Newsletter August 2003

ALS Newsletter August 2003

ALS 03/3, August 2003


News and information

Australian Journal of Linguistics

Don't forget that the Society has an associated journal! The editors of the Society's journal, Australian Journal of Linguistics wish to encourage submission of papers by members of the Society (although contributions by non-members are also accepted). Members presenting a paper at the upcoming ALS conference at the University of Newcastle should consider submitting their work to the editors, Toni Borowsky and Mark Harvey at the Linguistics Department, University of Sydney, NSW 2006.

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News from the RCLT

Professor Marianne Mithun, of the University of California at Santa Barbara, is the major expert on the indigenous languages of North America, a leading typologist, having published seminal works on many topics, and is currently President of the Association for Linguistic Typology. She will be receiving degree of Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) at La Trobe University on 13 August, giving a public lecture 'Alternative worlds in peril: what do we lose when a language disappears?' (in addition to various radio and newspaper interviews on the topic of language endangerment). She is a Special Visiting Fellow (sponsored by the Vice-Chancellor) at RCLT from 4-15 August.

Two new PhD students, Rebecca Hanson and Sheena Van Der Mark, have joined the RCLT, after successful completion of their MA theses at the University of Calgary. Rebecca Hanson is planning to work on Piro, an Arawak language from Peru, while Sheena Van Der Mark is preparing to investigate an Austronesian language from East New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

Shuntaro Chida, a PhD candidate of the University of Kyoto, is spending a year at RCLT, while he writes up his dissertation on the Dom language from Simbu Province in Papua New Guinea.

Professor Fiona McLaughlin, of the University of Florida, one of the leading authorities on West Atlantic languages and a major expert on Wolof and Serer, is a Visiting Fellow at RCLT from July until October.

Professor Willem De Reuse, of the University of North Texas, an authority on Eskimo and Athabaskan languages, is a Visiting Fellow at RCLT from mid-May until October.

Professor Eve Danziger, of the University of Virginia, a leading expert on the Mayan language family, is a Visiting Fellow at RCLT from June until October.

Professor Shobhana Chelliah, of the University of North Texas, an authority on the Manipuri language of northeast India, is an Honorary Visiting Fellow at RCLT from July until mid-August.

Professor Alexandra Aikhenvald gave a plenary talk at XVIIth International Congress of Linguists (Prague, 24-29 July) on 'Evidentiality: problems and challenges'.

Dr Knut Olawsky, of RCLT, has taken up his two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme. He plans to complete a grammar and a dictionary of Urarina, an isolate from Peru.

Dr Stephen Morey started his two-year La Trobe University Postdoctoral Fellowship, to work at RCLT. He plans to document and describe the Turung language of Assam, India, and to investigate the relationship between Turung and the Tai languages.

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Books and theses

Gamilaraay / Yuwaalaraay / Yuwaalayaay

Just to let you know that Gamilaraay - Yuwaalaraay - Yuwaalayaay is hot off the press. This 340+ page book contains a Dictionary section, Learner's guide and two wordlists, one in English alphabetical order and one organised in word groups.

It was compiled and edited by Anna Ash, John Giacon and Amanda Lissarrague.

This extensive book is designed for Gamilaraay/Yuwaalaraay/Yuwaalayaay people who have been inspired to relearn their language. Much interest has been shown over recent years in reviving and preserving the Gamilaraay/Yuwaalaraay/Yuwaalayaay dialects, which come from the central north of what is today called New South Wales.

The Gamilaraay/Yuwaalaraay/Yuwaalayaay Dictionary contains extensive information on the range of meanings each word may have and examples of usage. It also contains details on the grammar of the dialects as well as cultural information.

Many words in the dictionary are cross-referenced to the learners' guide to help the reader better understand the correct use of the word. The learners' guide also explains many of the features in the dictionary's example sentences.

