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Dr Michael Walsh

Honorary Associate, Dept of Linguistics, University of Sydney, Visiting Research Fellow, AIATSIS
Australian Aboriginal languages; cross-cultural pragmatics; song language and other expressive uses of language


  • Name: Dr Michael Walsh
    Position: Honorary Associate, Department of Linguistics, University of Sydney, Visiting Research Fellow, AIATSIS
    Research focus: Australian Aboriginal languages; lexical semantics; cross-cultural pragmatics; language and identity; language and law; linguistic geography; language revitalization; song language and other expressive uses of language
    Email: michael.walsh@sydney.edu.au
    Qualifications: BA (Hons) Honours Major in Early English Literature and Language, Major in Classical Greek, Sub-Major in Philosophy (University of Sydney), MA (Qualifying), Linguistics, First Class Honours standard. (Australian National University), PhD, Linguistics (Australian National University), Dip Tertiary Ed (University of New England)
    Dr Michael Walsh was appointed as Adjunct Research Fellow in 2016.
  • Books and Monographs

    2005 Language and Culture in Aboriginal Australia (co-edited with Colin Yallop). Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press. xviii+226 pp. [re-issue]
    2010 Re-Awakening Languages: Theory & Practice in the Revitalisation of Australia's Indigenous Languages, eds. John Hobson, Kevin Lowe, Susan Poetsch and Michael Walsh. Sydney: Sydney University Press. xxx+457pp.
    2011 The Murinypata Language of North-West Australia. (Outstanding Grammars from Australia 03). München: Lincom Europa. xiv+442pp.
    2011 Guest editor of Special Issue [Australian Languages] of the Australian Review of Applied Linguistics 34(2).

