Professor Ghil'ad Zuckermann

Professor Ghil'ad Zuckermann
 Position Prof of Linguistics & Endangered Languages
 Org Unit Linguistics
 Telephone +61 8 8313 5247
 Mobile +61 4 2390 1808
 Location Floor/Room 9 18 ,  Napier ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Professor Ghil'ad Zuckermann is a tenured Full Professor (Level E, the highest rank) of Linguistics at the University of AdelaideHe is an Endangered Languages Chair, so endangered that he is the only such chair in Australia.

    Zuckermann is not only a linguist but also a revivalist. He believes that a language revivalist must have a heart of gold, “balls of steel” and the patience of a saint.

    Professor Ghil'ad Zuckermann is an "Oxbridge Paradox". In other words: he holds a "pair o' docs" (i.e. "two doctorates", cf. "paradox") -- a D.Phil. (Oxon.) and a Ph.D. (Cantab.) (titular) -- from both Oxford and Cambridge universities (a.k.a. Oxbridge). Zuckermann coined the term "Oxbridge Paradox" -- and its hypertmanteau (hyper-portmanteu) blend variant PARADOXBRIDGE -- in 2000. Given the rarity of such people, the term refers to any person with such a double doctorate degree, regardless of whether or not one of his/her doctorates is titular only.


    Prof. Zuckermann is a leading expert of the following:

    (1) revivalistics, a new trans-disciplinary field of enquiry surrounding language reclamation (e.g. Barngarla Aboriginal language), revitalization (e.g. Adnyamathanha) and reinvigoration (e.g. Irish),

    (2) multiple causation, cross-fertilization and horizontal gene transfer in languages, 

    (3) sources of lexical expansion and camouflaged borrowing, 

    (4) contact linguistics,

    (5) the study of language, culture and identity, and

    (6) lexicography, lexicology and forensic linguistics.

    Zuckermann has been Distinguished Visiting Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China), Middlebury College (Vermont) and Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel). He serves as Editorial Board member of the Journal of Language Contact. He has been Consultant and Expert Witness in (corpus) lexicography and (forensic) linguistics, in court cases all over the globe. Since 2017 Professor Zuckermann is the President of the Australian Association for Jewish Studies. In 2013-2015 he was the President of the Australasian Association for Lexicography (AUSTRALEX). He is elected member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), Foundation for Endangered Languages (FEL), Academy of Oriental Scholars (Shanghai) and European Association of Jewish Studies.  

    2019 articles featuring Professor Zuckermann:

    Professor Ghil'ad Zuckermann's Research Profile is available at


    Professor Zuckermann's Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Language Revival: Securing the Future of Endangered Languages, has so far attracted 12,400 students from 190 countries. It is available for free right now: See also:

    'I must study Politicks and War that my sons may have liberty to study Mathematicks and Philosophy. My sons ought to study Mathematicks and Philosophy, Geography, natural History, Naval Architecture, navigation, Commerce and Agriculture, in order to give their Children a right to study Painting, Poetry, Musick, Architecture, Statuary, Tapestry and Porcelaine.’ John Adams (second President of the United States in 1797–1801) to Abigail Adams [post 12 May 1780] Adams Family Correspondence, 3:342)


    Service to the University of Adelaide:

    Member of the Indigenous Research Committee (chaired by the Pro Vice-Chancellor Research Strategy) (2013-2014)

    Founder and Organizer of the Adelaide Language Festival (2013-present), e.g. 16-17 May 2014,, and 29 November 2017,

    Member of the Research Committee, School of Humanities (2013-15)

    Acting Head of Discipline, Department of Linguistics (2013-2014, 2019-present)

    Undergraduate Coordinator in Linguistics (2013-2014)

    Honours Coordinator in Linguistics (2011-present)

    Post-Graduate Coordinator in Linguistics (2012)

    Convener of the Adelaide Linguistics Research Colloquium (2012-present)

    Co-Convener of the Adelaide Truth and Reconciliation Colloquium (2013-present)

    Regular contributor to Adelaide University international collaboration, e.g. with Chinese tertiary institutions such as Shanghai Jiao Tong University, East China Normal University, Shanghai International Studies University.

    Host of various global delegations to the University of Adelaide, e.g. from Brazil, Canada, China and Israel.



    After studying at the international school United World College (UWC) of the Adriatic (Collegio del Mondo Unito dell'Adriatico; Duino, Trieste), he was selected for the Adi Lautman Interdisciplinary Programme for Outstanding Students of Tel Aviv University, where he studied philosophy, psychology, classics, literature, law and mathematics, and specialized in linguistics, receiving his M.A. (summa cum laude) from the Department of Linguistics in 1997. As Scatcherd European Scholar of theUniversity of Oxford and Denise Skinner Graduate Scholar of St Hugh's College, Oxford, he gained his D.Phil. (Oxon.) in 2000.

    In 2000-2004 he was Gulbenkian Research Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge, and was affiliated with the Department of LinguisticsFaculty of Modern and Medieval StudiesUniversity of Cambridge.

    He has published in English, Israeli ('Ivrit'), Italian, Yiddish, Spanish, German, Russian and Chinese. His seminal book 
    Revivalistics: From the Genesis of Israeli to Language Reclamation in Australia and Beyond is being published by Oxford University PressNew York. His revolutionary bestseller book Israelit Safa Yafa (Israeli - A Beautiful Language) (ISBN: 978-965-13-1963-1) was published in 2008 by Am Oved (Tel Aviv), and his book Language Contact and Lexical Enrichment in Israeli Hebrew (ISBN: 1-4039-1723-X) came out with Palgrave Macmillan in 2003. He contributed three chapters to Tingo (Tel Aviv: Keren, 2011) and has edited Burning Issues in Afro-Asiatic Linguistics (Cambridge Scholars, 2012), Jewish Language Contact (special issue of the International Journal of the Sociology of Language 226, 2014), and Endangered Words, Signs of Revival (AustraLex, 2014)

    Prof. Zuckermann has taught various undergraduate and graduate courses in four continents, e.g. at the University of Cambridge (Faculty of Oriental Studies, now known as Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies), National University of Singapore, Middlebury College (Vermont, USA), University of MiamiBen-Gurion University of the NegevPavol Jozef Šafárik University (Košice, Slovakia), The University of Queensland (Associate Professor 2006-2010), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Shanghai Customs College, Shanghai International Studies UniversityMiddlebury CollegeEast China Normal University.

    He has been research fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation's Study and Conference Center (Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio, Italy), Research Centre for Linguistic Typology (RCLT) (Institute for Advanced Study, La Trobe University), Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (University of Texas at Austin), Kokuritsu Kokugo Kenkyuujo (National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics, Tokyo), Mahidol University (Bangkok), and Israel Institute for Advanced Studies (Hebrew University of Jerusalem). In 2015 he was elected Rex J Lipman Fellow at St Peter's College, Adelaide.

    He has been Consultant and Expert Witness in (corpus) lexicography and (forensic) linguistics, in court cases all over the globe, e.g. Trade Marks / Intellectual Property:

    Remarkably, Professor Zuckermann has held 5-year competitive fellowships from both the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) (2017-2021) and the Australian Research Council (ARC) (2007-2011).

    He has held a range of other prestigious fellowships, competitive project grants and scholarships, including Project 211 Fellowship (China), "Shanghai Oriental Scholar" Professorial Fellowship, British Academy Research Grant, Braginsky Centre Fellowship at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Memorial Foundation of Jewish Culture Postdoctoral Fellowship, Harold Hyam Wingate Scholarship, British Chevening Scholarship and Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Scholarship. 

    Professor Zuckermann has organized various international conferences such as the first Australian Workshop on Afro-Asiatic Linguistics (AWAAL) (11-13 September 2009, held at the Brisbane Writers Festival, State Library of Queensland, and at the University of Queensland, attracting scholars from 18 countries); Cross-Fertlization in Language and Genetics (Israel Institute for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 21 January 2013); Hybridity in Israel (Beit Leyvik, Tel Aviv, 29 January 2013); AUSTRALEX 2013: Endangered Words and Signs of Revival (University of Adelaide, 25-28 July 2013), and AAJS (University of Adelaide, 9-11 February 2014):  

    Professor Zuckermann has been consultant to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), Oxford University Press (OUP), Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies (University of Miami), and Leyvik House, The Israeli Center for Yiddish Culture, Tel Aviv. He is Editorial Board Member of Journal of Language Contact, Jewish Contemporary Review, Mizrekh: Jewish Studies in the Far East, Israeli Journal of Humor Research, The Open Applied Linguistics Journal; Scientific Committee Member of Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE); Academic Committee Member of the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Anti-Semitism (YIISA); Thought Leader of Creativity Australia, Melbourne; and Advisory Board Member of Gifted Speech.

