Lindell Bromham (E&E) and Dr Xia Hua (MSI) along with their colleagues at University of Queensland and in the Northern Territory are finalists for the 2021 Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research.
Together they are working to develop new ways of understanding the way languages change, and the factors that endanger language diversity. Many Indigenous languages are undergoing rapid change as new generations reshape their languages and make them their own. Their work focuses on a new Indigenous language emerging from a mix of Gurindji, a traditional language of the Northern Terriory, and Kriol, and English-based Creole language widely spoken in northern Australia.
The brains behind a book aimed at inspiring children with a gravity-defying emu and the team helping to save endangered languages are among the winners of Australia's top science awards - the Eureka Prizes.