Dr Cindy Schneider

Senior Lecturer - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Cindy Schneider

Phone: +61 2 6773 2483

Email: Cindy.Schneider@une.edu.au

Biography

I came to work UNE in 2009. Before that, I was a postdoctoral fellow at La Trobe University and before that I taught English as a Second/Foreign Language at universities in the US, Mexico, and Australia.

My research cuts across descriptive linguistics, sociolinguistics and applied linguistics. I have carried out extensive fieldwork with indigenous communities in Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. I also researched the Maasai language in Kenya in the mid-1990s, as part of my Masters degree.

My background and training is in descriptive linguistics and applied linguistics. I published a grammar of Apma in 2010. More recent work examines the following areas:

  • Language attitudes and practices
  • Language planning (both corpus planning and status planning)
  • Intelligibility across closely related languages and dialects
  • Development of mother tongue literacy materials
  • The role of literacy in a traditionally oral society
  • Language and the law

Currently, I am halfway through a Bachelor of Laws degree. I combine an interest in law with linguistic expertise to research language attitudes and practices in the courtroom -- specifically, Pacific island courtrooms.

Qualifications

BS Business/Marketing, French minor (Delaware), GrDip Linguistics (UNE), MA Linguistics (Oregon), PhD Linguistics (UNE)

Teaching Areas

LING101 Introduction to Linguistics
LING102 Foundations of Linguistics
LING244 Language and the Law
LING353/553 The English Language
LING369/569 Morphology and Syntax
LING371/571 Sociolinguistics and Language Ecology

Research Interests

Postgraduate and Postdoctoral Projects Supervised

  • Judges’ Communications to Juries: Are jurors in Victorian criminal trials properly informed of their tasks? (Masters)
  • Case study on the effect of home language on non-standard Australian English-speaking students’ writing in a regional primary school (Masters)
  • Tense, aspect and modality in Ngunese (Masters)
  • Language Education in Mewat: Policy, Politics, Practitioners and Neoliberalism (PhD)
  • Variation in Vatlongos verbal morphosyntax: speaker communities in Southeast Ambrym and Mele Maat (PhD)
  • Teacher Plurilingualism and Identity in the Japanese TESOL Context: A Student Focused Study (Masters)
  • Sindhi in the Roman script: An investigation into community acceptance (PhD)
  • Embedded names, embedded languages: Pitcairn Island toponymy and the Pitkern language (Postdoctoral)
  • A comparative study of the cultural relevance of prompts in teaching EFL to young Korean learners (BA (Honours))
  • A grammar of Barok (Papua New Guinea) (PhD)
  • Language Use by Women with Power (BA (Honours))

Publications

Scholarly Books

Schneider, C. (2010). A grammar of Abma, a language of Pentecost Island, Vanuatu. (Pacific Linguistics, 608). Canberra, Australia: Pacific Linguistics. [0858836076, 978-0858836075]

Schneider, C. 1998. Property Concept Terms in Maasai. MA thesis, University of Oregon. 125 pages.

Scholarly Book Chapters

Schneider, C., & Gray, A. (2015). Is it worth documenting "just a dialect"? Making the case for Suru Kavian (Pentecost Island). In A. François, S. Lacrampe, S. Schnell, & M. Franjieh. (Eds), The languages of Vanuatu: Unity and diversity. (Studies in the Languages of Island Melanesia). Canberra, Australia: Asia-Pacific Linguistics.

Schneider, C. (2015). Apma. In N. Grandi & L. Körtvélysessy (Eds), Edinburgh handbook of evaluative morphology. Edinburgh, UK: Edinburgh University Press. (Publication date October 2014) [0748681744, 9780748681747]

Schneider, C. (2007). Verb serialisation and incipient grammaticalisation in Abma. In D. Eades, J. Lynch, & J. Siegel (Eds), Language description, history and development: Linguistic indulgence in memory of Terry Crowley, (pp. 221–235). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Refereed Journal Articles

Gooskens, Charlotte & Cindy Schneider. (2019). Linguistic And Non-Linguistic Factors Affecting Intelligibility Across Closely Related Varieties In Pentecost Island, Vanuatu. Dialectologia 23.

Schneider, Cindy & Charlotte Gooskens. (2018). A Follow-up Analysis of Listener (Mis)comprehension across Language Varieties in Pentecost, Vanuatu. Oceanic Linguistics 57(1), 144-176.

Schneider, C. (2017). Ideologies, practices, and their effect on dialect vitality: a case study from Vanuatu. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 39(1), 60-75.

Schneider, C. & C. Gooskens. (2016). Approaching micro-level planning from an intelligibility perspective: a case study from Pentecost Island, Vanuatu. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development.

Gooskens, C. & C. Schneider. (2016). Testing mutual intelligibility between closely related languages in an oral society. Language Documentation & Conservation 10, 278-305.

