Newsletter February 2002

ALS Newsletter February 2002

ALS 02/1, February 2002

From the Editor

Welcome to the first ALS newsletter of the new year - now might be a very good time to consider whether you've paid your subscription fees recently, since 2002 subscriptions are now due. The year you are paid to is shown on the address label on the envelope your journal comes in, and you should have just received the most recent issue. If you're not sure whether your subscription is up-to-date, send an email to Doug Absalom ( who holds the official list. If you know you have to pay, there's a form available on the website at

Tim Curnow (



Minutes of the 2001 AGM

The President opened the meeting at 5:39pm on the 28 September 2001 in the Burgmann College Common Room, ANU, with 33 members present: Cynthia Allen, I Wayan Arka, Brett Baker, John Bowden, Lea Brown, Peter Collins, Michael Cooke, Terry Crowley, Tim Curnow, Nick Evans, Janet Fletcher, Bill Foley, Cliff Goddard, Helen Harper, Ben Hutchison, Harold Koch, Mary Laughren, Juliet Mar, Patrick McConvell, Stephen Morey, Jean Mulder, David Nash, Rachel Nordlinger, Andrew Pawley, Bert Peeters, Cécile Pereira, Peter Peterson, Verna Rieschild, Malcolm Ross, Nick Thieberger, Darrell Tryon, Michael Walsh, Melanie Wilkinson

1. Apologies

Margaret Sharpe, David Lee, Lyn Wales, John Ingram, Rob Pensalfini, John Henderson, Alan Dench

2. Minutes of the 2000 AGM

Accept minutes, moved Tim Curnow, seconded Mary Laughren. Passed unanimously.

3. Matters arising

3.1 Language in the School Curriculum Project.

Report by Jean Mulder under Other Business.

3.2 Linguistics in universities.

See President's Report.

3.3 Pacific Rim Linguistics Institute.

Report by Cliff Goddard (at 4.6 below).

4. Reports

4.1 President

The President wrote letters to: Vicky Sara of the ARC about linguistic expertise for borderline decisions; the DETYA Secretary about how DETYA formula differs across institutions. Letters and their replies were published in November 2000 ALS Newsletter (available on the ALS website, at

Survey of state of linguistics in universities: ML suggested a questionnaire for distribution to gather the data but has not yet done this.

4.2 Secretary

There has been little correspondence, all requests for information about this year's conference and next year's ALI.

4.3 Treasurer

The President informed the meeting that we don't know where the Treasurer is, last seen at Santa Barbara in July, and expected back at U Newcastle in November. No report. [See in News below, TJC] Annual subscription not payable at this meeting but to be encouraged to be done via the web page.

4.4 Journal editor

Peter Collins gave his last report as Editor. Regular two issues have come out: Oct 2000 and April 2001 special guest-edited issue on anaphora. Very soon Oct 2001 issue, slightly smaller as anaphora one went a little over the page limit by Taylor & Francis. One paper is held over, and three already accepted for the next issue. Six papers have been accepted for revision; five papers awaiting more referee's reports, a healthy flow of papers.

Peter Peterson reported that reviews had a backlog and a lot will appear in Oct 2001 and April 2002. Publications received is to be moved to the Newsletter, and the Reviews editor welcomes approaches from members to review a listed item. P Peterson's term is ending and is handed over to Alan Libert, University of Newcastle.

Peter Collins thanked referees of the last five years.

President moved a vote of thanks to Peter and Peter; carried by acclamation.

4.5 Newsletter editor

Tim Curnow reported, including the web site, which continues to be text based by request of members. Acclamation.

4.6 Pacific Rim Institute

Cliff Goddard reported. Began by thanking the Society for sponsoring himself and Doug Absalom. Cliff taught a course 'Lexical and grammatical semantics across cultures' and Doug taught a course 'Literacy across contexts'. Peter Austin gave a 6-week course, Bob Dixon and Sasha Aikhenvald each gave a 3-week course; other Australian participants. There was a discourse/ cognitive/ functional/ typology emphasis; lost OT course at the last minute, only one course on sociolinguistics.

4.7 Heads of Linguistics Departments/Programs

Andrew Pawley reported on meeting at lunchtime Friday 28th.

  • future of ALIs: keep to 2-year intervals; sympathy for proposal for NZ to in hosting ALIs
  • DETYA inequity in classification of linguistics: humanities get $45k for completions whereas sciences get $20k
  • cluster of concerns to do with term and circumstances of PhD degrees, whether 4 years is sufficient, including fieldwork, extra courses; need to gather data on course offerings and changes in programs around the country, dilution of undergrad programs, staff numbers shifted; proposal for ALS research assistant for questionnaire and collation of replies
  • vocationally oriented higher degrees: doctorates that are not PhDs
  • strictures on foreign student suspensions

4.8 This year's meeting

Malcolm Ross reported over 100 registrations; society may make a profit. Vote of thanks to Malcolm Ross and Meredith Osborne carried with acclamation.

