Newsletter August 2013

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 (AGM) of the Australian Linguistic Society

The Annual General Meeting of the Australian Linguistic Society will be held on Thursday October 3rd, 2013, at 4.45 pm at University College of the University of Melbourne (the venue of the ALS conference).

Please send any motions to the ALS Secretary (Nick Thieberger, before the end of September for inclusion in the agenda.  

Please nominate yourself or someone you care deeply about for one of the following positions:

  • President (2014–2016) (currently Lesley Stirling)
  • Vice-President (2014–2016) (currently Caroline Jones)
  • Vice-President (2014–2016) (currently John Henderson)
  • Postgrad Student Rep (2014–2015) (currently Jonathan Moodie)
Nick Thieberger

ALS Prize and Scholarships

We congratulate the this year's winners: 

Michael Clyne Prize

Dr Amanda Miller Amberber (Macquarie University) for her thesis on Language Switching, Language Selection and Intervention in Bilingual Aphasia (2012).

Thesis Abstract:

This thesis investigates language switching, language selection and intervention in immigrant bilingual adults with acquired language impairment (aphasia) due to stroke. It presents a detailed linguistic and neurolinguistic investigation of code-switching between languages in unimpaired and impaired immigrant bilingual adults and the impact of aphasia on the ability to switch languages and to select languages according to sociolinguistic conversational norms. The thesis focuses on code-switching across diverse languages: Rarotongan Cook Islands Maori, Maltese, French, English. The thesis further investigates the effect of language treatment in the second language for bilingual adults with aphasia, and the sociocultural and linguistic adaptation of language tests for immigrant bilinguals with aphasia, focusing on Rarotongan.

A series of research studies were conducted to examine code-switching, language selection and efficacy of language treatment in the second language for immigrant bilingual adults with aphasia. Their language abilities post-stroke were compared to matched immigrant bilingual adults from the same language communities. Previous language switching studies in bilingual aphasia were critically analysed and new recommendations that take into consideration sociolinguistic aspects of language selection and switching were formulated for language assessment of bilingual adults with aphasia. A detailed description of the adaptation of the Bilingual Aphasia Test to Rarotongan and important considerations in cross-linguistic and cross-cultural test adaptation were presented, together with a linguistic sketch of the core properties of Rarotongan, an endangered and rarely described language.

The main findings of the thesis were that: (a) proficient bilingual adults with aphasia following stroke were shown to have impaired code-switching relative to unimpaired bilingual adults from the same language communities, but (b) their language selection was unimpaired across diverse monolingual and bilingual sociocultural contexts (c) the same results were shown across diverse languages (Rarotongan, Maltese, French, English) and (d) language treatment in the second language resulted in improvement of the second language but did not transfer to improve the untreated first language in chronic bilingual aphasia. Additionally, the thesis findings suggested that proficient early bilingual adults with aphasia may achieve language selection through language-specific activation rather than inhibitory control.

These findings have significant implications for the effective assessment and treatment of immigrant bilingual adults with aphasia, and suggest that treatment may need to be provided in each language spoken. The detailed analysis across diverse language pairs, identifying frequent patterns of language switching and selection that unimpaired immigrant bilinguals may utilise in differing sociolinguistic contexts, assists in accurate evaluation of the language abilities of bilingual adults with aphasia. Furthermore, the first adaptation of a standardised adult language test for aphasia to Rarotongan provides a model for future test adaptations to other Polynesian languages.

The enduring inspiration of Michael Clyne's commitment to inclusive multilingualism informs this thesis and the belief that every individual has the right to receive accurate, detailed language assessment and treatment in each of their languages.

ALS Susan Kaldor Scholarship

Kate Horrack – PhD Candidate, University of Melbourne

For attendance at the 2013 LSA Institute

Gerhardt Laves Scholarship

Brighde Collins – MA Research Candidate, University of Melbourne

For Fieldwork on Ngandi in the Ngukurr area (NT)

John Henderson

News from the University of Adelaide

Monty Hale's autobiography, Kurlumarniny: We come from the desert, has been short-listed for the WA Premier's History Prize. It was edited by Dr Anne Scrimgeour and transcribed and translated by Barbara Hale and Dr Mark Clendon.

