Vietnamese students’ CT. It is hoped that these findings will be useful beyond the particular case of Vietnam to benefit students and teachers in other ELT contexts since the need for good CT skills in a globalising world is universal.
  Supervisor: A/Prof. Stephen Moore
Lunch Break 12:00-1:00
Virtual Poster Sessions     1:00-1:30
These posters will be hosted in individual “Zoom Rooms” from 1:00-1:30. Please pop in virtually using the links below to review the projects, ask the presenters questions and give feedback.
Poster 1 Attitudes of AusE Speakers to Fricated /t/: A Sociophonetic Perception Study Timothy Shea Zoom Link
Poster 2 Australian-English fathers’ and mothers’ IDS: More breathy, less creaky, with a high and variable pitch Elise Tobin Zoom Link
Poster 3 Automatic detection of creaky voice Hannah White Zoom Link
Poster 4 Chinese College Teachers’ and Students’ Experiences of EFL teaching and learning in the E-learning Context Yang Huining Zoom Link
Poster 5 Identifying a Pedagogical Genre of Literature Review Dr. Nur Afifi Zoom Link
Poster 6 International EAL students and university writing assignments: approaches, challenges and learner autonomy behaviour exercises Bao Tram Nguyen Zoom Link
Poster 7 Language Learning Deficits in Infants with Hearing Loss: A Statistical Learning Approach Amber Foster Zoom Link
Poster 8 Phonetics of Arabic-English in Code Switching Faisal Mohammed Alfadhil Zoom Link
Poster 9 The speech of an older preschool bilingual sibling’s influence and impact on the language development of a younger potential bilingual infant sibling Lauren Landsberry Zoom Link
Parallel Strategic Research Sessions 1:30-2:00pm
Title Mindmapping in interviews: Affordances and implications The de-humanisation and re-humanisation of the T&I professions: Opportunities for interdisciplinarity? Finding your readers: writing beyond the dissertation Patient & Public Involvement in Research
Presenter Melissa Reed A/Prof. Marc Orlando A/Prof. Annabelle Lukin A/Prof. Piers Dawes
Parallel Research Papers 2:05pm-3:35pm
  Hearing Speech & Language Sciences Stream Applied Linguistics, TESOL,  Conversation & Discourse Analysis Multilingualism, Translation & Interpreting
2:05 Graduate Plenary The acquisition of acoustic cues to voicing contrasts in children with hearing loss Heritage language trajectories of Chinese migrant children in Australia ‘My heart is all blue’: Multilingual identities of international English language students in Australia
    Julien Millaseau Yining Wang (ONLINE) Yulia Kharchenko (online)
2:30 Lightning Talk Syllable onset coordination in speech of Parkinson patients Teaching about Taboo Language in EFL/ESL Classes: A Starting Point Communication in times of cultural Confucianism and Asian tiger parents?
Jidde Jacobi (in person) Joshua Wedlock (in person) Dr. Jinhyun Cho (online)
2:45 Lightning Talk Aboriginal Children’s Hearing Health project Public Health Communication in times of cultural pressure: A comparative text analysis glimpse of health advice texts during WW2 and COVID-19. Pause in Sight Translation: A longitudinal study focusing on training effect
Prof. Cath McMahon Dr. Maria Herke (online) Dr. Jing Fang & Xiaomin Zhang (online)
3:00 Research in Progress The effect of smell on speech perception An exploration of sales interaction in Mandarin-speaking cosmetic stores Exploring English as a Medium of Instruction for the Teaching of Medicine in Saudi Arabia
    Dr. Andy Gibson & Dr. Anita Szakay Jessie Jie Chen (in person) Khatmah Alanazi (online)
3:10 Research in Progress Systematic Review: Hyperarticulation in Infant-Directed Speech Shaping Writer Identity of Doctoral Students in Co-authoring with Supervisors for Publication Rehabilitation of language disorders in linguistically diverse and multilingual speakers in Australia: Towards a new best practice
    Alice Kneipp (online) Jiayu Wang (online) A/Prof. Peter Roger, Dr. Jae-Hyun Kim, Dr. Scott Barnes (online)
3:25 Research in Progress The Test of Speech Sound Perception in Noise (ToSSPiN) – Effect of first language, spatial separation and reverberation on speech sound identification The Verbal Art of Psychotherapy Usability of video-remote interpreting in times of crisis: Building capacity of interpreting services in Australian healthcare settings
    Christian Boyle (online) Andrew Groome Karine Bachelier (online)
Closing Session     3:40-4:00 Ainsworth Building: 1 Wally’s Walk Rm. 202  Online Link: TBA
3:40 Closing Address  

U-Bar Follow-up Discussion 4:00-5:00pm