5. Future ALS events

5.1 ALI 2002

Verna Rieschild reported. Overseas presenters will cost $50k-$100k. See ATSI program will be coming along; registration form expected in November. Appealed to departments if they can sponsor o/s visitors. Workshop or courses offers still entertained. Student scholarships for helpers; two ATSI students will be sponsored by Macquarie.

5.2 ALS 2002

Peter Collins reported that he and Mengistu Amberber will organise the meeting, to be held at Macquarie 13-14 July; will overlap with ALAA; website soon.

5.3 ALS 2003

Peter Peterson reported that he will investigate Newcastle hosting, depending on the accommodation problem.

5.4 ALI/ALS 2004

The President reported that the Executive will look to contact people in NZ for an Australasian Linguistic Institute in July 2004. Terry Crowley commented that the seven institutions in NZ do not all have the same vacations; Christchurch or Wellington are the obvious locations. The transfer of the seed money needs to be looked at. Harold Koch commented that Perth could be approached again (Curtin and ECU). The Executive will look into this.

Michael Walsh announced that IAFL will be held at University of Sydney, 1st week of July 2003.

Patrick McConvell announced that Arcling II will be held at NMA, Canberra, 1st week of October 2002.

Terry Crowley announced the NZ Linguistic Society will meet mid-November 2002 at University of Waikato.

Harold Koch reported on the ICHL meeting, August 2001. There was a gratifyingly large participation by linguists in Australia.

John Bowden and Andrew Pawley announced two Austronesian conferences around 8-12 January 2002, ANU.

6. Constitution changes

The President raised changes as proposed in the Newsletter; two motions moved Laughren, seconded Simpson.

Amendment to paragraph 1 in section 'IV. Officers'. Motion to amend the constitution to expand the Executive to include a postgraduate student representative, foreshadowed in August 2000 Newsletter: 'To amend para 1 to insert the words 'a postgraduate student representative, ' after 'Secretary, '. Carried unanimously.

Amended paragraph 1 reads: 'The Officers of the Society shall be a President, three Vice-Presidents, a Treasurer, a Secretary, an Associate Secretary, a postgraduate student representative, and the Editor of the Journal.'

Paragraph 3 in section 'IV. Officers'. Motion to amend the years of election of officers, changing paragraph 3 from:
'3. The terms of office for officers other than the Editor of the Journal shall run for two Annual General Meetings. The President, two Vice-Presidents and Secretary shall be elected in even numbered years, beginning 1980. One Vice-President, Treasurer and Associate Secretary shall be elected in odd numbered years, beginning 1979. The Editor shall be elected in 1979 for six years and thereafter for a term of five years.'
'3. The terms of office for officers other than the Editor of the Journal shall run for two Annual General Meetings. The President, one Vice-President, the Secretary, Associate Secretary and Treasurer shall be elected in even numbered years. The President and two Vice-Presidents shall be elected in odd numbered years. The Editor shall be elected for a term of five years.'
Carried unanimously.

7. Any other business

7.1 OzBib and Publications on Australian Languages in AJL

Harold Koch reported that no-one has been doing the annual bibliography on Australian languages since the OzBib was published, and called for volunteers. Patrick McConvell offered to carry this out provided he can have OzBib in digital form. Malcolm Ross stated that the copyright reverts to the authors after 5 years. It could be maintained at the AIATSIS web site. Jane Simpson asked whether OzBib could be compensated for web publication. Malcolm Ross said that PL would need compensation.

7.2 Language Alliance

Michael Clyne sent a message to the President. An item for the Newsletter.

7.3 Profile of linguistics

Verna Rieschild spoke on the public profile of linguistics, and asked for a subcommittee to promote it (e.g. for ABC to run a program on linguistics, a Linguistics Olympiad; a video for Year 11/12 students; write linguistics in to soap operas).

Jean Mulder reported on linguistics in schools in Victoria. Last year, the first pilot year had 87 students; the second year there are close to 800 students in the subject. Students can count the subject towards the VCE and university entrance. Helen Harper expressed interest. Bill Foley spoke to rehabilitating linguistic image with the NSW government.

7.4 Linguistics materials for linguistics in Iraq

Michael Cooke reported on an approach in the mid 1990s when he was Batchelor College. Now Michael does not have an academic institution; read out excerpts from two letters from students. The students do not have access to Internet or e-mail. $30 airmail postage for each bundle; materials go to their library. Nick Evans suggested the address be circulated in the Newsletter.

Moved Jane Simpson, seconded Patrick McConvell: "That the meeting authorise the Executive to enter into financial negotiation with Pacific Linguistics and the copyright holders of OzBib and AIATSIS to facilitate the distribution of OzBib as a bibliographic database on the Web." Carried unanimously.