Joshua Nash's book Insular Toponymies: Place-naming on Norfolk Island, South Pacific and Dudley Peninsula, Kangaroo Island is out soon on John Benjamins. See for details.

AUSTRALEX was held in Adelaide from 25-28 July 2013. The final programme can be accessed online here.

Information on the Adelaide Linguistics Research Colloquium for the period August-October 2013 can be found here:

The Australian Association of Jewish Studies (AAJS) will be held in Adelaide 9-10 February 2014. The Call for Papers is now available online at

Ghil'ad Zuckermann, Joshua Nash

News from James Cook University (Language and Culture Research Centre)

LCRC Visiting Fellows

  • Dr Knut Olawsky, Senior Linguist, Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring Language and Culture Centre, Kununurra, WA, will be visiting LCRC in October-November 2013. During his visit, he will focus on different areas of Miriwoong grammar (Jarrakan family, East Kimberley (Western Australia)), including word classes, possession and discourse marking.
  • Professor George van Driem, Professor of Historical Linguistics at the University of Bern, is a leading expert on historical linguistics, multidisciplinary aspects of interaction between linguistics, anthropology and genetics, with a special focus on languages and cultures of Eurasia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific. He will be visiting LCRC 19-23 August, within the JCU framework of Celebrating Research.

Feodor Lynen Fellow

Dr Diana Forker, of the University of Bamberg (Germany), has been awaded a prestigious Feodor Lynen Fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, to work on evidentiality in the Caucasus. She will be at LCRC for a year, from 6 September 2013.

New PhD student on ALF Project

Alexandra van den Elsen, a PhD student within Alexandra Aikhenvald's Australian Laureate Fellowship project 'How gender shapes the world: a linguistic perspective', will start her four-year course on 1 October 2013. She will be working on a language in South America, with particular focus on gender conceptualization.

Current fieldwork

  • Grant Aiton (PhD student) is currently undertaking fieldwork on Aimele, a previously undescribed Papuan language from Western Province, Papua New Guinea.
  • Kasia Wojtylak (PhD student) is currently undertaking fieldwork on Murui Witoto, a Witotoan language from Colombia.
  • Simon Overall (PostDoctoral Research Fellow) is undertaking fieldwork on Candoshi, an isolate in Peru.

Forthcoming books

  • Overall, Simon. Forthcoming. A grammar of Aguaruna. Berlin: De Gruyter.
  • van den Elsen, Alexandra. Forthcoming. Exploring Language Loss and Identity:Aboriginal Perspectives. Munich: Lincom Europa.


  1. The Local Workshop of the LCRC on Demonstratives and directionals started on 22 May 2013. Everyone is welcome. The Position paper, by Alexandra Aikhenvald, is available upon request from
  2. A Workshop on Non-spatial setting in Finisterre-Huon languages of Papuan New Guinea will be held Tuesday 8 – Wednesday 9 October 2013, room to be announced
    Workshop Convenor is Hannah Sarvasy. Participants will include Dr James Slotta (Franklin and Marshall Collage, Lancaster, PA), Susan Quigley, Ryan Pennington, Katri Linnasalo (of SIL PNG), and various members of LCRC. Further details will be available at
  3. List of upcoming events
    • Local Workshop Presentation 7, Wednesday 14 August, 4 pm, D3-150 in CI building:
      Mikko Salminen – Demonstratives and directionals in Huave
    • Pre-completion seminar, Monday 19 August, 2 pm, Bl-107 (in the library):
      Sihong Zhang – A grammar of Ersu
    • Regular seminar, Wednesday 21 August, 4 pm, D3-150 in CI building:
      George van Driem – Beyond the linguistic event horizon: Bottlenecks and ethnolinguistic prehistory
    • Local Workshop Presentation 8, Wednesday 28 August, 4 pm, D3-150 in CI building:
      Angeliki Alvanoudi – Demonstratives and directionals in Greek
    • Regular seminar, Wednesday 4 September, 4 pm, D3-150 in CI building:
      Elena Mihas – Compounding and noun incorporation in Asheninka
    • Local Workshop Presentation 9, Wednesday 11 September, 4 pm, D3-150 in CI building:
      Azeb Amha – Demonstratives and directionals in Wolaitta
    • Regular seminar, Wednesday 18 September, 4 pm, D3-150 in CI building:
      Valérie Guérin – On the reanalysis of a determiner as a preposition: the case of 'na' in Mavea
    • [no meeting on  Wednesday 25 September]
    • Local Workshop Presentation 10, Wednesday 2 October, 4 pm, D3-150 in CI building:
      Bob Dixon – Demonstratives and directionals in Jarawara
    • Regular seminar, Wednesday 16 October, 4 pm, D3-150 in CI building:
      Knut Olawsky – Language planning against the odds: defining language survival goals where words fail

      All are most welcome!

