The Winter Research Program is the opportunity for undergraduate, honours and postgraduate coursework students to get involved in exciting research projects within the School during the Winter 2014.

Further information about the UQ Summer and Winter Research programs is available at the UQ Advantage Office website.


Our 2014 Winter research projects run for four weeks between 30 June and 25 July. 

Participants will develop general research skills through their participation in the project, as well as working alongside experienced SLCCS researchers. 

Available Projects: 

Older Women’s Humour in Classical Japanese Literature and Theatre

This project is a part of a larger project on older women’s humour in  Japanese literature, film and theatre. It examines the potential for positive approaches to old age through a comprehensive study of humour in Japanese literature. In particular, it focuses on the humour generated by older women narrators and protagonists. How do they deal with discrimination, disability and death? What devices do they use to generate laughter? How does that laughter cut across historical, generational and cultural boundaries? What do their attitudes tell us about ageing, gender and sexuality?
While the larger project examines a wide range of contemporary texts and performances, this Winter Research Project focuses on examples of older women’s humour in selected texts from pre-modern periods.
Contact: A/Prof Aoyama (  
 See full details here.

From archive shelf to digital life: Developing digital resources for indigenous languages of Queensland

For many indigenous languages of Australia, a rich record exists in the form of handwritten field notes preserved in archives. Increasingly, a key step in bringing these records back to language owners, and preserving them for posterity, is to make them available digitally. In this project you will deal with handwritten archival records and build digital counterparts in a structured database environment, for indigenous languages in northern Queensland. You will also have the opportunity to apply your training to begin a linguistic analysis of the materials you are dealing with.
Contact:  Dr. Erich Round (
See full details here.

Nativespeakerism in Japanese Language Teaching in Japan 

“Native-speakerism”, a language-based form of prejudice affecting language teachers, is problematic. If it is rejected, on what grounds should the language teachers of the future be employed (i.e, what are the language teachers of the future expected to do, and be, in practice)?

The 3-year project consists of three individual projects to answer the question: A. Replacing the native-speaker as a model- Views from the fields of Intercultural Communication, English as a Lingua franca and World Englishes (Houghton); B. Individual teacher-researcher narratives related to workplace experience and language based inclusion/exclusion (Rivers); and C. Views of Japanese language teachers on Japanese native-speakerism (Hashimoto), which is available for the UQ Winter Research Project.
Contact: Dr Kayoko Hashimoto (
See full details here.


Bringing archival records of Aboriginal languages into contemporary platforms


This project involves working on recordings of cultural significance of Aboriginal languages in central Australia. It will involve entering existing information about recordings, transcripts and images into a structured database and working with the Research Supervisor to add new information from recent research.  You will learn about managing indigenous language materials (audio, image, transcripts) and documenting their form and content for future generations. You will learn about cataloguing materials and how to make these accessible and available for contemporary uses. You will learn about migrating data and the associated software and formats required to do so.  Linguistics students who have undertaken LING3025 or LING3020 at UQ would be well suited to this research project, however all applications will be viewed with equal consideration.

Contact: Dr Myfany Turpin (

See full details here.



The applications close at 4pm on Friday, 4 April 2014.


Please visit UQ Advantage Office website for the online application and additional information.

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