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Newsletter February 2001

ALS Newsletter February 2001

ALS 01/01, February 2001

From the Editor

ARE YOU A FINANCIAL MEMBER? Yes? Why don't you scroll down a page or two and just check that now? We've included a list of extremely financial, sort of financial, and not-really-financial-but-managing-to-hang-in-there members in this newsletter, so you can check your status.

Thanks to those who replied to my query in the last newsletter about doing over the ALS website to make it a less text-based site, with more images, colour, etc. The general consensus was that it should be kept as it is, almost entirely simple text, to make it fast and easy to download. So that's what will happen (and it's entirely coincidental that that means less work for me!). Don't forget, if you want to have a look at the ALS webpage, it's now at http://www.latrobe.edu.au/www/rclt/als.

Tim Curnow (T.Curnow-at-latrobe.edu.au)


Current issues

Membership renewals!

Are YOU on this list?

The following is a list of currently financial members of ALS with the date of your financial status appended. The treasurer has taken the liberty of publishing the list, since circulating this information to individuals via the labels on the journal appears to have been ineffective.

If the date following your name is 2001 or later, then you can relax until this time next year; you are fully financial.

If the date is 2000, then your fees are now due. Fees are $50 for full membership, $20 student membership and $60 joint membership, with a $5 discount applicable to all fees if paid before March 1st, 2001.

If the date 1999 appears after your name, this simply means that you have forgotten to pay for last year. Given the hectic nature of 2000, with Millenium celebrations, Y2K bugs, structural reviews at many universities, and sabbaticals, this is not surprising. All that needs to be done is for you to pay your arrears.

If, however, your name does not appear on the list, this means that you have not been financial since December, 1998, and you should e-mail the treasurer as soon as possible, in order to continue receiving newsletters and journals.

Your over-worked treasurer (or should that be 'worked-over' treasurer?) would be grateful if you could send this year's fees as soon as possible since he will be overseas on study leave from the end of June this year. Please also notify him of any inaccuracies and/or anomalies in the list.

Please note that a (re)subscription form is now available on the website. The best version is the PDF version; if you can't access that, there is also a not-so-good HTML version.

Doug Absalom dabsalom-at-mail.newcastle.edu.au

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2001 ARC grants and fellowships

As I predicted in the last Newsletter, I did manage to overlook a couple of linguistics-related projects when I was congratulating successful ARC applicants! Sorry about that, and congratulations to the following for their successful Large Research Grants:

  • University of Melbourne: Dr K Adelaar (University of Melbourne), Prof JT Collins (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia), 'Language identification in western Borneo: The interface of Malayic and Bidayuhic languages'
  • La Trobe University: Prof B Blake (La Trobe University), 'Reconstructing the Kulin languages of Victoria'

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News from the University of Melbourne

From the 1st of Feburary, Michael Clyne's new e-mail address is m.clyne-at-linguistics.unimelb.edu.au.

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News from the University of Sydney


2000 was a good year for research funding for the department. We have two postdoctoral fellows joining us - Ilana Mushin "Language loss and the linguistics of storytelling in Aboriginal Australia", and David Rose "An integrated pedagogic framework of language, culture, and identity in indigenous education". We received two SESQUI R & D grants: one to Ingrid Piller, "Ultimate attainment in second language learning", and one to Bill Foley and Jane Simpson "Grammatical representation of events in languages of the Pacific", and finally Bill Foley has been awarded extra funds to support students' fieldwork in Papua New Guinea.

As well, the School of Society, Culture and Performance, through the efforts of Brett Baker, received a very large grant for equipment for recording, digitising and archiving audio and video material. So we should soon have access to some excellent equipment. A high priority is the digitising of audio recordings of languages of the Pacific. We hope to run a workshop on digitising sound sometime this year.


The Department website has moved to: http://www.arts.usyd.edu.au/Arts/departs/linguistics/ling/home.html. Please check here for seminars, conferences etc being run by the Department.


