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Newsletter May 2004

ALS Newsletter May 2004

ALS 04/2, May 2004


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News and information


ALS 2003 Proceedings

The on-line Proceedings from last year's ALS conference have now been finalized. They are available at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/school/lang-media/news/als2003/proceedings.html.

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ALS2004

Don't forget that the 2004 Annual Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society is coming up in less than two months. It will be held on 13-15 July 2004, at Sancta Sophia College, University of Sydney.

Earlybird registration closes on 31st May. After that, full registration fees apply.

Plenary speakers: Carol Neidle (Boston University) and Cliff Goddard (University of New England)

About 75 papers will be presented, and there will be a Historical Linguistics Workshop, running in parallel with the papers.

For further information, visit the home page of the conference at http://conferences.arts.usyd.edu.au/index.php?cf=4 or e-mail the Conference organiser at als2004-at-arts.usyd.edu.au.

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Obituary: Wilfred Douglas

We are sad to announce the death of Wilfred Douglas at the age of 86.

Wilfred worked on Western Australian languages for at least 50 years. His books show his dedication to recording languages (from his grammatical sketches and dictionaries of Western Desert, Watjarri, Nyungar and Bardi, to emerging Aboriginal languages and Aboriginal English), to helping indigenous people learn to read and write in their own languages, as well as in bilingual education, and finally to helping non-Indigenous people learn Indigenous languages such as Pitjantjatjara. In 1954 he published 'Wangka', a set of primers in the Western Desert language, in 1959 he published a very useful thematically organised topical dictionary of Western Desert vocabulary which was reprinted several times. He worked with the Ngaanyatjarra Bible Project and helped produce several translations, and his illustrations were used in other projects. He produced major works on the Western Desert languages. People wishing to express their sympathy can contact his son, Rob Douglas .

Douglas, Wilfrid H. 1954. Wangka. a set of primers in the Warburton Ranges dialect of the Western Desert language: United Aborigines Mission.

Douglas, Wilfrid H. 1955. Phonology of the Australian Aboriginal language spoken at Ooldea, South Australia, 1951-1952. Oceania 25:[216]-229.

Douglas, Wilfred. 1976. The Aboriginal languages of the south-west of Australia: Australian Aboriginal Studies Research and Regional Studies No.9. Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies.

Douglas, Wilfrid H. 1977. Illustrated Topical Dictionary of the Western Desert language: Warburton Ranges, dialect, Western Australia. Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies.

Douglas, Wilfrid H. 1964. An introduction to the Western Desert language: Oceania Linguistic Monographs. Sydney: University of Sydney.

Douglas, Wilfrid H. 1981. Watjarri. In Handbook of Australian languages Vol. 2, eds. R. M. W. Dixon and Barry J. Blake, 196-272. Canberra: Australian National University Press.

Douglas, Wilfrid H. 1988. An introductory dictionary of the Western Desert language: a three-part dictionary based on field notes collected over a period of years at Warburton Ranges and in other parts of the Western Desert language area. Perth: Institute of Applied Language Studies, Western Australian College of Advanced Education.

[Thanks to Jane Simpson]

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News from the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology, La Trobe University

Visiting Fellows

  • Professor Osahito Miyaoka, of Osaka Gakuin University, a leading expert on Eskimo and polysynthesis, will be at RCLT for two periods, 4 February until 6 April, and 27 July until 28 September. He will finalise a reference grammar of Central Yupik Eskimo and translate his book 'What is a word?' into English.
  • Professor Carol Genetti, of the University of California at Santa Barbara, one of the leading scholars in Tibeto-Burman linguistics and the major expert in Dolakha Newari, will be at RCLT from mid-April to mid-August. She will be finalising a reference grammar of Dolakha Newari.
  • Professor José Ramón Ávarez González, of the University of Maracaibo, a leading expert on Carib and Arawak languages of Venezuela, will be at RCLT from 1 July to 30 September. He will be working on a grammatical sketch of Cumanagoto, an extinct Carib language of Northern Venezuela.
  • Professor Victor Friedman, of the University of Chicago, a leading expert on languages of the Balkan linguistic area, on Slavic and on Caucasian languages, will be at RCLT from 13 August until 9 November. He will complete a book on Balkan languages (co-authored with Brian Joseph) and work on a grammar of Lak, a Northeast Caucasian language.
  • Professor Dr. Bernard Comrie, Director of the Max Planck Insitute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig and Research Professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara, is a leading expert on linguistic typology and historical and comparative linguistics, having published seminal works on many topics. He will be a Special Visiting Fellow (sponsored by the Vice-Chancellor of La Trobe University) from 4-22 September, giving a Public Lecture on 15 September, when he will be awarded a Degree of Doctor of Letters (honoris causa).
  • Dr. Stefan Elders, of the University of Bayreuth, will be at RCLT from 1 September until 30 November working on the morphological evidence in comparative Niger-Congo and on issues in parts-of-speech typology, focussing on Gur and Adamawa-Ubangi.

