Newsletter May 2005

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!

Tim Curnow

ALS 2005

Don't forget, abstracts are due by 5pm on 21 May ... that is, this Saturday!!

A couple of pages have been added to the ALS2005 website http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/ling/als/index.html, including information about registration and accomodation.

Plenary speakers have been announced, as have various special sesssions.

So for all information about the Conference, to be held 28-30 September 2005 in Melbourne, hosted by Monash University's Linguistic Program, visit the website http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/ling/als/index.html.

PS: Don't forget to submit your abstract!!

Colleen Pickett

New courses in Language Endangerment at Monash University

New postgraduate courses in Language Endangerment Studies will commence in the Monash University Linguistics Program in 2006. The courses are designed for people who are involved in, or aspire to become involved in, work with minority endangered language groups. They offer professional development at four levels, ranging from a Masters in Linguistics to a Postgraduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate. Interested applicants who have not completed high school may commence study at Faculty Certificate level.

The newly developed units aim to provide linguists, language maintenance practitioners and speakers of minority languages with specialist training in both the theoretical and applied aspects of language documentation and language maintenance for endangered languages in the particular social and political contexts in which they are spoken.

Australian and International applicants are welcome to apply. The courses can be taken full-time or part-time, either on campus or off-campus by distance education via web based study. Further information is available on our website at http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/ling/pglangen/ or by contacting the Course Coordinator, Dr Margaret Florey, by email at Margaret.Florey-at-arts.monash.edu.au or by phone on (03) 9905-2237.

Flashback!

From the Minutes of the Inaugural Meeting of the Linguistic Society of Australia held at the Australian National University on Wednesday May 24, 1967, commencing at 2.10pm; printed in Report No. 1 of the Linguistic Society of Australia.

"There was disagreement as to whether the Society should name the propagation of the teaching of linguistics one of its objectives. While some members felt that this was important, others thought that such an aim would detract from the Society's function as a 'learned' society. Dr Clowes's suggestion that 'research' be substituted by 'studies' satisfied both schools of thought."

"Election of Office Bearers:

  • Patron: Mr Siliakus moved, Dr Bluhme seconded - 'That Dr Capell be invited to be patron of the new Society'. Carried.
  • President: Dr Wurm - elected unopposed.
  • Vice-President: Mr Zatorski and Dr Kaldor were nominated and accepted nomination. Professor Hammarström was nominated and Mr Jernudd accepted nomination on his behalf, Mr Cochrane was nominated; Dr Bonnin stated that the latter had agreed to stand. Mr Zatorski, Mr Cochrane and Dr Kaldor were elected.
  • Secretary: Mr B. Jernudd (Linguistics Section, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria) was elected unopposed.
  • Treasurer: Mr E. A. Flint (English Department, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Queensland) was elected unopposed."

"Subscription fee: For the time being, the subscription fee was fixed at $3.00 per annum."

Tim Curnow, Michael Clyne

Language, identity and refugees

ALS Online, 9-7-04, informed members about the concerns existing among forensic linguists about the use of 'Language Analysis' in investigating the place of origin of people claiming refugee status. The following extract from 'Selective evidence', an article by Steven Churches in Eureka Street, April 2005, illustrates the type of procedure that must give rise to such concerns. The article is about the Australian Government's decision to deny the Bakhtiyari family refugee status, and refers also to a newspaper article by Russell Skelton, as well as to other types of evidence that were considered.

"The department then undertook an analysis of Ali's [Mr Bakhtiyari] speech, performed by a Swedish firm, Eqvator. In a little over a page, Eqvator gave no indication of the identity, credentials or skills of the person performing the analysis, nor any methodology, but, as had been the case with Roqia [Mrs Bakhtiyari], referred to aspects of language reflecting both Pakistani and Iranian usage. Eqvator came to the firm conclusion that Ali's 'Hazaragi dialect is Pakistani. His mother tongue is Dari', and that it 'may with considerable certainty be said to originate from Pakistan, Quetta'.