7.5 Renewals

Harold Koch spoke about membership renewals.

7.6 Online proceedings

Peter Peterson asked about online Proceedings; Malcolm Ross said the problem would be human resources. The President said that the papers were properly refereed. Malcolm Ross said that PDF files could readily be placed on a website.

7.7 West Papuan scholar

Nick Evans raised that the speaker from West Papua was unable to get a visa and paper at last session was cancelled. Malcolm Ross added that the speaker and his wife were applying with SIL for a visa to be at Kangaroo Ground. Stephen Morey asked what action could be taken in such cases; the President replied that the Society would write a letter.

8. Election of Officers

8.1 President

Michael Walsh. Nominated Mary Laughren, seconded Malcolm Ross. Elected with acclamation.

8.2 Vice-President

Rachel Nordlinger, and Peter Peterson, nominated Mary Laughren, seconded Malcolm Ross. Elected with acclamation.

8.3 Journal Editor

Toni Browsky and Mark Harvey, nominated Mary Laughren, seconded Cliff Goddard. Elected.

8.4 Postgraduate Student Representative

Nick Thieberger, nominated Jane Simpson, seconded Rachel Nordlinger. Elected.

The meeting thanked the Executive members for the year's work with acclamation.

9. Announcements

It was announced that Stephen Wurm and Ken Hale are gravely ill. [Both have since passed away. JH]

Otto Nekitel of UPNG died suddenly about two weeks ago. Andrew Pawley reported how individuals have sent funds to his family.

Cynthia Allen announced jobs at ANU: 5 year fixed term position in academic English, fractional appointment; and a continuing position in applied linguistics to replace Tony Liddicoat.

V Rieschild announced that a chair will be advertised at Macquarie University.

Meeting closed 7:14pm.

(Minutes: David Nash)

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Treasurer's Report

ALS (Inc) Financial Statement. 4/7/2000 - 30/11/2001

Income Expenditure
Membership $ 9,560:00 AJL $ 9,338:00
Interest $ 7,800:49 LSA $20,000:00
AJL $ 3,500:00 ALI 2002 $10,000:00
ALI 2000 $24,700:00 GIO $ 389:62
ALS2k $ 6,242:00 Fair Trade $ 59:00
Seed funds $ 581:61 Sec. Expenses $ 30:00
Bank costs $ 354:31
Total $52,384:10 $40,170:93

Operating Surplus $ 12,213:17
Funds 4/7/2000 $ 93,846:24
Current funds $106,059:41
Represented by:
Investment Acct. $ 35,219:42
Money Managers $ 68,379:77
Cheque Acct. $ 1,315:22
Deposit 29/11/01 $ 1,145:00
Total $106,059:41

The Society's bank balance appears to be quite healthy at present, particularly in view of the fact that this year we paid out $20,000 as our contribution to the American Linguistic Society Pacific Rim Conference. However, that balance still contains $14,700 of ALI money which will presumably go to the Macquarie organisers of ALI 2002, to accompany the $10,000 that they already have. Our thanks goes out to the organisers of ALI 2000 at Melbourne who have done an excellent job in limiting the financial loss to only around $10,000, which was shared between ALAA and ALS. Our thanks too is due to the organisers of the 2001 ALS conference in Canberra, which was conducted without the usual conference float, due to complicated GST requirements. Membership was up this year, partly due to a very good response from members who had fallen behind and who received an e-mail reminder notice. I will try to do the same again this year for members whose memory needs a little jogging.

The only claims that I am aware of on the bank balance are a small amount for treasurer's expenses for labels, postage etc. and our CIPL fees, which will be about $600, due to the continued poor showing of the Australian dollar on International markets. There are also likely to be costs associated with the Macquarie Conference in 2002. Interest rates are down for next year, our Fixed Term rate dropping from 6.5% to 4.3%. However, we seem to be maintaining a fairly consistent bank balance while still managing to achieve quite a number of worthwhile activities for the Society.

I apologize for being difficult to contact during the second half of 2001. The problem was partly due to a glitch in our Uni's change-over of e-mail systems. September 11th didn't help!

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News from Sydney Uni

Mark Donohue of the University of Sydney is off in New Guinea, splitting his time between PNG and Irian Jaya. He'll be doing some survey work, in part with Doug Marmion of the ANU, and continuing his work on the Skou languages of the central north coast, and One from the eastern Bewani mountains. The One people have been calling for a dictionary (a requirement in order to gain government funding for a local-language medium community school). To this end they have been cooperating with linguistics from Sydney University over the last two years, resulting in a (so far) 160 page dictionary, which is going to be trialled and (again!) corrected on this trip. Further primers are hoped for (in addition to materials distributed in 2000), depending on how much material has been written.

