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Transforming the science of language

Language is central to human existence and to the transmission of knowledge, yet different societies have evolved strikingly different languages to serve the same basic communicative needs.

This is one of the key issues to be examined by the ARC Centre of Excellence for The Dynamics of Language at the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific.

The interdisciplinary team assembled by the Centre aims to transform the understanding of language, drawing on the unparalleled linguistic diversity of the Asia-Pacific region to build models of language structure, learning, use and evolution that treat language and languages as perpetually dynamic systems pervaded by variation at all levels.

Our Centre will secure fragile language heritage, develop new language technologies, connect policy with indigenous and migrant communities, and build strategies to help first and second language learning and those isolated by language difficulties.

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