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Paradisec Manager, Nick Thieberger

Director: Nick Thieberger
I set up the Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre in the late 1980s, then worked at AIATSIS on developing the Aboriginal Studies Electronic Data Archive. I lived in Vanuatu for three years and wrote a grammatical description of South Efate, one of the indigenous languages of Central Vanuatu. In order to write a grammatical description of the language based on my field recordings I developed a tool (Audiamus) that allowed me to present my PhD thesis together with a DVD of example sentences and texts. I am very interested in using new tools to assist fieldworkers in order to produce data that can be reused in future.

Paradisec director, Linda Barwick

Director, Sydney Unit: Linda Barwick
I have undertaken field research in Central and Northern Australia, Italy and the Philippines. I am a great believer in collaborative research, and enjoy working with communities and linguists to produce well-documented published recordings of sung traditions. On the academic side I am particularly interested in song language, musical analysis and aesthetics of non-Western song traditions, and the implications of emerging digital and networking technologies for establishing community access points to research results.

Paradisec Project Liaison Officer, Amanda Harris

Operations Manager: Amanda Harris
I have been working with PARADISEC since 2003 and am also a Research Associate on the ARC project Intercultural inquiry in a trans-national context: Exploring the legacy of the 1948 American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land.

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Audio Systems Officer: Aidan Wilson
I'm a recent Bachelor of Liberal Studies graduate from the University of Sydney. My study of the argument structure of complex predicates in Wagiman, a language from the Katherine region of the Northern Territory, Australia, won me first class honours in linguistics.

Nick Fowler-Gilmore

Audio Preservation Officer: Nick Fowler-Gilmore
Since finishing his Diploma in Technical Audio Productions in 2006 Nicholas has worked at the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Studies (AIATSIS) in Canberra as an Audio Technician. While working in their Audiovisual Department preserving and digitising Indigenous audio material Nicholas learned the value of archives and the historical weight they hold. His position at PARADISEC is to assist in preserving and digitising the culturally significant audiovisual and written materials that are deposited in the collection and to assist with the much-needed equipment and facilities upgrade. Nick loves audio in all its forms, and preserving stories, music and historical content for future listeners and learners is a rewarding task.

Payi Linda Ford

Honorary Associate: Payi Linda Ford
Dr Payi Linda Ford has joined the PARADISEC team of Honorary Associates. Payi was educated in traditional knowledge and practices growing up with her family as a member of the Rak Mak Mak Marranunggu people of the Finniss River and Reynold River regions of the Northern Territory, and has also been educated in various mainstream Australian education institutions, receiving her PhD from Deakin University. She is currently a Senior Research Fellow in the Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University. At PARADISEC she will be working with Prof. Linda Barwick and Emeritus Prof. Allan Marett to develop her research project "Caring about Ceremony: Indigenous Knowledge across Boundaries of Time, Space and Society".

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