Alexandra (Sasha) Aikhenvald

News from the Australian National University

News from the Linguistics Department of the College of Asia & The Pacific (CAP) at ANU

News from the Linguistics Department of the College of Asia & The Pacific (CAP) has been compiled in our newsletter, available online at

Our recent 9-page newsletter includes details on:

  • Nick Evans’ ARC Laureate fellowship
  • Maïa Ponsonnet and Meladel Mistica’s PhD theses submissions
  • reports on the Wurm symposium
  • updates on workshops, grants and publications

and much more.

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

News from the School of Language Studies at ANU

New books 

  • Kinship Systems: Change and Reconstruction.  Edited by Patrick McConvell, Ian Keen, and Rachel Hendery. University of Utah Press 2013.
    Kinship systems are the glue that holds social groups together. This volume presents a novel approach to understanding the genesis of these systems and how and why they change. The editors bring together experts from the disciplines of anthropology and linguistics to explore kinship in societies around the world and to reconstruct kinship in ancient times. Kinship Systems presents evidence of renewed activity and advances in this field in recent years which will contribute to the current interdisciplinary focus on the evolution of society. While all continents are touched on in this book, there is special emphasis on Australian indigenous societies, which have been a source of fascination in kinship studies.
  • Prepositional Clauses in Spanish: A Diachronic and Comparative Syntactic Study. Manuel Delicado Cantero. (Studies in Language Change [SLC] 12. De Gruyter 2013.
  • The Fire History, Recording, commentary and translations by Luise Hercus. The author.
    The Fire History (or Fire Dreaming) is an important myth in Central Australia. There was a long Arabana-Wangkangurru song cycle of 80 verses linked to this myth. The book is an account of the Fire tradition as given by Mick McLean, the last man to know the verses.


Current visitors include Associate Professor James Walker, York University, Canada, and Dr Zuzanna Bulat-Silva, University of Wroclaw, Poland.

Recent doctoral theses

Summar Research Scholarship

Very shortly we will be advertising for a Summer Research Scholarship open to undergraduate and honours students to spend from late November to late January 2014 working at ANU on a project on Indigenous Australian languages. Watch for details, else contact Jane Simpson

Fanny Cottet, Jane Simpson, Piers Kelly

News from the University of New England

Books and theses

New Book: Diana Eades. 2013. Aboriginal ways of using English. Aboriginal Studies Press.

Diana has been invited by several radio stations to speak about the book. See weblink for a transcript of an interview with the author:

Dr Isabel Tasker's PhD thesis: The dynamics of Chinese learning journeys: a longitudinal study of adult learners of Mandarin in Australia was shortlisted for the International Christopher Brumfit PhD/EdD Thesis Award 2013.

Staff changes

UNE Linguistics looks forward to welcoming Dr Mark Post who leaves Bern University to join UNE on 19th August, bringing expertise on Tibeto-Burman languages among other things.

Conference organisation

Sophia Waters (UNE PhD candidate and PT lecturer) and Dr Carsten Levisen from Aarhus University have organised a panel titled: "Cultural Keywords in Discourse" for the 13th International Pragmatics Conference (IPrA) to be held in New Delhi 8-13. September.

Their co-presenters are:

Dr Yuko Asano-Cavanagh, Curtin University, Australia
Karime Aragon, Aarhus University, Denmark
Roslyn Rowen, Griffith University, Australia
Magnus Hamann, Aarhus University, Denmark
Helen Leung, Griffith University, Australia


Nick Reid has recently returned from a 3 month Endangered Languages Documentation Project in the Nauiyu community in the NT.