    He has been referee for Yale University Press (YUP), Cambridge University Press (CUP), Oxford University Press (OUP), Languages in Contrast, Australian Journal of Linguistics, Balshanut Ivrit (Hebrew Linguistics), Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, International Journal of Lexicography, CamLing (Conference in Language Research, University of Cambridge), Israel Science Foundation (ISF), The Leverhulme Trust, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP), and the Academic Research Fund of Singapore's National Institute of Education (NIE). In 2008 he was President of the Jury of the BIFF Interfaith Award for Promoting Humanitarian Values, Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF).

    He has delivered hundreds of keynote speeches, plenary conference papers and invited public lectures, for example in Adelaide, Ann Arbor (Michigan), Armidale (New South Wales), Atlanta (Georgia), Auckland (NZ), Austin (Texas), Bangkok (Chulalongkorn University, Mahidol University), Beer Sheva, Beijing (e.g. Peking University, Capital Normal University), Bellagio (Italy), Bergamo, Berkeley (California), Bloomington (Indiana), Boston (Massachusetts), Boulder (Colorado), Brisbane, Bristol, Cambridge (UK), Canberra (e.g. AIATSIS), Cape Town (South Africa), Chengdu (Sichuan, China), Chongqing (China), Christchurch (NZ), Rarotonga (Cook Islands), Darwin, Duino (Trieste, Italy), Dunedin (NZ), Duyun (Guizhou, China), Eilat (Israel), Gainesville (Florida), Gedera (Israel), Guangzhou (Guangdong, China), Haifa, Hamilton (NZ), Hangzhou (China), Heidelberg (Germany), Hod HaSharon (Israel), Hohhot (Inner Mongolia), Hong Kong (e.g. Hong Kong University), Honolulu (Hawai'i), Istanbul, Jerusalem (e.g. Hebrew University), Jinan (Shandong University, China), Kaifeng (China), Kfar Saba, Košice (Slovakia), Kunming (e.g. Yunnan University), London (e.g. SOAS and UCL), Los Angeles, Madrid, Melbourne, Miami (Florida), Moscow, Munich, Nanjing (China), New Brunswick (New Jersey), New York City (e.g. NYU), Norfolk Island (Pacific Ocean), Orlando (Florida), Oxford, Port Lincoln (Australia), Poznan (Poland), Princeton (New Jersey), Ramat Gan (Israel), Rarotonga (Cook Islands), Rehovot (e.g. Weizmann Institute of Science), Rishon LeZion (Israel), Roehampton (UK), Rosh HaNikra (Israel), San Diego (California), Santiago de Cuba, Shanghai (e.g. Jiao Tong University), Shenzhen (China), Singapore, Stanford (California), Suva (Fiji), Suzhou (China), Sydney, Tampa (Florida), Tangshan (China), Tel Aviv, Tempe (Arizona), Tianjin (e.g. Nankai University), Tiv'on, Toowoomba (Queensland), Trieste (Italy), Tucson (Arizona), Tokyo (e.g. Tokyo University), Vilnius (Lithuania), Wellington (NZ), Whyalla (Australia), Xi'an (China), Yinchuan (Ningxia, China), Zhuhai (Guangdong, China), and Zikhron Yaakov (Israel).

    Professor Zuckermann has featured in dozens of TV programmes in the United Kingdom (e.g. BBC2), Israel (e.g. Channel 1, Channel 2, Channel 10, Channel 23, YES, YES DOCO), New Zealand (e.g. TVNZ Marae Investigates) and Australia (e.g. SBS Living Black, ABC1 Midday Report, NITV Evening News), and in hundreds of radio programmes in Australia (e.g. three ABC Lingua Franca programmes, an ABC Encounter programme with David Rutledge, an ABC Big Ideas panel broadcast on 15 April 2010, an ABC Life Matters interview with Richard Aedy on 19 July 2011, numerous SBS interviews in Israeli, Yiddish, Italian and English, 6PR Perth, 3ZZZ Melbourne, Noongar Radio Perth, CAAMA Alice SpringsThe Wire, Radio Adelaide, Cairns, Brisbane...), Israel (e.g. Galey Tzahal, Reshet Alef, Reshet Bet, Kol Israel), UK (e.g. BBC World Service), Spain (e.g. Radio Sefarad), New Zealand, South Africa and Germany.

    He has featured in thousands of newspaper articles in the United Kingdom (e.g. Reuters), USA (e.g. The Forward), Canada (e.g. Globe and Mail), Israel (e.g. Haaretz, Maariv, Yediot Aharonot, Jerusalem Post, English Haaretz, Ynet, NRG, Time Out, Makor Rishon, Erev Erev, HaIr), the Netherlands (e.g. Trouw), Spain (e.g. Terra), Sweden (e.g. Språktidningen), New Zealand (e.g. Waikato Times, Otago Daily Times,  New Zealand Jewish Chronicle), Germany (Jüdische Zeitung), Norfolk Island and Australia (e.g. The Australian (1) (2), Courier Mail, Australian Jewish News, Rhapsody, E-ton, Galus Australis).

    Short clips from BBC interviews of Professor Zuckermann by Stephen Fry (on Fry's Planet Word) can be found at (Hebrew Revival) and (The Politics of Language). 

    In 1993-6 Professor Zuckermann taught preparatory courses for various psychometric examinations (e.g. GMAT) at Kidum Institute, Tel Aviv, and co-authored four books in this field. Other interests include opera (in particular Puccini, Verdi, Donizetti and Mozart), film, photography, constrained literature, poetry, paleo-anthropology and human migration, cultural immersion through travel, and world politics.

    Hebrew name: גלעד צוקרמן 

    Chinese name: 诸葛漫 

    Japanese name: 佐藤幸永

    Homotype (הומוקליד): dkgs muerni

    Further information can be found at 

  • Qualifications

    D.Phil. (Oxon.), University of Oxford

    Ph.D. (Cantab.) (titular), University of Cambridge

    M.A. (summa cum laude), Tel Aviv University


  • Awards & Achievements

    • 2017-2021 National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project Grant APP1129796 (with Alex Brown): Examining the impact of language reclamation on social and emotional well being among the Barngarla ($1,111,633).
    • 2007-2011 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Fellowship DP0770414: Language Revival in the Middle East: The Genesis of Israeli ('Modern Hebrew') – Lessons for the Revival of No-Longer Spoken Australian Languages.
    • 2011-2015 Oriental Scholar Distinguished Professorial Fellow, Shanghai, China.
    • 2013-2015 Visiting Professorial Scientist, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.
    • 2012-2013 Special Guest, Israel Institute for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
    • 2010-12 Project 211 Distinguished Professorial Fellowship, China.
    • 2002 British Academy Research Grant. 
    • 2000-1 Memorial Foundation of Jewish Culture Postdoctoral Fellowship(New York).
    • 2001 Dorot Postdoctoral Fellowship.
    • 1997-2000 Scatcherd European Scholarship, University of Oxford.
    • 1997-2000 Denise Skinner Graduate Scholarship, St Hugh’s College, Oxford.
    • 1997-2000 Memorial Foundation of Jewish Culture Doctoral Scholarship (New York).
    • 1997-8 Harold Hyam Wingate Scholarship (London).
    • 1996-7 British Chevening Scholarship, British Foreign Office.
    • 1993-7 Scholarship at the Interdisciplinary Programme for Fostering Excellence (later known as the Adi Lautman Interdisciplinary Programme for Outstanding Students), Tel Aviv University.


    2016-2019: Barngarla Aboriginal Language Reclamation, Aboriginal Languages and Arts (ILA), Australian Government.

    2013-2016: Barngarla Aboriginal Language Reclamation, Aboriginal Language Support (ILS), Office For The Arts (OFTA), Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sports, Australian Government.

    2013-2015: Traditional Cultural Expressions in Aboriginal Australia and Torres Straits Islands, Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sports, Australian Government. PUBLISHED: ENGAGING – A Guide to Interacting Respectfully and Reciprocally with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, and their Arts Practices and Intellectual Property:

    2014-2015   Online Learning Space: Barngarla Language, Aboriginal Language Support (ILS) New Media, Ministry for the Arts, Attorney-General’s Department, Australian Government.

    2012-2014: Barngarla Aboriginal Language Reclamation, Aboriginal Language Support (ILS), Office For The Arts (OFTA), Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sports, Australian Government.

    2012-2015: Mobile Language Team, Aboriginal Language Support (ILS), Office For The Arts (OFTA), Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sports, Australian Government. (1,050,000 AUD) (Collaborator)

    2012-2013: Barngarla Aboriginal Language Reclamation, Aboriginal Language Support (ILS), Office For The Arts (OFTA), Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sports, Australian Government.

