Language and Culture Research Centre

The primary aim of the LCRC is to investigate the relationship between language and the cultural behaviour of those who speak it, and the relations between anthropology, cognition studies and linguistics.

Language and Culture Research Centre within the Cairns Institute at James Cook University.   

The Language and Culture Research Centre (LCRC) brings together linguists, anthropologists, social scientists and those working in the humanities, under the leadership of Distinguished Professor Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald and Adjunct Professor R. M. W. Dixon. The primary aim of the LCRC is to investigate the relationship between language and the cultural behaviour of those who speak it, and the relations between human biology, cognition studies and linguistics.

The LCRC is concerned with the fundamental business of linguistics and especially anthropological linguistics — our faculty and research students undertake intensive studies of previously undescribed (or barely described) languages, with a primary focus on the languages of the Pacific (especially the Papuan languages of New Guinea), the languages of Amazonia, and of Aboriginal Australia. We also concentrate on studying minority languages, including languages of immigrants, within the context of the majority populations. We work in terms of basic linguistic theory, the cumulative framework which is employed in most linguistic description, providing anthropologically informed grammars and analyses of languages and language areas. Our work has a sound empirical basis but also shows a firm theoretical orientation, seeking for explanation hand-in-hand with description.