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News from ANU

The School of Language Studies at the Australian National University has two new continuing members of staff. Johanna Rendle-Short has been appointed at level B in Applied Linguistics and Jennifer Hendriks has been appointed as a fractional (50%) level B in English for Academic Purposes.

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News from the CRLC

The second edition of the 2001 Newsletter of ANU's Centre for Research on Language Change (edition 1.2, December, 2001) is available on the website at the following address:

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News from the RCLT

Dr. Catriona Hyslop has been awarded a La Trobe University Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, to work at the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology. She plans to work on spatial relationships and problems of classification of the languages of Vanuatu.

Visiting Fellows

  • Dr Guy Deutscher, a Research Fellow in Historical Linguistics at St John's College, the University of Cambridge will be a Visiting Fellow from 18 February until 8 April, is an expert on Akkadian and Sumerian. His PhD dissertation, Syntactic change in Akkadian: the evolution of sentential complementation, was published in 2000 by Oxford University Press. While at RCLT, he will continue his work on ergativity and other related phenomena in Sumerian and on the problems of language contact in the Ancient Asia Minor.
  • Professor Willem F. H. Adelaar, of the University of Leiden, the main expert on the languages of the Andes and comparative studies of languages of South America, will be a Visiting Fellow from 1 April until 30 June. While at RCLT, he will continue his work on Andean languages.
  • Professor Fiona McLaughlin, of the University of Kansas, one of the leading experts in West Atlantic languages and the major expert on noun classification in Wolof, will be a Visiting Fellow from July till October. Besides taking part in the International Worskhop on adjective classes, she will be working on noun classification in the Atlantic languages, with particular attention to phonologically based agreement.
  • Professor Carol Genetti, Of the University of California at Santa Barbara, is one of the leading scholars in Tibeto-Burman linguistics and the major expert in Dolakha Newar, will be a Visiting Fellow from 17 June until 13 September. Besides taking part in the International Worskhop on Adjective classes, she will be finalising a grammar of the Dolakha dialect of Newar and working on a number of related problems (such as participial constructions).
  • Dr Randy LaPolla, of City University of Hong Kong, will be with us from 1 July till 31 December. He is one of the world's major experts on Tibeto-Burman languages, Chinese and syntatic theory. Besides taking part in the International Worskhop on Adjective classes, he will continue working on Tibeto-Burman languages.

Honorary Visiting Fellows

  • A/Prof Graham McKay, Head of the School of Language and Literature at Edith Cowan University in Perth, will spend his sabbatical at RCLT during the first half of the year. He plans to revise for publication his grammar of Rembarrnga (from Central Arnhem Land).

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Pioneers of Island Melanesia project

Angela Terrill and Michael Dunn are pleased to announce that the project 'Pioneers of Island Melanesia' has been funded under the European Science Foundation Collaborative Research Programme in the Humanities 'The Origin of Man, Language and Languages'. The project is an international (Dutch, Swedish, British and German) and interdisciplinary (Linguistics, Genetics, Archaeology, Anthropology) investigation of the pre-Austronesian history of New Britain, New Ireland, Bougainville and the Solomons. The Dutch team is mostly Australian: Angela Terrill (working on Lavukaleve and Touo/Baniata), Michael Dunn (Touo/Baniata) and Stephen Levinson (Yélî Dnye). Ger Reesink will also be working with this group. Working closely with them will be the Swedish team-of-one, Eva Lindström (Kuot), who is also well-known in Australia. From Cambridge Robert Foley, Marta Lahr and Daniel Nettle with be working on biological anthropology and modelling, and Chris Gosden will head the archaeology group in Oxford. The genetics team is headed by Mark Stoneking in Leipzig.

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Fundraising letter

I thought people might like to know that I've received an email from a US-based company that I'm not entirely sure what to do with ...

"Two partners and I own a company named G.Y.N.O. Industries, which stands for 'Giving Youths New Opportunities.' We are interested in providing funding for ALS research ... We specialize in creating and developing innovative fundraising systems ... We believe we can help you, as well. We've put literally thousands of hours of thought and planning into developing the best possible plan to help raise funds for your organization ... We will set up an account for your group that will receive a percentage kickback from sales in the form of a monthly check made out to your organization ... Anyone can support your cause by ... It is our goal to raise as much as $100 million/yr for your group with this general technique ... We want to kick this tragic disease squarely in the teeth, and we are anxious to get started. We feel that the sooner we do, the sooner we can help win the battle with it. We're going to help stop it by generating funds for research and the infusion of many additional talented minds."

Somehow I feel that the thousands of hours of thought and planning may not have involved finding out that the Australian Linguistic Society doesn't have a lot to do with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease)!

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Books and theses

Book announcements (Pacific Linguistics)

Pacific Linguistics is happy to announce the publication of the eight titles below. Prices are in Australian dollars (one Australian dollar is currently equivalent to about US$0.52).

