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Grammatical Categories & Information Structure Special Workshop 29-30 June 2016

Dr Alice Gaby from Monash University was plenary speaker at the latest LCRC Workshop held at the Cairns Institute, JCU. Prof Stewart Lockie, Director of the Cairns Institute opened the Workshop with the launch of Bob Dixon's latest book "Are some languages better than others?".

The Murui oral literature collection project

In June 2014, Kasia Wojtylak and Kristian Lupinski were awarded a Firebird Foundation for Anthropological Research Fellowship for the documentation of oral literature among the Murui people in Colombian parts of the Amazon. Kasia is a PhD student in linguistics at the Language and Culture Research Centre (LCRC). She has been studying the Murui language since 2009 and has a substantial knowledge of the Murui culture. Her Research Master thesis dealt with the Murui phonology and verbal morphology (VU University, Amsterdam 2012). Kristian, on the other hand, is gifted BA student of the Creative Industries program at the James Cook University. He is an aspiring cinematographer with a great deal of experience in media design and film production. The couple is passionate about documenting indigenous languages and cultures. Both Kasia and Kristian are active members of ALTAR (Anthropological Laboratory for Tropical Audio-visual Research). Currently, they are preparing for their fieldwork in Colombia, which will commence in November 2015.

To follow their project see more here 

Bridging Linkage in Cross-Linguistic Perspective - a Workshop

On the 25th & 26th February members of the LCRC & special guest Rob Pensalfini gathered for a special workshop

Bridging Linkage in Cross-Linguistic Perspective

Valérie Guérin and Simon E. Overall convened.

The Workshop was officially opened by Andrew Krockenberger, Dean of Research at JCU who spoke on the "perilous" nature of linguistics fieldwork & launched new books by members of the LCRC. For more information on book launch & workshop program click here (pdf download).

Dr Anne-Laure Dotte @ Tides of Transformation: Pacific Pasts, Pacific Futures. The 6th Biennial Conference of the Australian Association for Pacific Studies. 1st - 3rd April 2016

From 1st - 3rd April the Cairns Institute & the College of Arts, Society & Education hosted the Tides of Transformation: Pacific Pasts, Pacific Future Conference. Dr Anne-Laure Dotte from the University of New Caledonia presented a talk on "Iaai on the move: Dynamics of Linguistic Changes in a Kanak Language of New Caledonia" View her presentation here.

'Murui Filmmakers' a film by Kasia Wojtylak & Kristian Lupinski

'Murui Filmmakers' is a short documentary made by the filmmaker Kristian Lupinski and the PhD student at LCRC Kasia Izabela Wojtylak. The film is made entirely in the Murui language (with English subtitles), a language spoken in northwest parts of the Amazon by about 1,000 people. It features film students from a small Murui village called Tercera India, located in southern Colombia. Over 3 months, not only did members of the community learn how to make their own films, they lead the production of a full feature documentary. Kristian is currently editing the full feature, due to be released mid-2017.

The film is available at:

See more about the project at