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Newsletter February 2010

Welcome to the latest Newsletter 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.

The current Associate Secretary (i.e. newsletter editor and website controller; that would be me) is contemplating stepping down from this role at the end of his current term, which is the next ALS AGM in July this year. Is anyone out there interested in controlling a very small media empire (a media barony, perhaps, or even a mere media demesne)? I'd strongly advise a certain knowledge of HTML and web-related stuff before you think about it; it's not that hard, but you have to somehow get what people send you onto a web page, and then get the web page out to the world, plus send around ALS Online messages in between times. If you're interested, email me about it and I can let you know what it involves.

Tim Curnow

ALS2010: 2010 Annual Conference

The team in Queensland are busy preparing for what we hope will be a fun and stimulating conference. Our website is still being constructed and will contain lots of details about the program, registration, accommodation, social events, etc. In the mean time, we can provide the following information.

Dates: July 7-9 2010
Location: University of Queensland, St Lucia campus
Registration: Our registration administration is being organised at the moment so online earlybird registration should be available some time in early March

Costs:
Earlybird (before May 15th)
Waged, $180
Unwaged, $80
Daily (waged), $80

Latebird (May 16th onwards)
Waged, $200
Unwaged, $90
Daily (waged), $90

Accommodation: There is limited accommodation available at St Leo's College for $80/night (meals included, shared ensuite). Please contact the college directly if you would like to take advantage of this (Ruth Morahan - r.morahan-at-stleos.uq.edu.au). There are a number of motels and hostels between St Lucia and Brisbane city and we will put more information about these on the website.

Conference Dinner: This will be a Formal BBQ at St Leo's college on Thursday 8th. Costs: $25 per person (includes one bar drink).

Abstract submissions are now open and welcome. Abstracts should be submitted by email to ALSConference-at-uq.edu.au.

DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION: March 31st

Ilana Mushin

ALS2010: 2010 Annual Conference

The team in Queensland are busy preparing for what we hope will be a fun and stimulating conference. Our website is still being constructed and will contain lots of details about the program, registration, accommodation, social events, etc. In the mean time, we can provide the following information.

Dates: July 7-9 2010
Location: University of Queensland, St Lucia campus
Registration: Our registration administration is being organised at the moment so online earlybird registration should be available some time in early March

Costs:
Earlybird (before May 15th)
Waged, $180
Unwaged, $80
Daily (waged), $80

Latebird (May 16th onwards)
Waged, $200
Unwaged, $90
Daily (waged), $90

Accommodation: There is limited accommodation available at St Leo's College for $80/night (meals included, shared ensuite). Please contact the college directly if you would like to take advantage of this (Ruth Morahan - r.morahan-at-stleos.uq.edu.au). There are a number of motels and hostels between St Lucia and Brisbane city and we will put more information about these on the website.

Conference Dinner: This will be a Formal BBQ at St Leo's college on Thursday 8th. Costs: $25 per person (includes one bar drink).

Abstract submissions are now open and welcome. Abstracts should be submitted by email to ALSConference-at-uq.edu.au.

DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION: March 31st

Ilana Mushin

Membership fees

It's that time of year again, when all the excess Christmas bills have been paid and your Society fees are now due, so that little treat you were about to buy for yourself has to be put off until next month! Never mind; your first journal for 2010 is about to arrive or may have already reached you, and that's a treat in itself.

Please look at the Year number after your name on the address label when you receive your copy of the journal; this is the year that you are financial to. If that number is 2010, you don't need to do anything; you are financial until 31st December this year. If the number is 2009, then your fees are now due and should be sent to the membership co-ordinator, Doug Absalom, 32 Murray Rd., Cardiff, NSW 2285 or emailed to doug.absalom-at-gmail.com.

Fees for 2010 are Full membership $60, Joint membership (2 people at one address) $70, and student/concessional membership $30. Please note that there is a $10 discount applicable if you pay before March 1st, which is only about a week away. Payment may be made by cheque, made out to ALS, or credit card (Master or Visa). If you would like to join the growing group of Automatic payers, simply circle Yes on the membership form on the website and I will record your credit card details and charge you each year in February/March after informing you by email that I am about to do so.

Those members who are already part of the automatic scheme will receive an e-mail from me soon, either requesting that their card expiry date be updated or letting them know that their fees are about to be deducted.

