Newsletter November 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.

If you are looking for a job, please make sure you consult the "Jobs, grants and scholarships" section of this newsletter, as there are a number of jobs at different levels announced.

Andrea Schalley

Editor's Report on Australian Journal of Linguistics (AJL), 2009, 2010, 2011

AJL in 2009

  • 29-1 was a special issue on the conceptualization of communication edited by Michael Haugh and Tony Liddicoat. It contained nine articles.
  • 29-2 was a general issue and contained five articles.
  • 29-3 was also a general issue and contained only three articles.
  • All issues also contained book reviews, edited by Alan Libert.
  • In 2009 full text downloads increased by 67% (= nearly 3000) to a total of 10,654.
  • Article downloads numbered 7404, 28% higher than the average for language and linguistics journals and an increase of 3000 over the previous year. High numbers from Asia, Europe and North America as well as Australasia. (Tony Liddicoat’s ‘Communication as culturally contexted practice’ was downloaded 544 times; congratulations to Tony.)
  • Overall rejection rate was 90.91%.
  • We exceeded our page budget of 360 pages for volume 29 by 64 pages. Largely for this reason we negotiated with publishers T&F for a page budget in future of 544 pages averaging 136 pages per issue. The extra cost was approved at the 2009 AGM of the ALS.

AJL in 2010

So far in 2010, two issues of volume 30 of AJL have appeared:

  • 30-1 was a special issue on the language of song edited by Myf Turpin, Tonya Stebbins and Stephen Morey. It contained 11 articles.
  • 30-2 was a general issue and contained four articles. We are already over our page budget by about 26 pages.
  • 30-3 is in production and is another general issue containing three articles.
  • 30-4 is a special issue on talk in interaction in Indigenous communities edited by Ilana Mushin and Rod Gardener.

AJL in 2011

There are several articles ready for at least one general issue in 2011 and Alan Dench together with Lesley Stirling will be editing a special issue on tense, aspect, modality and evidentiality in Indigenous discourse.

Things you could do to help out with our journal:

  1. Submit good papers to it.
  2. Check your institution has a subscription to AJL.
  3. Whenever possible recommend AJL articles to students.
  4. Encourage your best students to submit an article to AJL.
  5. Link your email signature to the AJL page at

Thank you to everyone who has reviewed papers over the past couple of years. Without your help the Australian Journal of Linguistics could not be produced.

Keith Allan

The Editorial Board of AJL

Recently a decision was made by the editors of the Australian Journal of Linguistics in conjunction with the Executive Committee of the Australian Linguistic Society to appoint a new Editorial Board for a five year term from July 2010. On the behalf of the journal and the Executive Committee I conveyed our profound gratitude to members of the old board for their years of service. Nominations for the new Editorial Board were sought from the Executive Committee who were then asked to select 25 from the 48 names put forward. It was a difficult, sometimes painful, task and the following 24 people have accepted our invitation to serve on the new Editorial Board of the Australian Journal of Linguistics:

Aditi Lahiri (Oxford), Alan Dench (UWA), Bill Croft (UNM), Bill Foley (Sydney), Bill McGregor (Aarhus), Brett Baker (Melbourne), Cliff Goddard (UNE), Felicity Cox (Macquarie), Grev Corbett (Surrey), Janet Holmes (Wellington), Juliette Blevins (MPI Leipzig), Kate Burridge (Monash), Kersti Börjars (Manchester), Laurie Bauer (Wellington), Lesley Stirling (Melbourne), Nick Enfield (MPI Nijmegen), Nick Evans (ANU), Nikolaus Himmelmann (Cologne), Pam Peters (Macquarie), Rachel Nordlinger (Melbourne), Randy LaPolla (La Trobe), Rodney Huddleston (UQ), Tony Liddicoat (South Australia), Tony Woodbury (UT Austin).

Keith Allan remains sole editor of AJL until the ALS Conference takes place in 2011.

Keith Allan

Obituary: Michael Clyne

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of our distinguished member Michael Clyne. We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Michael's family. The following messages have reached us in last fortnight:

Emeritus Professor Michael Clyne AM, FASSA, FAHA passed away early this morning, Friday 29 October. Michael's funeral will take place at 2 p.m. on Monday 8 November at the Anglican church of St Stephen and St Mary, 383 High Street Road, Mount Waverley 3149. The family would prefer that, instead of sending flowers, donations be made towards funding a scholarship in his memory.

There is a brief sketch of Michael's achievements and honours at

The ALS has long been grateful that Michael established the Michael Clyne Prize for the best postgraduate research thesis in the area of immigrant bilingualism and language contact (jointly administered by the Australian Linguistic Society and the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia). See

Michael's death is a huge loss to linguistics and applied linguistics in Australia and beyond, and I am sure the ALS executive join me in extending our heartfelt condolences to Michael's family.

In sadness,
29 October 2010

It is with greatest sadness that I announce the passing of Professor Michael Clyne, the most outstanding Australian sociolinguist, in the early hours of the morning of the 29th of October. Michael was an Emeritus Professor at Monash and an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne. He was a leading scholar and an inspirational figure in many fields of linguistics, including psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, pragmatics, bilingualism and multilingualism, second language learning, and intercultural communication. After studying Germanic Languages (German, Dutch, plus Icelandic and some Norwegian) and French at the University of Melbourne (BA Hons 1960, MA 1962), Michael did graduate studies in General and Germanic Linguistics in Utrecht and Bonn before joining the German staff of Monash (Sept. 1962). From 1988 until his transfer to Melbourne in 2001, he had been Professor of Linguistics at Monash.

Michael produced 28 authored, co-authored and edited books and over 300 articles and book chapters, and served on the editorial board of 13 international journals. The books include Language and Society in the German-speaking Countries (CUP, 1984), and its sequel The German Language in a Changing Europe (CUP, 1995), Community Languages The Australian Experience (CUP 1991), Pluricentric Languages (ed, Mouton de Gruyter, 1992), Inter-Cultural Communication at Work (CUP, 1994), Undoing and Redoing Corpus Planning (ed, Mouton de Gruyter, 1997) Dynamics of Language Contact (CUP 2003) and Australia's Language Potential (UNSW Press, 2005).

Michael received many awards including Member of the Order of Australia, Austrian Cross of Honour of Science and the Arts, the German Cross of Merit, a Centenary of Federation medal, an honorary doctorate of the University of Munich, the inaugural Vice Chancellor’s Award for Postgraduate Supervision (Monash), the 1999 Jacob und Wilhelm Grimm Prize (international German Studies prize) and a Humboldt Research Prize. He was a fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia, the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences.