    2012-2013 The University of Adelaide Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Grant.

    2011-12 The University of Adelaide Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Grant.

    2010 The University of Queensland Travel Award for International Collaborative Research for 2010 – Category 2.

    1999 Taylor Institute Grant (University of Oxford) – for academic work at Stanford University and at the University of California at Berkeley.

    1998 Barbinder Watson Grant (St Hugh’s College) – for studying advanced Yiddish at Vilnius University.

    1997 Ian Karten Fund (London).

    1996-7 Porter School of Culture Award, Tel Aviv University.

    1996-7 Outstanding Students Grant for Special Projects, Tel Aviv University.

    1995-6 Adi Lautman Scholarship, Tel Aviv University.

    1995 Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Scholarship, German Foreign Ministry – to undertake a 2-month course in advanced German at the Goethe Institute in Germany.

    1987-9 United World College (Adriatic) Scholarship for Israel.

  • Teaching Interests

    Professor Ghil'ad Zuckermann convenes and teaches various undergraduate and postgraduate courses, for example the following:



    LING 1101: The Wonder of Language: an intro to Linguistics

    LING 1102: Introduction to Language in Culture and Society

    edX MOOC (Massive Open Online Course): Language Revival: Securing the Future of Endangered Languages

    LING 2050Revival Linguistics: Language Reclamation and Wellbeing

    LING 2037: Languages in a Global Society

    LING 2049: Languages in the 21st Century: Cultural Contact and New Words

    LING 5000: Language Planning

    LING 3017Revivalistics, Cross-Fertilization & Wellbeing

    LING 2038Cross Cultural Communication (CCC)

    LING 2047Semantics

    Adelaide Linguistics Research Colloquium

    Other Courses Taught:

    LING 1007: Enquiring Mind Core Course - Faculty of Arts

    LING 2039: Reclaiming Languages: A Kaurna Case Study

    LING 2046: Morphology and Syntax

    LING 2040: Phonology and Phonetics

    LING 5004: Language and Meaning

    Foundations of Linguistics

    Language and Ethnography of Communication


    Professor Zuckermann has supervised various visiting professors, postdoctoral fellows, Ph.D. students and M.A. students at the University of Adelaide, for example the following:

    • Professor CHEN Yan (Yancheng Teachers University)
    • Associate Professor YAO Chunlin (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing; Tianjin; formerly Hebei United University, Tangshan)
    • Dr XU Jia (Shanghai International Studies University, Shanghai)
    • Professor JIN Zhiru (Jilin Normal University)
    • Yosep KROON: The Grammar of Solor – Lamaholot, an Endangered Language of Eastern Indonesia. PH.D. COMPLETED.
    • Penelope CASHMAN: Phonetics Applied to Operatic Lyric Diction and Music Pedagogy. PH.D. COMPLETED WITH DISTINCTION.
    • YANG Jie, Language Planning in China and Australia. ONGOING
    • Afifa FERRO: Code Mixing in Arabic and Israeli. ONGOING
    • Amy CUI: Business Chinese English. ONGOING
    • Ingrid KERRIGAN: Barngarla Aboriginal Language Reconstruction. ONGOING
    • Zaid Shihab ALAMIRI: Linguistic Approach to the Quran. M.A. COMPLETED.
    • Michael RUAN Xiang: Phono-Semantic Matching in Hebrew and Chinese. M.A. COMPLETED.
    • Hend ALBLAWI: Changes in the Balawiy Bedouin Arabic Dialect of Saudi Arabia, 1985-2015. M.A. COMPLETED.
    • WANG Shiyu: Chinese Script. M.A. COMPLETED.

    Other research students supervised by Professor Zuckermann at the University of Adelaide include the following:

    • Ammon STEPHENSON: Sociolinguistic Analysis of Quenya, Klingon and Na’vi. HONOURS THESIS COMPLETED.
    • Lur ALGHURABI: The Barngarla Aboriginal Language. COMPLETED.
    • Isabelle MAY: Leaked Truths: Australian political discourse in response to the Nauru files. COMPLETED.
    • Cassie TAYLOR: The social media platform Snapchat and its role in forming structural lines of communication for crisis management. COMPLETED.
    • Sebastian Harriss (Eton College, England): Aboriginal Language Reclamation. COMPLETED.
    • Mario PILLA: Conlangs.

     Other courses taught by Professor Zuckermann include:

    Language Revival

    Critical Thinking and Academic Writing: How to be both Original and Scholarly 

    Contact Linguistics

    Historical Linguistics

    Lexical Expansion: Camopuflaged Borrowing

    Multiple Causation

    Linguistic Research Writing


    Professor Zuckermann has served as Post-Graduate Coordinator (PGC), Head of the Linguistics Department (July-December 2013, July-December 2016), Undergraduate Coordinator and Linguistics Honours Coordinator.

    Please feel free to contact Professor Zuckermann if you would like to give a lecture on any linguistic topic at the University of Adelaide.



    Professor Zuckermann's AdelaideX MOOC "Language Revival: Securing the Future of Endangered Languages" ( has so far attracted 15,000 learners from 190 countries, including the following:


















    Bosnia and Herzegovina





    Burkina Faso







    Congo (the Democratic Republic of the)

    Cook Islands

    Costa Rica

    Côte d'Ivoire




    Czech Republic



    Dominican Republic



    El Salvador


















    Hong Kong








    Isle of Man


































    New Zealand






    Palestinian Authority


    Papua New Guinea






    Puerto Rico






    Saudi Arabia








    South Africa

    South Korea


    Sri Lanka












    Trinidad and Tobago





    United Arab Emirates

    United Kingdom

    United States of America









  • Research Interests

     Research interests include:

    §   Revivalistics, Language Reclamation and Wellbeing, Mental Health; Revival Linguistics, cultural contact as manifested in language, comparative lexicology, historical linguistics, language and identity, sociolinguistics, lexical and grammatical borrowing, language genesis and evolution, Jewish languages, English as the global language, endangered languages and dialects.

    Current research includes:

    §   Reclamation, maintenance and empowerment of indigenous or minority languages, dialects and cultures, Native Tongue Title (proposed compensation for language loss), language rights, linguistic revival and survival, multiple causation, hybridity, the genesis of the Israeli language, Australian Aboriginal languages, Barngarla (Parnkalla) (Aboriginal language of Eyre Peninsula, e.g. Galinyala = Port Lincoln, Goordnada = Port Augusta and Waiala = Whyalla), Maori, lexical expansion in Mandarin Chinese, alternative language teaching methods, language planning, language academies, language and religion, internationalization of China's linguistics, corpus lexicography, forensic linguistics, trademarks, branding.

    §   Wellbeing and Social Cohesion: 





  • Research Funding


    2012- Barngarla Aboriginal Language Reclamation, Aboriginal Language Support (ILS/ILA), Office For The Arts (OFTA), Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sports, Australian Government.

    Past (selection):

    2007-11 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Fellowship DP0770414: Language Revival in the Middle East: The Genesis of Israeli ('Modern Hebrew') – Lessons for the Revival of No-Longer Spoken Australian Languages.

    2010-12 Project 211 (China): Internationalizing China's Linguistics.

    2013-2015: Traditional Cultural Expressions in Aboriginal Australia and Torres Straits Islands, Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sports, Australian Government. PUBLISHED: ENGAGING – A Guide to Interacting Respectfully and Reciprocally with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, and their Arts Practices and Intellectual Property:   

    2014-2015   Online Learning Space: Barngarla Language, Aboriginal Language Support (ILS) New Media, Ministry for the Arts, Attorney-General’s Department, Australian Government.

    2012-2015: Mobile Language Team, Aboriginal Language Support (ILS), Office For The Arts (OFTA), Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sports, Australian Government. (1,050,000 AUD) (Collaborator)

    2002 British Academy Research Grant: The Camouflaged Lexical Influence of English on the World’s Languages.

  • Publications


    §  Revivalistics, Cross-Fertilization and Wellbeing: Awakening Hebrew and Other Sleeping Beauty Languages. (Oxford University Press, in print)

    §  The bestseller Israelit Safa Yafa (Israeli – A Beautiful Language) (Am Oved 2008).

    §  Language Contact and Lexical Enrichment in Israeli Hebrew(Palgrave Macmillan 2003).

    §  Numerous refereed journal articles and book chapters in 10 languages on Revivalistics, contact linguistics, language, culture, religion and identity, English as the world's language, borrowing, multisourced neologization, lexical engineering, linguistic hybridity, lexicography, second language acquisition, mnemonics, psychometrics, Israeli, Yiddish, Hebrew, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Turkish, Estonian, Icelandic, German, Italian, Maori and Aboriginal languages.

