Newsletter May 2015

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

Vote on financial matters of the society

The Australian Linguistic Society membership is being asked to vote on two matters. If you are a member of the Society, you should have received an email with the voting link on the 7th of April 2015. If you are a member but did not receive this email, please contact Please vote before June 1st, 2015.

1. The ALS investment strategy

Background information: We currently carry forward savings and have a sound annual income.

Vote for one of the following forms of investment:

  • 100% in lower risk options i.e. term deposits (and small amount in interest-bearing savings)
  • Move more funds to lower risk: 25% in higher risk, 75% in term deposits (and small amount in interest-bearing savings)
  • Keep current: 50% in higher risk, 50% in term deposits (and small amount in interest-bearing savings)

2. New ALS grant scheme

Background information: This would be a new grant scheme which would be in addition to the current prizes given each year by the ALS. The scheme would begin in 2016. Our financial position to offer the grants would be reviewed each year for the following year (in about November) by the Finance Subcommittee and then discussed at the AGM.

Please vote for one of the following.

  • Small grant scheme: total of $45K in research grants available (will eat into our capital)
  • Small grant scheme: total of $30K in research grants available (this equates to slightly less than our current annual royalty income from T&F)
  • No small grants (beyond the scholarships and prizes ALS currently offers) (will result in our capital growing)

Comments area – Please suggest the kinds of projects you think should be eligible for funding under this small grants scheme.

Mark Harvey

News from the University of Queensland

Major publications

Kawarla: How to Make a Coolamon (Batchelor Press) was released in April at Kalkaringi, a Gurindji community in the Northern Territory. The book is the result of a extensive language documentation work conducted in the community by Violet Wadrill, Biddy Wavehill and Felicity Meakins which was funded by the DOBES Dokumentation Bedrohter Sprachen (Volkswagen Stiftung), the Central Land Council and supported by Karungkarni Arts. The book is one of the first of a new generation of innovative talking books published by Batchelor Press. Audio is linked to text through QR codes which can be played through Smart phones.


Erich Round has received CoEDL funding for a New Initiative & Transdisciplinary Grant “The morphologist's kaleidoscope: next generation displays of words’ variegation”. With Janet Wiles, Lydia Byrne, Simon Greenhill, Kyla Quinn, John Mansfield and Greville Corbett, the grant aims to leverage advances in visualization technology and our understanding of morphological typology, to explore new ways of creating more interactive and informative displays. These will add speed and robustness to the scientific discovery process, and enhance the communication of results. The project builds initial prototypes and explores future research directions.

PhD Students

Amanda Hamilton has won an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship and a University of Queensland Centennial Scholarship (IPRS/UQCent) for her PhD to be based within the Centre of Excellence in the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL) at the University of Queensland. Her thesis will be supervised by Felicity Meakins and will examine of a youth variety of an Australian language.

Claire Gourlay and David Osgarby were both successful in obtaining APAs in the recent round. They will be joining Felicity Meakins and Rob Pensalfini’s ARC project “Trilingual language contact in an Indigenous community”. Claire’s thesis will examine contact between Mudburra and Kriol' and David will write a grammar of Mudburra. Their work will complement other activities in the project including work on Jingulu-Mudburra contact, a Mudburra dictionary and a Mudburra-Jingulu Plant and Animal Book (in collaborations with Glenn Wightman).


UQ's RHD masterclass "On the (non)role of morphemes in morphology”, led by Yale’s Prof. Stephen R. Anderson, was attended by fifteen up-and-coming linguists from around Australia on March 28. Students considered the topics "Morphemes: Their Nature and Limits”, "Semantically Non-concatenative Morphology” and "Diachronic Sources of Non-concatenative Morphology”, then heard about each others’ work in morphological description and theory. The day was sponsored by UQ's School of Languages and Cultures, the CoEDL UQ node and the University of Queensland. Thanks also to students both from UQ and elsewhere, and of course to Steve Anderson, whose energetic contributions made it such a valuable experience.