The night before his death Michael attended the third Annual Public Lecture of the Language and Society Centre (established in 1989 by Michael at Monash University), that he had invited me to present. During the talk I had the opportunity to pay tribute to Michael’s outstanding contributions to the field. In retrospect, the public talk was Michael's farewell.

It is impossible to do justice to Michael’s work in just a few paragraphs. Instead I invite those who didn't know Michael to visit his webpages at Monash University, the University of Melbourne and a tribute that his friends and colleagues from around the world wrote for him upon his retirement in 2005.

Michael’s page at Monash

Michael’s page at The University of Melbourne

Tribute from colleagues and friends

Michael's death is a huge loss to the academic community in Australia and beyond. Michael’s family would prefer that, instead of sending flowers, donations be made towards funding a scholarship in his memory. Information about this will be posted soon. [Editor's note: Information about the scholarship is available below.]

Farzad Sharifian
Director, Language and Society Centre, Monash University
31 October 2010

Further obituaries can be found at: (Ingrid Piller) (Jane Simpson)

Michael Clyne Scholarship

We have now established a Michael Clyne Scholarship fund within Language and Society Centre. Now those who wanted to send flowers to Michael's family can donate to this fund, as per Michael's wish. The terms of the scholarship will be finalized in LASC's next meeting but for the moment, the idea is to contribute to a PhD study that focuses on the areas that were so dear to Michael, and in a sense continue Michael's legacy, including multilingualism, bilingualism, and intercultural communication.

Donations can be made in the form of cheques/money orders/cash and sent to the following address, please note they should be made in the name of MONASH UNIVERSITY.

School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
Room S423, Level 4
Building 11, Clayton Campus, Wellington Road
Clayton Vic 3168

Keith Allan, Farzad Sharifian

News from Macquarie University

Professor Stephen Crain (Linguistics, Macquarie) will lead the new ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders, which has been granted $21 million to carry out research to help improve the diagnosis and treatment of a range of cognitive disorders, including dyslexia, language impairment, autism, dementia and schizophrenia.

For other news of what's been happening in linguistics at Macquarie Uni, visit, where you can see all the latest news or check back in earlier issues of Lingline.

Verna Rieschild

News from RCLT and Linguistics, La Trobe University


We are very happy to be able to announce that Yvonne Treis a 2-year ELDP-postdoctoral fellowship for the project “Documentation of Baskeet song, verbal art and ceremonial language” and Anthony Jukes has been awarded an ARC Discovery grant for his project ‘The languages of Minahasa: description, documentation, and support.’ Marija Tabain was part of a successful grant out of Melbourne University with Janet Flecture, Ruth Singer on “Structure and meaning of intonation in three Australian languages.”. Namgay Thinley, a visiting fellow from (Dzongkha Development Commission) with Gwendolyn Hyslop (University of Oregon) also won a grant from the Endangered Language Fund for their project ‘An Orthography and Grammatical Sketch of ’Olekha.’


We welcome Birgit Hellwig to the RCLT as a Future Fellow for her project on verb semantics within the Baining language family, a group of non-Austronesian languages spoken in East New Britain (Papua New Guinea).

Adam Schembri is returning to Australia after four and half years at the Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre at University College London to take up a new post as Director of the National Institute for Deaf Studies and Sign Language at La Trobe University in January 2011.


Senior research fellow Christian Lehmann was elected member of Academia Europaea (London).


Members currently on fieldwork include: David Sangdong (Burma), David Bradley (Thailand), Ian Tupper (Papua New Guinea), Yvonne Treis (Ethiopia) and Henriette Daudy (China).


Based on talks given at RCLT and profiting from the ensuing discussion, Christian Lehmann finished two papers and submitted them for publication:

"Speech-act participants in modality". To app.: Defrancq, Bart & Rawoens, G. & De Sutter, G. & Tobback, E. (eds.), Discourse, information and grammar. Amsterdam & Philadelphia : J. Benjamins.

“The nature of parts of speech.” To app.: Masini, Francesca & Simone, Raffaele (eds.), Word classes. Amsterdam & Philadelphia : J. Benjamins (CILT).


Randy La Polla attended the following conferences: 2nd International Conference on the Languages of Sichuan, Peking University, 29-31 October, and 8th International Forum on Cognitive Linguistics, Beihang University, 4 Nov-11 Nov.

David Bradley presented a paper at 3rd International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics in Lund, and talks at universities overseas including Uppsala U, Ben-Gurion U and Tel-Aviv U.

Tonya Stebbins

News from Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, University of Melbourne


We are extremely excited by our recent grant success, with the program being awarded three ARC discovery projects in the latest round:

DP110100938 A/Prof Janet M Fletcher, Dr Ruth J Singer, Dr Marija Tabain
'Structure and meaning of intonation in three Australian languages'
Creating a comprehensive record of Australian Indigenous languages is a goal of a number of interest groups including Indigenous language speakers, linguists and the general public. In this project, unique linguistic and pronunciation features will be documented to better understand communicative processes in three endangered languages.

DP110100961 Prof Gillian Wigglesworth, Dr Rachel Nordlinger, Dr Barbara F Kelly, Dr Joe Blythe
'From little things, big things grow: how children learn a morphologically complex Australian indigenous language'
This project investigates the acquisition of Murrinh-Patha, one of a small number of Australian indigenous languages still being learned by children. The results of this research will inform our understanding of the ways in which children learn grammatically complex languages, and facilitate the maintenance of this and other indigenous languages.

DP110102767 Dr Jennifer A Green
'Stories around a sand space: multimodal interaction in Central Australian Aboriginal sand drawing narratives' (includes APD)
Central Australian Aboriginal sand stories are a unique form of storytelling that incorporates speech, song, gesture, signs and drawn graphic symbols. This project will enhance our understandings of these narrative traditions and provide insights into the complexities of multimodal communicative systems as they are used in day‑to‑day interactions.

Brett Baker has also been awarded an Early Career Researcher grant from the University of Melbourne for his project 'Perception of rich consonant contrasts in Wubuy'.

Nick Thieberger is leading a team funded by the Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society to build an open-source method for serving interlinear glossed text linked to streaming media. The system will be ready for download in early 2011.

Congratulations to all!