"Ali's Sydney-based solicitors tendered not one, but two linguistic analyses of Ali's speech, both performed by specialists who gave their names and credentials as experts, and explained their methodology. Mr Yosufi, an Australian government-recognised translator into English from Persian, Dari, Hazaragi and Pashto, concluded that Ali was 'a Hazara from Uruzgan in Afghanistan'. Mr Mohammad, a speaker of Dari and teacher of Persian, holder of a master of arts degree in theoretical linguistics from Ohio University and a doctoral student in the department of linguistics, University of Arizona, concluded that Ali's speech was 'the same as the speech of other Hazaras living in Afghanistan'.

"The tribunal pronounced that Mr Yosufi had not established his credentials to perform linguistic analysis (note that Eqvator had provided no credentials whatsoever), and that as regards Mr Mohammad, it 'prefers the linguistic analysis provided by Eqvator, having regard to greater rigour given by that agency's standards, requirements and operating procedures'."

Note that these events took place in 2002, before the presentation of the Eades et al report to the International Association of Forensic Linguists, the publication of guidelines for the use of Language Analysis, and the resolution passed by the Association. There must, however, have been ample opportunity to consider these expert professional representations before the appeals process was concluded.

Gavan Breen

News from the Linguistics Program, La Trobe University

After a review of the research areas of the University, La Trobe University has chosen Linguistics as one of its five key research strengths. This is due not only to the strength of research carried out in our Program and at the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology, but also to the work done by linguists in the School of Human Communication, The Faculty of Education, the Asian Studies Program, and other units in the University.

The Linguistics Program has been enlarged by the addition of a specialist in experimental phonetics, Dr. Marija Tabain (http://www.latrobe.edu.au/linguistics/sttabain.htm), and there are plans for equipping a phonetics lab.

Dr Hillary Chappell was promoted to Associate Professor and Reader. She is currently on leave at the CNRS in Paris, and has been replaced by Dr. Tonya Stebbins (http://www.latrobe.edu.au/linguistics/ststebbins.htm).

Also joining our regular staff is Dr. Alec Coupe, who has a 3-year ARC post-doctoral fellowship, and Honorary Associates Dr Maya Bradley, Dr Defen Yu, and Dr Tania Strahan.

Prof. Randy LaPolla has been selected by the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China to be a Cheung Kong Scholar, and 3-year honorary professor position, with the mission to advise the Central University of Nationalities in Beijing in their effort to become a world-class university.

Assoc. Prof. David Bradley is carrying out a project with UNESCO and Yuxi Teacher's College in Yunnan Province, China, to help maintain some of the endangered languages there.

Prof. Emeritus Barry Blake has posted a paper entitled 'Kulin and its neighbours' to his website (http://www.latrobe.edu.au/linguistics/stblake.htm). It contains two appendices, a comparative table of grammatical markers and a comparative table of words in all the languages of Victoria.

Randy LaPolla

Books/Theses

Journal: Social Semiotics

Editors:

  • Professor Terry Threadgold, Cardiff University, UK
  • Dr Paul Cobley, London Metropolitan University, UK
  • Dr David Machin, Cardiff University, UK
  • Dr Radhika Mohanram, Cardiff University, UK
  • Dr Judith Pryor, Cardiff University, UK

Forthcoming special issue, Charged Crossings: Cultural Studies of Law (Issue 15.1, 2005). Featured articles will be:

  • Charged Crossings: Cultural Studies of Law, An Introduction (Joseph Pugliese)
  • Negotiating the structures of Violence; or, On Not Inventing 'The Sullivans' (Penelope Pether)
  • Tampa: Violence at the Border (Maria Giannacopoulos)
  • The Importance of being Earnest: Satire and the Criticism of Law (Peter Goodrich)
  • Colonialism and Historical Injustice: Reparations for Indigenous Peoples (Chris Cunneen)
  • Reconciling the Irreconcilable? Activating the Differences in the Mabo Decision and the Treaty of Waitangi (Judith Pryor)

For a Free online sample copy, please visit http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/10350330.asp.

Rebecca Vickerstaff

Thesis, University of Sydney

Hoi Sang (Roy) Tam has successfully completed a PhD thesis "Systemic-functional interpretation of Cantonese clause grammar" supervised by Jim Martin.