    For example:

    'Hybridity versus Revivability: Multiple Causation, Forms and Patterns', Journal of Language Contact Varia 2: 40-67. (2009)

    'Stop, Revive, Survive: Lessons from the Hebrew Revival Applicable to the Reclamation, Maintenance and Empowerment of Aboriginal Languages and Cultures', Australian Journal of Linguistics 31.1: 111-127. (2011)

    ‘Native Tongue Title: Proposed Compensation for the Loss of Aboriginal Languages’, Australian Aboriginal Studies (AAS) 2014/1: 55-71. (2014)

    Various other articles are available at the following two websites:


  • Professional Associations

    Foundations for Endangered Languages (FEL) (Elected Board Member)

    Australian Association for Jewish Studies (AAJS) (Elected President 2017-)

    Australasian Association for Lexicography (AUSTRALEX) (Elected President, 2013-2015)

    Academy of Oriental Scholars (Shanghai) (Elected Member)

    Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) (Elected Member)

    European Association for Jewish Studies (EAJS) (Elected Member)

    Linguistic Society of America (LSA)

    The Philological Society

    Centre for Research on Language Change (CRLC) (Elected Member)

    International Pragmatics Association (IPrA)

    The Antipodean East European Study Group (Te Rōpū Mātai Ūropi ki te Rāwhiti)

    Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics (SPCL)

    Australian Linguistic Society (ALS)

    National Association of Professors of Hebrew (NAPH)

    European Association for Lexicography (EURALEX)

    Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée (AILA)

    World Union of Jewish Studies (WUJS)

    Association for Jewish Studies (AJS)

    Israeli Association for the Study of Language and Society (IALS)

    Singapore Association for Applied Linguistics (SAAL)

    Cambridge Institute of Language Research (CILR)


  • Professional Interests

    2004-present Editorial Board Member, Journal of Language Contact.

    2009-present Editorial Board Member, Jewish Contemporary Review.

    2010-present Editorial Board Member, Israeli Journal of Humor Research.

    2007-present Editorial Board Member, Mizrekh: Jewish Studies in the Far East.

    2007-present Editorial Advisory Board Member, The Open Applied Linguistics Journal.

    1998-present Consultant, Oxford English Dictionary (OED).

    2002-present Consultant, Oxford University Press (OUP).

    2009-present Consultant, Cambridge University Press (CUP).

    2007-present Consultant, Yale University Press (YUP).

    2005-present Consultant, Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies, University of Miami.

    2008-present Organizer, Australian Workshop on Afro-Asiatic Linguistics (AWAAL).

    2002-present Annual Conference Organizer, Consultant, Leyvik House, The Israeli Center for Yiddish Culture, Tel Aviv.

    2011-present Scientific Committee Member, International Morphology Meeting (IMM).

    2009-present Scientific Committee Member, Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE).

    2005-present Advisor, International Academic Board, The Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism (YIISA), Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

    2012-present Referee, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

    2011-present Referee, The Leverhulme Trust.

    2011-present Referee, Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP).

    2010-present Referee, Israel Science Foundation (ISF).

    2009-present Referee, Australian Linguistic Society (ALS) Annual Conference.

    2008-present Referee, Academic Research Fund, National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore.

    2010-present Referee, The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics.

    2005-present Referee, Languages in Contrast.

    2005-present Referee, Australian Journal of Linguistics.

    2004-present Referee, Balshanut Ivrit (Hebrew Linguistics).

    2004-present Referee, CamLing (Conference in Language Research, University of Cambridge).

    2002-present Referee, Journal of Modern Jewish Studies.

    2001-present Referee, International Journal of Lexicography.

    2008-10   Mentor, Griffith Industry Mentoring Program, Griffith University.

    2011-12      Examiner, Ph.D., Waikato University, New Zealand.

    2008           Examiner, Ph.D., Griffith University, Australia.

    2007-8        Thesis Supervisor, Amirim Programme for Outstanding Students, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

    2003-4        Thesis Supervisor, Department of Hebrew & Jewish Studies, University College London.

    2001-3        Examiner, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Cambridge.

    2000-04      Governing Body Member, Churchill College, Cambridge. 

  • Community Engagement

    2009-present Internationalization Adviser, Development Office, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.

    2008-present Thought Leader, Creativity Australia, Melbourne.

    2005-present Invited Speaker, Limmud Oz (Annual Festival of Jewish Learning & Culture), Sydney/Melbourne.

    2006-present Invited Lecturer, Leyvik House, The Israeli Center for Yiddish Culture, Tel Aviv.

    2004-present Invited speaker on dozens of TV programmes: in the UK (e.g. BBC), Israel (e.g. Channel 1, Channel 2, Channel 10, YES, YES DOCO)...

    2004-present Invited speaker on hundreds of radio programmes: in Israel (e.g. Galey Tzahal, Reshet Bet, Kol Yisrael), the UK (e.g. BBC), Australia (e.g. four ABC Lingua Franca programmes,an ABC Encounter programme with David Rutledge, an ABC Big Ideas panel broadcast on 15 April 2010; and various SBS interviews in Israeli, Yiddish, Italian and English, 6PR Perth, 3ZZZ Melbourne), Spain (e.g. Radio SefaradEnglish Corner), Germany, South Africa, New Zealand...

    1998-present Featuring in thousands of newspaper articles in the USA (e.g.The Forward), UK (e.g. Reuters), Canada (e.g. Globe and Mail), the Netherlands (e.g. Trouw), Sweden (e.g.Språktidningen), Spain (e.g. Terra), Israel (e.g. Haaretz,MaarivYediot AharonotJerusalem PostEnglish Haaretz,YnetNRGTime OutMakor RishonErev ErevHaIr), New Zealand (e.g. New Zealand Jewish Chronicle), Germany (e.g. Jüdische Zeitung), and Australia (e.g. The Australian, Courier MailAustralian Jewish News,RhapsodyE-ton, Galus Australis).

    2009-present Advisory Board Member, Gifted Speech, New York (applied phonetics).

    2008-present Keynote Speaker, Limmud Galil (Annual Festival of Jewish Learning & Culture), Rosh HaNikra, Israel.

    2007-2010    Lecturer on Jewish Studies and the Hebrew Bible, Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Centre, The University of Queensland.

    2006-2011    Elected Committee Member, Keren Heyesod – United Israel Appeal (UIA), Queensland.

    2010            Keynote Speaker, Limmud Arava (Annual Festival of Jewish Learning & Culture), Sapir, Arava, Israel.

    2009            Participating Chair, two panels, Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF).

    2008            Juror, BIFF Interfaith Award for Promoting Humanitarian Values, Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF). (31 July – 10 August)

    2008            Invited Keynote Speaker, Limmud NZ (Annual Festival of Jewish Learning & Culture), New Zealand.

    2004-8         Auditor and Consultant, BurlingtonEnglish / Burlington Books (applied phonetics).

    2005-6         Invited Professor, Year 11 Conference, Mount Scopus Memorial College, Melbourne.

    2006            Invited Professor, Betar Australia. (September)

    2006           Senior Lecturer, The Hebrew Language in its Cultural Context, The Melton Graduate Programme, The Florence Melton Adult Mini-School (A Project of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Melbourne. (May-June)

    2005            Senior Lecturer, Course for the Hebrew Teachers of Victoria, The Hebrew Teachers Association of Victoria, Bialik College, Melbourne.

    2004            Visiting Professor, The Birth of a Modern Language: An Introduction to the History and Culture of Israeli Hebrew, Adult Institute for Jewish Studies, Temple Beth Am, Miami, Florida. (January-March)

    2002-4         Senior Treasurer, United World Colleges Society, University of Cambridge.

    2002-3         International Selection Examiner, United World Colleges.

    1997            President, Oxford University L’Chaim Society.

    1993-4         Chairman, United World Colleges Israel: organized activities for the Alumni Association; liaison officer for all past and current UWC students/staff making contact with the Israeli branch; member of the National Selection Committee.

    Summer 93   Jewish Agency Representative, Quebec (Canada).

    1989-93       Writer of clues for the cryptic crossword of Yedioth Ahronoth (Israel’s largest daily newspaper).


    1986-7         Chairman, B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, Eilat, Israel.





    Here are some of the lectures that I have organized at the University of Adelaide: 




    Convener: Professor Ghil‘ad Zuckermann, Chair of Linguistics and Endangered Languages


    Mondays AT 4PM at the POLYGON LECTURE THEATRE, BARR SMITH SOUTH, The University of Adelaide, North Terrace, Adelaide CBD

    (Several linguistic lectures will feature at the Australian Association for Jewish Studies – AAJS – international conference on 9-11 February 2014 at the Barr Smith Library, The University of Adelaide.)