Postgraduate conference

The 2010 Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Postgraduate Conference, '“Stop, Collaborate and Listen!”: Exploring interdisciplinary perspectives on language and interaction', took place at the University of Melbourne Parkville campus on the 2nd and 3rd November. The conference was a great success, bringing together 23 presenters from around Australia, and featuring plenaries from Dr Deborah Loakes, Prof. Joy Damousi and Dr Lawrence Cavedon. A wide range of papers were given reflecting the conference themes, on topics including Language and Medicine, Forensic Speaker Identification, Embodied Conversational Agents and Musician Interaction. Many thanks to Jill Vaughan and the conference committee for their time and enthusiasm - we are proud to have such a talented, dynamic and motivated group of postgraduates!

Prizes and awards

A big congratulations to PhD student Katharine Parton who won the Best Paper award at the International Society of Gesture Studies conference in Frankfurt/Oder, Germany, in July 2010. Katharine presented a one-hour plenary on the topic: 'Complex conductor gesture in orchestral interaction'. Well done Katharine!

Congratulations also to PhD student Lauren Gawne for taking out third place in the University of Melbourne's 3 minute thesis competition. The 3MT requires graduate researchers to explain their research topic in three minutes in accessible terms to a lay audience. Lauren spoke on her PhD topic 'Lamjung Yolmo: Language, Cognition and Social Interaction'. Well done Lauren!

Fond farewells

It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Dr Luke Harding and Dr Celeste Rodriguez Louro who both leave us shortly to take up new positions: Luke at the University of Lancaster, UK and Celeste at the University of Western Australia. Both Luke and Celeste have been much-loved members of our program over many years, as postgraduate students, colleagues and friends and we will be sad to see them go. We wish them well in the their new positions, and hope they come back to visit regularly!


We were greatly saddened to hear the unexpected news of the passing of Professor Michael Clyne. Michael was loved and respected by all of us as an distinguished scholar, colleague, mentor, and friend. Michael was revered all over the world for his ground-breaking work in multilingualism, immigrant languages and language contact, inter-cultural communication, second language acquisition and sociolinguistics and we were proud to have him join our department as a Professorial Fellow in 2001. We will miss him terribly, and extend our heartfelt condolences to his family.

Rachel Nordlinger

News from Linguistics, Australian National University

At ANU, linguists lurk in two main places, CAP (College of Asia and Pacific), and CASS (College of Arts and Social Sciences). This news bulletin is a joint CAP-CASS production.

Grants & Prizes

Congratulations ...

  • to Nick Evans and Wayan Arka (plus Jeff Siegel of UNE) who secured ARC funding for a five-year project on languages of Southern New Guinea (worth $405,000.00). This project will investigate, analyse and record the barely-known languages of Southern New Guinea, stretching across Papua New Guinea and Indonesia just kilometres from Australia's borders. It will produce grammatical descriptions for around six of the thirty languages of the area, plus a comparative database and handbook of the languages of this strategic region.
  • to Rachel Hendery has been awarded a three-year ARC postdoctoral fellowship to continue her work on Palmerston Island English, looking at change in the language, culture and identity in this small isolated speech community. She will be taking up her appointment, based in CAP, from the beginning of April next year.
  • to Mark Donohue on getting a well-deserved promotion to Level D in the latest round of academic promotions, the fruit of a vast amount of publication and other work since he joined the CAP department.
  • to Michinori Shimoji, the winner of the third Stephen & Helen Wurm Award. This was awarded for his grammar of Irabu, a Japonic language of the southern Ryuukyu Islands. Michi's grammar was praised by examiners for its audacious treatment of many phonological and grammatical aspects of Irabu, in ways that bring out the need to analyse it on independent terms to the way Japanese is treated. Michi is now an assistant professors at Gunma Prefectural Women's University, where he is teaching field linguistics, phonetics/phonology, and English.
  • to Anna Wierzbicka whose original and creative work in semantics has received recent recognition in the award of two major international prizes. These are:
    • The 2010 International Dobrushin Prize for 2010.
      The prize (one per year) commemorates Roland L. Dobrushin and "is awarded to outstanding researchers for the totality of their work in the domains of the research interests of Dobrushin, including probability theory, mathematical and computer linguistics, information theory, and statistical physics".
    • The 2010 Fundacji na rzecz Nauki Polskiej (Foundation for Polish Science) Prize in the area of humanities and social sciences "for creating the theory of the Natural Semantic Metalanguage"
      The presentation ceremony will take place on December 8th, in the Royal Palace in Warsaw and the award will be presented to the Laureates by the President of Poland.


Farewell to Rob Mailhammer who has taken up a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA.

Jane Simpson has been appointed as professor in CASS, focussing on Indigenous languages.

Conferences, Seminars, Workshops

In September Siva Kalyan attended the Sixth International Conference on Construction Grammar (ICCG-6) in Prague (Sep. 3–5) and the conference on Conceptual Structure, Discourse, and Language (CSDL) in San Diego (Sep. 16–19), where he presented work to appear in Cognitive Linguistics on the role of matrix-verb similarity in judging the acceptability of English questions with unbounded dependencies.

17-19 September Rob Mailhammer went to the MPI in Leipzig and gave a talk on Indo-European subrouping at the ALP-conference organised by Soeren Wichmann and Cecil Brown.

28-30 September Alex François took part in the meeting of the Study Group for the Music and Dance of Oceania – the Pacific branch of the International Council of Traditional Music (ICTM) – which gathered at the ANU School of Music. Alex presented the collaborative work he has carried out with ethnomusicologist Monika Stern (CREDO, Marseille) on the customary music of north Vanuatu and its social significance. He presented Eric Wittersheim's 2009 documentary The Poet's Salary, as well as a new discographic project “Vanuatu: Celebrations and Mysteries”, to be published in 2011.

4-8 October Avery Andrews, Wayan Arka, Jane Simpson and Meladel Mistica went to The Palo Alto Research Centre (PARC) in California for the Fall ParGram meeting. Wayan presented on nominalisation in Bahasa Indonesia at the meeting. Afterwards, Meladel went to the University of Washington to do a talk for the Computational Linguistics group on Austronesian voice and its implication on information structure.

22 October Rob Mailhammer gave a talk at the University of Arizona entitled "The breakdown of phonological quantity in English – implications for historical phonology" on how to model seemingly irregular sound change, which is problematic for the traditional Neogrammarian model of exceptionless sound laws.

