Minutes of the Australian Linguistic Society, 2008 Annual General Meeting, 3rd July, University of Sydney
The President opened the meeting at 5:05pm with the following members present: Kate Burridge, Stephanie Hall, Graham McKay, Rob Amery, Mary-Anne Gale, Rachel Nordlinger, Alice Gaby, Felicity Meakins, Farzad Sharifian, Peter Collins, Pam Peters, Michael Walsh, Harold Koch , Carsten Levisen, Tom Honeyman, Joe Blythe, Johanna Rendle-Short, Alec Coupe, Luisa Miceli, Alan Dench, I Wayan Arka, Tom Mylne, Mark Harvey, Claire Bowern, Brett Baker, Margaret Sharpe, Cliff Goddard, Jeff Siegel, Nick Thieberger, Diana Eades, Manabu Kawakatsu, Tim Curnow, Tony Liddicoat, Jeremy Hammond, Aidan Wilson, Constance Braun, Elizabeth Przywolnik, Jessica Boynton, Louise de Beuzeville, Britta Jensen, Anders Ahlqvist, Joshua Nash, Jane Simpson, Doug Absalom, Randy LaPolla, John Henderson, Clodagh Norwood.
Nick Evans, Ilana Mushin, Keith Allan, Alan Liebert, Michael Clyne, Duk-Soo Park, David Nash, Bill Palmer.
2. Minutes of the 2007 AGM.
The President moved that the minutes of the 2007 AGM, as published in the Newsletter, be accepted. Passed unanimously.
3. Matters arising.
Linguistics in the ERA
Rachel Nordlinger drew attention to the fact that Linguistics had been placed in the Humanities and Creative Arts group for ERA purposes, though in the earlier process Nick Evans had helped to get Linguistics into the social and behavioural sciences group. There was general discussion on whether the Society should make a formal submission on this. The date for comments on the ERA journal rankings has been extended to the end of July.
The Clyne Prize, established with a donation from Michael Clyne and offered jointly by the ALS and ALAA, provides $1000 and up to $500 expenses for the winner to attend either the ALS or ALAA conference. The Prize has this year been won by Louisa Willoughby of Monash University for her thesis entitled 'You have to speak it at least.'
The Laves Scholarship is open to Honours and Post-graduate students and provides up to $2000 to support field research on a language of the region. It has been awarded this year to Jeremy Hammond of the University of Sydney for Linguistic and Cultural Documentation of the White Sands language of Vanuatu.
The UN is inviting governments, organizations etc to promote languages, including endangered languages, in 2008 UN Year of Languages (under the motto Languages matter). Information is available on the UNESCO International Year of Languages site.
The International Pragmatics Association Conference will be held at Melbourne Uni July 12-17 next year, organised jointly by the Melbourne departments. The theme is Diversity, Content and Structure. The conference will cover a broad range of areas. Participation is encouraged. See the IPrA website for more information.
On behalf of the Society, the President thanked the retiring members of the Executive for their service. Sophie Nichols served two terms as Postgraduate Representative. The Society offered special thanks to Doug Absalom who served as Treasurer for 31 years. The President presented Doug with a token of the Society's gratitude for his many years service as Treasurer.
On behalf of the ALS2007 organisers Mary-Anne Gale offered a belated thanks to Rachel Nordlinger for her plenary address last year. Ian Green was thanked for facilitating this.
Randy reported an offer from Doug Absalom for his Lingua Associates consultancy to continue managing the membership list and subscriptions on a commercial basis at a cost of approximately $3000 plus GST. The Executive suggested a trial for one year until the new Treasurer is established in the position and has had a chance to review options for membership management.
Moved by Randy LaPolla and seconded by John Henderson. Motion passed.
Nothing to report.
See separate report.
Motion: That the annual membership fees be increased by $10 in all categories, due to the addition of a third issue of AJL each year. The new fees to be: Full $60; Joint $70; Student $30. There will be a discount of $10 for payment before 1st of April.
Moved Doug Absalom. Seconded Randy LaPolla. Passed.