  • helpful user's instructions and learning tips
  • easy-to-follow layout
  • detailed discussions of grammar
  • numerous example sentences
  • extensive cross referencing between the dictionary and learner's guide
  • includes newly created words
  • recommendations of particular words over others when there are a number of possibilities
  • background cultural information
  • many dictionary entries are illustrated

The book is available from some bookshops but you can put more dollars into language work by purchasing it from IAD (08 8951 1334, fax 08 8952 2527, or from the Yuwaalaraay Language Program at St Joseph's Primary School, PO Box 125, Walgett, 2832; 02 68 281 060 From the Language Program it costs A$40 + A$5 post (for any quantity).

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Fighting language endangerment (Stebbins)

Tonya Stebbins. 2003. Fighting language endangerment: community directed research on Sm'algyax (Coast Tsimshian). With an introduction by Fumiko Sasama. Suita, Osaka: The Endangered Languages of the Pacific Rim Project. ISSN 1346-082X

This book presents a new approach to the documentation of endangered languages, based on the development of materials for Sm'algyax, the endangered language of the Tsimshian Nation, Northwest British Columbia. It deals with issues of particular concern in endangered languages taking the development of the Sm'algyax Learners' Dictionary as a case study. The book describes the community directed approach taken during the dictionary project; identifying strengths and challenges associated with this method. It involves a symbiotic relationship between descriptive, pedagogical and sociolinguistic areas of research, ensuring the preparation of user-friendly materials. As the history of the Tsimshian Nation is closely tied up with the vitality of the language, sociolinguistic factors important to understanding the state of the language today are identified and the typology of the language is described. A number of language planning problems that become particularly acute when working with communities of endangered languages are discussed in depth here. The discussion provides examples specifically relating to Sm'algyax, though the methodologies developed here could be used in similar situations elsewhere. They include: orthography development; dictionary design; and the management of lexical expansion.

Contents: Part One: Community directed language documentation. 1: Responding effectively to language endangerment. Part Two: Sm'algyax: the language of the Tsimshian Nation. 2: History of Sm'algyax and the Tsimshian Nation. 3: Sm'algyax Today. 4: Introduction to Sm'algyax Grammar. Part Three: Community directed language documentation in practice. 5: Dictionary Design for the Sm'algyax Learners' Dictionary. 6: Lexical expansion in Sm'algyax. 7: Representing Sm'algyax words through English. 8: Polysemy and homonymy in the Sm'algyax Learners' Dictionary. 9: Spelling in Sm'algyax. 10: Variation in Sm'algyax. Part Four: Reflections on the community directed approach. 11: Community directed language work: requirements and outcomes. References

Because this text was published by the Endangered Languages of the Pacific Rim Project in Japan, with funding from the Japanese government, it is not available for commercial sale. Instead, copies are available from the author. For more information email To obtain a copy send a cheque for A$7 (to cover postage within Australia) or US $10 (to cover overseas airmail postage) to:
Dr Tonya Stebbins
Research Centre for Linguistic Typology
La Trobe University
Victoria 3086

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PhD: Silence in Japanese-Australian classroom interaction (Nakane)

Ikuko Nakane ( Silence in Japanese-Australian Classroom Interaction: perceptions and performance. PhD thesis, University of Sydney.

This thesis examines silence as attributed to and performed by Japanese students in Australian university classrooms. It aims to elucidate processes in which silence can be used and created in intercultural communication in the classroom. The data, which was collected in Australia and Japan, include interviews, a questionnaire and survey data, classroom observation and video-recorded classroom interactions. There are three case studies which make up a substantial part of the thesis and provide detailed analyses of classroom interactions. The analysis draws on the frameworks of the ethnography of communication and conversation analysis. Micro- and macro- perspectives are combined to investigate how perceptions and performances interact to construct silence in the cross-cultural encounters in these classrooms.