Lee Cataldi has finished one fieldtrip at Balgo working on Ngardi. Clair Hill is doing volunteer work on Warlpiri in Central Australia in preparation for Honours. Miriam Corris is about to leave for fieldwork in Papua New Guinea.

Completed theses

Philippa Horton. MPhil Thesis. Supervised by Jane Simpson "Determiners and Complementizers in Cook Islands Maori" (philippa_horton-at-hotmail.com)

Determiners (the, that etc.) in many languages share syntactic properties with complementizers, such as 'that'. Following Abney's (1987) reanalysis of the noun phrase as a DP (Determiner Phrase), these parallels can be formally captured by comparing the properties of DP with those of CP. In this thesis, I analyze the syntactic properties of the determiner 'te' of Cook Islands Maori (an Eastern Polynesian language). The analysis, within Government and Binding Theory, shows that the determiner 'te' is functionally equivalent to a complementizer in DPs, but it can also function as the complementizer in certain constructions.

A detailed analysis of Cook Islands Maori nominal phrases reveals that the D node of the DP is lexically filled regardless of whether the phrase contains a common or proper noun. In the case of common nouns, the lexical determiner 'te' co-occurs with number markers, possessive pronouns and phrases, and deictic and nonspecific determiners. Thus the D node plays a crucial syntactic role, while at the same time having very little semantic content. I argue that these properties are the consequence of the D node being simply a subordinating function, which allows its lexical complement to act as the argument of a higher predicate. In this sense, the D node of the DP is like a complementizer.

Evidence that the D category is functionally analogous to a complementizer comes from relative clauses, wh-questions, and clefting structures. These structures are syntactically related in that they all involve A' movement of an operator. In Cook Islands Maori, they also share the property of having a 'te' immediately to the right of the relative noun, wh-phrase, or clefted phrase. It is suggested that the 'te' is these cases is functioning as a complementizer rather than a determiner. This correlates with the syntactic behaviour of 'te' in DPs, but also with the fact that Cook Islands Maori does not appear to have a lexical class of complementizers.

Kaya Oriyama. PhD Thesis. Supervised by John Gibbons and Ingrid Piller "Development and Maintenance of Minority Language Literacy In Japanese-English Bilingual Children in Australia" (kaya.oriyama-at-elantra.com.au)

This study takes an interdisciplinary approach to investigate the development and maintenance of minority language literacy in Japanese-English bilingual children in Australia, focusing on the longitudinal development and maintenance of Japanese writing skills among school-age Japanese-English bilinguals (age 6-12) who reside outside the Japanese community and attend a weekend Japanese school in Sydney. More specifically, the longitudinal data were compared with cross-sectional data from 1) Japanese-English bilinguals who also learn Japanese at a weekend school in Sydney, but live in the Japanese community, 2) Japanese monolinguals who are schooled in Japanese in Sydney, and 3) Japanese monolinguals in Japan. The purpose of the study is to examine 1) the nature and development of literacy in Japanese as a minority first language in contact settings, 2) the influences of the socio-cultural and the individual contexts on minority language literacy, and 3) the interrelationship between the socio-cultural context and the individual context, in order to find a way to promote and achieve higher levels of literacy in a minority language. To this aim, both descriptive and statistical analyses were employed.

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News from the University of New England

Recent theses submitted at UNE

  • Amanda Lissarrague. A Salvage Grammar of Dunghutti. Honours Thesis.
  • Susan Griffiths. What makes 'in' in? The Semantics of Locative Prepositions. Honours Thesis.
  • Peter Borzdynski. Pronunciation Teaching Methods within the Framework of Phonology: a Polish-English case study. MLITT Thesis.
  • Andrew Savage. Writing Tuareg Vowels. Advantages and Disadvantages of the Three Script Options: Arabic, Tifinagh and Roman. MLITT Thesis.
  • Thérèse L. Carr. Wunambal: A language of the North-West Kimberley Region, Western Australia. MA (Hons) Thesis.
  • Judy Woon Yee Ho. Text in Context: A comparative study of Australian and Chinese children's written narratives. PhD Thesis.

