Newsletter May 2012

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.

Check out the information on ALS 2012 and ALS 2013 below, under "Upcoming conferences".

Andrea Schalley

Membership Fees Overdue!

Despite previous newsletter reminders, many members have neglected to renew their ALS membership this year. It's now almost tax time, when membership payments are tax deductible, so it's time to contact the membership co-ordinator, Doug Absalom, at to ensure that you are financial. There has been some delay in processing payments this year due to the organisation of a new Merchant Facility with Westpac. However, this facility is now up and running so payments should be able to be processed promptly from now on. All members should have recently received their journal, AJL 32/1, as part of membership benefits, and of course, the conference is coming up later this year in Perth, so there are substantial benefits to be had from ALS membership. Membership forms are available on the website and Doug is awaiting your contact.

Doug Absalom

News from the Centre for Research on Language Diversity at La Trobe University

In December 2011, La Trobe University launched the new Centre for Research on Language Diversity (CRLD), to continue the work and research of the former Research Centre for Linguistic Typology (RCLT) as well as broadening our focus to include languages spoken in multicultural Melbourne. The Centre is in the same location as the former RCLT.

ARC DECRA Postdoctoral Fellow Stefan Schnell (formerly based at Kiel University, Germany) joined CRLD in April 2012 to begin a project entitled Typology of language use: quantitative investigations of discourse from endangered languages. This project investigates patterns of argument realisation in texts collected in documentation projects of lesser-studied languages. Drawing on the rich resources of digitally archived documentations of endangered languages, it implements and further develops the text annotation system ‘GRAID’ (Grammatical Relations and Animacy in Discourse) designed by Stefan in collaboration with Geoff Haig (Bamberg) for the purpose of text-based cross-corpus studies. A focussed investigation of different text genres will be undertaken for the Oceanic language Vera’a (North Vanuatu) that Stefan has been documenting as part of a DoBeS language documentation project.

David Sangdong has submitted his PhD thesis on the Kadu language of Myanmar: congratulations, David!

Simon Overall, La Trobe University Postdoctoral Fellow, has recently returned from Peru where he did fieldwork on Aguaruna and Huambisa and presented two papers at the 'Amazonicas 4' conference in Lima. While in Lima, he also gave a guest lecture for the Linguistics programme at the Pontifical Catholic University.

Anthony Jukes, ARC postdoctoral Fellow, did fieldwork in North Sulawesi (Indonesia) in November 2011 and April 2012, working with speakers of the Tonsea and Tondano languages, and furthering his interest in Manado Malay. He also travelled to Makassar in South Sulawesi where he met with staff at the Regional Archive and Library, and deposited images of manuscripts photographed in previous trips to the region. He was invited to Tokyo University of Foreign Studies in February 2012, where he helped to train Japanese students in language documentation theory and practice at DocLing 2012, and gave a report on the language situation in Sulawesi at an international workshop on languages of Indonesia.

Tim Brickell (PhD student) spent the second half of 2011 in the field in North Sulawesi, working with speakers of the Tondano language. He will present some of his findings at the 'International Conference of Austronesian Linguistics (ICAL)', to be held in Bali in July.

Birgit Hellwig, ARC Future Fellow, and Alex Marley, MA student, are currently on fieldwork in New Britain, PNG. Birgit is working on her ARC project, Semantic categories: exploring the history of the Baining languages of Island Melanesia, and Alex is working on a project on child language acquisition in New Britain.

Henriette Daudey is in the field writing preparing her PhD, a grammatical description of Primi, spoken in the mountains of Yunnan and Sichuan, southwest China.

ARC Future Fellow Stephen Morey recently undertook two field trips in North East India, as part of his ARC Future Fellowship A multifaceted study of Tangsa – a network of linguistic varieties in North East India. He has also undertaken work on a British Library funded grant to take archival photographs of the Tai Ahom manuscripts kept in villages in Assam state. Stephen was also the organiser of two language documentation workshops, one held in Guwahati, with 12 languages represented, and a Tangsa Language Documentation Workshop, funded by the DoBeS project, in the Tangsa area of North East India.