25 October Patrick McConvell and Chantal Crozet attended an ACARA Australian Languages Curriculum meeting, Sydney.

26-27 October Rachel Hendery, Harold Koch and Patrick McConvell held an Austkin workshop, Canberra.

8-12 November Mark Donohue is talking at the International Conference on Papuan Cultural Diversity, to be held in Jayapura for four days preceding the inaugural Melanesian Cultural Festival.

Maïa Ponsonnet took part in a workshop on language documentation technologies, organized by the Endangered Languages Documentation Program for their grantees, at the School of Oriental and African Studies. Beyond the acquisition of indispensable technical skills, the workshop was a wonderful opportunity to meet other ELDP grantee from all over the world.


Andy Pawley’s long-awaited Festschrift 'A journey through Austronesian and Papuan linguistic and cultural space' was launched in September. It was edited by John Bowden, Nikolaus Himmelmann and Malcolm Ross.

Sébastien Lacrampe together with Valérie Guérin have a provocative article, ‘Trust me, I am a linguist!’ appearing in the next issue of Language Documentation and Conservation.

Greg Dickson published an article in Ngoonjook: a Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues (No. 35) about language policy and bilingual education in the NT: ‘No Warlpiri, No School? A preliminary look at attendance in Warlpiri schools since introducing the First Four Hours of English policy’. His analysis has attracted high-profile media attention.

Several publications by Nick Evans and various colleagues have recently appeared:

  • Evans, Nicholas. A tale of many tongues: documenting polyglot narrative in North Australian oral traditions. In Brett Baker, Ilana Mushin Mark Harvey & Rod Gardner (eds.), Indigenous Language and Social Identity. Papers in Honour of Michael Walsh. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. Pp. 291-314.
  • Evans, Nicholas & Penelope Johnson. Bilda miburiji kurrij: seeing with far eyes. ABV 49, The Annual Journal of the National Gallery of Victoria. Pp. 55-64.
  • Evans, Nicholas. On never quite becoming a linguist. In Zarina Estrada Fernandez (ed.) Ser lingüista: un oficio diverso y polifacético. Diez años de la Maestría en Lingüística. Hermosillo, Sonora: Editorial Unison. Pp. 77-98.
  • Ulm, Sean, Nicholas Evans, Daniel Rosendahl and Paul Memmott. First radiocarbon dates for occupation of the South Wellesley Islands, Gulf of Carpentaria, northern Australia. Archaeology in Oceania 45:39-43.

Pacific Linguistics

Recent and forthcoming releases from Pacific Linguistics include:

  • Fragments of Budderer’s Waddy: a new Narungga grammar by Christina Eira with the Narungga Aboriginal Progress Association (PL 612)
  • Hmong-Mien language history (SLC-8) by Martha Ratliff (PL 613)
  • Turung: A variety of Singpho language spoken in Assam by Stephen Morey (PL 614)
  • A journey through Austronesian and Papuan linguistic and cultural space: papers in honour of Andrew K. Pawley edited by John Bowden, Nikolaus P. Himmelmann and Malcolm Ross (PL615)

For the complete list of PL publications, go to


Christian Döhler has spent seven weeks in Rouku village just west of Morehead Station, PNG, in order to understand, record, and document the Kómnjo language.

Greg Dickson carried out a number of trips to Ngukurr and Numbulwar communities, working with a key group of Marra language workers and speakers to start on the task of language documentation and investigating aspects of its relationship to Kriol.

Sébastien Lacrampe has returned from Lelepa, Vanuatu where he shared his time between the two communities of Lelepa speakers. He enlarged his audiovisual corpus and organised a community language workshop to develop an orthography.

Aung Si has returned from Biligirirangaswamy Hills in Karnataka, India, where he made recordings of the Solega (Sholaga) language. He attended the YETI2010 (Young Ecologists Talk and Interact) conference at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, to meet potential collaborators from the biological sciences.

Nick Evans has been in Southern New Guinea, continuing his analysis of Nen (Morehead-Maro family) and neighbouring languages. With the phonemic analysis now more or less stabilised he is working with speakers on a draft dictionary.


Elizabeth Mullan, who finished her honours in Japanese linguistics in 2008 is back on campus as a visitor to polish up her thesis for publication (and to help out on LingFest 2011!).

In her honours thesis Elizabeth presented a cross-cultural and corpus linguistic examination of the concept of (Japanese) friendship based on five key Japanese interpersonal relationship terms. Through her research she not only revealed the gendered preferences of certain terms, but she also showed how life-stage played an influential role in the way that the relationships were experienced, and in the choice of terms used to describe them. Elizabeth was a recipient of the University Medal and the Tillyard Prize that year. This prize is awarded to the student whose personal qualities and contributions to university life have been outstanding. Elizabeth has spent the last year in the Philippines working as a volunteer teacher in a school at the Smokey Mountain II dump in Manila.

Wayan Arka

News from the Language and Culture Research Group at the Cairns Institute, James Cook University

Grants and Awards

Professor Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald and Professor R. M. W. Dixon have been awarded an ARC Discovery Grant, ‘The grammar of knowledge: a cross linguistic view of evidentials and epistemological expressions' (2011-13). This project involves Prof., Dr. Anne Storch and Prof. Dr. Gerrit J. Dimmendaal, of the University of Cologne, as Partner Investigators.
Summary of the project: 'Languages differ as to how one conveys the 'evidence' on which a statement is based. Some have an obligatory category of 'evidentiality' in their grammar, whereby a speaker MUST specify whether something was seen, inferred, reported etc. Others use other grammatical devices, or just lexical means ('the alleged killer is reported to have. . .') We investigate varying means for coding information source and other epistemological issues, looking at how these correlate with socio-cultural parameters. Attention will focus on languages of New Guinea, Amazonia, Aboriginal Australia and Africa. This work will provide a unique 'window' as to how humans construct representations of the world through linguistic expression of knowledge.'
A PostDoctoral Fellowship, to work within the project, will be advertised soon.

Professor R. M. W. Dixon and Professor Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald have also been awarded an ARC Linkage Grant, 'Land, language and heritage', with the Echo Creek Cultural Centre as a Partner Organization (under the leadership of Dr Ernie Grant) (2011-2013).
Summary of the project: Building on academic work by R. M. W. Dixon and educational initiatives by Ernie Grant, this large-scale cooperative initiative will produce comprehensive documentation of the Jirrbal Aboriginal tribe from North Queensland, in written, audiovisual and web-based form. It embraces traditional culture, recent history and language adaptation, enhancing the work of Partner Organisation, Echo Creek Cultural Centre. in the cross-cultural training it provides. The project is cast within the framework of the Holistic Approach (linking land, language and heritage), integrating and promoting indigenous knowledge. We work towards the empowerment of Indigenous Australians, reaffirmation of their identity and sustainable use of traditional environment.