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Books available for review

The following is a list of publications relating to the study of language, received by the Reviews Editor. Note that it is not possible to return books to the publisher, and that acceptance of a book implies no promise that it will be reviewed in this journal. Reviews are printed as circumstances permit, and copies are sent to the publishers of the works reviewed. To request a book, contact the reviews editor, Alan Libert, ph (02) 49215117, email

  • Achiba, M. Learning to request in a second language: a study of child interlanguage pragmatics. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters, 2003. Pp. xii + 223. Cloth $132.00.
  • Aitchisen, J. Words in the mind: an introduction to the mental lexicon (3rd ed.) Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2003. Pp. xiii + 314. Paper £17.99.
  • Alred, G., Byram, M. & Fleming, M. (eds.). Intercultural experience and education. Clevedon: Multicultural Matters, 2003. Pp. xiv + 242. Paper $66.00.
  • Alter, S.G. Darwinism and the linguistic image. Baltimore: The John Hopkins University Press, 1999. Pp. xiii + 193.
  • Anderman, G. & Rogers, M. (eds.) Translation today: trends and perspectives. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters, 2003. Pp. ix + 232. Cloth $105.00.
  • Andersen, H. (ed.) Language contacts in prehistory: studies in stratigraphy. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Co., 2003. Pp. viii + 292. Cloth US$95.00.
  • Aronoff, M. & Rees-Miller, J. (eds.) The handbook of linguistics. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2002. Pp. xvi + 824. Paper £19.99.
  • Baltin, M. & Collins, C. (eds.) The handbook of contemporary syntactic theory. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2003. Pp. xii + 860. Paper £24.99.
  • Barss, A. (ed.) Anaphora: a reference guide. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2003. Pp. xii + 288. Paper £18.99.
  • Bauer, L. Introducing linguistic morphology (2nd edition). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2003. Pp. x + 366. Paper £16.99.
  • Bentley, C. The roots of variation of English-teaching: a phenomenographic study founded on an alternative basic assumption. Sweden: ACTA Universitatis Gothoburgensis, 2002. Pp. xii + 241.
  • Berk-Seligson, S. The bilingual courtroom: court interpreters in the judicial process: with a new chapter. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2002. Pp.xi + 323. Paper $55.95.
  • Blake, B.J. Case. (Second edition). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001. Pp. xx + 227. Paper $52.95.
  • Boase-Beier, J. & Lodge, K. The German language: a linguistic introduction. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2003. Pp. xi + 254. Paper £14.99.
  • Byram, M., Nichols, A. & Stevens, D. (eds.) Developing intercultural competence in practice. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters Ltd., 2001. Pp. viii + 283. Paper $66.00.
  • Casad, E.H. & Palmer, G.B. (eds.) Cognitive linguistics and non-Indo-European languages. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2003. Pp. vi + 452.
  • Clyne, M. Dynamics of language contact. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. Pp. xv + 282. Paper AUS$49.95.
  • Cook, V. (ed.) Effects of the second language on the first. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters, 2003. Pp. vii + 268.
  • Cook, V. (ed.) Portraits of the L2 user. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters Ltd., 2002. Pp. viii + 347.
  • Crowley, T. Serial verbs in Oceanic: a descriptive typology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Pp. xvii + 281. Cloth $195.00.
  • Crystal, D. A dictionary of linguistics & phonetics. (5th ed.) Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2003. Pp. xxv + 508. Paper £19.99.
  • Davies, A. The native speaker: myth and reality. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters, 2003. Pp. x + 237. Paper AUS$54.95.
  • Davis, K. A grammar of the Hoava language, Western Solomons. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics, 2003. Pp. xvi + 322.
  • Day, E.M. Identity and the young English language learner. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters Ltd., 2002. Pp.vii + 133.
  • de Courcy, M. Learners' experiences of immersion education: case studies of French and Chinese. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters Ltd., 2002. Pp. ix + 163.
