Newsletter February 2015

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Andrea Schalley

ALS Annual General Meeting 2014 – Minutes

Meeting held 5.30 pm, Thursday, 11th December, 2014, Newcastle

PresentHarold Koch, Caroline Jones, Felicity Meakins, Nick Evans, Myf Turpin, David Osgarby, Jaydn Macklin-Cordes, Janet Watts, Charlotte Chambers, Tom Ennever, Cicely Bonnin, Jane Simpson, Rachel Nordlinger, Anne Cutler, Rachel Hendery, David Nash, Catherine Travis, Johanna Rendle-Short, Sophie Nicholls, Alice Gaby, Wayan Arka, Gretel Macdonald, Rebecca Green, Ilana Mushin, Kate Horrack, Joshua Clothier, Robert Mailhammer, Jill Vaughan, Brighde Collins, Lucy Davidson, Cliff Goddard, Andy Butcher, Erich Round, Nay San, Peter Peterson, Bill Palmer, Jonathon Lum, Jonathan Schlossberg, Elisabeth Mayer Rachel Cramer, Cathy Bow, Mary-Anne Gale, Rob Amery, Catherine Treloar, Åshild Næss, Casey Tait, Sally Bowman, Adm Schembri, Jackie van der Bos, Sydney Kingstone, Temmy Thanmrin, Nick Thieberger, Lesley Stirling, Mark Harvey

1. Apologies

Kate Burridge, Keith Allan, Alan Liebert, Andrea Schalley

2. Minutes

Minutes of the 2013 AGM accepted.

3. Matters arising

Lesley Stirling raised the issue of the Australian Quality Framework and asked if there was interest in pursuing a discussion with the ALS membership. A meeting was arranged to plan action around the AQF.

4. Reports

4.1 President

Lesley Stirling thanked the members of the Executive for their hard work during the year.

LS reported she has presented three submissions this year on behalf of the ALS: to the ERA 2015 Submissions Guidelines Consultation (putting forward the ALS sub-committee’s recommendations for collections of primary material to be regarded as scholarly output); the ERA 2015 draft journals and draft conference series list; and to the Indigenous Education Review team regarding the Bruce Wilson Draft Report on Indigenous Education.

LS noted that she had been contacted by members who expressed concern about the ongoing support for and viability of the Victorian year 12 subject ‘English Language’ and  who had requested that she write to VATE on behalf of the ALS. This subject is essentially ‘English Linguistics’, and has been a successful addition to the suite of English subjects available to VCE students.

Motion: That ALS shall approve a grant of up to $5K or more if Exec thinks it is needed, in support of VCE English Language, to be used to employ a suitably qualified person to research the status of English Language and to scope out strategies for strengthening its viability, possibly including organising of a professional development session and developing a web presence on the ALS website.
Moved LS, Seconded: John Hajek. Carried

LS noted a new ARC medical research policy that was updated effective 25 August 2014. It includes the following statements:

Research eligible for ARC support includes
Research (including observational research) where the goal is the understanding of normal human life stages […] and/or traits using human participants or populations, unless it involves a health intervention

Research ineligible for ARC support includes
Research with human health and/or medical goals, including research on the understanding, aetiology, monitoring, management or treatment of physical or mental disease or other health conditions in humans
Interventional research in humans, particularly clinical or pre-clinical trials of therapeutic goods […] or research aiming to modify the health of the human participants [definition: includes interventions designed to understand and/or change human health conditions [including] behavioural interventions]

A set of examples have been released, but these do not include linguistically relevant cases.

Question: does the membership agree that these developments are of potential concern for linguistic research on clinical populations?

Proposal: LS will write to the ARC requesting guidance concerning a class of research project not so far considered in their examples, i.e.:
This project aims to explore the characteristics of the speech and language communication used by [children with Specific Language Impairment / Adults with traumatic brain injury / Deaf children using cochlear implants / Individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorders] in comparison with the general human population, in order to better understand the characteristics of this disorder and to identify potentially fruitful directions for developing interventions.

Agreed that LS write to the ARC.

4.2 Treasurer

For the Treasurer’s summary of accounts, see the 2014 financial statement.

Options for investment of ALS funds. Proposal from the ALS Finance sub-committee to convert all current investments in the share market to cash investments.

Motion: That the ALS establish a sub-committee to develop a system of grants available to ALS members by competitive application.

The motion was discussed and it was decided to give it to the Finance sub-committee for them to frame options for projects to be funded by the ALS, and these options will then be presented to the membership. The motion lapsed.

Jane Simpson suggested that we could negotiate with T&F to make all articles Open Access and use some of the funds they pay to ALS to cover that cost.

Caroline Jones and Mark Harvey have sought financial advice on behalf of the ALS and would like to get input from the membership on directions, including the book-keeping software. This proposal will be part of the options presented to the ALS Executive by the finance sub-committee.

4.3 Journal Editors

AJL Editor’s report for ALS Newcastle 2014 Conference

My apologies for being unable to attend the Newcastle 14 conference in person. Here is a brief report on the Australian Journal of Linguistics.

AJL is currently flourishing. The first thing to note is that the impact factor has jumped to 0.400 in 2013 from 0.143 in 2012 (though in 2011 it was 0.263 and in 2010, 0.208).

Since my report last year 159 papers from 24 countries have been received by AJL, 28 have been published (18%), 53 (33%) are being revised or in the process of review, 78 (49%) have been rejected. Of the submission from 24 countries, 31% have been from Australia, 21% from Iran, 8% from Spain and 7% from China. 

28 papers and 8 book reviews were published in the 2014 volume 34, which is consequently oversize to the extent of 80 pages so that the 2015 volume 35 will be only around 464 pages instead of 544. There is already almost enough copy to hand for the whole of volume 35, and there are submitted papers being processed that will probably not appear until 2016.

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 help raise its impact factor yet further.

Keith Allan, Editor Australian Journal of Linguistics

Alan Libert (Book Reviews Editor) reported that all is well with the reviews section and that he continues to encourage people to send them in.

4.4 Associate Secretary (Newsletter Editor)

The webpage redevelopment is continuing and likely to continue for some time. There was a major security issue with the Drupal Content Management System which powers our website and thousands of other websites. This was resolved for the ALS website.

Business as usual other than that (including 5 ALS Newsletters since the last AGM, 34 ALS Online email messages, and a number of membership matters). Thank you to our Vice Presidents for having taken over our membership matters during the year.

4.5 ALS2014 Organisers

This year’s conference had some 140 registrations and may make a profit. A full report will follow. In order to allow for consistency in reviewing procedures between conferences, Mark Harvey suggests some mechanisms as put in the following two motions.