4.4 Journal Editors
Kate reported that issue 28/2 has gone off to Taylor&Francis and reminded members that AJL has gone to 3 issues per year now. There has been a healthy flow of papers. The acceptance rate has been relatively low. The editors expect that they'll move to online submission soon.
The President passed on a message from Alan Libert encouraging members to write reviews for the journal. They can see what books are available for review in the ALS Newsletter.
4.5 Newsletter Editor
Tim reported that the website has been moved from Geocities to a non-free commercial service but reassured members that this would make no difference from the user's point of view. The URL remains the same: www.als.asn.au.
4.6 CIPL Representative
No report received.
4.7 Pacific Linguistics Representative
(Wayan Arka thanked the Society for its financial support.)
4.8 ALS and ALI 2008 Organisers
Pam Peters reported that the level of ALS registrations had been very healthy and thanked the other organisers, especially Louise de Beuzeville, who had all contributed so much time and energy.
Jane Simpson thanked the excellent committee and administrative staff who had assisted in the organisation. There were over 120 registrations excluding presenters and student volunteers.
4.9 ALS 2009 Organisers
Randy LaPolla reported that the La Trobe department and RCLT had jointly agreed to take on the organisation of ALS, in consultation with others in Melbourne.
5. Future ALS Conferences and ALI
The President called for organisers for the next ALI in 2010. There was discussion about different possible models for ALI. Harold Koch spoke of the limited model involving specialist tutorial days. Randy suggested the possibility of state-of-the-art research reports in for example a series of seminars. Jane Simpson said that the float provided by ALS was a bare minimum for hiring the necessary part-time administrative support. She noted that universities do not provide funding for this sort of activity and that ALI needed government funding as in the Dutch system. Pam Peters pointed out that the ALS organization had relied heavily on Louise de Beuzeville's work and that it was this kind of contribution that allowed the registration fees to be kept low. Commercial conference organisers would mean higher fees. The meeting was reminded that, given the necessary lead time, if no organisers came forward in the immediate future ALI could not happen in 2010. Cliff Goddard suggested that the larger research centres at RSPAS and/or RCLT might take it on, perhaps as research master classes. Harold Koch volunteered to consult with colleagues at ANU with a view to hosting ALI in 2010.
Rachel Nordlinger reported that she, Jane Simpson and others had set up the Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad, on the model of similar European and US competitions. State rounds had been held in Sydney and Melbourne with 60-70 students involved in each state. The national round is coming up. The Olympiad has been very successful so far but the organisers would like to see increased support and wider participation in the organization. They had approached the Executive for funding and been allocated up to $1800. Jane Simpson reported that HCSNet had contributed $10k for this year which was mainly used for administrative costs. Responding to a query from Cliff Goddard, Rachel said that registration was free. In Victoria, the competition had a link to schools via the English Language course at secondary school level. Jane reported that 20 schools had been involved in NSW with the involvement of modern language teachers. Computer Science teachers were also involved. Rachel noted that the Australian Language Technology Association also provided support, noting the computational aspect of the Olympiad. The students involved were from years 9 to 12, but mostly years 10 to 11. There was discussion of avenues for sponsorship: publishers etc. were suggested; Claire Bowern suggested the Australian Computer Society.
Alan Dench suggested that outreach programs in the various universities could be a good way to expand the competition. Rachel reported that the response had been excellent, greater than expected, and that many students had been exposed to Linguistics. The schools involved in both states were varied: state, Catholic and other private schools. 90 schools had been approached in Victoria. An International round is a possibility for the future. Harold Koch asked for a report in the newsletter.
Motion: That up to $10k be allocated, at the discretion of the Executive, for OZCLO.
Moved Michael Walsh. Seconded Nick Thieberger. Passed unanimously.
7. Directory of Programs
Randy reported on discussion at the Heads of Departments meeting about co-operation in offering a broad range of programs. As an initial step, a directory of degree courses offered around the country would be set up on the ALS website. Departments should send information (with links to their webpages). Rachel Nordlinger suggested a call on ALSOnline.
