Doctor Mark Richards

Doctor Mark Richards

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Language Technologies for Education,
MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour & Development

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Dean's Unit - School of Education

Research Support Program Fellow - Language Revitalisation,
MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour & Development

Research Support Program Fellow - Language Revitalisation,
MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour & Development


Mark is a researcher within the Speech and Language program in the MARCS Institute. He has many years' experience as a language teacher (French, Latin and TESOL) in the primary, secondary and adult education sectors. His most recent role was Head of Languages at Meriden (2007-2015). He completed an M.Phil. in linguistics at the University of Sydney in 1994. The project centred on the development of a learners' grammar and language teaching resources for Mangarrayi, in collaboration with members of the Jilkminggan community in the Roper river region of the Northern Territory. He completed a Ph.D. at MARCS between in 2020, and again collaborated with the Jilkminggan community on a language revitalisation project investigating the use of archival audio recordings to help scaffold the learning of Mangarrayi for adult learners.

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  • PhD Western Sydney University
  • MPhil University of Sydney
  • BA University of Sydney
  • GradDipEd Sydney College of Advanced Education

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour & Development
  • Dean's Unit - School of Education
  • MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour & Development
  • MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour & Development


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Location: Bankstown3.G.11

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Journal Articles

  • Radley, A., Jones, C., Hanham, J. and Richards, M. (2021), 'Matjarr Djuyal : how using gesture in teaching Gathang helps preschoolers learn nouns', Languages, vol 6, no 2 .
  • Richards, M., Jones, C., Merlan, F. and MacRitchie, J. (2019), 'Revitalisation of Mangarrayi : supporting community use of archival audio exemplars for creation of language learning resources', Language Documentation and Conservation, vol 13 , pp 253 - 280.
  • Richards, M. and Lardy, J. (2019), 'Repurposing archival audio materials for language revitalisation in an Aboriginal community', Babel, vol 54, no 1-2 , pp 41 - 45.

Conference Papers

  • Richards, M., Lardy, J., Jones, C., Merlan, F., Lee, C. and MacRitchie, J. (2019), 'Linguistic and metalinguistic training to support use of audio 'chunks' in language revitalisation', International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation, Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Foley, B., Arnold, J., Coto-Solano, R., Durantin, G., Ellison, T., Esch, D., Heath, S., Kratochvil, F., Maxwell-Smith, Z., Nash, D., Olsson, O., Richards, M., San, N., Stoakes, H., Thieberger, N. and Wiles, J. (2018), 'Building speech recognition systems for language documentation : the CoEDL Endangered Language Pipeline and Inference System (ELPIS)', International Workshop on Spoken Language Technologies for Under-Resourced Languages, Gurugram, India.

Mark's position is funded by The Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL). His research centres on language revitalisation and language learning and the role of technology in scaffolding and supporting language learning. He is currently collaborating with WSU researcher Professor Caroline Jones, Jilkminggan community members Josephine and Helena Lardy and app developed Sarah Bock from eLearn Australia to develop a Mangarrayi learning app. He is also undertaking a review of recent research into the use of technology in the context of language learning to identify features of different technologies that research suggests provide benefits for learning. Mark is liaising with AIATSIS to digitise Mangarrayi and Gurindji VHS documents from the former Diwurruwurru-Jaru Katherine regional Aboriginal Language Centre collection. 

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Current Projects

Title: Trialling the Listen N Talk app with culturally and linguistically diverse seniors in western Sydney
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language
Western Researchers: Caroline Jones, Mark Richards, Clair Hill and Mark Antoniou
Years: 2021-07-01 - 2022-06-30
ID: P00027311

Previous Projects

Title: ELLIC App Evaluation
Western Researchers: Mark Richards
Years: 2020-11-03 - 2021-10-21
ID: P00026862

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