Newsletter November 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.

Andrea Schalley

Annual General Meeting of the Australian Linguistic Society

The Annual General Meeting of the Australian Linguistic Society will be held at 5pm on Thursday, December 6th, 2012, immediately after sessions and before the conference dinner. Agenda items should be sent to the ALS Secretary Nick Thieberger ( before November 23rd to be included in the formal agenda, but can also be raised at the meeting as 'other business'.

Nick Thieberger

Membership Management – Changes

Within the next couple of weeks, I will have relinquished the position of Membership co-ordinator of ALS, and the task will be taken over by our journal publishers, Taylor & Francis. After 36 years of Absalom Organisation (some may dispute the latter term), this will necessitate some changes. Unlike our previous practices, it's unlikely that T&F will maintain members on their books if they fall into arrears. This will mean that unless you keep your membership up to date, the flow of AJLs to your mailbox will be interrupted.

In the last couple of weeks, I have emailed all members who have fallen behind in their payments, and many of you have taken advantage of the Early Bird rates offered to allow you to catch up. I hope to close the books in the last week of November so that there will be a clear delineation of our membership situation to report to the AGM in early December, so please, if you wish to be part of the membership list that will be handed to T&F in the next few weeks, make sure that your subscriptions are up to date.

Those members who are part of our 'Auto' list, who have been charged automatically at the beginning of each year, will presumably have the opportunity to maintain that arrangement, though this has yet to be confirmed by the T&F representative who is currently on leave. I also presume that other arrangements, such as the Early Bird rates, will be maintained, though this too has yet to be confirmed.

Finally, I'd like to thank all of those members who have been part of ALS over the years and who have managed to negotiate through my organisation during that period. I have met many wonderful people and many excellent linguists and have probably had a 'charmed life' due to the absance of any major admin blunders over the time.

Doug Absalom

The Talkley Award

We are seeking nominations for the 2012 Talkley Award. We also need a handful of postgraduate members to be on the Talkley subcommittee.

The Talkley Award is presented each year to the ALS member who has done the most to promote linguistics in the public sphere. The Award acknowledges that the discipline of linguistics needs champions to explain its relevance to Australia at large. The winner may be an individual who has raised awareness about language to the general public – e.g. through public lectures, books, engagement with the media, etc. – with accuracy and clarity. They may also be someone who has effectively influenced policy by explaining how linguistic evidence can be used to solve real-life language problems. Nominations are sought from the ALS membership for review by the Executive Committee.

Last year's winner was Kate Burridge.

Many of you submitted detailed nominations last year and these will be kept on file for consideration by the subcommittee. However, please feel free to send the same nominations again, or even to nominate more than one individual.

Please send your nominations or offers to join the subcommittee to Piers Kelly (

The award ceremony will be held as part of the ALS AGM and will be presented by linguistics "it girl" Lauren Gawne.

Deadline: 27 November 2012

Piers Kelly

Proceedings of the 42th ALS Conference

The ALS Conference 2011 Organizing Committee is pleased to announce that the Proceedings of the 42th ALS Conference – 2011 are now published online on the ANU Research Repository:

The volume contains 16 papers, which can all be accessed individually:

Enjoy your reading!
The editors, Maïa Ponsonnet, Loan Dao and Margit Bowler
The committee, Cynthia Allen, David Nash and Jane Simpson

Maïa Ponsonnet

News from the University of Melbourne

There is lots of good news from the University of Melbourne, with a number of successful grant and fellowship applications over the past few weeks. We are excited to have so many great things happening around the School and congratulate all of the following colleagues on their recent successes:

ARC Success

Brett Baker’s DP project with Rikke Bundgaard-Nielsen on Learning to talk whitefella way has been funded for 3 years.

Joe Blythe’s DECRA project He’s not heavy, he’s my brother: the acquisition of kinship terminology in a morphologically complex Australian language has also been funded, which will bring Joe back to Australia to join us in Melbourne for the next four years.

Humboldt Success

Nick Thieberger has been awarded a Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers to work with German colleagues on standards for use in encoding linguistic texts (focussed on the Text Encoding Initiative and interlinear text) and for use in language archives. Nick will spend six months at the University of Cologne in 2013.