If the number after your name on the journal address label is 2008 or earlier, don't panic; it simply means that you have forgotten to pay for a year (or two or three!). This is a regular occurrence for busy academics and I can offer discounts for multiple payments if you wish to catch up.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Doug Absalom

AJL submissions

The Society's journal, the Australian Journal of Linguistics, is now an A ranked journal in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) system, and it needs high quality papers to be submitted if we are to raise it to A*. As a journal editor, I once again urge all of you, especially established scholars, to contribute good papers to the journal at least biennially.

Keith Allan

News from University of Sydney

Dr Monika Bednarek has recently been appointed Book Review editor for Discourse and Communication. The following books are currently available for review:

  • Baraldi, C. (ed). 2009. Dialogue in Intercultural Communication. John Benjamins.
  • Hoskins, A., & O'Loughlin, B. (2009). Television and terror: conflicting times and the crisis of news discourse. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Jarvis, L. (2009). Times of terror: Discourse, temporality and the War on Terror. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Salovaara-Moring, I. (Ed.). (2009). Manufacturing Europe: spaces of democracy, diversity and communication. NORDICOM.
  • Van Rees, A. 2009. Dissociation in Argumentative Discussions. A Pragma-Dialectical Perspective. Springer.
Anyone interested in reviewing any of these books should contact her at monika.bednarek-at-sydney.edu.au, giving her a bio blurb.

Jane Simpson

News from LCRG, James Cook Uni

Events

  • Honorary Doctorate for Ernie Grant: At the JCU Degree Ceremony in the Convention Centre, Cairns at 10.30 a.m. on Saturday 17 April, an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree will be bestowed on Ernie Grant, Jirrbal Elder and founder of the Echo Creek Cultural Centre. Everyone is welcome to attend; tickets not required. Since 1991 Ernie Grant has been Cultural Research Officer within the State Department of Education, based in Cairns. He has worked tirelessly to educate the people of North Queensland concerning Aboriginal cultural traditions and values. He has run Workshops right across the State (and indeed in every other State) on a Holistic Planning and Teaching Framework, with relates together Land, Language and Culture, conceptualised in terms of Time, Place and Relationships. He has worked on curriculum development, designed a Teaching and Learning Framework for teachers working with indigenous pupils, and given extensive support to School Support Centres. Ernie Grant has also worked with the National Library in Canberra, with the Museum of South Australia and with the Tasmanian Education Department on matters of access and establishing cross-cultural perspectives. All in all, he has made an immense contribution to the North Queensland - and indeed, the entire Australian - community.
  • Professor Alexandra Aikhenvald will present her inaugural lecture in May. Watch the JCU website for title, date and venues.
  • To celebrate the fortieth anniversary of James Cook University's foundation, JCU will be presenting a workshop, 'History in the Making' on Friday 21st May 2010 in Room B1.031, Library, Cairns Campus. The workshop will contain a series of talks:
    • Professor Sandra Harding, Vice-Chancellor and President, JCU and Professor Hurriyet Babacan, Director, The Cairns Institute (Opening)
    • Professor Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, Cairns Institute, JCU (The white man cometh: Indigenous image of the invader)
    • Professor RMW Dixon, Cairns Institute, JCU (Origin legends: Reality and re-interpretation)
    • Professor Ton Otto, Cairns Institute, JCU (History for the Future: Indigenous history and social change in Manus, PNG)
    • Dr Ernie Grant, Elder of the Jirrbal tribe, Echo Creek Cultural Centre (The history of survival)
    • Professor John Molony, Australian National University (James Cook: In search of the discoverer)
  • The Tenth International Workshop on 'Possession and Ownership' organised by Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald and R. M. W. Dixon will be held at The Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Cairns, 27 September - 2 October 2010. The Program will be available shortly.
  • Round-table meetings of LCRG: Meetings of LCRG members, held each week throughout the year, are open to anyone interested in linguistic topics. We jointly pick a topic of general appeal, with a number of people making presentations with respect to a language of which they have first-hand knowledge. The first round-table topics for 2010 are: Reduplication; and Lexical number words and counting systems.