Staff news

Cliff Goddard will be on study leave in 1st semester 2001 visiting Malaysia, The Netherlands, and the USA. Jean Harkins will take up a new position at the Ourimbah campus of Newcastle University in July. Dr. Karen Woodman, who recently arrived at UNE from Victoria, BC, Canada, is co-ordinating the new Online MA in Applied Linguistics. Karen has extensive experience in the fields of Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, ESL and TESL (teacher training). She has presented papers and workshops at numerous national and international conferences, while developing academic and training courses for colleges and universities in Canada. She is currently Co-editor of the TESOL Teacher Education Interest Section Newsletter and Moderator of the Teacher Education Interest Section List-serv.

New Online Masters Degree in Applied Linguistics at UNE

The School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics announces their new, fully online Masters of Arts degree in Applied Linguistics. Starting July 2001, students will be able to explore languages, language acquisition, and intercultural communication, while interacting with fellow students from across Australia and around the world. The MA in Applied Linguistics will be fully on-line - one of the first in Australia. It will incorporate the resources of the Web (e.g., online journals, Applied Linguistics-related websites, access to databases around the world, etc.), as well as multimedia support of CD-ROM (e.g., readings, audio and video files, etc.). Bulletin boards and chat rooms will be used extensively to allow frequent discussions between classmates, as well as students and lecturers. Self-evaluation activities and quizzes will provide instant feedback on topics of interest.

The course consists of 48 credit points of 400-level coursework. Core units include LING 450 (The Design of Language), LING 451 (Issues in Applied Linguistics), LING 452 (Intercultural Communication ),and LING 453 (The English Language). Elective units include LING 461 (Reading the Research), LING 462 (Second Language Acquisition: Theory), EDST 423 (Second Language Acquisition: Applications), LING 464 (First Language Acqusition), LING 465 (Applied Phonology), LING 466 (Australia's Indigenous Languages) and LING 490 (Special Research Topic). New units may be added as the program develops.

For any further information please contact Dr. Karen Woodman, ph:6773-3381, email: kwoodman-at-metz.une.edu.au.

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News from the University of Western Australia

At the University of Western Australia, Alan Dench has been Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts since July last year, and Janet Sharp has been ably filling in in the Department of Linguistics. Janet will continue in this position until the end of June 2001, when she will begin a three-year Fellowship at the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology at La Trobe University. Alan continues as Executive Dean until May, when Anne Pauwels, currently Dean at Uni of Wollongong, takes over as Executive Dean of Arts at UWA.

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News from the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology

The Research Centre for Linguistic Typology will have the following Visiting Fellows during 2001:

  • Dr Regina Pustet, of the University of Munich, will be a Visiting Fellow from 18 February until 18 August. She has published on Algonquian and Siouan languages and while at RCLT will work on the typology of lexical categorisation.
  • Professor Bh. Krishnamurti, who will be a Visiting Fellow from 1 May until 1 November, is the most eminent Indian linguist. He has been Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hyderabad and during the past two years was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. While at RCLT he will complete a monograph The Dravidian Languages for Cambridge University Press.
  • Professor Lars Johanson, who is Professor of Turkology at the University of Mainz, will be a Visiting Fellow from 30 June until 30 November. He comes to us after a Fellowship at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study. Besides taking part in the International Workshop on Evidentiality, he will work on grammatical problems in Turkic and Iranian linguistics.
  • Dr Eva Csató, of the University of Uppsala, will be an Honorary Visiting Fellow from 30 June until 30 December. She will be working on topics in Turkic linguistics with particular reference to Karaim, an endangered language.
  • Professor Brian Joseph, of the University of Ohio (and editor of the journal Diachronica), will be Visiting Fellow from 16 July until 26 August. He will give the concluding address at the International Workshop on Evidentiality and work on topics in the phonology and grammar of Modern Greek and other Balkan languages.
  • Professor Anvita Abbi (University of Delhi) will spend three months with us as a Special IAS Visiting Fellow. She will investigate sociolinguistic problems concerning the languages of India, and undertake a reappraisal of India as a linguistic area.
  • Professor Ago Künnap (University of Tartu, Estonia) will be at RCLT during August, sponsored by the Australian Academy of the Humanities, Besides taking part in the Evidentiality Workshop, he will be working on grammatical problems in Uralic languages and contact phenomena.
  • Dr David Beck (University of Alberta) will spend six weeks at RCLT in the middle of the year, working with Professor Aikhenvald on the typology of areal diffusion in the Pacific north-west of North America.