8. ALS Conference Student Scholarships
An initial motion was introduced:
Motion: That funds be allocated for ALS Conference Student Scholarships from any future conference profits returned to the Society. The amount allocated in any year will be at the discretion of the Executive. Applications will be to the conference organisers and the scholarships awarded on the basis of the quality of the abstract submitted. The amounts of the individual scholarships will be at the discretion of the conference organising committee.
Harold Koch suggested that the restriction to future conference profits be removed. There was some discussion of whether the scholarships should also be judged on the basis of the applicants' travel needs. The final form of the motion that was put and passed was as follows:
Motion: That funds be allocated for ALS Conference Student Scholarships. The amount allocated in any year will be at the discretion of the Executive. Applications will be to the conference organisers and the scholarships awarded on the basis of the quality of the abstract submitted and the applicant's travel needs. The amounts of the individual scholarships will be at the discretion of the conference organising committee.
9. Election of Officers
The following members were nominated, and each being the sole nomination for the respective position, they were elected.
- Vice-President: Ilana Mushin
- Treasurer: Brett Baker
- Secretary: John Henderson
- Associate Secretary (Newsletter Editor): Tim Curnow
- Postgraduate Student Representative: Tom Honeyman
10. Other business.
Cliff Goddard reminded members that a meeting was to be held in relation to establishing a significant Australian English corpus. This would be a major research infrastructure project and would require a range of expertise. HCSNet may run a development workshop in December.
Harold Koch advertised an ARC-funded PhD scholarship in kinship systems.
The President reported that he had been approached to lend the Society's support to Rodney Huddleston in relation to unfair criticism of some of his contributions in relation to English language teaching in Queensland. Randy asked the meeting's permission to represent the Society in this matter. Brett Baker suggested that Jim Martin and others be approached for their support. Tom Mylne noted that the teaching materials in question were an improvement on previous materials. Alan Dench moved that the meeting authorise the President to act in this matter. The motion was passed unanimously.
Jane Simpson introduced Anders Ahlquist and welcomed him to the Society.
The President closed the meeting at 6:42pm.
Minutes: John Henderson
Call for papers for panel on 'Im/politeness across Englishes' at the 11th International Pragmatics Association Conference (Melbourne, 12-17 July 2009)
Organizers: Michael Haugh (Griffith University) and Derek Bousfield (University of Central Lancashire)
It is frequently acknowledged and fundamentally accepted that while there is indeed a common thread of mutual intelligibility throughout the many existing varieties of English throughout the world today, differences do also exist between such varieties (hence, indeed, the very term 'varieties'). These differences are usually characterised by both professional and lay observers of the English language(s) sociolinguistically, that is, the differences are characterized primarily in terms of variation perceived and identified in accents, syntactic structures and lexical choices. Recent calls for more attention to be paid to differences in pragmatics across varieties of English, however, whilst muted, have been heard within the emerging, nascent fields of variational pragmatics (Barron 2005; Barron and Schneider 2005; Schneider and Barron 2008) and ethnopragmatics (Goddard 2006).
In early work on politeness, Brown and Levinson (1987) attempted to capture differences between Standard American English and Standard British English (in addition to other languages) through their distinction between positive and negative politeness. However, the explanatory power of this binary distinction decreases when one considers other varieties of English across and within their 'host' cultures, and the kinds of im/politeness that can arise within them. For instance, how is im/politeness understood and communicated within other varieties of English, for example, Australian English, New Zealand English, Canadian English, Irish English, Singaporean English, Indian English, South African English, Scottish English, Welsh English and so on? The picture becomes increasingly complex when one starts to consider possible regional differences in im/politeness (Northern Irish English vs. Eire English; Northern and Southern English dialects in the UK), and also how im/politeness may vary across the various 'social strata' within each variety. In emphasizing universality, then, Brown and Levinson's theory of politeness, whilst an invaluable and insightful 'way in', has not allowed sufficient space for researchers to explore variation in im/politeness across Englishes.
