Newsletter February 2007

Welcome to a new year of Newsletters 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

Abstracts for the conference and workshops are due by the 16th March - that's only three weeks away!

ALS 2007 will be held at the University of Adelaide, 26-28 September 2007. Two other conferences, Australex (25 Sept) and the Indigenous Languages Conference (25-27 Sept), will also be in Adelaide, adjacent to and overlapping with ALS 2007 - there's even a joint ALS-ILC day on 26 Sept. Put those dates in your diary now!

The ALS 2007 website is now up and operational at

Details on how to submit your abstract for the general Conference are to be found on the website, as are details for the two workshops, on the language of poetry and song, and definiteness.

Tim Curnow

From the ALS Treasurer

Membership Fees are now due!!!

Annual membership fees are now due for the 2007 Calendar year. Fees ($50 full membership, $60 joint membership for a couple, $20 student membership) should be sent to
Doug Absalom
Treasurer, ALS
32 Murray Rd.
Cardiff, NSW, 2285.
Payments can be made by cheque, money order or credit card (Visa or Mastercard only) and are subject to a $5 discount if paid by March 1.

I hope to be able to email all members who are on the Automatic payment list within the next few days, letting them know that their fees will be deducted in the next banking. Please ensure that your credit card information, particularly expiry date, is up to date on the list. If you have had a new credit card issued, please let the treasurer know immediately at I hope also, in the next few days, to email those members who have fallen behind in their payments, offering them the opportunity to catch up. If you are unsure of your current membership status, please feel free to email me, or alternatively, look at the label on your last copy of AJL, where the year following your name indicates when you are financial to.

Doug Absalom

Change to ALS Constitution

As part of the requirements for the Australian Linguistic Society to become a deductible gift recipient, there will need to be an addition made to the constitution. This change will need to be voted on at the next Annual General Meeting at the conference in Adelaide. The proposal for this addition is presented below for members to comment on. Any suggested changes should be sent to so that they can then be passed on to the executive for discussion. If necessary, a revised version of the proposed change will be presented in a later newsletter.

As a function of its object to further interest in and support for linguistic research and teaching in Australia, the Society will establish a separate scholarship fund. This fund will be established and maintained solely for the purpose of providing money for eligible scholarships, bursaries and prizes. The fund will be dedicated towards charitable purposes and public benefit in relation to research and teaching in linguistics within the Australian context. Members of the public and other organisations will be invited to contribute to the fund which will be managed and administered by designated officers of the Society, assisted from time to time by members or others at the discretion of the Executive of the Society. The fund will operate on a non-profit basis and gifts to the fund will be kept in a separate account from any other funds of the Society. In the event of the fund being wound up or dissolved, any surplus assets remaining after the payment of the fund's liabilities shall be transferred to another fund, authority or institution which has similar objects and to which income tax deductible gifts can be made.
Doug Absalom

Indigenous Languages Conference 2007 website

We are happy to announce that the Indigenous Languages Conference 2007 website is now up and running!

The website features important information about the conference location, dates, call for presentations/papers, and you can even submit a summary of your proposed presentation/paper! But that's not all, we have also included useful links to accommodation and other localities in Adelaide and SA, links to other Indigenous languages organisations, and to other language conferences that will be held in Adelaide at the same time as ILC.

Don't forget to put the website into your Favourites, because there's a lot more to come! As we organise various events we will be updating the web space as well, so stay informed!

Please note the new dates for the conference: 25-27 September 2007.

You can visit the website at

Margareta Rebelos

New network: narrativenet

narrativenet - Narrative Network Australia

Narrative Network Australia is a new Network which was established after a recent Narrative Research Forum hosted by Victoria University and Monash University in Melbourne. The Network consists of students and professionals interested in learning, teaching and sharing knowledge about narrative research methods. The group is convened by Ruth Ballardie and supported by Prof Elaine Martin (Victoria University) and Prof Lenore Manderson (Monash University). The group is open to anyone interested in narrative research.

A Yahoo group has been set up for the network at

Lesley Stirling

CAAMA's endangered language project

In 2005 the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association gained funding through DCITA to make recordings of endangered Aboriginal languages. The intent of this project is to record languages and produce them to CD.

The total work of this project involves many parts:

  • identification of the endangered language and associated community.
  • communication with the families and individuals to ascertain their willingness to participate in the project.
  • organizing logistics of travel and accommodation around visits to the chosen location.
  • travel to location and meeting/communicating with the project participants.
  • direct project activity including linguistic work related to recording, documenting and translating.
  • return to CAAMA. Collation of all documented material. Assembly into most useful translated form including wordlists.
  • editing, mixing and mastering all audio.
  • artwork/graphics CD jewel-case and CD.
  • duplication of documented language material, CD artwork and CD.
  • return of finished product to family, community, language centres, funding body and national archives.

