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Research Interests

Environmental (In)Justice and Linguistics

Language Contact

Indigenous Sign Languages (in Australia)

Creole Languages (First Language Acquisition)

Small-Scale Multilingualism


Research Projects

Ongoing Projects

Digital Australian Studies M.A.-Programme

Australian Studies Online is a collaborative project funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia that seeks to establish an inter-and transdisciplinary master’s programme within the humanities.

In collaboration with the Universities of Duisburg-Essen, Düsseldorf and Münster, we at the University of Cologne are currently developing, implementing, and evaluating innovative digital teaching formats and materials.


Environmental (In)Justices and Decolonisation






First Nations' Knowledges



Kununurra Kriol Grammar

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Past Projects


Bilingual First Language Acquisition

in cooperation with Lenstiti Kreol Enternasyonal and University of Seychelles


Linguistic Training for Teachers

in cooperation with University of Seychelles



This project focuses on capacity building in linguistics and language documentation. Furthermore, ethical issues involved in fieldwork in remote Aboriginal communities are developed. Prof. Dr. Adone works closely with a Yolngu team of researchers, among others the senior researcher Dr. Elaine Maypilama from Charles Darwin University.


Mauritian Sign Language Project

This project has investigated the structure of the official sign language of Mauritius since 2007. Among others, a dictionary for this language was created.


Language Contact Project

This project investigates Ngukurr Kriol (also known as Roper River Kriol), which is an English-based Creole language. Furthermore, the bimodal bilingualism in Arnhem Land involving the Aboriginal languages Djambarpuyngu and Gupapuyngu is explored.


Acquisition of Creole Languages

In collaboration with the University of Seychelles and the Lenstiti Kreol Enternasyonal.

Papua New Guinea Sign Language Project

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In collaboration with Callan Services and Stretch Productions.

Yolŋu Sign Language Picture Dictionary Project

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Solomon Island Sign Language Project

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  • 2015
  • 2015
  • 2019
  • 2019
  • 2019

In cooperation with Stretch Productions. Project partners: Solomon Islands Deaf Association (Claude I., Ali, B., Claire W., Ben E., Silas O., Frencis P., Beaulty T., Janice D.), Ministry of Education & Human Resources Development, Brent Macpherson, Leila Vanderlaan


Miriwoong Sign Language Project

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In collaboration with Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring (MDWg).