We have two new Research Fellows.

  • Dr Andrew Ingram commenced a three-year Research Fellowship in January to work Papuan language from New Guinea. He will undertake an exploratory fieldtrip in March, to the Madang Province, Ukarumpa and east New Britain.
  • Dr Tonya Stebbins has been awarded a La Trobe University Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, to work in RCLT; this will commence in July. She plans to undertake intensive fieldwork on a language from the Gazelle Peninsula region of New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

You can view our complete 2001 Annual Newsletter on our website http://www.latrobe.edu.au/www/rclt.

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Laves workshop

Over a dozen linguists spent an enjoyable morning on Friday 8 December at the University of Sydney contemplating the Australian work (1929-31) of Gerhardt Laves. Some attended from Armidale, NSW north coast, and Canberra, and special guests were Laves' daughter and grandson. Details at http://www.anu.edu.au/linguistics/nash/aust/laves/2000.html.

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UNE phonetics CD scoops ASCILITE Award

Each year ASCILITE (Australasian Society for Computers In Learning In Tertiary Education) presents awards for exemplary use of electronic technologies in teaching and learning, and their awards are widely regarded as the most prestigious in this field. The latest in a series of fine products to be launched by the University of New England has scooped the ASCILITE Awards for best CD ROM project in 2000 announced at their conference at Coffs Harbour in December.

The CD 'Phonetics: an Interactive Introduction' is authored by Nicholas Reid of UNE's School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, and was developed at UNE's Teaching and Learning Centre.

Phonetics: an Interactive Introduction is a freestanding resource focussing on the specifically visual and sound-based areas of phonetics. It is also suitable for use with any general introductory phonetics textbook. It was initially developed for distance students studying Linguistics at the University of New England. Since its production, its audience has expanded to include tertiary level students enrolled in Introductory Linguistics and Speech Pathology units at numerous universities around Australia, and the program is increasingly being picked up by High Schools for use with year 11 and 12 students.

The CD includes modules called The Vocal Tract, Speech Sounds, Phonation Modes, Airstream Mechanisms, and one called Acoustic Analysis which was developed by Dr Helen Fraser, also of UNE.

Nick Reid is quoted as saying about the reasons underlying the success of this product, that "Phonetics: An Interactive Introduction takes full advantage of the possibilities of multimedia delivery by including numerous sound files, video resources, and animations demonstrating features of sound articulation. With this CD you can easily listen to, and compare, any speech sounds, and to equate these sounds with their International Phonetic Alphabet symbol. You can see movies of the vocal folds taken using flexible endoscopy, laryngectomised patients speaking using esophageal airflow, and listen to a speaker of a 'click' language. You can see animations of complex articulatory gestures, and learn about some of the acoustic properties of speech. This type of information is difficult to learn from print-based materials, especially for off-campus students. Phonetics is a subject best suited to aural and visual learning, and we've simply used the medium to best advantage. Phonetics is really a subject that cries out for multimedia delivery".