    3 March 2014: Professor Ghil‘ad Zuckermann, Adelaide: Genomics and Revivalistics: Language and the DNA.


    10 March: Associate Professor Bruna Franchetto (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro), Dr Rafael Nonato (MIT) and Livia Camargo-Tavares (Brazilian Indigenous Language Documentation Project): Endangered Languages in Brazil.


    17 March: Dr Michael Walsh, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), Canberra: The  Birds and the Bees: Issues in Translating an Aboriginal Song Text from North-West Australia.


    24 March: (A) Irma Kuci, Adelaide: Albanian: History, Dialects and Grammar;

    (B) Yosep Kroon, PhD candidate in Endangered Languages, Adelaide: The Grammar of Solor – Lamaholot, an Endangered Eastern Indonesia Language.

    31 March: Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney, Dean of Indigenous Education, Adelaide: ‘The Stupid Country’: Where to Now for Australian Indigenous Languages.


    7 April: Dr Wolfgang Haak, Adelaide: The Formation of Europe's Genetic Diversity and Implications for the Spread of Indo-European Languages.



    28 April: Professor Richard B. Baldauf Jr, Professor of TESOL Education, The University of Queensland: The Policy and Planning of English in Asia in a Globalized World: A Critical Reflection.


    5 May: Associate Professor Mary Oonah Griffiths, Media, Adelaide: Uncivil Jocks and Bloggers: An Analysis of Disruptive Media Commentary.


    12 May: Professor Roly Sussex OAM, The University of Queensland: Language as an Instrument in Conceptualizing, Diagnosing and Managing Pain.



    30 languages taught. Free entrance. In each language presentation, the audience will be exposed to (1) Background: where the language is spoken (map), number of speakers, percentage of children speaking it, language family (e.g. Hungarian is related to Finnish and Estonian). (2) Basic knowledge in language: greetings or counting or alphabet. (3) ONE unique characteristic (for example, in Hindi the word for tomorrow = the word for yesterday). (4) Information about where it might be possible to continue to learn the language in Adelaide or online. (5) Activity, for example participants greet each other in language.


    19 May: Professor Kate Burridge, Monash University: Telling it as it isn't – The life-cycle of a euphemism.

    26 May: (A) Jasmin Morley, PhD candidate in Revivalistics, Adelaide: Language Revival: Change, Metamorphosis or Genesis?

                   (B) Abdul Alhaidari, Griffith University: Language Revival: Playing with Fire?

    2 June: Dr Simon De Deyne, ARC DECRA Fellow, Adelaide: Subjective Meaning in the Mental Lexicon: A Network Approach.


    Back-up lectures (in case of cancellation): 

    (A) Ingrid Winter, Adelaide; The Secret History of the Mongols Revisited: A Social Semiotic Perspective on Reviving an Ancient Poetic Text;

    (B) Isabel O'Keeffe, University of Melbourne: 'Just for song': Spirit language songs and multilingualism in western Arnhem Land.


    Further particulars: 



    Convener: Professor Ghil‘ad Zuckermann, 08 8318 5247, 0423 901 808

    (Please contact Prof. Zuckermann if you would like to give a lecture/presentation)



    SEMESTER ONE ---- All welcome!


    28 February: Introducing Ourselves.

    6 March: Sally Collyns, Adelaide: From Istanbul to Adelaide – Reflections on a Career in English Language Teaching.

    13 March: Professor Michael Katz, University of Haifa, Israel: Cognitive Impact of Grammatical Gender in the Israeli Language.

    20 March: (A) Handoyo Puji Widodo, Adelaide: Developing English Materials for Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) Purposes: A Blended Principled Framework;                                                                                                                            (B) Jasmin Morley, Adelaide: The Importance of ‘Esoteric’ Functions of Language in Human Society.

    27 March: Dr Amy Perfors, Psychology, Adelaide: Computational Models of Language Acquisition: What Can They Tell Us?

    17 April: (A) Dr Tim Curnow, UniSA: Language education in Australian schools: Commonwealth policy versus state-level implementation.                                                             (B) Napatsinee Vichaidit, Adelaide: The Discourse of Thai Police Officers and Foreign Tourists in Thailand.

    24 April: (A) James McElvenny, University of Sydney: Scientists or engineers? Academic linguists and the international language movement, 1879-1951;

              (B) Jodie Martin, Adelaide: Being jazz in student writing.

    1 May: Dr Christine Nicholls, Flinders University: Warlpiri Nicknaming.

    8 May: (A) Dr Rob Amery, Adelaide: Taking to the Airwaves: A Strategy for Language Revival; (B) Fiona Mariner, U Library: Smarter Search Strategies – getting more out of search tools.

    15 May: (A) Aiyoub Pineh, Adelaide: Exploring the Impact of Genre-Based Pedagogy in Developing Grammatical Metaphor in Students’ Writing;                                                   

    (B) Abdulrahman Alhaidari, Adelaide: Cross-cultural Setting of Language Teaching in a Saudi Arabian Context.

    22 May: Professor Peter Sutton, South Australian Museum: Giving Away Language: Praxis vs Ideology in the Loss of Linguistic Diversity.

    29 May: (A) Nicola Fanning, Flinders University: Speech Pathology.                                               (B) An informal talk with Antikirrinya elder Ingkama Bobby Brown and with Petter Naessan about Irrititja - the past: Antikirrinya history from Ingomar Station and beyond (Keearia Press, 2012)

    5 June: Revd Dr Matthew Anstey, Principal, St Barnabas’ Theological College, Adelaide: Narratives in Biblical Hebrew: Grammatical indicators of plot.




    Convener: Professor Ghil‘ad Zuckermann, 08 8318 5247, 0423 901 808

    (Please contact Prof. Zuckermann if you would like to give a lecture)

    SEMESTER TWO ---- All welcome!


     23 July

    Professor Tony Liddicoat, UniSA 
    The Discursive Construction of Intercultural Relationships in Language-in-Education Policy Texts.

    30 July

    Dr Mark Clendon, Adelaide   
    Language shift in the West Australian arid zone: demography and prehistory.

    6 August

    (A) Dr Yvon Rolland, Université de la Réunion (the first European university in the Indian Ocean) 
          Learning to Pronounce: Which Paradigms in Second Language Acquisition? 
    (B) Ammon Stephenson, Adelaide 
          Constructed Languages and Revival Linguistics.

    13 August

    Professor Andy Butcher, Flinders University   
    Speaking and Hearing Australian Aboriginal Languages: Could Hearing Impairment Play a Role in the Evolution of a Phonology?

    20 August

    (A) Dr Mary-Anne Gale and Verna Koolmatrie, Mobile Language Team, Adelaide      
          The Story of the Revival of the Ngarrindjeri Language 
    (B) Clara Stockigt, Adelaide  
          The Description of Syntax in Early Grammars of South Australian Languages.

    27 August

    (A) Dr Ming Cheung, Adelaide      
          A Rhetorical Study of the Titles of Cantonese Pop Songs 
    (B) Wei Qu, Adelaide  
          An Investigation into the Impact of Text-based Pedagogy in Developing Chinese Students' Writing

     3 September

    (A) Margareta Rebelos, Adelaide 
          Bilingual First Language Acquisition: Slovak-English early bilingualism 
    (B) Zaid Alamiri, Adelaide 
          The Quran Translations: Text, Language and Faith.

     10 September

    (A) Johanna Motteram, Adelaide  
          Language Testing and the Interpersonal 
    (B) Associate Professor Angela Scarino and Dr Jonathan Crichton, UniSA 
          ‘In-betweeness' in the experience of language learning.

    8 October

    (A) Fernando Marmolejo Ramos, Psychology, Adelaide  
         The appraisal of space words by speakers from diverse linguistic backgrounds 
    (B) Nha Tran Nguyen, Adelaide  
          An Investigation into Syllabus Negotiation in English Language Teaching in Vietnam 
    (C) Fiona Mariner, University of Adelaide Library  
          Smarter Search Strategies - getting more out of search tools.

     15 October

    (A) Professor Peter Mühlhäusler, Adelaide 
          Naming and Nick-Naming in Norf'k. 
    (B) Katherine Tearle, Adelaide  
         Say What, Now?: A Look at African-American Sociolinguistics from the Civil Rights Movement to 
     the Present Day

    22 October


    <!--[if !supportLists]-->    (A) Gabina Funegra, University of New South Wales: Quechua, the Vanishing Inca Language

    (B) Ahmad Junaidi, Adelaide: Curriculum review of English Teacher Preparation in Indonesia



    Adelaide University Linguistics Research Colloquium 2013

    Convener: Professor Ghil'ad Zuckermann,

    THURSDAYS 3pmNapier 205 


    7 March: Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney, Adelaide: Aboriginal Language and Education

    14 March: Dr Rob Amery, Adelaide: A Matter of Interpretation: Working with Historical Linguistic Material

    21 March: Dr Ian Green, Adelaide: Daly River Languages: A Verbal History

    28 March: Dr Peter Mickan, Adelaide: Book Launch ‘Language Curriculum Design and Socialisation’ (Multilingual Matters) --- with the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP.

