ALS 00/1, FEBRUARY 2000
In this issue, we seek members' views on two important matters: how often ALI should be held, and whether the Society should rent its email list to publishers. More information below, as well as instructions on how to send in your views.
As most people will know by now, I have ceased distribution of paper newsletters. I hope this will cause minimal inconvenience, as most people are now familiar with the website. I post the newsletter to this site around the 14th of February, May, August and November, with email notification to those members whose email addresses I have in my email list.
As those of you who have already been getting the newsletter electronically will know, I have set up an email list for distribution of information between newsletter issues. If you have something you would like members to know about that can't wait till the next newsletter, mail me and I will distribute. At this stage, the list is for members only, and the content is limited to information and announcements, rather than discussion. One possible kind of announcement is of formation of smaller lists on particular topics that members might like to join independently.
The Executive seeks the membership's views on how often the Australian Linguistics Institute should be run. Holding it every two years is undoubtedly good for students, and provides an exciting intellectual climate for researchers, both inside and outside tertiary institutions.
However, some members have expressed the concern that it places too much stress on organisers. While there is interest in running ALI2002, these members fear that organisational burn-out will make ALI2004 less likely to happen. So, we ask for your ideas on:
The executive has been having a hot debate about whether to rent out our newsletter mailing list to publishers and others who wish to use it for distribution of info about their products.
Since when the email distribution list was set up, a few years ago, a condition was that the list not be given it out to other people (to minimise risk of 'spam'), we feel this should now be put to members: what do you think? Lack of answers will be taken as a 'don't care' vote.
Register your comments on either or both of these issues by sending an email to the newsletter editor <hfraser-at-metz.une.edu.au> with the subject line 'ALS survey'. This is very important as I use it to filter the messages into a special mailbox. If messages don't have that subject line, they will probably be lost. When a number of opinions have arrived I will compile them and send them around to ALS online if further discussion is necessary, or summarise in the next newsletter.
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We are seeking to hire someone for 8-9 months on a half-time contract, to provide teaching relief (chiefly, marking assignments and doing tutorials) for me this year. The main classes involved are our Ling 100 'Foundations of Linguistics' and Ling 280/380 'The Languages of Asia'.
We would like to fill the position fairly quickly if possible -- so our call is for anyone interested to send a CV and brief letter of application (identifying also two referees) by e-mail, on or before Friday 10 March. The successful applicant could start in March or April.
The job would be ideal for a PhD student who wants to get some teaching experience and some money, and still have time to work on the thesis. A good Honours degree or MA could also be acceptable.
Inquiries should come to me (address below). General information about Linguistics at UNE can be gained by visiting the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics Website: http://www.une.edu.au/arts/LCL/disciplines/index.htm and going to the Linguistics pages. Basically we think it's a nice environment here at UNE, both academically and socially, and the cost of living (rent, etc.) is pretty reasonable.
Best regards, Cliff
Check current information at the Monash University personnel site : http://www.monash.edu.au/personnel/employment
This book is to be published by Cassell in London during January, 2000, and is expected to be available in Australia on March 1, 2000. The likely price is $A35-00.
How is it that we can all open our mouths and speak, often at considerable length, without consciously thinking about the construction of the sentences we are using? And how is it that four-year-old children can apparently do the same thing?
The popular notion of how children come to speak their first language is that their parents teach them words, then phrases, then sentences, then longer utterances. There is widespread agreement amongst linguists that this account is wrong, thought there is much less agreement about what a correct account might be.
There are, in fact, numerous ongoing debates about it. Without being dogmatic, this book gives readers the background to form views on the main issues. It describes the work of the theorists who have been most influential during the twentieth century: Chomsky, Halliday, Karmiloff-Smith, Piaget and Skinner, as well as research carried out by other linguists and psychologists.
No previous knowledge of linguistics or psychology is assumed, and the style of writing is clear and accessible. Undergraduates are the primary audience for Children's Language, but it will appeal to everyone who is interested in how children develop language.
Ray Cattell is Emeritus Professor, University of Newcastle, New South Wales.
News from staff
Brett Baker has started work on a SPIRT postdoctoral fellowship to work with Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation (Katherine Regional Aboriginal Language Centre).
Professor Yoko Matsuda, Kobe University of Commerce, is a visiting scholar until April 2000. She is working on cross-cultural communication, including classroom discourse.
Xiangdong Pu, General English Department, Central China Normal University, is a visiting scholar until July 2000. She is working on lexicography, especially on the incorporation of pragmatic information.
