Dr Julia Colleen Miller

PhD (2013) Linguistics, University of Washington; MA, BA, Linguistics, University of Washington
Sr Data Manager, ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language
College of Asia & the Pacific
T: +61 2 6125 6115

Areas of expertise

  • Laboratory Phonetics And Speech Science 200404
  • Language In Culture And Society (Sociolinguistics) 200405
  • Linguistics 2004

Research interests


  • Curation of digital archives of underdocumented languages and cultures
  • Creating rich, well-structured, accessible corpora


  • Acoustic and articulatory phonetics
  • Language/dialect contact
  • Social network analysis
  • Cross-disciplinary documentation (e.g. ethno-ornithology & linguistics)



Sr Data Manager for the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language


Ethno-linguistic ornithology: Documenting bird names and stories in the Morehead District, PNG

Abstract: This paper describes elicitation of ethno-ornithological information within the framework of the Nen/Kómnzo language documentation project. Sessions were engaging, natural elicitation environments for collecting hours of birdsong, speaker commentary, physical descriptions and habits of the birds. These recordings will be used for phonetic and grammatical analyses, ornithological taxonomy, and are archived in the DOBES archive.


Dissertation (2013): The Phonetics of tone in two dialects of Dane-zaa (Athabaskan) Department of Linguistics, University of Washington

Abstract: This dissertation investigates acoustic properties of lexical tone in two dialects of Dane-zaa. The noteworthy mirror-image tone systems of H-marked Doig and L-marked Halfway dialects provide a unique opportunity to explore intrinsic differences in how pitch manifests in specific environments.

  • Part I- Effects of various linguistic features on normalized pitch, including tone, lexical and morphological categories
  • Part II- Effects of word-final glottal stops on the voice quality of preceding vowels (intensity, pitch, jitter, and spectral tilt)
  • Part III- Effects of speech style on normalized pitch, specifically word lists and narratives of two speakers of the Doig dialect

 Phonetics of tone in Dane-zaa

Researcher's projects


Volkswagen & DoBeS (Documentation of Endangered Languages)

The DoBeS program was developed by the Volkswagen Foundation in order to document languages that are at risk of dying out within the next two generations.

Papua New Guinea

  • Morehead Languages (Nen/Kómnzo):  Two languages of Southern PNG (July 2011-June 2014) 
This project delivered detailed documentation of two undescribed Papuan languages from an almost completely unknown family in Southern New Guinea, plus more basic materials on surrounding languages. The Chief Investigator was Nick Evans (ANU). Other collaborators on this team were Jeff Segel (University of New England), Christian Döhler (ANU), Chris Healey (ANU) and Volker Gast (Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena).
Link to Morehead Project webpage: Morehead Languages (Nen, Kómnzo)


  • Beaver Project-Phase I (August 2004-July 2008) "Beaver knowledge systems: Documenting an endangered language from a place names' perspective"This phase focused on the collection of place names along with stories of culturally relevant locations and personal migration stories, allowing for the exploration of spatial expressions in the language.
  • Beaver Project-Phase II (August 2008-July 2010) "Real places and virtual representation: Beaver language documentation".  This phase focused on places and virtual representations.
The Chief Investigator for this project was Dagmar Jung (University of Köln). Other team members included: Gabriele Schwiertz (University of Köln), Patrick Moore (University of British Columbia), Carolina Pasamonik (University of Köln), Kate Hennessy (Simon Fraser University), and Olga Lovick (First Nations University, University of Regina).

Link to Beaver Project webpage: Beaver (Dane-zaa)

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