It's that time of year again when your annual membership fees are due. Fees remain the same as they were for last year, $50 for full membership, $60 for joint membership and $20 for student membership. There is a $5 discount applicable if the fees are paid before April 1. There is also the possibility of having your fees deducted 'automatically' each year at the discount price by sending your credit card details to the treasurer, Doug Absalom at 32 Murray Rd., Cardiff, NSW, 2285. Some "Auto" members who have new cards or new expiry dates should also contact Doug with their updated information. Payments can be made by cheque or credit card (Visa and Master only) to Doug at the above address, or else he can be contacted on email at Doug.Absalom-at-gmail.com.
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 (Alan.Libert-at-newcastle.edu.au). Note that many books from previous lists of publications received are still available, so you may want to look at them also. If there is a book you are interested in reviewing but it is not on the list, please contact Alan as it is possible that ALS could then obtain a review copy from the publisher.
- Allan, K. (2007) The Western Classical Tradition in Linguistics. Equinox, London.
- Amberber, M. (ed.) (2007) The Language of Memory in a Cross-Linguistic Perspective. John Benjamins, Amsterdam.
- Blake, B. (2007) Playing with Words. Equinox, London.
- Bowern, C. (2008) Linguistic Fieldwork. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, Hampshire.
- Filopović, L. (2007) Talking about Motion. John Benjamins, Amsterdam.
- Healy, A. (ed.) (2008) Multiliteracies and Diversity in Education. Oxford University Press, Melbourne.
- Honda, M. and W. O'Neil (2008) Thinking Linguistically: A Scientific Approach to Language. Blackwell. Oxford.
- McCarthy, J. J. (2007) Hidden Generalizations: Phonological Opacity in Optimality Theory. Equinox, London.
- Munat, J. (ed.) (2007) Lexical Creativity, Texts and Contexts. John Benjamins, Amsterdam.
- Romeo, N. (2008) Aspect in Burmese. John Benjamins, Amsterdam.
- Schalley, A. C. and D. Khlentzos (eds.) (2007) Mental States. Volume 1: Evolution, Function, Nature. John Benjamins, Amsterdam.
- Schalley, A. C. and D. Khlentzos (eds.) (2007) Mental States. Volume 2: Language and Cognitive Structure. John Benjamins, Amsterdam.
University of California Santa Barbara, June-July 2008
The Institute on Field Linguistics and Language Documentation is designed for field linguists, graduate students, and language activists to receive training in current techniques and issues in language documentation, language maintenance, and language revitalization. The application deadline is 29 February 2008.
Workshops: June 23rd - July 3, 2008
Field Training: July 7-August 1st, 2008
- Steps in language documentation
- Models of language documentation and revitalization
- Language activism
- Introduction to linguistics for language activists
- Language resources and the community
- Grant writing for language activists or linguists
- Web and WIKIs for language documentation
- Audio recording
- Video recording
- Principles of archiving, metadata, media, file formats
- Principles of database design
- Field phonetics
- Life in the field
- Problematizing the field experience
- Intellectual property rights
Field Training (Intensive field methods)
- Patricia Shaw (University of British Columbia) - Language: Kwakwala
- Tucker Childs (Portland State University) - Language: Mende
- Carol Genetti (UC Santa Barbara) - Language: TBA
For application and complete information, visit
U.S. National Science Foundation and the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities: Documenting Endangered Languages Program
University of California, Santa Barbara: Division of Humanities and Fine Arts, the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, and the Department of Linguistics
Jobs, grants, and scholarships
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.
Details of the Scholarship, including eligibility requirements, and the application process and timing, are as follows:
(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.
Students who have already received a Laves Scholarship are permitted to reapply, but preference will be given to new applicants by the committee.
(b) Applications should be submitted to the ALS president before the deadline of March 31st. The name and contact details of the current ALS president can be found by clicking here (http://www.als.asn.au). The recipient (and unsuccessful applicants) will be notified in late April. Retrospective claims for fieldwork conducted or begun earlier in the year (between Jan 1st and late April) will be considered.
(c) Applications should include:
(i) a 1 page summary of the research plan;
(ii) a budget;
(iii) a supporting letter from the supervisor;
and (iv) contact details of both the applicant and the supervisor.
There is no form, just a Word document is sufficient.
(d) Applications are assessed by a panel of 3 ALS members selected by the president who have interests in field-based linguistics. Membership of the panel is determined on a yearly basis.
(e) The scholarship consists of an amount, approximately $2,000, to cover costs (e.g. travel, accommodation, subsistence, consultant's payments, etc.) that the recipient will encounter in undertaking fieldwork. A year's membership of the Australian Linguistic Society is also provided.
(f) Scholarship recipients are asked to account for their budget in a letter to the ALS president within 12 months and return any unspent funds to ALS. A list of recipients is maintained 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).
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.