ALS 2011 CONFERENCE
The ANU ALS organizing committee are delighted to announced the acceptance
of six workshops and one tutorial for the 2011 conference.
Papers for the workshops will be submitted and reviewed in the same way as
papers for the ALS Conference generally.
If you want to submit a paper for consideration for a workshop, go to the
ALS abstract submission page, and, when you submit your abstract, make sure you choose as the "track" the
relevant workshop name, rather than the "General papers" track.
Deadline: 31 May 2011
- Epistemic perspective and social cognition
- Current issues in non-verbal communication research
- Kids, Kriol(s) and Classrooms
- Romance Linguistics in the Pacific: Variation in time and space
- The Semantics of Nouns
- Modality in the Indigenous languages of Australia and PNG
Epistemic perspective and social cognition
Barbara Kelly (University of Melbourne) &
Andrea Schalley (Griffith University)
Social cognition is the capacity to represent and reason about agents and
events in our social universe, and to interact with others by building a
shared mental world (e.g. Goody 1995; Enfield & Levinson 2006). This
workshop will look at how social cognition categories are grammaticalised
across the world's languages, and will in particular focus on the nexus of
social cognition and epistemic perspective (cf., amongst others, Evans
2007). This includes, but is by no means limited to, the tracking of
contents of other minds, the expression of knowledge sources (such as
mirative and evidential marking), representations and reports of others'
speech and thoughts, or how social group role descriptors (such as kinship
systems) depend on epistemic perspective.
The workshop aims at bringing together researchers working in this new
exciting area of typological research. We invite contributions that are
evidence-based treatments of the epistemic perspective and social cognition
nexus in a single language, but also those that showcase cross-linguistic
comparisons or present overviews of a subarea such as the ones mentioned
above. In addition, we welcome methodological discussions and presentations
of fieldwork tasks used for such purposes. It is our hope that the workshop
will invigorate and instigate a broad interest in the study of social
cognition and how it is encoded in natural language.
The workshop is organized by the ARC Discovery project "Social Cognition and Language".
Enfield, Nick J., and Stephen C. Levinson (eds.) 2006. Roots of Human
Sociality: Culture, Cognition and Interaction. Oxford: Berg.
Evans, Nicholas 2007. View with a view: Towards a typology of multiple
perspective. Proceedings of the Berkeley Linguistics Society 2005, 93-120.
Goody, Esther N. (ed.) 1995. Social Intelligence and Interaction.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Current issues in non-verbal communication research
Barbara Kelly (University of Melbourne) &
Jenny Green (University of Melbourne)
The field of non-verbal communication is a burgeoning area in linguistics.
Analysts employ a broad range of measures in investigations of gesture use
in communication. This workshop will examine issues inherent in analytic
approaches from different non-verbal communication perspectives, including
gesture, sign language, and general multimodal analysis.
The workshop will bring together researchers working in non-verbal
communication with the goal of highlighting the differences and
commonalities across theoretical perspectives. We envisage a half-day
workshop divided into two parts. In the first we will invite papers that
deal with a range of issues in non-verbal communication, focusing on issues
of categorisation and the interface between gesture and sign
cross-linguistically. In the second an invited panel, chaired by Barbara
Kelly, will be asked to provide their analysis of a pre-selected segment of
multi-modal data, outlining their theoretical approaches and assumptions,
and discussing the analytic tools they employ. We anticipate that this
forum will provoke stimulating discussion about such questions as: What is
the role of gesture in everyday communication; in primary sign languages;
How do we define multimodality?; Are the categories used in gesture studies
applicable in other fields?
The workshop aim is to try and search for common ground across Australian
researchers with interests in diverse but related fields. An anticipated
outcome is a deeper understanding of each others' theoretical perspectives
and a sharing of resources and tools.
Proposed speakers and topics will include focus papers and discussion on:
theoretical issues in gesture communication; the sign/gesture interface
(e.g. in Auslan and BSL); sign and gesture in use at Yarraba in Queensland;
hand sign, gesture and drawing in Arandic languages from Central Australia;
multi-modal interactions in first and second language learning.
Kids, Kriol(s) and Classrooms
Sally Dixon (ANU),
Jane Simpson (ANU),
Gillian Wigglesworth (University of Melbourne) &
Aidan Wilson (University of Melbourne)
With the Australian federal government commitment to 'close the gap' there
has been greater interest at a political level in increasing the
educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
However, simultaneously, support for bilingual programs in NT schools is at
an all-time low, and it is as yet unclear what the role of languages is to
play in closing the gap on education for Indigenous children.