Dyason Success

Janet Fletcher has been awarded a Dyason Fellowship to work on a larger joint project with IPS, Munich University ‘Prosody and sound change in Australian and European languages’. The Fellowship will fund Janet to spend January 2013 in Munich.

3MT Success

PhD student Sara Ciesielski made it all the way to the Trans-Tasman Final of the 3 Minute Thesis competition, held at the University of Queensland in October 2012. We are very proud of her achievement!

Rachel Nordlinger

News from the James Cook University

Grants awarded

  • Australian Research Council Discovery Project, How languages differ and why, Prof. Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, Prof. R. M. W. Dixon, Prof. Willem F. H. Adelaar and Prof. Lourens de Vries.

    Each language is always in a state of flux. Changes may be due to: the language regularising its internal composition; borrowing words or structural patterns from another language; or developing a new linguistic tool reflecting an important aspect of lifestyle (e.g. polite pronouns which mirror an evolving social hierarchy). This Discovery Project will investigate which linguistic features are most likely to be borrowed, which are most likely to be retained, and the reasons for this. Researchers will examine the nature of linguistic diversity, with special focus on languages of New Guinea, Amazonia and Indigenous northeast Queensland. The results will be significant for understanding inter-ethnic communication, and the nature of human cognition.

    Total funding over three years: $350,000

  • Firebird Foundation for Anthropological Research, Huave Oral Literature Collection Project, Mikko Salminen, total funding: $8.404

PhD thesis approved

Dr Chia-jung Pan's PhD thesis 'A grammar of Lha'alua, an Austronesian language from Taiwan' (supervisors A Y Aikhenvald, R M W Dixon and Elizabeth Zeitoun), has been approved.

Current fieldwork

  • Dineke Schokkin (PhD student) is working on Paluai, an Oceanic language from the Manus Province (sponsored by Firebird Foundation for Anthropological Research).
  • Juliane Boettger (PhD student) is working on Lele and Nali, Oceanic languages from the Manus Province.
  • Sihong Zhang (PhD student) is working on Ersu, a Tibeto-Burman language from south-west China.
  • Mikko Salminen (PhD student) is working on San Dionício Huave, an isolate from Mexico.

New Appointments

  • Dr Elena Mihas has been appointed to a five-year Postdoctoral Research Associate Position within Prof Aikhenvald's Australian Laureate Fellowship 'How gender shapes the world'.
  • Ms Amanda Parsonage has been appointed as Executive Administrative Officer for the ALF project and for LCRC.

Planned visitors to the LCRC

  • Dr Azeb Amha, University of Leiden, an expert on Omotic and Afroasiatic languages, April-July 2013
  • Dr Nerida Jarkey, University of Sydney, an expert on Japanese and languages of South-east Asia, April-June 2013

Local workshop

A Local Workshop 'Language and kinship' started on 29 August, with Alexandra Aikhenvald presenting a brief position paper, and other members of the Centre contributing presentations on languages and cultures of their expertise.

Presentations for 2012

Wednesday 5 September, 4.p.m. Mike Wood — Kamula
Wednesday 12 September, 4.p.m. Sihong Zhang — Ersu
Wednesday 26 September, 4.p.m. Elena Mihas — Ashéninca Perené
Wednesday 3 October, 4.p.m. Hannah Sarvasy — Nungon
Wednesday 10 October, 4.p.m. Cassy Nancarrow — Tangkic languages
Wednesday 17 October, 4.p.m. Bob Dixon — Dyirbal
Wednesday 24 October, 4 p.m. Alexandra Aikhenvald — Tariana
Wednesday 31 October, 'Double-header'
  2 p.m. Rosita Henry - Reciprocal relations: Kinship, friendship and terms of endearment (focus on Western Highlands)
4 p.m. Alan Dench (UWA) - Language and kinship in Panyjima
Wednesday 21 November, 12 noon. Dineke Schokkin and Ton Otto - Language and kinship in Paluai

Future round-table meetings at LCRC include the following:

On Monday 10 December, at 4 p.m. in the Cairns Institute Meetings Room, A4-222a: Professor Keren Rice of the University of Toronto (editor of the International Journal of American Linguistics) - On the domain of Middle Voice

In mid-February 2013 - full details later: Professor Nick Evans (ANU) - Positional verbs in Nen

For further information, visit our website at

Alexandra (Sasha) Aikhenvald

News from Griffith University

Congratulations to Andy Kirkpatrick, who was awarded an ARC Discovery Project grant for his project Tense and topic in English as an Asian lingua franca!