  • de Mejía, A. Power, prestige and bilingualism: international perspectives on elite bilingual education. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters Ltd., 2002. Pp. xiv + 325.
  • Dell, F. & Elmedlaoui, M. Syllables in Tashlhiyt Berber and in Moroccan Arabic. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publications, 2002. Pp. xvi + 384. Paper £45.00, Cloth £99.00.
  • Dewaele, J.-M., Housen, A. Wei, L. Bilingualism: beyond basic principles. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters, 2003. Pp. ix + 233. Paper AUS$73.00.
  • Doughty, C.J. & Long, M.H. (eds.) The handbook of second language acquisition. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2003. Pp. ix + 888. Cloth £99.99.
  • Duszak, A. (ed.) Us and others. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Co., 2003. Pp. vii + 517. Cloth US$135.00.
  • Dutton, T. A dictionary of Koiari, Papua New Guinea, with grammar notes. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics, 2003. Pp. xxvi + 424.
  • Enfield, N.J. (ed.) Ethnosyntax: explorations in grammar & culture. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Pp. ix + 325. Cloth $145.00.
  • Feigenbaum, S. & Kurzon, D. (eds.). Prepositions in their syntactic, semantic and pragmatic context. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing, 2002. Pp. vi + 302. Cloth US$100.00.
  • Field, F.W. Linguistic borrowing in bilingual contexts. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing, 2002. Pp. xix + 252. Cloth US$92.00.
  • Field, J. Psycholinguistics: a resource book for students. London: Routledge, 2003. Pp. xviii + 231.
  • FitzGerald, H. How different are we? Spoken discourse in intercultural communication. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters Ltd, 2002. Pp. x + 261. Paper $66.00.
  • Francis, N. & Reyhner, J. Language and literacy teaching for indigenous education: a bilingual approach. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters Ltd., 2002. Pp.ix + 275.
  • Gavins, J. & Steen, G. (eds.) Cognitive poetics in practice. London: Routledge, 2003. Pp. xii + 188.
  • Gibbons, J. Forensic linguistics: an introduction to language in the justice system. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2003. Pp. viii + 337. Paper £65.95.
  • Gillen, J. The language of children. London: Routledge, 2003. Pp.xi + 98.
  • Gubbins, P. & Holt, M. (eds.) Beyond boundaries: language and identity in contemporary Europe. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters Ltd., 2002. Pp. vi + 162.
  • Hammond, M. Programming for linguists: Perl for language researchers. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2003. Pp. x + 219. Paper $96.80.
  • Harvey, M. A grammar of Gaagudju. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2002. Pp. xvi + 497.
  • Hendrick, R. (ed.) Minimalist syntax. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2003. Pp. 233.
  • Holmes, J. & Meyerhoff, M. (eds.) The handbook of language and gender. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2003. Pp. xv + 759. Cloth £85.00.
  • Hornberger, N.H. (ed.) Continua of biliteracy. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters, 2003. Pp. xxix + 370. Paper AUS$79.00.
  • Hyman, L.M. A theory of phonological weight. Stanford: CSLI Publications, 2003. Pp xxiii + 136. AUS$57.95.
  • Iwasaki, S. Japanese. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Co., 2003. Pp. xx + 360. Cloth US$95.00.
  • Johnson, K. Acoustic & auditory phonetics. (2nd ed.) Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2003. Pp. ix + 182. Paper £17.99.
  • Joseph, B.D. & Janda, R.D. (eds.) The handbook of historical linguistics. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2003. Pp. xviii + 881.
  • Kaplan, R.B. & Baldauf Jr., R.B. Language and language-in-education in the Pacific Basin. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2003. Pp.xii + 276. Cloth US$99.00.
  • Karimi, S. (ed.) Word order and scrambling. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2003. Pp. xx + 385. Cloth £60.00, paper £24.99.
  • Kimbrough Oller, D. & Eilers, R.E. (eds.). Language and literacy in bilingual children. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters Ltd., 2002. Pp. vi + 310.
  • Lakoff, G. & Johnson, M. Metaphors we live by. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003. Pp. xiii + 276. Paper AUS$34.95
  • Lindholm-Leary, K.J. Dual language education. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters Ltd., 2001. + 370.