We are presently consulting with as many people as possible to find a language or community who are concerned about the status of their language and are willing to participate in the Endangered Language project.

We are producing three endangered language projects in 2007. CAAMA provides all audio resources and facilities including engineer.

We are keen to discuss this project with linguists who think they can advise us where to go, where our project funding might serve the needs of an identified community best.

We are looking for a linguist to work on this project who is able to meet the production requirements of the project within the timeframe.

If you think you can assist us making these critical decisions we would appreciate contact with you.

Contact: Bill Davis, Manager CAAMA Music. Ph 08 89 519730, email:

Bill Davis


From the October 1971 issue of the 'Linguistic Society Bulletin':

Talanya (Journal of the Linguistic Society of Australia)
A report from the Editor of Talanya, Professor G. Hammarström, was read to the [Annual General] Meeting. This contained details of negotiations with Mouton, who now had copy for the first issue. In October 1970, Mouton had promised that it would be printed in 1971 but not too early in the year. One of the points of the agreement was that the Society would take, and obtain an invoice for, 100 copies of each issue. It was decided to send the first issue free of charge to all members.

Tim Curnow

News from the University of Melbourne


Cathie Elder joined Linguistics and Applied Linguistics as Associate Professor, and took up the Directorship of the Language Testing Research Centre in 2006.

Helen Enright was appointed as .5 Level A lecturer in the ESL program in February 2007.

Murray Garde started an ARC(Linkage) Postdoctoral fellowship in September 2006.

In February, Nicole Kruspe commenced a three-year research fellowship funded by the Volkswagen Stiftung to work on the project 'Documentation of hunter-gatherer languages in contact: Semoq Beri and Batek of Peninsular Malaysia'.

Dr Volker Gast (Freie Universität Berlin) will be visiting for 4 weeks from mid-March.

Recent PhD completions

A number of our students completed PhDs recently.

  • Yudi Cahyono: Australian and Indonesian university students' attitudes towards plagiarism. (supervisors: Neomy Storch and Jill Wigglesworth)
  • Ron Da Silva: Readers, texts and writing: a rhetorical study. (supervisors: Jill Wigglesworth and Neomy Storch)
  • Alice Gaby: A study in Kuuk Thaayorre. (supervisors: Nick Evans and Rachel Nordlinger)
  • Anthony Jukes: Issues in Makassarese syntax. (supervisors: Nick Evans and Peter Austin)
  • Brigitte Lambert: Bilingualism, identity and cultural continuity. (supervisor: Michael Clyne)
  • Debbie Loakes: A forensic phonetic investigation into the voices of identical and non-identical twins. (supervisor: Janet Fletcher)
  • Leonard Nkosana: The impact of curriculum reform on teaching: the case of the BGCSE English curriculum in Botswana (supervisor: Tim McNamara)
  • Pauline Nott: Early communication development of children with severe-profound hearing loss (supervisors: Jill Wigglesworth and Richard Dowell)
  • Ruth Singer: A grammar of Maung. (supervisors: Nick Evans and Rachel Nordlinger).

Recent student achievements

In January, Alice Gaby, one of our recent PhD graduates, commenced a tenure-track lectureship in the Department of Linguistics at UC Berkeley.

Ruth Singer also completed her PhD recently and has taken up a one year postdoctoral fellowship at Radboud-Universiteit, Nijmegen.

Recent books edited or published by staff members

  • Ameka, Felix, Alan Dench & Nicholas Evans (eds.) 2006. Catching language: The standing challenge of grammar-writing. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Evans, Nicholas, Joy Williams Malwagag and Khaki Marrala. 2006. Marrku Inkawart. Jabiru: Iwaidja Inyman. Pp. 67 + vii. [Marrku texts and short vocabulary, with accompanying CD - the first material on this language to be made available in the public domain]
  • Birch, Bruce. 2006. A first dictionary of Erre Mengerrdji Urningangk. Jabiru: Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation. [Dictionary of three virtually unknown languages of the Alligator Rivers Region, belonging to the Giimbiyu family. With accompanying CD]
  • Tim McNamara and Carsten Roever. 2007. Language Testing: The social turn. Oxford: Blackwells.
  • Terry Crowley 2007. Field Linguistics. Oxford: OUP. (edited by Nick Thieberger)
  • Clark, J., Yallop, C. and Fletcher J. 2007 Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology. Oxford: Blackwells (3rd edition).