    Articles

    2005a Communities of interest: issues in establishing a digital resource on Murrinh-patha song at Wadeye (Port Keats), NT. (with Linda Barwick, Allan Marett, Lys Ford and Nicholas Reid). Literary and Linguistic Computing 20(4):383-397. [full text available for the purpose of private study/research at http://llc.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/20/4/383?ijkey=qSzadMJHz9MDsuS&keytype=ref]
    2005b Indigenous Languages of Southeast Australia, Revitalization and the Role of Education. Australian Review of Applied Linguistics. 28(2): 1-14.
    2005c Languages Off Country? Revitalizing the 'Right' Indigenous Languages in the South East of Australia. (with Jakelin Troy). In Nigel Crawhall and Nicholas Ostler (eds) Creating Outsiders: Endangered Languages, Migration and Marginalization. (Proceedings of Ninth Conference of the Foundation for Endangered Languages, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 18-20 November 2005). Bath: Foundation for Endangered Languages, 71-81.
    2005d Learning while revitalizing: Aboriginal languages in New South Wales, Australia. In May, S., Franken, M., & Barnard, R. (eds) (2005), LED2003: Refereed Conference Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Language, Education and Diversity. Hamilton: Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research, University of Waikato.
    2005e Will Indigenous languages survive? Annual Review of Anthropology 34: 293-315.
    2007a Australian Aboriginal song language – so many questions, so little to work with. Australian Aboriginal Studies (Special Issue edited by Allan Marett and Linda Barwick). 2007/2: 128-144.
    2007b Australian Indigenous languages. In Osahito Miyaoka, Osamu Sakiyama and Michael Krauss (eds) The Vanishing Languages of the Pacific Rim. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 221-238.
    2007c The Crowley corrective: an alternative voice for language endangerment. In, Jeff Siegel, John Lynch and Diana Eades (eds) Language Description, History and Development Linguistic indulgence in memory of Terry Crowley. Amsterdam: John Benjamins (Creole Language Library 30), 431-437.
    2007d Indigenous languages: Transitions from the past to the present. In Gerhard Leitner and Ian Malcolm (eds) The Habitat of Australia's Aboriginal Languages: Past, Present and Future. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 79-99.
    2007e Words for Describing Australian Aboriginal song. Australian Style 15(2): 1-2.
    2007f Barwick, L, Blythe, J, Marett, A & Walsh, M 'Arriving, digging, performing, returning: an exercise in rich interpretation of a djanba song text in the sound archive of the Wadeye Knowledge Centre, Northern Territory of Australia', in R. M. Moyle (ed.), Oceanic Encounters: Festschrift for Mervyn McLean, Research in Anthropology and Linguistics Monographs, Auckland. 13-24.
    2008a Is saving languages a good investment? In Rob Amery and Joshua Nash (eds) .Warra Wiltaniappendi Strengthening Languages: Proceedings of the Inaugural Indigenous Languages Conference (ILC), 24-27 September 2007, University of Adelaide. Adelaide: Discipline of Linguistics, University of Adelaide, 41-50.
    2008b Terminology planning in Aboriginal Australia. (with Jakelin Troy). In Anthony J. Liddicoat and Richard B. Baldauf Jr. (eds) Language Planning and Policy: Language Planning in Local Contexts. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters, 156-170. [earlier published in 2004 in: Current Issues in Language Planning Vol. 5 (2): 151-165.]
    2008c What's the use of linguistics? In Ahmar Mahboob and Naomi Knight (eds) Questioning Linguistics. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 258-271.
    2008d “Which way?” Difficult options for vulnerable witnesses in Australian Aboriginal land claim and native title cases. Journal of English Linguistics, 36 (3). Special issue: Language and Vulnerable Witnesses across Legal Contexts Michelle Aldridge and June Luchenbroers (eds), 239-265.
    2009a Australia. In Christopher Moseley (ed.) Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger. 3rd ed. Paris: UNESCO Department for Intangible Heritage.
    2009b California Down Under: Indigenous language revitalization in New South Wales, Australia. (with Kevin Lowe). In Wesley Leonard and Stelómethet Ethel B. Gardner (eds) Language is Life. Proceedings of the 11th Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Conference. June 10-13, 2004, University of California at Berkeley. Berkeley: Survey of California and Other Indian Languages, 100-115.
    2009c Reinstating Aboriginal placenames around Port Jackson and Botany Bay (with Jakelin Troy). In Koch, Harold and Luise Hercus (eds). 2009. Aboriginal placenames: Naming and re-naming the Australian landscape. (Aboriginal History Monograph 19) Canberra: Aboriginal History Inc and ANU E Press, 55-69.
    2009d The rise and fall of GIDS in accounts of language endangerment. In Hakim Elnazarov and Nicholas Ostler (eds.). Endangered Languages and History. Proceedings of FEL XIII, Khorog, Tajikistan, 24-26 September 2009. Bath: Foundation for Endangered Languages, 134-141.
    2010a Introduction: Re-awakening Australian languages (with John Hobson, Kevin Lowe and Susan Poetsch) In Re-Awakening languages: Theory & practice in the revitalisation of Australia's Indigenous languages, eds. John Hobson, Kevin Lowe, Susan Poetsch and Michael Walsh. Sydney: Sydney University Press, xxv-xxx.
    2010b Introduction: Language centres and programs. In Re-Awakening languages: Theory & practice in the revitalisation of Australia's Indigenous languages, eds. John Hobson, Kevin Lowe, Susan Poetsch and Michael Walsh. Sydney: Sydney University Press, 103-105.
    2010c Introduction: Language documentation. In Re-Awakening languages: Theory & practice in the revitalisation of Australia's Indigenous languages, eds. John Hobson, Kevin Lowe, Susan Poetsch and Michael Walsh. Sydney: Sydney University Press, 351-354.
    2010d Introduction: Literacy and oracy. In Re-Awakening languages: Theory & practice in the revitalisation of Australia's Indigenous languages, eds. John Hobson, Kevin Lowe, Susan Poetsch and Michael Walsh. Sydney: Sydney University Press, 265-266.