International Workshop: Complement Clauses and Complement Strategies

This year's International Workshop is on Complement Clauses and Complement Strategies, and will be held from Monday 16th August through to Saturday 21st August 2004, primarily at the La Trobe University's City Campus.

Presenters will include R. M. W. Dixon (RCLT), David W. Fleck (RCLT), Marian Klamer (Leiden University), Masa Onishi (ANU), Birgit Hellwig (SOAS, London and RCLT), Guy Deutscher (Leiden University), Ghil'ad Zuckermann (RCLT), Alexandra Aikhenvald (RCLT), Ted Fernald (Swarthmore College) and Ellavina Perkins (Navajo Language Academy), Osahito Miyaoka (Osaka Gakuin University and RCLT), B. G. Hewitt (SOAS, London), Melanie Wilkinson (NT Department of Education), Carol Genetti (UC Santa Barbara and RCLT), Kate Burridge (Monash University), and Stephen Morey (RCLT).

For further information on the International Workshop (including details of presentations and times), on our Visiting Fellows and on other ongoing activities, please visit our website at http://www.latrobe.edu.au/rclt.

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News from La Trobe Linguistics

The La Trobe Linguistics Program will be welcoming their new professor, Randy LaPolla, in July this year. Randy is a specialist in Tibeto-Burman linguistics, particularly the Qiangic languages of Tibet and also in typology. He is making the move to Melbourne from the City University of Hong Kong.

David Bradley is departing on study leave in semester 2, during which time Hilary Chappell will remain Program Coordinator. Tania Strahan is to present a paper at the Nordic Prosody Conference in Sweden in September. Hilary Chappell is invited speaker at the Fifth Chinese Lexical Semantics Symposium in Singapore in June and also at a conference at Academia Sinica in August.

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News from Peter Paul

Since his official retirement Peter has been possibly busier than ever, though mostly with pursuits other than linguistics.

Nevertheless he has had the opportunity of fine-tuning a website constructed earlier, which looks at the link between each of the letters in the alphabet and the sound they represent in English spelling. The main gate is from http://www.alphalink.com.au/~zjzhepp/index.html.

An extension on the question of how the vowel in words like hut, butt, dumb etc. and their close phonetic equivalents in some other languages are traditionally represented in the International Phonetic Alphabet has now been added. Having secured recordings from a number of native speakers of these languages, you are invited to test your phonetic discrimination. (Direct access to this is from http://www.alphalink.com.au/~zjzhepp/Einstieg.htm.) Feedback sofar received raises interesting questions as to the appropriateness of the inverted V symbol for, at least the Australian English, vowel in words like hut, butt, dumb etc. And, if substantiated, this would have important implications for the teaching of phonetics and spoken English.

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Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity

The Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity will be launched at the ALS Annual Conference, at 5.00pm on Wednesday 14 July. The RNLD is a new initiative which aims to network practitioners who are working to record, retrieve and reintroduce endangered languages. For details, see http://www.linguistics.unimelb.edu.au/RNLD.htm. The network is convened by Margaret Florey and Nick Thieberger. All are welcome to join us at the launch!

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Books and theses


Bislama reference grammar (Crowley)

Terry Crowley. 2004. Bislama Reference Grammar. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press. xv + 205 pp.

This book is a discussion of all of the major features of the grammar of Bislama, the English-lexifier pidgin/creole that is the constitutionally declared national language of Vanuatu. Written in terms that it is hoped will make the account accessible both to laypeople and specialists, this volume should be of particular appeal to pidgin and creole specialists, as well as to intending (and past) fieldworkers in Vanuatu.