This workshop aims to bring together researchers whose work addresses
issues critical to understanding language as a variable for Indigenous
children in the classroom. The focus of this workshop is Indigenous
children living in remote communities who speak traditional Indigenous
language(s) and/or contact language(s); therefore, children for whom the
classroom is a foreign language environment (i.e. where there are no other
children speaking the 'target' Standard Australian English).
In light of the recent release of the national languages curriculum shaping
paper ('Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Languages'), and the
continued problematic implementation of NAPLAN tests throughout remote
Australia, it is urgent that research which addresses these issues be
shared and discussed, so that we may continue to apply pressure for
evidence-based policy making at every level of government.
Possible topic areas include:
- Indigenous children's interaction in an classroom context
- The classroom as a site of language contact
- Descriptions of children's language varieties
- Acquisition of Indigenous traditional languages and/or contact languages
- Acquisition of English as a second language/dialect
- Policy and practice in the multilingual classroom
Romance Linguistics in the Pacific: Variation in time and space
Manuel Delicado Cantero (ANU) &
Elisabeth Mayer (ANU)
The field of Romance linguistics is a solid research field in the
international arena, and we wish to take this opportunity to highlight the
presence of this field in this part of the world. On the one hand, several
Romance languages are spoken around the Pacific Rim, including a variety of
dialects of Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Italian. On the other hand,
the presence of the CRLC at the ANU creates the perfect environment to
bring together scholars working on any aspect of the diachrony and
dialectology of the Romance languages to share their findings and create an
atmosphere of discussion in this research institution.
For all the previous reasons, we invite presentations dealing with the rich
variation of any Romance language(s), either in synchrony or in diachrony.
A variety of theoretical approaches are welcome, in particular those
exploring grammar change from a formal or functional framework. In
particular, we welcome papers addressing the following topics:
- Historical studies of specific Romance languages
- Comparative historical studies involving Romance languages
- Synchronic and diachronic variation within one or more Romance languages
- Regional variants in the Pacific Rim (i.e., Macanese Portuguese,
Timorese Portuguese, Indian Portuguese, Philippine Spanish, New Caledonian
French, Tahitian French, Vietnamese French, Cambodian French, Vanuatuan
French, Spanish along the northern and southern Pacific coast)
- The evolution of creoles and pidgins in the region
- Morphosyntactic and lexical contact phenomena in the area
- Romance languages in Australia
The Semantics of Nouns
Zhengdao Ye (ANU)
It is a widely held view among linguists that nouns and verbs are two major
word classes that can be found in every human language. The attention
linguists have given to these two word classes, however, is uneven. While
many studies have been devoted to verbs, the same cannot be said for nouns.
And when the noun class is mentioned or discussed, the focus tends to be
placed on its grammatical properties or the formal criteria for recognising
such a class. The semantics of nouns has been largely left unexplored.
Detailed semantic analysis of individual nouns is even harder to come by.
A notable exception was Wierzbicka's (1985) Lexicography and Conceptual
Analysis, where she analysed a large number of nouns of different classes
using a unified methodology. An insight emerging from that work is that the
exploration of the deep semantic or conceptual structure of nouns should be
done in tandem with detailed, systematic, and painstaking semantic analysis
of individual nouns. This workshop aims to further the study of the
semantics of nouns by focusing on both the theoretical issues and empirical
analysis. In particular, it will welcome papers pertaining to the
following four areas: (a) linguistic methods in a systematic study of the
semantic properties of nouns, (b) the semantic characteristics of the noun
class, (c) the semantic structures of sub-classes, and (d) the semantic
content of many individual nouns.
Modality in the Indigenous languages of Australia and PNG
Patrick Caudal, (C.N.R.S. / Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7),
Tom Honeyman (ANU) &
Stef Spronck (ANU)
Modality remains one of the most understudied topics in research on most
Indigenous languages. Two primary reasons for this situation are that modal
categories are notoriously hard to elicit and that their morphological
realisation is often highly heterogeneous. The fact that modality tends to
interact in complex ways with other grammatical categories such as tense,
aspect and mood further adds to the difficulty of providing a comprehensive
account of modality in newly described languages.
