Dr Simon Musgrave

    • BA(Hons), University of Sydney
    • PhD, University of Melbourne
    • Dip.Arts (Music), Victorian College of the Arts
    • Lecturer

    Current research projects include an investigation of knowledge of endangered languages amongst the Sudanese community in Melbourne (with Prof. John Hajek, University of Melbourne) and projects looking at issues in medical communication in intercultural settings. I am also a member of the steering committee of the AusNC (Australian National Corpus) initiative.

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  • I am collaborating with Alice Gaby and our student Gede Primahadi Wijaya Rajeg at the moment on using space vector models for empirical semantics. We are giving a presentation at the ALS conference next week (abstract), but I thought I could sketch out what we are trying to do here also. Vector space models are built ... Read more
  • I have been trying to spend more time working in the area now commonly referred to as the Digital Humanities. For me, this means both seeing things I was doing in linguistics anyway in a new light, and also exploring some other less linguistic directions. Under the first heading is the ongoing work Nick Thieberger, ... Read more
  • I have been fortunate to attend two important international conferences in the last months. In June, I travelled to Hong Kong to the conference on the Sociolinguistics of Globalization. There were many fascinating talks which approached the topic from various perspectives, but my main interest was in the panel assembled by Zane Goebel on Margins, ... Read more
  •   The Language and Society Centre here at Monash is delighted to be hosting a brief visit by Prof. Jean-Marc Dewaele of Birkbeck (University of London) next week. Jean-Marc has carried out wonderful research on multilingualism over many years and it will be exciting to have the opportunity to hear him talk about some of his ... Read more
  • Big data, digital humanities – these are powerful buzzwords at the moment. One potential source of big data in linguistics is Twitter – the amount of data is just mind-boggling and even allowing for a lot of rather uninteresting stuff (hashtags, abbreviations like RT), it’s pretty mouthwatering stuff for us linguists. There has been some ... Read more
  • The deep and abiding influence of our late colleague Professor Michael Clyne is made very evident in a volume dedicated to his memory which will appear shortly. As can be seen from the Table of Contents for Challenging the Monolingual Mindset, Melbourne continues to be an important geographical centre for the study of multilingualism and ... Read more
  • There’s some dispute about what the Minister for Education said to another member of the House of Representatives yesterday. It’s pretty clear to my ear (audio, YouTube), but I thought it would be interesting to have a look at a spectrogram and see if anything is made clearer. The distinction between initial ... Read more
  • A special issue (Volume 34, issue 1) of the Australian Journal of Linguistics has just been published with the title ‘Speech Styles and Spoken Interaction in the Australian National Corpus’.This is the first collection of research based on data in AusNC, and this is an exciting development for those of us involved in the AusNC ... Read more
  • The Monash PhD includes a training component, emphasizing practical skills needed for research and post-university endeavours. As a part of this, I am co-ordinating a training module on Data Management for Researchers in the Arts and the Humanities.As the humanities becomes increasingly digital, knowledge and expertise in this area is more and more necessary for ... Read more
  • A paper by John Hajek and me about language use in the Sudanese community in Melbourne has just been published online (hard copy publication should be finalised very soon). We report only some preliminary findings – the linguistic situation of this community (or rather group of communities) is complex and certainly worthy of further research. We ... Read more
  • As part of the Melbourne Writers Festival, I am participating in a panel discussion on the topic Tradition versus Development next week. The panel has a broad range of perspectives on the issues and I hope it will be a very interesting and stimulating exchange. Details are:Time: Tuesday August 28 6:30PMPlace: Deakin Edge, Federation Square Admission is ... Read more
  • One of the areas which some computational linguists are interested in is what is sometimes called stylometrics. In this field, linguistic features of texts are analysed to make attributions of authorship. The use of computers has made it possible to apply these techniques in a precise and quantitative way. Although J.K.Rowling has outed herself as ... Read more
  • Diego Marani has written a novel which has the last speaker of a language as a key character. Vostyach is a Finno-Ugric language, believed to have vanished, until a Russian linguist finds a last speaker who has grown up in the gulag. Unfortunately, she reveals her discovery to an unscrupulous Finnish linguist whose cherished hypotheses ... Read more