Janet Fletcher

News from RSPAS, ANU

It's the end of an era in Linguistics at ANU as Professor Andrew Pawley has officially retired. Andy has passed on his role as Head of Department to Dr John Bowden, who will be head until a new Professor and Head of Department is appointed. (The advertisement for this position will be out soon.) The staff and students in Linguistics would like to thank Andy for his dedicated work and support through the years, and wish him all the best as he continues his research as Emeritus Professor. He is, of course, still about the Department almost as much as before, in between a few games of tennis. We wish John good luck in his new role as well.

Congratulations are extended to Francisca Handoko, who has just submitted her PhD thesis. Fransisca worked on Language Choice among Totok Chinese speakers in Surabaya, investigating some spectacularly multilingual inter-generational code-switching.

Wayan Arka

News from the University of Sydney

Dr Ingrid Piller will be taking up a position as Chair and Executive Director of the AMEP Research Centre at Macquarie University. We will miss her, and wish her well.

The Macquarie Dictionary team, headed by Susan Butler and Richard Tardif, has moved to the University of Sydney. We welcome them all!
Postal address:
Macquarie Dictionary
Building F04, Fisher Stack
University of Sydney
NSW 2006
Fax: +61 2 9036 7957

Jane Simpson

News from Linguistics, Faculties, ANU

A new book has just appeared, edited by Mary Besemeres (Curtin University) and Anna Wierzbicka (ANU): Translating lives: Living with two languages and cultures, University of Queensland Press. The book includes contributions from five authors associated with the School of Language Studies, ANU:

  • Anna Gladkova, 'The journey of self-discovery in another language'
  • Anna Wierzbicka, 'Two languages, two cultures, one (?) self: Between Polish and English'
  • Jock Wong, 'East meets West, or does it really?'
  • Zhengdao Ye, 'Returning to my mother tongue: Veronica's journey continues'
  • Kyung Joo Yoon, 'My experience of living in another culture: The life of a Korean migrant in Australia'

Anna Wierzbicka

News from Macquarie University

Bert Peeters (formerly at the University of Tasmania) has now taken up
a position at Macquarie University, within the Department of European
Languages, where he is Head of French Studies. There are two linguists
on the French team at Macquarie: apart from Bert himself, there is Karin
Speedy, who specialises in Creole studies. Bert is engaged in research
in French linguistics at large, but also in intercultural communication
and natural semantic metalanguage, with special reference to the Romance
languages, in particular French.

Bert Peeters

News from the RCLT, La Trobe University

The RCLT Newsletter for 2007 will be available at shortly.


A local Workshop on Word-class-changing derivations in typological perspective will meet fortnightly, on Wednesdays from 4.00-5.30pm, commencing on 14 March 2007. At the first meeting, Sasha Aikhenvald will present a position paper detailing criteria for identifying varieties of word-class-changing derivations, and their parameters of variation across the world's languages. At subsequent meetings, members of the Workshop will each give a 30-minute presentation on word-class-changing derviations in a language on which they have specialised knowledge. At the end, we will attempt to put forward appropriate inductive generalisations. All linguists (particularly from the Melbourne area) are warmly invited to take part in this local Workshop and the International Workshop to be held later in the year (see our website for more information). The contents of the Position paper for the local Workshop will be available on the RCLT website shortly. A hard copy of the paper can be obtained by writing to Sasha Aikhenvald, at

Books published

  • Aikhenvald A. Y. and R. M. W. Dixon (eds). 2006. Grammars in contact: a cross-linguistic typology. (Explorations in Linguistic Typology, vol. 4.) Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Aikhenvald A. Y. and R. M. W. Dixon (eds). 2006. Areal diffusion and genetic inheritance: problems in comparative linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (first published 2001; pb edition with revisions and corrections).
  • Dixon, R. M. W. and Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald (eds). 2006. The Amazonian languages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (first published 1999; pb edition).

New research fellow

Dr František Kratochvil, awarded a three-year La Trobe University Potdoctoral Research Fellowship, will be working on Papuan languages spoken on the islands of Alor and Pantar, with a particular focus on Sawila.

New PhD students

  • Friedel Frowein (from Wuppertal) will commence in April 2007. He is planning to work on a comprehensive grammar of a previously undescribed language from New Guinea.
  • Roberto Zariquiey Biondi (from Lima) will commence in July 2007. He is planning to work on a comprehensive grammar of Cashibo, a poorly documented Panoan language from Peru.