Our successful workshop "Australian morphologies beyond the morpheme" was hosted on March 29 by the School of Languages and Cultures and the CoEDL UQ node. Set against a spectacular vista across St Lucia, a line-up of Australia’s top morphological minds met, and together with discussant Prof. Stephen R. Anderson, focused attention on departures from the classic morpheme which are not uncommon in the descriptions of Australian languages, examining individual cases, clarifying their nature, and exploring their implications. Presentations were by Brett Baker, Nick Evans, Mark Harvey, Harold Koch, Felicity Meakins, Rachel Nordlinger and Erich Round. Owen Edwards presented a poster.

The School of Languages and Cultures will host a Queenslandist workshop on 27 July to coincide with visits from Alice Gaby (Monash) and Jean-Christophe Verstraete (Leuven). Please email David Osgarby for more information.


In March we welcomed Associate Professor Rod Gardner to the University of Queensland from Griffith University. Rod is one of Australia’s leading Conversation Analysts. He has a long-standing collaboration with Ilana Mushin working on conversational style in Aboriginal communities, and more recently on the impact of language differences between teachers and children in indigenous early years classrooms. 

We are pleased to have Greg Dickson joining us in September as the new postdoctoral research fellow in the Shape program of the Centre of Excellence in the Dynamics of Language. Greg will undertake a project on multi-dialectal variation in Kriol.


Yale’s Dorothy R. Diebold Professor in Linguistics and Cognitive Science, Prof. Stephen R. Anderson visited UQ for month of March. In addition to leading a master class on morphology and the discussion at "Australian morphologies beyond the morpheme”, Prof Anderson consulted with students, held a public lecture on animal and human communication attended by over 100 people, and worked with Erich Round on the tricky question of “multiple second positions” in the clitic system of Gangalidda (aka Yukulta).

Jesse Stewart (Manitoba) will be visiting UQ in July as a part of the Shape program of the Centre of Excellence in the Dynamics of Language. He will be developing perception experiments with Felicity Meakins to compare the phonological systems of two mixed languages Media Lengua (Ecuador) and Gurindji Kriol (Australia). The project will address questions around how phonological systems develop in intense contact situations.

Alice Gaby (Monash) will be visiting the University of Queensland as a part of a Monash University's "Outside Studies Program Travel Grant”. She will be visiting the Fryer Library and participating in the Queenslandist workshop as a part of the visit.

Felicity Meakins

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

In recent months, the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language unveiled it's breathtakingly beautiful website at Clear your cache if you still see the old one. This means that news is published in real time from our News and Media section, but you can also subscribe to the newsletter by scrolling to the bottom of any page and adding your email address into the field. And as always, CoEDL can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

PhD vacancies

The Centre is interested in applications from those wishing to pursue a PhD in linguistics in a collaborative research environment.

CoEDL is a joint venture between four universities: the Australian National University, the University of Melbourne, the University of Queensland and the University of Western Sydney.

Intending students should assess whether their proposed research project intersects with any of the four program areas investigated by CoEDL: Shape, Learning, Processing and Evolution (see our website). They should then check the web-page of each university to make contact with appropriate supervisors whose interests best fit their own.

International students are encouraged to apply for scholarships to pay tuition, while CoEDL can provide stipends and fieldwork support to successful applicants.


On  27 March,  the University of Melbourne coordinated a masterclass with Miriam Meyerhoff on "Language variation within a documentation toolkit". Based at the Victoria University of Wellington, Miriam is a Partner Investigator with the Centre and brings her vital sociolinguistic insights to the challenge of language documentation.

The following day, CoEDL students and affiliates from Canberra, Melbourne, Arnhem Land and Singapore contributed to the #Lingwiki campaign which you can read about here.

And the day after that, CoEDL lent its support to the UQ workshop 'Australian morphologies beyond the morpheme' with guest speakers  Stephen R. Anderson (Yale), Brett Baker (UMelb), Nick Evans (ANU), Mark Harvey (Newcastle), Harold Koch (ANU), Felicity Meakins (UQ), Rachel Nordlinger (Melbourne) and Erich Round (UQ).