    2010e A linguistic renaissance in the south east of Australia (with Jakelin Troy). In Gunter Senft (ed.) Endangered Austronesian and Australian Aboriginal Languages: Essays on Language Documentation, Archiving and Revitalisation. [Proceedings of the Sixth Conference of the European Society for Oceanists (ESfO), Marseille, France, 6-8 July 2005.]. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics, 175-182.
    2010f A neo-colonial farce? Discourses of deficit in Australian Aboriginal land claim and Native Title cases. In Christopher N. Candlin and Jonathan Crichton (eds.) Discourses of Deficit. London: Palgrave MacMillan, 327-346.
    2010g A polytropical approach to the ‘floating pelican’ song: an exercise in rich interpretation of a Murriny Patha (northern Australia) song. In The Language of Song: A Special Issue of Australian Journal of Linguistics. Edited by Tonya Stebbins, Myfany Turpin and Stephen Morey. 30(1): 117-130.
    2010h Why language revitalization sometimes works. In Re-Awakening languages: Theory & practice in the revitalisation of Australia's Indigenous languages, eds. John Hobson, Kevin Lowe, Susan Poetsch and Michael Walsh. Sydney: Sydney University Press, 22-36.
    2011a Australian languages: a challenge for Applied Linguistics. Australian Review of Applied Linguistics 34(2): 258-9.
    2011b An overview of Forensic Linguistics: Language and the Law. Contemporary Foreign Language Studies 12: 32-44. 2011c Review of Arguing with Tradition: The Language of Law in Hopi Tribal Court. Justin Richland (2008) Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 187pp. Review for International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law 17(2): 323-327.
    2011d Stop, revive, survive: Lessons from the Hebrew revival applicable to the reclamation, maintenance and empowerment of Aboriginal languages and cultures. In Australian Journal of Linguistics 31(1): 111-127. [with Ghil’ad Zuckermann]
    2011e Voices from the North: Linguistic Connections between Asia and Aboriginal Australia (A. R. Davis Memorial Lecture, 2010). Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia 43: 1–18.
    2012a Archives, endangered languages and discoverability. In Tania Ka‘ai, Muiris Ó Laoire, Nicholas Ostler, Richard Ka‘ai-Mahuta, Dean Mahuta & Tania Smith (eds) Language Endangerment in the 21st Century: Globalisation, Technology and New Media. Proceedings of the Conference FEL XVI, 12-15 September 2012, AUT University, Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand. Auckland: Re Ipukarea and Printsprint, AUT University; Bath: Foundation for Endangered Languages, 50-53.
    2012b Stop, revive, survive: Lessons from the Hebrew revival applicable to the reclamation, maintenance and empowerment of Aboriginal languages and cultures. In Susan D. Blum (ed.) Making Sense of Language: Readings in Culture and Communication. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 319-328. reprint with commentary of an article in Australian Journal of Linguistics 31(1): 111-127. [with Ghil’ad Zuckermann]
    2013 Embracing Babel: The Framework for Australian Languages [with Jaky Troy]. Babel: Journal of the Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers' Associations. Australian Curriculum: Special Issue 48(2/3): 14-19.
    2014a Indigenous language maintenance and revitalisation. In Harold Koch and Rachel Nordlinger (ed) Languages and Linguistics of Australia: a Comprehensive Guide. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 329-362.
    2014b “Our Ancestors Are Happy!” Revivalistics in the Service of Indigenous Wellbeing. In Patrick Heinrich and Nicholas Ostler (eds) Indigenous Languages: Value to the Community. Proceedings of the Conference FEL XVIII, 17-20 September 2014 Okinawa International University, Ginowan City, Okinawa (Japan), 113-119. Bath: Foundation for Endangered Languages. [with Ghil’ad Zuckermann].
    2014c Re-awakening Australian Languages: economic, educational, health and social benefits to the community. In Patrick Heinrich and Nicholas Ostler (eds) Indigenous Languages: Value to the Community. Proceedings of the Conference FEL XVIII, 17-20 September 2014 Okinawa International University, Ginowan City, Okinawa (Japan), 107-112. Bath: Foundation for Endangered Languages. [with Doug Marmion and Jaky Troy].
    2015 Song and music in Aboriginal Australia: tradition and transformation [with Jaky Troy]. In Nicholas Ostler & Brenda W. Lintinger (eds) FEL XIX – NOLA The Music of Endangered Languages. Proceedings of the 19th FEL Conference, 7-10 October 2015, 130-136. Hungerford: Foundation for Endangered Languages in association with Tulane University & the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana.
    in press a - Introduced personal names for Australian Aborigines: adaptations to an exotic anthroponymy. In Laura Kostanski and Guy Puzey (eds) People, Places, Perceptions and Power. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.
    in press b - Ten postulates concerning narrative in Aboriginal Australia. In Lesley Stirling, Tania Strahan & Susan Douglas (eds) Narrative in Intimate Societies. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
    in preparation - [The Habitat of Applied Linguistics and Australian Indigenous Languages] In Studi Italiani di Linguistica Teorica e Applicata.
    Language reclamation and mental health: revivalistics in the service of the wellbeing of Australian Aboriginal people [with Ghil’ad Zuckermann]
    The link between language revitalization and Aboriginal health: mental, physical and social. to be submitted to Medical Journal of Australia.
    Murrinh-Patha on the move: the range of residence, contacts and travels up to 1935 of a language on the frontier. Amanda Harris (ed.) Circulating Cultures: Indigenous Music, Dance and Media across genres in Australia. Melbourne: Melbourne University Academic E-Press.
    Ireland, Sarah, Suzanne Belton, Sherry Sagger, Ann McGrath, Concepta Nargic and Michael Walsh From ‘Wanhpans’ to Wombs: the ethno-physiology and language of female fertility and reproduction in one remote northern Australian Aboriginal Community. Social Science and Medicine Journal.