Mark Donohue, Lila San Roque and Melissa Crowther are carrying out fieldwork in the Vanimo area of Papua New Guinea. Lipiyus Biniluk has taken a Lani dictionary and Lani reading materials produced by Mark Donohue's 1999 Field Methods Class for discussion in Irian Jaya.
Ben Hutchinson is working in Alice Springs on a Warlpiri spelling checker and on improving the electronic interface to the Warlpiri Dictionary.
Stephen Wilson's University of Sydney Honours thesis has been published:
Wilson, Stephen. 1999. Coverbs and complex predicates in Wagiman. Stanford Monographs in Linguistics. CSLI Publications, Stanford
Nick Reid's phonetics learning program has been significantly expanded and is now available as a CD ROM 'Phonetics: an Interactive Introduction'. In addition to modules on the Vocal Tract and Speech Sounds, the new program includes new modules on Airstream Mechanisms, Phonation Modes, and one on Acoustic Analysis (developed by Helen Fraser).
Computer animations demonstrate various processes, such as egressive airflow, the 'mucosal wave' action of the vocal folds, the production of click sounds, and speech using esophageal air. Movies demonstrate how vocal fold settings achieve different voice qualities, click articulation by a Sesotho speaker, and laryngectomised patients speaking with a prosthetic valve and a servox.
This program is primarily aimed at 1st year introductory level linguistics students. However some of the topics, such as Acoustic Analysis, may be better suited to a 2nd year unit. The CD also includes a bonus program on Voice Onset Time (also by Helen Fraser).
Contact Nick on nreid-at-metz.une.edu.au if you'd like a brochure. Or order the CD from the UNE Co-op Bookshop. Ph 02 6772 2632, Fax: 02 6771 2040, email une-at-mail.coop-bookshop.com.au Student price $49.95, Institution $89.95.
Heather Bowe and Stephen Morey - The Yorta Yorta (Banderang) Language of the Murray-Goulburn (SE Australia). Canberra: Pacific Linguistics
Mark Newbrook (ed.) English is an Asian Language: The Thai Context. Macquarie University: Macuarie Dictionary.
Laura Tollfree was awarded a small ARC grant for her project on social variation in the phoentics/ phonology of young people's English in Melbourne (assoaicte investigators: Mark Newbrook, Michael Clyne). Professor Beat Glauser (Heidelberg) is nearing the end of his 5 months stay in the department.
Paul Anderson completed an Honours thesis 'Early Child English Argument Structure - a case study within the Lexical Functional Grammar framework'.
Frank Zandvoort completed an Honours thesis 'A Grammar of Matngele'.
Miriam Corris. 1999. Dictionary use and useability
Cassy Nancarrow. 1999. Burdal lardil: creation and communication of meaning: Mornington Island songs. [Includes a catalogue and transcription of many songs based on the author's fieldwork]
Hyun-ju Park. 1999. Complex predicates in Korean: auxiliary verb construction versus serial verb construction. MPhil thesis.
Uses the Andrews and Manning Lexical-Functional Grammar to differentiate verb-verb constructions, testing structures with respect to adverb placement and long and short negation.
Brett Baker, Word structure in Ngalakgan
[Brett is depositing the thesis in SETIS, the electronic archive for University of Sydney theses, http://setis.library.usyd.edu.au/~thesis/ or http://www.sultry.arts.usyd.edu.au/brettb/.
Ngalakgan is an Australian language of the Gunwinyguan family, spoken fluently by just a few people in the mid Roper River area of the Top End. The thesis is a description and examination of the phonology, prosody, and morphology of Ngalakgan, based on several years of fieldwork. Ngalakgan is a language with a rich inventory of classically Gunwinyguan morphological features, including noun class agreement for all major and some minor word classes, compounding of both nouns and verbs, and a rich array of modifying and inflectional prefixes and suffixes. In Ngalakgan, there is a distinction between two kinds or 'levels' of morphology: 'root'-level and 'word'-level. Root-level morphology is lexicalised and unproductive. It is restricted to the tense/aspect/mood inflection of the small closed class of 'finite' verb roots, and to the large closed class of compounds of these roots. Word-level morphology is productive, and includes almost all prefixes, all (non-tensed) suffixes and all clitics. Only word-level structure is consistently reflected in prosodic structure; forms which are complex only at the root-level are treated as prosodic units. I show that all word-level morphemes constitute prosodic domains: every word-level stem, affix and clitic potentially begins a new domain for metrical foot structure. Geminates and glottal stops are over-represented at morpheme boundaries in complex words. In addition, they are subject to complex, non-local alternations with simple stops and zero, respectively, in Ngalakgan and related languages. The alternations are conditioned by preceding geminates and voiceless obstruent clusters, as well as by prosodic and morphological structure. I propose that voiceless obstruent clusters constitute 'boundary signals' to morphological structure, in a similar fashion to stress and, like stress, are 'licensed' by the organisation of intonation. Ngalakgan displays a quantitive-sensitive stress system in roots which is apparently unique to languages of this area. Heavy syllables in Ngalakgan are those which are articulatorily and perceptually complex: those in which the coda is followed by a consonant with a distinct place of articulation. Geminates, homorganic nasal+stop clusters and glottal stops interact with this distinction in ways which are not predicted by current prosodic theories.