  1. The review process will be administered through ALS.
  2. The Executive will issue a call for reviewers in the ALS Program Committee immediately following the 2014 AGM. Persons who agree to be reviewers will remain on the register of Program Committee, until they inform the executive that they no longer wish to act as a reviewer.
  3. The Executive will issue a call for new volunteers for the Program Committee each year through the ALS newsletter.
  4. The Executive may invite persons to join the Program Committee.
  5. Abstracts will be reviewed according to criteria approved by ALS.
Motion  (Mark Harvey)
“That the reviewing process for proposals for the annual ALS conference be formalised and administered by the ALS to allow consistency between conferences.” (moved: Mark Harvey, seconded Harold Koch, Carried)

“That the reviewing criteria for proposals for the annual ALS conference be formalised to allow consistency between conferences and that the ALS Exec will consult by email with the ms on the form of the criteria.” (moved: Mark Harvey, seconded Nick Evans, Carried)

Discussion: Establish a Program Committee which has the responsibility of setting the program, avoiding clashes and grouping papers, aiming as much as possible to represent participants from a spread of universities. It could be the job of an ALS Vice President to oversee this committee’s continuity between conferences.

ALS Abstract Reviewing Criteria

Overall assessment (provided to committee and not to author)

5     Strongly accept
4     Accept
3     Borderline
2     Reject
1     Strongly Reject

Reviewer’s expertise

5     Expertise in the specific topic
4     Expertise in the general domain of the topic
3     Average general knowledge of the topic domain
2     A limited general knowledge of the topic domain
1     Not at all expert

Placement within relevant context

Does the abstract establish that it makes a contribution within the context of the relevant materials (both published and unpublished)? It could bring a new theoretical perspective, provide new data or both.



Establishes a significant contribution with clear specifics as to how the paper will make the contribution



Establishes a contribution with clear specifics as to how the paper will make the contribution



Establishes a potential contribution, but does not provide clear specifics as to how the paper will make the contribution



Establishes a potential contribution, but does not indicate how the paper will make the contribution


Very Poor

Does not establish a contribution

Clarity & Comprehensiveness

Criteria are provided for Excellent and Very Poor evaluations. Assessment as Good, Borderline, or Poor will depend on the reviewer’s comparative weighting of these criteria.



a. The abstract establishes its topic clearly, and discussion coherently relates to topic

b. Adequate & up-to-date referencing

c. Sufficient supporting material – diagrams, language data, stats etc – provided where it can be reasonably expected











Very Poor

a. The abstract fails to establish a topic, and the discussion is incoherent

b. Very poor referencing

c. No supporting material, where such materials are reasonably expected

Potential Interest to Conference Audience

3     This paper would interest the great majority of the conference audience
2     This paper would interest a standard 20 – 30 person paper audience
1     This paper would interest only a few people

Reasons for Decision

Please provide a brief summary (1 – 5 sentences) of the reasons for your decision. Please note that the program committee will return these comments with the abstract decision. The program committee will not provide any identifying information in the return process. Please avoid providing any information in the summary which could identify you.

4.6 ALS2015 Organisers

ALS 2015 will be held on Tuesday 8 – Friday 11 December, 2015 at UWS, Parramatta. July 2015 – workshop submissions due. Sept 2015 – abstracts (papers, posters) due. Please contact us with your input and ideas!

5. Future ALI and ALS conferences

Hosting of ALT conference in Canberra in 2017 (December; dates yet to be finalised but 4-8, or 11-15 are likely) and its implications for the 2017 ALS conference. Maybe a Sydney host to allow the ALS conference to run a day before or after the ALT conference?

No firm offers yet for hosting the ALS 2016 conference.

6. Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad (OzCLO) 

[Report by Andrea Schalley on behalf of the National Steering Committee]

We would like to thank the Australian Linguistic Society for their generous support of $5,000 per year until 2018.

We had a very successful 2014 competition, and to our surprise were able to grow our participation figures even further, by about 17%: 1,717 students in 443 teams competed across 7 states and territories in 2014 - in the ACT, NSW (with 2 regions), NT, QLD, SA, VIC, WA. (Of these, 1,371 studens in 355 teams participated online at exactly the same time around the country - quite an achievement given time zone differences and different school schedules.) That is, overall 7.2 out of every 100,000 people living in Australia participated.

The national winning team was a junior team from NSW this year, the runner up team was a senior team from VIC. With winning and runner up teams coming from QLD and WA last year, we are seeing a nice spread of outstanding results across the country.

Both the winning and the runner up teams travelled with overall 7 competitors to the International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL), which was held in Beijing, China, in July 2014 and where 39 teams from 28 countries participated. One Australian participant received an individual Bronze Medal at the IOL, and two Australian participants received an individual honorable mention each - a great outcome for Australia! Congratulations to all and to the teams for the great work.

I would also like to note that OzCLO has gone international: some schools from Sweden have participated via our online competition system. In its 2014 inaugural instalment, 63 students in 16 teams competed this way.

7. Awards (Laves, Clyne, Kaldor, Talkley)

The Michael Clyne prize, jointly awarded by ALS and ALAA for the best postgraduate research thesis in the area of immigrant bilingualism and language contact, was awarded to Maria Gindidis for her thesis titled: “Australian Community Language Teachers: A Phenomenological Study”.

The Kaldor Award winner is Janet Watts, to attend the Summer School on Documentary Linguistics and Variationist Sociolinguistics.

The Laves Award winner is Giordana Santosuosso, to support her fieldwork on the Lau language of the Solomon Islands.

The Talkley Award is presented every two years to an ALS member who has done a great deal to promote linguistics in the public sphere. It took much deliberation to choose the winner for this year's award, but we can announce that the 2014 Talkley Award goes to Lauren Gawne and Georgia Webster, editors of Superlinguo. Lauren and Georgia have been prominent in new media, with their Superlinguo blog, together with Superlinguo's Twitter and Facebook, having over 27,000 subscribers from all over the world. Lauren is also a contributor to and past editor of Crikey's Fully (Sic) blog. They have been active in broadcast media, hosting a regular radio spot on RRR's 'The Breakfasters', as well as a special edition of Max Headroom, and Lauren has also been interviewed for a Radio National program. Lauren has contributed to articles in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Canberra Times, the Star Observer, and the ABC's Ramp Up, and writes a regular column 'By Lingo' in the Big Issue. Both Georgia and Lauren were panelists for a Cherchez La Femme discussion, and there are probably many other contributions that we have missed. In their work, Lauren and Georgia have covered a huge range of topics, from language and linguistics news stories, insights into language documentation work, discussions about Australian languages and other minority languages, explanations of linguistics concepts, Australian English, language variation and change, language and gender, language and disability, language and sexuality, sign languages, gesture, online communication, and basically a bit of everything. They have used various platforms to effectively communicate different aspects of language and linguistics to the wider community and also regularly answer questions from their audience about linguistic topics and how to go about pursuing linguistics further. As Lauren herself says "I write for Superlinguo because I don't want to live in an ivory tower, the work my colleagues do is fascinating and worth sharing with the world in an approachable way".