In April, the CoEDL Shape program hosted a lexicography workshop at the University of Melbourne with presentations from Ewa Czaykowska-Higgins, Jenny Green, Aung Si, Myf Turpin, Mary Laugren, David Wilkins, Nick Evans, Anna Margetts and Murray Garde. Ewa later visited Canberra to present on the inchoative in Nxaʔamxcín Salish. Later in the month, Rachel Nordlinger and Nick Thieberger ran an intensive workshop on tools and methods for language documentation. Sessions covered data management and archiving, recording methods, time-aligned transcription using Elan, and interlinearisation using Fieldworks.

And on 1 May, an informal creole corpus-building get together took place at the ANU with Jane Simpson, Greg Dickson, Sally Dixon, Sophie Nicholls, Felicity Meakins, Denise Angelo, Caroline Jones, Carmel O'Shannessy and Julia Miller.

Recent appointments

The following new postdoctoral fellows have been confirmed: Karen Mulak (UWS), Sophie Nicholls (UWS), Heather Kember (UWS), John Mansfield (UMelb), Jill Vaughan (UMelb), Debbie Loakes (UMelb), Hannah Sarvasy (ANU), Don Daniels (ANU), and Danielle Barth (ANU).

The Centre also welcomes new administration staff who have hit the ground running. Belinda Hofmeyr (UMelb), Carol Own (UQ) and Siobhain O'Leary (UWS) are transforming the Centre's four institutional partners into one super-efficient mega-organisation.

Honours and prizes

CI Anne Cutler has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society and will be formally admitted in July this year. See the full story here.

PhD student Amanda Hamilton is the recipient of an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship and a UQ Centennial Scholarship (IPRS/UQCent). Amanda will be studying a youth variety of an Aboriginal language.

CoEDL affiliate Darja Hoenigman is the winner of this year's Australian PhD Prize for Innovations in Linguistics for her dissertation "The talk goes many ways: Registers of language and modes of performance in Kanjimei, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea". Commendable mentions went to John Mansfield and Jill Vaughan.


Debbie Loakes has done several radio interviews on the ABC Melbourne, 3AW and 6PR on the peculiarities of English spoken in Victoria. Her research has also featured on SBS and The Weekly Times. Rosey Billington was interviewed ABC Adelaide discussing how ultrasound tools can improve the analysis of phonology. To find links, go to


  • Nick Evans will be delivering the Dean's Lecture at the University of Melbourne on the topic of "Unspoken, unheard: When our languages fall silent",  21 May 2015. See here for registration details:
  • Centre affiliate Anju Saxena is organising the international workshop on linguistic fieldwork in South Asia at Uppsala University, Sweden 1-2 June 2015.
  • CoEDL visitor Alice Gaby seminar  will deliver a presentation, "This I tell ya, brother: the mutual dependence of kinship and pragmatics" at the ANU, 12 June 2015
  • With support from the CoEDL Shape program, the Workshop on the Languages of Melanesia, will be held at Kioloa (NSW) on 21-23 June 2015
  • Affiliate Maïa Ponsonnet will be visiting CoEDL from 29 July – 7 Aug 2015. Maïa is a postdoctoral researcher at the aptly named Dynamique du Langage program with the CNRS in Lyon.
Piers Kelly

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

Grants and awards

Grant Aiton was awarded a fieldwork grant from the Firebird Foundation for Anthropological Research to work on Eibela oral literature.

LCRC members news

Kasia Wojtylak  will be presenting a seminar at the University of Sydney on 22 May 2015, on Classifiers as derivational markers in Murui (Northwest Amazonia)'. She will also be presenting the following lectures and papers: 'Heterogeneous Number Words in Murui (Witoto, Northwest Amazonia)' (12 June, Leiden University, the Netherlands), 'Expression of information source in Murui (Witoto)' (18 June, MPI Nijmegen, the Netherlands), 'Classifiers as derivational markers: the case of Murui from Northwest Amazonia' (26-28 June, Conference Word-Formation Theories II / Universals and Typology in Word-Formation III), and 'Functions of classifiers in an ongoing discourse:  Reference-tracking system in Murui (Witoto, Northwest Amazonia)' (26-31 July, the 14th International Pragmatics Conference, Antwerp, Belgium). On 16-17 June, she will be co-organizing, with Proefssor Lourens De Vries, a Special Workshop 'Comparative and Superlative Constructions: Typology and Diachrony' (VU University Amsterdam), and giving a talk on 'Comparative Constructions in Murui (Witoto, Northwest Amazonia)'.