  • Dr Azeb Amha, of the University of Leiden, a leading expert on Omotic and Cushitic languages, will be at RCLT between September and October 2007. She will be finalizing a descriptive grammar of Zargulla, an endangered Omotic language spoken in south-west Ethiopia, with a special focus on the chapters on speech act distinctions in Zargulla morpho-syntax: declarative, interrogative, imperative etc. She will be looking at the expression of these categories in other Omotic languages for comparative purposes.
  • Professor Ellen Basso, Professor Emerita of the University of Arizona, a major expert on South American anthropology and on Carib-speaking groups of Xingu Park in Brazil, will be a Visiting Fellow at RCLT, for three months, starting from early June. She will be working on a grammar of Kalapalo, a Carib language of her expertise, in addition to a variety of grammatical topics.
  • Dr Guy Deutscher, of the University of Leiden, a leading expert in Akkadian and Sumerian linguistics, Semitic languages and historical linguistics in general, will be a Visiting Fellow at RCLT from August to December 2007. His main project at RCLT will be a comprehensive account of the correlations between grammar and culture, with special focus on the interactions between various components of the grammar of a language and the nature of the society in which the language is spoken.
  • Professor Yaron Matras, of University of Manchester, a leading expert on language contact, on Romani linguistics and linguistic typology, will be a Visiting Fellow at RCLT and a Special IAS Visiting Fellow, from 1 June until 15 January 2008. He is also the recipient of an ARC International Fellowship (with Professors Aikhenvald and Dixon as Australia-based Chief Investigators). The title of the project is 'Development of mechanisms for understanding language contact and cross-cultural communication'. He will be working on a comprehensive grammar of Domari, a Romani language, and investigating language contact and convergence.
  • Lev Michael, of the University of Texas (Austin), an expert on Nati (Campa, Arawak family) and Iquito (Zaparoan family) will be a Visiting Fellow at RCLT between August and December 2007. He will continue his work on a comprehensive grammar of Iquito, in addition to a variety of grammatical topics.
  • Dr Françoise Rose, of CNRS, an expert on Emérillon, a Tupi-Guaraní language of French Guyana, will be a Visiting Fellow at RCLT from 9 January until 29 March 2007. She will be working on a description of Mojeño Trinitario, an endangered Arawak language from Bolivia.
  • Professor Ho-min Sohn, the Director of the Center for Koren Studies and Professor of Korean Linguistics at the University of Hawaii, a leading expert on Korean, Japanese and on Oceanic languages, will be a Visiting Fellow at RCLT and a Special IAS Visiting Fellow, between July and December 2007. He will be working towards completing a monograph with the provisional title Grammaticalization in Korean, and also completing a comprehensive monograph Politeness and Honorifics in Korean.


  • Jingyi Du, a PhD student at RCLT, is undertaking fieldwork on Barok, an Oceanic language of New Ireland.
  • Dr Rosemary Beam de Azcona, a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, is undertaking fieldwork on Miwatec (Zapotec, Mexico) during the first 5 months of 2007.
  • Dr Birgit Hellwig, a La Trobe University Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, is undertaking fieldwork on Katla (Sudan) February-July 2007.
  • Dr Stephen Morey, an ELDP Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, is undertaking fieldwork on Turung and neighboring languages in Northeast India, October 2006-March 2007.
  • Dr Renée Lambert-Brétière, a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, is undertaking fieldwork on Kwoma (Washkuk) in the East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea, December 2006-May 2007.

Sad news

We are very sad to report that Dr Stefan Elders, who was a Visiting Fellow at the RCLT for three months in 2004, recently died of a sudden illness while in the field in a remote Dogon village working on the Bangeri Me language. Stefan had worked on several African languages, including Mungang and Kulango, as well as his current work on Dogon dialects.

Siew-Peng Condon

News from the University of New England

UNE is undergoing a restructuring exercise, and the Linguistics discipline will be moving to a new School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Science(s), from July, if not physically, then mentally. Our new Schoolmates will be the current School of Psychology, with whom we already have friendly and productive relations, and the disciplines of Sociology and Geography & Planning.

The erstwhile Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science (now the Faculty of Arts and Sciences) funded us to carry out a major revamp of LING101 and 102 during 2006. Nick Reid has been carrying this out, which has resulted in a completely online set of first year units running for the first time this year. We were also funded to carry out a revamp of the MA in Applied Linguistics units, with a $150,000 grant from the UNE Distance Education Project (thanks to Andrea Schalley and Karen Woodman).

Three students submitted Honours theses in 2006: Alan Golding 'A study of speakers' perceptions of the /æ/ phoneme before nasal consonants in Australian English' (supervisor: Helen Fraser); Anne MacDonald 'Ethnobotanical classification in Australian English' (supervisor: Brett Baker); and David Penn 'Introducing Dadu'a: Uma língua de Timor-Leste' (supervisor: Nick Reid). David Penn has been awarded an APA to begin a PhD with us this year (topic to be decided).