    4 April: Dr Christine Nicholls, Flinders University: Bilingual Education in the Northern Territory’s Aboriginal Schools -- Noble Dream, Comparative Educational Success, and Policy Failure

    11 April: Arianna Dagnino, University of South Australia: Polyglossia and Translingualism in Transcultural Novels


    2 May: Handoyo Puji Widodo and Hasti Rahmaningtyas, Adelaide: Exploring Visual and Verbal Artifacts -- Language Material Design

    9 May: Revd Dr Matthew Anstey, Principal of St Barnabas’ Theological College: Lost in Translation -- The Word ‘Word’ in Classical Hebrew

    16 MayChristine Lockwood, History and Politics, Adelaide: Why Not Use English? The Dresden Lutheran Missionaries’ Use of the Mother Tongue

    23 May: Dr Joshua Nash and Professor Ghil‘ad Zuckermann, Adelaide: Toponyms in Revival Linguistics


     23 May: Professor Tom Burton: The sound of William Barnes's dialect poems: rediscovering 'The vâices that be gone' (You are welcome to join also Tom Burton’s book launch on 30 May at 17:30 at the Ira Raymond Room, Barr Smith Library)

    30 May: Revd Dr Bill Edwards: A Personal Journey with the Pitjantjatjara Language

    6 June: Dr Peter Mickan: Linguistic Nonsense and the Failure of Language Teaching: Why our children are hopeless at languages and what we can do about it.

    25-28 July 2013: AUSTRALEX 2013, The University of Adelaide --- Endangered Words, Signs of Revival: 

     Conveners: Professor Ghil'ad Zuckermann and Dr Julia Miller


    Linguistics Research Seminar 2013, SEMESTER 2

     Convener: Professor Ghil‘ad Zuckermann, Chair of Linguistics and Endangered Languages

     Thursdays at 3pm in Napier 205 

     1 August: Professor Badeng Nima, Dean of the Faculty of Education, Sichuan Normal University; Director of the Key Research Institute of Multiculturalism in the Sichuan Province, China: Combining Traditional and Modern Heritage: Challenges and Developments in the Tibetan Culture in China.

     8 August: Dr Judy Gould, South Australia: Utilising home language data to evaluate communication development for Aboriginal children who speak SAE as a second variety

     15 August: Dr Mark Clendon, Adelaide: Etymology, hierarchy and architecture in Old Europe.

     22 August: Dr Li Ya, Sichuan Normal University, and Adelaide: Heritage Revival and Self-organizing Development of Tibetan Community in Mainland China.

    29 August:

    (1) Michael Ruan Xiang, Shanghai International Studies University, and Adelaide: A City of Modernization: Linguistic Failure in the Shanghai Dialect;

    (2) Elise Lopez, Adelaide: An Exploration of French Migrant Language and Culture in South Australia.

     5 September: Isabel O’keeffe, University of Melbourne: Kunwinjku but Kun-barlang: Multilingualism and the classical song traditions of northwestern Arnhem Land.

     12 September: Zaid Alamiri, Adelaide: Ellipsis in the Qur'anic narratives: The role of cohesion.

     19 September: Katherine Tearle, Adelaide: Bilingualism in Canada: The Quebecois, The Franco-Ontariens and the Acadiens.


    10 October: Dr John Walsh, Dr Nayia Cominos and Professor Jon Jureidini, Adelaide: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Analysing Communication and Clinical Handover in Mental Health.

    17 October: Lyndal Hordacre Kobayashi, Adelaide: Definitions and perceptions of the term ‘mother tongue’ in Australia. Who chooses.

    24 October: Kateryna Katsman, Adelaide: Barossa German.

    31 October: Dr Yao Chunlin, Hebei United University, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and Adelaide: Language vitality and ethnic identity, which one is more important?: Tibetan-Chinese bilingual education in Tianzhu (Gansu Province) versus Huangnan (Qinghai Province).

     If you are interested in presenting your research in the 2014, please contact Professor Zuckermann ASAP. Interstate and overseas visitors are most welcome!


    Call for Papers – Australian Association of Jewish Studies

    The 26th AAJS Conference, 9-10 February 2014

    The University of Adelaide, North Terrace, CBD, Adelaide, South Australia

     Jews, Judaism and Hybridity

    From its very beginning the people of Israel has been characterized as 'a people that dwells alone' and one that 'is not reckoned among the nations' (Numbers 23:9). Indeed, the ancient Israelite religion was different from all other religions in that it worshipped one God, believing him to be the source of all creation and professing that he could not possess any physical manifestation.

    However, looking at the history of Israel and at its spiritual development, one can see that, both practically and conceptually, the Jewish people maintained close reciprocal relationships with other groups and ideas, resulting in fascinating and multifaceted cross-fertilizations and multiple causations. The theme of AAJS Adelaide (9-10 February 2014), Judaism and Hybridity, aims to explore Jewish cross-fertilization, synthesis and syncretism from any perspective.

    Extensive study of the Jewish faith, method of scriptural interpretation, Jewish identity, society, literature, art, philosophy and language throughout history, demonstrates that they were all heavily influenced by diverse cultures and religions, and by no means can they be satisfactorily explained as being the outcome of their Jewish or Hebrew classical origins alone. Judaism and Hybridity aims to explore the intriguing Jewish phenomenon from various angles, stressing the unique combination of sources that enabled its endless creativity and its seemingly miraculous renaissance after undergoing major crises.

    While being 'hybrid' is typically perceived as an inferior quality, papers may debate whether or not it is a universal trait that ought to be acknowledged, embraced and celebrated. As John Donne wisely wrote, 'no man is an island'. Every cultural phenomenon is necessarily related to multifaceted human experiences. Thousands of years ago, Judaism introduced monotheistic faith into human society, thus changing history for years to come. Papers could propose or reject the idea that whilst monotheism is important, it has also taken its toll, leading philosophers and scientists to believe mistakenly that there is one cause for each phenomenon rather than many. Papers could demonstrate or deny the hybridic nature of the Jewish experience and indeed of the monotheistic religion itself, and open up a novel perspective on society, religion and culture in general.

    Submissions to present papers (Deadline: 1 September 2013)

    Submissions to present papers must be made via email by 1 September 2013 to Professor Ghil‘ad Zuckermann, email: . The subject of the email message should be ‘AAJS Adelaide 2014 Proposal’. (Acceptance of papers will be notified by email no later than 30 October 2013.) Submissions must include the following:

    ~ Author’s full name,

    ~ Postal and email address,

    ~ Institutional affiliation,

    ~ Abstract of the paper to be presented (no more than 250 words)

    ~ Short biographical note (no more than 50 words). 

    AAJS encourages students engaged in academic research to submit proposals based on their work to the conference committee. Authors should clearly indicate their student status on their submission.

    Presenters are also invited to submit written articles for consideration for publication in the Australian Journal of Jewish Studies.

    Communication about the conference should be sent electronically to Professor Ghil‘ad Zuckermann, email:

     Conference Committee 

    § Professor Ghil‘ad Zuckermann, Conference Convener (Chair of Linguistics and Endangered Languages at the University of Adelaide)

    § Dr Michael Abrahams-Sprod, AAJS President

    § Professor Suzanne Rutland OAM

    § Dr Gitit Holzman

    § Dr Avril Alba

    § Dr Myer Samra

    § Dr Jan Lanicek

    § Dr Miriam Munz

    § Lee Kersten

    § Neta Steigrad

    § Anna Rosenbaum

    As this Conference addresses a small community of scholars, it is imperative that we all support the Association. Thus, it is a requirement that all presenters at this conference will have paid by 10 January 2014 the conference registration fee, which includes the AAJS membership for 2014.


     AUSTRALEX Adelaide: Endangered Words, and Signs of Revival, 25-28 July 2013

    Organizers: Professor Ghil‘ad Zuckermann and Dr Julia Miller, The University of Adelaide



    25 July 2013

    Ira Raymond Exhibition Room, Barr Smith Library, The University of Adelaide, North Terrace, City Centre, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

    9.30 am – 10 am

    Registration, Oscar Asbanu, didj and Indigenous percussions, welcoming music​

    10 am – 11 am

    Opening Remarks: Professor Mike Brooks, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), The University of Adelaide


    Plenary: Luise Hercus (in conversation with Ghil‘ad Zuckermann): A fifty-year perspective on endangered words and revival: a Golden Jubilee?