8. Report on Fully (Sic)

Piers Kelly and Aidan Wilson are looking for any postgraduate linguistics students interested in contributing to Crikey's Fully (sic) language blog. The blog is edited by a different volunteer each year, to keep it fresh. Any take on language is welcome, particularly if it has relevance to current events. If you would like to edit the blog or just contribute, please contact Piers or Aidan. No experience is necessary: becoming an editor is the experience. 

9. Election of Officers

  • Vice-President (Nomination: Felicity Cox)
  • Secretary (Nomination: Nick Thieberger)
  • Associate Secretary (Nomination: Andrea Schalley)
  • Treasurer (Nomination: Mark Harvey)

All elected unanimously. Thanks to Trevor Johnston for his work as one of the Vice Presidents for the past two years.

10. Any Other Business

Motion: “That the ALS write to relevant authorities to express deep concern about the decision of the Department of Education in the Northern Territory to cut the position of Senior Language Resource Officer (SLRO) based in Alice Springs, covering schools in Central Australia and the Barkly regions and reaffirm the ALS’s commitment to support for bilingual education.”

Moved: Lesley Stirling. Seconded: Cliff Goddard. Carried

Nick Thieberger

News from Charles Darwin University

Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages

The LAAL project continues to grow its collection, with now over 1600 books online in 30 Indigenous languages available at A new app has just been released to allow people to download materials to mobile devices for offline use - more info at   An academic engagement strategy is also working to promote use of the archive among researchers, lecturers and students – see  

Top End Linguistics Circle

CDU continues to be the most frequent host of the Top End Linguistic Circle, which since the late 1970s has been an informal association of linguists and other language specialists in the broader Darwin area. Paul Black has created a website at which includes a brief history and a record of previous meetings. Meetings are normally held 2-3 times per year, particularly when visiting linguists are in town – visitors are invited to contact the convenor

Yolngu Studies

Resources created for students in the Graduate Certificate in Yolngu Studies are publicly available, including an online dictionary (, story database, and Livestream video lectures. See for more information.

Bachelor of Indigenous Languages and Linguistics at ACIKE

Dr Nicoletta Romeo is currently revising many of the units in the Bachelor of Indigenous Languages and Linguistics. The units cover general descriptive and theoretical linguistics and sociolinguistics, with particular reference to Indigenous language situations, identity and language endangerment. The course is available to through Batchelor Institute/ACIKE to Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, and includes opportunities to learn Arrernte and Yolngu languages.

Tyikim language revitalisation

Dr Payi Linda Ford was recently awarded an ARC Discovery Indigenous grant and will continue to work on revitalisation of her traditional languages of the Daly River area. A recent workshop on developing an app for Marrithiyel language was featured on SBS at

Cathy Bow

News from Griffith University

Andrea Schalley and Susana Eisenchlas have initiated and coordinated a successful bid for an International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA) Research Network (ReN) on “Social and Affective Factors in Home Language Maintenance and Development”, which was approved at the end of January. The Research Network will initially run for the period 2015-2017. Its founding membership comprises 29 international members (from Canada, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the US) and 11 national members (from Griffith University, Macquarie University, the University of Melbourne, the University of New England, the University of New South Wales, the University of Southern Queensland, and the University of Sydney). The main aims of the network are:

  1. Rese​arch:
    To foster collaborations and exchanges between scholars working in the field of social and affective factors in home language maintenance and development. 
  2. Dissemination:
    To disseminate research findings on the importance of home language maintenance and development to stakeholders including Departments of Education, policy makers, childcare centres, schools, parents, minority language-speaking communities and the mainstream society.
  3. Advocacy:
    To lobby for the recognition and uptake of research findings and to provide expert advice to stakeholders. This might include submissions to Senate inquiries, support and advice to communities on grassroots initiatives and other activities.

We are currently looking at establishing a web presence. If you are interested in this network, please contact either of the ReN's convenors ( or

Andrea Schalley

News from the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (UWS, UQ, UMelb and ANU)

The ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language was officially launched on 24 November 2014 by the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP with inaugural speeches by ANU Vice Chancellor Ian Young and the Centre’s director Professor Nick Evans. The Centre is a seven-year collaboration between The Australian National University, The University of Western Sydney, The University of Melbourne and The University of Queensland, with partners in the US, the UK, New Zealand, China, Singapore, Germany and the Netherlands. The research team is focusing on four key research areas: how languages differ, how they are learned, how the brain processes them and how they evolve.

Follow the Centre on Facebook and Twitter, and watch this space for a new website coming soon. If you would like to be added to the newsletter subscription list, send a message to

Launch of the University of Queensland node

The University of Queensland node of the Centre was launched on Thursday 15th January 2015 by the university's provost, Professor Max Lu. The great unveiling of the Centre logo preceded a series of engaging presentations by Janet Wiles ('Talking with robots'), Helen Chenery ('The dynamics of language in dementia'), Dan Angus ('The Discursis communication analysis tool'), Felicity Meakins ('The rise and fall of languages: Language change in Australia'), Tina Knuepffer ('Language decline in dementia - Is sharing caring?'), Lydia Byrne ('Visualizing linguistic paradigms'), Cindy Gallois ('Communication accommodation in intergroup health encounters'), Myf Turpin ('Mapping the diversity of traditional Aboriginal song: Social and ecological significances for Australia'), Ben Matthews ('Interaction design in brief'), Peter Worthy ('Designing with physiological responses in social interactions') and Scott Heath ('Lingodroids: Learning shared lexicons for spatial specialists').

Launches for the University of Melbourne and University of Western Sydney nodes will be announced over the coming months.

Recent appointments

Dr Karen Mulak (Postdoctoral Fellow, UWS)

Current PhDs with the Centre

The Australian National University: Denise Angelo, James Bednall, Carlo Ceste, Claudia Cialone, Tina Gregor, Kyla Quinn.

The University of Melbourne: Katie Jepson, Ivan Kapitonov, Alice Warren.

The University of Queensland: Lydia Byrne, Tom Ennever, Amy Gibson, Claire Gourlay, Amanda Hamilton, Scott Heath.

The University of Western Sydney: Martin Ip


Successful candidates from the first round of post-doctoral and PhD recruitment will be announced shortly.

The University of Queensland node is advertising the following position for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow: They are seeking someone to engage in research on one of the following topics: Language contact or change in an Australian language e.g. an Arandic or Ngumpin-Yapa language; Multiregional variation in Kriol; Description of a new Australian contact language. We are also open to other suggested projects in the area of Language Contact or Australian Languages.


The Centre's first ever Summerfest has been a rip-roaring success with bright young students and seasoned scholars coming together to discuss new directions in language research.

Topics ranged from fieldwork practices, corpora-building, archiving, and talking to the media, with special hands-on sessions for learning the basics of CLAN, ELAN and FLEx. The technology thread leaders also introduced participants to Discursis and Alveo, prompting discussions of how various platforms and workflows might be integrated for maximum effect.