Brett Baker presented a paper 'Complex predicate formation' at the Linguistic Society of America conference in Anaheim in January, followed by departmental presentations at USC, SFU and UBC.

Andrea Schalley's coedited book (with Dietmar Zaefferer) Ontolinguistics. How Ontological Status Shapes the Linguistic Coding of Concepts has just appeared in Mouton. (Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM]. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.)

Sophia Waters has submitted an Honours thesis on French Linguistics titled '"Ben, voilà, quoi": Les significations et l'emploi des particules énonciatives en français parlé' (co-supervisor: Cliff Goddard).

Cliff Goddard's edited volume 'Ethnopragmatics: understanding discourse in cultural context' has just appeared, also published by Mouton. It has been reviewed on LinguistList at

Brett Baker


Publications received, February 2007

The following is a list of publications relating to the study of language, received by the Reviews Editor of the Australian Journal of Linguistics. 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 ( Note that many books from previous lists of publications received are still available, so you may want to look at them also.

  • Aarts, B. and A. McMahon, eds. (2006) The Handbook of English Linguistics. Blackwell, Oxford.
  • Baker, P., A. Hardie, and T. McEnery (2006) A Glossary of Corpus Linguistics. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.
  • Benwell, B. and E. Stockoe (2006) Discourse and Identity. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.
  • Cablitz, G. H. (2006) Marquesan: A Grammar of Space. Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin.
  • Carine, A. (2007) Syntax: A Generative Introduction. Blackwell, Oxford.
  • Clyne, M. and Sandra Kip (2006) Tiles in a Multilingual Mosaic: Macedonian, Filipino and Somali in Melbourne. Pacific Linguistics, Canberra, ACT.
  • Crowley, T. (2007) Field Linguistics. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Cruse, Alan (2006) A Glossary of Semantics and Pragmatics. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.
  • Davies, A. (2005) A Glossary of Applied Linguistics. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.
  • Duranti, A., ed. (2004) A Companion to Linguistic Anthropology. Blackwell, Oxford.
  • Griffiths, P. (2006) An Introduction to English Semantics and Pragmatics. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.
  • Huang, Y. (2006) Pragmatics. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Jessner, U. (2006) Linguistic Awareness in Multilinguals: English as a Third Language. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.
  • Kulikov, L., A. Malchukov, and P. de Swart, eds. (2006) Case, Valency and Transitivity. John Benjamins, Amsterdam.
  • Leech, G. (2006) A Glossary of English Grammar. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.
  • Luchjenbroers, J., ed. (2006) Cognitive Linguistic Investigations. John Benjamins, Amsterdam.
  • Peeters, Bert, ed. (2006) Semantic Primes and Universal Grammar: Empirical Evidence from the Romance Languages. John Benjamins, Amsterdam.
  • Peterson, David A. (2007) Applicative Constructions. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Reinhart, T. (2006) Interface Strategies: Optimal and Costly Computations. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.
  • Ringbom, H. (2007) Cross-linguistic Similarity in Foreign Language Learning. Multilingual Matters, Clevedon, UK.
  • Royce, T. D. and W. L. Boucher (2007) New Directions in the Analysis of Multimodal Discourse. Lawrence Erlbaum, Mahwah, NJ.
  • Swadesh, M. (2006) The Origin and Diversification of Language. Aldine Transaction, New Brunswick, NJ.
  • Zanuttini, R. et al., eds. (2006) Crosslinguistic Research in Syntax and Semantics: Negation, Tense, and Clausal Architecture. Georgetown University Press, Washington, DC.

Alan Libert

Australian Sign Language (Johnston and Schembri)

Trevor Johnston and Adam Schembri (2007). Australian Sign Language (Auslan): An introduction to sign language linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

This is the first comprehensive introduction to the linguistics of Auslan, the sign language of Australia. Assuming no prior background in language study, it explores each key aspect of the structure of Auslan, providing an accessible overview of its grammar (how sentences are structured), phonology (the building blocks of signs), morphology (the structure of signs), lexicon (vocabulary), semantics (how meaning is created), and discourse (how Auslan is used in context). The authors also discuss a range of myths and misunderstandings about sign languages, provide an insight into the history and development of Auslan, and show how Auslan is related to other sign languages, such as those used in Britain, the USA and New Zealand. Complete with clear illustrations of the signs in use and useful further reading lists, this is an ideal resource for anyone interested in Auslan, as well as those seeking a clear, general introduction to sign language linguistics.

