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Newsletter August 2006

Welcome to the August issue of the Newsletter of the Australian Linguistic Society. As usual, the @ symbol in people's email addresses has been replaced with -at-, and clicking on any link will open that site in a new window.

Thanks to all those who contributed to this issue. Enjoy the Newsletter!

Tim Curnow

ALS 2007

ALS 2007 will be held at the University of Adelaide, 26-28 September 2007. Two other conferences, Australex and the Indigenous Languages Conference, will also be in Adelaide in September - put the date in your diary now!

There will be a call for workshops very soon, followed by a general call for papers. Abstracts will be due by mid-March 2007, with notification of acceptance by the end of April 2007.

Rob Amery

Minutes of the 2006 Annual General Meeting of the Australian Linguistic Society

The President opened the meeting at 4:05pm on Saturday 8th of July at the University of Queensland with the following members present:
Randy LaPolla, Doug Absalom, Pam Peters, Felicity Cox, Michael Walsh, Rob Amery, Tania Strahan, Jessica Denniss, Paul Black, Jo Caffery, Valisa (Fon) Sipila, Steve Morelli, Candide Simard, Felicity Meakins, Bill McGregor. Dianne Jonas, Jane Simpson, Melanie Wilkinson, Nerida Jarkey, Diana Guillemin, Thu Nguyen, Wendy Allen, Kate Burridge, Keith Allan, Lesley Stirling, Barbara Kelly, Alec Coupe, Ilana Mushin, Janet Fletcher, Mary Laughren, Peter Sutton, David Nash, Margaret Sharpe, Mark Harvey, Cliff Goddard, Brett Baker, Ian Green, Nick Reid, Cindy Allen, David Moore, Nick Evans, Rachel Nordlinger, John Henderson

1. Apologies

Nick Thieberger, Heather Bowe, Rod Gardner, Tim Curnow, Tony Liddicoat, Alan Libert.

2. Minutes of the 2005 AGM

Motion: That the minutes of the 2005 AGM as published in the Newsletter be accepted.
Moved: John Henderson. Seconded: Doug Absalom. Passed.

3. Matters Arising

ABS/DEST Classification of Linguistics and RQF Panel for Linguistics

Randy LaPolla reported on these issues and distributed draft letters addressed to the relevant agencies. [See attached letter to DEST and letter to RQF Panel.] He noted that there was probably little chance of getting DEST to change the classification of Linguistics for teaching purposes but that it was probably useful to have our view recorded. This was generally supported by the meeting. In relation to the RQF, Cliff Goddard suggested that it might be better to argue in terms of methodologies, output profiles etc rather than in terms of research culture. With the general agreement of the meeting, Randy proposed to contact program heads and the Academy of Humanities to ask them to join with the Society in sending these letters.

4. Reports

4.1 President

The inaugural Michael Clyne Prize in Immigrant Bilingualism and Language Contact has been awarded to Jo-Anne Hughson of Melbourne University.

4.2 Treasurer

[See separate financial report.]

Following his recent retirement from Sydney University, the Society wishes to recognise Michael Walsh's long-term contribution to the Society as Secretary and President, and to Australian linguistics.

Motion: That Michael Walsh be granted Honorary Life Membership in recognition of his service to the Society and to Linguistics in Australia.
Moved: Doug Absalom. Seconded: Rachel Nordlinger. Passed by acclamation.

Doug noted that he will soon have completed 30 years as Treasurer (and has now retired from the University of Newcastle) and invited members to consider nominating for the position in 2008. The President thanked Doug for his long and excellent service to the Society.

Motion: That Doug Absalom be granted Honorary Life Membership in recognition of his service to the Society and to Linguistics in Australia.
Moved from the chair. Passed by acclamation.

4.3 Journal Editors

Mark Harvey reported that forthcoming editions of the journal are progressing well. He reminded members that the draft AJL Editorial Policy had been published in the newsletter and, in the absence of any proposals for amendments, asked for these to be now formally adopted.

Motion: That the Society adopt the AJL Editorial Policy, as published in the Newsletter.
Moved: Mark Harvey. Seconded: Keith Allan. Passed.

The President expressed thanks on behalf of the Society to Mark and Toni for their contribution as editors of AJL for the last five years.

4.4 Newsletter Editor

[See separate report.]

Jane Simpson noted that the Proceedings of the 2004 conference were available on a system at Sydney University which is committed to providing permanent URLs, and that systems at some other universities offered this too. Using the ALS website as their permanent home could possibly be less permanent. Randy LaPolla pointed out that the ALS URL is portable and would remain in use no matter who hosted the website. The President proposed an amended motion.

Motion: That all ALS Proceedings will be published on permanent websites, with a link from the ALS website.
Moved: Rachel Nordlinger. Seconded: Doug Absalom. Passed.

There was discussion of ISSN/ISBN for the Proceedings series so that they are more readily accepted as full publications. Brett Baker suggested that if the proceedings were published on the ALS website, the Society could apply for an ISSN for the series. [Secretary's note: The 2005 version is published, at the time of this AGM, under the title of 'Selected Papers...' rather than Proceedings.]

4.5 Pacific Linguistics

David Nash reported that Pandanus Press is defunct. PL are now dealing with ANU e-Press. Brett Baker asked whether PL publications will continue in book form. David explained that hardcopy books will be produced only on demand; otherwise publications will be in the form of e-books. Jane Simpson reported that PL is being subsidised at a level of $100,000 pa by RSPAS but that this subsidy may not be continued. The support of the Society would be important. Mark Harvey observed that, while PL and Lincom are the only practical options for publishing grammars, PL offered a better quality product, which he hoped would continue. There was general discussion of the possibility of the Society providing a subsidy to PL.

Motion: That the ALS Executive be empowered to negotiate with Pacific Linguistics to offer support for 2006 to a maximum of $5000, either as a direct subsidy or in the form of publication grants.
Moved: Paul Black. Seconded: Michael Walsh. Passed.

4.6 ALI 2006 Organisers

Cliff Goddard presented an interim report. [See separate report.] The President thanked Cliff, Brett, Nick, Andrea, Helen, Mary and the other organisers for their contribution in putting the event together.