This CD also provides structured tutorials with instant feedback. It's flexible navigation allows students to focus on areas of their own choosing, and it's rich visual design keeps students' interest at a high level.

Since its release in February 2000 the innovative features of this CD have drawn wide attention, and ilast September it was also short-listed for the Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing in 2000.

Further information about this CD and other successful UNE products can be found at http://www.une.edu.au/tlc/mm.html and the CD can be ordered through the UNE Co-op Bookshop (ph: 02 6772 2632, email: une-at-mail.coop-bookshop.com.au).

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Book announcement

Natural language semantics
Keith Allan
Blackwell Publishers
(Available in paperback)

This volume offers a general introduction to the field of semantics and provides coverage of the main perspectives. The underlying theme is that meanings are cognitively motivated and that expressing them through language is an essential means of cementing human bonding and of displaying it to others, both at the individual and the community level. Part I presents an overview of semantics and its place within the linguistics and the social sciences. Part II provides a grounding in formal semantics: the virtues of propositional, predicate, and lambda calculus, etc. are discussed. Also the differences between lexical and encyclopedic information, evidence for the conceptual/cognitive basis for meaning, sources for words, the effects of form and connotation, metalanguages for representing meaning components and relationships that include field theory and frame semantics, Wierzbickas semantics, conceptual semantics, role and reference grammar. Part IV presents case studies on the semantics of (generalized) quantifiers and comparatives. Part V is on the semantics of speech acts. There are exercises throughout that aid, complement, and test learning and understanding.

Table of Contents: Part I The subject of semantics: semantics - an overview. Part II Introducing formal semantics and aspects of reference: introducing formal semantics; indentifying the world spoken of and things in it; predicate logic, sets, and models; towards model theoretic semantics. Part III Lexical semantics: the lexicon and the encyclopedia; morphology and listemes; the power of words; frames, fields and semantic components; componential approaches to the semantics of verbs; cognitive semantics. Part IV The semantics of English quantifiers and comparatives; countability and quantifiers in English; number, quantifiers, scope and definiteness; comparatives. Part V Social interactive aspects of semantics; the semantics of speech acts; utterances that are - direct or indirect, literal or nonliteral, on or off-record. Part VI Epilogue: perspectives and prospects. Answers to selected exercises.

A full contents page and preface can be viewed at Allan, Natural language semantics.

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Conferences and workshops

Australian Linguistic Society Conference 2001

The Australian Linguistic Society 2001 Conference website will shortly (mid to late February) be available at the web address http://rspas.anu.edu.au/linguistics/ALS2001. Brief information is as follows.

When and where

Dates: Thurs 27th to Sun 30th September 2001, with Sunday probably devoted to workshops. Participants should arrive in Canberra on Wed 26th September.

Venue: Burgmann College, ANU, Canberra.

Registration fees

Registration fee: $60 ($40 for fulltime students). This fee includes morning and afternoon teas.


Accommodation will be at Burgmann College. Standard rate $52 per day + GST full board, or $44 per day + GST bed and breakfast only. Student rate $40 per day + GST full board, $32 per day + GST bed and breakfast only. Participants who choose B & B will be able at breakfast each day to book lunch at $8.00 if they wish. Some double rooms are available, at the same costs per person as single rooms.

Conference dinner

The conference dinner will be held on Friday 28th September, venue and price to be announced later.

Deadline for abstracts

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 15 June 2001. We hope to post a provisional version of the conference program by mid-July.

Keynote speaker

The keynote speaker for ALS2001 will be Alan Dench, University of Western Australia.

Call for workshops

ALS members who are interested in organising a workshop on Sunday 30th September are invited to contact the conference organisers via e-mail on ALS2001-at-anu.edu.au.

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2001 Pacific Rim Linguistic Institute

The 2001 Pacific Rim Linguistic Institute will be held at the University of California, Santa Barbara, 25 June-3 August 2001. This Institute is sponsored by the Linguistic Society of America and co-sponsored by a variety of other organizations, including the Australian Linguistic Society. See the website http://www.summer.ucsb.edu/lsa2001/index.htm for more details.