Appointments and fieldwork

  • Dr Mark Post joins us in March. His PhD, from La Trobe University, was 'A grammar of Galo'. He will work on a grammar of Upper Belt Minyong (Adi), in the comparative context of other languages from the Tani branch of Tibeto-Burman, based on immersion fieldwork in Arunachal Pradesh, North-east India.
  • Dr Anne Schwarz has commenced her seven-months fieldwork with the speakers of Siona/Secoya, a West-Tucanoan language from Ecuador.
  • Professor Alexandra Aikhenvald has been appointed to the ARC College of Experts (Humanities and Creative Arts Panel).

Cairns Institute Distinguished Visiting Fellows

  • Professor Ken Sumbuk (January - March), Professor of Linguistics and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Papua New Guinea, is an expert on the indigenous languages and cultures of the Sepik region, an area of extreme diversity. He is currently revising for publication his PhD thesis (from Waikato University) 'The Sare language of East Sepik, Papua New Guinea' (a language for which he is a native speaker).
  • Professor Lourens de Vries (May to September), of the Free University Amsterdam, is a leading expert on the languages and cultures of New Guinea. He is writing an account of the dozen languages belonging to the Awyu-Dumut family of Papua, their ethnic backgrounds, contact patterns and grammatical structures, paying particular attention to correlations between language, environment and cultural patterns.
  • Associate Professor Catherine Travis (May-August), of the University of New Mexico, is an expert in discourse analysis, with emphasis on corpus development and variation. She will work on interaction between Romance languages spoken by minority immigrant groups in English-speaking countries, and English as the major language, focussing specifically on syntactic features such as the omission or retention of first person subject.
  • Dr Henry Y. Chang (July-October), of Academia Sinica, Taiwan, is an expert on indigenous languages and cultures of Taiwan, with a particular focus on Tsou. He plans a monograph on grammatical properties of verbs and their arguments across Formosan languages, exploring the ways in which different classes of verbs can be understood in the light of their cognitive underpinnings, also looking at categorization of noun arguments, and the issue of case marking.
  • Professor Anvita Abbi (October-January 2011), Professor of Linguistics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, is a leading expert on anthropological linguistics of South Asia, having worked on languages from five families. She plans to write a full account of the Great Andamanese language (and its cultural milieu), based on the copious (but uneven) early materials and her own fieldwork with the last eight semi-speakers.

PhD students

  • Chia-jung Pan relocated from La Trobe University to JCU in September 2009. His PhD is a grammatical study of Lha'alua (or Saaroa), a critically endangered Austronesian language of Taiwan.
  • Yankee Modi (from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi) will start her PhD course in February 2010 working on 'The cultural and environmental shaping of Milang language'.
  • Gerda (Dineke) Schokkin (from the University of Amsterdam) will start her PhD course in May 2010 working on a previously undocumented language of the Manus province.
  • Sihong Zhang (from Anhui University of Traditional Chinese Medicine) will start his PhD course in July 2010 working on a previously undocumented language of Papua New Guinea.

Associate member of LCRG

  • Professor Ton Otto, Research Leader, People and Societies of the Tropics within the Cairns Institute, has taken up his appointment at the Cairns Institute, and is working on design anthropology, social change, notions of temporality, and agency, with reference to Papua New Guinea and particularly the peoples of Manus Island.

Announcement: Most members of the Language and Culture Research Group have written (or are writing) a grammar of a language, and many of us are working on typological universals, by inductive generalisations from a well-chosen sample of grammars. We welcome enquiries from similarly oriented scholars (from Australia or from overseas) who would like to consider spending a sabbatical with us. We can provide basic facilities, plus an intellectual ambience of the highest order.

Alexandra (Sasha) Aikhenvald

News from CALL

CALL (Centre for Australian Languages and Linguistics) at Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education welcomes our new full-time Interpreting lecturer, Anthony Pilkington. Anthony has a great track record of working successfully in remote communities for many years and comes to the Interpreting position with direct experience of working with interpreters in the field, trying to bridge communication gaps that occur when delivering government services in remote communities. Anthony is based in Alice Springs and will deliver the Diploma of Interpreting and produce graduates who work as paraprofessional interpreters throughout the Territory. Meanwhile in the Top End, Neil Chadwick will continue to train interpreters and lecture linguistics on a part-time basis.