4.7 ALS 2006 Organisers

Mary Laughren reported that there were around 140 registrants. She thanked Ilana and Vicky McNicol, and the student helpers especially Alex Truman, for their work. The LINQ initiative by Michael Harrington had allowed ALS to come together with ALAA, PacSLRF and ALI. The joint venture had worked well, with organisers being able to share some specific tasks across the individual events. A written report will be provided. Mary observed that it is increasingly difficult for full-time academic staff to organise conferences like ALS, and that the Society may need to consider outsourcing some of the organising, noting that student fees would need to be kept reasonable.

Ilana Mushin reported that Proceedings would be published; information is available on the website. She thanked the organisers of the workshops for their contribution to the excellent range of papers presented at the conference. Ilana noted that now that abstracts are published on the website, they can usefully be around a page in length. This allows authors to go into more depth than in the briefer 200 or so word abstracts, and she encouraged members to do this.

Paul Black commented that both ALS and ALAA were of an impressive quality and had run very smoothly. The President thanked Mary, Ilana and the other organisers for their work.

5. Future ALS Conferences and ALI

5.1 ALS 2007

Rob Amery reported that ALS2007 would be held at the University of Adelaide in September, probably the 26th-28th. It would not run in conjunction with ALAA which will be in Woollongong next year. ALS2007 will be held in conjunction with an Indigenous Languages conference, with a one-day overlap probably on the 28th. They will be looking for an international speaker for the overlap day. One possibility is the Maori Dictionary Project; other suggestions are welcome. Australex will probably be held on the 26th. The organising committee consists of Rob, Ian Green, Peter Meekin, Christine Eira. Nick Evans noted that the proposed dates would clash with the ALT conference, and raised the possibility of re-scheduling ALS. It was recognised that this might not be possible due to the many factors involved.

5.2 ALI and ALS 2008

The President reminded members of the call for proposals made in the Newsletter. Michael Walsh reported that he and colleagues at Sydney University were discussing the possibility of hosting ALI2008. Dates have not been worked out yet, but they expect to offer a broad range of courses, with a mix of applied and general linguistics. It may be possible for ALAA to be held in Sydney then too. Michael indicated that the float will need to be $30,000.

No other proposals for ALI2008 were forthcoming.

Mark Harvey tentatively proposed that ALS2008 might be hosted remotely by Newcastle.

5.3 Future of ALI

Noting that it is difficult for a single university to take on the entire organisation of ALI, Mark Harvey proposed that a wide-ranging consideration of the future of ALI be conducted by a working party of interested members. They could consider ideas such as a permanent ALI committee with representatives from a range of universities, and the possibilities for providing advanced courses for credit. Margaret Sharpe noted that the original ALI organising committee had representatives from various universities. David Nash suggested that a summer timeslot might be considered.

Motion: That the ALS Executive establish a working party of interested members to consider the long-term future of ALI. The working party will report to the AGM in 2007.
Moved: Mark Harvey. Seconded: Margaret Sharpe. Passed.

The President nominated Mark Harvey to chair the working party and asked interested members to contact him. Felicity Meakins suggested that a postgraduate representative be included.

6. ALS Scholarships

Nick Reid spoke to a proposal, including two motions, which was distributed. [See attached.] Michael Walsh pointed out that fieldwork is not a minority interest among ALS members; a major component of the membership has interests in this area, including a majority of the members at the AGM. He also noted that the proposed scholarship would be an investment in the future of linguistic research in the region, an area of training in which Australia does well, as evidenced by the number of Australian postgraduates who move on to research positions internationally. The President noted that unless the Society achieved an appropriate status as a charity, we would not be able to meet the conditions of the Stegley offer. She noted that the wording of the motions allowed the scholarship to be set up independently of any grant from the Stegley fund. Brett Baker asked whether an independent trust fund could be set up to meet the charity requirements. Doug Absalom reported that he had asked a specialist adviser to look into the range of possibilities re charity status. Alec Coupe queried why it should be restricted to just Australian languages and suggested the scholarship be broadened. Nick Reid explained that he and the other proposers had negotiated that wording with the Stegley fund representatives to reflect the Stegley focus on Australia and the immediate region. However, if we did not receive any funds from Stegley, there would not be a need for such a restriction. Nick Evans expressed support for being able to set our own agenda, and suggested that the wording be 'Australia and its region'. The President recommended that ALS proceed with setting up the scholarship fund and Laves scholarship, and for the Executive to negotiate with the Stegley fund.

Motion: That the ALS establish the Australian Linguistic Society Scholarship Fund, seed it with $20,000, and seek additional external sources to build its fund base.
Moved: Nick Reid. Seconded: Randy LaPolla. Passed.

Motion: That the ALS establish the Gerhardt Laves Scholarship, to be funded out of the Australian Linguistic Society Scholarship Fund, in support of field linguistics in Australia and its region, as per the details below.

Title: The Gerhardt Laves Fieldwork Scholarship
Purpose: To provide approx $2,000 each year to encourage postgraduate researchers into the field of indigenous languages, by helping cover linguistic fieldwork expenses.
Rationale: This would honour the memory of Gerhardt Laves and indicate a commitment from ALS to the future of field-based linguistics.
Open to: Student members of the Australian Linguistic Society, enrolled in a university, undertaking fieldwork on an indigenous language of Australia or its immediate region. Preference would be given to junior postgraduate students, such as Honours students, who find it harder to attract funding from regular sources.
Moved: Michael Walsh. Seconded: Brett Baker. Passed.

Motion: That the ALS Executive be empowered to negotiate the conditions of a grant to the scholarship fund with the Stegley fund representatives.
Moved: Rachel Nordlinger. Seconded: Nick Reid. Passed.

7. Term of Postgraduate Student Representative

Rachel Nordlinger introduced the motion to reduce the term to one AGM because of a problem in the representative being able to complete a two-year term within their candidature and the resulting need for additional elections. Nick Evans suggested that this could be solved by having two postgraduate representatives with staggered two-year terms. Cliff Goddard opposed the reduction of the term, proposing that the representative could be allowed to complete their two-year term after the completion of their postgraduate studies since they would still be able to fulfill the role of representing postgraduates at that stage. John Henderson spoke to the motion, proposing that it would encourage postgraduates to take on the position since it would be less of a commitment at a time when students are typically heavily committed to their studies, and that it would allow more postgraduates the opportunity to become involved in the Society in this way. He suggested that this would be the simplest solution.