The Research Centre for Linguistic Typology (with Prof. R.M.W. Dixon as Director and Prof. Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald as Associate Director) has relocated to the Institute for Advanced Study at La Trobe University. We have an active and vigorous group of Research fellows, Visiting Fellows, sabbatical Visitors and PhD students, who undertake fieldwork on previously undescribed languages and produce comprehensive grammars of them. We also put forward typological generalizations, following an inductive method.
We welcome scholars of a similar ilk who would like to spend their sabbatical at RCLT. Please get in touch with
Besides Professor R.M.W. (Bob) Dixon (Director), Professor Alexandra Y. (Sasha) Aikhenvald (Associate Director), Mrs Siew-Peng Condon (Executive Officer) and Ms Carol El-Chaar (Publications Officer) we'll have the following scholars with us this year:
- Dr Timothy Jowan (Tim) Curnow, who worked for us in Canberra for the past two years took up in January a three-year ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to work on 'A cross-linguistic typology of first/non-first person marking systems and related splits in evidentiality systems'.
- Dr Ulrike Zeshan, worked for us in Canberra since April 1999 and is now a Research Fellow at RCLT in La Trobe, continuing a comparative typological study of sign languages, with special attention to interrogatives and questions.
- Professor Robert Rankin, from the University of Kansas, prominent specialist on Siouan languages, will be a Visiting Fellow here for six months (probably from April-October).
- Professor Fritz Serzisko, from the University of Kiel and the University of Cologne, will spend April-October at RCLT on an IREX Fellowship (awarded by the ARC to Professor Aikhenvald), to work on 'The typology of tense and time'.
- Professor Jane Hill of the University of Arizona (past President of the American Anthropological Association and current editor of the journal Language and Society) will be a Visiting Fellow from July until December.
- Dr Ken Hill, of the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology and the Department of Linguistics at the university of Arizona, will also be a Visiting Fellow from July through December.
Following our successful Workshops at the ANU in 1997 and 1998 we shall be holding an International Workshop in August 2000 on 'The status of "word": its phonological, grammatical, cultural and cognitive basis' from Monday 7th until Saturday 12th August 2000. Auditors are welcome to attend (at no fee); but please note that we are unable to organise accommodation, etc for auditors. The provisional program includes speakers from RCLT, Michael Dunn (Max Planck Institute, Nijmegen), Larry Hyman (UC Berkeley), Francis Katamba (University of Lancaster), Alice Harris (Vanderbilt University, Nashville), Brian Joseph (Ohio State University), John Henderson (University of Western Australia), Nicholas Evans (University of Melbourne), Karl Franklin (Summer Institute of Linguistics, Dallas), Hilary Chappell (Linguistics, La Trobe U), Anthony Woodbury (U of Texas, Austin), Larry Trask (U of Sussex) and P.H. Matthews (University of Cambridge).
Useful sources of information on Linguistics and related conferences around the world are:
The Musicological Society of Australia and the New Zealand Musicological Society in conjunction with the International Council for Traditional Music and the Research Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Sydney, will dedicate one day of their National Conference, Music as Cultural Interpretation, to a discussion of current issues in the research of Indigenous music and dance.
This one day symposium will open with a panel discussion led by indigenous and non-indigenous scholars and will be followed by the presentation of papers from researchers in a variety of disciplines. A performance of central Australian women's song and dance is also planned.
Papers on the theme of the conference are invited from scholars in all relevant disciplines.
Abstracts should be sent to the following address by the 17th January 2000. Normal paper length will be 20-25 minutes.
Enquiries should be addressed to the Convenors:
This Symposium is the third day of the conference Music as Cultural Interpretation, 27th - 30th April 2000
To register for the one day symposium Research in Indiginous Performance and for more information on the Music as Cultural Interpretation conference please contact:
Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 September 2000
A workshop organised by the Australian Anthropological Society and held in conjunction with the AAS Annual Conference at UWA.
This two-day workshop focuses on theoretical, conceptual and practical aspects of native title issues in Australia. It will provide a forum for anthropologists, linguists, historians and lawyers to discuss the broad range of native title issues across disciplinary boundaries.