Contents: 1. Signed languages and linguistics; 2. Auslan in social context; 3. Auslan and other signed languages; 4. Phonetics and phonology: the building blocks of signs; 5. Morphology: sign formation and modification; 6. Lexicon: the structure of Auslan vocabulary; 7. Syntax: the structure of sentences in Auslan; 8. Semantics and pragmatics: sign meaning and sentence meaning; 9. Discourse: structure and use above the sentence; 10. Issues in the study of signed languages.

Adam Schembri

OZBIB Supplement 1999-2006

OZBIB: A linguistic bibliography of Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands
SUPPLEMENT 1999-2006, Compiled by Geraldine Triffitt, Published by Mulini Press, Canberra

OZBIB was compiled by Lois Carrington and Geraldine Triffitt and published by Pacific Linguistics in 1999. Its aim was to provide a full bibliographical listing of all published materials and theses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and linguistics.

This Supplement covers the period from July 1999 to September 2006 plus addenda from OZBIB. There are both language and subject indexes to the bibliography.

OZBIB is broad in scope. It lists both theoretical and applied linguistics works. It covers the description and analysis of languages, dictionaries, grammars, works on bilingual education, language policy, language use in courts of law, the experiences of language speakers and the linguistic output of language centres. Included in the Indigenous languages are creoles and Aboriginal English.

Available from Naviti Documentation, PO Box 537, MAWSON, ACT 2607
No Credit Card facilities available
$30 + postage and handling.
Postage rates: Australia $5.50: Overseas air mail $10-$17 depending on destination

Geraldine Triffitt is a librarian with linguistic qualifications from the Australian National University. She worked as Bibliographer (Linguistics) and Collection Manager (Linguistics) at AIAS and AIATSIS Library from 1986 to 1997.

Geraldine Triffitt

OZBIB Supplement 1999-2006

OZBIB: A linguistic bibliography of Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands
SUPPLEMENT 1999-2006, Compiled by Geraldine Triffitt, Published by Mulini Press, Canberra

OZBIB was compiled by Lois Carrington and Geraldine Triffitt and published by Pacific Linguistics in 1999. Its aim was to provide a full bibliographical listing of all published materials and theses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and linguistics.

This Supplement covers the period from July 1999 to September 2006 plus addenda from OZBIB. There are both language and subject indexes to the bibliography.

OZBIB is broad in scope. It lists both theoretical and applied linguistics works. It covers the description and analysis of languages, dictionaries, grammars, works on bilingual education, language policy, language use in courts of law, the experiences of language speakers and the linguistic output of language centres. Included in the Indigenous languages are creoles and Aboriginal English.

Available from Naviti Documentation, PO Box 537, MAWSON, ACT 2607
No Credit Card facilities available
$30 + postage and handling.
Postage rates: Australia $5.50: Overseas air mail $10-$17 depending on destination

Geraldine Triffitt is a librarian with linguistic qualifications from the Australian National University. She worked as Bibliographer (Linguistics) and Collection Manager (Linguistics) at AIAS and AIATSIS Library from 1986 to 1997.

Geraldine Triffitt

Upcoming Conferences

Call: ALS 2007

University of Adelaide, 26-28 September 2007

All Members of the Australian Linguistic Society wishing to present a 20 minute paper on any area of linguistic research followed by 10 minutes of discussion at the 2007 ALS Conference are invited to submit a one page abstract containing the following information:

  • Name(s) of author(s) (to be removed for refereeing purposes)
  • Institutional affiliation(s) (if any)
  • E-mail address
  • Title of proposed paper
  • Keywords
  • Abstract of proposed paper including list of references where applicable

You may like to think about a paper oriented to the shared day with the Indigenous Languages Conference on a topic of mutual interest to both linguists and Indigenous language workers.

All submissions will be anonymously refereed.

Only members of ALS may present a paper at the annual conference.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 16th March 2007. The abstract should be in .rtf format. To reduce font problems, please attempt to use one of the standardly available fonts (e.g. Times New Roman, Helvetica), or one of the SIL Unicode fonts Charis SIL or Doulos SIL. If for some reason this is not possible, please consult with us first about the possible font issues. Abstracts should be submitted electronically as an email attachment with the filename YOURNAME_ALS2007 (where YOURNAME is the family name or surname of the first author). Please give the subject line of the email as "YOURNAME ALS abstract".

Send the abstract to

We will notify you of whether your paper has been accepted by April 30th 2007. Accepted abstracts will be posted on the ALS2007 website.

Following the conference, presenters will be invited to submit full versions of their papers to appear in DEST-level refereed conference proceedings.

Rob Amery

Language of poetry and song (workshop)

ALS 2007, 26-28 September 2007, Adelaide

Reminder notice: Call for papers on Language of poetry and song

Abstracts due March 16th, 2007

Papers addressing other issues relating to the language of song or poetry are also welcome. Presentations should be 20 minutes long with 10 minutes for questions.