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The 15th International Conference on Historical Linguistics (ICHL 2001); workshop proposals

The XVth International Conference on Historical Linguistics will be held in Melbourne, August 13-17, 2001.

The Department of Linguistics at La Trobe University will host the conference, and it will be held at the Hotel Ibis, 15 Therry St, Melbourne.

The purpose of this second circular is to notify people of the workshop proposals.

The deadline for abstracts for papers (20 min) for the main body of the conference is Easter 2001 (by whatever calendar), but if you require earlier acceptance, you can send your abstract at any time and we will review it within a few days. Abstracts (of no more than 250 words) should be submitted in the body of an email message to B.Blake-at-latrobe.edu.au.

For further information, see our website http://www.latrobe.edu.au/www/linguistics/conferences.html.

WORKSHOPS: Three workshop proposals have been received and are reproduced below (and are also available on the website). Intending participants are asked to contact workshop organisers directly.

1. Workshop on Linguistic Stratigraphy and Prehistory

The organizers are Henning Andersen (Baltic and Slavic) and Christopher Ehret (African languages). For information, contact Henning Andersen // Slavic Department, UCLA // P.O.Box 951502 // Los Angeles CA 90095-1502 // U.S.A. Email address: andersen-at-humnet.ucla.edu

Every linguistic tradition includes layers of material that entered it at different times in the more or less distant past. Hence, for periods preceding our earliest historical documentation, linguistic stratigraphy may yield evidence that can complement the archaeological record where there is one, but can be eloquent in and of itself where there is none.

The chronological layering of the lexical and grammatical material of a language may reflect the prehistory of its speakers in several ways. For instance, layers of word formation or borrowing may bear witness to stages in technological development or to changing currents in spiritual culture; irregular phonological reflexes may be evidence of the convergence of diverse dialects in the formation of a tradition of speaking; layers of material from different source languages may form a record of changing cultural contacts in the past; in some instances, layers of material from a single source language spanning a lengthy period of time shed light on the prehistoric development of both the target language and the source language. The stratigraphic evidence may be sufficiently determinate to suggest the nature of the contact in individual prehistoric episodes of language contact, indicating whether it was indirect or direct, ephemeral or long-lasting, a borrowing relationship or a case of language shift. Lexical and grammatical elements may carry different weight in the evaluation of prehistoric episodes of language contact, as may also appellatives and propria, and among propria, hydronyms, toponyms, and anthroponyms.

The aim of the proposed workshop is to highlight this important area of historical linguistics and to bring together linguists working with diverse geographical and cultural areas for the discussion of recent advances and work in progress as well as problems of method and issues of interpretation.

2. Workshop on reconstruction and subgrouping in Australian languages

Organisers: Claire Bowern and Harold Koch

It would be helpful to us if you could let us know if you would like to participate, by emailing us at bowern-at-fas.harvard.edu or harold.koch-at-anu.edu.au, as soon as possible, but no later than **31st January 2001**. Please also include the subgroup/languages you will be presenting evidence for or against, and your contact details. We would also like a brief abstract by **1st April, 2001**. Please also note the deadline for submission of papers for pre-circulation: **30th June 2001**.