Cindy Schneider is undertaking fieldwork in Vanuatu for the period July-Oct 2013, working on literacy and descriptive projects in Abma.

Liz Ellis

News from the University of Melbourne

We in Melbourne are busy preparing for the ALS conference in October, see for further details and don't forget to register! We look forward to seeing you all there.

We are also very pleased to announce 2 new PhD completions:

  • Lauren Gawne 'Lamjung Yolmo copulas in use: evidentiality, reported speech and questions'
  • Janne Morton 'Becoming architectural: communities and genre in design studiopedagogy'

Congratulations to both!

Rachel Nordlinger

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

Interinstitutional Conference News

Language Variation and Change, Australia

The first meeting of Language Variation and Change – Australia ( took place at the La Trobe University City Campus on 26 July 2013. The workshop featured research by leading international sociolinguistics experts, including James Walker (York University, Canada), Alexandra D'Arcy (Victoria University, Canada) and Gerry Docherty (Griffith University). The day finished on a high with a keynote by Prof. Sali Tagliamonte (University of Toronto). With more than 50 attendees, including guest of honour Prof. Barbara Hovarth, the event was a resounding success. The second meeting of LVC-A is planned for 2015. Stay tuned!

Celeste Rodríguez Louro, Adam Schembri, Catherine Travis

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 August 2013

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.

  • Givón, T., compiler and ed. (2013) Ute Texts. John Benjamins, Amsterdam.
  • Jaszczolt, K. M. and L. de Saussure, eds. (2013) Time: Language, Cognition, and Reality. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Lily, W. (2013) Lily’s Grammar of Latin in English (edited by H. Gwosdek). Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Massip-Bonnet, À. and A. Bastardas-Boada, eds. (2013) Complexity Perspectives on Language, Communication and Society. Springer, Heidelberg.
  • Mel’čuk, I. A. (2013) Semantics: From Meaning to Text. Vol. 2. John Benjamins, Amsterdam.
  • O’Grady, G., T. Bartlett, and L. Fontaine, eds. (2013) Choice in Language: Applications in Text Analysis. Equinox, Sheffield.
Alan Libert

Upcoming Conferences

Annual Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society (ALS) 2013

We have a great program on offer, including 3 esteemed plenary speakers:

  • Prof Andy Butcher
  • Prof Eve Clark
  • Prof Martin Haspelmath

5 workshops:

  • Language acquisition research in remote communities
  • Language as performance
  • Lexis and grammar in contemporary Australian English
  • Person-based deictics as discourse markers
  • Variation within and between systems of nominal classification

And 100+ excellent papers on an enormous range of topics.  A detailed program is available here.

For information about the conference including how to register go to:

See you all in Melbourne in October!

Rachel Nordlinger

Annual Conference of the New Zealand Linguistic Society 2013

The Annual Conference of the New Zealand Linguistic Society is to be held in Christchurch, 20-22 November 2013.

Abstracts can be submitted at
Deadline for abstract submission is 26 August 2013.

Andrea Schalley

Investigating Australian Aboriginal and Pacific Islander kinship through archives – a crossdisciplinary workshop

Expressions of Interest: Investigating Australian Aboriginal and Pacific Islander kinship through archives, a crossdisciplinary workshop with Dr Helen Gardner

28th – 31st January 2014, ANU, Canberra

Dr Helen Gardner is a senior lecturer in World History and Pacific History at Deakin University in Melbourne. On 28 January 2014, Helen will present a seminar at the ANU in Canberra on ‘Nineteenth century kinship research in the Pacific and Australia’ as a guest of the ARC ‘Skin and Kin’ project.

Following this, Helen will convene a master class addressing issues in archival research which will include a visit to St Mark’s College archive (Canberra), the repository of many Pacific and Australian mission records. We are seeking expressions of interest from other scholars who wish to convene further discussions on topics related to nineteenth and early twentieth century archives in Australia and the Pacific. These discussions will be very informal and will not require a prepared presentation, but we would especially like to hear from those who wish to share specific research techniques. The target audience will be anthropologists, linguists and historians, and the discussions may be of interest to those working in Heritage and Native Title. Please send expressions of interest to Piers Kelly ( and Patrick McConvell ( by 30 August 2013.