In recent years, however, modality has received increased interest from
both field researchers and theoretical linguists working on Indigenous
languages, especially for languages in the Americas (see e.g. Matthewson et
al., 2007; Rullmann et al., 2008; Davis et al., 2009; Faller, forthc.; and
at a recent workshop on this theme held at Leiden University (March 25-26,
2010)). Indigenous languages in Australia and Papua New Guinea are also
becoming a major focus of attention, however (see e.g. Verstraete, 2005;
2006; McGregor and Wagner, 2006, Klamer, to appear; and ongoing work by
members of the
The workshop aims to bring together researchers working on modality in
Indigenous languages, build on this emerging research and to indicate new
directions for studying modality in the languages of Australia and PNG.
The workshop will specifically address the problems of 'discovering' modal
categories: How to discuss modality in the field (see e.g. Matthewson,
2004; San Roque et al., in prep.)? How to elicit modality in a systematic
way? Secondly, the workshop will tackle the problem of the
theoretical/typological identification and study of modal forms. What are
the categories most frequently found in the languages of Australia and PNG?
What are their semantics and pragmatics? And how do they relate to other
Although the focus of the workshop lies on languages from Australia and
Papua New Guinea, more typologically and methodologically oriented papers
are also invited.
Davis, Henry; Lisa Matthewson; Hotze Rullmann (2009). "'Out Of Control'
Marking as Circumstantial Modality in St'át'imcets". In: Hogeweg, Lotte;
Helen de Hoop; Andrej Malchukov (eds.), Cross-linguistic Semantics of
Tense, Aspect, and Modality, 205-244. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John
Faller, Martina (forthcoming). "A possible worlds semantics for Cuzco
Quechua evidentials". In: Li, Nan; David Lutz (eds.), Proceedings of SALT
20, University of British Columbia / Simon Fraser University, Vancouver,
British Columbia (April 29 - May 1, 2010). Ithaca: CLC Publications,
Klamer, Marian (to appear). 'Reality status in Teiwa (Papuan)'. To appear
in Language Sciences, Special issue on "What do languages code when they
code reality status?", guest-editors Caterina Mauri & Andrea Sansò.
Matthewson, Lisa (2004). "On the Methodology of Semantic Fieldwork".
International Journal of American Linguistics 70(4): 369-415.
Matthewson, Lisa; Henry Davis and Hotze Rullmann (2007). "Evidentials as
Epistemic Modals: Evidence from St'át'imcets". In Van Craenenbroeck, Jeroen
(ed.), Linguistic Variation Yearbook 7, 201-254. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
McGregor, William and Tamsin Wagner (2006). "The Semantics and Pragmatics
of Irrealis Mood in Nyulnyulan Languages". Oceanic Linguistics
Rullmann, Hotze, Lisa Matthewson, and Henry Davis (2008). "Modals as
Distributive Indefinites". Natural Language Semantics 16(4): 317-357.
San Roque, Lila, Lauren Gawne, Darja Hoenigman, Julia Miller, Stef Spronck
and Nicholas Evans (in preparation). "Getting the story straight: Language
fieldwork using a narrative problem-solving task".
Verstraete, Jean-Christophe (2005). "The semantics and pragmatics of
composite mood marking: The non-Pama-Nyungan languages of northern
Australia". Linguistic Typology 9(2): 223-268.
Verstraete, Jean-Christophe (2006). "The Nature of Irreality in the Past
Domain: Evidence from Past Intentional Constructions in Australian
Languages". Australian Journal of Linguistics 26(1): 59-79.
Audio theory and practice for Language Documentation
David Nathan, Endangered Languages Archive, SOAS, University of London
This workshop presents theoretical and practical aspects of audio recording
for those engaged in documenting endangered and minority languages.
Concepts in digital audio will be covered, but the workshop is
predominantly in the form of discussion, practical, experiential and
evaluative activities. Starting with the premise that recording needs to be
grounded in a suitable epistemology, we proceed to discussion and
demonstration of various equipment, especially microphones, with a focus on
listening and evaluative skills. Some of the most common questions asked by
documenters are about dealing with noise, so we consider the philosophical
issues involved in deciding what is noise and what isn't, and survey
practical strategies and equipment choices that can be used to deal with
noise. We will emphasise the importance of recording using stereo or
microphone pairs to capture spatial acoustic information for its
documentary value, as well as for more effective transcription and
listenability. The main session of the workshop will consist of a practical
demonstration where participants listen (via headphones) to simulated
fieldwork scenarios where a variety of microphones and configurations are
used to deal with challenges such as noise and multiple participants.