Ms. Karina Lester
Aboriginal Co-Manager & Language Worker
Karina is a Yankunytjatjara Anangu woman who grew up on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytja-tjara Lands (APY Lands) in the Far North West of South Australia. In her spare time she works as an Anangu Interpreter and Translator for the Western Desert Language that covers a large area of the State. Karina is very passionate about maintaining her Aboriginal Language and about hearing from other South Australian Aboriginal people on how they would like to maintain their languages. Karina hosts a weekly radio show Nganampa Wangka which talks about language activities in the state. Tune into Radio Adelaide on 101.5fm Fridays 2 – 3 pm.
Dr Paul Monaghan
Manager & Senior Linguist
Paul is a foundational member of the MLT and has worked on a wide range of language and culture documentation and revitalisation projects in Australia and overseas. He has significant experience providing expert linguistic anthropological opinion in Native Title matters and performing social analysis in Aboriginal communities. His current focus is on the Far North region of South Australia, incuding the Yankunytjatjara, Lower Arrernte, Arabana, and Wangkangurru languages.
Mr Clayton Cruse
Aboriginal Language Worker
Clayton is an Adnyamathanha man from Port Augusta, who has worked with young Aboriginal people in a number of roles for over a decade. Clayton is passionate about history from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives, and the embedding of these perspectives in all years of education (Primary through to tertiary). Clayton is currently in the final year of a Bachelor of Education degree (University of Sydney), and has a keen interest in bilingual and language immersion education as a means of increasing Indigenous student attendance and retention in all levels of schooling.
Celeste holds a BA in Linguistics from the University of Adelaide. Celeste works closely with several communities across the state, developing and implementing language revitalisation and documentation projects.
Celeste also has experience in anthropology and Native Title.
Emeritus Professor Peter Mühlhäusler
Emeritus Professor of Linguistics
University of Adelaide Senior Linguist and consultant, Mobile Language Team
Professor Mülhäusler is one of the leading theorists in the field of language revival and has pioneered an ecological approach to language maintenance and revival. He has been a supervisor and fieldworker on more than twenty projects in Australia and internationally and has worked closely with three Thura-Yura communities in the recent past (Wirangu, Nukunu, Adnyamathanha).
Wallace McKitrick has had a distinguished career in the public service. He has had a long term commitment to Indigenous Australian languages and cultures through policy writing. Wallace has joined the team in an advisory role.
Eleanor completed a BA in Linguistics and Mandarin Chinese at the University of Adelaide, and subsequently undertook minority language documentation work in Jiangxi province, China. She has also completed postgraduate study in Community Development administration. Eleanor currently works to develop language learning resources and databases in her role with the Mobile Language Team.
Dr Clara Stockigt
As a trained teacher, Clara first developed an interest in Aboriginal languages while working at outstation schools on the Utopia Homelands in the Northern Territory. This interest has been sustained, while raising children close to Adelaide, through her doctoral research examining and comparing the early grammatical descriptions of Australia’s Pama-Nyungan languages. She has expertise in retrieving lexical and grammatical material from older missionary descriptions of Aboriginal languages.