Melanie Viljoen returned from a six-month fieldtrip to Cameroon in January this year, working on the Chadic language, Buwal. She is hoping to make another short trip again later this year, which will include presenting a paper at the ‘7th World Congress of African Linguistics’ in Buea.

Paul Hastie has just returned from a second field trip to North East India and is working on his PhD, a grammar of Tikhak (Tangsa).

Ian Tupper is in the writing-up phase of his research, and intending to submit his PhD dissertation on Pamosu, a Papuan language, in September this year.

Adam Schembri, director of the National Institute for Deaf Studies and Sign Language, was recently appointed interim director at CRLD. Adam is very much looking forward to working with the staff and students at CRLD in his new role. In April, Adam presented an invited talk at the MARCS Wednesday Afternoon Research Colloquium at the University of Western Sydney on language diversity and sign languages.

Lastly, we would like to thank Tonya Stebbins. Tonya stepped down from her position as our associate director earlier this year: we would like to express our gratitude to Tonya for all her hard work and leadership, and look forward to continuing to work with her in the future.

Adam Schembri

News from Griffith University

Launch of the Australian National Corpus (AusNC)

The Australian National Corpus (, which was launched at Griffith University on 26 March this year, has drawn together a wide range of samples of written and spoken Australian language for research purposes — and it will continue to expand. The samples come in the form of texts, audio files and transcripts, and even video files showing the visual aspects of communication. In the future, they will also include electronic files of emails and blogs, and sign language. The establishment of the Corpus was driven by linguists, applied linguists and language technologists to support collaborative research on the Australian linguistic landscape. The Australian National Corpus was established with support from the Australian National Data Service (ANDS).

International Congress of Linguists, Geneva 2013

Andrea Schalley, Susana Eisenchlas, and Diana Guillemin had their workshop proposal Multilingualism and Literacy accepted for the International Congress of Linguists (ICL), which takes place only once every five years. The next ICL and hence the workshop will be held in July 2013 in Geneva. For more information on the workshop that will be part of ICL, see below announcement.


Prof. Kate Burridge visited to launch of the Australian National Corpus (March 26) and give a seminar.

Prof. Yasuko Obana (Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan) spent a week at Griffith in research collaboration with Michael Haugh in March.

Dr Gulnara Omarbekova returned to Kazakh State Teacher Training University on March 19 where she is an Associate Professor, following research on Australian English Realities for an English-Kazakh Bilingual Dictionary.

Prof. Zauresh Tuyebekova has been researching English, Russian and Kazakh gender linguistics. She will be returning to Kazakh State Teacher Training University in the near future.

Dr Ulla Vanhatalo (Helsinki University) is with us for two years on a postdoc. She is working on NSM semantics, concentrating on Finnish.

New HDR students

Two PhD students have taken up candidature:
  • Helen Arnot, who has started to work on "Time, Tense and Aspect Differentials for Chinese English Learners".
  • Helen Hue Lam Leung, who has started to work on the meaning of Cantonese utterance (sentence-final) particles using the Natural Semantic Metalanguage.
Susana Eisenchlas, Michael Haugh, Cliff Goddard

News from the Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity

RNLD recently organised two highly successful train-the-trainer Master-Apprentice Language Learning Program workshops in Alice Springs and Kununurra. Strategic Initiative funding from the Indigenous Languages Support scheme meant that thirty-four Indigenous people were able to take part, representing twenty-five language groups across Australia. Details of participants and the languages are listed at Leanne Hinton, Nancy Steele (Karuk) and Stan Rodriguez (Kumeyaay) from the US Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival led the training team, with local support from Australian partners RNLD, Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring Language and Culture Centre, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, and the Koori Centre, University of Sydney. Over the three days of each workshop, the participants practised a wide range of immersion methods which have been applied successfully in North America to rebuild speaker communities. The US training team also discussed the use of language pods which are more appropriate for use with reclamation languages. Over the coming year, the participants will develop language pods and Master-Apprentice teams in their home locations, and will begin sharing their skills with other people in their regions.