  • Löwe, B., Malzkorn, W. & Räsch, T. (eds.) Foundations of the formal sciences II. Applications of mathematical logic in philosophy and linguistics. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2003. Pp. x + 300. Cloth £70.00.
  • Makoni, S., Smitherman, G., Ball, A.F. & Spears, A.K. (eds.) Black linguistics: language, society, and politics in Africa and the Americas. London: Routledge, 2003. Pp. xii + 228.
  • Matthews, P.H. Linguistics: a very short introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003. Pp. 134. Paper £6.99.
  • McDonough, J. & Shaw, C. Materials and methods in ELT: a teacher's guide. (2nd ed.) Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2003. Pp. xiii + 280. Cloth £55.00, paper £16.99.
  • Miller, J. Audible difference: ESL and social identity in schools. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters, 2003. Pp. xiv + 200. Paper AUS$57.95.
  • Milroy, L. & Gordon, M. Sociolinguistics: method and interpretation. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2003. Pp. xv + 261. Cloth £55.00, paper £15.99.
  • Myers-Scotton, C. Contact linguistics: bilingual encounters and grammatical outcomes. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Pp. xiv + 342. Cloth £60.00.
  • Paolillo, J.C. Analyzing linguistic variation: statistical models and methods. Stanford: CSLI Publications, 2002. Pp. xi + 268. Paper £17.50.
  • Plank, F. (ed.) Noun phrase structure in the languages of Europe. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2003. Pp. xxvii + 845.
  • Pustet, R. Copulas: universals in the categorization of the lexicon. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003. Pp. xiv + 262. Cloth £50.00.
  • Ramson, B. Lexical images: the story of the Australian national dictionary. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Pp. xvi + 255.
  • Richardson, E. African American literacies. London: Routledge, 2003. Pp. xiii + 177.
  • Saeed, J.I. Semantics (2nd edition). Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2003. Pp. xx + 413. Cloth £60.00, paper £17.99.
  • Saeed, J.I. Semantics. (2nd ed.) Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2003. Pp. xx + 413. Paper A$69.30.
  • Saville-Troike, M. The ethnography of communication: an introduction. (3rd ed.) Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2003. Pp. ix + 325. Paper £16.99.
  • Saville-Troike, M. The ethnography of communication: an introduction. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2003. Pp. ix + 325. Paper $65.95.
  • Schiffrin, D., Tannen, D. & Hamilton, H.E. (eds.) The handbook of discourse analysis. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2003. Pp. xx + 851. Paper £21.99.
  • Shockey, L. Sound patterns of spoken English. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2003. Pp. xi + 156. Paper £14.99.
  • Smith, G.P. Growing up with Tok Pisin: contact, creolization and change in Papua New Guinea's national language. London: Battlebridge Publications, 2002. Pp. xi + 244. Paper £18.00.
  • Tannen, D. & Alatis, J.E. (eds.) Georgetown University round table on languages and linguistics, 2001. Linguistics, language and the real world: discourse and beyond. Washington D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2003. Pp. vi + 202.
  • Terrill, A. Dharumbal: the language of Rockhampton, Australia. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics, 2002. Pp. ix + 108.
  • Wasow, T. Postverbal behaviour. Stanford: CSLI Publications, 2002. Pp. xiv + 185. Paper £17.50.
  • Webster, J.J. (ed.) On grammar. Volume 1 of the collected works of M.A.K. Halliday. London: Continuum, 2002. Pp.x + 442. Cloth £75.00.
  • Whitley, M.S. Spanish/English contrasts: a course in Spanish linguistics. (Second edition). Washington: Georgetown University Press, 2002. Pp. xiv + 388. Paper $US34.95.
  • Winford, D. An introduction to contact linguistics. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2003. Pp. xvii + 416. Paper £17.99.
  • Winford, D. An introduction to contact linguistics. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2003. Pp. xvii + 416. Paper $68.95.
  • Wright, P. (ed.) Lady Nugent's journal of her residence in Jamaica from 1801 to 1805. Jamaica: The University of the West Indies Press, 2002. Pp. xxxix + 331. Paper US$30.00.
  • Zhu Hua Phonological development in specific contexts: studies of Chinese-speaking children. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters, 2003. Pp. xii + 218. Paper $89.00.

