Linguistic and biological diversity in Papua New Guinea
Description: The global decline of biological and linguistic diversity are among the greatest challenges humanity faces. Recent analyses demonstrate a close geographical relationship between areas of high biological and language diversity suggesting that particular cultural practices and linguistic traditions are compatible with high biodiversity. However, the details of their co-occurence and implications of their decline on each other are poorly understood. In collaboration with world renown linguists at The Cairns Institute this project examines the inter-relationships between language and biological diversity and the implications of loss in one of the most biologically, culturally and linguistically diverse regions on Earth - the island of New Guinea. The project will contribute to knowledge of previously undocumented languages, explore mechanisms for the co-evolution and maintenance of linguistic and biological diversity, increase biological knowledge of a poorly known region and contribute to the development of mutually beneficial methods for the preservation of cultural and biological diversity in Papua New Guinea and further afield.
Funding body: JCU Collaboration Across Boundaries grants scheme