Orders may be placed by mail, e-mail or telephone with: Publishing, Imaging and Cartographic Services (PICS), Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200, Australia, Tel: +61 (0)2 6125 3269 Fax: +61 (0)2 6125 9975, e-mail: Credit card orders are accepted.

For our catalogue and other materials, see:

A grammar of Tetun Dili by Catharina Williams-van Klinken, John Hajek, Rachel Nordlinger, PL 520

Tetun Dili is an Austronesian language spoken as a first language in Dili, East Timor. It is also spoken as a lingua franca throughout much of this fledgling nation, and is set to become its national language. This grammar describes the basic structure of Tetun Dili, covering phonology and morphology, as well as phrase-, clause- and sentence-level syntax. It is based on a corpus of both spoken and written texts, supplemented by elicitation. While the focus is primarily on the spoken language, comparisons are made with both written and liturgical varieties. In contrast to the more conservative Tetun Terik variety, Tetun Dili shows strong Portuguese influence after centuries of contact, particularly in its lexicon and phonology. This work constitutes the most detailed grammatical description to date of any language of East Timor, complementing an earlier description of Tetun Terik as spoken in West Timor. ISBN: 0 85883 509 6 AUS $24.75 International $22.50

The Lolovoli dialect of the North-East Ambae language, Vanuatu by Catriona Hyslop, PL 515

North-East Ambae is a member of the Northern Vanuatu linkage of Oceanic. It is a conservative Oceanic Language, has strict AVO/SV word order and possesses head-marking characteristics. This description includes a detailed analysis of the system of spatial reference that operates in the language. Possessive and associative constructions are also described in detail. 2001 ISBN 0 85883 453 7 xxxvi + 476 pp. AUS $59.40 International $54.00 Weight 1000g

A Grammar of Limilngan: A Language of the Mary River Region, Northern Territory, Australia by Mark Harvey, PL 516

This grammar provides a description of Limilngan, a previously undescribed and now extinct language of northern Australia. Australian languages generally show a high degree of structural similarity to one another. Limilngan shows some of the common Australian patterns, but in other areas it diverges significantly from them. It has a standard Australian phonological inventory, but its phonotactic patterns are unusual. Some heterorganic clusters such as /kb/ are of markedly higher frequency than homorganic clusters such as /nd/. Like a number of Australian languages, Limilngan has many vowel-initial morphemes. However, historically these result from lenition and not from initial dropping as elsewhere in Australia. Like many northern languages, it has complex systems of both prefixation and suffixation to nominals and verbs. Prefixation provides information about nominal classification (four classes), mood, and pronominal cross-reference (subjects and objects). Suffixation provides information about case, tense, and aspect. Limilngan differs from most Australian languages in that a considerable amount of its morphology is unproductive, showing complex and irregular allomorphic variation. Limilngan is like most Australian languages in that it may be described as a free word order language. However, word order is not totally free and strictly ordered phrasal compounding structures are significant (e.g. in the formation of denominal verbs). 2001 ISBN 0 85883 461 8 AUS $44.55 International $40.50

Taba: description of a South Halmahera Austronesian language by John Bowden, PL 521

Taba is an Austronesian language spoken in the Halmahera region of eastern Indonesia. This book is the only comprehensive modern grammar of any language from the South Halmahera-West New Guinea subgroup that is a sister to the much better documented Oceanic branch. Taba is a mixed split-S and accusative language with a rich variety of phonemic consonant clusters, a complex system of directionals, and many other features of interest to both Austronesianists and general typologists. The analysis of ditransitive clauses is a major innovation: the author contends that ditransitives exhibit a mixed primary object and 'split-P' pattern of argument alignment. The grammar also contains a wealth of information on the sometimes radical changes occuring in contemporary Taba under the impact of Malay. This grammar is a revised version of Bowden's PhD dissertation. AUS $69.85, International $63.50

The history and typology of western Austronesian voice systems edited by Fay Wouk and Malcolm Ross, PL 518

The 'focus' systems of western Austronesian languages have long intrigued grammarians, typologists and historical linguists, and this book significantly expands accessible information on them. It is the outcome of a workshop on focus held at the Eighth International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics in Taipei in December 1997. Part I contains three overview contributions: one on some of the typological issues of 'focus' languages (Nikolaus Himmelman), on possible histories of western Austronesian voice (Malcolm Ross), and on the history of voice systems and on their study (Robert Blust). Part II, 'Languages of Sulawesi', has descriptive papers by Mark Donohue, Phil Quick and Nikolaus Himmelmann and a historical contribution by David Mead. Part III, on the rest of Indonesia and Malaysia, has descriptive papers on Karo Batak (Clodagh Norwood), Riau Indonesian (David Gil) and Bonggi (Sabah, Michael Boutin), a comparative account of the languages of Lombok and Sumbawa (Fay Wouk), and a descriptive-historical account of Javanese (Gloria Poejosoedarmo). The contributions in Part IV concern the Philippines and Taiwan. They range from Sama languages in the extreme southwest of the region (Jun Akamine and JoAnn Gault), through Hiligayonon and Yogad in the centre and north of the Philippines (Walter Spitz), to Seediq of northern Taiwan (Arthur Holmer). Erik Zobel examines Chamorro and Palauan evidence diachronically and proposes a new Nuclear Malayo-Polynesian subgroup. ISBN: 0 85883 477 4 AUS $76.45 International $69.50

