Welcome to the new look ALS Newsletter, on the new look ALS website! Things are not necessarily settled or definite yet, so please, if you have any comments about improving the style or content of the Newsletter or the ALS website in general, let me know about it. One new feature in the Newsletter is that individual stories are now credited to whoever sent me the information; please note that I may have edited the story anyway, to make it more readable, fit the interests of ALS better, or make it less open to a lawsuit.
If you have been visiting the ALS website over the past couple of months, and foolishly attempted to use an address other than www.als.asn.au, you will have noticed that the ALS site has been moved a couple of times. After about 5 very good years of being hosted by La Trobe University at the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology, we have had to move because of a change in La Trobe's policies. We would like to thank Bob and Sasha and the RCLT for all the support they have given our website while it has been there.
Speaking of moving, I will be spending June working my way from Brisbane to Adelaide, via Canberra and Melbourne. This means that there is no point sending me any urgent emails to be sent around to the membership via ALS Online; while I will probably manage to read your email at some point, I won't have access to my list of addresses, so I won't be able to send it on.
I am often having to send ALS Online messages these days: everything seems to happen very quickly, with deadlines of at most a month away. One possibility would be that, since there is no longer an associated postage cost, the ALS Newsletter could switch from once every three months to every two months or even every month (except January and July). This would mean, obviously, more Newsletters per year, but fewer ALS Online messages. If anyone has any comments one way or the other, drop me a line and let me know your opinion; otherwise I'll just assume that you don't care one way or the other, and I can do what I like!