Piers Kelly

AIATSIS National Indigenous Studies Conference

Date: 26-Mar-2014 - 28-Mar-2014
Location: Canberra, ACT, Australia
Contact Person: Alexandra Muir
Meeting Email:
Web Site:

Call Deadline: 25-Oct-2013

The 2014 AIATSIS National Indigenous Studies Conference will look at how far we have come in the area of Indigenous studies in Australia in the past 50 years. It will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legislated establishment of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies (now AIATSIS) as well as 50 years of leadership and excellence in Indigenous studies by AIATSIS.

The conference will be held from Wednesday 26 - Friday 28 March 2014 at the National Convention Centre in Canberra, with a welcome reception on Tuesday 25 March on the grounds outside the AIATSIS building.

The conference will bring together multi-disciplinary expertise from across the Indigenous studies sector, including researchers, policy makers, community members, academics, representative organisations, consultants, traditional owners and service providers. Whether your interest in the conference topic is from the perspective of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education, health, cultural heritage, arts, policy, sport, economics, language, anthropology, archives, IT or other equally relevant sectors, the conference presents a unique opportunity to communicate information about your research, projects and programs with a wide audience and to benefit from discussion around shared areas of interest.

Call for Papers:

We invite you to submit an abstract of a research-based paper for consideration for the 2014 National Indigenous Studies Conference program. Conference papers must relate to the conference title ‘50 Years: Breaking Barriers in Indigenous Research and Thinking’ in any of the many areas that make up the field of Indigenous studies, including but not limited to:

  • Health and well-being
  • Language
  • Native title
  • Education
  • History
  • Art
  • Law
  • Culture
  • Sport
  • Youth

We encourage you to submit proposals for papers, workshops and panels for consideration by the conference convenors.

Please submit your proposal with an abstract (up to 200 words), biography for each presenter (up to 150 words for each presenter) and the ‘call for papers’ submission form (please ensure all presenters sign off on application) to by Friday 25 October 2013.  We recommend that you read the guidelines set out in the call for papers document on our website before you start the submission process.

Please see our website at

The program convenors will endeavour to meet your proposal, but this may not always be possible and another choice may be offered to include you in the program. 

If you have any questions, please contact us on 02 6261 4223 or via email at

Andrea Schalley

Upcoming symposium: “Endangered Languages, Endangered Meanings”

Date: November 8th and 9th, 2013
Venue: 4th Floor Common Room Baldessin Precinct Building, Australian National University
Contacts: Anna Wierzbicka (, Zhengdao Ye, Cliff Goddard

Provisional Program


Friday 8 November

Saturday 9 November

8.30 – 9.00

Warm-up over coffee and croissants


9.00 – 10.30

“The challenge of endangered meanings”

Cliff Goddard, plus General Discussion

“Documenting endangered concepts for the future”

Nick Thieberger, with Discussant Rob Amery




11.00 – 12.30

“Plants, animals and environment: indigenous perspectives embedded in word meanings”

Carol Priestley, Myf Turpin, Aung Si

“Creoles, Kriol, and postcolonial semantics”

Sophie Nicholls, Carsten Levisen, with Discussant Carol Priestley


Lunch break

Light Lunch (provided)

and General Discussion

2.00 – 3.30

“Exploring verbs in the field with NSM: physical acts and activities”

Ulrike Mosel, Debbie Hill



4.00 – 6.00

“Cultural keywords, endangered concepts”

Anna Wierzbicka, Jenny Green, Zhengdao Ye, Discussant Jaky Troy




Jane Simpson

Jobs, grants, and scholarships

University of New England Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (UNEPDF)

Expressions of interest are invited from early career researchers for a UNE Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (UNEPDF).

EOIs are invited in the areas of Aboriginal linguistics, intercultural communication, bilingualism and second language development, and interested individuals are advised to contact the potential supervisors Assoc. Prof. Nick Reid, Dr Finex Ndhlovu or Dr Liz Ellis to discuss their interest.

Please note that candidates cannot apply directly to this scheme. Applications must be submitted by the UNE nominating supervisor and the closing date is 20th September, so potential candidates need to lodge an EOI well in advance of this date.

Liz Ellis

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 is time to contribute material; if you wish to be added to that list, send Andrea an email.

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