Jane Simpson

New CD: 'Jurtbirrk love songs from northwestern Arnhem Land'

Jurtbirrk, known in English as 'love songs', are songs composed in the Iwaidja language and performed mainly on Croker Island and the Cobourg Peninsula, in northwestern Arnhem Land in Australia's Northern Territory. Jurtbirrk songs are performed by one or two men, who accompany themselves on clapsticks (arrilil in Iwaidja) while another man plays didjeridu (ardawirr). The songs are created by a known composer and inspired by actual events, usually concerning love affairs or personal relationships. Jurtbirrk is performed informally for entertainment and can be accompanied by dancing. As far as we know, this is the first time that Jurtbirrk songs have been recorded and published.

The 40-track album is accompanied by a 48-page booklet by Linda Barwick and Bruce Birch (edited by Bruce Birch and Sabine Hoeng), which gives an insight into the historical and social background of the Jurtbirrk makers (the Iwaidja people of North-western Arnhem Land) and their songs. It also contains a musical and a linguistic analysis of the songs (by Linda Barwick, Bruce Birch and Joy Williams), a short biography of the composers and performers, a full transcription and translation of all 32 Iwaidja song texts, and musical transcriptions of the melodies. You can hear a sample song at .

This album is published by Batchelor Press and now available from Skinnyfish Music.

Please send a cheque for AU$27.50 (drawn on an Australian bank) to:
P.O. Box 36873 Winnellie NT 0821
Ph: +61 (8) 8941-8066
Fax: +61 (8) 8941-9066
E-mail: info@skinnyfishmusic.com.au.
The cost includes postage and handling.

Linda Barwick

Publications received, May 2005

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 the Australian Journal of Linguistics. 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). Note that many books from previous lists of publications received are still available, so you may want to look at them also.