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Australian languages (Bowern & Koch)

Bowern, Claire and Harold Koch (eds). 2004. Australian languages: classification and the comparative method. (Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 249) Amsterdam: John Benjamins. xii, 377 pp. + CD-ROM with more than 300 pp. of appendices.

This book addresses controversial issues in the application of the comparative method to the languages of Australia which have recently come to international prominence. Are these languages 'different' in ways that challenge the fundamental assumptions of historical linguistics? Can subgrouping be successfully undertaken using the Comparative Method? Is the genetic construct of a far-flung 'Pama-Nyungan' language family supportable by classic methods of reconstruction? Contrary to increasingly established views of the Australian scene, this book makes a major contribution to the demonstration that traditional methods can indeed be applied to these languages. These studies, introduced by chapters on subgrouping methodology and the history of Australian linguistic classification, rigorously apply the comparative method to establishing subgroups among Australian languages and justifying the phonology of Proto- Pama-Nyungan. Individual chapters can profitably be read either for their contribution to Australian linguistic prehistory or as case studies in the application of the comparative method.

For details see publisher's website http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=CILT%20249.

The book may be obtained for approximately $A195. from: Lawton's of Canberra, Curtin Shopping Plaza, Curtin ACT 2605, Tel. (02) 6260 5640, lawtonsofcanberra-at-dodo.com.au.

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Kaytetye publications

Three Kaytetye publications were launched at Nyinkka Nyunyu Culture Centre in Tennant Creek, NT on February 5th, 2004.

Awelye Akwelye: Kaytetye women's songs from Arnerre, Central Australia. 2004. Papulu Apparr-kari Language and Culture Centre, Tennant Creek. Recordings by Grace, Koch, Linda Barwick and Myfany Turpin, commentary by Myfany Turpin and Alison Ross. CD and 36pp booklet. ISBN 0-947154-00-0 $30.00

This publication is a compilation of 47 different Kaytetye rain songs of the public women's traditional awelye genre. The songs are selected from three different performances: one in recorded by Grace Koch in 1976, and two in 1999 — one recorded by Myfany Turpin and the other by Linda Barwick and Myfany Turpin. In his way the compilation is a library of different songs and it has extensive notes on the text and the specific performances. The compilation is the result of Myfany Turpin's PhD research on Kaytetye songs in close collaboration with one of the song series owners, Alison Ross. The publication received financial assistance from the Myer Foundation, and is available to educational and cultural institutions.

Turpin, Myfany (compiler). 2003. Growing Up Kaytetye. Stories by Tommy Kngwarraye Thompson. Alice Springs: IAD Press. 99+xxiv pp. ISBN 1-86465-049-4. $24.95

Growing Up Kaytetye is a collection of stories told by Aboriginal elder Tommy Thompson to linguists Myfany Turpin and Harold Koch, during their work on compiling a Kaytetye to English dictionary (IAD Press, forthcoming). Written in Kaytetye, an Aboriginal language of Central Australia and translated into English, the stories cover topics from public Dreamtime stories, early European contact history, cultural practises and traditional games. The book includes information on Kaytetye religion, history, social structure and language.

Turpin, Myfany and Alison Ross. 2004. Kaytetye Picture Dictionary. Alice Springs: IAD Press. 178+x pp with audio CD. ISBN 1-86465-058-3. $ 24.95 book only $29.95 book and CD

Following the Anmatyerr Picture Dictionary this is the second Central Australian language Picture Dictionary published by IAD Press. The publication has four parts: the main dictionary, which consists of over 400 illustrations with an accompanying headword and example sentence, a translation section cross referenced to the picture, a Kaytetye to English wordlist and an English to Kaytetye wordlist consisting of the illustrated words. The main dictionary is divided semantically, such as kinship, body parts, animals etc., and verbs are illustrated in sections such as 'hunting', 'what's happening?' and 'what are you making?'. The main dictionary is also heard on the accompanying audio CD.

For IAD publications, see the website http://www.iad.edu.au/press/iadpresshome.htm.

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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. If you wish to review a book, please contact the Reviews Editor Alan Libert (Alan.Libert-at-newcastle.edu.au).

Alexiadou, A., Anagnostopoulou, E. & Everaert, M. The unaccusativity puzzle: explorations of the syntax-lexicon interface. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004. Pp. x + 372. Cloth £70.00.

Ash, A., Giacon, J. & Lissarrague, A. (eds.). Gamilaraay/Yuwaalaraay/Yuwaalayaay dictionary. Alice Springs: IAD Press, 2003. Pp. xi + 344. Cloth $39.95.