Motion: That Paragraph 3 in section IV of the Constitution be amended as follows to reduce the term of office of the Postgraduate Student Representative:

3. The terms of office for officers other than the Editor of the Journal and the Postgraduate Student Representative shall run for two Annual General Meetings. The term of office for the Postgraduate Student Representative shall run for one Annual General Meeting. One Vice-President, the Secretary, Associate Secretary, Treasurer and Postgraduate Student Representative shall be elected in even numbered years. The President, two Vice-Presidents and the Postgraduate Student Representative shall be elected in odd numbered years. The Editor shall be elected for a term of five years.
Moved: John Henderson. Seconded: Mary Laughren. Passed.

8. Election of Officers

The President read the list of candidates for the following positions, and there being no other nominations, the following were declared elected.

Vice-President: Ilana Mushin
Treasurer: Doug Absalom
Secretary: John Henderson
Associate Secretary (Newsletter Editor): Tim Curnow
Journal Editors: Kate Burridge and Keith Allan
Post-graduate Student Representative: Jessica Denniss

The President invited the new editors of AJL to outline their plans for the journal. Keith indicated that he and Kate would do their best to maintain a high standard for the journal, and to increase its impact factor. They intend to investigate the introduction of an electronic editorial system to facilitate the work of reviewers and authors as well as the editors.

Doug Absalom urged members to submit work to AJL. It is important to meet the publication schedules with our publishers.

9. Other business

9.1 Demographic Issues

Cliff Goddard raised the potential problems of an ageing demographic among academic linguists, in particular the 'missing generation', and suggested that the Society should investigate ways of planning for the future to avoid these problems. The President invited Cliff to compile information on behalf of the Society.

9.2 Orthography Questionnaire

Michael Walsh urged members to assist with a survey questionnaire distributed by Chris Moseley, Treasurer of the FEL and a PhD at UCL, on the topic of the creation of orthographies. He has had little success with feedback from Australia so far. Relevant information will appear in the Newsletter [see below].

The President closed the meeting at 6:10pm.

John Henderson

ALS Scholarships [attachment to minutes]

Motion 1: That the ALS establish the Australian Linguistic Society Scholarship Fund, seed it with $20,000, and seek additional external sources to build its fund base.
Purpose: To provide an established funding base that the Society can use to a) attract additional funding, and b) fund established scholarships.
Moved: Nick Reid

Motion 2: That the ALS establish the Gerhardt Laves Scholarship, to be funded out of the Australian Linguistic Society Scholarship Fund, in support of Australian field linguistics, as per the details below.

Title: The Gerhardt Laves Fieldwork Scholarship
Purpose: To provide approx $2,000 each year to encourage postgraduate researchers into the field of indigenous languages, by helping cover linguistic fieldwork expenses.
Rationale: This would honour the memory of Gerhardt Laves and indicate a commitment from ALS to the future of field-based linguistics.
Open to: Student members of the Australian Linguistic Society, enrolled in a university, undertaking fieldwork on an indigenous language of Australia or its immediate region. Preference would be given to junior postgraduate students, such as Honours students, who find it harder to attract funding from regular sources.

Moved: Michael Walsh

Background to both motions

These motion grew out of discussions by David Nash, Nick Evans, Pat McConvell, Michael Walsh, Nick Thieberger, Mary Laughren, Stephen Morey and Nick Reid.

July 15th 2006 is the centenary of the birth of Gerhardt Laves - arguably the finest field linguist to visit Australia in the pre-modern era. This occasion represents a great opportunity for the community of Australian linguists to commemorate Laves by initiating ongoing support of field linguistics in Australia through a scholarship.

We'd like to see the sum of about $20,000 - $30,000 invested to generate about $2,000 of interest each year to be used for scholarship purposes.

The ALS treasurer has indicated that the ALSociety is in a very comfortable financial position at present, and that making a $2,000 per annum scholarship payment out of recurrent funds would provide no difficulty. However in preliminary discussions the treasurer has also indicated that he'd be hesitant to tie up capital of $20,000 to guarantee this.

Against this background we have since attracted a potential additional source of external funding. The Stegley fund trustees would like to make a donation specifically to encourage young postgraduate researchers into the field of indigenous languages, They are willing to contribute $10,000 (as $2000 per year over 5 years) to The Gerhardt Laves Fieldwork Scholarship, however their offer is contingent upon the ALS first setting up a dedicated fund with $20,000 in it.

We anticipate that the Society's members might feel that a scholarship to specifically fund Indigenous language fieldwork by postgraduate students might be seen to reflect the interests of only a minority of the broader ALS membership. There are three points that might alleviate such concerns:

  • Firstly, the funds requested are a commitment of $20,000 in order to distribute interest, with no intention to consume the principal. If the Australian Linguistic Society Scholarship Fund were to be terminated at some time, then the principal could be returned to the Society's general budget.
  • Secondly, additional external sources into the Australian Linguistic Society Scholarship Fund will be further pursued. If this is successful to the point that sufficient interest to fund any scholarships can be generated without the need for the original ALS commitment, then the $20,000 could be returned to the Society's general budget.
  • Thirdly, we have structured the Australian Linguistic Society Scholarship Fund separately from the Gerhardt Laves Fieldwork Scholarship, in the hope that other members might use the Australian Linguistic Society Scholarship Fund in similar ways.

Draft rules to be posted on ALS website

The Gerhardt Laves Scholarship

Following a generous contribution by the Stegley Foundation and with support from the ALS, the annual Gerhardt Laves Scholarship has been established in honour of Gerhardt Laves to encourage young postgraduate researchers into the field of indigenous languages, by helping cover linguistic fieldwork expenses. The Gerhardt Laves Scholarship is administered by a subcommittee of the Australian Linguistic Society.

Details of the Scholarship, including eligibility requirements, and submission process and timing, are as follows:

(a) The Gerhardt Laves Scholarship is open to postgraduate students who are a) members of the Australian Linguistic Society; b) enrolled in a University undertaking a postgraduate-level research degree; and c) undertaking fieldwork on an indigenous language of Australian or its immediate region as part of their research towards that degree. Preference is given to junior postgraduate students, such as Honours students, who find it harder to attract funding from regular sources.

(b) Submissions to be made by late-January. Submissions should include: (i) a 300 word summary of the research plan; (ii) a supporting letter from the supervisor; and (iii) contact details of both the applicant and the supervisor.