RNLD's Documenting and Revitalizing Indigenous Languages training program opened for national participation earlier this year, following a busy 18-month development and piloting phase. Over the next few months, DRIL workshops will be held at the Papulu Apparr-Kari Language Centre in Tennant Creek NT, Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring Language and Culture Centre in Kununurra WA, Woorabinda community in central Queensland, Lockhart River on Cape York Peninsula, and amongst Ngiyampaa people in western New South Wales.

RNLD encourages all linguists and language activists working with young Aboriginal people to bring the RNLD Award for Creativity in Indigenous Youth Language Projects to their attention. This new award recognises young Indigenous people's achievements in sustaining Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. Entrants must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and aged 25 years or younger, and projects must support the revitalisation of an Australian Indigenous language. Prizes will be awarded within three age groups: 12 years and under, 13-18, and 19-25 years. Applications are due by 5.00 pm on 29 June 2012 (Australian Eastern Standard Time). Guidelines and application forms are available on our web site at

Margaret Florey

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

New Research Fellow from June

Dr Elena Mihas has a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2010), 'Essentials of Ashéninka Perené grammar'. She will start a two-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship within the framework of the ARC Discovery Project 'The grammar of knowledge' working on a comprehensive grammar of Ashéninca Perené and the expression of knowledge.

Current fieldwork

  • Professor Alexandra Aikhenvald is currently in north-west Brazil working with the remaining speakers of various dialects of Tariana, and working with revitalization of Warekena, and also working on Baniwa.
  • Hannah Sarvasy (PhD student) is working on Nungon, a Papuan language spoken by about 500 people in a remote river valley in the Saruwaged Mountains of PNG.
  • Mikko Salminen (PhD student) is working on Huave, an isolate from Mexico.

International Workshop 'The grammar of knowledge'

The eleventh International Workshop organised by Aikhenvald and Dixon will be held at JCU 16-21 May, with presentations on Hinuq (Northeast Caucasian), Kalmyk (Mongolic), Tatar (Turkic), Maaka (Chadic, branch of Afroasiatic), Tima (Katla group, Sudan), Karawari (Lower Sepik family, PNG), Kamula (Papuan area), Dyirbal, Ashéninka Perené (Arawak, Peru), Aguaruna (Jivaroan, Peru), Zhuang (Tai-Kadai, China), Kurtöp (Tibeto-Burman, Bhutan), Ersu (Tibeto-Burman, China), and Lha'alua (Austronesian, Taiwan).

The full program will be found towards the end of the February 2012 ASL newsletter. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The International Workshop will be opened by Dr Stephen Weller (Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University Services, JCU) and he will also launch two new books:

  • Languages of the Amazon, by Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald. Oxford University Press. Due out in May 2012.
  • Volume 3, Further grammatical categories, of R. M. W. Dixon's Basic Linguistic Theory, Oxford University Press. Due out in July 2012.

Carol Genetti reviewed the first two volumes of Basic Linguistic Theory in the December 2011 issue of the journal Language, saying:

'These books are monumental and destined to become classics, equatable to the two volumes entitled Language by Sapir (1921) and Bloomfield (1933), and to Givón’s Syntax, volumes 1 (1984) and 2 (1990), but in each case surpassing them in scope, detail, rigor, and coherence. Dixon presents a complete, fully articulated, and cohesive explication of grammar, with extensive elaboration on every major grammatical structure found in the world’s languages, as well as many minor ones. . . . This is a masterwork . . . a lasting reference for grammar writers, typologists, grammatical theorists, and all those fascinated by the complexities of linguistic systems and grammatical analysis.'
Bob Dixon

News from the Australian National University

The Linguistics department within the College of the Asia & the Pacific at the ANU produces a newsletter (approximately bi-monthly) that can be viewed and downloaded here:

It contains up-to-date information on our department including recent grants, fieldwork, publications and presentations, courses, our seminar series, visitors and staff movements and more. Our latest issue features stories about:

  • the Workshop on the Languages of Melanesia held at the Kioloa campus of ANU in March
  • a wrap-up of the field methods course on a previously undescribed language of southern New Guinea, Warta
  • updates on a range of interesting fieldwork projects currently underway in India, Bangaldesh and Nepal
  • our seminar series schedule
  • and plenty of others bits and pieces.