The 'Language of poetry and song' is a one-day cross-disciplinary workshop at the annual conference of the Australian Linguistic Society held at the University of Adelaide, September 26-28, 2007.

The workshop is an opportunity for researchers working on either recent or traditional musical genres within linguistics, ethnomusicology or anthropology to explore linguistic features of song/poetry with others working in this field.

Papers should address issues such as

  • How do musical form and linguistic form interact?
  • Are there restrictions on the types of grammatical structures found in song/poetry?
  • Can words be shortened or extended to fit song metre?
  • What sorts of special vocabulary do they contain? If there are 'fillers' what are their metrical purposes?
  • How do the intended meanings of song/poetry differ, or go beyond, the meanings in speech?
  • How do the meanings and broader significances of song/poetry relate to the local social context?

Papers addressing other issues relating to the language of song or poetry are also welcome. Presentations should be 20 minutes long with 10 minutes for questions. Please contact Tonya Stebbins (Phone: 03 9479 2457, email: if you have any queries.

Abstracts must not be longer than 300 words and be submitted by March 16th, 2007 in word or PDF format to or to

Tonya Stebbins

Workshop on definiteness and referentiality: Theory and description

ALS 2007, 26-28 September 2007, Adelaide

Workshop webpage now online at

A one day workshop on Definiteness and Referentiality will be held in conjunction with ALS 2007 at the University of Adelaide. We welcome papers on Australian, Austronesian, Asian and other natural languages, and in all areas of linguistics including sociolinguistics, language variation and change, first/second language acquisition, conversational analysis, and cognitive (including psycho-/neurolinguistic) processing of definiteness. The following topics are of particular interest:

  • data based studies of definiteness properties in particular languages
  • theoretical aspects of definiteness and/or specificity
  • the article systems of a language group(s)
  • the interaction of definiteness/specificity with the grammar of a language
  • the behavior of subsystems within languages, e.g. polarity references and number and quantification of nouns
  • the acquisition and development of definiteness and/or referentiality in child and second languages
  • language change in progress with respect to a property or subsystem of a language.

Proposals for both a General Session and a Poster Session should include the author's name and affiliation, contact details (including e-mail and postal addresses), title of the paper, keywords, and a one page abstract of no more than 500 words, excluding examples and references. Key references may include, but not limited to, the work of Irene Heim, M. Enç, Kamp & Reyle (DRT), B. Partee, Donka Farkas, T. Givon, Christopher Lyons, J. Hawkins, and M. Haspelmath. In your submission, please indicate your preference, and, if your choice is a General Session, please state if you would be willing to do a poster.

Each abstract will be blind reviewed on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Topic appropriate to the workshop
  • Paper contributing new knowledge on the topic
  • Argument supported by data from natural language
  • Clear statement of results

Abstracts should be sent electronically in the body of the e-mail message and also as an attachment in PDF or rtf format to In the e-mail subject line, please write 'NAME ALSDEFworkshop' where NAME is your surname. DEADLINE for abstracts is March 16th with notification of acceptance by April 30.

The format of the sessions will be 20 minutes for each paper, followed by 10 minutes for discussion. Posters will be displayed for one whole day, with a time slot for discussing them.

Selected papers from the workshop will be peer reviewed and published in a special volume devoted to the workshop theme.

The workshop organizers are Brett Baker (University of New England), Marie Fellbaum Korpi (The Australian National University), Harumi Minagawa (The University of Auckland), and Lesley Stirling (The University of Melbourne).

Marie Korpi

Call: course and workshop proposals at ALI/LINGFEST 2008

University of Sydney, 7-11 July 2008

The Australian Linguistics Institute will be held July 7-11, 2008 in conjunction with meetings of ALAA, ALS, LFG, and ISCF.

The Organising Committee is now soliciting proposals for courses and workshops. We are particularly interested in courses that will appeal to a wide audience.

Course format: 1.5 hours per day, meeting each day July 7-11. Workshops: negotiable between 30 June and 13 July.

Remuneration: Last year's ALI was an intellectually exciting event, but did not raise money. Because of a very tight financial situation next year, we are unable to guarantee a level of remuneration for presenters. We will certainly provide a waiver of registration fees to ALI. If the funding situation permits, partial or full reimbursement will be offered for local accommodation and travel from within Australia. We will also help seek sponsorship for courses.

Proposals: Proposals should be a single double-spaced page, max 250 words, in the following format:

  1. Course Title
  2. Presenter's name and affiliation
  3. Brief course description, including course aims and a list of topics covered
  4. Expected audience (e.g. postgraduates, advanced undergraduates, no specialized background, …)
  5. A short list of readings.