  • Achard, M. and S. Kemmer, eds. (2004) Language, Culture and Mind. CSLI Publications, Stanford, CA.
  • Ackema, P. and A. Neeleman (2004) Beyond Morphology: Interface Conditions on Word Formation. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Aronoff, M. and K. Fudeman (2005) What is Morphology? Blackwell, Oxford.
  • Bauer, L. (2004) A Glossary of Morphology. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.
  • Baynham, M. et al., eds. (2004) Applied Linguistics at the Interface. Equinox, London.
  • Bhatia, T. K. and W. C. Ritchie, eds. (2004) The Handbook of Bilingualism. Blackwell, Oxford.
  • Bianchi, C., ed. (2005) The Semantics/Pragmatics Distinction. CSLI Publications, Stanford, CA.
  • Blake, B. (2003) The Bunganditj (Buwandik) Language of the Mount Gambier Region. Pacific Linguistics, Canberra.
  • Boardman, M. (2005) The Language of Websites. Routledge, London.
  • Bonvillain, N. (2003) Language, Culture, and Communication. Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ.
  • Booij, G. (2005) The Grammar of Words. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Breen. G. (2004) Innamincka Talk: A Grammar of the Innamincka Dialect of Yandruwandha with Notes on Other Dialects. Pacific Linguistics, Canberra.
  • Breen. G. (2004) Innamincka Words: Yandruwandha Dictionary and Stories. Pacific Linguistics, Canberra.
  • Carnie, A. et al. (eds.) (2005) Verb First: On the Syntax of Verb-Initial Languages. John Benjamins, Amsterdam.
  • Cafferal, A. et al., eds. (2004) Language Typology: A Functional Perspective. John Benjamins, Amsterdam.
  • Contini-Morava, E. et al., eds. (2004) Cognitive and Communicative Approaches to Linguistic Analysis. John Benjamins, Amsterdam.
  • Crowley, T. (2004) Bislama Reference Grammar. University of Hawai'i Press, Honolulu.
  • Dabrowska, E. (2004) Language, Mind and Brain. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.
  • Dempwolff, O. (2005) Grammar of the Jabem Language in New Guinea (translated and edited by J. Bradshaw and F. Czobor). University of Hawai'i Press, Honolulu.
  • Downing, L. J. et al., eds. (2004) Paradigms in Phonological Theory. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Eggins, S. (2004) Introduction to Systemic Functional Linguistics (2nd edition). Continuum, London.
  • Evans, N., ed. (2003) The Non-Pama-Hyungan Languages of Northern Australia. Pacific Linguistics, Canberra.
  • Fortescue, M. et al., eds. (2005) Historical Linguistics 2003. John Benjamins, Amsterdam.
  • Greenberg, J. (2005) Genetic Linguistics (edited by W. Croft). Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Guitart, J. M. (2004) Sonido y sentido: Teoría y práctica de la pronunciación del español con audio CD. Georgetown University Press, Washington, DC.
  • Halliday, M. A. K. (2005) Computational and Quantitative Studies (edited by J. J. Webster). Continuum, London.
  • Hawkins, J. A. (2004) Efficiency and Complexity in Grammars. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Holme, R. (2004) Literacy: An Introduction. Edinbrugh University Press, Edinburgh.
  • Jenkins, Jennifer (2003) World Englishes. Routledge, London.
  • Joseph, B. D. and R. D. Janda (2003) The Handbook of Historical Linguistics. Blackwell, Oxford.
  • Keenan, E. L. and E. P. Stabler (2003) Bare Grammar: Lectures on Linguistic Invariants. CSLI Publications, Stanford.
  • Kite, S. and S. Wurm (2004) The Duungidjawu Language of Southeast Queensland. Pacific Linguistics, Canberra.
  • Ladefoged, P. (2004) Vowels and Consonants (2nd edition). Blackwell, Oxford.
  • Langlois, A. (2004) Alive and Kicking: Areyonga Teenage Pitantjajara.
    Pacific Linguistics, Canberra.
  • Lasnik, H. and J. Uriagereka with C. Boeckx (2005) A Course in Minimalist Syntax. Blackwell, Oxford.
  • Leaver, B. L. and J. R. Willis (2004) Task-Based Instruction in Foreign Language Education. Gerogetown University Press, Washington, DC.
  • Mehta, B. (2004) Diasporic (Dis)locations: Indo-Caribbean Women Writers Negotiate the Kala Pani. University of the West Indies Press, Kingston.
  • Morley, G. D. (2004) Explorations in Functional Syntax. Equinox, London.
  • O'Halloran, K. L. (2004) Mathematical Discourse: Language, Symbolism and Visual Images. Continuum, London.
  • Pisoni, D. B. and R. E. Remez (2004) The Handbook of Speech Perception. Blackwell, Oxford.
  • Portner, P. H. (2005) What is Meaning?: Fundamentals of Formal Semantics. Blackwell, Oxford.
  • Prince, A. and P. Smolensky (2004) Optimality Theory. Blackwell, Oxford.
  • Sharp, J. C. (2004) Nyangumarta. Pacific Linguistics, Canberra.
  • Svantesson, J.-O. et al. (2005) The Phonology of Mongolian. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • van Lambalgen M. and F. Hamm (2004) The Proper Treatment of Events. Blackwell, Oxford.
Alan Libert

Upcoming Conferences

Australian Placenames of Indigenous Origin

Canberra, 1 October 2005

The Australian National Placenames Survey will host a day conference on this theme on Saturday 1 October at the offices of Geoscience Australia (corner of Jerrabomberra Avenue and Hindmarsh Drive, Symonston, ACT).

It will follow the same pattern as similar day conferences held in Canberra in 1999, Adelaide 2000 and Darwin 2001, bringing together researchers with interests in Australian languages and cultures with members of the Committee for Geographical Names in Australasia, the peak body for state/territory nomenclature authorities. It is envisaged that versions of some papers presented at this conference will be published, along with others, in a volume Aboriginal Placenames Old and New to be edited by Luise Hercus and Harold Koch for publication in 2006.

If you wish to make a presentation of approximately 20 minutes in this forum, please send an abstract of 100-200 words to ANPS research fellow Flavia Hodges at the Asia-Pacific Institute for Toponymy, Division of Humanities, Macquarie University, NSW 2109 (flavia.hodges-at-humn.mq.edu.au; phone 02 9850 7937; fax 02 9850 7926).