Recent developments in im/politeness research over the past decade, however, have opened up new possibilities for investigating such questions. First, there has an important move to studying not only politeness, but also impoliteness (Bousfield 2008; Bousfield and Locher 2008; Culpeper 1996, 2005; Eelen 2001, amongst others). Second, there has been a shift to theorizing im/politeness as evaluations of self (group)/other (group), which draw from expectations about (in)appropriate behaviour 'shared' across speakers (Eelen 2001; Haugh and Hinze 2003; Mills 2003; Spencer-Oatey 2005; Watts 2003). Third, there has been a shift to studying im/politeness (evaluations) as they emerge in (different types of) interaction (Arundale 2006; Bousfield 2008; Haugh 2007; Locher and Watts 2005). Finally, im/politeness research has increasingly drawn from larger corpora of interactions, opening up the possibility for generalizations across speakers and situations to be made with greater confidence (Holmes and Schnurr 2005; Terkourafi 2005; Usami 2006). In light of these emerging trends in im/politeness research, we believe the groundwork has been laid for researchers with a particular interest in English to explore sociopragmatic variation in im/politeness across Englishes. While this panel is not intended to be restricted to any single theoretical or methodological approach, contributions will only be accepted that (1) attend to one or more the trends in im/politeness research identified above, and (2) draw from interactional and/or corpus data.
If you are interested in contributing a paper to this panel please send a 600 word abstract to Michael Haugh (m.haugh-at-griffith.edu.au) and Derek Bousfield (DEBousfield-at-uclan.ac.uk) by 15th September 2008.
Jobs, grants, and scholarships
Lecturer in Linguistics (3 year fixed-term)
School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences, University of New England
The School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences is seeking to appoint a linguist (applied or general) within the Linguistics discipline. Linguistics at UNE has a very active research culture, encompassing international, regional and local projects. Linguistics is a core member of UNE's Language and Cognition Research Centre http://www.une.edu.au/lcrc/. Further information about Linguistics at UNE can be found at http://www.une.edu.au/bcss/linguistics.
The position is for a fixed-term period of three years with the possibility of further appointment subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.
Applicants must have a demonstrated ability to teach a variety of UNE's existing units in applied and general linguistics at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. (See list at http://www.une.edu.au/bcss/linguistics/units.php.) Units are taught both on-campus and in external (distance) mode, with a strong emphasis on online delivery. The applicant will also be required to supervise research students in areas appropriate to the applicant's specialisation, and contribute to the research culture of the discipline.
This position would ideally suit someone who wishes to retain their career focus while also having the desire for a lifestyle change in beautiful Armidale, New England. Armidale is surrounded by world heritage national parks, is only 2 hours from the mid north coast and is a unique regional centre that offers all the facilities of a city. Recognised as a centre of culture, Armidale is well served for art, music, theatre and education, both public and private. KMPG demographer Bernard Salt has rated Armidale in the top 10 boom towns in Australia due to construction and education.
Essential selection criteria
- A PhD in applied linguistics or linguistics;
- A demonstrated research profile or clear research potential relative to opportunity in an area relevant to the linguistics program;
- Demonstrated ability to teach applied linguistics and general linguistics units;
- High level demonstrated written and oral communication skills;
- High level demonstrated interpersonal skills and ability to work harmoniously in a team;
- Demonstrated awareness and commitment to Equity, EEO and OH&S principles as they apply to this position.
Desirable selection criteria
- Experience in distance education;
- Skills in online/multimedia curriculum development;
- Experience in degree coordination;
- Qualifications or experience in TESOL;
- Experience in administrative duties;
- Experience in successful HDR supervision;
- Experience in successful research grant applications.
Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor Kerry Carrington, ph: (02) 6773 3519 or email: kerry.carrington-at-une.edu.au or Dr Liz Ellis, ph: (02) 6773 3639 or email: liz.ellis-at-une.edu.au.
Salary: $68,796 to $81,535 per annum (Lecturer), plus 17% employer superannuation and optional salary packaging
Closing Date: 8 September 2008
Reference No: 208/086
An application package, including selection criteria that must be addressed, may be obtained from http://www.une.edu.au/recruit or by phoning Human Resource Services, (02) 6773 3972. Applications will be received up to 5pm on the closing date.
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