    11 am – 11.30 am

    Coffee break – Taste Baguette or Grass Roots Café, Level 4, Hub Central


    Ira Raymond Exhibition Room, Barr Smith Library

    Room 322, Hughes Building, connected to the Barr Smith Library through Hub Central, level 3


    CHAIR: Ghil‘ad Zuckermann

    CHAIR: Julia Miller

    11.30 am – 12.00 noon

    The lexicon of classical Wik technology (Peter Sutton)

    Foreign words and foreign inspired words (Kennosuke Ezawa) (This talk will be delivered in German, with an English translation in a handout.)

    12 noon  – 12.30 pm

    How do you fill all the gaps in the dictionary? Identifying lexical replacement strategies for re-awakening Australian languages (John Hobson)

    Phraseological units containing archaic and paleosemantic elements in bilingual lexicographic description (Joanna Szerszunowicz)

    12.30 pm – 1 pm

    Revival languages and their changing lexica (Jasmin Morley)

    Unacknowledged phrases: the challenge to lexicographers in identifying and presenting emerging lexical or grammatical units (Adam Smith)

    1 pm – 2.30 pm

    Lunch break


    CHAIR:  Mary Salisbury

    CHAIR: Deny Kwary

    2.30 pm – 3 pm

    Reviving unique words (David Nash)

    Changing worlds, vanishing words: lexicography on the edge (François Nemo and Antonia Cristinoi)

    3 pm – 3.30 pm

    The reawakening of Craitbul: Barry Blake and the revival of the Boandik language of Mount Gambier (Mary Anne Gale and Barry Blake)

    He Papakupu Reo Ture - a dictionary of Māori legal terms

    (Māmari Stephens)

    3.30 pm – 4 pm

    Two similar languages, two different dictionaries: a discussion of the Lamjung Yolmo and Kagate dictionary projects (Lauren Gawne)

    The repressed lexical units of the Ukrainian language: Soviet elimination, post-Soviet comeback (Roman Tryfonov)

    4 pm – 4.30 pm

    Coffee break – Taste Baguette or Grass Roots Café, Level 4, Hub Central



    Celebrating 175 years of Lutheran Missionaries’ Aboriginal Lexicography (supported by the Adelaide City Council)

    CHAIR: Ghil’ad Zuckermann                                        (Room 322, Hughes Building, connected to the Barr Smith Library through Hub Central, level 3)

    4.30 pm – 5.10 pm

    Triple-A: Christian missionaries as preservers of Indigenous languages in Australia, Asia and Africa (Volker Dally)

    5.10 pm – 5.40 pm

    They came, they heard, they documented: the Dresden missionaries as lexicographers (Rob Amery and Mary-Anne Gale)

    5.40 pm – 6.40 pm

    Plenary: Michael Walsh: Endangered words in the Archive: The Rio Tinto / Mitchell Library project



    26 July 2013


    Ira Raymond Exhibition Room, Barr Smith Library, The University of Adelaide


    Hughes 322, connected to the Barr Smith Library

    9.15am – 9.45 am

    AustraLex AGM

    9.45am – 10 am

    POSTERS: Salih Al Zahrani, Guillaume Enguehard, Anne Quandt, Judith Urian, Eveline Wandlt-Vogt

    10 am – 11 am

    Plenary: Peter Mühlhäusler: Producing a dictionary for an unfocused language: the case of Pitkern and Norf’k (Convener: Ghil‘adZuckermann) 

    11 am – 11.30 am

    Coffee break – Taste Baguette or Grass Roots Café, Level 4, Hub Central


    CHAIR: Pam Peters

    CHAIR: Joanna Szerszunowicz

    11.30 am – 12 noon

    Outsiders, making big and scary women: lexical fields in Pitkern-Norf’k (Catherine Amis and Paul Monaghan)

    Transformations in a slang dictionary (Amanda Laugesen)

    12 noon  – 12.30 pm

    The importance of creating a revivalistic reference dictionary of the oral history of the Gyalrong-Tibetan minorities in China (Li Ya)

    The Web and social media as sources of lexicographical evidence for English regionalisms (Paul Cook and Laurel Brinton)

    12.30 pm – 1 pm

    Language variation in the revitalisation process (Lars-Gunnar Larsson)

    The vitality of new Chinese words and phrases (Yao Chunlin)

    1 pm – 2.30 pm

    Lunch break


    CHAIR: Michael Walsh

    CHAIR: Adam Smith

    2.30 pm – 3 pm

    Words and traditional environmental knowledge: research and conservation strategies (Carol Priestley)

    User’s style guide and bilingual dictionaries: the case of Indigenous African languages (Munzhedzi James Mafela )

    3 pm – 3.30 pm

    Charles Chewings’ vocabulary (Clara Stockigt)

    Compiling a trilingual dictionary for an unwritten endangered language of China (Norah Xueqing Zhong)

    3.30 pm – 4 pm

    Endangered ‘Danger Island’ words, oral traditions and social media (Mary Salisbury)

    Revisiting the Javanese loanwords in the OED (Deny Kwary and Rika Novriani )

    4 pm – 4.30 pm

    Mapping the language – how a dying language loses its place in the world  (Dorothea Hoffmann)

    Lost words and the changing nature of collecting evidence for a historical dictionary (Julia Robinson)

    4.30 pm – 5 pm

    Coffee break – Taste Baguette or Grass Roots Café, Level 4, Hub Central

    5 pm – 6 pm

    Plenary: Christopher Hutton: Reclaiming Socio-Cultural memory: creating a reference dictionary of Hong Kong Cantonese slogans and quotations (Convener: Ghil‘ad Zuckermann)

    6.30 pm

    Conference Dinner (Scoozi, 272 Rundle Street)




    27 July 2013

    River Torrens, NEAR Red Ochre Grill on War Memorial Drive (a 30 minute walk from the University of Adelaide) Meet either there at 11am (see map above) or in front of the Art Gallery (east of SA Museum) on North Terrace at 10.30am to walk there in a group

    11 am – 3 pm

    Pirltawardli: where it all began  - lexicography in South Australia (Lunch provided) (supported by the Yitpi Foundation)



    28 July 2013

    Excursion to Port Elliot, near Victor Harbor (a 1½ hour drive from the University of Adelaide)

    11 am

    Meet at the Car Park below the Napier Building (University of Adelaide, North Terrace) (transport provided)

    1 pm

    Lunch – 1 The Strand, Port Elliot (on the ocean)


    Further details:

    The 26th Australian Association for Jewish Studies (AAJS) Conference, 9-11 February 2014, University of Adelaide

    Jews, Judaism and Hybridity

    Convener: Professor Ghil'ad Zuckermann

    Keynote Speaker: Professor Bernard Wasserstein, University of Chicago

    Further details:


    Australian Association for Jewish Studies 26th Annual Conference, 9-11 February 2014 Convener: Professor Ghil‘ad Zuckermann



    8:30 – 9:10 Registration

    9:15 ~ 9:45

    9:45 ~ 10:45

    Conference Opening

    Welcome to Country by Kaurna man

    Jack Buckskin

    Opening Remarks by the Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Adelaide

    AAJS President’s Report

    Pratt Foundation Keynote Address

    ~ Professor Bernard Wasserstein, University of Chicago

    The Smile of the Cheshire Cat: Reflections on Jewish Cultural Crossings in the 58th century

    10:45-11:15 Tea/Coffee Break

    Ira Raymond Room, Barr Smith Library

    Hughes Building, Lecture Theatre


    Hughes Building, Lecture Theatre






    Ghil‘ad Zuckermann, Yitzhak Pilpel, Brian Towers, Revivalomics: Tarbutomics (Israeli Culturomics) as a Tool to Explore Hybridity and Horizontal Gene Transfer in the Hebrew Revival, 1800-2014

    Michael Keren

    , The Blurring of the Jewish-Palestinian Divide in Sayed Kashua’s Second Person Singular

    Dan Avnon

    , On the Hybridic Nature of Israeli Political Concepts



    Vicky Schinkel

    , The Cross-Pollination of Philosophical Notions of Interpretation in the Late 13th Century

    Seth Kunin

    , Crypto-Jews: Structural Mediation or Christian-Jewish Hybridity

    Lauren Meath

    , 'Feminism, Belief and the Yoatzot Halacha Movement: Changing Israel’s Modern Orthodox Communities From Within'


    12:45-13:45 LUNCH BREAK


    13:15-13:45 AAJS AGM





    : THE ABRAHAM INSTITUTE Convenor: Katherine Goode

    Omar Lum

    Roshanak Amrein

    Lynn Arnold

    Archbishop Philip Wilson



    Revd Matthew Anstey, 

    "In the Beginning was Hybridity": the Genesis of Hybridity in Genesis

    Megan Turton, 

    Deuteronomy 24:1-4: a Study in Ancient Near Eastern and Jewish Divorce Law


    JEWS IN AUSTRALIA AND NZ Chair: Andrew Markus

    Lee Kersten,

    Sir Aubrey Lewis, an Adelaide Boy’s Career

    Jessica Loyer,

    Jewish Sabbath Cooking in Australia: One Pot, Many Meanings

    Zehavit Gross, Suzanne D. Rutland

    , State Integrated Schools as a Major Challenge for Jewish Education in New Zealand: a Case Study

    15:15-15:45 TEA/COFFEE BREAK






    Racheline Barda

    Rabbi Shoshana Kaminsky

    Larry Lockshin

    Rebbetzin Rachel Tanny


    YIDDISH AND HYBRIDITY Chair: Michael Abrahams-Sprod

    Martin Spigelman

    , Syncretic Speech – Yiddish as Spoken by Hasidim Today

    Dashiel Lawrence,

    No Messiah for Sitka: Jewish Territorialism in Alaska

    Andrew Firestone,

    "Warsaw Poet Yisroel Shtern (1894 - ?1942): Cabalist – and Modernist Poet."