SummerFest was followed by a workshop to discuss how language documentation might be scaled-up to increase the size, utility and comparability of linguistic corpora.

Public lecture by Prof. Anne Cutler

The Centre was proud to present Professor Anne Cutler as the first speaker in its Annual Public Lecture series. On the 4 February, Anne spoke on the topic "How the language you speak guides the way you listen" at the Australian National University in Canberra.

Anne presented the results of experiments showing how pre-linguistic infants become attuned to the phonologies of the parents’ languages, and noted how these effects extend into the language perception of adults.

Public interest was overwhelming. The audience of nearly 200 including such language-loving luminaries as Professor Aidan Byrne (Chief Executive Officer of the ARC) and Dr Joseph Pirotta (Deputy High Commissioner at the High Commission of the Republic of Malta).

Audio and slides of Anne’s talk will be available from the Centre’s website in the coming months.

Visitors to the Centre

Australian National University:

  • Carmel O'Shannessy is visiting ANU as a Humanities Research Centre Fellow.

University of Melbourne:

  • Carmel O’Shannessy will be visiting in May and presenting a seminar, and will be a visitor during July and August.
  • Dr. Alice Gaby will be spending her sabbatical at the Centre from January to June 2015.
  • Professor Anne Fabricius from Roskilde Universitet will be visiting the Centre in February and March.  
  • Professor Miriam Meyerhoff (Victoria University, Wellington) will be visiting in March.


  • Centre member Carmel O'Shannessy will be speaking at the CARTA symposium on 'How Language Evolves'. Her presentation will be available via live webcast on 20 February.
  • Centre affiliate Ruth Singer is hosting Linguistics in the Pub in Melbourne on 24 February on the topic of best practice in grammar-writing. Check in at RNLD for details.

Various Centre researchers will be participating in the Australian Languages Workshop at Kioloa, which is being supported by CoEDL in 2015. See the official ALW site for details. 

Piers Kelly

News from the University of Sydney

New staff

Three new department members have now officially started and are on deck as of the beginning of 2015: Nick Enfield, Sebastian Fedden, and Gwen Hyslop.


A symposium to honour Michael Halliday (inaugural chair of linguistics at USYD) in his 90th year is being held at the University of Sydney on February 17 (in New Law Foyer, Level 2, the New Law Building), with support from the Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association and the USYD School of Language, Art, and Media:

Sebastian Fedden recently convened an International Workshop “Gender and Classifiers: Areal and Genealogical Perspectives” (held at MPI Nijmegen) in late January, in association with the Surrey Morphology Group:

Sebastian Fedden is convening the new Linguistics Department seminar series; times/dates/speakers to be announced soon – contact Sebastian for information.


Monika Bednarek has received a DVC Research/Bridging Support Grant for 2015, titled “Discursive News Values Analysis”.

Nick Enfield has received a DVC Research/Bridging Support Grant for 2015, titled “Language and Ethnicity in Contact: a Case Study in Upland Laos”.

Several members of the Department of Linguistics, along with colleagues in other USYD departments including Philosophy, History, Anthropology, Sociology, and Conflict & Peace Studies, have received Dean and Pro-Dean for Research Incentive Funding (2015) for a Faculty-wide collaborative research network on ‘Power and Accountability’, led by Nick Enfield.


New book published: ‘The Utility of Meaning: What Words Mean and Why”, by N. J. Enfield (Oxford: Oxford University Press):

Nick Enfield’s 2003 book ‘Linguistic Epidemiology’ has just been released in paperback:

Visiting scholars

The Linguistics Department is host to visiting scholar Kenneth Reinecke Hansen, Assistant Professor, Centre for Journalism, University of Southern Denmark: “Applying corpus-based discourse analysis, I will be investigating how current journalistic practice is shifting the focus from the present to the future, including how journalists ‘guess’, i.e. predict and speculate, about the future.” The project is funded by University of Southern Denmark and sponsored by the Carlsberg Foundation.

The Linguistics Department is host to visiting scholar Jennifer Fest: “Working with Dr Monika Bednarek I will work on studying the concept of news values in a corpus of newspaper articles from five different regional varieties of English. The research is based on an operationalisation of different news values into representative linguistic features and aims at describing the distribution of these values with regard to the news topics and varieties to which they are most frequently connected. My stay is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).”

Nick Enfield

News from the University of New England

UNE convened the Inaugural Workshop of the International Consortium for Eastern Himalayan Etholinguistic Diversity during 6-7 September 2014. We also appointed George van Driem, Scott DeLancey and Roger Blench as adjunct professors.

Sophia Waters' PhD titled The Cultural Semantics of "Sociality" Terms in Australian English, with Contrastive Reference to French has been accepted by Council and she will graduate in March.
Supervisors Prof. Cliff Goddard, Dr Anna Gladkova and Dr Liz Ellis. Congratulations Sophia!

Liz Ellis

News from the Australian National University

New postgraduates at ANU Linguistics

A number of new post graduates have joined linguistics at ANU:
Claudia Cialone, Tina Gregor,  James Bednall, Denise Angelo, Carlo Ceste, Marie-France Duhamel, Alex Marley, Hedvig Skirgard, Kyla Quinn


Nick Evans has a number of recent publications:

  • Akerman, Kim, Bruce Birch & Nicholas Evans. 2014. Notes on the contemporary knowledge of traditional material culture among the Iwaidja – Cobourg Peninsula, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory 2005-6. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 138.2:181-213.
  • Evans, Nicholas. 2014. Valency in Nen. Citable database information at
  • Evans, Nicholas. 2014. Positional verbs in Nen. Oceanic Linguistics 53 (2), 225-255.

A new volume, edited by Zhengdao Ye and Cliff Goddard has been published: "Happiness" and "Pain" across Languages and Cultures, a special issue of the International Journal of Language and Culture 1(2) (2014):

  • Goddard, Cliff and Zhengdao Ye (eds) (2014). “Happiness” and “Pain” across Languages and Cultures. Special issue of the International Journal of Language and Culture, 1(2) (141 pp.)
  • Wierzbicka, Anna. (2014). “Pain” and “suffering” in cross-linguistic perspective. International Journal of Language and Culture, 1(2): 149-173.
  • Ye, Zhengdao. (2014). The meaning of “happiness” (xìngfú) and “pain” (tòngkŭ) in Chinese. International Journal of Language and Culture, 1(2): 194-215.
  • Goddard, Cliff and Zhengdao Ye (2014). Exploring “happiness” and “pain” across languages and cultures. International Journal of Language and Culture, 1(2): 131-148.
  • Zuzanna Bulat-Silva(2014). Some remarks on“pain” in Latin American Spanish. International Journal of Language and Culture, 1(2): 239-252.

