Charles Darwin University

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Professor Steven Bird

Northern Institute

Making a world of difference through research in Endangered Language Maintenance and Revitalisation

Professor Steven Bird's research with Charles Darwin University's Northern Institute is driven by the question of how to create a world that sustains its languages.

Australia's Top End is home to exceptional linguistic diversity, including dozens of endangered Aboriginal languages together with languages from across the world. CDU is uniquely located and surrounded by a veritable laboratory for social and technological experiments on languages, and in this case, the future evolution of the world's languages.

There is an exciting opportunity for students to develop knowledge and skills in speech and language processing, deep learning and participatory design. Students will apply the theory to complex problems in language maintenance and revitalisation, by conducting fieldwork, developing software, and running experiments.

We will be investigating new ways of evaluating the impact of technology on wellbeing and connectedness in highly multilingual societies, in Darwin, Kakadu, West Arnhem, and further afield.

For a sample of current research topics, read Professor Bird's Northern Institute researcher profile. Projects will be particularly relevant to students with a grounding in computing and information systems.

CDU is currently looking for students to undertake their higher degrees by research in the Northern Territory. Scholarships are available - apply before 31 October.

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Why CDU?

Times Higher Education Rankings 2015 - 2016
Times Higher Education Top 50 under 50 2016
Times Higher Education 2015

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