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Thursday, December 6th, 2012, Perth
Donna Butorac, Tim Curnow, Pam Peters, Anna Margetts, John Hajek, Dorothea Hademan, Heather Buchan, Celeste Roderiguez Louro, Michael Walsh, Peter Collins, William Forshaw, Brighde Collins, Penny Lee, Ian Malcolm, Ilana Mushin, Patrick Caudal, Jessica Mathie, Jill Vaughan, Margaret Sharpe, Helen Arnot, Anneli Strutt, Mahesh Radhakrishnan, Yunita Bani Bili, Marie Fellbaum Korpi, Catherine Travis, Doug Marmion, Joe Blythe, Sarah Rathjen, Lochlan Morrissey, Stephanie Jenkins, David Osgarby, Jackie Van Den Box, Lauren Gawne, Lesley Stirling, Marie-Eve Ritz, Jane Simpson, Mary Laughren, David Moore, Rachel Nordlinger, Kate Burridge, Jill Vaughan, Cliff Goddard, Trevor Johnston, Adam Schembri, John Henderson, David Nash, Mark Harvey, Nick Thieberger, Andrea Schalley, Alan Dench.
Barbara Kelly, Simon Musgrave, Keith Allan, Helen Tebble, David Bradley, Maya Bradley, Jeff Siegel, Diana Eades, Janet Fletcher, Brett Baker, Caroline Jones, Nick Evans, Piers Kelly, Alan Libert
2. Minutes of the 2011 AGM
The President moved that the minutes be accepted. Seconded by Rachel Nordlinger. Carried.
3. Matters arising
Report on the ALS sub-committee on collections. Nick Thieberger reported that the committee had been formed early in 2012 and had met several times to formulate criteria for assessing a collection of primary data as scholarly output. Anna Margetts had presented these criteria in a session at the conference. A blog entry at http://paradisec.org.au/counting-collections outlines the proposed criteria and allows for members to post comments. It is planned that the committee forumlates its proposal for dissemination to members in early-mid 2013, and then sends the revised version to the ARC.
Lesley Stirling reported on the role of the ALS in making submissions to the House of Representatives Inquiry into Language Learning in Aboriginal Communities. She noted that, following the suggestion by Trevor Stockley at the 2011 AGM, 20 ALS members made submissions to the Inquiry.
Lesley Stirling thanked Andrea Schalley, Keith Allan, and Mark Harvey for their work on renegotiating the contract with Taylor and Francis (T&F). She also thanked Doug Absalom for his long years of service to the ALS as coordinator of memberships and moved a motion of thanks on behalf of the ALS, seconded by Cliff Goddard and carried unanimously.
Nothing to report.
See Financial Statement in this newsletter.
Mark Harvey noted that T&F will take over managing the ALS membership from 2013.
Motion: That the ALS authorises the Treasurer to establish a finance sub-committee of the Exec with co-opted members as needed to draft a financial strategy for the ALS and to review the ALS's compliance requirements given its changed financial circumstances.
Moved: Mark Harvey. Seconded: Lesley Stirling. Carried unanimously.
4.4 Journal Editor
I apologize for being unable to attend the ALS Conference this year because I am moving house during the conference week.
Following ratification from the AGM in Canberra (December 2011), the ALS, represented by the President, signed a new contract with publishers Taylor & Francis (T&F) for the period 1/1/12 to 31/12/17. In recognition of the journal’s value, the publisher made a one-off grant of $10,000 at signing.
As a representative of ALS, the journal editor is responsible for all editorial expenses and in recognition of that, T&F make an annual grant of $10,000 to ALS. In 2012 this sum has been transferred to me as the editor of AJL.
T&F pay royalties of 30% to ALS on all receipts of sales of AJL and articles from the AJL. Each financial member of ALS receives a copy of AJL free of charge.
The page budget for each volume of AJL is now 544 pages, divided as equally as possible among four issues of 136 pages each. There are typically four or five articles per issue and a book review or two – ably managed by Alan Libert, whom I warmly thank.
T&F’s report on AJL during 2012 will not be available until April 2013, but T&F’s report on AJL during 2011 notes the following:
Full text of the journal was available in 4,047 institutions world-wide and accessible via EBSCOHost to more than 12,000 libraries. It is also available FOC to some disadvantage nations and there is a mobile phone app.
There were more than 13,000 full-text article downloads during 2011, a 23% increase over the previous year. We can expect a similar increase for 2012. Most downloads were sourced in Australia but there were almost as many from the USA.
