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Language,communication and culture

Research in Language, communication and culture at Macquarie University received a rating of 4 out of 5 - 'performance above world standard' - in ERA 2012.

4-rated discipline Language, communication and culture
4-rated sub-disciplines
  • communication and media studies
  • linguistics

Studies in language, communication and culture at Macquarie is largely interdisciplinary, addressing key elements of theoretical and applied linguistics, critical and literary theory, and media and communication studies.

Macquarie has a deep commitment to integrative and collaborative work with researchers in areas including computer science, education, historical studies, performance studies and creative writing, philosophy and psychology, as well as with researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders.

Linguistics and language acquisition research

Linguistics research spans a range of topics from intercultural communication to language sciences including child language disorders.

Macquarie is a world leader in language acquisition research, and sign language teaching and research, and is home to one of the world's pre-eminent sign language researchers, as well as renowned researchers in applied linguistics, TESOL and professional communication.

A major lab for language acquisition research incorporates the world's first child Magnetoencephalography (MEG) brain imaging system, developed in partnership with the Kanazawa Institute of Technology.

The Centre for Media History

The only one of its kind in the southern hemisphere, the Centre for Media History, has close links with industry and with international scholars. Its website, which hosts databases, bibliographies and the Media Archives Project, is the central portal for all researchers in Australian media history.

World-leading researchers

Macquarie's high-profile researchers include:

  • ARC Federation Fellow Professor Stephen Crain
Research - Language,communication and culture

National research centre

ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders
Professor Stephen Crain

Macquarie University research centre

Centre for Language Sciences
Professor Mark Johnson