Beard, A. Language change. London: Routledge, 2003. Pp. ix + 114. Paper £9.99.

Berman, J. Clausal syntax of German. Stanford, California: CSLI Publications, 2003. Pp. xii + 187. Paper $49.95.

Bhatia, T.K. & Ritchie, W.C. (eds.) The handbook of bilingualism. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2004. Pp. xv + 884. Cloth £95.00.

Bod, R., Scha, R. & Sima'an, K. (eds.) Data-oriented parsing. Stanford, California: CSLI Publications, 2003. Pp. xii + 410.

Booij, G. & van Marle, J. (eds.) Yearbook of morphology 2003. Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2003. Pp. 279. Cloth £77.00.

Brandner, E. & Zinsmeister, H. (eds.) New perspectives on case theory. Stanford, California: CSLI Publications, 2003. Pp. ix + 373. Paper US$27.50.

Camacho, J. The structure of coordination: conjunction and agreement phenomena in Spanish and other languages. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2003. Pp. ix + 184. Cloth £61.00.

Chambers, J.K., Trudgill, P. & Schilling-Estes, N. (eds.) The handbook of language variation and change. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2004. Pp. xii + 807. Paper £24.99.

Collins, B. & Mees, I.M. Practical phonetics and phonology: a resource book for students. (With accompanying audio CD.) London: Routledge, 2003. Pp. xx + 267. Paper £14.99.

Cronin, M. Translation and globalization. London: Routledge, 2003. Pp.x + 197. Paper £18.99.

Davies, A. & Elder, C. The handbook of applied linguistics. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2004. Pp.xvii + 866. Cloth £95.00.

Dörnyei, Z. (ed.) Attitudes, orientations, and motivations in language learning. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2003. Pp. 213. Paper $77.00.

Farkas, D.F. & de Swart, H. The semantics of incorporation: from argument structure to discourse transparency. Stanford, California: CSLI Publications, 2003. Pp. xi + 178. Paper US$20.00.

Frajzyngier, Z & Shay, E. Explaining language structure through systems interaction. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing, 2003. Pp.xviii + 307. Cloth US$126.00.

García Mayo, M. & García Lecumberri, M. Age and the acquisition of English as a foreign language. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters, 2003. Pp. xii + 209.

Glass, A. & Hackett, D. (comp.) Ngaanyatjarra & Ngaatjatjarra to English Dictionary. Alice Springs: IAD Press, 2003. Pp. vii + 743. Cloth $59.95.

Gries, S.T. Multifactorial analysis in corpus linguistics: a study of particle placement. London: Continuum, 2003. Cloth £70.00.

Harris, R. & Rampton, B. (eds.). The language, ethnicity and race reader. London: Routledge, 2003. Pp. x + 357. Paper £17.99.

Harris, R. Saussure and his interpreters. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2003. Pp. ix + 262. Paper £16.99.

Landman, F. Indefinites and the type of sets. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2004. Pp. xv + 269. Paper £24.99.

Lust, B.C. & Foley, C. (eds.) First language acquisition: the essential readings. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2004. Pp. xi + 422. Paper £19.99.

Martin, J.R. & Wodak, R. (eds.) Re/reading the past: critical and functional perspectives on time and value. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing, 2003. Pp. vi + 275. Cloth US$108.00.

Mattissen, J. Dependent-head synthesis in Nivkh: a contribution to a typology of polysynthesis. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing, 2003. Pp.x + 350. Cloth US$156.00.

McClure, W. (ed.) Japanese/Korean linguistics Volume 12. Stanford, California: CSLI Publications, 2003. Pp. x + 408. Paper $61.00.

Moore, J. & Polinsky, M. (eds.) The nature of explanation in linguistic theory. Stanford, California: CSLI Publications, 2003. Pp. x + 309. Paper US$27.50.

Nelson, D. & Manninen, S. (eds.) Generative approaches to Finnic and Saami linguistics. Stanford, California: CSLI Publications, 2003. Pp. viii + 452. Paper $69.00.

Nørgaard, N. Systemic functional linguistics and literary analysis. Odense: University Press of Southern Denmark, 2003. Pp. 250. Paper DKK250.00.