We hope you take some time to review our newsletter and find out what we've been up to and keep your eye for the next issue.

A well attended Semantic Workshop was held at Australian National University, Canberra, April 13-14, on the theme "Social cognition and social interaction". Participants came from ANU, Griffith, Macquarie, and La Trobe. Languages covered included Arabic, Chinese, English, Finnish, French, Japanese, Kayardild, Koromu (PNG), Pirahã, Pitjantjatjara, and Roper Kriol.

Greg Dickson, Cliff Goddard

News from the University of Adelaide

Professor Ghil‘ad Zuckermann, Chair of Linguistics and Endangered Languages, has been appointed Visiting Professorial Scientist at the Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel), as well as Distinguished Visiting Professor and Oriental Scholar at Shanghai International Studies University (China).

On 11-13 May 2012 he gave the keynote address at the International Conference of Contemporary Linguistics in Xi'an, China. He will be a Focus Speaker (on Revival Linguistics) at the Free Linguistics Conference in Sydney on 6-7 October 2012.

Prof. Zuckermann continues to work closely with the Mobile Language Team (MLT) (University of Adelaide) and to cooperate with AIATSIS. He has recently launched the reclamation of the Barngarla language together with the Barngarla communities of Port Lincoln, Whyalla and Port Augusta, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia.

On 2 April 2012 Professor Zuckermann, Dr Rob Amery, Karina Lester (MLT) and Dr Mary-Anne Gale (MLT) talked to the Parliamentary Inquiry into language learning in Indigenous communities:

Recent international guest

Professor Michael Katz (Israel): Cognitive Impact of Grammatical Gender in the Israeli Language

Recent completed PhDs at the Linguistics Programme

  • Nayia Cominos: Managing the subjective: Dialogistic positioning in undergraduate essays.
  • Duc Vo: Style, structure and ideology in English and Vietnamese business hard news reporting: a comparative study.
  • Udom Srinon: A longitudinal study of developments in the academic writing of Thai university students in the context of a genre based pedagogy.
  • Celine Poh Chu: Picture book reading in a new arrival context: A multimodal perspective on teaching reading.
  • Hiromi Teramoto: New-arrival-ness as a social construct: A qualitative case study.
Ghil'ad Zuckermann

News from Macquarie University

For 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


New Books Received, May 2012

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.

  • Aikhenvald, A. Y. and R. M. W. Dixon (2011) Language at Large: Essays on Syntax and Semantics. Brill, Leiden.
  • Aikhenvald, A. Y. (2011) Multi-verb Constructions: A View from the Americas. Brill, Leiden.
  • Borowsky, T., S. Kawahara, T. Shinya, and M Sugahara, eds. (2012) Prosody Matters: Essays in Honor of Elisabeth Selkirk. Equinox, London.
  • Cox., F. (2012) Australian English: Pronunciation and Transcription. Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, VIC.
  • Jamari, M. (2012) Identity, Language and Culture in Diaspora. Monash University Publishing, Clayton, VIC.
  • Mills, S. (2012) Gender Matters: Feminist Linguistic Analysis. Equinox, London.
  • Norrby, C. and J. Hajek, eds. (2011) Uniformity and Diversity in Language Policy. Multilingual Matters, Bristol.
  • Pope, R. (2012) Studying English Literature and Language: An Introduction and Companion (3rd edition). Routledge, London.
Alan Libert

Revival language dictionary launched

The Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages (VACL) and the Taungurung Clans Aboriginal Corporation are very pleased to announce the launch of the Taungurung dictionary: Taungurung: Liwik-nganjin-al Ngula-dhan Yaawinbu Yananinon. 200 copies are available for general sale. The dictionary is a 416 page hardback, beautifully produced and priced at $100AUD + p&p.

