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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  • 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
  • Over the last year, I have been involved in various activities directed at improving interoperability of language resources. This flows from an initiative by the Australian National Data Service to improve international access to Australian research data, and has involved colleagues from the EU and from the US – some of the results can be ... Read more
  • While I was working on my thesis on Indonesian, I often consulted  articles published in NUSA – Languages of Indonesia. NUSA was founded by John Verhaar in 1975 and was first published by Badan Penyelenggara Seri NUSA. From 1982, NUSA was co-published with Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia in Jakarta. In 2009, NUSA joined ... Read more
  • I have another piece published on the Fully (sic) blog at Crikey today. In truth, it’s a plug for Allan Bell’s public lecture next week, but I hope I managed to disguise that until the final paragraph! Read More... Read more
  • A new book on Electronic Grammaticography has just been published online by University of Hawai’i Press. Edited by Sebastian Nordhoff, the volume contains a collection of excellent contributions on the important topic of what current technological developments mean for writing (and reading) grammars. It includes a chapter written by Nick Thieberger and me introducing the ... Read more
  • I was interviewed for PM yesterday about the Macquarie Dictionary’s decision to extend the definition of the word ‘misogyny’. I was surprised that the story made it into the short version of the show, but today I see that the story even has international attention. I am once again astonished (haven’t I learned yet?) by ... Read more