Book Launch

The following books by members of LCRG have been launched at the official book launch of the Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Sciences (JCU, Townsville) on 5 November (see

  • A. Y. Aikhenvald. 2010. Imperatives and commands. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • —. 2010. Language contact in Amazonia. Paperback edition of 2002, with revisions. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • —. 2010. The Manambu language of East Sepik, Papua New Guinea. Paperback edition with corrections. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • R. M. W. Dixon. 2010. A grammar of Yidiñ. Paperback reissue of 1977 hardback. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • —. 2010. I am a linguist. Leiden: Brill.
  • Pan, Chia-jung. 2010. The grammatical realization of temporal expressions in Tsou. Munich: Lincom Europa. ISBN 9783862880119. LINCOM Studies in Austronesian Linguistics 07. 260pp.
  • Post, Mark. 2010. Galo-English dictionary, with English-Galo glosses. Galo Welfare society.
  • — et al. Forthcoming. 2010. Proceedings of NIELS. North-east Indian Linguistics. Foundation Books, Cambridge University Press.
  • Ines Fiedler and Anne Schwarz (eds). 2010. The expression of information structure. A documentation of its diversity in Africa. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Cairns Institute Distinguished Visiting Fellows

Professor Anvita Abbi (November 2010–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.

On 8 November, Professor Abbi presented a public lecture jointly sponsored by the Cairns Institute and the Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Sciences, JCU. The topic and the abstract are:

The Endangered languages of the Andaman Islands: Reconstructing the knowledge-base of the Pre-Neolithic tribes of India
Anvita Abbi
Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi 110067, India

Latest research by geneticists indicates that the aboriginals of the Andamanese Islands are descendants of some early Paleolithic colonizers of South East Asia. They are survivors of the first migration out of Africa that took place some 70,000 years before present. The present talk details our recent attempts at documenting some highly endangered languages of the Andaman Islands, i.e. Jarawa, Onge and Great Andamanese. As languages are succinct witnesses of the diverse and varying ways in which the human cognitive faculties perceive the world, their grammars and dictionaries are rich sources of information about the unique world-views of the speakers of these languages. Languages not only manifest various ecological and archeological signatures of the communities that maintain close ties to their environments, but are also important repositories of our shared human history and civilization. The present talk showcases our recently compiled multilingual and multiscriptal interactive dictionary and ethnographic account of endemic birds of the Present Great Andamanese language. The talk will expose the listeners to the original sound recordings of the native speakers of the dying language.

Conference Presentations and Outside Lectures

Professor Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald has been awarded a Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany) at the Institut für Afrikanistik, University of Cologne (2010-12). During the first period of her research stay in Cologne in October-December 2010, she has given the following talks and lectures:

  • 25 October 'The why and the how of gain and loss'. The International Conference 'Loss and gain in grammar of Jukunoid and related languages', Institut für Afrikanistik, University of Cologne
  • 27 October 'Round women and long men: on the semantics of genders in Papua New Guinea and beyond'. Seminar at the University of Cologne
  • 29 October 'Evidentiality: an African perspective'. Seminar at the Institut für Afrikanistik, University of Frankfurt
  • 4 November 'Reflections on language contact', Arts Faculty, University of Cologne
  • 5 November 'Imperatives and commands', KANT III Conference, University of Cologne

Professor R. M. W. Dixon will be visiting the University of Cologne between 11 November and 1 December. Aikhenvald and Dixon will present a joint seminar 'Areal features and regional traits' at the LUCL, University of Leiden (12 November) and at MPI Nijmegen (19 November).

Dr Anne Schwarz has presented and will be presenting the following talks:

  • Specificity and number in the noun-class systems of Buli and Konni. Conference: Syntax of the World's Languages 4, Lyon, 23-26 September 2010
  • Translating between languages and disciplines. Fest of the Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, 5 November 2010
  • Title TBA. Workshop on Morphological Marking of Information Structure in African Languages, Department of African Sciences, Humboldt University Berlin, 21-22 November 2010
  • "Possession" in the language of the Secoya (West Tucanoan). Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 6-9 January 2011


Language and Culture Research Group has its weekly Round table meetings, focussing on various issues in linguistics and anthropology. Currently, the local workshop is on 'Linguistic expression of perception and cognition'. Other presentations at the LCRG Round table meetings have included:

  • Anne Schwarz. 'Specificity and number in the noun-class systems of Buli and Konni'
  • Chia-jung Pan 'Grammatical relations in Lha'alhua'
  • Mike (Tianqiao) Lu 'Tracing the extensive diffusion of a naughty verb'

New Books Published

Bob Dixon's no-holds-barred academic autobiography I am a Linguist is to be published by Brill (Leiden, the Netherlands) in December 2010.

The publisher's description, from the back cover, reads:
"I am a Linguist provides a fascinating account of the academic adventures of multifaceted linguist, R. M. W. (Bob) Dixon. There is fieldwork (and lengthy grammars) on Dyirbal, Yidiñ and other Aboriginal languages of Australia, the Boumaa dialect of Fijian, and Jarawara from the dense jungles of Amazonia. Theoretical studies include adjective classes, ergativity and complement clauses. There are also detective novels, science fiction stories, and pioneering work on blues and gospel discography. Interspersed with the autobiographical narrative are explanations of how linguistics is a scientific discipline, of the development of universities, of diminishing academic standards, and of the treatment of Aboriginal people in Australia. The book is written in an easy, accessible style with numerous illustrative anecdotes. It will be an inspiration to young linguists and of interest to the general reader curious about what a scientific linguist does."

Peter Matthews, Emeritus Professor of Linguistics, University of Cambridge, has contributed a Foreword, which includes the following. “As a student of language I cannot commend his stance too highly. I urge younger linguists in particular, to mark all he says about their subject, to empathise with all his triumphs of analysis, and find inspiration in his example.”


Dr Mark Post, a Post-doctoral Fellow at LCRG (CI, JCU), is currently undertaking fieldwork on the Minyong language (Tibeto-Burman), in Arunachal Pradesh (India).

Yankee Modi, a PhD student at LCRG (CI, JCU), is currently undertaking fieldwork on her native Milang language (Tibeto-Burman), in Arunachal Pradesh (India).