It is analysed and organised into (1) stems with affixation as recorded and (2) an English lookup. Some introductory grammar (pronouns, identifiable morphology) and recorded sentences are included. This book represents a significant milestone in language revival, as it was researched and analysed by the language worker Lee Suzanne Healy, who trained on the job on a daily basis for 3 years to do the phonological and morphological analysis she wanted done. The results can stand up to both linguistic and community-protocol scrutiny. Where there are differences between Lee's phonological analysis and the major previous analysis (by Barry Blake), Lee is able to argue for these differences from the historical record, in combination with community preferences, which for example privileges particular (Taungurung-identified) sources. In addition, Lee included more of the material from the W Thomas manuscripts.

Purchases can be made by emailing VACL:

Christina Eira

Upcoming Conferences

ALS 2012 - Update

A reminder that ALS 2012 will be held at the University of Western Australia from Wednesday 5th to Friday 7th of December. The Australian Linguistics Institute (ALI) Sessions will be held on Tuesday 4th of December, immediately preceding the main conference.

We are very pleased to announce the plenary speakers for ALS2012:


Proposals for workshops are welcome. Please contact before the deadline.

The first two workshops to be announced are:

  • English in Australia: variation and change in diverse linguistic communities. Organised by Celeste Rodriguez Louro. A description of the workshop themes and a list of the invited speakers is available on the website.
  • Community-based Language Work. Organised by John Henderson. Information will be available on the website soon.

Abstracts can be submitted for both workshops on the conference website.

Australian Linguistics Institute (ALI) Sessions

A reminder that we invite proposals to offer 3-hr or 6-hr course sessions on the day before the main conference starts. There has been a request for a session on fieldwork data collection, including video, and transcription methods - if any member can assist, please contact the organisers.

Key Dates

Deadline for proposals for workshops & ALI Sessions:    July 23, 2012
ALI Sessions topics announced: August 20, 2012
Deadline for abstracts for papers and posters: September 21, 2012
Acceptance of abstracts: October 7, 2012
End of earlybird registration rate:October 19, 2012

Conference Website

John Henderson

ALS Conference 2013

ALS 2013 will be held at the University of Melbourne. The tentative dates are Thurs 3rd - Sat 5th October 2013, subject to venue and accommodation bookings.

Please let me (Rachel Nordlinger, know ASAP if there are any serious clashes with these dates (although we are fairly restricted in options, so may not be able to work around all potential issues.)

Please also let me know if you are aware of any distinguished visitors who may be in Australia around this time and could possibly be called upon to give interesting plenary talks.

Hope to see you all there!

Rachel Nordlinger

Workshop "Multilingualism and Literacy" at International Congress of Linguists 2013

Date: 22-Jul-2013 - 27-Jul-2013
Location: Geneva, Switzerland


Deadline: 15-Jul-2012


One of the visible aspects of globalisation and politico-economic upheavals in the third millennium is the increased mobility of populations, resulting in children growing up with, and adults being exposed to, a variety of languages. Ensuing are linguistic systems that display a range of proficiency levels across the four macroskills, namely listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Usually it is the reading and writing skills for one or all the languages spoken by multilinguals that lag behind - or in some cases are never developed. This workshop will explore the impact of multilingualism on literacy development of both children and adults. In particular, we will focus on whether, and if so how, literacy skills or the lack thereof in one language impact on the development of literacy in the other language(s) and on cognitive skills more generally.

Specific topics may include but are not limited to:

The acquisition of multiple literacies by multilinguals:

  • Cognitive processes
  • Pathways and best practice
  • Challenges
  • Outcomes and implications

The cost of illiteracy in the home or heritage language, specifically in the following domains:

  • Cognitive
  • Academic
  • Social
  • Economic
  • Identity formation, wellbeing, and health

Specific populations, e.g.:

  • Emergent literacy in multilingual children
  • Literacy and emergent second language acquisition (i.e. in sequential multilingualism)
  • Literacy and multilingualism in children with interrupted schooling
  • Acquisition of literacy in the language of schooling or work in the absence of literacy in the home language

[Note: For the purposes of this workshop, multilingualism in particular comprises bilingualism.]