Dear colleagues,

We are organising a workshop on subgrouping and reconstruction in Australian languages, to be held during the 15th International Conference on Historical Linguistics at La Trobe University, Melbourne, from 13th to 17th August, 2001. (For conference details see http://www.latrobe.edu.au/www/linguistics/conferences.html)

Briefly, the aim of the workshop is to examine currently accepted Australian subgroupings from as many parts of the country as is possible, to see if the groupings are likely to be genetic (that is, the similarities between the languages are the result innovation during a period of common envolution) or whether they more likely reflect a local linguistic area. Such a workshop will make publicly available the evidence that supports each subgroup. Most of the subgroups/families presupposed for Australia date to lexico-statistical groupings done in the late 1960s (such as O'Grady, Wurm and Hale's 1965 classification); we would like to use the occasion of a major historical linguistics conference in Australia to examine these proposed subgrouping in detail. By the end of the workshop we hope to have assembled a collection of papers which examine these subgrouping proposals from the point of view of traditional historical linguistics - that is, through reconstruction, detailed etymology and the separation of common innovation from borrowing. We hope this will move comparative linguistics in Australia towards demonstrating to what extent it is possible to justify genetic subgrouping and the use of the comparative method. A number of scholars have raised doubts as to the application of these methods in Australia, and we would like to use this opportunity to see to what extent their doubts are justified.

As you have no doubt guessed by now, we would like to invite you to participate in this workshop! Specifically, we are inviting you to write paper and give a short presentation outlining the historical/comparative evidence for the subgroup(s) which you mostly work on.

A set of guidelines for participants, which include some suggestions for evidence to consider and a list of possibly helpful references, is available at http://www.latrobe.edu.au/www/linguistics/conferences.html.

3. Media and language change

Prospective participants are asked to submit a 1-2 page abstract by APRIL 15, 2001, to Susan Herring (herring-at-indiana.edu). Early abstract submission is encouraged. The abstract should be sent as a regular e-mail message (not as an attachment). Alternatively, abstracts may be sent by regular mail to:
Susan Herring
Library 011
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405 USA
Participants will be expected to submit a full version of their paper by JUNE 15, 2001.

How do communication media - ranging from writing to print to radio and television to the Internet - affect the structure and use of human language over time? How does the increasing availability of historical records of speech, e.g. via wax cylinders, film, tape recording, videotape, and computer, potentially change the methods, assumptions, and findings of historical linguistics? These questions constitute the dual focus of this workshop. Technologically-mediated communication will be addressed as a facilitator or inhibitor of language change, as a site for the emergence and evolution of genres and linguistic norms, as a vehicle for the diffusion of linguistic innovation, and as socially and ideologically constructed over time. Papers may include diachronic studies of language in a particular medium, synchronic studies of language in a new medium in comparison with a pre-existing medium, and considerations of the methodological implications of new media for investigating language change in real or recent time. A related methodological issue is how new media enable researchers to construct and analyze linguistic corpora, or constitute corpora in and of themselves, as is the case for the Internet and the World Wide Web.

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New Zealand Linguistic Society Conference 2001

You are warmly invited to Christchurch from 30 August to 1 September 2001 for the next New Zealand Linguistic Society conference!

More information, and a form to register your interest, is at the following URL: http://www.massey.ac.nz/~wwlingui/NZLS/01Conf.html.


The conference will take place from 30 August to 1 September 2001. The sole (or main) venue will be College House, Ilam Road, Christchurch (a hall of residence adjoining the campus of the University of Canterbury). The conference will begin at about 9.00 am on 30 August and end about mid-afternoon on 1 September.

If you are interested in participating, please print off the form at http://www.massey.ac.nz/~wwlingui/NZLS/form01.html, fill it in, and mail it to:

Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy
Department of Linguistics
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
New Zealand
(e-mail: a.c-mcc-at-ling.canterbury.ac.nz)

Papers are welcomed on any area of linguistics. We expect that most papers will occupy 45-minute time slots (i.e. about 30 minutes plus 15 minutes for discussion), but we will be able to accommodate shorter papers (30-minutes time slots), and perhaps also longer ones, as well. Please indicate any special requirements below. You are invited to indicate a provisional title now, and supply an abstract before 7 June 2001.

The registration fee in NZ dollars (which includes morning and afternoon tea and lunch, and welcoming drinks and nibbles) is:

Students NZ$72.00 (Normal) or NZ$62.00 (Earlybird, by 1 May 2001)
Nonstudents NZ$100.00 (Normal) or NZ$90.00 (Earlybird, by 1 May 2001)

Accommodation per night (bed and continental breakfast) at College House will cost NZ$38.00.