Paul Sidwell is pleased to announce that The Handbook of Austroasiatic Languages (2 vols) (LINK) is now out, in hardback and e-book formats. This is the culmination of 5 years off-and-on work by Paul and co-editor/contributor Mathias Jenny and a supporting cast of some 28 other contributors. For the first time in the history of Austroasiatic studies we now have a consolidated reference with extensive topological description and historical analysis. This is one of the primary outputs of Paul's Future Fellowship and yet another indication of the leadership that ANU scholars display in their respective fields.

Announcing: Practices and Policies: Current Research in Languages and Cultures Education: Selected Proceedings of the Second National LCNAU Colloquium Canberra, 3-5 July 2013.  Editors: Catherine Travis, John Hajek, Colin Nettelbeck, Elizabeth Beckmann and Anya Lloyd-Smith. (LINK)

Elisabeth Mayer is one of the co-authors of a new publication: “Australia Loves Language Puzzles: The Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad (OzCLO)” in Language and Linguistics Compass 8/12 (2014): 659-670. (LINK)

Amanda Laugesen has just published her new book Furphies and Whizz-bangs: Anzac Slang from the Great War (Oxford University Press, 2014). It will be generally available for sale from the end of November.

Maïa Ponsonnet's PhD has now been published by John Benjamins as a monograph entitled The language of emotions: The case of Dalabon (Australia).

Owen Edwards has received news that his submission to Oceanic Linguistics entitled "The Position of Enggano within Austronesian" had been accepted and will be published in the June 2015 edition.

PhD submissions and awards

Hyunsu Kim has just submitted her PhD thesis, “The interactional functions of the Korean -nikka/-tay and the Japanese -tte in spoken discourse". (Chair of Panel: Shunichi Ikeda).

Adele Gregory was awarded the Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association (ASSTA) New Researcher Award.

Workshops and presentations given or to be attended

Nick Evans and Hedwig Skirgard will be attending the Waiheke Workshop on Glottobank, org. run by Quentin Atkinson (Auckland) & Russell Gray (MPI Jena): Feb 23-26, Waiheke Island, NZ.

Fanny Cottet, Adele Gregory, Yuko Kinoshita, Phil Rose and Shunichi Ishihara participated in the 15th Australasian International Speech Science and Technology Conference, held in Christchurch, NZ, 3rd-5th December 2014. The following 6 peer-reviewed full papers were presented by the participants from the ANU at the conference:

  • Fanny Cottet, Assibilation in Trans-New Guinea languages of the Bird's Head region.
  • Adele Gregory, Consonant inventory of infants aged 0-6 months.
  • Yuko Kinoshita, LR-based forensic comparison under severe test-data scarcity.
  • Yuko Kinoshita, Looking into real world: LR variability under forensically realistic conditions.
  • Phil Rose, Mr. White goes to market - running speech and citation tones in a southern Thai bidialectal.
  • Shunichi Ishihara, Replicate mismatch between test and background/development databases: The effect on the performance of likelihood ratio-based forensic voice comparison

“A showcase: Forensic voice/text comparison studies” was organised by Shunichi Ishihara in October, 2014, for which four talks were given by Yuko Kinoshita, Phil Rose and Shunichi Ishihara. This showcase attracted many people from the different schools of the ANU and the government section. A similar event is scheduled for this year as well.

In September 2014 Kwang-Ju Cho presented his latest findings entitled “The Bantawa verbal agreement system in the context of Kiranti and Tibeto-Burman” at the Inaugural Workshop of the International Consortium for Eastern Himalayan Ethnolinguistic Prehistory held at the University of New England in Armidale.

Owen Edwards presented on metathesis in Amarasi at Surrey, Leiden, Leipzig and Cologne during December of 2014.

Siva Kalyan will be giving a talk at the Australian Languages Workshop (March 7–9, Kioloa) entitled “Intersecting subgroups in the Pilbara languages”.

Upcoming presentations and workshops

Middle workshop (Organiser Wayan Arka): Mon 16th Feb

Southern New Guinea workshop (Organiser Nick Evans, Wayan Arka, Jeff Siegel (University of New England)): Tues 17th-Fri 20th Feb

Aboriginal Languages Workshop:  Thurs 5th-Sun 8th March; 5-6th on campus, 7-8th at Kioloa

Special workshops within that:

  • Developing Corpora for Australian Indigenous Languages (Organisers: Nick Evans, Jane Simpson, Caroline Jones): Thurs 5th March.
  • Revitalising ancestral Song traditions in south-eastern Australia (Organiser: Jim Wafer): Fri 6th March.

Wayan Arka has been invited as a keynote speaker for the 22th AFLA (the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association) Conference, McGill University, Canada, 21-24 May 2015.

Paul Sidwell has been invited to attend the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig) closing conference "Diversity Linguistics: Retrospect and Prospects" May 1-3. He will present his paper "A comprehensive phylogenetic analysis of the Austroasiatic languages". Later the same month Paul will also attend the 25th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS) at the Mae Khao campus of Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand, from May 27-29.

Siva Kalyan and Alex François will be running a workshop entitled "Non-cladistic approaches to language genealogy" at next year's International Conference on Historical Linguistics (Naples, July 27–31). The purpose of the workshop is to build awareness of the limitations of the family-tree model, and to stimulate the development of alternative (especially quantitative) methods for analysing language genealogy. The abstract submission deadline is January 30.

New courses

Dineke Schokkin will be running a comprehensive comparative study of the Austronesian language family, which is one of the world’s largest, both in terms of number of languages and geographical spread, and perhaps the best documented one with the exception of Indo-European. Aspects included are: features of the grammar of selected languages of the family; comparative phonology, morphology, syntax, vocabulary; reconstruction of aspects of the proto-language; subgrouping; language change and cultural history. A particular focus will lie on the Oceanic subgroup within Austronesian. Methodological issues in describing language variation and change will also be discussed. The course will serve both to initiate students into the descriptive and comparative study of a particular language family and to consolidate and advance their understanding of the principles of language change and the practice of linguistic reconstruction.


Kwang-Ju Cho returned from a two month field trip in Nepal in December 2015.
Chris Weedall has just returned from a five month field trip around Assam province in India.
Matthew Callaghan has just returned from his four month field trip in Chile. 

Eri Kashima, Jane Simpson

News from the University of Newcastle

Conferences and workshops

At the end of February Bill Palmer attended a planning workshop at the University of Hawai'i Manoa for the online Endangered Languages Catalogue ( in his capacity as ELCat Pacific Regional Director.

PhD student news

Jack Bunce has recently joined Newcastle's Endangered Languages Documentation, Theory and Application research program (ELDTA) to work with Mark Harvey on the typology of complex predication.

Ellen Smith recently completed her PhD with her thesis 'A Grammar of Papapana with an investigation into language contact and endangerment'.

Peter Schuelke and Sabrina Meier are visiting Harvard for first semester this year working with Professor Maria Polinsky on a collaborative project with Bill Palmer on ergativity in languages of the western Solomon Islands. Peter is working on Roviana, and Sabrina is working on Mono-Alu.

