Hilary is a 2016 recipient of a Transdisciplinary and Innovation Grant from the Australian Research Council funded Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language:
Developing a model of second language acquisition for Indigenous language revival in Eastern Australia.
Many Australian Indigenous communities are seeking to revive their traditional languages, and are gaining support from state Education Departments in this process. However, communities often have little access to research on second language acquisition, and they may have strong views on community ownership of languages, and community control of language programs.
This case study aims to investigate the experiences and expectations of a school language revival program. Through a partnership approach with Indigenous community members, this will increase our knowledge of the teaching and learning in Indigenous language revival programs, and how best they can be supported.
Together with a team of linguists at the Australian National University, she has been working on the development of resources to support the Gamilaraay language. These are on YouTube: