Newsletter May 2001

ALS 01/02, May 2001

From the Editor

Welcome to the May edition of the ALS Newsletter. It's been suggested that the on-line Newsletter should be archived by the National Library, but doing this would mean that it would be accessible to anyone, anywhere, anytime, not just to members of the Society. So I'd like people's opinions on this matter - all it will take to vote yes or no is two mouse-clicks, so read the details below and let me know!

There have been a couple of additions to the ALS webpages in the past few months. First, with the assistance of several other people, David Nash has put together a list of the dates and locations of ALS annual meetings since its founding in 1967, which you can find at And secondly, many members might not be aware that in 1984 the Society passed a motion recognizing the linguistic rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and another motion obliging members to respect these rights; the details of these motions have been added to the ALS website at

Some people might have noticed that the ALS98 Proceedings website went down, as it was hosted on the web pages of the CLTR. Thanks to John Ingram, it's now back up and running at a new site, Bookmark that page!

And finally, just a bit of advanced warning. La Trobe University is to completely overhaul its web pages at some unspecified future date. When that happens, the ALS web pages, including the newsletter, will change addresses. Most probably, all that will happen is that the 'www' out of the middle of the address will vanish, so the new homepage for ALS will most likely be at

Tim Curnow (


Current issues




Should the Newsletter be archived?

At the moment, the ALS Newsletter is electronically 'distributed' to all members of the Society, an electronic copy is kept on the website, and a hard copy is sent to the National Library of Australia. However the National Library has introduced an electronic archiving program, Pandora. Essentially, this initiative is intended to archive copies of important Australian websites (for more details, see It appears likely, given the sorts of things that they have been archiving, that the ALS Newsletter would be considered appropriate material for this program.

It would therefore probably be possible to get the National Library to store, for all eternity (or at least a long time), electronic copies of each of the ALS Newsletters. This would have the advantage that they would be permanently archived in an official manner, rather than just stored on the ALS website as long as someone remembers to do so and doesn't accidentally delete them. It would probably also mean that we wouldn't have to send the National Library a hard copy of the newsletter every time. The potential disadvantage, from the point of view of members, is that anything on the Pandora archive can be read by anyone, anywhere, so the Newsletter could be read by non-members.

Before I go any further in working out what we have to do to have the National Library archive the newsletter, I want to get the opinions of members.

To vote

To vote for archiving the Newsletter click here. If your computer is set up right, that will bring up a blank message addressed to Click 'send', and I'll count your blank message with no subject line as a vote in favour of getting the National Library to archive the Newsletter electronically.

To vote against archiving the Newsletter click here. That will bring up a blank message addressed to Click 'send', and I'll count your blank message with no subject line as a vote against getting the National Library to archive the Newsletter electronically.

To actually send a comment to me about the archiving thing, just send your comment in a normal e-mail, with a reasonable subject header (say, ALS Newsletter archiving) to


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Sale! ALI 2000 T-shirts and windcheaters

T-shirts and windcheaters from the 2000 ALI are available for sale at the bargain price of $5 and $10 respectively. Please contact Christine McKeown at


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2000 ALI Final Report

The Final Report from the 2000 ALI held at the University of Melbourne is now available. It is in two formats, with an HTML version (OK on screen, not good for printing) at and a PDF version (good on screen, and for printing) at alsnews200105ali2000.pdf.


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ALS2k Proceedings

The proceedings for ALS2k, the ALS Conference held in July 2000, are now on-line. Nine papers were selected from those offered for publication. Contributors can be assured that the process met with DETYA requirements. The editors are Keith Allan and John Henderson. The papers can accessed through the following links (from most to least direct):



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AIATSIS Library reopens

(From Barbara Lewincamp, Library Director)

The library of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) closed at the end of September 2000 to allow staff to work on the many projects required to prepare the collections for the move to new premises on Acton Peninsula in Canberra. AIATSIS is now co-located with the National Museum of Australia, and enjoys enhanced facilities for clients and secure, temperature-controlled storage for the Audiovisual Archives and Library collections. The Library reopened to the public on Wednesday 14 March 2001.

The AIATSIS catalogue is now available on the Internet, with the number of print items on the catalogue now over 74,000. The catalogue is available at


Contact details:
AIATSIS Library, GPO Box 553, Canberra ACT 2601
Telephone (02) 6246-1182, Fax (02) 6246-7113
Acton Peninsula, Lawson Crescent, Acton ACT 2601

The Library is open to the general public for study and reference at the following times. It is closed on Australian Capital Territory public holidays.

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday By appointment only
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

Australian Indigenous Languages Collection

The Australian Indigenous Languages Collection was established early in 1981 to bring together printed material written in Australian indigenous languages. It contains over 2,000 items. The Collection, arranged by language, comprises the output of literacy centres where bilingual education programs exist, traditional and original stories, Bible translations, and factual and topical information on health, science, history, and other subjects.

There are over 900 languages represented in the Collection. It is the aim of the Library for the Collection to become a comprehensive collection of works written in all Australian indigenous languages. The Library welcomes donations of materials and information about new publications.

As well as published materials, the Library holds manuscripts and other materials of linguistic interest. Researchers, particularly Institute grantees, deposit field notebooks and elicited language texts, songs and word lists.

Clients can access bibliographic details of items in the Language Collection using specific language names or by searching on Language as a location within the catalogue. Other search terms include Language and communication, Language acquisition, Language centres, Language classification and evolution.


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News from the RCLT

The Research Centre for Linguistic Typology at La Trobe University is pleased to announce its two new Research Fellows:

  • Dr Janet Sharp will commence a three-year Research Fellowship in July to work on the Karatjarri language from Western Australia.
  • Dr Nicole Kruspe will commence a three-year Research Fellowship with us in November. Dr Kruspe will be working on Che' Wong, a language from the northern branch of the Aslian subgroup of Austroasiatic (spoken in Malaysia).


The RCLT will also be holding an International Workshop on Evidentiality at La Trobe University, Melbourne, 6-11 August 2001. For details and program, see Conferences below.


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lingu@scene: New Australian on-line journal

Below is the website address calling for submissions to a new online journal 'lingu@scene', edited by Brett Baker and Ingrid Piller. The mission statement is as follows:

lingu@scene is a publication that aims to provide a forum for innovative linguistics research. It offers a forum for research in progress and presents it to the linguistic community with the aim of stimulating discussion.

lingu@scene is particularly dedicated to the work of emerging researchers in linguistics and related disciplines.

lingu@scene primarily aims to serve innovative linguistics research in the Sydney metropolitan area, but is by no means restricted to this locale.

lingu@scene is inclusive of a wide variety of research in linguistics and related disciplines, and submissions irrespective of theoretical orientation or language studied are encouraged and welcomed.

lingu@scene gives preference to submissions that make good use of the medium, rather than being "just" paper articles in another format. Use of the medium includes the submission of data (as audio, video, or jpeg files) together with the analysis.

lingu@scene is published annually, and new papers will be added to each volume as they are being processed.

lingu@scene is a fully refereed journal, and each submission will be reviewed by two members of the editorial board (

Our call for papers states that we aim to review papers within six weeks of submission, hence our turnaround offers an attractive alternative to paper-published journals.

We look forward to receiving your submissions.


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Book announcement (Mulder, Burridge and Thomas)

Macmillan English Language: VCE Units 1 and 2
Jean Mulder, Kate Burridge and Caroline Thomas

Macmillan English Language: VCE Units 1 and 2 is a textbook for Year 11 students in the new VCE subject English Language. This textbook and the development of the VCE English Language subject were supported by the Language in the School Curriculum Project, a joint initiative of the Australian Linguistic Society and the Australian Academy of Humanities.

This book is the first in a two-book series written especially for the VCE English Language study design. It explores how language is used in communication and how language changes over time. Activities and assessment tasks are carefully designed to help students achieve the outcomes. All members of the author team are expert in linguistics and have played key roles in the development and piloting of this exciting new study.

Key features

  • A structure that enables students to work systematically towards achieving the outcomes
  • Explicit coverage of essential key knowledge and key skills
  • Clear, comprehensive and accurate presentation of the linguistics component of the study
  • Practical learning activities and assessment tasks interspersed throughout the text to reinforce understanding and bring the subject to life
  • Fascinating case studies and examples of how language has developed
  • A useful glossary of key terms
  • An accompanying CD-ROM that provides a rich resource of spoken and visual texts directly linked to the book



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Book announcement (Pensalfini and Richards)

MIT Working Papers in Linguistics has released the second volume in its Papers on Endangered and Less Familiar Languages series, Papers on Australian Languages. This volume of working papers, edited by Rob Pensalfini and Norvin Richards, grew out of a round table workshop held at MIT in January 1997, during a period in which there was a high concentration of linguists working on Australian languages in New England (USA).

The volume contains the following works in progress (a couple of which have since been published elsewhere in revised form):

  • Barry Alpher - We came here on different boats: observations on distributivity as marked in two widely separated Australian languages, with thoughts on the number 1
  • Brett Baker - Geminate dissimiltion as prosody in Ngalakan
  • Steven Berbeco - Some brief remarks on Warlpiri Sign Language
  • Maria Bittner and Ken Hale - Comparative notes on ergative case systems
  • Caroline Jones - Contiguity under infixation: Mangarrayi reduplication
  • Rob Pensalfini - Jingulu Focus marking as an instance of contact-induced change
  • Rob Pensalfini - A typology of nonconfigurationality: with special reference to Jingulu
  • Norvin Richards - Leerdil Yuujmen bana Yanangarr (Old and New Lardil)


Ordering and price information can be obtained from MIT Working Papers in Linguistics by writing to


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Book announcement (Siegel)

Processes of language contact: Studies from Australia and the South Pacific. Edited by Jeff Siegel. Montreal: Les Editions Fides, 2000. 326 pages, ISBN 2-7621-2098-5, $34.95 (Canadian)


  • Introduction: The Processes of Language Contact (Jeff Siegel)
  • 1. The Role of Australian Aboriginal Languages in the Formation of Australian Pidgin Grammar: Transitive Verbs and Adjectives (Harold Koch)
  • 2. 'Predicate Marking' in Bislama (Terry Crowley)
  • 3. Predicting Substrate Influence: Tense-Modality-Aspect Marking in Tayo (Jeff Siegel, Barbara Sandeman and Chris Corne)
  • 4. My Nephew is My Aunt: Features and Transformation of Kinship Terminology in Solomon Islands Pijin (Christine Jourdan)
  • 5. Aboriginal English: From Contact Variety to Social Dialect (Ian G. Malcolm)
  • 6. Pidgin Genesis and Optimality Theory (Joan Bresnan)
  • 7. Simplicity, Complexity, Emblematicity and Grammatical Change (Terry Crowley)
  • 8. Camels as Pidgin-carriers: Afghan Cameleers as a Vector for the Spread of Features of Australian Aboriginal Pidgins and Creoles (Jane Simpson)
  • 9. Kriol on the Move: A Case of Language Spread and Shift in Northern Australia (Jennifer M. Munro)
  • 10. Tok Pisin and English: The Current Relationship (Geoff P. Smith)
  • 11. Na pa kekan, na person: The Evolution of Tayo Negatives (Chris Corne)


To order this book, contact:
Emmanuel Bertrand-Gauvin
Éditions Fides / Les Presses de l'Université de Montréal
165, rue Deslauriers
Saint-Laurent (Québec) H4N 2S4
Phone: (514) 745-4290 or (514) 808-4730
Fax: (514) 745-4299


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Teaching pronunciation CD (Fraser)

Helen Fraser has recently completed a CD-ROM called 'Teaching Pronunciation: A guide for teachers of English as a second language'. Although it is directed at ESL teachers, some people might find it useful for their linguistics students. It includes a number of audio and visual demonstrations, eg: gating (listening to little bits of speech and finding that individual words and sounds are not clear without their context), several kinds of allophony in ordinary speech, and a section I ended up being quite pleased with, showing how the colour spectrum is categorised differently in different languages, and making an analogy to the imposition of discrete phonological categories on a continuous 'spectrum' of sound.

Further information and an outline of the CD's contents is available from along with several articles, reports and other bits and pieces about ESL pronunciation. Comments welcome.

The CD itself is available from Language Australia, for about $30 I think:
Postal Address: GPO 372F, Melbourne VIC 3001
Phone: 03 99264779, Fax: 03 9926 4780.

(From: Helen Fraser, Snr Lecturer in Linguistics, University of New England, Australia, Tel: 0416 044 719, Email:, Homepage:


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Contracts at Wangka Maya

Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre is looking for contract linguists.

Wangka Maya works with speakers in recording, transcribing and maintaining the Indigenous languages of the region, many of which are under threat of extinction. An Aboriginal Management Committee governs the Language Centre, which comprises of representatives from various language groups.

Wangka Maya is looking for expressions of interest from Linguists who may be interested in contracted linguistic work with Wangka Maya for various periods from 4 - 12 weeks in the Pilbara.

Those expressing interest should send a letter detailing past relevant work experiences and attach a copy of a current resume to The Chairperson, WMPALC, PO Box 2736, South Hedland WA 6722 or

For more details contact the Administrator, Fran Haintz on 08-91722344.


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Lecturer level B, Alice Springs

Centre for Australian Languages and Linguistics, School of Community Studies, Batchelor Institute

Academic Lecturer B - Alice Springs

Immediate start - December 2001

Duties: The position entails the preparation and delivery of V.E.T. and Higher Education Language course and related language programs, as well as the relevant administrative functions of the program and the School. The lecturer will be required to travel to remote communities to deliver the language program and support students. Teaching experience in languages and linguistics and in remote communities is highly desirable. The applicant is required to possess professional qualifications (equivalent to (4) years of tertiary education) in languages or linguistics.

Vacancy no. (to be supplied by Personnel)

Further information: A full job profile and selection criteria can be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Section on 08-89397272/276.

Applications: Applications addressing the selection criteria, including a curriculum vitae, the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three (3) referees, should be sent to:
The Recruitment Officer
Batchelor Institute
c/- Post Office


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Conferences and workshops




Australian Linguistic Society Conference 2001

The 2001 ALS conference will be held at the ANU from 27-30 September 2001.

For full details on the ALS 2001 Conference, visit the web site at This website contains information about the 2001 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society - dates, places, how to register, submitting abstracts, and so on.

Note that abstracts are due by 15 June 2001, which is before the next newsletter, so this is the last prompting you'll receive to submit an abstract for our annual conference.

Accommodation for ALS Conference participants at Burgmann College will be limited, as the weekend is the College's Thirtieth Anniversary celebration. Participants who intend to stay at the College are asked to make their accommodation bookings with the conference organisers as soon as possible.


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Austronesian conferences at the ANU

A web page regarding the Austronesian conferences be held at the ANU in January 2002 is now accessible at

The 9th International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics (9ICAL) will be held in Canberra, at the Australian National University, from January 8-11, 2002.

The 5th International Conference of Oceanic Languages (COOL5) will be held at the same venue from 14-16 January.

The site for both conferences will be Burgmann College. Both of these conferences are being hosted by the Linguistics Department, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies.

Interested scholars are invited to offer papers relating to the study of Austronesian languages for 9ICAL, and specifically to the Oceanic branch of Austronesian for COOL5. All presenters will be allocated a total of 30 minutes for their papers: 20 minutes for talking and 10 minutes for questions. Abstracts (maximum of one page) should be submitted by 1 May 2001.

Registration forms for attending the conferences are available on the website


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ALAA 2001 Conference

2001 marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of The Applied Linguistics Association of Australia. ALAA came into being at a meeting held at the University of Newcastle in August 1976 and, ever since, has played a significant role both nationally and internationally in all areas of Applied Linguistics.

ALAA 2001, to be held in Australia's national capital, will provide a wonderful opportunity to renew old friendships, create new ones, look forward together to the future of Applied Linguistics in the region and the world and review the many achievements of the past quarter century. The Congress will be held from 6-8 July, at the University of Canberra, except for the last day when a joint session with the AFMLTA Conference will be held at the Australian National University. Further information from


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15th International Conference on Historical Linguistics 2001 (ICHL)

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.

A registration form for the conference is now available, and appears at the end of the ICHL website. Registration and payment should be by fax and credit card. For further information and a copy of the registration form, see our website:

Social events

There will be an opening reception on Monday 13th August sponsored by the Vice Chancellor of La Trobe University (6-8pm), an introduction to Australian wine on Tuesday evening (6-8pm) and the Conference Dinner on Thursday evening.

Conference Dinner

Thursday 16th August, Wolfgang Puck Cafe, Southgate: $60 (students $45) (includes 3 course meal and beverages) - and stunning views of the city!


Tours have been booked for Sunday 12 August, Wednesday afternoon 15 August and Saturday 18 August.

Tour 1, Sunday 12 August - Sovereign Hill (Ballarat). This is a day outing exploring the Ballarat Goldfields of the 1850s. It includes a complete town tour of historic Ballarat - a city famous for its parks, gardens and fine Victorian buildings - and a visit to Sovereign Hill - an open-air museum exactly recreating the gold-mining township and life on the goldfields. Bring your overcoat. Ballarat is up in the hills. Cost: $45 (includes entrance to Sovereign Hill but not lunch)

Tour 2, Wednesday 15 August - Afternoon City Tour of Melbourne. The tour takes in Southgate, Botanical Gardens, St Kilda and other places of interest. Cost: $25

Tour 3, Saturday 18th August - "Puffing Billy", Wildlife and Wine-tasting. This tour takes you through the eastern suburbs to Ferntree Gully and the Dandenong Ranges. At Belgrave you board "Puffing Billy", the oldest steam train still operating in Australia. The train carries you around the mountain to Menzies Creek where you continue the tour through the Yarra Valley for wine tasting and lunch at Yering Station Winery. The trip also includes a tour of Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can see kangaroos, koalas wombats, platypus, emus and the elusive lyrebird. Bring your overcoat. It is chilly in the hills. Cost: $70 (The price includes tour, lunch and entrance fees for Puffing Billy and the Sanctuary.)

If you are going to the dinner or going on any of the tours, please book and pay in advance with your registration.

For further information and a copy of the registration form, see the website:


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The 8th Central European Summer School in Generative Linguistics (CESSGL)

Held in Nis, Jugoslavia, from 23 July - 03 August 2001. Web address:

Announcing the 8th free summerschool: as every year: we are organising a summerschool in Generative Grammar in Central/Eastern Europe, which has both excellent researchers as teachers and is entirely free (no enrollement fees). This summer, the accomodation (hostel) is even free for everybody.

Additionally, there are grants available to cover the travel costs of Eastern European students.

To register, simply fill in the form at The deadline for registration is the 15th May.

The school will be held in Nis (Yugoslavia), during two weeks (23 July to 3 August), and is separated into two parallel teaching tracks:

  • one introduction track for people with little background in (generative) linguistics
  • one medium/advanced track for people who already know the basics and want to get into research topics.


The school offers two weeks of intensive intellectual work in syntax, semantics and phonology (this summer has a strong morpho-phonological component), with the following teacher lineup: Haike Jacobs, Jonathan Kaye, Tobias Scheer, Olga Tomic, Michal Starke. Klaus Abels, Arhonto Terzi, Ellie Boyadzeva, Luisa Marti, Orin Percus

Finally, an important aspect of this school is that it tries hard to keep a balance between intellectual life and fun, providing not only hard-working classes, but also hard-partying parties.

People who register will be automatically subscribed to a discussion list about the school, where all further information will be sent. This allows you to keep up with the latest development in the region (e.g. security issues), with the potential changes in the programme, and to ask any question you might have.

To learn more about the school, visit or contact the organisers: and


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RCLT International Workshop on Evidentiality

Program for International Workshop to be held at La Trobe University, Melbourne, 6-11 August 2001, on Evidentiality.

Auditors are welcome, at no fee (but note that we are unable to organise accommodation for auditors). The position paper for the Workshop can be accessed on our website, (follow the links).

Monday 6 August 2001, at La Trobe City Campus (215, Franklin Street, corner of Queen St)

9.00   Opening of Workshop by Professor Michael Osborne, Vice-Chancellor and President of La Trobe University
9.10 Alexandra Aikhenvald (RCLT) Tariana (Arawak family, Brazil)
10.40   Coffee
11.10 Victor Golla (University of California, Arcata) Hupa (Athapaskan, family, North America)
12.40   Lunch
2.00 Willem de Reuse (University of North Texas) Western Apache (Athapaskan family, North America)
3.30   Coffee
4.00 Sally McLendon (Hunter College, New York) Eastern Pomo (Pomoan family, North America)

Tuesday 7 August 2001 at La Trobe City Campus (215, Franklin Street, corner of Queen St)