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Jobs, grants and scholarship possibilities

Honours scholarship in language endangerment, Monash

Honours Scholarships in Language Endangerment, Linguistics Program, School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics, Monash University

Two Honours scholarships, each valued at A$1500 for full-time students, will be offered in the Linguistics Program at Monash University in 2004. The scholarships are offered through the ELDP/ARC research project Endangered Maluku languages: Eastern Indonesia and the Dutch diaspora (Dr Margaret Florey & Dr Simon Musgrave).

Students who plan to enrol in Linguistics in 2004 are invited to apply. Candidates will be expected to write an honours thesis focused on an aspect of language endangerment.

Applications are due on 31 October 2003. An application form can be downloaded by clicking here.

For further information, please contact or phone Dr Margaret Florey on (03) 9905-2237 or Dr Simon Musgrave on (03) 9905-2196.

Please bring this notice to the attention of your students

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PhD scholarships in grammatical description, RCLT

The Research Centre for Linguistic Typology at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, invites applications from suitably qualified students to enter the PhD program.

Our PhD candidates generally undertake extensive fieldwork on a previously undescribed (or scarcely described) language and write a comprehensive grammar of it for their dissertation. We prefer students to work on a language which is still actively spoken, and to establish a field situation within a community in which it is the first language. Fieldwork methodology should be centred on the collection, transcription and analysis of texts, together with participant observation, and at a later stage judicious grammatical elicitation in the language under description (not through the lingua franca of the country). Our main areas of specialisation are the languages of Amazonia, the Papuan languages of New Guinea, and the Aboriginal languages of Australia.

PhDs in Australian universities generally involve no coursework, just a substantial dissertation. Candidates must thus have had a thorough coursework training before embarking on this PhD program. This should have included courses on morphology, syntax, semantics, phonology/phonetics and comparative-historical linguistics, taught from a non-formalist perspective. We place emphasis on work that has a sound empirical basis but also shows a firm theoretical orientation (in terms of general typological theory, or what has recently come to be called basic linguistic theory).

The Research Centre for Linguistic Typology provides PhD candidates with excellent facilities, including appropriate fieldwork funding, a small office with a PC computer, together with a stimulating intellectual ambiance.

The Research Centre for Linguistic Typology consists, at any one time, of about twenty scholars, working on a variety of languages and typological issues. Besides the permanent staff of Professor R M W Dixon (Director) and Professor Alexandra Y Aikhenvald (Associate Director) we have an array of Research Fellows and PhD students; each year a number of senior scholars from across the world spend from three to six months with us as Visiting Fellows. Our personnel this year includes specialists on spoken languages from the following families or areas: Tsimshian, Mayan, Athapaskan, Eskimo-Aleut, Arawak, Arawá, Tacanan, Indo-European, Chukchee, Afro-asiatic, Niger-Congo, Khoisan, Tai-Kadai, Tibeto-Burman, Austro-asiatic, Papuan, Austronesian and Australian.

There is also an excellent Department of Linguistics in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at La Trobe University, whose faculty includes Professor Barry Blake, Associate Professor David Bradley, and Dr Hilary Chappell. And there are fine Departments of Linguistics at the University of Melbourne and at Monash University.

The scholarship will be at the standard La Trobe University rate, Australian $16,832 p.a. Students coming from overseas are liable for a visa fee (effectively, a tuition fee); we will pay this. A small relocation allowance may be provided on taking up the scholarship. In addition, an appropriate allowance will be made to cover fieldwork expenses. The scholarship is for three years.

Further information about RCLT is at our website: See, in particular, our February 2003 Newsletter, available on this web site.

Prospective applicants are invited to get in touch with Professor Aikhenvald at, providing details of their background, qualifications and interests.

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Postdoctoral Research Fellowships, RCLT

The Research Centre for Linguistic Typology invites applications for a two-year Research Fellowship offered by La Trobe University. Applicants should have completed (or be close to having completed) a PhD focused on language description and analysis within a functional-typological framework.