Schneider, C. (2016). Talking around the texts: Literacy in a multilingual Papua New Guinean community. Written Language and Literacy 19 (1).

Schneider, C. (2015). Micro-level planning for a Papua New Guinean elementary school classroom: “copycat” planning and language ideologies. Current Issues in Language Planning 16(3), 335-354.

Schneider, C. (2011). Na passive and na- associative in Abma: Shared properties; shared origin? Oceanic Linguistics, 50(2), 380–398.

Schneider, C. (2011). Why field linguists should pay more attention to research in second language acquisition and teaching. Australian Journal of Linguistics 31(2), 187–209.

Schneider, C. (2009). Information structure in Abma. Oceanic Linguistics, 48(1), 1–35.

Schneider, C. (2008). The partitive marker in Abma. Anthropological Linguistics, 50(2), 148–173.

Refereed Conference Papers

Schneider, C. (2010). Language learning and literacy development in the field. In Y. Treis & R. De Busser (Eds), Selected Papers from the 2009 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society. http://www.als.asn.au. [978-0-9802815-3-8]

Language Resources

Schneider, C. (2015). Ol samting blong solwota long ples blong yumi (Suru Kavian). [Our fish (Suru Kavian)]. [Printed and bound by the author.]

Schneider, C. (2015). Bilanda Ruwuruwan / Ol samting blong bus long ples blong yumi (Suru Kavian). [Our plants (Suru Kavian)]. [Printed and bound by the author.]

Schneider, C. (2015). Bilanda bweeil / Ol pijin blong ples blong yumi (suru kavian). [Our birds (Suru Kavian).] [Printed and bound by the author.]

Schneider, C. (2015). Suru Kavian alphabet book. [Printed and bound by the author.]

Schneider, C. (2013). Say it in Abma. In Radev, Dragomir (ed), Puzzles in Logic, Languages and Computation: The Green Book. Heidelberg: Springer. Pages 6, 96-97.

Schneider, C. (2013). Nada bwihil nii / Ol pijin blong yumi (Sentrol Pentikos) [Our birds (Central Pentecost)]. [Printed and bound by the author.]

Schneider, C. (2013). Nada ik nii / Ol samting blong solwota long ples blong yumi (Sentrol Pentikos) [Our fish (Central Pentecost)]. [Printed and bound by the author.]

Schneider, C. (2013). Nada ruruwan nii / Ol wud blong yumi (Sentrol Pentikos) [Our plants (Central Pentecost)]. [Printed and bound by the author.]

Schneider, C. (2013). 'Apma alphabet' book. [Printed and bound by the author.]

Schneider, C. (2013). 'Apma alphabet' poster. [Printed and laminated by the author.]

Schneider, C. (2011). 'Apma Vowels and Consonants' poster. [Printed and laminated by the author.]

Schneider, C. (Ed.) (2008). Topnan vini nada [Stories of our place]. Illustrated storybook in Apma and English. 75 copies printed and distributed. [Printed and bound by the author.]

Schneider, C. with contributions from Andrew Gray and Catriona Hyslop Malau (Eds). (2008). An Apma – English Dictionary (2,132 entries). 100 copies printed and distributed. [Printed and bound by the author.]

Book Reviews

Schneider, C. (2001). Linguist List book review of Crawford (2000) At War with Diversity: US Language Policy in an Age of Anxiety. See https://linguistlist.org/issues/12/12-468.html

Newspaper Articles

Schneider, Cindy. (2014, October 9th). Tongue Talks: She’ll Be Right, Mate! Armidale Express Extra.

Schneider, Cindy. (2014, September 11th). Tongue Talks: Language Change. Armidale Express Extra.

Schneider, Cindy. (2014, August 14th). Tongue Talks: English Has No Future. Armidale Express Extra.

Schneider, Cindy. (2014, June 19th). Tongue Talks: Spelling Reform. Armidale Express Extra.

Schneider, Cindy. (2014, May 8th). Tongue Talks: Grammatical Rules: The Real and the Make-Believe. Armidale Express Extra.

Schneider, Cindy. (2014, March 27th). Tongue Talks: Advantages of Language Learning. Armidale Express Extra.

Schneider, Cindy. (2014, February 7th). Tongue Talks: What is a Language? Armidale Express Extra.

Memberships

Australian Linguistic Society

International Association of Forensic Linguistics

Further Information

Language Development Workshops

  • Suru Kavian Writing Workshop, Namaram Community, Pentecost Island, Vanuatu, 10th September 2013.
  • 2nd Kairak Writing Workshop, Malabonga Elementary School, East New Britain Province, PNG, 19th September 2011.
  • Kairak Writing Workshop, Malabonga Elementary School, East New Britain Province, PNG, 30th June – 1st July 2008.
  • Dictionary Making and the Maasai-English Dictionary Project, Public Information Session, Daystar University, Kenya, November 1997.

