Macquarie University linguist elected Fellow of Academy of the Social Sciences

7 October 2015

Macquarie University’s Distinguished Professor of Linguistics, Katherine Demuth, has been elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, following a peer vote.
Fellows are elected to the Academy on the basis of a distinguished contribution to one or more of the social sciences that has also been recognised internationally.

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Professor Katherine Demuth (Photo credit: Macquarie University)

“I am truly honoured to be joining others as a newly elected Fellow Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia,” said Professor Demuth on her achievement.
The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia promotes excellence in the social sciences in Australia and in their contribution to public policy. It is the one of the four learned academies in Australia and focuses on promoting excellence in research in the social sciences and increasing public awareness of the role and value of social sciences.
Distinguished Professor Demuth is an Australian Laureate Fellow and CORE Professor in Linguistics and the Centre for Language Sciences at Macquarie University, where she is Director of the Child Language Lab and a Chief Investigator at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Cognition and its Disorders.
Katherine’s research focuses on discovering the mechanisms underlying child language acquisition and the implications this has for better understanding language development in bilinguals, those with hearing loss, and those with specific language impairment/language delay.
Professor Demuth will be formally welcomed to the Academy at the Fellows’ Dinner and Annual General Meeting on Nov. 17 & 18, 2015.

Macquarie University Department of Linguistics

The Macquarie Department of Linguistics is the largest of its kind in Australia, which includes substantial postgraduate programs, a full undergraduate program, more than 900 postgraduate coursework students, nearly 100 research students and four research centres of international standing.
The strength of the department lies in its breadth of coverage of linguistics sub-disciplines, and it has particular strengths in the areas of systemic functional linguistics, speech and hearing and language teaching. It has long been recognized for its research and teaching in areas such as lexicography and corpus linguistics, in phonetics and phonology (especially as applied to computer-based research in speech technology and speech perception), and in communication disorders. The department has a strong interest in the description of modern English language, especially work in systemic-functional grammar, in discourse analysis and pragmatics and in Australian English.

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