Grace Yan's PhD degree was conferred in September. Her thesis is titled Culture Teaching in the Chinese High School Education Context: A Study of Teachers' Attitudes and Beliefs. Supervisors were Susana Eisenchlas (principal) and Sue Trevaskes (associate).

Dr Sophie Nicholls has been appointed as an Adjunct Research Fellow in LAL for a two-year period.

We also welcome a new Visiting Scholar, Dr Jiong-Yin Li from Nanjing University of Posts & Telecommunications.

Susana Eisenchlas

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

News from the Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity (RNLD)

The Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity is excited to welcome Donna McLaren to our team as Co-Director of RNLD's Documenting and Revitalising Indigenous Languages (DRIL) training program. Before joining RNLD, Donna was the Development Officer for Aboriginal Languages and Perspectives at the Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre with the NSW Department of Education and Communities. She holds a Masters of Education and a Master of Indigenous Languages Education from the University of Sydney and is currently enrolled in a Doctorate of Education. Donna has been extensively involved in the reclamation and teaching of the Gamilaraay language.

RNLD's training activities will continue to expand in 2013 and we will soon begin to support Bundjalung (Coraki, NSW), Buandig (Mt Gambier, SA), and Noongar (Bunbury, WA) through the DRIL program. We are in the process of developing Certificates III and IV in Documenting and Revitalising an Indigenous Language. A Consultation Group has been formed to provide input throughout the accreditation process, and information about the members is available on our web site

Margaret Florey

News from the College of Asia & the Pacific at the Australian National University

Linguistics within the College of Asia & the Pacific (CAP) has been productive as ever. News from our area is compiled into a regular newsletter that is available online:

Our recent 8 page newsletters covers the past 3-4 months in our deparment and some of the items include:

  • Updates from the DoBeS-funded Southern New Guinea project
  • Recent national and internatonal conference presentations by staff and students
  • Accolades and achievements such as Nick Evans receiving his Anneliese Maier Forschungpreis in Heidelberg and the launch of French and Korean translations of his book Dying Words
  • Updates on fieldwork on languages of Indonesia, Vanuatu and Bhutan (in addition to PNG, as mentioned above)
  • Recent publications and Ralph Lawton's record-breaking PhD submission

We hope you take some time to peruse our newsletter. Previous editions are also available via our department's website.

Greg Dickson

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


Good news for secret and not so secret Whorfians

When John B. Carroll took Whorf's selected writings to MIT press in 1956 he was not to know that they would remain continuously in print for the rest of the century and beyond. A second edition has just been published. It has a new foreword by Stephen C. Levinson outlining recent research that supports Whorf's theories. Also included is a new item, the draft "Yale Report" originally edited by Penny Lee and included as an appendix to her 1996 Whorf Theory Complex. This edition also comes with subject and name indexes for the first time.

Details can be found at

Penny Lee

Upcoming Conferences

Workshop on Identifying Codes for Languages

(in association with the 9th Conference on Oceanic Linguistics)

Saturday, February 9 2013
Newcastle, Australia

Invited speakers:
Gary Simons (SIL / Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics)
Mark Post (Universität Bern)


The three letter codes standardised as ISO639-3 are widely used in linguistics and language technology, but there are unresolved questions as to the appropriateness and applicability of the ISO model to the problem of identifying languages and language varieties. The purpose of this workshop is to enable discussion of issues relating to this problem, with input from a group of scholars with extensive practical experience of the difficulties of identifying language varieties within one language family and one geographic region (although we certainly do not wish to rule out the participation of non-Oceanists).