The article most downloaded in 2011 was A conversational analysis view of communication as jointly accomplished social interaction by Maurice Nevile and Johanna Rendle-Short from AJL 29, 2009: 75-89. Congratulations to Maurice and Johanna.
The 2010 impact factor was 0.208. AJL’s impact factor improved during 2011 to 0.26 (see http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cajl20/current). This is still not high enough and I once again encourage ALS members to submit their best papers to AJL.
In 2011 the official rejection rate was 73%, yet the acceptance rate was only 7.4%. The discrepancy results from papers undergoing revision.
Authors from 19 countries submitted work: most authors come from Australia, Iran second, followed – in roughly equal numbers – by China, Malaysia, and UK.
The first issue of 2012, AJL 32-1, was a special issue on Tense, Aspect, Modality and Evidentiality in Australian Languages. This issue consisted of five articles edited by Alan Dench and Lesley Stirling. An additional article intended for this special issue had already been published in AJL 31-4.
AJL 32-2 contained three articles on a variety of topics: 'Pragmaticising’ Kaplan; Subjective Motion Expressions in English; and Defining the third-person.
AJL 32-3 held four articles: Making sense of English rhyming compounds; Warndarrang and Marra: a diffusional or genetic relationship?; The Ideological Construction of Iran in the NYT; and Cross-cultural and Situational Variation in Iranian and American Speech Communities.
AJL 32-4 was supposed to be a special issue on the public discourse surrounding Indigenous languages, but only two of the originally promised nine articles were submitted in publishable form, so 32-4 now contains four articles: The Old English prefix ge-: a panchronic reappraisal; First-person pronominal variation, stance and identity in Indonesia; Bilingual education and the language of news; Communication with Aboriginal speakers of English in the legal process.
It seems likely that the first issue of the 2013 volume 33 will be late because there is a shortfall in the number of papers accepted for publication. However I am promised copy for several special issues in 2013 into 2014. These include one on Hispanic Linguistics edited by Elisabeth Mayer and Manuel Delicado Cantero; one on Corpus Linguistics edited by Pam Peters and Michael Haugh; one on Non-verbal Communication edited by Adam Schembri, Jenny Green, Barbara Kelly and Trevor Johnston; one on Language and Social Cognition edited by Cliff Goddard; and one on English in Australia: Variation and change in diverse linguistic communities edited by Celeste Rodriguez Louro.
Thanks again to all those who spend time reviewing for AJL. Thanks to all of you who have submitted papers. Please submit good stuff to AJL to raise its impact factor.
4.5 Associate Secretary (Newsletter Editor)
Andrea Schalley demonstrated a prototype version of the new ALS website which will have a members' area to allow maintaining a personal profile as well as providing for each member to add content for the Newsletter.
4.6 CIPL Representative
The next Congres International des Linguistes will be held in Geneva in late July 2013. Their website is http://cil19.org.
4.7 Pacific Linguistics
Report from Paul Sidwell:
Pacific Linguistics received a $5,000 subsidy from ALS in 2012. This subsidy was applied to production costs, and specifically was used to pay for part of the printing bill for Bill McGreggor’s “The Nyulnyul language of Dampier Land” (PL632).
PL is extremely grateful for this contribution, and those received in previous years. This ALS support has made a significant contribution to helping PL get through a long and difficult period of transition, which is now complete.
The old publication model that we operated under was financially unsustainable, and as you are all aware, in recent years PL began to accrue losses which threatened its continued operations. To deal with this, the Editorial Board negotiated an arrangement with DeGruyterMouton (Berlin) to take on the production and marketing of PL grammars and dictionaries, while other works will be handled on an open-access electronic model. The agreement came into effect in 2012 and in July we produced our last print volume in the old series. We are pleased to announce that the Mouton series (continuing the original numbering scheme) is now up and running, and the first volume - Ilana Myushin’s “A Grammar of (Western) Garrwa” (PL-637) is now available. In fact, in the 18 months to July we completed and published some 21 volumes, a significant proportion of which relate to Australian Languages and/or represent the work of ALS members.
That peak in production and subsequent sales, followed by the cessation of further printing costs, has lifted PL out of the red, and accordingly we will no longer be requesting direct assistance from ALS, and we again express our gratitude for your assistance through our transition.
It is still a fact that academic publication is an expensive business, and more and more obligations and costs are falling upon authors. In particular there are increasing editorial expenses, such as obligation to provide camera-ready copy, and increasing requests to cover costs such as copy-editing and refereeing. In this context, we would like to suggest that the ALS might like to consider establishing a fund - similar in size to the subsidy previously paid to PL - to directly assist authors with getting their works published. In this fast evolving publishing environment this may be a better way to foster the publishing of Australian Linguistics output.