Aslak Olesen and Valentina Alfarano are both on fieldwork in the Solomon Islands' Temotu Province working on languages from the under-researched and important Temotu subgroup of Oceanic, within Åshild Næss's ongoing research program on Temotu languages. Aslak is working on Asubuo and Valentina is working on Nalögo.

Jonathan Schlossberg is in the field investigating spatial reference in the Marshallese language as it is used by the Marshallese-speaking community in Springdale, Arkansas, in the USA, as part of Bill Palmer's ARC DP project with Alice Gaby (Monash) on spatial reference in atoll-based languages. (Monash PhD student Jonathon Lum is also currently in the field in the Maldives investigating spatial reference in Dhivehi as part of the same project.)

Bill Palmer

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

Grants and awards

  • Simon Overall was awarded a fieldwork grant from the Firebird Foundation for Anthropological Research for the purchase of equipment to record and document Aguaruna ethnobotanical knowledge.
  • Elena Mihas was awarded a Foundation for Endangered Languages Grant 'Ashéninka Perené (Arawak): Production of a thematic dictionary' in 2014.

PhD completed

Hannah Sarvasy has successfully completed her PhD 'A grammar of Nungon, a Papuan language from Morobe Province'.

LCRC Members' news

Elena Mihas taught a workshop 'Word classes in Miriwoong', 24-28 November 2014at the Language and Culture Centre (Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring/‘Mirima place for talking’), Kununurra, Kimberley Region, Western Australia. The Workshop attracted numerous participants, including speakers of Miriwoong, and was very well received.

Elena Mihas is currently undertaking fieldwork with Ashéninca-speaking communities in Peru.

Kasia Wojtylak presented a paper at the 41st meeting of BLS (6-9 February 2015) 'Fruits for Animals: Hunting avoidance speech style among the Murui people (Northwest Amazonia)'.

Diana Forker was appointed Adjunct Fellow at LCRC.

Visiting Fellows

Professor Dr. W. F. H. Adelaar is a winner of an International Collaborative Award and Partner Investigator within the ARC Discovery Project 'How languages differ and why' (CIs: Aikhenvald and Dixon). He is Professor of Native American Languages and Cultures at LUCL, University of Leiden. He will be visiting LCRC in September-October 2015, taking part in the International Workshop 'Commands: a cross-linguistic view' and continue his work on the linguistic diversity in the Andean domain and surrounding areas.

Mateus Cruz Maciel de Carvalho (MA, Universidade Estadual Paulista - 2013) is a PhD student at the Universidade Estadual Paulista 'Júlio de Mesquita Filho', Faculdade de Ciências e Letras de Araraquara (Brasil). He will spend a year at LCRC (August 2015-July 2016) working on his PhD 'A morphosyntactic study of the Deni language (Arawá)'.

A new linguistic database on Tropical Languages

Throughout 2014, Kasia Wojtylak and Grant Aiton have been supervising the creation of the LCRC special language archive and the newly developed archival facility within the site in the form of a well-developed database. The database allows LCRC researchers to create and manipulate multimedia files and serves as a virtual platform designed for collaboration between researchers and community members.In addition to various types of multimedia files (i.e. text, image, audio and video files among which ELAN, Flex and Toolbox files) included in the corpus, the site contains an up-to-date repository of publications of the team-members (including those in press). All materials are interlinked in a way that allows the user to navigate quickly through the corpus and run simple search queries within the site. In the future, the site will facilitate numerous types of complex search options to increase the overall efficiency of the collected materials in the corpus. The facility will be ready early in 2015.

For details and updates, see our web-site:

Anthropological Linguistics' Course and teaching

The second/third year undergraduate course AN2009 Anthropological Linguistics, will be taught at the Cairns Campus during the second semester 2015 by Cassy Nancarrow. Aikhenvald, Dixon and other members of the LCRC will contribute, each with a guest lecture.

New books published and accepted for publication

  • Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y. Forthcoming. ed. The Oxford Handbook of Evidentiality. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y. and R. M. W. Dixon. Forthcoming. eds. The Cambridge Handbook of Linguistic Typology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Pennington, Ryan. Forthcoming 2015. Ma Manda Phonology. Munich: Lincom Europa.

Events and workshops

Common aims, problems and resources
2-4 p.m. Wednesday 28 January - in the Herbarium, Building E2. Room 118M

  • 2-3 pm: Introduction to the Australian Tropical Herbarium – collections, staff and facilities; tour to cover the Public Reference Collection, main research Herbarium, and brief overview of resources of possible value for linguistics research
  • 3-4 pm: Familiarisation session: selected researchers from linguistics and botany to outline briefly and informally (their research, interests and background)
  • 4 pm onwards - continue discussions over nibbles and drinks

Special workshop of the Language and Culture Research Centre
Valérie Guérin and Simon E. Overall (Convenors)
Cairns Institute & College of Arts, Society, and Education
James Cook University


Wednesday 25 February

  • 2:00 Official opening by Professor Anderw Krockenberger (Dean of Rearch) and launch of books authored by members of the LCRC:
  • Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald. 2014. The art of grammar: a practical guide. Oxford: Oxford University Press;
  • Angeliki Alvanoudi 2014. Grammatical gender in interaction. Cultural and cognitive aspects. Leiden: Brill;
  • R. M. W. Dixon. 2014. Making new words. Morphological derivations in English. Oxford: Oxford University Press;
  • Elena Mihas, 2014. Upper Perené Arawak Narratives of History, Landscape, and Ritual. Nebraska University Press.
  • 2:10  'Bridging linkage: An introduction' Valérie Guérin
  • 2:50 'Pro-verbal and pronominal bridging constructions in Aguaruna (Jivaroan)' Simon E. Overall
  • 3:30  Tea/Coffee Break
  • 4:00 'Recapitulative linkage in Murui narratives (Witoto, Northwest Amazonia)' Kasia Wojtylak
  • 4:40  Bridging linkage, summary and recapitulation in Tariana, an     Arawak language from northwest Amazonia' Sasha Aikhenvald
  • 5:20  Finish

Thursday 26 February

  • 9:00  'The summary construction in Jarawara' Bob Dixon
  • 9:40  'Recapitulative linkage in Ma Manda' Ryan Pennington
  • 10:20  Tea/Coffee Break
  • 10:50 'Repetition and anaphora as a cohesive device in Eibela discourse' Grant Aiton
  • 11:30  Rob Pensalfini
  • 12:10  Lunch
  • 2:00 'Do Oceanic languages have bridging linkage?' Valérie Guérin
  • 2:40 'Clause repetition as a bridging device in Greek conversation' Angeliki Alvanoudi
  • 3:20  Tea/Coffee Break
  • 3:45  Discussion, wrap-up, and publication plans