This will include an examination of the relationships between these disciplines in the native title context as well as an examination of the practical issues which arise in the involvement of these professions in legal and administrative domains.
Papers are invited on any relevant theme, including (in no particular order):
Membership of the AAS is not a requirement for participation in the workshop. Expressions of interest should be lodged with the convenors as soon as possible. Abstracts of 300-500 words are required by June 30 2000. Expressions of interest should be lodged with the convenors as soon as possible. Abstracts of 300-500 words are required by June 30 2000. It is expected that papers presented at the workshop will be published in a volume to be edited by the convenors.
The Dept. of Linguistics, Monash University, is organising the third in the series of symposia on 'Research On Australasian English' at ALS 2000. Anyone who would be interested in presenting a short paper or participating in a workshop session on any aspect of contemporary Australasian English (preferably informed by the results of recent or ongoing research) is welcome to participate. Proposals should be sent to Mark Newbrook at the Dept:
We ourselves will report on the further progress of our departmental project on phonological, grammatical, lexical and discourse features of current Australian English and associated sociolinguistic considerations.
Reminder: The deadline for abstracts and for advance registration at a reduced fee for The 7th New Zealand Language and Society conference is coming up (15 March 2000). Please send abstracts to langsoc-at-auckland.ac.nz
This conference will be held on the University of Auckland campus in central Auckland from the morning of Thursday 29 June 2000 to the afternoon of Saturday 1 July. It is scheduled to take place just before the Australian Linguistic Institute at the University of Melbourne (3 - 14 July 2000), and the Institute's associated conferences.
Keynote speakers are:
To register or for information, visit our web-site: http://www.arts.auckland.ac.nz/ling/langsoc.htm
A one-day colloquium on Australian Placenames of Indigenous Origin will be held in Adelaide on Saturday 8th April, 2000. The event is sponsored by the Australian National Placenames Survey and the Committee for Geographical Names in Australasia; it will take place at the premises of the SA Geographical Names Committee (300 Richmond Road, Netley, SA 5037).
If you want to present a paper, send a title, 100 word abstract and a note of any equipment required, with contact details (name, position/institution -- if applicable, postal address, phone number, fax number, and email address) to:
Papers should be 20-25 minutes in length, but suggestions of other activities for the day are welcomed.
DEADLINE Friday 28 February
The list of courses, workshops and presenters for ALI-2000 has been finalised and is available on the web site (http://www.ali.unimelb.edu.au). A draft timetable and enrolment details will be available by the end of November. Early bird registration closes on 1st April 2000 and the organising committee would appreciate enrolments as soon as possible, especially bookings for accommodation. For any enquiries contact: ali-2000-at-linguistics.unimelb.edu.au
Note that the ALS, ALAA, Australex and International Systemics conferences will be held at Melbourne in conjunction with ALI-2000. Links to information about these are available on the ALI web site.
will be held in Melbourne from 7th - 9th July 2000, at the University of Melbourne.
Abstract submissions for ALS2k -- closing date changed to March 31. Submission form at http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/ling/als/als2kabstract.shtml
Conference, 7th - 9th July 2000. University of Melbourne.
Contact: Howard Nicholas, <h.nicholas-at-latrobe.edu.au>
9th - 14th July, University of Melbourne.
The XVth International Conference on Historical Linguistics will be hosted by the Department of Linguistics, La Trobe. It will be held at the Hotel Ibis, Therry St, Melbourne from 13 to 17 August 2001. Further information in the next newsletter.
The ALS Newsletter is published four times per year. This is the first issue for 2000. The next issue (00/2) will come out in mid May. Copy will be due on the first Monday in May. If you would like to be on the email list for a reminder that the date is approaching, contact the Newsletter Editor.
Please send copy, and any queries, comments or suggestions to the Newsletter Editor, Helen Fraser, contact details in office bearers section.
The ALS publishes a journal, The Australian Journal of Linguistics (AJL) twice a year. The latest issue is 19/2. The journal is publised by Carfax, http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/carfax/07268602.html.
Correspondence regarding general AJL matters should be sent to Peter Collins. Correspondence regarding papers and reviews should be sent to any of the editors or the reviews editor (contact details in office bearers section).
In general, subscriptions are due at the beginning of each calendar year, unless you pay for several years at a time. The year you are paid to is shown on the address label on the envelope your journal comes in. If you don't happen to have kept the last label framed on your wall, you can get in touch with the Treasurer, Doug Absalom, to find out your status, or wait till the next journal comes.
This may be a good time to remind you that apart from email addresses, there is only one membership list and that is maintained by the Treasurer, Doug Absalom. If you need to change your address or make other enquiries, please do it through him (see form below).
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