Trevor Johnston

Surry Hills, New South Wales

Linguist and Auslan expert

In a way, Trevor has been studying the language of deaf Australians all his life. Born to deaf parents, and with five generations of deafness in his family, the former Macquarie University Professor of Linguistics has been instrumental in researching, teaching, documenting and promoting Auslan. He coined the term Auslan, helped it gain recognition as a community language and wrote a groundbreaking sign language dictionary, which moved online. Trevor also created a digital archive of ‘real world’ Auslan. With AMP’s support, he has integrated the dictionary and archive into a single website – auslan.org.au: “The benefit will be improved access to language learning resources for deaf children, their teachers, parents and the wider community.”

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