Workshop Organisers

Susana Eisenchlas
Diana Guillemin
Andrea Schalley

The workshop is organised as part of the International Congress of Linguists to be held in Geneva July 22-27, 2013.

Call for Papers

We invite abstracts of no more than 500 words for presentation at the workshop. Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously. Please remove all author information from the abstract. Please send your abstract via email to s.eisenchlas(at) by 15 July 2012.

Presentations consist of a 20-minute presentation followed by 10 minutes for discussion.

We look forward to receiving your contributions!

Andrea Schalley

Workshop "Kinship and social categories in small-scale societies"

Call for abstracts

The Austkin II Project is running a workshop at ALS "Kinship and social categories in small-scale societies: terms, structure and systems in synchronic and diachronic perspective":

The workshop aims to trace, from linguistic evidence, how various elements of social systems (kinship systems, marriage, social categories like moieties and sections, local descent groups etc) have evolved together, influenced each other, or sometimes clashed. Examples can be drawn from any small-scale societies, especially focussing on the Asia-Pacific and Australia. The scope can include modern and historical cases of how groups converge or otherwise deal with mismatch between systems, and prehistorical reconstructions. The workshop builds on the AUSTKIN project. We wish to examine hypotheses for instance about whether each type of kinship system correlates with specific other features of systems, such as social categories, and how this came about, (for instance which of the systems came first).

Papers could include cases studies of how the systems of different linguistic and cultural groups changed when brought into contact with each other in recent history, either how people juggled several different systems in the surrounding region, or the issues when a newly adopted social category system lacked compatibility with a pre-existing kinship and marriage system, with emphasis on linguistic consequences.

Papers could also investigate the language used to talk about social categories (terms, systems and ways of speaking in conversation), and determine, where possible, the sources of the patterns and etymologies of the terms. If we know the sources of the terms, we will have a better idea of their functioning in earlier societies. We will also be able to reconstruct the history of the terms: have they been borrowed from neighbouring groups, are they inherited from ancestral languages? Papers on how such data can be collected and stored in databases for analysis are also welcome.

Further we wish to address the history of the spread of terms, systems, and ways of speaking about these issues of social organisation, ancient and recent, using linguistic methods. We need to look at the evolution of these systems in relation to linguistic phylogeny (genealogical classification) and diffusion. Then we could look at possible generalisations to be drawn from such comparison, for instance, are kinship terminologies largely inherited within language families and subgroups (with notable exceptions such as in-law terms), but social categories seem to be mostly diffused?

Papers could also consider contemporary radical change in the language of kinship and social organisation, including language shift, and the implications of this for endangerment of languages and cultures, and maintenance and revival efforts.

If you would like to contribute an abstract to this workshop, please submit it through the conference website, choosing the track "Kinship and social categories in small-scale societies". For further information

Jane Simpson

Jobs, grants, and scholarships

ALS Scholarships and Prizes

Are you a postgraduate research student looking for fieldwork funding for indigenous languages? Would you like support to attend an international institute, summer school, or similar intensive course? Do you know of a 2011 MA (research) or PhD thesis worthy of recognition, in immigrant bilingualism and language contact?

Applications are now open for three awards:

  • Gerhardt Laves Scholarship (indigenous fieldwork funding: $2000 plus a year’s membership of ALS)
  • Susan Kaldor Scholarship (international institute funding: $2500 to attend an international institute, summer school or similar intensive course)
  • Michael Clyne Prize (thesis in immigrant bilingualism and language contact: $1000 cash plus up to $500 travel support to present at ALS or ALAA in 2012)
Applications close Friday 1 June 2012. For more information, including details of the scholarships/prize, eligibility, and submission process as well as a non-exhaustive list of international institutes, see

Submit applications to Caroline Jones who can also be contacted for more information (

Caroline Jones

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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The only membership list is maintained by the Treasurer, Doug Absalom ( If you wish to check your membership status, change your address or make some other enquiry, please contact Doug.