Sihong Zhang, a PhD student at LCRG (CI, JCU), is currently undertaking fieldwork on Ersu language (Tibeto-Burman) in north-west China.

Dineke Schokkin, a PhD student at LCRG (CI, JCU), is starting her fieldwork on Paluai language (The Manus Province, PNG) in December 2010.

Chia-jung Pan, a PhD student at LCRG (CI, JCU), is starting his second period of fieldwork on Lha'alhua, a Formosan language, in early January 2010.


Professor Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald was awarded a Certificate of Research Performance, by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) of JCU, for Excellence in Research.

New course in linguistics:
New course AN2009 'Anthropological linguistics' has been introduced into the curriculum of JCU (Cairns campus). The course will be taught during the first semester 2011, by Aikhenvald, Dixon, Post and Schwarz.

Alexandra (Sasha) Aikhenvald

News from the AIATSIS

AIATSIS Language Unit

AIATSIS is receiving three years funding from the Maintenance of Indigenous Languages and Records Program to establish the Language Unit. The Language Unit seeks to fill in a national co-ordination role between language organisations, educational and research institutions and government. The agenda of the Language Unit includes:

  • supporting the documentation and archiving of Indigenous languages,
  • improving access to archived language material,
  • supporting language maintenance and revitalisation programs,
  • developing language resources and language databases,
  • informing policy development,
  • delivering activities that promote Indigenous languages in the wider community.

Sarah Cutfield, Research Fellow in Language and Society, will be managing the Unit, and Doug Marmion and Kazuko Obata have been appointed as Language Program Research Fellow and Language Access Research Fellow respectively. Doug will be working with Indigenous communities on strategies for language maintenance and revitalisation while Kazuko will be working on issues relating to access by indigenous communities to language materials. Melissa Crowther has been appointed as a research assistant, and two more supporting positions (software developer and administration officer) will be advertised shortly.

National Indigenous Languages Survey

One of the major tasks of the Language Unit is a second National Indigenous Languages Survey. The first survey was conducted by AIATSIS, in collaboration with the Federation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages in 2004 and its report was released in 2005. Doug and Kazuko are starting the consultation phase of this project and will be contacting stakeholders, including linguists, in the next few months, to consult about outputs of the survey, the survey methodology, and the questionnaire design. The survey is expected to take place in the 2011-12 financial year.

Australian-Linguistics Email List

AIATSIS has taken over the management of the Australian-Linguistics list and will shortly be launching the Australian-Languages email list. The latter will be targeted at anyone interested in the maintenance and revitalisation of Australian languages, including non-linguists.

Summer scholar

David Osgarby from the University of Queensland will start an internship at AIATSIS on 22 November under the ANU summer research scholarship program. He will be working on Dalabon.

Kazuko Obata

News from the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages

A collaborative research team at the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages and the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology (La Trobe) have received a pair of grants towards their ongoing ‘Meeting Point’ project on language revival: ‘Meeting point: Integrating Aboriginal and linguistics knowledge systems for description of contemporary revival languages in Australia’ from the ARC Linkage program to research language revival in Victoria and ‘Meeting Point: Setting up a typology of revival languages in Australia. Stage 2: Language description and typology’ from AIATSIS to contextualise the research in the broader SE Australian context.

The research team comprises Vicki Couzens, Christina Eira, and Tonya Stebbins together with a research assistant and a cultural protocols officer from each of 6 case study communities. The project aims to develop and implement a model for description of revival languages, in terms of parameters developed in an earlier stage of the project through intensive community consultation. This is intended to establish a typology for revival languages as a valid language type in their own right, to provide communities with clearer pictures of the various possible ways ahead and how to get there, and to extend the scope of language description on an Indigenised methodological basis.

Christina Eira


The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Typology

The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Typology

Edited by Jae Jung Song
Oxford University Press
November 2010, 754 pages, ISBN 978-0-19-928125-1, Hardback

Setting the Stage - Jae Jung Song

Part I. Foundations: History, Theory and Method
1. The (Early) History of Linguistic Typology - Paolo Ramat; 2. The Pioneers of Linguistic Typology: From Gabelentz to Greenberg - Giorgio Graffi; 3. Linguistic Typology and the Study of Language - Michael Daniel; 4. Explaining Language Universals - Edith Moravcsik; 5. The Problem of Cross-Linguistic Identification - Leon Stassen; 6. Language Sampling - Dik Bakker

Part II. Theoretical Dimensions of Linguistic Typology
7. Markedness: Iconicity, Economy and Frequency - Joan Bybee; 8. Competing Motivations - John Haiman; 9. Categories and Prototypes - Johan van der Auwera and Volker Gast; 10. Implicational Hierarchies - Greville Corbett; 11. Processing Efficiency and Complexity in Typological Patterns - John Hawkins; 12. Language Universals and Linguistic Knowledge - Sonia Cristofaro

Part III. Empirical Dimensions of Linguistic Typology
13. Word Order Typology - Jae Jung Song; 14. Word Classes - Walter Bisang; 15. Case-Marking Typology - Beatrice Primus; 16. Person Marking - Anna Siewierska; 17. Transitivity Typology - Seppo Kittilä; 18. Voice Typology - Leonid Kulikov; 19. Grammatical Relation Typology - Balthasar Bickel; 20.Typology of Tense, Aspect and Modality Systems - Ferdinand de Haan; 21. Syntactic Typology - Lindsay Whaley; 22. Morphological Typology - Dunstan Brown; 23. Semantic Typology - Nicholas Evans; 24. Typology of Phonological Systems - Ian Maddieson

Part IV. Linguistic Typology in a Wider Context
25. Linguistic Typology and Historical Linguistics - Kenneth Shields; 26. Linguistic Typology and Language Contact - Maria Koptjevskaja-Tamm; 27. Linguistic Typology and First Language Acquisition - Melissa Bowerman; 28. Linguistic Typology and Second Language Acquisition - Fred Eckman; 29. Linguistic Typology and Language Documentation - Patience Epps; 30. Linguistic Typology and Formal Grammar - Maria Polinsky

Author Index
Language Index
Subject Index

Jae Jung Song

New Books Received, November 2010

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 ( 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.