Cairns Institute / CASE — James Cook University
Commands: a cross-linguistic view
the Twelfth International Workshop
organised by Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald and R. M. W. Dixon
Monday 28 September – Saturday 3 October 2015
all sessions in D3-150, Cairns Institute building

Monday 28 September

  • 9.00 Official opening
  • 9.10 Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald (LCRC) — Commands: a cross-linguistic    perspective
  • 10.40 coffee
  • 11.10 Valérie Guérin (LCRC) — Tiyatuk (Papuan area)
  • 12.40 lunch break
  • 2.00 N. J. Enfield (University of Sydney) — Lao
  • 3.30 coffee
  • 4.00 Nerida Jarkey (University of Sydney) — Japanese
  • 5.30 finish

Tuesday 29 September

  • 9.00 Keren Rice (University of Toronto) — Dene (Slavey) (Athapascan)
  • 10.30 coffee
  • 11.00 Timothy Thornes (Boise State University) — Northern Paiute (Numic, Uto-Aztecan)
  • 12.30 lunch break
  • 2.00  Eric Campbell (University of California, Santa Barbara) — Zenzontepec   Chatino (Otomanguean)
  • 3.30 coffee
  • 4.00 Azeb Amha (University of Leiden) — Wolaitta (Omotic, Afroasiatic)
  • 5.30 finish        

Wednesday 30 September — free day

Thursday 1 October

  • 9.00 R. M. W. Dixon (LCRC) — Dyirbal (Australian area)
  • 10.30 coffee
  • 11.00 Lourens De Vries (Free University of Amsterdam) — Kombai and Korowai (Papuan area)
  • 12.30 lunch break
  • 2.00 Borut Telban (Slovene Academy of Sciences) — Karawari (Lower Sepik, Papuan area)
  • 3.30 coffee
  • 4.00 Rosita Henry (LCRC) — Anthropological perspectives on commands
  • 5.30 finish

Friday 2 October

  • 9.00 W. F. H. Adelaar (University of Leiden) — Quechua (isolate)
  • 10.30 coffee
  • 11.00 Elena Mihas (LCRC) — Ashaninka Tambo (Campan, Arawak)
  • 12.30 lunch break
  • 2.00 Simon Overall (LCRC) — Aguaruna (Jivaroan)
  • 3.30 coffee
  • 4.00 Group discussion
  • 5.00 finish

Saturday 3 October  Note 9.30 start

  • 9.30 Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald — What can we conclude?
  • 11.00 coffee
  • 11.30 Group discussion and publication plans
  • 1.00 finish

Everyone is welcome to attend

will commence on 8 April and run for several months. Alexandra Aikhenvald will present an Initial Orientation.


  • Special demonstration of The Algonquian Linguistic Atlas ( and other web-facilities and apps to LCRC members on 5 December 2014,by Marie-Odile Junker, of Carleton University
  • 30 January: Kasia Wojtylak – 'Fruits for Animals: Hunting avoidance speech style among the Murui people (Northwest Amazonia)'
  • Seminar, Wednesday 18 February Valérie Guérin – 'Focussing on S and A in Tayatuk'
  • Global Workshop, Wednesday 4 March: Ryan Pennington – 'Questions in Ma Manda'
  • Global Workshop, Wednesday 11 March: Alexandra Aikhenvald and everyone – 'Questions: What can we conclude?'
  • Seminar, Wednesday 18 March: Bob Dixon – 'Are some languages better than others? (part 1)'
  • Seminar, Wednesday 25 March: Bob Dixon – 'Are some languages better than others? (part 2)'
  • Seminar, Wednesday 1 April: Angeliki Alvanoudi – 'Grammars in contact in Cairns: contact-induced change in Greek'
  • Global Workshop, Wednesday 8 April: Alexandra Aikhenvald – 'Introduction to: Non-spatial setting'

The LCRC Bulletin for 2015 will soon be available at the LCRC website. Further details are at

Alexandra (Sasha) Aikhenvald

News from the University of Adelaide

Dr YAO Chunlin, one of Professor Ghil'ad Zuckermann's Postdoctoral Fellows in Revivalistics, has been appointed Associate Professor at Hebei United University, China. 

Ghil'ad Zuckermann

News from La Trobe University

Linguistics/CRLD Visiting Fellows

As part of the CRLD/Linguistics visiting scholars program, funded by the La Trobe University Linguistics Discipline Research Program, we hosted Professor Alexei Kochetov of the University of Toronto, a world leader in articulatory phonetics; and Professor Yaron Matras from the University of Manchester, a specialist in the linguistics of Romani, as well as Germanic languages and languages of the Middle East. We look forward to hosting Professor Miriam Meyerhoff from Victoria University Wellington, one of the world’s leading variationist sociolinguists, who will be the first of our planned visitors for 2015.

Selected new publications

  • Schembri, A.C. & Lucas, C. (Eds.) (2015). Sociolinguistics and Deaf communities. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Fenlon, J., Cormier, K. & Schembri, A. (accepted). Building BSL SignBank: The lemma dilemma revisited. International Journal of Lexicography.
  • Johnston, T., van Roekel, J. & Schembri, A. (in press) On the conventionalization of mouth actions in Auslan (Australian Sign Language). Language and Speech.


Adam Schembri will be presenting a paper at the forthcoming International Conference on Lanugage Documentation and Conservation (ICLDC) 4 conference at the University of Hawaii on sign language documentation, and another paper on sociolinguistic typology and sign languages at the Tenth Creolistics Workshop in Aarhus, Denmark. He will be editing a special issue on sign languages of the new journal ‘Asia Pacific Language Variation’.

PhD student Holly Sellers will also be presenting a paper on ‘Ethnobotanical classification in Lisu’ at the ICLDC 4 conference at the University of Hawaii.

In May 2015 David Bradley will be organising and running a workshop at Payap University in Thailand Fourth Sociolinguistics of Language Endangerment (SoLE 4) workshop; abstracts close on 31 March to

David also gave keynotes at SoLE-3 and the International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics in Kunming in October 2014.

Marija Tabain presented a paper titled ‘A spectral analysis of laterals in three central Australian languages’ at Speech Science and Technology (SST) 2014 in Christchurch, New Zealand. PhD student Sally Bowman also presented a paper titled ‘Retention of Spanish coda /s/ by speakers of Kashibo-Kakataibo’, and fellow PhD student Casey Tait presented a paper titled ‘Stress-meter alignment in American Hip Hop’.


We congratulate Pavel Ozerov, Timothy Brickell and Dionysios Mertyris on being recently awarded their PhD.  Their dissertations were titled ‘The system of Information Packaging in colloquial Burmese’, ‘A grammatical description of the Tondano (Toundano) language’ and ‘The loss of the genitive in the diachrony of Greek’ respectively.