9.00 Victor Friedman (University of Chicago) The Balkans
10.30   Coffee
11.00 Vjacheslav Chirikba (University of Leiden) Abkhaz (North-West Caucasian family)
12.30   Lunch
2.00 Michael Fortescue (University of Copenhagen) West Greenlandic (Eskimo-Aleut family)
3.30   Coffee
4.00 Elena Maslova (St Petersburg European University) Yukaghir (isolate, Siberia)

Wednesday 8 August - free day

Thursday 9 August 2001 at RCLT at La Trobe main campus in Bundoora

9.00 R.M.W. Dixon (RCLT) Jarawara (Arawá family, Brazil)
10.30   Coffee
11.00 Pilar Valenzuela (Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig) Shipibo-Conibo (Pano family, Peru)
12.30   Lunch
2.00 Randy LaPolla (City University of Hong Kong) Qiang (Tibeto-Burman family, China)
3.30   Coffee
4.00 Connie Dickinson (University of Oregon, Eugene) Tsafiki (Barbacoan family, Ecuador)

Friday 10 August 2001 at La Trobe City Campus (215, Franklin Street, corner of Queen St)

9.00 Lars Johanson (RCLT/University of Mainz) Turkic languages
10.30   Coffee
11.00 Ago Künnap (University of Tartu, Estonia) Enets (Uralic family)
12.30   Lunch
2.00 Timothy Jowan Curnow (RCLT) Evidentiality and person
3.30   Coffee
4.00 Group discussion  

Saturday 11 August 2001 at La Trobe City Campus (215, Franklin Street, corner of Queen St), NOTE 9.30 A.M. START

9.30 Brian Joseph (Ohio State University) Conclusions
11.00   Coffee
11.30 Group discussion and publication plans  
1.00   Finish

Please visit our website at for more information.


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Teaching Interest Group at ALS 2001

As part of the program of the ALS Conference 2001 the Teaching Interest Group will hold a lunchtime workshop/showcase of online teaching of Linguistics. Nick Reid will demonstrate an online unit in which students work jointly on a minigrammar-type linguistic analysis assignment, with a particular focus on the role of automated marking systems. Other contributions are invited. If you'd like to demonstrate a website or software relevant to your teaching, or make a presentation relevant to this group, please contact Nick Reid (ph: 02 6773 3400, email: Further details of the workshop will appear in the conference timetable.


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Australian Linguistics Institute 2002 (call for presenters)

The Sixth Biennial Australian Linguistics Institute, to be held 8th-12th and 15th-19th July 2002, at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, provides an outstanding opportunity for linguists, applied linguists and language teachers to expand and develop professionally and for undergraduate and postgraduate students to extend their skills training and their knowledge bases.

The Steering Committee ALI 2002 is now calling for expressions of interest in presenting courses (at introductory, intermediate or advanced level), either for one week (6 hours) or two weeks (12 hours) or a one day workshop or symposium. We welcome offers from academics and practitioners in Australia and overseas. Linguists outside Australia are encouraged to consider whether presenting at ALI2002 could be a rewarding part of an already planned sojourn in Australia around the time of ALI2002. We are not in the position to offer salaries, but are open to negotiation on assistance with expenses .

Offers will include a brief course description and the names and contact details of two referees. Please send offers to Dr Verna Rieschild, Chair Steering Committee ALI2002 at


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About ALS

ALS Website

Note that the address of the ALS Website changed in September 2000. The new address is:



  • 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)
Vice-Presidents Robert Hoogenraad
  Verna Rieschild (Macquarie)
  Malcolm Ross (ANU)
Secretary John Henderson (UWA)
Treasurer Doug Absalom (Newcastle)
Faculty of Education
University of Newcastle, NSW 2308
Journal Editors Peter Collins (UNSW)
  Peter Peterson (Newcastle) (Reviews)
  Doug Absalom (Newcastle)
Newsletter Editor Tim Curnow (La Trobe)




Next newsletter

The ALS Newsletter is published four times per year. This is the second issue for 2001. The next issue (01/3) will come out in mid August 2001. Copy will be due on the first Monday in August. 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 (



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),

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).



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 was listed in the last newsletter.

A form is available on the website to renew your subscription.

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.