David Moore


Senior Consultant & Linguist,
VET Applied Language

Career Journey 

David Moore is a linguist, translator and interpreter. In 2019, David completed his doctorate in linguistics at the University of Western Australia, focusing on the linguistic and translation work of the Hermannsburg Mission in the description of Central Australian languages 1890-1910. He has worked as a community interpreter and translator in the Alyawarr and Anmatjerr languages of Central Australia and is Linguist at the Alice Springs Language Centre (ASLC), where he supports students in their study of Aboriginal language Arrernte. David works as an interpreter in courts and tribunals for named National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) and Aboriginal Interpreters Services (AIS). In 2017, David was named National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) champion for his work in this area. 


His main interests are in descriptive linguistics, variation, forensic linguistics, Aboriginal languages in secondary schools, cross-cultural communication/miscommunication and the problems which face interpreters in remote Aboriginal communities. David founded the Society for the History of Linguistics in the Pacific (SHLP) and the Language and the Law Conference (Darwin 2012), and is an active member of the Australian Linguistics Society. David has a strong professional interest in how Applied Aboriginal Language supports pathways into language work including language research and related fields.