The closing date for the receipt of abstracts is 30 June, and a timetable will be available in early July. If you are interested in attending without presenting a paper, please also let Flavia know so that she can send further details at that time. There will be a conference fee of around $30 to cover the cost of lunch plus morning and afternoon refreshments.

Flavia Hodges

32 International Systemic Functional Congress

Sydney, 17-22 July 2005

Just a note to welcome anyone interested to the 32 International Systemic Functional Congress in Sydney, this July 17-22. Our congress theme is 'Discourses of hope: peace, reconciliation, learning and change'. We're now preparing for more than 270 presentations, and loading abstracts onto the website over the next couple of weeks for previewing (an overview of the provisional program is now available): http://www.asfla.org.au/isfc2005/

Heaps to look forward to in July, including two very exciting appetisers, 'The Pre-ISFC 2005 Institute: Resourcing Researchers and Tooling Teachers, July 11-15' and 'The 1st Computational Systemic Functional Grammar Conference, July 16'.

We've had to make a couple of last minute adjustments to our plenary program, due to the late withdrawal of a couple of speakers for personal reasons. Here's the current line-up (abstracts, where available, now on-line, as well as titles and abstracts for the plenary speakers' parallel workshop sessions on July 22):

  • Terrence Deacon, U C Berkeley Anthropology and Neuroscience 'On the empty space where we expected to find a language template: how increased complexity evolves by off-loading epigenetic control'
  • Ghassan Hage, Anthropology, University of Sydney 'Hope and hoping in warring societies'
  • Christopher Jordens, University of Sydney 'Narrative schmarrative! Generating a discourse of cancer survivorship'
  • Mary Macken-Horarik, University of Canberra 'Towards a semiotics of hope: new kinds of complementarity and new kinds of genesis in refugee discourses'
  • J R Martin, University of Sydney 'Vernacular deconstruction: undermining spin'
  • Christian Matthiessen 'Multilingual humanity, multilingual studies: hope or despair?'
  • Clare Painter, University of New South Wales 'Affective and interpersonal agency in learning language and learning through language in early childhood'
  • John M. Swales, University of Michigan 'The flavour and structure of academic speech'
  • Theo van Leeuwen, University of Technology, Sydney 'Discourses of choice'

One of the innovations for this year's program is the introduction of colloquia (1 or 2 day long thematic sessions facilitating a range of interactions and presentations); as some of you might have experienced at AAAL meetings. These will run alongside parallel papers. Marking the debut of this format are the following themes and teams:

  • 'Expanding multimodal discourses of hope, reconciliation and peace' (Hodge, Stenglin, van Leeuwen, Martinec)
  • 'Multimodal corpora, MCA, Multimodal discourse analysis' (Baldry, Thibault, O'Halloran)
  • 'Expanding the notion of explicit instruction: the potential of genre-based tasks' (Byrnes, Ryshina, Liamkina, Crane, Maxim)
  • 'Clinical analysis: pushing the boundaries' (Ferguson and Togher, Sherratt and Spencer, Mortensen and Armstrong, Thomson, Hand)
  • 'Describing multilinguality: typology of processes of motion and (de)lexicalization' (Teruya, Kumar, Caffarel, Matthiessen, Thoma, Akerejola, Hita, Lavid, Anvarhaghighi, Bardi, Patpong, Petersen)
  • 'Corpus linguistics: representing systemic networks and analyses in XML' (Wu, Bateman, O'Donnell, Matthiessen)
  • 'SFL and LOTE teaching' (Caffarel, Piazza, Colombi, Moyano)
  • 'Multilingual case studies of the news media' (Britt-Hoglund, Economou, Caffarel and Rechniewski, Lukin, White, McDonald, Knox and Patpong, Thompson and Fukui, Sano)
  • 'Recontextualising academic knowledge' (Coffin, Ventola, Iedema and Scheeres, Chen, Hood and Maton)
  • 'Evaluative discourse analysis' (White, Miller, Hood and Matruglio, Sano, Coffin, Don)

Len Unsworth has put together a very engaging Language in Education Day program, featuring keynote addresses and corresponding follow-up workshops, as well as parallel papers, and materials and methods showcase presentations; a fantastic opportunity to catch up on the latest work of the Sydney School and related approaches. An opening plenary by Fran Christie will be followed by 9 parallel keynote sessions:

