Dr Cathy Bow

B.A., M.A Linguistics, Grad Dip Yolngu Studies, PhD

Research Associate 

Dr Cathy Bow is a linguist with research experience in both descriptive and applied linguistics. She has described the sound system of an African language, investigated language development in children with impaired hearing, explored endangered language documentation, and researched the language and communication needs of international medical graduates. Cathy has worked as a teacher of English as an Additional Language, and as a trainer and coach for language learners. She works as project manager for the Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages, and co-ordinator of the Digital Language Shell and the online Bininj Kunwok language and culture course.

Cathy is a member of the Top End Language Lab and TopEndSTS, and completed her PhD 'Entanglements of digital technologies and Indigenous language work in the Northern Territory' in November 2020 through Charles Darwin University and the Australian National University.

Research Interests

  • Indigenous Australian languages and linguistics 
  • Digital Archiving
  • Language Documentation
  • Language teaching and learning

PhD Supervisors

Professor Michael Christie, Principal (Northern Institute)
Professor Helen Verran (Northern Institute)
Professor Jane Simpson (ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences)
Dr Susy Macqueen (ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences)

Latest Media

03 April 2020 - Cathy Bow speaks to Annie Brown of ABC Radio Darwin (105.7) for their "how to" series (targeted at people at home self-isolating) on how to learn another language... and where and how can people start learning from home. Listen HERE, go to 30:00min

Current Research Projects

  • Investing in Aboriginal Languages ARC Discovery project, 2021-2023
  • Teaching and learning resources for endangered Yolŋu languages, Indigenous Languages & Arts project 2020-2022
  • Resource development for Bininj Kunwok Regional Language Centre
  • Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages, www.cdu.edu.au/laal, ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities project
  • Developing pathways for remote students to higher education, Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) 2020

Previous Research Projects

  • Digital shell to enable Indigenous authorities to teach language and culture, Office of Learning and Teaching 2016-17
  • Australian Indigenous Languages Institute https://aili.cdu.edu.au/ Indigenous Languages & Arts project 2018-19

Professional Positions, Memberships & Awards

  • Committee member for Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities (LCNAU) https://www.lcnau.org/
  • Member of Australian Linguistics Society
  • Member of the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S)
  • Associate member of Research Unit for Indigenous Language (University of Melbourne)
  • Co-chair of NT organising committee for Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad (www.ozclo.org.au)
  • STS Making and Doing Award 2020, for ‘Making and Doing TopEndSTS’ https://lod.cdu.edu.au/
  • Best Indigenous Engagement at CDU HDR Futures Conference 2019
  • 2014, Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Exceptional Performance in Research (awarded to the Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages team)

Media Coverage

  • 03 April 2020 - Cathy Bow speaks to Annie Brown of ABC Radio Darwin (105.7) for their "how to" series (targeted at people at home self-isolating) on how to learn another language... and where and how can people start learning from home. Listen HERE, go to 30:00mins
  • 08 February 2016 – Interview with Territory FM’s Daryl Manzie. Listen HERE
  • 2015 - Cathy Bow speaks to ABC Radio Darwin about the results of the #LAALcomp. Listen HERE

Link to Research Publications

Dr Cathy Bow

Contacts

T: +61 8 8946 6876
E: cathy.bow@cdu.edu.au

Darwin, NT

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