Some of the questions which we anticipate will occupy the meeting are:

  1. To what extent is it possible to compromise between the need for stable identifiers (which enable interoperability of digital resources) and the dynamic nature of language use and associated changes in varieties?
  2. What is the appropriate level of granularity to use in identifying linguistic varieties? Would a system which recognises hierarchical organisation be appropriate? (ISO639-5 already provides this to some extent for language families.)
  3. Are the processes in place for administering identifying codes suitable? Could they be improved, and if so, in what ways?

Extended Call for Papers:

There will be a limited number of slots for submitted presentations in the workshop. We invite the submission of abstracts of up to 250 words related to the questions listed above, as well as any other topic relevant to the theme of the workshop. We especially encourage the submission of abstracts which bring practical experience with language varieties to bear on the issues being discussed. The deadline for abstract submission is Friday November 30 2012; please send submissions to Musgrave.

Simon Musgrave (Monash University) []
Linda Barwick (University of Sydney and PARADISEC)
Michael Walsh (University of Sydney)

This workshop is supported financially by the Australian National Data Service (ANDS).

Simon Musgrave

Jobs, grants, and scholarships


News on grants (in particular ARC Discovery grants) are interspersed in the news items.

Andrea Schalley

Lecturer in Linguistics, University of New England

The School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences at UNE is seeking to appoint an academic staff member in the Linguistics discipline.

Applicants must have a PhD in applied linguistics, general linguistics, or another relevant discipline, a demonstrated research profile or clear research potential relative to opportunity, demonstrated ability to teach and supervise in the general and applied linguistics program, and high-level communication and interpersonal skills. Experience in online or distance education would also be an advantage.

Armidale is a unique country town located on the New England Tablelands. It is surrounded by world heritage national parks, and is only 2 hours from the mid north coast. Offering all the facilities of a city, Armidale is well served for art, music, theatre and school education. (Visit: and/or

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Cindy Schneider at the telephone number or contact email address below. For further information about the School, visit:

Salary: $80,513 to $95,421 per annum (Level B) plus 17% employer superannuation and optional salary packaging.

Closing Date: 7 December 2012

Reference No: 212/174

Further information, including selection criteria that must be addressed, may be obtained from or by phoning Human Resource Services, (02) 6773 3972

Equity principles underpin all UNE policies and procedures.

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information: Dr Cindy Schneider, Email:, Phone: +61 2 67732483

Cindy Schneider

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Anthropological Linguistics

under the leadership of Distinguished Professor Alexandra Aikhenvald within the Language and Culture Research Centre, JCU, Australia

Applications are invited for a five-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship within the Language and Culture Research Centre, James Cook University, to work under the leadership of Distinguished Professor Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald. The position is available from 1 January 2013.

Applicants should have been awarded their doctorate within the last five years. They should have experience of linguistic fieldwork and will, ideally, have already completed a grammatical description of a language that has not previously been described (not their native language) in terms of basic linguistic theory. The University may consider cases in which the period since the award of the doctorate is in excess of five years due to special circumstances. Applications will be considered from candidates whose thesis is currently under examination. Applicants must hold a doctoral degree or have equivalent qualifications at the date of appointment. A Fellowship will not normally be awarded to an applicant who already holds an appointment within the University. The successful applicant will work within the project Australian Laureate Fellowship Project 'How gender shapes the world: a linguistic perspective' under the leadership of Distinguished Professor Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, with the participation of Professor R.M.W. Dixon, and other members of the Language and Culture Research Centre. The aim of the Fellowship is produce a comprehensive grammar of a language from the Sepik or an adjacent area of Papua New Guinea, or from the Amazonian region of South America, based on extensive immersion fieldwork, in each case paying special attention to linguistic and social conceptualization of gender, in addition to further studies in the areas of gender conceptualization. The appointee is expected to undertake extensive fieldwork. The choice of language will be made after discussion between the successful applicant and Professor Aikhenvald.

Closing date: 30 November 2012.

The key duty is to conduct research in anthropological linguistics, with particular attention to language analysis, producing high quality publications in refereed outlets.

