Visiting Fellow in Linguistics, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University and Principal field linguist, Iwaidja Documentation Project.
Bruce Birch is an anthropological linguist who has been based in the Cobourg region of northwestern Arnhem Land for the past six years, and is currently a Departmental Visitor in Linguistics at RSPAS, ANU. Bruce originally moved to the community of Minjilang on Croker Island to take up a position as principal field linguist for the DoBeS funded Iwaidja Documentation Project in 2003. As a result of this project, which has recently received funding for a second phase, Iwaidja now has the largest online archive of annotated video and audio texts of any Australian Indigenous language.
Bruce has initiated and consulted on a number of projects in the area of indigenous ecological knowledge, particularly marine knowledge, and is also consulting linguist for the Minjilang based Iwaidja Inyman, a project committed to the publication and maintenance of the Iwaidja language and associated cultural knowledge, initiated and coordinated by partner Sabine Hoeng.