Gail Woods and Margaret Carew continue their collaborative work in Ti-Tree and Utopia. They train community members through their Certificates in Own Language Work but do so by working creatively with other courses and lecturers in Art & Craft and Music and by engaging students in projects such as the Baby Board Book project where students in Ti-Tree are producing Board Books in Warlpiri and Anmatyerr.

Back in the Top End, Jeanie Bell is overseeing CALL and our linguistics degree. This year we welcome back our continuing students plus the new crop of students whose languages include Rembarrnga, Nyikina, Yawuru and Arrernte. Throughout March, Jeanie will also act as Head of the Faculty of Education, Arts and Social Sciences.

Katherine-based lecturer Greg Dickson is leaving CALL after joining the team in July 2008. He has been awarded a scholarship to commence PhD research at ANU. Greg's research will focus on Marra, a critically endangered language spoken by only a handful of elders in communities on the NT Gulf of Carpentaria coast. Greg is looking to stay involved with CALL by tutoring language students from the Roper River/Gulf region and Colleen Moerkerken (nee McQuay) will take on part-time lecturing duties with other students from the Katherine Region.

Batchelor Institute and CALL staff can be contacted through the main switchboard: 1800 677 095.

Greg Dickson

News from Uni of Queensland

It's been a busy time of transitions at University of Queensland Linguistics.

Program Transitions: At the end of 2009 the Linguistics program departed from the School of English, Media Studies and Art History and set sail for the School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies. We are hopeful that the shift in Schools will allow for more growth and visibility of Linguistics at UQ. We are trickling into our new digs at the moment but should be fully moved by the ALS conference in July.

Staffing Transitions: In April 2009 we wished Mary Laughren farewell and happy times in her retirement. In December 2009 we welcomed Dr Felicity Meakins as an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow. She will be working on a project titled: 'Life after death: Exploring the birth of Gurindji Kriol, a new Aboriginal mixed language'. Stay tuned for further staffing changes over 2010!

Student Transitions: Successful PhD completions

  • Diana Guillemin, thesis title: 'The Mauritian creole noun phrase: Form and function'
  • Jun Mantoba, thesis title: 'Article omission and overuse: Syntax and semantics of the English article system in interlanguage grammar'
  • Kenichi Hashimoto, thesis title: 'First language influence on second language syntactic processing of English relative clauses'

Other news: A/Prof Ghil'ad Zuckermann's revolutionary bestseller book Israelit Safa Yafa (Israeli - A Beautiful Language), published in 2008, was hailed as the most important academic linguistic event of the last decade (31 December 2009, Maariv Newspaper). On 17 June 2009, the compulsory National Israeli Matriculation Exam ('Bagrut' - cf. IB/VCE/HSC) in Hebrew Writing (Bagrut Exam No. 905031) dedicated one question (out of 6) to Zuckermann's book.

Ilana Mushin

News from UNE

The Language & Cognition Research Centre at UNE held a symposium on 19 February, titled: 'What's in a Feeling? Multidisciplinary and multilingual perspectives on emotions'. It brought together linguists, psychologists, and others in the human sciences with an interest in emotions - and in particular, the connections between language and emotion. The Symposium included speed papers, a keynote session (speaker: Dr. Greg Downey, Macquarie, on neuroanthropology), and a session on 'happiness' from a psychological and cross-linguistic semantic point of view. For more, see http://www.une.edu.au/lcrc/news.php

During the summer break, Cindy Schneider returned to her old stomping ground, Pentecost Island in Vanuatu, to consult with Abma community members about possible literacy projects, and to investigate Suru Kavian (an endangered dialect of Abma).

Isabel Tasker (PhD candidate) attended the 2009 Summer Institute in Applied Linguistics at Penn State University. Her travel to the USA and participation were funded by the award of an ALTC Citation in 2008 for outstanding contributions to student learning (in the area of Mandarin teaching).

Anna Gladkova

News from La Trobe

In news from the Linguistics Program, La Trobe University (with Marija Tabain as chair of the organising committee) is hosting the 13th Australasian Speech Science and Technology conference in December 2010. It will incorporate OzPhon (Phonetics and Phonology of Australasian Languages) and PANZE (Phonetics and Phonology of Australian and New Zealand English). For information, see http://www.assta.org/sst/2010/index.html.