There was some discussion of this proposal and it was generally felt that publication subsidies were not the responsibility of the ALS, but that the issue could be considered as part of the work of the finance sub-committee.
4.8 ALS 2012 Organisers’ Report
The Organising Committee would firstly like to thank our esteemed invited guests – Keren Rice, Östen Dahl and Miriam Meyerhoff – and thank UWA for the financial support for their travel. We would like to thank Anneli Strutt and the student helpers for all the work they have done so well, leading up to and during the conference. We also thank the sponsors: the Co-op Bookshop and the publishers whose flyers appeared in the conference bags.
There were 130 registrations in total for the conference and ALI courses, with participants from 12 countries.
A hundred papers were presented in the general sessions and special interest workshops. We thank the workshop organisers for their significant contributions to the conference.
The ALI courses were very successful, and for this we thank our invited guests and the other colleagues who contributed courses. 70 people participated in the six courses offered, a mix of Honours and graduate students and academic and professional linguists. We think that this demonstrates that it is possible to offer valuable courses in a way that is workable given the prevailing restrictions on the time and resources of all concerned. Judging from the positive responses from all the course presenters, a three-hour course is not too great a burden but still provides an opportunity to get into a topic at reasonable depth. (We also invited 6-hour courses but received no offers for this option.) Given the number of people who registered for the ALI courses, it seems clear that there is strong interest within the linguistics community and that a one-day program in addition to the conference is generally affordable in terms of the additional accommodation costs and time. It is important to say from the organisers’ point of view that the organisational cost of the ALI day has been a relatively small addition to the organisation of the conference. We would recommend to future organisers that they consider something along the lines of this year’s model for ALI courses, even with only 1 or 2 courses if that is all that is possible.
At this stage, we believe that the conference will break even, or make a relatively small loss. For future conferences, we would recommend to the proposed finance sub-committee that, given the pressures on academic time and the restrictions on administrative support in universities, an allocation should be available to organising committees for additional administrative support.
After discussion with the Executive, we have agreed to develop an initial handbook or wiki for future ALS organisers.
It is unfortunate that there was a partial timing clash with the SST conference and that it was also not possible to co-ordinate with ALAA this year. Conference clashes can hopefully be minimised by co-ordination with other societies/associations but they are often unavoidable given the competition for venues and other local factors, especially in the popular conference periods.
The Organising Committee. (Celeste Rodriguez Louro, Marie-Eve Ritz, Alan Dench, and John Henderson)
Lesley Stirling moved a motion of thanks to John and the organising committee. Seconded Ilana Mushin. Carried unanimously.
4.9 ALS 2013 Organisers
Rachel Nordlinger reported on organisation for the 2013 conference in Melbourne which will run from October 1st to 4th (see http://als2013.arts.unimelb.edu.au/)
5. Future ALI and ALS conferences
Newcastle has undertaken to organise the 2014 conference.>
6. Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad (OzCLO)
Andrea Schalley reported that OzCLO was run for the fifth time in 2012 and now with the benefit of an online entry system that helped increase the number of participants to 1100 (of which 696 were online). PLC (Victoria) won the national competition and went to the international finals in Slovenia. OzCLO develops students' interest in linguistics and is a great public relations exercise for linguistics and the ALS.
Both Andrea and Rachel asked the membership to get involved both in developing problem sets and in organising and running OzCLO.
7. Awards (Laves, Clyne, Kaldor, Talkley)
Laves Prize: Tim Connell, Masters student at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, to support fieldwork on Matek, a Land Dayak language spoken in West Kalimantan, Indonesia
Clyne Award: Donna Butorac for her PhD thesis titled: “Imagined Identity, Remembered Self: Settlement Language Learning and the Negotiation of Gendered Subjectivity” Macquarie University, 2011
Kaldor Prize: Qandeel Hussain, PhD student, Macquarie University, to attend the LSA Institute in 2013.
Talkley Award: Ingrid Piller. Lauren Gawne (on behalf of Piers Kelly and the postgraduate students' committee) presented this award which was accepted by Donna Butorac for Ingrid Piller.
8. Election of Officers
The following positions were open for election in 2012 and in each case only one nomination had been received.