Key selection criteria are:

  1. Thorough professional training in linguistics, with special reference to language description and linguistic typology;
  2. PhD (conferred or pending) in descriptive linguistics, in terms of basic linguistic theory;
  3. Demonstrated ability to work, under direction, as a member of a research team;
  4. Demonstrated ability to work to a timetable, and produce results on time;
  5. Demonstrated ability and commitment to disseminate the results of research in high quality publications within agreed timeframes; evidence of high level written, oral and interpersonal communication skills to diverse audiences.

Desirable selection criteria are:

  1. Ideally, to have produced a description of a language, preferably (a) a language for which there had previously been no good description; and (b) a language other than that of which they are a native speaker.
  2. Some training in anthropology.

It is essential to enter in contact with Professor Alexandra Aikhenvald (,, providing details of their background, qualifications and interests (including a curriculum vitae). Applicants are advised to send samples of their written work in linguistics (at least some of these should be in English). Competitive applicants will then be provided with details concerning the project and the application process.

Alexandra (Sasha) Aikhenvald

PhD scholarships in Anthropological Linguistics

under the leadership of Professor Alexandra Aikhenvald within the Language and Culture Research Centre, JCU, Australia

Applications are invited, from suitably qualified students, to work under the leadership of Professor Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald (Australian Laureate Fellow). The project offers one or two PhD scholarships either (a) to work on an immigrant language in Australia, with a special attention to linguistic and social conceptualization of gender, or (b) to produce a comprehensive grammar of a language from Amazonia, or from the Sepik or an adjacent area of Papua New Guinea, also with a special attention to linguistic and social conceptualization of gender. Work will involve extensive immersion fieldwork.

Students will have to enter the PhD program of the Language and Culture Research Centre in James Cook University Australia. Supervision will be provided by Professors Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, and R. M. W. Dixon, and other members of the Centre. These scholarships are embedded within the Australian Laureate Fellowship Project 'How gender shapes the world: a linguistic perspective'.

PhDs in Australian universities generally involve no coursework, just a substantial dissertation. Good and comprehensive training in linguistics is essential. Candidates must thus have had a thorough coursework training before embarking on this PhD program. This should have included courses on morphology, syntax, semantics, and phonology/phonetics, taught from a non-formalist perspective. We place emphasis on work that has a sound empirical basis but also shows a firm theoretical orientation (in terms of general typological theory, or what has recently come to be called basic linguistic theory).

Distinguished Professor Alexandra Aikhenvald is Research Leader for People and Societies of the Tropics, and Australian Laureate Fellow. Together with Professor R. M. W. Dixon, she heads the Language and Culture Research Centre, which includes Research Fellows and a growing number of doctoral students. In addition, senior scholars from across the world opt to spend their sabbatical in the LCRC.

The scholarship will be paid at a higher level than the standard James Cook University rate (AUD $27,652 pa). Students coming from overseas are liable for a tuition fee; but this will be waived in the case of a student of high merit. An appropriate allowance will be made to cover fieldwork expenses.

The deadline for applications is 30 November 2012.

Successful applicants would take up their PhD scholarships between January and June 2013.

It is absolutely essential that interested applicants should first get in touch with Professor Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald (, providing details of their background, qualifications and interests (including a curriculum vitae). Applicants are advised to send samples of their written work in linguistics (at least some of this should be in English). Competitive applicants will then be provided with details concerning the project.

Alexandra (Sasha) Aikhenvald

Georg von der Gabelentz Award 2013

Submissions are invited for the second Georg von der Gabelentz Award, for a grammar published between January 1st 2009 and December 31st 2012. The award will be made at the 10th Biennial Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology in Leipzig, August 15-18, 2013.

The Gabelentz Award was established to encourage and honour achievements in the field of documenting the world’s linguistic diversity through the writing of reference grammars. To be eligible, a grammar must provide a systematic, accessible, comprehensive, original, insightful and typologically well-informed account of the workings of the language being described, generously exemplified with natural data. Though the normal expectation is that it would deal with a hitherto little-described language, outstanding grammars of better-known languages or dialects thereof may also be considered if they achieve major breakthroughs in a comprehensive understanding of the language. Grammars may be written in any major language, subject to the availability of a sufficient and geographically balanced set of jury members able to read the language.