Please send your proposal as an MS-word or PDF email attachment to Ian Smith at

Deadline 19 March, 2007.

Ian Smith

Linguistic Society of New Zealand 2007 conference

University of Waikato, Hamilton, NZ, 19-20 November 2007

We are pleased to announce that the 17th biennial Linguistic Society of New Zealand conference will be held at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, on 19th-20th November 2007.

Registrations should be sent by June 29th to:
Professor Ray Harlow
Department of General and Applied Linguistics
University of Waikato
Private Bag 3105
Hamilton 3240
New Zealand

Abstracts (up to 100 words) may also be sent to Ray Harlow either at the above address or electronically ( by 29th June 2007.

Sessions will be half an hour long: 20 minutes for presentation and 10 for discussion.

Further details on the conference are available on the conference website at

Ray Harlow

Call: Central Australian Linguistics Circle 2007

Charles Darwin University, Alice Springs Campus, 20-21 April 2007

Papers on language description, education, literacy and indigenous knowledge are welcome. Presentations should be 20 minutes long with 10 minutes for questions.

Abstracts should not be longer than 300 words and be submitted by March 26th 2007 to

For details see website

Myf Turpin

Jobs, grants, and scholarships

Gerhardt Laves Scholarship

Applications for the inaugural Gerhardt Laves Scholarship must be received by the ALS president before the 31 March 2007.

In 2006 the Australian Linguistic Society established the annual Gerhardt Laves Scholarship to encourage postgraduate researchers into the field of indigenous languages, by helping cover linguistic fieldwork expenses (e.g. travel, accommodation, subsistence, consultant's payments) up to approximately $2000.

(a) The Gerhardt Laves Scholarship is open to students who are (i) enrolled in a University undertaking an Honours or postgraduate research degree; and (ii) undertaking fieldwork on an indigenous language of Australia or its immediate region as part of their research towards that degree.

Full details of the Scholarship, including eligibility requirements, and the application process and timing, are available on the ALS website by clicking here (or under 'Scholarships and prizes' in the left-hand menu of the main ALS page).

Nick Reid

Michael Clyne Prize

Submissions for the 2007 Michael Clyne Prize must be received by 16 March 2007.

The Applied Linguistics Association of Australia and the Australian Linguistic Society invite submissions for the annual Michael Clyne Prize, to be awarded to the best PhD or MA (Research) with a focus on some aspect of immigrant bilingualism and language contact. The thesis must have been passed or the degree awarded at an Australian university in 2006.

The winner will be awarded a $1000 cash prize and a contribution of up to $500 to cover costs (e.g. travel, accommodation, conference registration) for the recipient to attend either ALS or ALAA in 2007 to present a paper on the research. The recipient will be guaranteed a slot at their chosen conference.

Full details details of rules governing the prize and the submission process are available on the ALS website by clicking here (or under 'Scholarships and prizes' in the left-hand menu of the main ALS page).

Rachel Nordlinger

Project officer, UNE

Project Officer (Part-time), School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, University of New England

To strengthen its commitment to its online MA in Applied Linguistics, the discipline of Linguistics at The University of New England is seeking to make a fixed-term, part-time Project Officer appointment for the Distance Education Project 'Strategic Renewal of the Online Master of Arts (Applied Linguistics) (MAAL)'. This position is for 15 hours per week and is available until 31 July 2008. The appointee will provide specialist project management, research and administrative expertise to the project, and will liaise with stakeholders of the project, including the Teaching and Learning Centre, staff in Linguistics, and former and present students of the MAAL.

The successful applicant will have: demonstrated project management skills with experience in online teaching and/or familiarity with technological and pedagogical issues related to online teaching. Experience in research design and data analysis and high level oral, written and interpersonal skills are also required. The complete list of selection criteria and duties can be found in the position statement.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Karen Woodman, Convenor of Linguistics, ph: (02) 6773 3381 or e-mail: Further information about Linguistics at UNE can be found at

Salary: $21,902 to $24,074 per annum (HEO Level 6 – 15hpw) plus up to 17% employer superannuation and optional salary packaging

Closing Date: 26 February 2007

Reference Number: 207/010w

Two copies of the application, quoting the position number and addressing the selection criteria, should be sent to:
The Recruitment Officer
Human Resource Services
The University of New England
Armidale NSW 2351

Applications must be received by the closing date and include the names, addresses, telephone numbers, facsimile numbers/email addresses of three relevant referees.

The University will not provide travel and removal for this position. This position is only open to those who already hold a valid working visa in Australia.

See also

Andrea Schalley

About ALS

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