Dr Clair   Hill
Lecturer

Dr Clair Hill

PhD in Linguistics, Radboud University (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics) and University of Leuven (2018)

Bachelor of Arts and Honours, University of Sydney (2002)

Arts,Design & Architecture
Humanities & Languages

Dr Clair Hill is a Lecturer in Linguistics in the School of Humanities and Languages. Clair’s research explores cross-cultural and individual variation in semantics and storytelling. It is based on long-term fieldwork on Australian languages, especially Paman languages (Umpila and Kuuku Ya’u) of north-eastern Cape York Peninsula. There are two central threads in her work: an exploration of the interaction between language, cognition and culture, and collaborating with communities to translate this research into useful language documentation and language revitalisation products. Her main research interests include: Semantic Typology; Interactional Linguistics; Narrative; critical approaches to Language Documentation; Language Revitalisation.

Clair has participated in a number of team-based collaborative projects on cross-cultural variation in semantics, language documentation and language revitalisation. In connection with this collaborative research, she held research positions and research affiliations with Macquarie University 2003-2004, 2006), University of Leuven (2006-2009, 2010-2012), Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (2007-2012), University of Sydney (2015-2017), Lund University (2014-2020), and Western Sydney University (2019- ). Clair has also worked closely with Indigenous communities supporting local needs for language documentation and language revitalisation (Katherine Language Centre (2001), Lockhart River Aboriginal Council and Lockhart River Arts and Cultural Centre (various projects spanning: 2003, 2004-2005, 2006-2009, 2010-2014, 2021), Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (2014-2016).

Location
Morven Brown 228

Publications

  • Book Chapters | 2022
    Dr Clair Hill
    Hill C, 2022, 'Language of perception in Umpila', in Levinson S; Majid A (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Language of Perception, Oxford University Press, Oxford
    Book Chapters | 2020
    Dr Clair Hill
    Hill C; Ashmore L, 2020, 'Landscape categorisation in two Middle Paman languages', in Walsh M; Monaghan P (ed.), More than mere words: Essays on language and linguistics in honour of Peter Sutton, University of Adelaide Press, Adelaide, pp. 53 - 81
    Books | 2016
    Dr Clair Hill
    Hill C; Turk A, 2016, Manyjilyjarra – English dictionary of Landscape Terms, Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa, Perth
    Books | 2013
    Dr Clair Hill
    Hill C; Thompson D, 2013, Kuuku Ya’u and Umpila Wordlist, Lockhart River Aboriginal Council, Cairns
    Books | 2013
    Dr Clair Hill
    Hill C; Thompson D, 2013, Looking inside Kuuku Ya’u and Umpila: A Grammar Guide, Lockhart River Aboriginal Council, Cairns
    Books | 2012
    Dr Clair Hill
    Hill C; Thompson D, 2012, Umpila and Kuuku Ya’u Language Learners Guide modules 1-8, Lockhart River Aboriginal Council, Cairns
    Book Chapters | 2010
    Dr Clair Hill
    Hill C, 2010, 'Emergency language documentation teams: the Cape York Peninsula experience', in Hobson J; Lowe K; Poetsch S; Walsh M (ed.), Re-Awakening Languages: theory and practice in the revitalisation of Australia’s Indigenous languages, Sydney University Press, Sydney, pp. 418 - 432
    Book Chapters | 2010
    Dr Clair Hill
    Hill C, 2010, 'Collaborative narration and cross-speaker repetition in Umpila and Kuuku Ya'u', in Baker B; Ilana M; Harvey M; Gardener R (ed.), Indigenous Language and Social Identity: Papers in Honour of Michael Walsh, Pacific Linguistics, Canberra, pp. 237 - 260
    Books | 2004
    Dr Clair Hill
    Hill C, 2004, Ku’unchikamu: Kuuku Ngampulungku, Lockhart River Aboriginal Council, Cairns
  • Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Clair Hill
    Hill C, 2021, 'The irrelevance of scale and fixedness in landscape terms in two Aboriginal Australian languages', Linguistics Vanguard
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Clair Hill
    Majid A; Roberts SG; Cilissen L; Emmorey K; Nicodemus B; O'Grady L; Woll B; LeLan B; de Sousa H; Cansler BL; Shayan S; de Vos C; Senft G; Enfield NJ; Razak RA; Fedden S; Tufvesson S; Dingemanse M; Ozturk O; Brown P; Hill C; Le Guen O; Hirtzel V; van Gijn R; Sicoli MA; Levinson SC, 2018, 'Differential coding of perception in the world's languages.', Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, vol. 115, pp. 11369 - 11376, http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1720419115
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Clair Hill
    Burenhult N; Hill C; Huber J; van Putten S; Rybka K; San Roque L, 2017, 'Forests: the cross-linguistic perspective', Geographica Helvetica, vol. 72, pp. 455 - 464, http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/gh-72-455-2017
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Clair Hill
    Hill C, 2016, 'Expression of the interpersonal connection between narrators and characters in Umpila and Kuuku Ya’u storytelling', Narrative in ‘societies of intimates’, vol. 26, pp. 257 - 285, http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/ni.26.2.04hil
    Journal articles | 2012
    Dr Clair Hill
    Hill C, 2012, 'Wunderkammer Import Package: A tool for the creation of multimedia dictionaries for mobile phones.', Language Documentation and Conservation, pp. 282 - 291
    Journal articles | 2011
    Dr Clair Hill
    Hill C, 2011, 'Named and Unnamed Spaces: Color, Kin, and the Environment in Umpila', The Senses and Society, vol. 6, pp. 57 - 67, http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/174589311x12893982233759
    Journal articles | 2010
    Dr Clair Hill
    Hill C, 2010, 'Review of the book Discourse and Grammar in Australian Languages ed. by Ilana Mushin and Brett Baker', Studies in Language, pp. 215 - 225

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