Prospective applicants should, in first instance, get in touch with Professor Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, enclosing their CV and proposed topic for the Fellowship (

The closing date is 22 September. The application details for the La Trobe Fellowship are available on:

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Three positions for Teacher Linguists

Two positions are available for Executive Teachers, Two-Way Learning Program (i.e. teacher linguist, bilingual school). In addition, expressions of interest for a position at Areyonga are solicited. For further details on any of these positions, please contact Angela Harrison (08 89 517 002) or Robert Hoogenraad (08 89 517 030).

Executive Teacher 2, Yuendumu

Executive Teacher 2, Yuendumu Community Education Centre, position number 8012, responsible to Principal.

Primary objective: The Executive Teacher Two-Way Learning Program assists the teaching staff and community to develop and implement the Two-Way Learning Program in accordance with Northern Territory Curriculum and policies, school based curriculum and school policy.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Provide advice and support for staff in all areas of the Two-Way Learning Program.
  2. Support the delivery of the school's Indigenous language and English language program in the classrooms by working closely with the staff and community, curriculum officers such as English as a Second Language (ESL) Co-ordinators, and the regional Language Resource Officer (LRO) to develop curriculum materials and program implementation guidelines.
  3. Collaborate with senior staff to provide professional development for all teaching staff in the implementation of the Two-Way Learning Program.
  4. In conjunction with the Principal and the LRO, develop baseline data and school targets for reporting on improvements in indigenous language, ESL and mathematics outcomes to the school community and the system.
  5. Supervise the work and professional development of the Literacy Worker.
  6. Coordinate, in collaboration with the regional Literature Production Supervisor, the production and archiving of appropriate materials to resource the school's Two-Way Learning Program.
  7. Be responsible, in collaboration with other senior staff, for the evaluation of the Two-Way Learning Program and the preparation and presentation of evaluation documentation.
  8. Learn to speak the indigenous language used in the Two-Way Learning Program if it is not a language spoken by the incumbent, and gain written fluency in it.

Essential selection criteria:

  1. Teaching qualifications acceptable to the NT Department of Employment, Education and Training (DEET).
  2. Demonstrated success as a teacher in cross-cultural situations, relating to ESL and Indigenous Education.
  3. Demonstrated leadership in curriculum implementation across the school.
  4. Previous experience in the organisation and delivery of professional development activities.

Desirable selection criteria:

  1. Qualifications in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language (TESOL), Indigenous Education, and curriculum development - any one or a combination.
  2. Qualifications in Applied Linguistics.
  3. Previous experience in school based curriculum design, development and evaluation.

Further information: Contact Principal, Yuendumu Community Education Centre on phone 8956 4011.

Executive Teacher 2, Areyonga

Executive Teacher 2, Areyonga School, position number 7836, responsible to Principal, Areyonga School

Primary objective, Key responsibilities, and Essential and Desirable selection criteria as for previous position, except that Essential selection criterion 1 should be replaced with:

  1. A teaching qualification acceptable to the CEO.

For further information on this position, please contact the Group School Principal West, on 8951 7075.

Temporary vacancy, Areyonga

Temporary vacancy, Areyonga School teacher linguist (ET2), position number 7836. Temporary vacancy from ASAP TO 19 September 2003.

Expressions of interest are sought from suitably qualified and experienced teachers for the above position.

Please limit your application to a single A4 sheet stating your current location, position and a brief statement supporting your application, and a single page summary of your curriculum vitae.

For details of this position please contact the Principal: Geoff Hobson, Group School Principal West on phone 895 18622. Replies may be faxed to 895 18633. Applications close: COB Tuesday 14th August 2003.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship, Sydney

The University of Sydney Postdoctoral Fellowships were established in 1996 to support excellence in full-time research undertaken in any Department or School at the University. Successful applicants are expected to be based full-time at the University for the duration of the Fellowship. The University will be offering up to fifteen new Fellowships in 2004. So far linguists have done well - over the past seven years, four fellowships have gone to linguists.

Assessment Criteria: Excellence will be the primary criterion, both in terms of the project and the researcher. Equal weight will be given to the quality of the project, the track record of the applicant relative to opportunity, and the research environment in the host Department/School. You are strongly encouraged to consult the Chair of Department, Dr Toni Borowsky, (, or other members of the department working in your research area.