Partee, B.H. Compositionality in formal semantics: selected papers by Barbara H. Paree. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2004. Pp. xi + 331. Cloth £24.99.

Ritchie, G. The linguistic analysis of jokes. London: Routledge, 2004. Pp. ix + 243. Cloth £60.00.

Robinson, D. Becoming a translator: an introduction to the theory and practice of translation (second edition). London: Routledge, 2003. Pp. ix + 301. Paper £17.99.

Robinson, D. Performative linguistics: speaking and translating as doing things with words. London: Routledge, 2003. Pp. xii + 260. Cloth £55.00.

Rothstein, S. Structuring Events. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2004. Pp. x + 206. Paper £24.99.

Wardhaugh, R. Understanding English grammar: a linguistic approach (2nd edition). Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2003. Pp. xi + 279. Paper $65.95.

Wechsler, S. & Zlatic, L. The many faces of agreement. Stanford, California: CSLI Publications, 2003. Pp. xiv + 239. Paper US$22.00.

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Jobs, grants and scholarship possibilities


Honours scholarships in language endangerment

Linguistics Program, School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics, Monash University

Two Honours scholarships, each valued at $1500 for full-time students, will be offered in 2005 as part of the research project Endangered Maluku languages: Eastern Indonesia & the Dutch diaspora.

Students who plan to enrol in Honours in Linguistics in 2005 are invited to apply, and will be expected to write an honours thesis focused on an aspect of language endangerment.

Applications are due on 31 October 2004.

For application details, visit the website http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/ling/maluku or email maluku-at-arts.monash.edu.au.

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Conferences and workshops


Association for Linguistic Typology 2005

Association for Linguistic Typology, 6th Biennial Meeting, 21-25 July 2005, Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia

ALT VI - First Call for papers

Conference website http://www.eva.mpg.de/~gil/alt/.

The sixth International Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT VI) will be held in Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia from Thursday July 21 to Monday July 25, 2005. The local organizers for ALT VI will be David Gil and Uri Tadmor.

Members and non-members wishing to present a paper at ALT VI are asked to e-mail a one-page abstract to the chair of the program committee, Lindsay Whaley, to reach him no later than January 1, 2005. A second page may be included with the abstract listing data. The abstract itself should contain no identification of the author. A separate page should indicate the title of the abstract, the name(s) of the author(s), and one mailing address, with telephone, fax, and e-mail address as available.

The committee strongly encourages submissions by e-mail (preferably with the abstract in pdf format and author information as part of the e-mail text), but abstracts may also be sent by fax. Authors are asked to check their pdf files carefully to ensure that special characters are embedded properly.

Submissions should be sent to: lindsay.whaley-at-dartmouth.edu, fax number: 1-603-646-9288

The time allotted for presentation and discussion is 30 minutes. Members may also submit abstracts for symposia, including the names of participants and the amount of time requested. Participants may not be involved in more than two abstracts, of which at most one may be single-authored. English is the preferred language at the conference. Talks in other languages will be accepted only at the discretion of the program committee.

By February 1, 2005 the program committee will convey its decision on acceptance of papers to those submitting abstracts. The committee consists of Balthasar Bickel, David Gil, Aditi Lahiri, Brian Migliazza, Uri Tadmor and Lindsay Whaley (chair).

Further information about the conference is available at the conference website http://www.eva.mpg.de/~gil/alt/.

Further information about the Association for Linguistic Typology is available at http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fss/organisations/alt/.

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Digital audio workshop

The Computing Arts 2004 Conference is being hosted by Newcastle University in July. Of particular interest to many linguists will be the workshop 'Creating and Managing Digital Audio for Research', to be held on 7 July. The workshop will survey the range of research applications for recording and analysis of digital audio-visual media, demonstrate spome options for field recording of audiovisual data, and survey a number of tools and resources for archiving, analysis and presentation of digital audio.

Places are limited to 14 people so book early to ensure your participation.

Presenters: Linda Barwick and Frank Davey, PARADISEC (Pacific and Regional Archives for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures)

Venue: The Conservatorium, Cnr Auckland and Gibson Streets, Newcastle

Time: 10am - 4.30pm, 7 July 2004

For further information, about the workshop and registration, visit the conference website at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/centre/cllc/ca2004/index.html.

