Joe Blythe

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20012022
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Biography

Joe Blythe is an Interactional Linguist specialising in Australian Indigenous languages.  He conducts field research on the Murrinhpatha language of the Northern Territory and on the Gija and Jaru languages from northern Western Australia.

Joe is interested in the relationships between linguistic structure and social action, and what these relationships reveal about social cognition and culture. He is concerned with how interlocutors coordinate with each other in making themselves understood, and in how they package their talk, gaze and gestures, etc., as moves directed towards interactional goals. He is especially interested in what social interaction reveals about why words and constructions are structured the way they are. Thus, do particular structures reveal affordances for delivering particular actions? Are these structures better adapted than alternative structures for delivering the desired actions? Can constraints on language use be observed to be driving structural and semantic change?

Research interests

  • Australian Aboriginal Languages
  • Conversation Analysis and Interactional Linguistics
  • Gesture
  • Kinship
  • Child Language Acquisition
  • Language Evolution

 

Research Projects

  • Multiparty conversation in Gija, an endangered language of the East Kimberley, WA

A MQNS funded project to build a video corpus of Gija conversation. 

  • Acquiring Kinship Terminology in an Australian Aboriginal Community.

This project investigates how Murrinhpatha speaking children acquire the lexicon and grammar of kinship. (ARC DECRA project DE130100399)

This project studies the acquisition of the polysynthetic language Murrinhpatha (Wadeye, NT) by children from 2-6 years. (ARC Discovery project DP110100961, with Jill Wigglesworth, Barbara Kelly, Rachel Nordlinger).

 

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Projects 2017 2022

What is distinctive about Australian Aboriginal conversational style?

Blythe, J., Mushin, I., Stirling, L., Gardner, R., MQRES, M. & MQRES (International), M. (.

30/01/1829/01/22

Project: Research

Research Output 2001 2018

Genesis of the trinity: the convergent evolution of trirelational kinterms

Blythe, J. 2018 Skin, kin and clan: the dynamics of social categories in Indigenous Australia. McConvell, P., Kelly, P. & Lacrampe, S. (eds.). Canberra: ANU epress, p. 431-471 41 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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Tools of Engagement: selecting a next speaker in Australian Aboriginal multiparty conversations

Blythe, J., Gardner, R., Mushin, I. & Stirling, L. 2018 In : Research on Language and Social Interaction. 51, 2, p. 145-170 26 p.

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Universals and cultural diversity in the expression of gratitude

Floyd, S., Rossi, G., Baranova, J., Blythe, J., Dingemanse, M., Kendrick, K. H., Zinken, J. & Enfield, N. J. 23 May 2018 In : Royal Society Open Science. 5, 5, p. 1-9 9 p., 180391

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Recruitments in Murrinhpatha (and the preference organisation of their possible responses)

Blythe, J. 2017 (Accepted/In press) Getting Others to Do Things: A Pragmatic Typology of Recruitments. Floyd, S., Rossi, G. & Enfield, N. J. (eds.). Berlin: Language Sciences Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The acquisition of Murrinh-Patha (Northern Australia)

Forshaw, W., Davidson, L., Kelly, B., Rachel, N., Wigglesworth, G. & Blythe, J. 2017 The Oxford handbook of polysynthesis. Fortescue, M., Mithun, M. & Evans, N. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 473-494

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