Pijin: A dictionary of the pidgin of the Solomon Islands - Un dictionnaire du pidgin des Iles Salomon by Christine Jourdan

Pijin is the youngest of the languages of the Solomon Islands, yet it is the most important in terms of number of speakers and the role it plays in the life of the archipelago. It is known in all parts of the country, and used widely everywhere for intergroup communication, particularly in urban centres. But if Pijin is widely spoken, it is not widely written. Despite the efforts of the Literacy Association of the Solomon Islands (LASI) and the Solomon Islands Christian Association (SICA) through the works of SITAG, the language is not a popular medium of written communication. There are many reasons for this situation: Pijin lacks institutional support from government agencies and it lacks cultural legitimacy. Moreover, schooling at advanced levels is done in English. It is hoped that this dictionary will give a higher profile to Pijin and will help bring about changes in people’s attitude towards this language. This cultural dictionary of Pijin is aimed at three different publics: Solomon Islanders who wish to write in Pijin and need to check the spelling of words; visitors to the country who wish to learn Pijin or to know more about it; and scholars who seek to obtain precise and easily accessible linguistic information on the language. Rich in examples, drawings, historical and ethnographic documentation, the dictionary gives access to the Solomon Islands as well as to Pijin. Each of the three intended audiences may refer to the Pijin dictionary to obtain information on the history of the language, its cultural anchorage, the history, customary ways and geography of the archipelago, and aspects of flora, fauna and food. AUS $76.45 International $6.50

Languages of Vanuatu: A new survey and bibliography by John Lynch and Terry Crowley, PL 517

Vanuatu has more languages for its population size than any other country in the world. Many of these are almost completely undescribed, while differing amounts of information have been recorded on (and in) other languages. This volume sets out to survey in the linguistic geography of the entire country in the light of the most recent documentation. It also provides intending and experienced linguistic researchers, as well as the literacy and educational policy practitioners, with an exhaustive up-to-date annotated bibliographical listing for every language. 2001 ISBN 0 85883 469 3 xiv + 187 pp. AUS $44.55 International $40.50

The boy from Bundaburg: Studies in Melanesian linguistics in honour of Tom Dutton edited by Andrew Pawley, Malcolm Ross and Darrell Tryon, PL 514

The essays in this book were written in honour of Dr Tom Dutton, who worked in the Department of Linguistics of the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at The Australian National University from 1969 until 1997. Tom made a major contribution to our understanding of the languages of Papua New Guinea, and especially of central and south-east Papua. Included in the book are essays on Papuan languages by Bernard Comrie (Haruai), Mark Donohue (Burmeso), Cynthia Farr (Korafe), Karl Franklin (Foe, Fasu and Enga), Volker Heeschen (Eipo and Yale), Francesca Merlan and Alan Rumsey (Ku Waru), the late Otto Nekitel (Abu' Arapesh), Meredith Osmond (Chimbu--Wahgi languages), Andrew Pawley (Proto Trans New Guinea), Malcolm Ross (east Papuan languages), Evelyn Todd (Bilua), C.L. Voorhoeve (Proto Awyu-Dumut) and Apoi Yarapea (Kewa). Contributions on Oceanic Austronesian languages are by Robert Blust (reduplicated colour terms), Joel Bradshaw (Iwal), Ann Chowning (plant names), Susanne Holzknecht (Duwet), John Lynch (possession) and Gunter Senft (Kilivila). There are two contributions are on Pacific pidgins, by Peter Muehlhaeusler and Darrell Tryon, and one on language endangerment by the late Stephen Wurm. 2001 ISBN 0 85883 445 6 vii + 417 pp. AUS $88.00 International $80.00 Weight 800g

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Conferences and workshops

ALS 2002 Annual Conference

Organised by University of NSW/hosted by Macquarie University Saturday 13 - Sunday 14 July, 2002


The 2002 Australian Linguistic Society Conference will be held at Macquarie University in Sydney from Saturday 13th to Sunday 14th July, 2002 (the middle weekend of the Australian Linguistics Institute). The conference is being organised by the Linguistics Department of the University of New South Wales, but will be held at Macquarie University. The conference will run parallel to the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia Conference (and for a small additional fee ALS delegates may attend any papers of their choosing at the ALAA conference).