(c) Submissions to be assessed by a panel of 3, being the president of ALS and two other ALS members selected by the president who have interests in field-based linguistics. Membership of the panel is determined on a yearly basis.

(d) Recipient to be notified by mid-February.

(e) The scholarship will consist of an amount, approximately $2,000, to cover costs (e.g. travel, accommodation, subsistence, consultants payments, etc.) that the recipient will encounter in undertaking fieldwork.

(f) Information about the scholarship, including a list of recipients, will be posted on the ALS website.

(g) The scholarship may not be awarded in any given year if none of the applicants are of a suitable standard (as determined by the panel).

(h) Applications should be submitted to the ALS president before the deadline of January 31st. The name and contact details of the current ALS president can be found on the ALS homepage.

Nick Reid

Draft Letter to DEST about teaching classification (prepared by Randy LaPolla) [attachment to minutes]

We, the undersigned, are writing on behalf of the Australian Linguistic Society, the professional association for all linguists in Australia, to inquire about the classification of the discipline of linguistics in the DEST Funding Model.

Linguistics is now classified in Funding Cluster 3, 'Humanities' (Guidelines for Commonwealth Grant Scheme, p. 27). In the Guidelines for Commonwealth Grant Scheme, sec. 9.5.1 (p. 27), it is said that "Clusters are defined by the field of education (FOE) under the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Australian Standard Classification of Education (ASCED)", but the clusters do not actually appear to always be consistent with the ASCED, in that some disciplines under a single ASCED sub-code (e.g. 0903) are in one cluster, while others under the same ASCED sub-code are in a different cluster. Linguistics has been grouped together with the languages in both systems, but linguistics is unlike the study of languages and literature or translation, in that linguistics is the empirical study of the structure, acquisition, and use of language as human behaviour. The sub-branches of linguistics include anthropological linguistics, psycholinguistics, and sociolinguistics, and in fact the type of linguistics most commonly practiced and taught in Australia developed directly out of anthropology.

The DEST clustering of linguistics is inconsistent with the ARC RFCD classification of linguistics, in which (as well as in the Australian Bureau of Statistics Australian Standard Research Classification (ASRC) 1998) linguistics is grouped under division 380000, 'Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences', together with psychology, cognitive science, and 'other behavioural and cognitive sciences'. Linguistic anthropology is within division 370000 'Studies in Human Society'.

Our reasons for requesting the change include the desire to see linguistics recognized as a behavioural science, and also to have the funding of linguistics be commensurate with that of the other behavioural sciences. As teaching linguistics is teaching behavioural science, the cost of such teaching is the same as that of other behavioural sciences, and includes, for example, the maintenance and use of a phonetics laboratory and its equipment, training in fieldwork and the equipment used during fieldwork, and the use of computational corpora and other aides to language and behavioural analysis.

For these reasons, we would like to argue that linguistics should be classified in Cluster 5, 'Behavioural Sciences, Social Studies' in the DEST Funding Model.

Draft Letter to RQF Expert Advisory Group (prepared by Randy LaPolla) [attachment to minutes]

We, the undersigned representatives of the field of linguistics, would like to question the assignment of the field of linguistics to assessment Panel 12 'Humanities and Law' in the RQF Final Advice Paper, December 2005.

In the earlier document, the RQF Preferred Model Paper, September 2005, linguistics was assigned to the panel 'Psychology, neurological, behavioural and cognitive sciences', which was in accord with the stated principle of following the RFCD codes in assigning disciplines to assessment panels. It seems the change to Panel 12 in the new document was made because of the mention of linguistics in the submission by the Academy of Humanities ('Response to the RQF Preferred Model', 1 October, 2005). In section 1, 'Expert Review Panels', the Academy states the following:

The Academy agrees with the idea of having a humanities panel to expertly assess quality in these disciplines. However, as it is currently constituted the proposed humanities panel does not include all the fields in which humanities approaches and methodologies are the most fundamental components. Examples of fields which employ primarily humanities approaches but which have been located in other panels in the proposed paradigm are: law and legal studies; linguistics; journalism, media and communications; librarianship and curatorial studies; architecture and urban environment; history and philosophy of science and medicine; cinema studies and 'other studies in human society'.

The division of the six discipline clusters employed by the ARC better captures the range of cognate disciplines conducted along similar methodological lines than the divisions proposed. These ARC clusters are also based on RFCD codes, but have been adapted for assessment purposes not dissimilar to the ambitions of the RQF. Our view is that it would be useful, where possible, to maintain the mix currently established within the ARC assessment processes – a mix that the sector is now used to working within and that is largely uncontentious—for those sections of the humanities field other than the creative arts. This would mean returning those fields named above to the humanities panel because this is where their assessors would normally be located.

Linguistics is mentioned in this section, but no linguists were consulted about this, and in fact we do not feel that it is appropriate to have work in linguistics, which is a behavioural science, judged by the 'Humanities and Law' panel. But we are not asking for reassignment to any one particular panel. Within linguistics there are at least two different research cultures, one which might more equitably be judged by Panel 8 'Psychology, psychiatry, neurological, behavioural and cognitive sciences', in which multi-authored refereed journal articles would be understood as the norm, and one which might more equitably be judged by Panel 9 'Social sciences, education & politics', where single-author books and book chapters in edited books (as well as refereed journal articles) would be seen as the norm. Because of this, we are not requesting all of linguistics be shifted to either Panel 8 or Panel 9, but are requesting that linguists be allowed to choose which of these two panels their outputs be judged by. This could be done if assignment to assessment panel was not on the basis of the four digit code which characterizes the grouping put forward by a particular university, but was done on the basis of the six-digit codes RFCD codes used to characterize the individual outputs, with 380202 'Computational Linguistics', 380204 'Laboratory Phonetics and Speech Science', as well as 380302 'Linguistic Processes (incl. Speech Production and Comprehension)' being judged by Panel 8, and all the rest of the 3802 codes being judged by Panel 9.

ALI 2006 Interim Report to ALS AGM [attachment to minutes]

This is an interim report for the AGM. A full report and financial statement will be prepared after the Institute is over and all the financial arrangements are finalised.