At the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology, the International Workshop on 'The Shaping of Language: The Relationship between the Structures of Languages and their Social, Cultural, Historical and Natural Environments' will take place from 14-16 July 2010 at the Bundoora campus. More information will be on the RCLT website as it becomes available.

The RCLT will be kicking off the new Local Workshop topic, 'Prosody', with Marija Tabain discussing lexical prosody on Thursday, 11 March, followed by Janet Fletcher and Roger Wales discussing post-lexical prosody on Thursday, 18 March. Workshop seminars will be held in the RCLT Reading Room on Thursdays, 3.30-5pm. If anyone is interested in presenting a talk as part of this Workshop, please contact Dr Simon Overall (s.overall-at-latrobe.edu.au).

The Language Workshops (overviews of a particular language) are now from 10am - 1pm once each month at the RCLT. Discussions have been in-depth and thought provoking. Upcoming workshops include Richard Shawyer on Wolof (12 March); Barry Blake on Latin (7 May); and Anthony Jukes on Makassarese (2 July). If you would like to present a language for discussion, please contact Dr Yvonne Treis at y.treis-at-latrobe.edu.au.

Visiting Fellows

  • Dr Cheon-hak Kim, of the University of Seoul, Korea, is currently a Visiting Fellow at the RCLT from December 2009 - December 2010, funded by a Korea Research Foundation grant
  • Dr Guillaume Jacques, of CNRS, France is currently visiting from mid February - mid June
  • Prof Peter Austin, of SOAS London, will be visiting from March - June
  • Prof Bill Croft, of University of New Mexico, will be visiting from May-June

Research activities

  • Dr Mark Post, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, is undertaking fieldwork on the Eastern Tani languages of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, Northeast India, May - February 2009
  • Dr Stephen Morey, DoBeS Postdoctoral Research Fellow, will be undertaking fieldwork in Northeast India from 23 November till 26 February 2010
  • Roberto Zariquiey, PhD student, will be returning to his fieldsite in Peru later this month till May 2010 to continue his work on Kashibo-Kakataibo
  • Friedel Frowein, PhD student, is on fieldwork in Papua New Guinea from February-June
  • Paul Hastie, a PhD student, is on fieldwork in Northeast India, documenting a variety of the Tangsa language

New members

  • Melanie Viljoen began work on her PhD, a grammar of Buwal, a Chadic language spoken in the Far North region of Cameroon on 1 February 2010
  • Henriette Daudey plans to begin work on her PhD, a grammar of the variety of Northern Prmi (Pumi) spoken in Xiangshuihe in Yunnan, China, on 1 March
  • Prof. Emeritus Barry Blake and Dr. Anthony Jukes recently became members of the RCLT. Prof. Blake recently completed a book with Stephen Morey and Luise Hercus on the Mathi-Mathi dialects, and is working on another one on Tjapwurrung and Djadjawurrung. He has another book, Secret Language, his fourth single-author volume since 2007, in press at Oxford University Press. Dr Jukes is working on languages of the Minahasa region of North Sulawesi, Indonesia. His recent book, A Grammar of Makassarese, is in press at Pacific Linguistics
  • Dr. Rik de Busser will take up a post-doctoral position at the RCLT as soon as a visa can be issued. He will be revising his PhD dissertation, a grammar of Takivatan Bunun, for publication, and developing a project on automated evidence generation for descriptive linguistic postulates.

Siew-Peng Condon

Books/Theses

New Series: Brill's Studies in Language, Cognition and Culture

Brill is delighted to announce the new series: Brill's Studies in Language, Cognition and Culture Linguistics (http://www.brill.nl/BSLC), edited by Alexandra Aikhenvald, R. M. W. Dixon and N. J. Enfield.

Brill's Studies in Language, Cognition and Culture (BSLC) is an innovative, peer-reviewed international forum that focuses on the interaction between the conceptualization of linguistic categories with cultural variables, and with human cognition.

Aims and Scope: This new peer-reviewed book series offers an international forum for high-quality original studies in languages and cultures. It focuses on the interaction between linguistic categories (and their conceptualization), cultural values, and human cognition. Publications in this series will include interdisciplinary studies on language, its meanings and forms, and possible interactions with cognitive and communicational patterns. The series spans cultural and social anthropology, cognitive science and linguistics. The emphasis is on inductive based cross-linguistic and crosscultural studies, with special attention to poorly known areas, such as Lowland Amazonia and the Pacific. The series is international in scope and it is envisaged that three to four new volumes will be published each year.

