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Research Interests

Indigenous Sign Languages in Australia

Language Contact (contact across modalities in Australia)

First Language Acquisition (Focus: Creole languages, bilingual FLA)


Research Projects


Australian Studies Online

Papua New Guinea Sign Language Project

1 / 4

In collaboration with Callan Services and Stretch Productions.

Solomon Island Sign Language Project

1 / 5
  • 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


Kununurra Kriol Grammar

1 / 2

Yolngu Sign Language Picture Dictionary Project

1 / 5

Miriwoong Sign Language Project

1 / 2

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


Finished Projects


Bilingual First Language Acquisition

in collaboration 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.