    Reports

    Most of these reports required extensive fieldwork, ethnographic and linguistic documentation as well as archival research. Some are relatively short in length while others are quite substantial research outputs.
    2006 Report on the Aboriginal languages of the Illawarra area. for Biosis Research Pty. Ltd. 27pp.
    2007a Draft Report to Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority, and, Anthropology branch, Northern Land Council, Darwin: Consultations for AAPA Certificate Application for proposed APT Gas Pipeline Project: western section from Yelcher Beach (near Wadeye) to Daly River. 47 pp.
    2007b Report to Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority, and, Anthropology branch, Northern Land Council, Darwin: Consultations for AAPA Certificate Application for proposed APT Gas Pipeline Project: western section from Yelcher Beach (near Wadeye) to Daly River. 127 pp.
    2008a Report to Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority, and, Anthropology branch, Northern Land Council, Darwin: Consultations on supplementary construction requirements in connection with the proposed APT Gas Pipeline Project: western section from Yelcher Beach (near Wadeye) to Daly River. 13 pp.
    2008b Report to Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority, and, Anthropology branch, Northern Land Council, Darwin: Consultations on an additional access track in the vicinity of Chilling Creek in connection with the proposed APT Gas Pipeline Project: western section from Yelcher Beach (near Wadeye) to Daly River. 3 pp.
    2011a Re-discovering Indigenous Languages - Preliminary Report. Rio Tinto/Mitchell Library Project: Re-discovering Australian Languages, 6 pp.
    2011b Re-discovering Indigenous Languages - 1st Progress Report. Rio Tinto/Mitchell Library Project: Re-discovering Australian Languages, 18 pp.
    2012 Re-discovering Indigenous Languages – pre-Final Report. Rio Tinto/Mitchell Library Project: Re-discovering Australian Languages, 21 pp
    2013a Community-Based Language and Cultural Maintenance and Indigenous Cultural Training Programs: Current Leading Practice. Research Report to Banarra Pty Ltd for the Kuruma Marthudunera Law and Culture Plan, co-authored with Pam McGrath, assisted by Doug Marmion and Jaky Troy, 63 pp.
    2013b Draft Framework for Australian Languages, Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, 131 pp.
    2014 Revised Draft Framework for Australian Languages, Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, 134 pp.
    2015 Caring for Collections within AIATSIS Collections, September 2015, 20 pp. This report was based on manuscript collections of WEH Stanner, John von Sturmer and La Mont West Jr and made suggestions on how manuscript collections could be made more discoverable.