Dinner is not included in the registration fee or accommodation charge. There will be a conference dinner on 31 August, at a cost of NZ$32.00 (not including drinks). On other nights, conference-goers will have the choice of dining at one of several venues on campus, or near the campus in Ilam, or elsewhere in Christchurch.

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Pacific Second Language Research Forum (PacSLRF) 2001

October 4-7, 2001

At the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawai'i, USA

WEB: http://www.LLL.hawaii.edu/pacslrf

EMAIL: pacslrf-at-hawaii.edu

This conference will focus on research in second language acquisition, particularly in Asian and Pacific languages.


  • Kevin Gregg (St. Andrew's University - Osaka, Japan)
  • William O'Grady (University of Hawai'i at Manoa)
  • Jeff Siegel (University of New England - New South Wales, Australia)
  • Noeau Warner (University of Hawai'i at Manoa)
  • Karen Watson-Gegeo (University of California, Davis)
  • Lydia White (McGill University - Montreal, Canada)

CALL FOR PAPERS: Proposals for papers, posters, and colloquia regarding any aspect of research in second language acquisition, particularly in Asian and Pacific languages, are invited. For submission guidelines, please visit our website at http://www.LLL.hawaii.edu/pacslrf/call.html. The submission deadline is April 2, 2001.

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About ALS

ALS Website

Note that the address of the ALS Website changed in September 2000. The new address is: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/www/rclt/als/.


  • To further interest in, and support for, linguistic research and teaching in Australia.
  • To organise an annual meeting and visits of local and overseas speakers.
  • To publish a journal of international standing.
  • To organise an International Congress of Linguists when appropriate.
  • To organise an Australian Linguistic Institute.

Benefits of membership

  • Free quarterly Newsletter.
  • Free subscription to the Australian Journal of Linguistics.
  • Membership rates for ALS conference registration.
  • Entitlement to present papers at the Annual Conference.
  • The more intangible benefits of belonging to the network of Australian linguists.

ALS office bearers

President Mary Laughren (UQ) m.laughren-at-mailbox.uq.edu.au
Vice-Presidents Robert Hoogenraad linguist-nted-at-taunet.net.au
Verna Rieschild (Macquarie) vrieschi-at-ling.mq.edu.au
Malcolm Ross (ANU) Malcolm.Ross-at-anu.edu.au
Secretary John Henderson (UWA) jkh-at-cyllene.uwa.edu.au
Treasurer Doug Absalom (Newcastle)
Faculty of Education
University of Newcastle, NSW 2308
Journal Editors Peter Collins (UNSW) p.collins-at-unsw.edu.au
Peter Peterson (Newcastle) (Reviews) lnpgp-at-cc.newcastle.edu.au
Doug Absalom (Newcastle) dabsalom-at-mail.newcastle.edu.au
Newsletter Editor Tim Curnow (La Trobe) T.Curnow-at-latrobe.edu.au

Next newsletter

The ALS Newsletter is published four times per year. This is the first issue for 2001. The next issue (01/2) will come out in mid May 2001. 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 Tim Curnow (T.Curnow-at-latrobe.edu.au).

The ALS journal

The ALS publishes a journal, the Australian Journal of Linguistics (AJL) twice a year. The latest issue is 20/2. The journal is published by Carfax (Taylor & Francis), http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/carfax/07268602.html.

Correspondence regarding general AJL matters should be sent to Peter Collins (p.collins-at-unsw.edu.au). Correspondence regarding papers and reviews should be sent to any of the editors or the reviews editor (contact details in office bearers section).

ALS membership and address changes

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, and is listed earlier in this newsletter, in the Subscriptions section in Current Issues.

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.

by Dr. Radut