Main points

  • It is a short compact ALI with a theme, and a program of high profile courses.
  • This was intended as an alternative model to the 'big and broad' 2-week ALIs of past years (e.g. ALI 2002 had 30+ presenters, 180+ paid registrations, 15+ volunteers), in an attempt to overcome 'ALI fatigue'.
  • This year's theme is 'Language and cognition' naturally therefore, with an interdisciplinary flavour. Plus, several courses in language description, formal models, typology. There are 12 presenters (7 from overseas), and they include several psychologists/psycholinguists (Crain, Boroditsky, Byrne) along with theoretical and descriptive linguists.
  • Organising Committee: Cliff Goddard (convenor), Andrea Schalley, Brett Baker, Helen Fraser, Nick Reid (all from UNE Language and Cognition Research Centre), Mary Laughren (UQ Linguistics)
  • Web-based: concentrated efforts on maintaining a high quality website, for publicity, information and course materials. In final months, promotion via mailouts, posters, and direct contact with departments.
  • ALI 2006 was the final event in LINQ series. LINQ attracted a lot of linguists to Brisbane and allowed for economies of scale in financial and organisational terms. But the earlier events may have reduced potential ALI attendence; plus, it was responsible for non-optimal timing of ALI 2006
  • Financial handling was potentially complex, but registrations were streamlined thanks to 'no cash + everything online' policy. Payments and recoveries might still pose some complications, given that financial procedures of both UQ and UNE are involved.

ALI 2006 participant profile

  • about 130 in all, i.e. about 112 paying participants
  • contra our modeling, most were early bird registrants, and most were students
  • good turnout of students from the major departments across the country, usu. with some departmental support and/or course credit
  • relatively low participation from staff + very little uptake from psychology and allied disciplines

Budget implications

  • probable cost to ALS, in vicinity of $5000-6000.

Issues

  • Should ALS be prepared to contribute financially to enhanced graduate education, networking, professional development, etc.? and if so, how much?
  • The next ALI – should it be another 'compact and themed' program, e.g. on a historical theme, sociocultural theme, variation theme, etc., or should we return to a 'big and broad' model, or try another model?

ALI 2006 rough budget, v3 (3 July 2006)

Anticipated expenditure

Travel for speakers [4.5 long-haul flights @ $3000, $600 ex NZ, $1200 domestic, $300 extra for IK re-booking] $15,000 poss. $500 overspent
Travel for organisers $1,600
Accommodation [mostly Milton Motel Apartments] $10,400
Venue hire [8 hrs x 5 days x 3 sessions @$20/hr, plus 2 premier theaters for evenings @ $150 each] $2,550 extra cost for office, but no evening events
Admin personnel [100 hrs admin support @$30/hr] $3,000
LCRC organisational [three trips to Brisbane @ $600 each, plus $200 phone costs and printing] $2,000
'Day one' expenses [lanyards, presenters packs, rego bags, sundry] $500
Publicity, design, printing [logo design, poster design and print, t-shirt design] $2,000 poss. $500 overspent
Catering [morning/afternoon coffee @$10/day for 100] $5,000
Presenters dinner [for 20 people, @ $60] $1,200
Contingency $1,750
Total $45,000

Anticipated fee income

Fees: Undergrad students $250, Postgrad students $350, Regular $450 (with $50 early bird discount across all categories)

Assume: 10% undergrads + 50% postgrads + 40% staff.
Assume: half the registrations are early bird (at $50 less apiece).

Average per undergrad is $225, per postgrad is $325, per staff is $425.

For a conservative 100 participants: $2250 + $16250 + $17000 = $35,500
For a healthy 150 participants: $52,250

Cliff Goddard


Treasurer's report [attachment to minutes]

Australian Linguistic Society Inc.
ABN 55 533 808 998
Financial Statement 26/9/2005 - 5/7/2006

Income Expenditure
 
Membership $6,720:- ALI 2006 $20,000:-
AJL $8,755:75 ALS 2006 $3,000:-
Interest $4,462:87 CIPL $140:-
ANZ Invest $12,165:59 FEL $200:-
ALS 2005           $3,000:-           Domain Reg $39:-
Schol. Ex's $90:-
Bank charges $841:75
 
Total $35,104:21 Total $24,310:75
 
Surplus $10,793:46
Accumulated funds 26/9/2005   $180,196:22
 
Total funds 5/7/2006 $190,989:68
 
Represented by:
 
Fixed Dep. 1 $42,670:77
Fixed Dep. 2 $23,088:56
Money Managers $31,192:46
Cheque acct. $5,743:85
ANZ invest. $88,294:04
 
Total $190,989:68

As can be seen from the above financial statement, the Society is in an extremely healthy position. As well as the $190,000 that we have in the bank, we currently have a $20,000 float with ALI and a $3,000 float with the present conference. This is largely due to most of our members being up to date with their subscriptions and to our ANZ investment performing very well. Clearly, this solid financial base is going to allow us to extend our activities in promoting the interests and profile of Linguistics.

The main item of concern during the past nine months has been the need to have the Society recognised as a Tax Concession Charity (TCC) and/or a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR), in order for benefactors to be able to support our activities while receiving tax concessions. With the aid of a consultant, I've been ploughing through the documentation for these items and have found that there is considerable vagueness in the process. The TCC documents start off optimistically by pointing out that 'Charity' can be interpreted much more widely than most people think, with education being one possible avenue of charity. However, the ensuing paragraph then claims that most clubs and societies are not charities. My current view is that the ALS will not get recognition as a charity, particularly in view of the recent refusals to philanthropist Dr. James Wright, and to the James Hardy foundation for asbestos victims. Nevertheless, we have been sent an application form (and that had to be applied for, with our ABN having to be supplied in order to just get the application form!) The possibility of becoming a DGR looks more promising to my untrained eye, but the ATO has not yet sent the appropriate form. Negotiations will continue.

The past year has been notable for a number of retirements from academia, notably that of past president and secretary of ALS, Michael Walsh. Michael has been a stalwart in the Society for many years and his exemplary service in his executive roles has added charisma, solidity and vitality to the operation of the Society. I have very great pleasure in nominating Michael for Honorary Life membership of the Society. (Passed through acclamation)

Finally, I wish to give notice that this coming term as treasurer of ALS will be my last, and that we need to give consideration over the next two years to preparing a successor. While the position carries considerable responsibility, it is not as onerous as might be expected, particularly given our solid financial status at present. (When I took over as treasurer in 1977, we were actually a few dollars in the red and I had to wait until more members paid their fees before I could pay an outstanding bill!) The major tasks are maintaining the membership list and providing address labels for AJL twice per year. The former task is made simpler by our auto payment system, with over 25% of our membership being on that list. I will be very happy to provide "training" for anyone who is interested in taking over the role during this next term of office.

