Membership renewals have been a little sparse this year, despite the reminder in our earlier newsletter. There have been many new members join the Society, but lots of old members seem to have forgotten to rejoin. The early bird payment date has passed so memberships for this year are $60 full membership, $70 joint membership and $25 student membership. Please contact our membership co-ordinator, Doug Absalom, to renew (Doug.Absalom-at-gmail.com). Remember that the conference is in Melbourne this year and you must be a financial member in order to be able to present a paper and register at membership rates.
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.
- Baker, B. J. (2008) Word Structure in Ngalakgan. CSLI Publications, Stanford, CA.
- Bickerton, D. (2009) Adam's Tongue: How Humans Made Language, How Language Made Humans. Hill and Wang. New York.
- Collins, P. (2009) Modals and Quasi-Modals in English. Rodopi, Amsterdam.
- Corbett, G. and M. Noonan, eds. (2008) Case and Grammatical Relations: Studies in Honor of Bernard Comrie. John Benjamins, Amsterdam.
- Evans, N. (2010) Dying Words: Endangered Languages and What They Have to Tell Us. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester.
- Givon, T. (2009) The Genesis of Syntactic Complexity. John Benjamins, Amsterdam.
- Jones, C. and E. Ventola, eds. (2008) From Language to Multimodality: New Developments in the Study of Ideational Meaning. Equinox, London.
- Kumar, A. (2009) Globalizing the Prehistory of Japan. Routledge, London.
- Lebeau, D. (2009) Where Does Binding Theory Apply? MIT Press Cambridge, MA.
- Newman, J., ed. (2009) The Linguistics of Eating and Drinking. John Benjamins, Amsterdam.
- Roeper, T. (2007) The Prism of Grammar: How Child Language Illuminates Humanism. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.
- Stroik, T. S. (2009) Locality in Minimalist Syntax. MIT Press Cambridge, MA.
The Globalization and Localization Association (GALA) is an international non-profit association of companies providing translation, internationalization, localization and globalization products and services. Our membership represents approximately 300 companies in 43 countries.
This year, GALA is launching its first independent annual conference, 'GALA 2009: The language of business. The business of language.' The event will take place 14-16 September in Cancun, Mexico. We believe the workshops offered at GALA 2009 would be of interest to some members of the Australian Linguistic Society.
In addition, our organisation is interested in the possibility of collaborating on content. Like other associations, we are always looking for new ideas for workshops and speakers at our events. Alternatively, if you are interested in workshops or articles on localization or preparing products for global markets, we have a cadre of experts ready to provide great content. And if members of ALS are experts in topics that you would like to share with our member companies, we would be interested in hearing from you.
For further details on GALA and our conference, please visit the website at http://www.gala-global.org. You can also contact Laura Brandon at lbrandon-at-gala-global.org.
Jobs, grants, and scholarships
Come and work in an exotic location, investigating a language which has never previously been described.
Applications are invited, from suitably qualified students, to enter the PhD program of the Language and Culture Research Group within the Cairns Institute of James Cook University Australia. Supervision will be provided by Professors Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald and R. M. W. Dixon.
Our PhD candidates undertake extensive fieldwork on a previously undescribed (or scarcely described) language and write a comprehensive grammar of it for their dissertation. They are expected to work on a language which is still actively spoken, and to establish a field situation within a community in which it is the first language. Their first fieldtrip lasts for about nine months. After completing a first draft of the grammar, back in Cairns, they undertake a second fieldtrip of two to three months. Fieldwork methodology centres on the collection, transcription and analysis of texts, together with participant observation, and - at a later stage - judicious grammatical elicitation in the language under description (not through the lingua franca of the country). Our main priority areas are the languages of tropical Amazonia and the Papuan and Austronesian languages of New Guinea. However, we do not exclude applicants who have an established interest in languages from other areas (which need not necessarily lie within the tropics).
PhDs in Australian universities generally involve no coursework, just a substantial dissertation. Candidates must thus have had a thorough coursework training before embarking on this PhD program. This should have included courses on morphology, syntax, semantics, and phonology/phonetics, taught from a non-formalist perspective. We place emphasis on work that has a sound empirical basis but also shows a firm theoretical orientation (in terms of general typological theory, or what has recently come to be called basic linguistic theory).
The Cairns Institute is a world centre for advanced study relating to the tropics. Professor Aikhenvald is Research Leader for People and Societies of the Tropics. Together with Professor Dixon, she heads the Language and Culture Research Group, which includes Research Fellows and a growing number of doctoral students. In addition, senior scholars from across the world opt to spend their sabbatical in the Cairns Institute.
The LCRG has strong links with anthropologists and archaeologists, with scholars working on environmental issues, and with the School of Indigenous Australian Studies, all within James Cook University.
The scholarship will be at the standard James Cook University rate, Australian $20,427 pa. Students coming from overseas are liable for a tuition fee; but this may be waived in the case of a student of high merit. A small relocation allowance may be provided on taking up the scholarship. In addition, an appropriate allowance will be made to cover fieldwork expenses. The scholarship is for three years (with the possibility of a six month extension).
The application procedures for international students can be found at http://www.jcu.edu.au/prospective/studyoptions/postgraduate/JCUDEV_002585.html. The 2010 Scholarship application forms for students can be found at http://www.jcu.edu.au/grs/scholarships/index.htm.
Prospective applicants are invited, in the first place, to get in touch with Professor Aikhenvald at sasha.aikhenvald-at-jcu.edu.au, providing details of their background, qualifications and interests (including a curriculum vitae).
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.
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