Overlap with other Fellowship schemes including ARC/NHMRC: Applicants who have requested Fellowship support from other sources in 2004 may submit the same project to the Sesqui Fellowship Scheme provided full disclosure is made in the relevant section of the Sesqui application. If the applicant is awarded a Fellowship from another source, then the Sesqui Fellowship application may not be considered.

Preparing an Application: The application form and related information is available from the Research Office website at:

Closing date: 19 September 2003

Conditions of Award: The Fellowships are awarded under the following conditions, among others:

  1. Applicants must have been awarded a PhD since 1 December 1998, or provide evidence in the application of graduand status (ie. that all the requirements for the award of the degree have been completed);
  2. Awards are tenable for three years;
  3. Appointments must commence within six months of a formal letter of offer, unless the Deputy-Vice-Chancellor (Research) approves otherwise;
  4. A salary (taxable) will be provided within the range of steps 6, 7 and 8 of the Universitys Level A Academic salary scale, currently valued at A$51,153, A$53,032 and A$54,910 per annum;
  5. A research support grant of $25,000 will be provided upon commencement of appointment to assist Fellows establish their research in the host Department/School.
  6. A minimum cost airfare direct to Sydney, and return to point of departure on expiry of the Fellowship, will be provided. Fares for dependants, visa charges and removal expenses, will not be provided.

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Conferences and workshops

Australasian Language Technology Summer School and Workshop

Australasian Language Technology Summer School and Australasian Language Technology Workshop

8-12 December 2003, University of Melbourne, Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering

Australasian Language Technology Association:

Most human knowledge, and most human communication, is represented and expressed using language, both in written and spoken forms. Language technologies permit computers to process human language, providing more natural human-machine interfaces, and more sophisticated access to stored information. Language technologies will play a central role in the multilingual information society of the future.

The Australasian Language Technology Summer School will consist of about 10 short courses, targetted at postgraduate students and researchers in academia and industry. There will be introductory courses on text technologies, speech technologies, statistical language processing and data-intensive linguistics. Advanced courses will be offered on a selection of the following topics: parsing, generation, dialogue systems, information extraction, question answering, agents, machine learning, and human-computer interaction. Courses will take place on 8-9 and 11-12 December.

The Australasian Language Technology Workshop will be held on Wednesday 10 December, and will provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of new research in language technology. Alistair Knott (Otago) will be the program chair, and will circulate a call for papers in June. The workshop proceedings will be published with ISBN. Note that this event continues the previous ANLP series, e.g. []).

We are exploring the possibility of hosting an industry night on 10 December, and invite expressions of interest. We hope to create a forum where language technology developers from industry and academia can present their technologies to the language technology community, and also to specially invited senior figures from industry, education and government.

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Blackwood Workshop on Australian Aboriginal Languages 2004

The Department of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at the University of Melbourne is planning to continue the tradition of the Blackwood Workshops on Australian Aboriginal languages. The next one will be held from 12-14 March 2004.

As in the past, this workshop will include a thematic session, as well as open sessions of papers on any topic in Australian Aboriginal linguistics. The thematic session this time will be on 'The effects of discourse on the realisation of grammatical categories in Australian Languages' and is being organised by Ilana Mushin ( and Brett Baker ( Other enquiries can be directed to Rachel Nordlinger (

A call for papers will follow at a later date. For now, just put it in your diary!

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LFG 2004

LFG 2004, the main annual Lexical Functional Grammar conference, and an accompanying 5 day Winter School, are to take place in Christchurch, New Zealand in the first two weeks of July 2004. For further information, e-mail Ash Asudeh ( or Ida Toivonen (

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About 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 (UQ)
Postgrad Student Rep Nick Thieberger (Melbourne)

Next newsletter

The ALS Newsletter is published four times per year. This is the third issue for 2003. The next issue (03/4) will come out in mid November 2003. Copy will be due on the first Monday in November. 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 was 23/1. 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 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.