General news

UNESCO Comite International Permanent des Linguistes: David Bradley will now be the President until 2018.  He will also be the head of the organising committee of the next Congres International des Linguistes in Cape Town in 2018, and will also be representing CIPL and giving a keynote at a conference on endangered languages in Turkey in July 2015.

David has also recently become co-editor of the journal Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area, an affiliate member of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, regional editor of the NSF-funded University of Hawaii ELCat project for Southeast Asia, and Honorary Professor of Yunnan Nationalities University.

With Professor Joe Lo Bianco, David will be involved in designing a new language policy for Myanmar, funded by UNICEF; he will have primary responsibility for languages of ethnic groups. They expect to have a meeting to discuss and launch the draft for this policy in November 2015 in Yangon.

Marija Tabain has been appointed Associate Editor for the Journal of Phonetics, with particular responsibility for phonetic systems of less well documented languages.

PhD student Farag Hanna returned from a very successful stint of data collection in Cairo, with an impressive videotaped collection of short narratives in Egyptian Sign Language from 50 deaf children and 15 deaf adults. 

Twelfth International Conference on Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research

The deadline for abstracts for the 12th International Conference in Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research (TISLR 12, is February 28, 2015. This is the world’s leading conference for sign language researchers, and it is the first time it will be held in Australia.



  • Wednesday, 26 November: Temmy Thamrin - ‘Language attitudes and language use of the Minangkabau people’; and Chenxi Meng – ‘Possessive noun phrase in Taulil’
  • Monday, February 9th: Yaron Matras - ‘Responding to language diversity: Policy and practice in Manchester’


  • Monday, February 23rd: James Walker - ‘Ethnolinguistic Diversity and Sociolinguistic Variation’
  • Wednesday, March 25th: Miriam Meyerhoff - Title of talk yet to be confirmed.
Sally Bowman


New Books Received February 2015

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.

  • Aikhenwald, A. Y. (2015) The Art of Grammar. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Austin, P. K. and Julia Sallbank, eds. (2014) Endangered Languages: Beliefs and Ideologies in Language Documentation and Revitalization. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • English, Fiona and Tim Marr (2015) Why Do Linguistics?: Reflective Linguistics and the Study of Language. Bloomsbury, London. 
Alan Libert

International Journal of Language and Culture – Launch

Dear fellow ALS members,

I am writing to let you know that the International Journal of Language and Culture (John Benjamins), of which I am the founding Editor-in-Chief, was recently launched at the Annual Round Table of the Language and Society Center at Monash University, by Professor Jonathan Culpeper, the Editor of the Journal of Pragmatics.

The first issue of the journal is available online and can be downloaded for free, see below:

A short video clip of the launch can also be viewed at the following link:

I am looking forward to receiving submissions from our ALS colleagues.

Farzad Sharifian

Upcoming Conferences

Save the date – ALS Conference 2015

As discussed at the 2014 ALS AGM, please save the date for the 2015 ALS Conference:

Dates:  Wed 9 - Fri 11 Dec 2015 (preceded by workshop day Tues 8 Dec)
Venue:  Parramatta NSW
Host:  University of Western Sydney

The first call for papers will be sent out during March. We will be in touch with further info at that time.

We look forward to seeing you in Parramatta in December!

ALS 2015 Organising Committee (Caroline Jones, Mark Antoniou, Dominique Estival, Rachel Hendery, Marina Kalashnikova, Rob Mailhammer, Karen Mattock, Michael Tyler, Cathi Best)

Caroline Jones

14th Australian Languages Workshop program

The program of the 14th Australian Languages Workshop for Thur 5th-Sun 8th Mar will be kept up-to-date in drop box:

Registrations for the event can be found at:

Payment facilities will be coming soon and will be accessed from the registrations web page link.

Jane Simpson

Jobs, grants, and scholarships

Lecturers (Level B), Macquarie University

The Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University is currently seeking to appoint 3 suitable qualified academic staff as Lecturers (Level B) for the following positions:

  • A continuing position and a 3 year fixed term position in the area of phonetics and phonology; and
  • A continuing position with expertise in areas of linguistics such as morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics or psycholinguistics.

Applications close: 2nd March 2015

For further details see:

Felicity Cox

Lecturer in Applied Linguistics – Level B

Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Fixed Term: Three Years. Job no: 492970
Salary package: $88,875 - $101,217 pa plus 17% superannuation

The School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics (SLLL), ANU,  seeks to appoint a highly qualified scholar with an active research agenda in Applied Linguistics who will be responsible for developing, convening and teaching in the Masters in General and Applied Linguistics program with concurrent teaching in the undergraduate Applied Linguistics minor and doctoral coursework. The successful applicant will have a PhD in applied linguistics or linguistics, or related area, and research experience relative to opportunity, with a focus on empirical methods, including, but not limited to, areas such as second language acquisition, language in interaction and intercultural communication, language pedagogy, academic writing, bilingualism, language testing, online-language learning practices. They should have demonstrated experience in undergraduate or postgraduate teaching in applied linguistics or linguistics, and an innovative approach to university teaching, including incorporation of technology in the classroom.

ANU is an outstanding research environment for linguistics and languages research, with more than 20 languages taught, and sharing top place in Australia's ERA research ranking. It is the lead partner in the newly established Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language.

For more information on the position, and online application

Applications close: 22 Feb 2015 11:55:00 PM Aus. Eastern Standard Time

Enquiries:  Jane Simpson: 

Jane Simpson

Nippon Foundation Scholarship for Sign Linguistics in Asia (2015/16)

With a generous donation from The Nippon Foundation to The Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies (CSLDS) of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), the Asia Pacific Sign Linguistics Research and Training (APSL) Program was established to offer training opportunities for deaf and hearing students as well as to conduct research activities in documenting sign languages in Asia and the Pacific. We are pleased to announce the Nippon Foundation Scholarship for Sign Linguistics in Asia (2015/16) for deaf or hearing individuals interested in developing a career related to sign language research and training. Please find the details of the scholarship as follows.

Application for scholarship starts:
12 January 2015

Application for scholarship closes:
31 March 2015

The information note and application form are attached for your reference.

You may also find the poster of the Nippon Foundation Scholarship for Sign Linguistics in Asia (2015/16) at:

For any enquiries, please email to

Jane Simpson

The Australian PhD Prize for Innovations in Linguistics

This prize is a continuing prize in Australian linguistics which started in 2013. It is open for PhDs completed and examined since January 1 2014. 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 by 31 March 2015 (PhDs still under examination may also be considered). The prize winner will be announced within one month of the deadline and all applicants will be contacted about the decision.

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.

Subscriptions for ALS are due at the beginning of each calendar year; the year you are paid up to is shown on the address label on the envelope of your copy of the Australian Journal of Linguistics. Membership matters are handled on behalf of the Society by Taylor & Francis, the publishers of the Australian Journal of Linguistics. If you wish to join the Society or make an alteration to your existing membership details please contact the Customer Service at Taylor & Francis on +61 (0)3 8842-2413 or at