Doug Absalom

Associate secretary (Newsletter editor)'s report [attachment to minutes]

The new website has been operational for a bit over a year now. Apart from a couple of issues people had at the beginning, no one has reported any trouble with it, so we'll probably stick to our (free) geocities site until something goes wrong! We've just renewed the registration on our domain name als.asn.au. Having an entirely stable address for the Society pages seems to be functioning well. There have been relatively few changes over the past year on the website itself - page on the Clyne prize has been added, the guidelines for the use of language analysis re refugee origin added.

Currently discussing with the National Library. They want to archive our conference proceedings sites. This would be good. Officially, every author should be individually contacted about having their paper appear on the NLA archive website as well as on the various ALS proceedings websites. But they'll let me get away with claiming that all the editors say all the authors shouldn't have any problems - papers can actually be removed if an author complains. Is everyone in agreement with me claiming that? (Essentially, it just means that the site appears duplicated elsewhere, nothing else.) In future, it would be good if, as part of the conditions for submitting their paper to the conference proceedings, authors accept that they will allow the NLA to archive their paper.

There have been several occasions when ALS conference proceedings sites at different universities suddenly no longer exist, because the university decided, and I almost quote, "since the conference was over ages ago, no-one is interested any more". In order to avoid both the sudden drop-out of proceedings sites, random reorganizations of university websites leading to links being broken, and the potential worry of whether we might accidentally be infringing copyright if ALS reconstructs a proceedings page on our website after it drops off a university one, I would like to move:

Motion: That all ALS conference proceedings will be published on the official ALS website. Naturally, the editor of the particular year of proceedings will be credited as such, together with any other information (e.g. affiliation) which they wish to appear there.

Essentially, all I want is that the papers themselves are on our website, so that I don't get queries from people pointing out that University X rearranged its website and the proceedings seem to have vanished, only to discover that the editor of the conference retired and no longer has the original PDF files, and ...

Tim Curnow

Questionnaire for linguists on orthography creation

Christopher Moseley from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College, London, is conducting PhD research looking at the problems, challenges and assumptions that confront linguists who are working on the creation of orthographies based on the Roman (and in some possible cases the Cyrillic) alphabet. He would be extremely grateful if those linguists and fieldworkers who are designing or have been involved in designing a Roman-based orthography could answer his questionnaire, available as a Microsoft Word document here. Please respond to him at Chris at chrismoseley50-at-yahoo.com.

Michael Walsh

News from La Trobe linguistics program

We have good news and bad news from the linguistics program La Trobe University. The bad news is that Assoc. Prof. Hilary Chappell has officially left La Trobe for the greener pastures of the CNRS in Paris (after being on unpaid leave for some time). We are sad to lose Hilary, and wish her all the best at the CNRS.

The good news is that Dr Tonya Stebbins, who had been filling in for Hilary, has just signed on to a permanent position. Tonya has made great contributions to research and to undergraduate and post-graduate teaching in our program in the time she has been here, so we are ecstatic that she has agreed to continue working at La Trobe.

Randy LaPolla

News from the University of Sydney

We welcome Dr Ian Smith (Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics York University) who is on exchange with the Department for a year, while Dr Toni Borowsky goes to York University.

We also welcome as postdoctoral fellow, Dr Monika Bednarek. Monika is a lecturer in English linguistics at the University of Augsburg. She works on corpus linguistics. For more information http://www.monikabednarek.com/.

The Linguistics Department will be hosting a Papuanists' Workshop at the Crommelin Field Station at Pearl Beach, about 60 km north of Sydney, from Friday the 27th of October to Sunday the 29th of October. See under Conferences below for details.

Jane Simpson

Flashback!

From the Linguistic Bulletin No. 2, October-November 1970

"Sections at the 1971 meeting: Theory of Language; Sociological and Anthropological Linguistics; Empirical Linguistics. (This was chosen as a cover term for other fields. We would be happy to change the title to a more appropriate one suggested by members.)"

"About members: Professor Stephen Wurm (Professor of Linguistics, Institute of Advanced Studies, A.N.U.) recently attended a conference, the topic of which was 'Towards the Description of the Languages of the World'. The conference, which took place at the Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, elected an executive committee of seven members, of which Prof. Wurm is one, to prepare the first stage of the project to describe all yet undescribed languages of the world."

Tim Curnow

News from the linguistics program, Australian National University

In April 2006, Anna Wierzbicka received an honorary doctorate from Warsaw University. In the same month, Anna's book, English: Meaning and culture was published by Oxford University Press, New York, and a Polish translation of her book Semantics: Primes and universals was published by the Wydwnictwo UMCS, Lublin (Poland).

Kyung Joo Yoon's book Constructing a Korean Natural Semantic Metalanguage was published in May 2006 by the Hankook Publishing Company, Seoul (Korea).

Mouton de Gruyter has recently published Ethnopragmatics: Understanding discourse in cultural context, edited by Cliff Goddard (UNE) and composed entirely of chapters by the current and former staff and graduate students of the ANU (Felix Ameka, Cliff Goddard, Rie Hasada, Catherine Travis, Anna Wierzbicka, Jock Wong and Zhengdao Ye).

Anna Wierzbicka

News from the University of South Australia

The University of South Australia this year began teaching a new first-year course 'Introduction to the Study of Language' as part of its newly introduced applied linguistics major. The course covers basic linguistics - semantics, syntax, morphology, phonetics and phonology. From next year, there will be an additional later-year linguistics course in the major, 'Language Diversity: Variation, Choice and Change'.

Tim Curnow

News from UNE

Last December the UNE Language and Cognition Research Centre and the Human Communication Science Network ran a successful workshop called Conceptualisting Communication (http://www.une.edu.au/arts/LangCog/ConCom05/). The audio and powerpoints have now been put online by the Human Communication Science Network for open access. Check them out at http://www.hcsnet.edu.au/files2/arch/concom05/presentations.html?PHPSESSID=6d2df169c07f1d8703794ce391e58581.

