Braided Channels Archive, a part of the Australian National Corpus, Linguistics, sole focus of a Lingua Franca program on Radio National

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This broadcast focused on my work as a documentary practitioner whose underlying data has continuing relevance for the wider community and specifically for linguistics scholars exploring Australian English.

Research Background: The Braided Channels archive of some seventy hours videoed, transcribed and cross referenced oral history with the women of Queensland's Channel Country talking about their relationship to land and their history was recorded in 2000, with funding from the Centenary of Federation. Its highlights constituted Channels of History, a travelling social history exhibition (2002-05) with funding from Arts Queensland. Across 2011/12 this archive was re-purposed for online access via the AusNC linguistics data base of Australian English. In turn I was invited by Radio National's Lingua Franca program to be the featured guest discussing this archive as an example of the broader data base. This work contributes to the fields of Australian social history, the 'Digital Humanities',linguistics and media studies. The underlying research question considers the way in which Bourriaud's (2002) notion of a 'relational aesthetic' might be constituted in online space.

Research Contribution: The Braided Channels archive as whole contributes to Australian social history, specifically the ways in which gender and race have combined in a remote area. The collection is an example of what Goodall (2002) calls 'shared history' and contributes to ongoing debates on 'documentary voice' following Nichols(1983). Its combination of an accessible and multimodal collection of both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal English also contributes to the field of Australian linguistics, as demonstrated by the Lingua Franca programme invitation.

Research Significance: Channels was a featured example at the AusNC national launch in March 2012, and the sole example discussed on Lingua Franca, a linguistics program on Radio National. I have been invited to provide an account of its creation as part of a specialist publication on AusNC to be edited by Professor Pam Peters and Dr Michael Haugh.

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Interview on ABC RN Program Lingua Franca. Trish FitzSimons recorded a number of interviews with women living in the Channel Country in the year 2000, now available as one a number of language resources in the Australian National Corpus
This interview alerted the public to a major element of the Australian National Corpus, an innovative example of the Digital Humanities, where work originally recorded as part of a creative research project was repurposed in a linguistics database.
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FitzSimons, T, Braided Channels Archive, a part of the Australian National Corpus, Linguistics, sole focus of a Lingua Franca program on Radio National, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Melbourne, 2012