Associate Professor Nicholas Thieberger has worked with speakers of Australian languages since the early 1980s. He established the Aboriginal language centre Wangka Maya in Port Hedland in the late 1980s, then worked at AIATSIS building the Aboriginal Studies Electronic Data Archive in the early 1990s.
He worked at the Vanuatu Cultural Centre for three years in the mid 1990s. He wrote a grammar of South Efate, a language from central Vanuatu that was the first to link media to the analysis, allowing verification of examples from an archival source used in analytical claims. In 2003 he helped establish PARADISEC (paradisec.org.au), a digital archive of recorded ethnographic material. He is a co-founder of the Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity (RNLD) and in 2008 he established a linguistic archive at the University of Hawai'i. He is interested in developments in digital humanities methods and their potential to improve research practice and he is developing methods for creation of reusable data sets from fieldwork on previously unrecorded languages, including a collaboration with the National Library of Australia to encode the Daisy Bates vocabularies of Australian languages. He is the Editor of the journal Language Documentation & Conservation. He taught in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa and is now an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Please see his homepage at http://nthieberger.net for full details.
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Doing Great Things With Small Languages: Safeguarding Indigenous Language Material Of Australia'S Region By Clever Use Of New Technology
This project will provide a responsible record of Indigenous and endangered languages from both Australia and from Vanuatu. It will build un..
Internal Research Grant
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Acoustic evidence for right-edge prominence in Nafsan
Rosemary Billington, Janet Fletcher, Nick Thieberger, Ben Volchok
Journal article | 2020 | Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Oceanic languages are often described as preferring primary stress on penultimate syllables, but detailed surveys show that many d..
Phonetic evidence for phonotactic change in Nafsan (South Efate)
Rosemary Billington, Nick Thieberger, Janet Fletcher
Journal article | 2020 | Italian Journal of Linguistics
Nafsan, an Oceanic language of central Vanuatu, is notable for the complex phonotactic structures it exhibits compared to language..
Glossopticon: Visualising archival data
A Burrell, R Hendery, N Thieberger
Conference Proceedings | 2019 | 2019 23rd International Conference in Information Visualization – Part II
© 2019 IEEE. Glossopticon is a Virtual Reality (VR)-based information visualisation system that presents heritage audio recordings..
Public access to research data in language documentation: Challenges and possible strategies
Mandana Seyfeddinipur, Felix Ameka, Lissant Bolton, Jonathan Blumtritt, Brian Carpenter, Hilaria Cruz, Sebastian Drude, Patience L Epps, Vera Ferreira, Ana Vilacy Galucio, Brigit Hellwig, Oliver Hinte, Gary Holton, Dagmar Jung, Irmgarda Kasinskaite Buddeberg, Manfred Krifka, Susan Kung, Miyuki Monroig, Ayu'nwi Ngwabe Neba, Sebastian Nordhoff, et al.
Journal article | 2019 | LANGUAGE DOCUMENTATION & CONSERVATION
Building capacity for community-led documentation in Erakor, Vanuatu
Ana Krajinović, Rosey Billington, Lionel Emil, Gray Kaltap̃au, Nick Thieberger
Conference Proceedings | 2019 | Building capacity for community-led documentation in Erakor, Vanuatu
Close collaboration between community members and visiting researchers offers mutual benefits, including opportunities for new res..
Making Meaning of Historical Papua New Guinea Recordings: Collaborations of Speaker Communities and the Archive
Amanda Harris, Steven Gagau, Jodie Kell, Nick Thieberger, Nick Ward
Journal article | 2019 | International Journal of Digital Curation
PARADISEC’s PNG collections represent the great diversity in the regions and languages of PNG. In 2016 and 2017, in recognition of..
Habituality in four Oceanic languages of Melanesia
Kilu von Prince, Ana Krajinović, Anna Margetts, Nick Thieberger, Valérie Guérin
Journal article | 2019 | STUF - Language Typology and Universals
Our knowledge about tense, aspect and modality (TMA) in the Oceanic languages of Melanesia has so far been severely limited by the..
Building Speech Recognition Systems for Language Documentation: The CoEDL Endangered Language Pipeline and Inference System (ELPIS)
Ben Foley, Josh Arnold, Rolando Coto-Solano, Gautier Durantin, Ellison Mark, Daan van Esch, Scott Heath, František Kratochvíl, Zara Maxwell-Smith, David Nash, Ola Olsson, Mark Richards, Nay San, Hywel Stoakes, N Thieberger, Janet Wiles
Conference Proceedings | 2018 | Proceedings of The 6th International Workshop on Spoken Language Technologies for Under-Resourced Languages
Machine learning has revolutionised speech technologies for major world languages, but these technologies have generally not been ..
Acoustic correlates of prominence in Nafsan
R Billington, Janet Fletcher, Nick Thieberger, Ben Volchok
Conference Proceedings | 2018 | Proceedings of the 17th Australasian International Speech Science and Technology Conference
Though Oceanic languages are often described as preferring primary stress on penultimate syllables, many different patterns have b..
Reproducible research in linguistics: A position statement on data citation and attribution in our field
Andrea L Berez-Kroeker, Lauren Gawne, Susan Smythe Kung, Barbara F Kelly, Tyler Heston, Gary Holton, Peter Pulsifer, David I Beaver, Shobhana Chelliah, Stanley Dubinsky, Richard P Meier, Nick Thieberger, Keren Rice, Anthony C Woodbury
Journal article | 2018 | Linguistics
Unlocking the archives
Linda Barwick, Nick Thieberger
Conference Proceedings | 2018 | Communities in Control: Learning tools and strategies for multilingual endangered language communities. Proceedings of the 2017 XXI FEL conference.
The popular expression ‘locked in the archive’ suggests that items are impossible to find and access once they are archived. Benef..
Assessing Annotated Corpora as Research Output
Nick Thieberger, Anna Margetts, Stephen Morey, Simon Musgrave
Journal article | 2016 | AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF LINGUISTICS
The increasing importance of language documentation as a paradigm in linguistic research means that many linguists now spend subst..
Indigenous Languages Programs in Australian Schools- A Way Forward, a report for the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, prepared as part of a team led by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)
N Purdie, T Frigo, C Ozolins, G Noblett, NT Thieberger, J Sharp
Report | 2008
Supporting language work in our region: the Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC) and the Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity (RNLD)
Conference Proceedings | 2007 | Pre-Conference Proceedings of the International Conference on Austronesian Endangered Language Documentation
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Honours, Awards and Fellowships
The Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Resources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC), (Nick Thieberger- Project Manager) received the 2008 award
Principal Fellow Of Linguistics
Languages And Linguistics
Australasian Association for Digital Humanities
Research Unit for Indigenous Language
Co-Founder, Former President
Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity
Foundation for Endangered Languages
Member (Approved By The Council Of Aiatsis)
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
Secretary Of The Society
Australian Linguistic Society
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Melbourne
Master of Arts
La Trobe University
La Trobe University