Contact

Department of Anglophone Studies
Universitätsstr. 12
45141 Essen Germany

Office: R12 S04 H24
Phone: +49 201 183 428
Email: melody.ross@uni-due.de
Website: www.melodyannross.com

About

I am sociolinguist and member of the Sociolinguistic Lab at the Universität Duisburg-Essen (Germany), with training in language documentation and conservation from the Linguistics program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (2017). My main research interests are language attitudes and ideologies, language documentation and conservation, and the general sociolinguistic issues in my geographic of expertise, East Timor. My PhD used survey and interview data to describe attitudes toward Tetun Dili, East Timor’s national language.

My background in linguistics, multilingualism, and education were essential in Australia, where I provided academic support to the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme working with Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay and Dhurga students in the Master’s of Indigenous Language Education program at the University of Sydney; instructional support for such courses as Structure of English, Language and Society, Cross-cultural Communication, and Language and Social Interaction at the Australian National University; and research support on such projects as the Ku Waru Child Language Socialization Study (Alan Rumsey, PI-ANU), the Kiriwina Dictionary (Andrew Pawley, PI-ANU), and Phonetic Variation in Central Vanuatu (Rosey Billington PI-University of Melbourne).

Please visit my website for full CV, conference slides, teaching materials, and more.

Qualifications

2017 Ph.D. Linguistics, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Dissertation Title: Attitudes toward Tetun Dili, A Language of East Timor

2016, Recipient of the Bilinski Educational Foundation Dissertation Award

2015, TESOL Advanced Certification, American TESOL Institute

2014, Recipient of the William J. Fulbright-Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellowship in Public Policy

Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, Ministry of Education

2012 M.A. Linguistics, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Track: Language Documentation and Conservation

2007 B.A. Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin

Major: Linguistics; Minors: Geology, Classical History

Research Interests

  • Language Attitudes and Ideologies
  • Multilingualism
  • Linguistic Landscapes
  • Language Policy and Planning
  • Language Advocacy

Teaching

Current Seminar

Language in Use: Language Attitudes and Ideologies

Past Seminar

Areas and Approaches II: Morphology and Syntax

Other Academic Support

2018-2020, Master of Indigenous Language Education, Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme, University of Sydney (Australia)

2017-2020, Language and Social Interaction; Language and Society; Cross-Cultural Communication; Structure of English, The Australian National University

2011-2015, Language in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific; Introduction to the Study of Language, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Selected Contributions

2018

Ross, Melody. 2018. Attitudes Toward Tetun Dili. New Research on Timor-Leste: Proceedings of the 5th Timor-Leste Studies Association Conference 2017, Hawthorn: Swinburne Press.

“Not constitutionalised... or whatever” Situating Language Attitudes and Language Ideologies Presentation at the Sociolinguistic Symposium 22, University of Auckland, New Zealand

2017

Ross, Melody. 2017. New Research in East Timorese Sociolinguistics. DOTG Newsletter, Ed. Janina Pawelz & Christian Wollnik. 02/2017. Köln: Deutsche Osttimor Gesellschaft e.V.

“Attitudes Toward Tetun Dili” Presentation at the Timor-Leste Studies Association Conference 2017, Dili, Timor-Leste

2016

“MTB-MLE in East Timor and Its Bidirectional Relationship with Language Ideologies” Presentation at the Annual Conference of the American Association of Applied Linguistics, Orlando, FL, USA

“What is a Linguist? Asking the Right Questions in Research” Presentation to the East-West Center Education Program Seminar Series

2015

Ross, Melody. 2015. Perceptions of Language Use in East Timor. University of Hawaiʻi Working Papers in Linguistics. Vol. 46:4. Honolulu: HI.

“Planning for Assessment in Language Programs: A Practical Tool” Presentation at the 4th International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation, Honolulu, HI

“Developing Critical Thinking Skills in English Language Learners” Presentation to the Conference for English Language Teachers in Timor-Leste, Ntional University of Timor Lorosa’e in association with the Timor-Leste English Language Program

2014

“Mapping and Metalinguistic Knowledge in Dili, Timor-Leste” Presentation at the 13th Annual East-West Center International Graduate Student Conference on the Asia Pacific Region, Honolulu, HI

2013

“Language Attitudes and Multilingual Education in Timor-Leste” Presentation at the 4th International Conference on Language and Education: Multilingual Education for All in Asia and the Pacific – Policies, Practices and Processes, Bangkok, Thailand