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Tenth Australian International Conference on Speech Science & Technology (SST2004)

Macquarie University, Sydney, 8th-10th December, 2004

Call for papers

The Centre for Language Technology and the Speech Hearing and Language Research Centre are pleased to announce that the Tenth Australian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology will be held at the Macquarie University campus in December 2004.

Submissions are invited for oral and poster presentations. Submissions should describe original contributions to spoken language, speech science and/or technology that will be of interest to an audience including scientists, engineers, linguists, psychologists, clinicians, and other professionals. The broad themes of the conference are:

  • Human processing of spoken language
  • Machine processing of spoken language
  • Applications of speech science and technology

Submissions will not be accepted later than Friday 6th August.

Authors have the choice of review on the basis of an extended abstract or full paper. Reviews will be conducted anonymously by at least two members of the International Review Board. Authors will be notified of the review outcome no later than Monday 4th October. The final versions of accepted papers will be published as a CD-ROM and a printed abstract booklet. The booklet and the CD-ROM will indicate whether the paper was accepted on the basis of full paper or extended abstract review.

Final acceptance depends on:

  • Favourable review by the conference International Review Board
  • Receipt no later than Friday 29th October of a final full paper and a final abstract in acceptable electronically readable format for inclusion in the conference proceedings
  • Receipt of payment for conference registration no later than Friday 29th October from at least one author

General enquiries should be emailed to the Conference Chair, Steve Cassidy (Steve.Cassidy-at-mq.edu.au).

Important dates:

  • Submission closing date - Friday, 6th August
  • Acceptance notice date - Early October
  • Manuscript closing date - Friday, 29 October
  • Early registration date - Monday, 11th October
  • Presenter/Author registration Deadline - Friday, 29th October.

Abstract or 6-page manuscript submissions: Submissions to SST-2004 may be submitted in the form of a one-page abstract or as a six-page manuscript by the submission closing date. If a submission is reviewed and accepted on the basis of the abstract, then the complete 6-page manuscript must also be submitted by the manuscript closing date in order to be included in the proceedings. Reviewers will remain anonymous throughout the review process. Authors may choose to be reviewed 'blind' i.e. without the reviewers knowing their identity.

Applicants for the ASSTA award must submit a complete 6-page manuscript for review.

For more information about the conference and the paper submission process, please see the conference web site at http://www.assta.org/sst/2004.

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AUSTRALEX Annual Conference

The Biennial Conference of AUSTRALEX (Australasian Association for Lexicography) will be held at the University of Sydney on Monday 12 July 2004, hosted by the Department of Linguistics, University of Sydney and the Department of Linguistics, and the Dictionary Research Centre, Macquarie University.

This is the main conference in Australia for people interested in all aspects of lexicography. 9 papers will be given on a range of topics and on a range of languages from Australian English to regional languages. This year's theme is 'Lexicon and culture', and there will be a special session on placenames, organised by the Australian National Placenames Survey.

The meeting also includes the Biennial General Meeting of AUSTRALEX.

For further details, go to the conference website at http://conferences.arts.usyd.edu.au/index.php?cf=5.

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About ALS

Objectives

  • 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) mjw-at-mail.usyd.edu.au
Vice-Presidents Verna Rieschild (Macquarie) vrieschi-at-ling.mq.edu.au
Rachel Nordlinger (Melbourne) racheln-at-unimelb.edu.au
Ingrid Piller ingrid.piller-at-linguistics.usyd.edu.au
Secretary John Henderson (UWA) John.Henderson-at-uwa.edu.au
Treasurer Doug Absalom (Newcastle) doug.absalom-at-newcastle.edu.au
Journal Editors Toni Borowsky (Sydney) Toni.Borowsky-at-linguistics.usyd.edu.au
Mark Harvey (Newcastle) mark.harvey-at-newcastle.edu.au
(Reviews) Alan Libert (Newcastle) lnarl-at-alinga.newcastle.edu.au
Newsletter Editor Tim Curnow (UQ) tjcurnow-at-ozemail.com.au
Postgrad Student Rep Nick Thieberger (Melbourne) thien-at-unimelb.edu.au


Next newsletter

The ALS Newsletter is published four times per year. This is the second issue for 2004. The next issue (04/3) will come out in mid August 2004. 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 (tjcurnow-at-ozemail.com.au).


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), http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/carfax/07268602.html.

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.

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 (doug.absalom-at-newcastle.edu.au). If you need to change your address or make other enquiries, please do it through him.



by Dr. Radut