Entries will be judged by a committee of half-a-dozen or more distinguished linguists,
including a number of judges who have themselves written major reference grammars but also typologists and other categories of grammar users. The chair for the 2013 award will be Hein van der Voort. Prize winners for the Gabelentz award will receive support for travel, accommodation and registration at the ALT conference in Leipzig, as well as a collection of reference grammars and other works donated by major publishers in the area. They will also present a plenary lecture setting out the typologically most interesting aspects of the language.

Any grammar published between January 1st 2009 and December 31st 2012 will be eligible provided that it meets the conditions above and that the author is a member of the Association for Linguistic Typology. Grammars which have been submitted for the Panini Award (for a grammar dissertation) can be submitted again for the Gabelentz Award provided that they have been substantially revised and published by an academic publisher. Grammars which win the Panini Award cannot be submitted at a later date for the Gabelentz Award. All submissions for the Gabelentz Award need to be published by an academic publisher.

Entries are normally submitted as a PDF file with embedded
fonts. Hard copies can be sent in exceptional circumstances only
(e.g. if the publisher does not agree to a PDF version being submitted
or if the author is not in a position to make a PDF version, for
whatever reason) and with prior agreement by the chair of the
committee. If hard copies are submitted, the exact number of copies to
be submitted will vary according to the size of the committee, but a
minimum of six copies is to be expected. Submitted hard copies remain
the property of the members of the jury.

The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2013.

The address for submissions for the 2013 Gabelentz Award is:

Hein van der Voort
Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi
Av. Perimetral, 1901 - Terra Firme
CEP: 66077-830, Belém, Pará, Brazil

Jean-Christophe Verstraete

Call for the ALT's Joseph Greenberg Award

The Association for Linguistic Typology's Joseph Greenberg Award recognizes and honours the best piece of typological research embodied in a doctoral dissertation or equivalent in 2011-2012. Theses are eligible if they were accepted by a university (i.e. passed or defended or accepted, and not just submitted) between 1 January 2011 and 31 December 2012. In addition, theses submitted for the previous round (2009-2010, when the award was postponed because of the small number of submissions) will be also be entered for this round.

The award will consist of (full or partial) payment of travel, per diem expenses and registration fee to attend the 10th ALT Conference, to be held in Leipzig, August 15-18, 2013, and to present a synopsis or element of the prize-winning work as a plenary lecture at that meeting.

The Joseph Greenberg Award was named to remember Joseph Greenberg's (1915-2001) fundamental contributions to typology and the interest he showed in encouraging young researchers. Between 1998 and 2006, it was known as the "ALT Junior Award".

To be eligible, those submitting their dissertation must be members of the Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT). They are asked to submit their manuscript by email in pdf format, with all non-standard fonts in Unicode, to the chair of the jury, to arrive no later than January 31st 2013. If this proves technically difficult, the candidate is asked to discuss the problem with the chair. A jury, consisting of about ten ALT members, will be appointed by ALT's president, appropriate to the work submitted.

The chair will be:

Jae Jung Song
Department of English & Linguistics
University of Otago
PO Box 56, Dunedin
New Zealand

Jean-Christophe Verstraete

Expression of Interest – NAATI Test Material Coordinators

The National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) is looking for Expressions of Interest from individuals or organisations to act as coordinators for the recording of practice and test materials in some or all of the following Indigenous languages:

  • Top End – Yolngu matha; Murrinh-patha; Burarra; Anindilyakwa; Kunwinjku; Modern Tiwi; Maung
  • Katherine – Kriol; Gurindji Kriol
  • Centre – Warlpiri; Alyawarr; Pitjantjatjara; Anmatjerr; Western Arrarnta; Eastern/Central Arrernte; Luritja; Warumungu

NAATI has been commissioned by the Northern Territory Aboriginal Interpreter Service (NTAIS) to assist in increasing the number of interpreters accredited by NAATI at the Professional and Paraprofessional level in Indigenous languages. This project involves the production of NAATI accreditation test materials (Paraprofessional level) in several Northern Territory Indigenous languages.

Expressions of interest or requests for further information on the project should be sent to: Robert Foote, (02) 6202 3603 / email: or Helen O’Malley, (02) 6202 3620 / email:

Kazuko Obata

About ALS

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