The UK Linguistic Ethnography Forum (UKLEF) was set up in March 2001, and it aims to bring together researchers conducting linguistic ethnography in the UK and abroad, to explore a range of past and current work, to identify key issues, and to engage in methodologically and theoretically well-tuned debate. While based in the UK, it has many non-UK members.
"Linguistic ethnography generally holds that language and social life are mutually shaping, and that close analysis of situated language use can provide both fundamental and distinctive insights into the mechanisms and dynamics of social and cultural production in everyday activity." (UKLEF discussion paper, p.2).
Members of the Forum regularly organize seminars, colloquia, training, and other events open to anyone who is interested in Linguistic Ethnography. Some Australians might be particularly interested in going to one of the short courses, always run by leading scholars in areas relevant to linguistic ethnography.
The email list (firstname.lastname@example.org) is counted as the membership. Membership currently stands at 231 (July 2008), with members in 22 countries. The list is used to circulate information about the Forum's activities and relevant discussions.
The website http://www.ling-ethnog.org.uk serves both as a form of publicity and as an archive. All existing group documents, such as minutes of business meetings, officers' reports, and accounts are posted on the website, along with reports and papers presented at UKLEF meetings.
If you would like to become a member of the Linguistic Ethnography Forum (at no cost or obligation), please send an email to Jeff Bezemer, Communications Secretary, at j.bezemer-at-ioe.ac.uk, providing the following details: first name, surname, email address, institution, department, research interests, member of BAAL: yes/no, how you heard about the list. While this confers no obligations on you, your name and email address would be part of a membership list submitted to BAAL each November, which needs to distinguish between BAAL members and non-members.
For more details please visit the website, http://www.ling-ethnog.org.uk.
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.
- Diller, A. N., J. A. Edmondson, Y. Luo, eds. (2008) The Tai-Kadai Languages. Routledge, London.
- Hayes, B. (2009) Introductory Phonology. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester.
- Müller, C. (2008) Metaphors Dead and Alive, Sleeping and Waking. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.
- O'Halloran, K. L. (2005) Mathematical Discourse. Continuum, London.
- Reetz, H. and A. Jongman (2009) Phonetics. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester.
- Simpson, J. and G. Wigglesworth (2008) Children's Language and Multilingualism. Continuum, London.
- Tan, P. K. W. and R. Rubdy, eds. (2008) Language as Commodity. Continuum, London.
- Wei, L. and M. G. Moyer, eds. (2008) The Blackwell Guide to Research Methods in Bilingualism and Multilingualism. Blackwell, Oxford.
Australian Languages Workshop, 20-22 March 2009, ANU Kioloa Coastal Campus
Call for papers and expressions of interest
The eighth annual Workshop on Australian languages will be held at ANU Kioloa Coastal Campus (http://kioloa.anu.edu.au/), about 200 km east of Canberra, from Friday March 20th to Sunday 22nd 2009. The Australian Languages Workshop will be hosted by the School of Languages, Australian National University and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. The workshop will start early afternoon on Friday and finish lunch time on Sunday. The workshop is a good opportunity to catch up with current research on Australian languages in a less formal environment. It is also a good opportunity to get to know each other in a relaxed environment at the field station.
Costs will be low, essentially limited to a food kitty (around $50), a petrol kitty (applicable to only those who require transport) and an accommodation fee of $28 for a bed in a twin room, excluding linen and towel (a set of linen, blanket and towel can be hired for $20). Alternatively, you may organise your own accommodation. We will arrange transport from Canberra to Kioloa for those who need transport. Information about access to Kioloa can be found at http://kioloa.anu.edu.au/directions/.
At this stage we are calling for expressions of interest for individual papers for general sessions on any topic in Australian languages. There will be a poster session (in an improved format) if there is any interest. We currently have no proposed thematic sessions but are open to proposals for these also. Titles for proposed papers, posters and/or thematic sessions should be emailed to Kazuko Obata (kazuko.obata-at-aiatsis.gov.au) as soon as possible, or by 16 January 2009 at the latest. Please note that we operate on a first in-first served basis and have only a limited number of spaces available. Further unlike at previous venues we are not able to offer flexible arrangement for accommodation and will be collecting the cost of accommodation and food beforehand. Non-presenters are also welcome to attend, if space permits, but it is important that you register your intention with Kazuko Obata by 16 January 2009.
The following is the URL of the workshop web site: http://www.aiatsis.gov.au/research_program/events2/alw_2009.
Please contact Kazuko Obata (kazuko.obata-at-aiatsis.gov.au, 02 6246 1166) if you have any questions.
Jobs, grants, and scholarships
Applications for AIATSIS research grants are now open, and will close on 12 January 2009. Applications are invited in any field relevant to Indigenous studies. We are particularly interested in applications involving Indigenous lead researchers, or collaborative projects involving Indigenous people and communities.
Details, including applications forms, are available at http://www.aiatsis.gov.au/research_program/grants, e-mail grants-at-aiatsis.gov.au or contact Tony Boxall on 02 6246 1145.
Whilst there is no specific maximum amount, grants over $40,000 are unusual.