Conference Website

The ALS2002 Website (, is now operational, and has an online abstracts submission form, but to organise registration and find out about accommodation options you will need to visit the ALI Website (, also linked from the ALS 2002 Conference website).

Correspondence address

Correspondence regarding the conference should be addressed to the Organising Commmitte for ALS2002 preferably by email at
or to:
Linguistics Department
University of NSW
Sydney 2052

Registration fees

For ALS members:
Earlybird $100/Full rate $120
Student members: Earlybird $50/Full rate $60

For non-ALS members:
Earlybird $125/Full rate $145
Student members: Earlybird $65/Full rate $75

Daily rate: $65

Surcharge for optional attendance at any ALAA sessions: $30

The fees include the Welcoming Reception on Friday evening 12th July, morning and afternoon teas.

Participants should register through the ALI Website at

Conference abstracts

The due date for abstracts is Monday 8th April, 2002. Abstracts should be 200-300 words in length. Abstracts are to be submitted through the ALS2002 Website,

Keynote speakers

The keynote speakers for ALS2002 will be Professor Anna Wierzbicka (Australian National University) and Professor Ivan Sag (Stanford University).

The conference dinner will be held on Saturday evening 13th July at at Curzon Hall, near the University.


There will be a range of accommodation options. For details see the ALI website,

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Australian Linguistics Institute 2002

Don't forget that the Sixth Biennial Australian Linguistics Institute will be held 8th-12th and 15th-19th July 2002, at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. There are a wide range of courses at different levels, with national and international presenters. A number of conferences will also be held in association with ALI 2002.

For details on ALI2002, check the webpage at

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Language in Time symposium, UWA

The UWA Language Science group and the Institute of Advanced Studies at UWA present

Language in Time: Language evolution and language change

A cross-disciplinary symposium to be held at the University of Western Australia 25-28 June 2002.

Guest speakers:

  • Professor William Labov, Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania
  • Professor Jim Hurford, Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Iain Davidson, Archaeology & Palaeoanthropology, University of New England
  • Professor Gillian Sankoff, Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania
  • Professor Elizabeth Bates, Cognitive Science, UCSD
  • Professor Lyle Campbell, Linguistics, University of Canterbury
  • Dr Partha Niyogi, Computer Science, University of Chicago

We invite papers (45mins + 15mins discussion) within the broad area of Language Evolution and Language Change. Topics within and connecting the following general areas are welcome:

  • the evolution of human language: brain, cognition, culture
  • language acquisition and evolution
  • language and animal communication systems
  • modelling language evolution
  • language variation and change
  • modelling the processes of language change
  • pidgin and creole studies
  • linguistic diversity and the human diaspora
  • the archaeology of language evolution and change

Expressions of interest should be sent to as soon as possible. Title and abstract of around 300 words will be due by March 1.

Other participants are welcome - but there are a limited number of places available. Registration is AU$40 for full-time students, AU$60 for UWA staff, and AU$100 for all others. Fee includes tea/coffee and lunches. If you would like to attend, please contact before March 1.

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Strehlow Conference 18-20 September 2002

The Strehlow Research Centre invites you to the Strehlow Conference to be held in Alice Springs between 18 and 20 September 2002.

The Strehlow Conference will be a forum for discussion of:

  • Central Australian identities: Indigenous and non-Indigenous
  • Narratives of collecting and their impact on the present
  • The changing role of museums and the mediation of culture
  • Addressing the secret and the sacred today
  • Moral rights, image ethics, and cultural property
  • The Strehlows in the context of British and German ethnologies
  • The Strehlow Collection: New research

Invited speakers include members of the Strehlow family; Professor Diane Austin-Broos, University of Sydney; Dr Hart Cohen, University of Western Sydney; Mr Ian Dunlop, ethnographic film maker; Ms Jenny Green, linguist; Mr Barry Hill, writer; Dr Les Hiatt, Dr Philip Jones, South Australian Museum, Mr Dick Kimber, historian; Dr John Morton, La Trobe University; Assoc. Prof. Walter Veit, Monash University; Professor Klaus-Peter Koepping, University of Heidelberg (Germany); Dr Ingrid Heerman, Linden-Museum (Germany); Mr Heinrich Middendorf, University of Heidelberg (Germany).

The Strehlow Conference will be situated in the auditorium of the Araluen Centre for Arts & Entertainment on the Alice Springs Cultural Precinct. The Precinct hosts other attractions including the Strehlow Research Centre, the Museum of Central Australia, the Central Australian Aviation Museum, the Alice Springs Memorial Cemetery, and Territory Craft.

It is anticipated that a refereed publication will be produced as an outcome of the Strehlow Conference.