Helen Fraser is developing her online Applied Phonetics unit, currently part of UNE's fully online Masters of Arts in Applied Linguistics (MAAL), for undergraduates. It will run in Semester 1 2007, and can be taken as a cross disciplinary enrolment by individual students, or possibly as a unit within a course at another university through UNE's 'blended model'. Anyone interested contact Helen for more details at hfraser-at-une.edu.au. Some comments from fully online students in the MAAL last year:

  • one of the most fun, hands-on classes I've taken
  • one of my favourite (if not the favourite) classes in the MAAL!
  • changed my perception about language - I like courses that expand my thinking like this
  • good balance of theory and practical application
  • excellent course - actually, my favorite thus far
  • well-organized course; multimedia settings imaginative and fulfilling
  • course management is first class
  • tough but useful and interesting
  • good study guide, stimulating questions
  • faultless organization and attention to students

Helen Fraser

News from Central Australia

Two items of news from Central Australia, one good and one bad.

The good news you may already know, as it's been around for a while. Amee Glass and Dorothy Hackett were made Members of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

The bad news is that the Finke River Mission of the Lutheran Church has just decided to close down its Bible translation and other linguistic work in Central Australia, after well over 100 years of work on Central Australian languages, and when they had for probably the first time a linguist with university training. Paul Eckert, who has worked on Pitjantjatjara for more than thirty years and was largely responsible for bringing to fruition the Pitjantjatjara Bible, as well as a grammar for language learners and other resources, and David Moore, who has worked on Alyawarr for a substantial period of time now, have been given three months notice and have had to vacate their offices. Anyone who wants more information (or thinks they may wish to protest) could contact Gavan Breen (dictionaries-at-iad.edu.au) for details of contacts.

Gavan Breen

News from the RCLT, La Trobe

Professor Brian Joseph (Ohio State University) was at RCLT from 22 July–10 August as a Special Visiting Fellow (sponsored by the Vice-Chancellor of La Trobe University). Professor Joseph was awarded the Degree of Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) on 9 August 2006 at a special ceremony at which he delivered a public lecture 'Life lessons from historical linguistics: Language change and the time dimension'.

Visiting fellows

  • Professor Spike Gildea, of the University of Oregon, a leading expert in historical and synchronic studies Carib languages of South America and in the area of syntactic typology, will be a Visiting Fellow at RCLT from 14 August until 15 December, working on a grammar of the Akawaio (Carib) language, and writing a monograph on the origins of ergativity.
  • Professor David Holm, of Melbourne University, a leading expert in Chinese linguistics, will be an Honorary Visiting Fellow at RCLT between 20 August 2006 and 28 February 2007 working on the Zhuang language.
  • Dr Masahiko Nose, from Kyoto University, an expert on Finno-Ugric languages, wll be an Honorary Visiting Fellow at RCLT between 15 September and 15 December working on the typology of cases and Uralic languages.
  • Dr Gary Holton, from the Alaska Native Language Center, a leading expert in Athabaskan languages and non-Austronesian languages of Indonesia, will be an Honorary Visiting Fellow at RCLT between 1 November and 31 December working on languages of Alor and Pantar.

Du Jingyi, from the University of Beijng, will start her PhD at RCLT on 28 August. She will be working on a previously undocumented Oceanic language from new Britain.

Stefan Dienst has successfully completed his PhD 'A reference grammar of Kulina, an Arawá language'.

Fieldwork

  • Still on fieldwork or soon to leave on fieldwork – Simon Overall (Peru), Rik De Busser (Taiwan), Dr David Fleck (Peru), Dr Birgit Hellwig (Sudan), Raoul Zamponi (Panama), Dr Renée Lambert-Brétière (PNG)
  • Recently returned safely from fieldwork – Dr Gerd Jendraschek (PNG), Dr Oliver Iggesen (Bolivia), Dr Stefan Dienst (Brazil), and Dr Rosemary Beam de Azcona (Mexico)

The volume of papers from the RCLT's 7th International Workshop (2004) Complementation: a cross-linguistic typology, edited by R.M.W. Dixon and A. Y. Aikhenvald, was published by Oxford University Press. It is the third volume of the series Explorations in linguistic typology). The book was launched by Professor Brian Joseph on 9 August 2006.

David Fleck's Grammar of Matses (Panoan) and Rosemary Beam de Azcona's Grammar of Coatlán Loxicha Zapotec have been accepted for publication in Mouton Grammar Series (Berlin, Mouton de Gruyter).

The Local Workshop on 'The Semantics of Clause Linking' continues with presentations in the near future by Prof Kate Burridge, Prof John Hajek, Prof R. M. W. Dixon, Dr Stefan Dienst, Seino Van Breugel, Dr Gerd Jendraschek, Dr Renée Lambert-Brétière, Prof Spike Gildea and Dr Oliver Iggesen.

Siew-Peng Condon

Books/Theses

Publications received, August 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 Peter Peterson (lnpgp-at-cc.newcastle.edu.au) - the Reviews Editor, Alan Libert, is on study leave. Note that many books from previous lists of publications received are still available, so you may want to look at them also.

  • Adolphs, S. (2006) Introducing Electronic Text Analysis. Routledge, London.
  • Anderson, Gregory D. S. (2006) Auxiliary Verb Constructions. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Blutner, R, H. de Hoop, and P.Hendriks (2006) Optimal Communication. CSLI Publications, Stanford, CA.
  • den Dikken, M. (2006) Relators and Linkers: The Syntax of Predication, Predicate Inversion, and Copulas. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.
  • Harley, H. (2006) English Words: A Linguistic Introduction. Blackwell, Oxford.
  • Jaeckel, R. and G. D. Erciyes (2006) A Dictionary of Turkish Verbs in Context and by Theme. Georgetown University Press, Washington, DC.
  • Levine, R. D. and T. E. Hukari (2006) The Unity of Unbounded Dependency Constructions. CSLI Publications, Stanford, CA.
  • Silverman, D. (2006) A Critical Introduction to Phonology of Sound, Mind, and Body. Continuum, London.
  • Thompson, G. and S. Hunston, eds. (2006) System and Corpus: Exploring Connections. Equinox, London.
Alan Libert

Thesis accepted

Louise Skelt. 2006. 'See what I mean: Hearing loss, gaze and repair in conversation'. PhD thesis. School of Languages, Australian National University.