- One Vice-President - Nomination: Trevor Johnston (Moved: Nick Thieberger, Seconded: Andrea Schalley)
- Secretary - Nomination: Nick Thieberger (Moved: Rachel Nordlinger, Seconded: Lesley Stirling)
- Associate Secretary- Nomination: Andrea Schalley (Moved: John Henderson, Seconded: Lesley Stirling)
- Treasurer - Nomination: Mark Harvey (Moved: Brett Baker, Seconded: John Henderson)
- Postgraduate Student Representative - Nomination: Jonathan Moodie (Moved: Rachel Nordlinger, Seconded: Lesley Stirling)
All elected by acclaim.
Lesley Stirling moved a motion of thanks to Piers Kelly for his work as postgrad rep. Seconded: Nick Thieberger. Carried by acclaim.
9. Any Other Business
- ALS membership list – how public should it be? After some discussion it was resolved that the new ALS website will have a members only area in which it would be possible to find contact details for members but that the whole list would not be downloadable.
Motion: That the Society work towards making a list of members and their contact details available to members via a password protected section of the website.
Moved Lesley Stirling, Seconded: Margaret Sharpe. Carried.
- Fully (sic) editor's report. Lauren Gawne reported on behalf of Aidan Wilson. Fully (sic) is a blog hosted by Crikey and focusses on language topics. All ALS members are encouraged to write items for this blog.
- Call for nominations: Australian Curriculum and Assessment Reporting Authority’s Aboriginal Languages and Torres Strait Islander Languages Panel are seeking nominations from a range of organisations as well as learning area experts and the contribution of the ALS would be greatly valued. The first meeting will be held by teleconference on 18 December 2012.
Ilana Mushin volunteered and was elected unanimously as the ALS rep.
John Hajek reported on the Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities (http://www.lcnau.org) and called for abstracts for LCNAU’s second Biennial Colloquium, to be held at the ANU, 3-5 July, 2013.
Mark Harvey reported on the upcoming Conference On Oceanic Linguistics (COOL9) in Newcastle at the beginning of February.
The meeting closed at 6.45 pm.
Features, by Greville G. Corbett, published by Cambridge University Press - brings together typological research on how features vary between languages with formal perspectives on how they work
Details at: http://www.cambridge.org/9781107661080
Canonical Morphology and Syntax, edited by Dunstan Brown, Marina Chumakina and Greville G. Corbett, and published by Oxford University Press - gives details of a new approach to typology, with contributions from: Dik Bakker, Oliver Bond, Dunstan Brown, Maina Chumakina, Greville G. Corbett, Nicholas Evans, Martin Everaert, Scott Farrar, Ana Luís, Irina Nikolaeva, Anna Siewierska, and Andrew Spencer.
The Program Committee of ALS2013 is accepting proposals for workshops at the annual meeting of the Australian Linguistic Society, October 2-4 2013. Guidelines are also available at the website:
We cannot guarantee that all workshop proposals will be successful. In your proposal, please provide the following information (by March 1st 2013) to enable us to make programming decisions.
- Whether the workshop should be full-day or half-day
- An overview (200 words or so) of the theme
- We strongly prefer you to nominate confirmed potential speakers and topics
- A named coordinator or contact person to liaise with the Program Committee
Papers for workshops will be peer reviewed, using the same abstract submission process as those for the general session (but will be noted as workshop papers). Authors submitting abstracts to the ALS will be able to submit papers for inclusion in a workshop as part of the abstract submission process.
Proposals should be submitted via email to als2013-at-unimelb.edu.au.
Brett Baker; Joe Blythe; Janet Fletcher; Jean Mulder; Ruth Singer; Lesley Stirling
ALS2013 Program Committee
Jobs, grants, and scholarships
A new continuing prize in Australian linguistics starting in 2013 is open for PhDs completed and examined since January 1 2012. An amount of $500 will be awarded to the best PhD (judged by the assessor - email below) demonstrating methodological and theoretical innovations in Australian linguistics, particularly those NOT focussing on grammar writing and those NOT using well-established theories in Australia. Of particular interest are studies in toponymy, language and ethnography, language and musicology, linguistic ecology, language identity and self, kinship relationships, island languages, spatial descriptions in language, Australian creoles, and language contact. Creative and excitingly written PhDs which push the boundaries of the discipline are particularly welcomed. The PhD should have been awarded by an Australian university or other institution but not necessarily be about Australian languages and cultures.
Email a pdf copy of the full PhD to jahewangi-at-hotmail.com by 31 March 2013 (PhDs still under examination may also be considered). The prize winner will be announced within one month of the deadline and all applicants will contacted about the decision.
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