Academic Conferences, Workshops, and Public Events

  • How well do children in mixed - language classrooms understnad each other? A case study in language planning from Vanuatu. Australian Linguistic Society Conference, Monash University, 7th December 2016.
  • Approaching micro-level planning from an intelligibility perspective. Multidisciplinary Approaches in Language Policy & Planning Conference, University of Calgary, 1st – 3rd Sep 2016.
  • “Did you understand that?” Educational language planning from an intelligibility perspective. Linguistic Departmental Seminar Series, University of New England, 28th July 2016.
  • The role of exposure in mutual intelligibility and the ramifications for educational planning: A case study from Pentecost Island, Vanuatu. Small Language Planning: Communities in Crisis, University of Glasgow, 6th – 8th Jun 2016.
  • A case study of dialect idealisation and loss in North-Central Pentecost, Vanuatu. Linguistic Departmental Seminar Series, University of New England, 30th July 2015.
  • Extensive Writing: A way to foster metalinguistic awareness and literacy development. 4th International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation (ICLDC), University of Hawaii, 27th February 2015.
  • Language Variation and usage across the varieties of North-Central Pentecost, Vanuatu. Linguistic Departmental Seminar Series, University of New England, 21st May 2014.
  • A study of dialect shift: Suru Kavian, Pentecost Island, Vanuatu. Language Documentation and Linguistic Theory 4, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 8th December 2013.
  • Reading and writing around the edges: 'Fringe-dwelling' in a PNG community. Literacy Research Discussion Group, Lancaster University, 26th November 2013.
  • Literacy micro-planning in a PNG community: Which language is the right language? Linguistics Departmental Seminar Series, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 29th October 2013.
  • Case studies on language standardisation and language diversity in a PNG community. Workshop on Linguistic diversity in a globalised world, Centre for Research on Language Diversity, La Trobe University, 17th–18th 2012.
  • Locally-grown diversity: literacy practices in Papua New Guinea. Invited speaker at the Saturday public event: 'Linguistic diversity in a globalised world, State Library of Victoria, 15th December 2012.
  • A Variety of Indeterminate Status: The Case of Suru Kavian. International Workshop on the Languages of Vanuatu, Australian National University, 20th-23rd October 2011.
  • The Kairak (Qairaq) Writing Workshop: moving forward with a work-in-progress orthography? 2nd International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation (ICLDC), University of Hawai'i, 11th – 13th Feb 2011.
  • Complexity of the predicate, or: "It's hard to find an honest verb in Qairaq these days", Linguistics Colloquium, University of New England, 28th May 2010.
  • The Unifying Role of na in Abma, 8th International Conference on Oceanic Linguistics, University of Auckland, 5th – 9thJan 2010.
  • Why field linguists should pay more attention to applied linguistic research, Australian Linguistic Society Conference, La Trobe University, 9th – 11th Jul 2009.
  • Information Structure in Abma, Directions in Oceanic Research, University of Newcastle, 9th – 11th Dec 2008.
  • Information Structure in Abma, Discourse Group Bimonthly Seminar Series, Melbourne, 8th Feb 2008.
  • The Partitive Marker in Abma, RCLT Seminar Series, La Trobe University, 24th Oct 2007.
  • Word-class-changing derivations in Abma, RCLT Local Workshop on Word-Class-Changing Derivations, La Trobe University, 22nd Aug 2007.
  • The Associative Construction in Abma, Terry Crowley Memorial Workshop on Vanuatu Languages, Victoria University of Wellington, 13th Nov 2006.
  • Verb Serialisation and Incipient Grammaticalisation in Abma, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Postgraduate Conference, UNE, 26th Nov 2005.
  • Verb Serialisation in Abma, LCL Postgraduate Residential School, UNE, 6th May 2005.
  • Proposed Functions/Meanings Of Te in Apma, 6th International Conference on Oceanic Linguistics, University of the South Pacific, Port Vila, Vanuatu, 9th Jul 2004.
  • An Analysis of the Function of Te in Apma (Central Pentecost, Vanuatu), LCL Research Seminar Series, UNE, 18th Jun 2004.
  • Grammar: The Reasons Behind the Rules, TESOL on the Beach, Coffs Harbour, Australia, Sep 2001.
  • Literacy and Language Use in the Primary Schools of Maasailand, LCL Research Seminar Series, UNE, Nov 2000.
  • Teaching Writing to EFL Students, English Department Seminar and Workshop Series, Universidad Tecnológica de la Mixteca, Mexico, Feb 2000.
  • Property Concept Terms in Maasai, Department of Linguistics Research Seminar Series, University of Oregon, Dec 1998.
  • Making Dictionaries (two workshops), Open Day for high school students, University of Oregon, Apr 1998.