Readership: The targeted audience includes linguists of all persuasions, social and cultural anthropologists, social and cognitive scientists and psychologists.

For more information on this new series or to submit a manuscript proposal, please download the flyer from http://www.brill.nl/brochures/BSLC-Flyer.pdf.

Alternatively you can contact the Series Editor, Alexandra Aikhenvald (The Cairns Institute, James Cook University, P.O. Box 6811, Cairns Qld 4870; Alexandra.Aikhenvald-at-jcu.edu.au) or Brill's Acquisitions Editor for Language and Linguistics, Ms. Liesbeth Kanis (Brill, PO Box 9000, 2300 PA Leiden, The Netherlands; kanis-at-brill.nl; http://www.brill.nl).

Alexandra (Sasha) Aikhenvald

Upcoming Conferences

CfP: Society for the History of Linguistics in the Pacific

SHLP 2: Second Conference, Society for the History of Linguistics in the Pacific, 5th July 2010, University of Western Australia

Conference theme: Indigenous languages and colonial linguistics

The conference is open to all interested in linguistics and its history. We are particularly keen to solicit interest from historians, and for this reason we are running the conference concurrently with the Australian Historical Association Biennial Conference (http://www.theaha.org.au/conferences/aha_conference2010/). The theme of our conference is relevant to some of the subthemes of the AHA conference, including: Indigenous histories and Indigenous knowledge; Colonial encounters; and Place and history. However, papers are invited on not just the conference theme, but and any topic in the history of linguistics in the Pacific.

Pre-conference activities, Saturday and/or Sunday, 3rd/4th July We plan two events for either or both of these days: (a) a planning meeting to discuss the incorporation of SHLP; and (b) an outing to New Norcia or Wandoo Heights.

Deadlines

  • To facilitate our planning please send preliminary expression of interest to us at organisers_shlp@yahoo.com.au by 28th February 2010. Please indicate if wish to present a paper, or just attend, and whether you would be interested in attending any of the events for 3rd/4th July (indicate preferences).
  • Title and abstract no later than 1st May 2010 to organisers_shlp-at-yahoo.com.au.
  • If you wish to attend please advise us at organisers_shlp-at-yahoo.com.au by 1st June 2010.

For practical information on travel and accommodation see the AHA conference website at http://www.theaha.org.au/conferences/aha_conference2010/accomodation.html.

See the SHLP website http://www.hum.au.dk/SHLP/SHLP.htm for updates.

Bill McGregor

CfP: Intercultural Pragmatics

4th International Conference on Intercultural Pragmatics and Communication, 15-17 November 2010, Madrid, Spain

Abstracts (max. 300 words) are invited for papers on any topic relevant to the fields of pragmatics and intercultural communication. Three parallel sessions will be held on the following topics:

  • Pragmatics theories: meaning, role of context, semantics-pragmatics interface, explicature, implicature, speech act theory, etc.
  • Intercultural aspects of pragmatics: research involving more than one language and culture or varieties of one language, lingua franca, intercultural misunderstandings, effect of dual language and multilingual systems on the development and use of pragmatic skills
  • Applications: usage and corpus-based approaches, teachability and learnability of pragmatic skills, pragmatic variations within one language and across languages, developmental pragmatics, etc.

On-line submission is at http://www.clancorpus.net. Click on 'conference' for submission and further information.

Abstracts deadline: 15th April, 2010.
Notification of acceptance: 1st June, 2010.

Please include your name, affiliation and e-mail address. Abstracts will be double-blind peer-reviewed, and should include sufficient details to allow reviewers to judge the scientific merits of the work. Paper presentations will be allowed 20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for questions. All presentations will be in English.

The conference is organised by CLAN Project (Corpus of Language and Nature), Intercultural Pragmatics Journal, Mouton de Gruyter, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

. Sponsored by Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, Universidad Pontificia de Comillas.

Convenors: Jesús Romero-Trillo (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) and Istvan Kecskes (State University of New York, Albany). Secretary: Silvia Riesco-Bernier (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid).

Anna Gladkova

About ALS

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.



by Dr. Radut