Dr Mark Harvey
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School of Humanities and Social Science
The University of Newcastle, Australia
1. In the period 2001-2006, I had 11 publications in the prinicpal DEST categories (2 x A1, 6 x B1, 5 x C1). This is an average of 2 publications per year.
2. In the period 2001-2006, I was a Chief Investigator on two externally funded grants.
A. ARC Discovery Grant (UNewc). (2005 - $40,000, 2006 - $35,000, 2007 $35,000). (Co-investigators: Dr M. Amberber [UNSW], Dr B. Baker [UNE])
B. Australian Institute of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies Research Grant. (2003 - $15,000) (Co-investigators - members of the Wagiman community).
3. In the period 2001-2006, I was employed as a consultant by the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority (NT), and the Northern Land Council (Darwin). Both of these consultancies resulted in extensive reports.
4. I was seconded to the Yirra Bandoo Aboriginal Corporation for Jan 01 Dec 03 and Jul 04 Dec 04 to prepare materials on Gulumoerrgin, the Aboriginal language of Darwin. This secondment was funded by a grant from the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Commission, which was principally to provide for my employment.
- PhD, University of Sydney
- Master of Arts, Australian National University
- Bachelor of Arts, Australian National University
- Aboriginal languages
- Australian Aboriginal anthropology
- Historical linguistics
1. Descriptive Linguistic Research
There are two strands to my research in this area. One is the production of grammars and dictionaries in paper format. The other is the production of materials in digital/electronic format the cutting edge of descriptive research. I have supervised the production of an online dictionary. I have produced a detailed database transcription and digitisation of 72hrs of Gulumoerrgin audio material.
2. Theoretical Linguistic Research
My research has concentrated on two areas: historical linguistics, and complex predicate and word structures. I have undertaken extensive research on one of the principal issues in Australian historical linguistics - the relationships among the languages of central north and north-west Australia - the area of greatest linguistic differentiation.
My research on complex predicate and word structures focuses on a conceptual equation, one verbal word = one predicate = one clause, which is central to both modern and traditional grammatical theories. Thus an English sentence such as I let the kids go to town is analysed as bi-clausal, with each of the two verbs let and go being a predicate and having its own clause.
However, in other languages including many Aboriginal languages, apparently equivalent structures are mono-clausal, challenging the verbal word = predicate = clause equation and thereby grammatical theories. Joint research with ARC co-investigators has shown that mono-clausal structures do not constitute a unitary category. Rather some structures involve a single complex predicate, but others involve multiple predicates. Further many structures must be analysed as involving two different parts-of-speech. Theoretical models of verb, predicate, and clause therefore require revision.
3. Anthropological Research
My research has focussed on some central concepts in the analysis of Aboriginal social organisation clan, kinship system. There has been much debate over the validity of these concepts. Most analysts agree, however, in treating these systems as internally consistent. I differ from other analysts and propose that they are not internally consistent, but should be analysed as on-going and variable compromises between other more consistently maintained and sometimes conflicting patterns. Much of the debate has arisen from a failure to recognise this.
The most consistently maintained system in Aboriginal social organisation is not clans or kinship systems but rather constructions of the landscape. I have detailed the specific ways in which these constructions anchor discussions of land ownership (clans, tribes) and kinship (particularly marriage). My analyses are based on extensive site mapping work with Aboriginal people.
Research on the construction of the landscape is accorded great significance both by Aboriginal people and the research community. It is of particular concern, that information collected should be archived in an easily retrievable manner, subject to culturally appropriate monitoring. This is, to date, an essentially uninvestigated research area. I have produced a draft electronic gazetteer, which is a pioneer in this field. I aim to archive all of my landscape fieldwork research in electronic gazetteers. I also aim to engage with other researchers to develop appropriate archival standards for this new research domain.
Fields of Research
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Centres and Groups
Committee/Associations (relevant to research).
- Member - Australian Linguistic Society
Linguistics is one of the larger disciplines in the Faculty of Arts & Education. I have been the discipline convenor since Jan 2006. I have expertise in the following.
1. Program Delivery
I have co-ordinated our program offerings. This is a complex exercise. In addition to providing a linguistics program, we must satisfy service teaching requirements for Speech Pathology at the Callaghan campus, and Education at Callaghan, Ourimbah and Port Macquarie campuses.
2. Casual staff management.
Delivery of the discipline program involves extensive employment of casual staff, particularly in the large 1st year offerings.
3. Workload statistics
The discipline convenor's job involves oversight of the discipline teaching workload statistics.
- Curriculum development
- On-line assessment
1. Curriculum Development.
There have been significant changes to the make-up of the student clientele since I joined the discipline in 1994. We have acquired extensive service teaching responsibilities for both Education and Speech Pathology. In order to accommodate our changing clientele, we have undertaken three major curriculum reviews.I played an extensive role in all three reviews.
2. On-line assessment.
There are a number of large classes in the linguistics discipline (up to 500 students). We now undertake nearly all assessment on-line for larger classes. I instigated and directed the adoption of on-line assessment in these classes. This involved considerable collaborative interaction with the specialists in overall charge of on-line education.