  • 'Genre in an outcome-based era: re-locating purpose across K-12 curriculum' (Kristina Love)
  • 'Language, literature and literacy in early childhood: A functional perspective' (Jane Torr)
  • 'Toward an enriched model of scaffolding: implications for ESL pedagogy' (Jenny Hammond)
  • 'Genre knowledge and teaching academic writing' (Brian Paltridge)
  • 'A grammatical perspective on teaching and learning' (John Polias and Brian Dare)
  • 'Hybrid approaches to teaching language education' (Anne Thwaite and Judith Rivalland)
  • 'Image/text relations in children's literary texts and e-texts: Interfacing social semiotic theory and practical literacy pedagogy' (Len Unsworth)
  • 'Language development in adolescence' (Bev Derewianka, Helen Lewis, Ken Cruickshank)
  • 'Explicit Systematic Quality Teaching (ESQT) through the Application of SFL' (Brian Miller)
Jim Martin

Linguistic Society of New Zealand Conference, Second call for papers

Auckland, 17-18 November 2005

This year's Conference of the Linguistic Society of NZ will be held at the Fale Pasifika, University of Auckland, NZ on 17th-18th November. The plenary speakers will be Diane Massam (University of Toronto) and Lesley Stirling (University of Melbourne).

Offers of papers are invited on any aspect of linguistics. Please email abstracts (ca. 150 words) to: NZLSconference05_abstracts-at-auckland.ac.nz by 30th June. To register for the conference, email: NZLSconference05_registration-at-auckland.ac.nz.

Graduate Students are particularly encouraged to attend and may elect to offer a full length presentation (20 min. plus 10 min. discussion), or a shorter 'work-in-progress' presentation (20 minutes in total). Students may also apply to the Society for financial assistance with travel within NZ.

For more details go to http://www.arts.auckland.ac.nz/departments/index.cfm?S=M_LINGCONF.

Helen Charters

Jobs, grants, and scholarships

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Monash University Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts at Monash University is seeking an early career researcher with outstanding potential from outside Monash to undertake research in areas of identified research strength or emerging research potential.

The successful Fellow will be funded for up to two years following a faculty-conducted competitive process. The Fellowship is tenable only in the Faculty of Arts at Monash and it is expected that most of the Fellow's time will be spent at the relevant school.

Prospective Fellows must be outside Monash University, undertaking research in Arts, Humanities and Social Science disciplines, be no more than five years beyond the date of the granting of their PhD and have demonstrated potential to achieve research outcomes at international level.

Prospective Fellows should contact the head of the school in which they propose to undertake the research to discuss the proposed project and obtain a list of the research priorities for that school.

Additional information can be obtained from the following Monash University website: http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/research/staff-funding2005/artspdf/index.html.

Inquiries: Ms Rosalind King, Business Development Manager, Faculty of Arts. Tel: +61 3 9905 0745, Email: ros.king@arts.monash.edu.au.

Closing date: 30 June, 2005

Margaret Florey

About ALS

The Australian Linguistic Society is the national organization for linguists and linguistics in Australia. Its primary goal is to further interest in and support for linguistics research and teaching in Australia. Further information about the Society is available by clicking here.

The ALS Newsletter is issued four times per year, in the middle of February, May, August and November. Copy for the Newsletter should be sent to the Editor, Tim Curnow (tjcurnow-at-ozemail.com.au) by the end of the first week of February, May, August and November. There is a list of people who are automatically advised that it's time to contribute material; if you wish to be added to that list, send Tim an email.

Unless you paid for several years at a time, or have given the Treasurer your credit card details and permission to use it, subscriptions for ALS are due at the beginning of each calendar year; the year you are paid up to is shown on the address label on the envelope your copy of the Australian Journal of Linguistics comes in. A subscription form is available by clicking here.

The only membership list is maintained by the Treasurer, Doug Absalom (doug.absalom-at-newcastle.edu.au). If you wish to check your membership status, change your address or make some other enquiry, please contact Doug.