  • Aikhenwald, A. Y. (2010) Imperatives and Commands. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Allan, K. et al. (2010) The English Language & Linguistics Companion. Palgrave McMillan, Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire.
  • Baerman, M., G. C. Corbett, and D. Brown, eds. (2010) Defective Paradigms. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Bargiela-Chiappini, F. and M. Haugh, eds. (2009) Face, Communication and Social Interaction. Equinox, London.
  • Bartmiński, J. (2009) Aspects of Cognitive Ethnolinguistics. Equinox, London.
  • Behrens, S. J. and J. A. Parker, eds. (2010) Language in the Real World. Routledge, London.
  • Bickerman, D. (2009) Adam's Tongue. Hill and Wang, New York.
  • Cowley, P., ed. (2010) The Routledge Companion to Semiotics. Routledge, London.
  • Crowley, T. and C. Bowern (2010) An Introduction to Historical Linguistics (4th edition). Oxford University Press, New York.
  • Eades, D. (2008) Courtroom Talk and Neocolonial Control. Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin.
  • Eira, C. with the Narungga Aboriginal Progress Association (2010) Fragments of Budderer's Waddy: A New Narungga Grammar. Pacific Linguistics, Canberra.
  • Fill, A. F. (2010) The Language Impact. Equinox, London.
  • Gerdts, D. B., J. C. Moore, and M. Polinksy, eds. (2010) Hypothesis A/Hypothesis B: Linguistic Explorations in Honor of David M. Perlmutter. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.
  • Givón, T. and M. Shibatani, eds. (2009) Syntactic Complexity. John Benjamins, Amsterdam.
  • Gluck, C. and A. Lowenhaupt, eds. (2009) Words in Motion: Toward a Global Lexicon. Duke University Press, Durham, NC.
  • Gnandadesikan, A. E. (2009) The Writing Revolution. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester.
  • Hamawand, Z. (2009) The Semantics of English Negative Phrases. Equinox, London.
  • Harvey, M. (2008) Proto Mirndi. Pacific Linguistics, Canberra.
  • Hendriks, P. et al. (2010) Conflicts in Interpretation. Equinox, London.
  • Huang, C.-T. James (2010) Between Syntax and Semantics. Routledge, New York.
  • Klammer, T. P., M. R. Schulz, and A. della Volpe (2010) Analyzing English Grammar. Longman, New York.
  • Kumar, A. (2009) Globalizing the Prehistory of Japan: Language, Genes, and Civilization. Routledge, London.
  • Larson, R. K. (2010) Grammar as Science. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.
  • Lebeaux, D. (2009) Where Does Binding Theory Apply? MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.
  • Litosseliti, L., ed. (2010) Research Methods in Linguistics. Continuum, London.
  • Malmkjær, K., ed. (2010) The Routledge Linguistics Encyclopedia (3rd edition).Routledge, London.
  • McGregor, W. B. and A. Rumsey (2009) Worrorran Revisited. Pacific Linguistics, Canberra.
  • Miyagawa, S. (2010) Why Agree? Why Move? MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.
  • O'Keeffe, A. and M. McCarthy, eds. (2010) The Routledge Handbook of Corpus Linguistics. Routledge, London.
  • Palmer, B. (2009) Kokota Grammar. University of Hawai'i Press, Honolulu, HI.
  • Parker, S. ed. (2009) Phonological Argumentation. Equinox, London.
  • Pericliev, V. (2010) Machine-Aided Linguistic Discovery. Equinox, London.
  • Rice, C. and S. Blaho, eds. (2009) Modeling Ungrammaticality in Optimality Theory. Equinox, London.
  • Richards, N. (2010) Uttering Trees. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.
  • Wafer, J. and A. Lissarrague (2008) A Handbook of Aboriginal Languages of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. Muurrbay Aboriginal Language & Culture Co-operative, Nambucca Heads, NSW.
  • Zúñiga, F. and S. Kittilä, eds. (2010) Benefactives and Malefactives. John Benjamins, Amsterdam.
Alan Libert

Upcoming Conferences

Australian Languages Weekend/Workshop (ALW)

Next year ALW will be held on 11-13 March on North Stradbroke Island just off Brisbane.

The theme of the workshop will be 'Grammatical aspects of post-colonial language contact', although papers on other topics concerning Australian languages are welcome. Papers on language contact could include various types of contact, for example:

  • contact languages, e.g. Kriol, youth Aboriginal varieties, mixed languages,
  • language contact between Aboriginal languages and contact English varieties e.g. borrowings, calques, code-switching,
  • contact between different Aboriginal languages (for example from forced population movement as a result of colonisation).

We hope that the mix of papers reflects all of the work going on in Australian languages in universities, language centres and community groups around Australia.

This year we are requesting that presenters send us the title of their proposed papers, not just an expression of interest.

The deadline for sending us titles is December 10.

The venue will be the UQ Moreton Bay Research Station. There is accommodation at the research station, and food will be provided. The cost of the weekend will probably be around $150. Accommodation is also available in the nearby township of Dunwich.

Getting there: From Brisbane airport allow 2 hours. By train ($23) or taxi ($80) to ferry terminal; then ferry ($15). The research station is walking distance from the ferry terminal on Stradbroke Island.

More information about the workshop will be available on the School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland website in early 2011.

Regards Felicity and Myf
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Felicity Meakins

Perception and cognition: a cross-linguistic investigation

An International Workshop
Organized by Prof Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald and Prof. Dr Anne Storch
Universität zu Köln, Alter Senatssaal, November 25-27 2010

24 November
18:00 Welcome
25 November
9:00-10:00 Alexandra Aikhenvald: 'Perception and cognition in Manambu, a Papuan language from New Guinea'
10:00-11:00 Lourens de Vries: 'The linguistic expression of perception and cognition in languages of the Awyu-Ndumut family in West Papua'
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-12:30 Nikolaus Himmelmann: 'Are perceptions states? Evidence from western Austronesian'
12:30-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:00 R.M.W. Dixon: 'Perception and cognition in Dyirbal'
15:00-15:30 Coffee Break
15:30-16:30 Jose-Luis García-Ramón: ''Seeing', 'hearing' and 'saying' in the Indo-European language's
16:30-17:30 Elisabeth Norcliffe: 'Asymmetries of experience: The grammar of perception in Guambiano'
18:30 Dinner Party
26 November
9:00-10:00 Dagmar Jung: 'Ways of knowing in Beaver Athapaskan: lexical sources and grammatical framing'
10:00-11:00 Willem Adelaar: 'Reflections on the Quechua mirative'
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-12:30 Christa König: 'Evidentials in !Xun'
12:30-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:00 Matthias Brenzinger & Anne Maria Fehn: 'Perception and knowledge in Central Khoisan languages'
15:00-15:30 Coffee Break
15:30-16:30 Marilena Thanassoula: 'The expression of qualities in Luganda and Lussese with special focus on the color terminology'
16:30-17:30 Anne Storch: 'Knowing, smelling and telling tales in Luwo (Western Nilotic)'
27 November
9:00-10:00 Angelika Jakobi: 'Basic perception verbs and their semantics in Dongolawi (Nile Nubian)'
10:00-11:00 Getrude Schneider-Blum: 'Excite your senses – glances into the field of perception and cognition in Tima'
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-13:00 Concluding discussion & publication plans
Alexandra (Sasha) Aikhenvald