Paper Submission Dates:

  • Expression of interest in giving paper: Friday 7 December 2001
  • Closing date for abstracts: Friday 1 March 2002
  • Notification of acceptance of abstracts: Friday 5 April 2002
  • Receipt of final paper: Friday 26 July 2002


  • Final day for Early Registration: Friday 14 June 2002
  • Final day for ordinary Registration: Friday 30 August 2002
  • Note: Late registration will be considered under compelling circumstances only

Submission of Abstracts: All abstracts must be original work and be no longer than 250 words. Abstracts should be submitted via email to or on an IBM formatted disk. If alternative arrangements need to be made, please contact the conference organisers. If an abstract is submitted on a disk, a hard copy should also be included. Full contact details of the author should be included with the abstract. Abstracts will not be refereed per se, but the conference advisory committee reserves the right not to include a paper in the conference.

Those presenting papers must be registered for the conference (invited speakers excepted). Papers in general sessions will be 20 minutes long with 5 minutes for questions. Facilities will be provided to check PowerPoint presentations, slides, overheads, etc. Speakers will be contacted by session chairs for an indication of what equipment they will require.

A brochure to register for the Strehlow Conference will be available in April 2002.

For further information contact:
Strehlow Research Centre
PO Box 831
Alice Springs NT 0871
Or email us direct at

We would like to thank the following organisations for their generous support:

  • The Centre for Cross-Cultural Research at The Australian National University
  • The Araluen Centre/Alice Springs Cultural Precinct, NT
  • Museums Australia, NT

Please visit our website at

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Prosody Workshop in Australian languages

We'd like to invite you to present a paper at and/or attend a Workshop on Prosody in Australian Languages to be held at Melbourne University on March the 15th (a Friday).

We are interested in any papers on phonetics, phonology, intonation, or discourse structure which focus on Australian languages. This workshop will complement the workshop on subordination in Australian languages to be held in Victoria on Saturday and Sunday the 16-17th March.

Please send an abstract (or at least a title and outline) to either Brett Baker ( or Janet Fletcher ( ASAP so we can put together a timetable. Also let us know if you're planning to attend the workshop so we have an idea of numbers.

So far we have the following offers of papers (in alphabetical order):

  • Judith Bishop (UMelb): '"Stress accent" without phonetic stress: accent type and distribution in Bininj Gun-wok'
  • Mark Harvey (UNewc) and Brett Baker (UNE):'No [place] for passive articulators'
  • Ilana Mushin (USyd): 'The distribution of TAM clitics in Garrwa discourse'
  • Erich Round (UMelb): 'Determinants of segment duration in Kayardild and some reflections on the feasibility of "corpus phonetics"'
  • Tina Pentland (UQ): 'The role of pitch and duration as cues to prosodic structure in Warlpiri'

We have reason to suspect there will be others on offer also. All interested participants are welcome.

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ARCLING II: The Second Conference on the Archaeology and Linguistics of Australia

National Museum of Australia And Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
Canberra, 1-4 October 2002


Contact: Dr. Patrick McConvell, Convener, Planning Committee, Phone: 02-62461116; Email:

If you wish to give a paper, please send a title and abstract to Patrick McConvell by 15 February 2002.


Registration will be A$220 if paid before March 1 2002 and A$275 after that date.

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New Zealand Linguistic Society conference

The New Zealand Linguistic Society will be holding its regular Language and Society conference from November 20-22 2002. The conference will be hosted by the Department of General & Applied Linguistics at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, which is an hour and a half's drive south of Auckland.

Papers are invited relating to any area of sociolinguistics. Further details will be announced shortly, but expressions of interest or further information can be obtained from either Ray Harlow ( or Terry Crowley (

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About ALS

ALS Website

The address of the ALS website changed in September 2001 to: (The old address had /www/ before 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 Michael Walsh (Sydney)
Vice-Presidents Verna Rieschild (Macquarie)
Rachel Nordlinger (Melbourne)
Peter Peterson (Newcastle)
Secretary John Henderson (UWA)
Treasurer Doug Absalom (Newcastle)
Journal Editors Toni Borowsky (Sydney)
Mark Harvey (Newcastle)
(Reviews) Alan Libert (Newcastle)
Newsletter Editor Tim Curnow (La Trobe)
Postgrad Student Rep Nick Thieberger (Melbourne)

Next newsletter

The ALS Newsletter is published four times per year. This is the first issue for 2002. The next issue (02/2) will come out in mid May 2002. 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 (

The ALS journal

The ALS publishes a journal, the Australian Journal of Linguistics (AJL) twice a year. The latest issue is 21/2, which you should have received in the past two weeks or so. The journal is published by Carfax (Taylor & Francis),

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. If you haven't paid at all this century, you probably won't be getting any more journal issues ...

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.