Dr Simon Musgrave

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

I have several current research projects based on Vector Space Models (word embeddings) looking at cross-linguistic semantics (with Alice Gaby and Gede Primahadi Wijaya Rajeg),  the semantic content of functional morphemes (with Gede Primahadi Wijaya Rajeg and Karlina Denistia, and using VSMs for literary analysis (with Brian Zuccala). I am also working with Louisa Willoughby, Steve Wright and Tom Denison (in collaboration with the City of Greater Dandenong Library) in a project examining the use and management of mulitlingual collections in local libraries.  I am a member of the steering committee of the AusNC (Australian National Corpus) initiative and secretary of the Australasian Association for Digital Humanities.

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  • I was interviewed today by SBS news about the meaning of the phrase ‘the final solution’, The resulting story (audio) has conveyed quite well the point I tried to make, that once a series of words is treated as a unit by users of a language, we need to be given a rich context to ... Read more
  • 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