Jobs, grants, and scholarships

Jobs, grants and scholarships

Head of School / (Assoc.) Professor, Languages and Linguistics, Griffith University

A continuing position is advertised in the School of Languages and Linguistics, Griffith University, Brisbane. While an appointment to the Head of School is envisaged for a four-year term, the position is a continuing one at preferably full professorial level. As a professor the successful candidate has to be a leader in linguistics, applied linguistics or culture studies in some area of interest to the school.

For more information, click here.

Closing date is 19 November 2010.

Andrea Schalley

Professor in European Languages, Australian National University

The Australian National University School of Language Studies seeks a Professor in European Languages to provide leadership and foster excellence in research, teaching and professional activities in European Languages; facilitating links and partnerships across the University, nationally and internationally. You must have a high level of personal commitment to national and international achievement in European languages, and have the ability to mentor and lead research, education, policy and outreach related activities.

Salary Package: $139,311AUD pa plus 17% superannuation

For further details about the position and to submit your application please go to
Please direct enquiries to Professor Howard Morphy on +61 2 6125 2434 or at

Jane Simpson

Assistant Professor in Sociolinguistics, The University of New Mexico, USA

Position Summary

The Department of Linguistics seeks applicants for an appointment as Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of New Mexico (UNM). This is a probationary appointment leading to a tenure decision. The position is contingent upon final budgetary approval.

Appointment will begin in August 2011. The Ph.D. must be in hand prior to appointment. Responsibilities will include teaching in the areas of specialization at the undergraduate and graduate level, graduate student mentoring, and service. Competitive salary.

UNM provides a diversified package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. For a more complete explanation of the benefits, please go to and click on the Benefits link.

The Department of Linguistics at UNM specializes in cognitive-functional approaches to the study of language, including corpus and empirically-based studies, cross-linguistic research, and typology. We have special strength in Native American linguistics and language revitalization, the study of signed languages, and Spanish linguistics. The Navajo Language Program is housed in the department, as is the Signed Language Interpreting Program. We also have close ties with the Hispanic Linguistics Program in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese. For further information on the department, please see our website

Minimum qualifications

Ph.D. by August 2011 in Linguistics or a closely-related field; primary specialization in sociolinguistics.

Preferred qualifications

(a) secondary specialization in phonology/phonetics; (b) research and teaching interest in languages of the Southwest; (c) excellence in scholarship in areas of specialization; (d) orientation to empirical research; (e) excellence in teaching.

Date for best consideration: December 1, 2010
Closing Date: Open until filled

Enquiries about this position can be addressed to: Professor Sherman Wilcox (

For details on application requirements or to apply, visit the UNMJobs website: Please reference Posting Number 0808563.

University of New Mexico is committed to promoting and supporting the diversity of our campuses. UNM is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Catherine Travis

Post-Doctoral Fellows (2 Positions)
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

The ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences is seeking expressions of
interest from humanities, social science and creative arts scholars to
take up two exciting post-doctoral fellowship opportunities. These
appointees will be provided with support and mentoring to assist them
in establishing themselves as early career researchers.

Location Canberra/ACT
Term of Contract     Fixed Term of 3 Years
Grade Level B
Salary Package $77,455 - $88,212 pa plus 17% superannuation
Closing Date 28 November 2010

Position Overview

The ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences is
seeking expressions of interest from early career humanities, social
science and creative arts scholars to take up two exciting
post-doctoral fellowship opportunities.

These appointees will be provided with support and mentoring to assist
them in establishing themselves as early career researchers.

Post-doctoral fellows are expected to carry out independent and/or
team research within the field in which they are appointed and make a
contribution to the College's postgraduate training program.

The post-doctoral fellows will also be expected to develop and submit
ARC Fellowship applications during the 3 year appointment.

Applicants are required to submit their CV, a brief summary of claims
against the selection criteria and a proposal that outlines what their
research project will be for the length of the appointment.
It is an eligibility requirement that applicants have been awarded
their PhD within the last 3 years.

Enquiries: Professor Toni Makkai, E:, T: 6125 3050

Jane Simpson

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Linguistics and Chinese Culture Studies, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

The Faculty of Humanities (FH) at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University is calling for candidates for post-doctoral research fellow positions in linguistics and Chinese culture related areas. The application deadline is November 18, 2010 to be eligible for both university-wide competition and for consideration for faculty-funded positions. Success candidates are expected to report to work between spring 2011 and summer 2011.

Application details are found at Monthly salary will be HK$25,000 plus HK$1,000 mandatory retirement fund contribution. The total is roughly equivalent to US$3,300/month.

In order to boost our research profile and seek academic excellence, FH has committed funding for five post-doctoral fellow positions. Short-listed candidates for university-wide competition will be given guaranteed position with FH funding. It is also important to note that the conversion of HK’s current 3 year university curriculum to 4 year curriculum in 2012 is likely to require several additional faculty positions. Given these two converging situation, these post-doctoral fellowship positions offer excellent career development opportunities for young scholars in all areas in linguistics, and in China studies related areas.

For inquiry regarding application procedures, please contact either PolyU’s Research Office (RO) by email or Miss Esther Chung at tel. (852) 2766 5011 or by email (Secretary to FH’s Faculty Research Committee). For issues regarding research areas, please contact departmental contact persons:

Prof. Chi-shing Chak (Chinese Culture Departmental Research Committee Chair) Email:

Prof Chi-yu Chu (Chair of the Departmental Research Committee, Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies) Email:

Prof. Christian Matthiessen (English Departmental Research Committee Chair) Email:

Chu-Ren Huang

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. Information for the Newsletter should be sent to the Editor, Andrea Schalley ( 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 Andrea an email.

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