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.
Now that Christmas is over, the credit card is paid off, the kids are back to school and all uniforms, text books and new shoes have been paid for, it’s time to think about renewing your membership with ALS. The coming year looks to be an exciting one with lots of great activities, some extensive publishing opportunities and a December conference in Perth. Fees remain as they were last year; namely $60 for full membership, $30 for student or concessional membership or $70 for joint membership, i.e. two members at the same address, receiving only one copy of the journal. Remember too that there is a $10 early bird discount if your fees are paid before March 1st. Membership forms are available on the website, http://www.als.asn.au/alssubsform.pdf and should be sent to Doug Absalom, 32 Murray Rd., Cardiff, NSW, 2285. Payment can be made by cheque or credit card (Visa or Mastercard only) with cheques made out to ALS.
Members who are on the Automatic List (and that’s now about 150 of our total 450 membership) will receive a reminder towards the end of this month that fees will be deducted from their card. Those whose cards have expired will receive a request to update within the next week or so.
Some members have allowed their membership to have fallen into arrears, which is not surprising given the increasing workloads and sets of demands placed on academics in the current climate. Special deals are available for catch-up packages. However, if a membership falls more than three years in arrears, the member will have to be deleted from the Society (after due reminders of course) since increasing costs particularly of the journal necessitate this.
I look forward to hearing from all of you within the next month.
The following is a list of publications relating to the study of language, received by the Reviews Editor of the Australian Journal of Linguistics. Note that it is not possible to return books to the publisher, and that acceptance of a book implies no promise that it will be reviewed in the Australian Journal of Linguistics. Reviews are printed as circumstances permit, and copies are sent to the publishers of the works reviewed. If you wish to review a book, please contact the Reviews Editor, Alan Libert (Alan.Libert-at-newcastle.edu.au). Note that many books from previous lists of publications received are still available, so you may want to look at them also. If there is a book you are interested in reviewing but it is not on the list, please contact Alan as it is possible that ALS could then obtain a review copy from the publisher.
- Aarons, D. (2012) Jokes and the Linguistic Mind. Routledge, New York.
- Campbell, G. L. and C. Moseley (2012) The Routledge Handbook of Scripts and Alphabets (2nd edition). Abingdon, Oxfordshire.
- Norrby, C. and J. Hajek , eds. (2011) Uniformity and Diversity in Language Policy. Multilingual Matters, Bristol.
- Fromkin, V., et al. (2012) An Introduction to Language (Australia and New Zealand 7th edition). Cengage Learning, South Melbourne, VIC.
- Thieberger, N., ed. (2012) The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Fieldwork. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
- Trudgill, P. (2011) Sociolinguistic Typology. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
University of Birmingham, UK, and University of Melbourne, Australia
2nd-13th July 2012
The first Birmingham/Melbourne Summer/Winter School in Applied Linguistics will be held at the University of Birmingham in July 2012. The programme consists of four themes:
- Language Testing
- Academic Writing
- Corpus Linguistics
This series of short courses is designed for early-career researchers, PhD students, and individuals interested in studying for a PhD. The series is a collaboration between the Universities of Birmingham and Melbourne and features teaching by world-leading scholars from both institutions. Academic staff teaching the programme will include Professor Adrian Blackledge, Professor Angela Creese, Professor Susan Hunston, and Dr Paul Thompson (University of Birmingham), and Professor Tim McNamara and Dr Neomy Storch (University of Melbourne).
Fees: £550 (standard rate); £500 University of Melbourne and University of Birmingham students.
Application forms and further information about the School can be found at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/education/departments/language-discourse-society/birmingham-melbourne-school/school-applied-linguistics.aspx [short version of URL: http://tinyurl.com/79fo6c3].
The deadline for applications is 30th March 2012.
Jobs, grants, and scholarships
MDWg is currently looking for a full-time, dedicated staff member to join our team no later than mid 2012, for a period of 2 years, with possible extension. A probation period applies.
The Senior Project Manager will work under the direction of traditional elders and senior staff. Duties include the preparation and submission of funding applications; working to build the organisation’s financial capacity; financial management; support with corporate governance and staff supervision. Please note that the key selection criteria for this position require demonstrated experience in regard to the above tasks rather than a background in linguistics.
The overall salary package for this position, including all benefits, is valued at up to $104,113, depending on qualification and experience.
For further information including a detailed job description and selection criteria contact MDWg by e-mail to manager-at-mirima.org.au or call (08) 9169 1029.
Closing date: 2 March 2012
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 (a.schalley-at-griffith.edu.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 Andrea 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-gmail.com). If you wish to check your membership status, change your address or make some other enquiry, please contact Doug.