Abstract: This study uses conversation analysis to examine the management of dyadic interaction by adults with acquired severe and profound hearing losses and their familiar and experienced communication partners. It demonstrates the extent of the collaborative work undertaken in these interactions to maximise understanding, minimise repair initiation, minimise repair complexity, and generally keep problems "off the surface". Much of this work is achieved by non-verbal means - primarily through gaze, but also through gesture and body movement. Participants consistently orient to the social sensitivity of repair in these interactions.

Louise Skelt

Upcoming Conferences

Eleventh Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology

Auckland, New Zealand, 6-8 December 2006

Submissions are invited for oral and poster presentations at the 11th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology. 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, speech and language therapists, audiologists and other professionals.

Submission closing date - Monday 28th August
Acceptance notice date - Monday 25th September
Manuscript closing date - Monday, 6th November

For further information visit the SST2006 website at http://www.assta.org/sst/2006/index.php.

Helen Charters

Papuanists' Workshop

Pearl Beach, NSW, 27-29 October 2006

http://www.arts.usyd.edu.au/departs/linguistics/ling/papuan_2006/papuan_2006.html.

The Pearl Beach Papuanists' Workshop will be held at the Crommelin Field Station at Pearl Beach, about 60 km north of Sydney, from Friday the 27th of October to Sunday the 29th of October. The workshop is hosted by the Linguistics Department of Sydney University.

The Papuanists' Workshop is modelled on the very successful Blackwood workshops for Australianists that have been running for the past five years. The atmosphere will be very informal. Everyone with an interest in Papuan languages is invited to give a paper, from Honours students to field workers to professors.

We are currently receiving titles and abstracts of papers and are open for registration of participants.

Papers should be either 20 mins or 40 mins long and on a topic related to Papuan languages or linguistics.

Deadline for submission of titles and abstracts is October 1.

Organiser: James McElvenny
e-mail: jmc-at-student.usyd.edu.au
Department of Linguistics
Transient Building F12
University of Sydney, NSW, 2006
ph. +61-(0)2-9351-4348, fax +61-(0)2-9351-7572

Jane Simpson

Jobs, grants, and scholarships

La Trobe University Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2007

Applications are invited for a three-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology. This is to commence within six months from the date of offer.

Applicants should have been awarded their doctorate within the last five years. They should have experience of linguistic fieldwork and will, ideally, have already completed a grammatical description of some previously undescribed language (not their native language) in terms of basic linguistic theory. The University may consider cases in which the period is in excess of five years due to special circumstances. Applications will be considered from candidates whose thesis is currently under examination. Applicants must hold a doctoral degree or have equivalent qualifications at the date of appointment. La Trobe graduates should normally have a minimum of two years postdoctoral research experience at another institution. A Fellowship will not normally be awarded to an applicant who holds a permanent appointment within the University. The successful applicant will work as part of a team with Professor R.M.W. Dixon, Professor Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, and other members of the Research Centre, on a topic relating to languages preferably from South America or New Guinea (although applicants with primary interest in another area would be considered). They will undertake extensive fieldwork and will either (i) produce a comprehensive description of some previously undescribed language; or (ii) pursue an in-depth study of a language contact situation. Exceptionally, applicants may suggest their own research topics, which must fall within the ambit of RCLT's research profile. Option (ii) will be suitable for someone who already has good knowledge of one or more of the languages involved in a suitable contact situation. The choice of project will be made after discussion between the successful applicant and Professors Dixon and Aikhenvald. For more information on our activities please see http://www.latrobe.edu.au/rclt.

The Fellowship will be a three-year appointment and is intended to advance the research activities of the University by bringing to or retaining in Australia a promising scholar.

Enquiries should be directed initially to the Associate Director of RCLT, Professor Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald (email a.aikhenvald-at-latrobe.edu.au, phone +61 3 9479 6402).

The Application Form and Conditions of Award may be obtained from: .

Please send all applications to:
Ms Siew-Peng Condon
Research Centre for Linguistic Typology
La Trobe University
Victoria 3086

The application must be received by 29 September 2006. Applicants should supply the names and addresses of three academic referees; they should ask each referee to provide a confidential statement, to reach the RCLT Research Office directly by 29 September 2006. Applicants should also send in hard copies of their theses and/or dissertations, and of published work (including papers in press).

Salary Range: A$56,077 pa. - A$60,194 pa

Closing Date: 29 September 2006.

Alexandra (Sasha) Aikhenvald

The University of Sydney Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Scheme 2007

The guidelines, application form and other associated material for The University of Sydney Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Scheme 2007 are now available at http://www.usyd.edu.au/research/fellowships/.

Applicants are advised to read the Guidelines carefully and adhere to the correct application procedures. Please discuss your application with the member of the Linguistics Department you would like to work with, and also with the Chair of the Department, Professor William Foley, william.foley-at-arts.usyd.edu.au.

Applicants seeking to join the University from another organisation or from overseas are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications are due at the Research Office on 15 September 2006.

General enquiries: Angie Williams on 9351 4469 or via email: angie.williams-at-usyd.edu.au

Further information: Chris Robinson on 9351 4795 or via email: chris.robinson-at-usyd.edu.au

Jane Simpson

Travel scholarships for students considering postgrad research study at UQ

The Faculty of Arts at the University of Queensland announces travel scholarships for honours students who are interested in postgraduate research study in the humanities at UQ. If you are thinking about your options, apply for funding to visit UQ during Research Week (18-22 September), http://www.uq.edu.au/researchweek/.

Successful applicants will be awared up to $500 in travel costs to visit UQ.

The School of English, Media Studies and Art History (http://www.emsah.uq.edu.au/) welcomes applications in the area of linguistics (generative syntax, phonetics, second language acquisition, Australian Aboriginal languages, semantics and pragmatics, sociolinguistics and discourse analysis).

The Work in Progress International postgraduate conference organized by the English, Media Studies and Art History Postgraduate Society takes place 24-26 September 2006.

If you think you will be getting first class honours (or equivalent), apply by sending a research plan (no more than 1 page) and a short CV to Sherrie Hoang (s.hoang-at-uq.edu.au). Please also indicate your discipline.

Closing date for application is 25 August 2006.

Successful applicants will be notified by email and invited to the University of Queensland's Research Week, and other events being held at the time. There will be an opportunity to meet prospective supervisors and discuss research possibilities at UQ.

See the UQ Graduate School (http://www.uq.edu.au/grad-school/) for more information on the array of postgraduate research programs and scholarships on offer at UQ.

Mary Laughren

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.



by Dr. Radut