    YOUTH IN ASIA Chair: Huang Ping

    Navras Jaat Aafreedi,

    Hybridity, Synthesis, Syncretism and Cross-Fertilization Among the Indian Jews

    Jia XU,

    Legends of the Kaifeng Jewish Community in China: History, Adaptability and Hybridity

    Myer Samra

    , From Buallawn Israel to Benei Menashe

    17:15-17:30 short break




    SESSION 4C: PANEL II (continued):



    Marianne Dacy

    , Jews Amongst Polytheists and Hellenists

    Panayiotis Diamadis

    , Clashing or Complementary? Judaism and Hellenism in Three Modern States (Hellas, Cyprus and Israel)





    Uncle Boydie, Abraham Schwarz, Barngarla man Stephen Atkinson, Ghil‘ad Zuckermann et al.



    Ira Raymond Room, Barr Smith Library

    Hughes Building, Lecture Theatre


    Hughes Building, Lecture Theatre






    Avril Alba,

    The Holocaust Memorial Museum: a Syncretic ‘Sacred Space’?

    Mary Griffiths,

    ‘Diversity Destroyed: a City Remembers 1933-1938’: Memorialising Practices and the Renewal of Democratic Identity in Contemporary Berlin.

    Dvir Abramovich,

    The Past That Will Not Go Away: Israeli Literature and the Shoah

    Helen Webberley,

    Yosl Bergner vs Tucker, Vassilieff, Perceval, Counihan, Nolan and Boyd. Who Influenced Whom?



    Colin B. Picker,

    The Israeli Legal System and its Legal Culture: Related Hybridity

    Randall S. Geller,

    "Tensions Between Proponents of Integration Versus Segregation as Viewed Through the Prism of the Israeli Defense Forces, 1948-1958."

    Tessa Satherley,

    Jews in Israel: Hybridity orHavdalah?

    Michael RUAN Xiang

    , A General Observation and Analysis Report on Israel’s Participation in the Shanghai 2010 World Expo



    JEWS AND CHINAChair: Mobo Gao Respondent: Huang Ping

    Felix Patrikeeff

    , The Jewish Communities, China and Australia, 1924-1969

    Avrum Ehrlich,

    China, Jews and the Hybridity of Biblical 'Philosophy', Prophecy and Morality

    Deborah Cao

    , Popular Perceptions of Jews and Jewish Culture in Contemporary China

    11:00-11:30 TEA/COFFEE BREAK





    Chair: Suzanne D. Rutland

    Andrew Markus and Margaret Taft,

    Judaism and Hybridity: the Post-War Melbourne Community

    Miriam Munz,

    Melbourne’s Jewish Community 1939 – 1945



    Jonathan Worthen,

    Truth-Trial: Yahweh’s Promise of Protection and the Persian Ordeal

    William Howell (Bill) Edwards,

    Israel on Walkabout: Anangu Insights into Old Testament Concepts


    SESSION 7C: PANEL IV (continued):


    Chair: Mobo Gao Respondent: Huang Ping

    12:30-13:30 LUNCH BREAK





    Michael R. Cohen

    , From ‘Judaism in America’ to ‘American Judaism’: Cultural Hybridity and the Reconceptualization of Traditional Jewish Practice

    Ran Porat

    The Wandering Jew arrives at Australia: The resurrection of an ancient myth by Ausraelis (Israelis in Australia)

    Shahar Burla,

    David Hume’s "Sympathetic Imagination and the Diasporic Jewish Imagination



    Chris Mortensen,

    Maimonides as Nominalist

    Ari Lobel,

    The Shaping of Maimonides’ view of Divine Providence

    Anna Hirsh,

    Ruin/Monument: Spaces Between Truth and Death



    15:00-15:30 TEA/COFFEE BREAK





    Michael Abrahams-Sprod,

    From Symbiosis to Racial Pollution: the Cases of Rassenschande (Racial Defilement) in Nazi Magdeburg

    John Strehlow,

    German Jewish Influence on Australian Anthropology

    Esther Jilovsky,

    Memory, Postmemory and Identity in German-Jewish Holocaust Memoirs

    Gideon Greif,

    German Jews 1933-1939 – the Compelled Farewell From the Common Cultural Heritage and "Symbiosis"



    Leah Garrett,

    Jewish American World War II Novels

    Tsippy Levin Byron,

    Natalia Ginsburg (1916-1991)

    Jennifer Dowling,

    From La Belle Maguelonne to Sheyne Mageleyne

    Leah Kaminsky,

    The Fish Council




    Michael Tsianikas and Panayiotis Diamadis


    AAJS C


    Launch of

    Introduced by

    (Leaving from the Adelaide University Napier Building car park at 11am)

    Professor Bernard Wasserstein’s new book Professor Jennie Shaw, Executive Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Adelaide.



    Convener: Professor Ghil‘ad Zuckermann
    Chair of Linguistics & Endangered Languages

    Wednesdays, 3pm
    Napier Building, Room 204



    9th March



    Lia TEDESCO, School of Languages, South Australia:


    Languages Education in South Australian Schools.


    16th March


    Lur ALGHURABI, Adelaide:


    Bilingualism: Impact, Benefits and Challenges.

    23rd  March


    Dr Simon DE DEYNE, ARC DECRA Fellow, Adelaide:


    Meaning in the Mental Lexicon.


    30th March


    Yosep KROON, Adelaide:


    Serial Verb Constructions in Solor - Lamaholot.



    Mid-Semester Break



    27th April

    Professor CHEN Yan, Yancheng Teachers University:


    Woman – A Man with a Womb?



    4th May

    Dr Rob AMERY, Adelaide:


    The Kaurna Dictionary Project.



    11th May

    Dr Daniela KALEVA, University of South Australia:


    Comparative Study of Word Emphasis in Claudio Monteverdi’s Italian Monody ‘Lamento d’Arianna’ and its Religious Latin Contrafactum ‘Il pianto della Madonna’.









    25th May

    Professor Nick EVANS, ARC Laureate Fellow, Australian National University:


    Multilingualism as the Primal Human Condition – with special reference to Australia and New Guinea.






    Further particulars:

    Back-up lecture (in case of cancellation): Professor Ghil‘ad ZUCKERMANN, Adelaide:

    Language, Religion and Politics in Israel.


    Convener: Professor Ghil‘ad Zuckermann
    Chair of Linguistics & Endangered Languages

    Tuesdays, 3pm
    Napier Building, LG18


    2 August



    Professor Garrett CULLITY, Hughes Professor of Philosophy, Adelaide:


    The Function of Moral Language: Descriptive or Expressive? The View from Moral Philosophy.


    9 August


    Ammon STEPHENSON, Adelaide:


    Conlangs & Revlangs: Constructed Languages and Revived Languages.

    16 August


    Dr Matt ANSTEY, St Barnabas Theological College:


    The Noun Phrase in Biblical Hebrew.


    23 August


    Professor Han BALTUSSEN, Hughes Professor of Classics, Adelaide:


    The Language of Pain.



    30 August

    Wallace MCKITRICK:


    ‘No Birth, No Death’ – Rooting Ch’an (cf. Zen) in Australian Writing and Idiom.



    6 September

    Jie YANG, Adelaide:


    Minority and Indigenous Language Policy and Planning in Tertiary Education in Major Universities of China and Australia.



    Mid-Semester Break







    11 October

    Penelope CASHMAN, Adelaide:


    International Best Practice in the Teaching of Lyric Diction to Undergraduate Classical Singers.







    Further particulars:


    Back-up lecture (in case of cancellation): Professor Ghil‘ad ZUCKERMANN, Adelaide:

    Language, Religion and Politics in Israel.

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