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

Simon Overall is currently undertaking fieldwork with Aguaruna and Kandozi-speaking communities in Peru.

Valérie Guérin is currently undertaking fieldwork with Tayatuk (or Som)-speaking communities in Morobe Province, PNG.

Angeliki Alvanoudi  was appointed Adjunct Fellow at LCRC.

Visiting Fellows at LCRC in 2015

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)'.

Activities in 2015

Global workshop on non-spatial setting commenced on 8 April and will run for several months. Alexandra Aikhenvald presented an Initial Orientation (available at the LCRC site,

Special Event 27 May: Linguistics Meets Biology: Presentation By Professor Andrew Krockenberger, Expert in biodiversity and conservation and Dean of Research (JCU), "Influence Of The Environment On Vocal Communication In Birds"

Abstract: In songbirds male vocal communication generally functions as an advertisement call associated with territorial maintenance and mate selection, learned from their fathers during development. Consequently songs that transmit efficiently within a habitat type should be learned more effectively than those where transmission is interfered with by physical characteristics of the habitat. This seminar presents a study of  the effect of habitat complexity on songs within and between species, using contrasts between rainforest and woodland dwelling birds.

LCRC International Workshop
Cairns Institute / CASE — James Cook University
"Commands: a cross-linguistic view"
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

A new linguistic resource on evidentiality

A website on Evidentiality has been put together (by Amanda Parsonage, the Administrative Officer of the LCRC), in conjunction with The Oxford Handbook of Evidentiality (edited by Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, forthcoming 2017). The site contains information about the Handbook and a number of key publications on evidentiality. The link is:

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.
  • Dixon, R. M. W. 2015. Edible gender, mother-in-law and other grammatical wonders. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Pennington, Ryan. Forthcoming 2015. Ma Manda Phonology. Munich: Lincom Europa.

Seminars and workshop presentations (May–June)

  • Seminar, Wednesday 6 May: Jennifer Deger – Mobile phones and an Aboriginal act of remix
  • Seminar, Wednesday 13 May: Kasia Wojtylak – Expression of information source in Murui
  • Global Workshop, Wednesday 20 May: Nick Piper – Non-spatial setting in Meryam Mir
  • Global Workshop, Wednesday 3 June: Howard Oates – Non-spatial setting in Ninggirum
  • Seminar, Wednesday 10 June: Grant Aiton – Complex predicates in Eibela
  • Global Workshop, Wednesday 17 June: Simon Overall – Non-spatial setting in Kandozi
  • Seminar, Wednesday 24 June: Elena Mihas – Some aspects of informal talk and visible behaviour in Alto Perene (Arawak)

PhD positions at the Language and Culture Research Centre

Come and work in an exotic location, investigating a language which has never previously been described!

Applications are invited, from suitably qualified students, to enter the PhD program of the Language and Culture Research Centre at James Cook University Australia. Supervision will be provided by Professors Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, R. M. W. Dixon, Dr Valérie Guérin, Dr Elena Mihas and Dr Simon Overall.

Our PhD candidates generally undertake extensive fieldwork on a previously undescribed (or scarcely described) language and write a comprehensive grammar of it for their dissertation. They are expected to work on a language which is still actively spoken, and to establish a field situation within a community in which it is the first language. Their first fieldtrip lasts for six to nine months. After completing a first draft of the grammar, back in Cairns, they undertake a second fieldtrip of two to three months. Fieldwork methodology centres on the collection, transcription and analysis of texts, together with participant observation, and — at a later stage — judicious grammatical elicitation in the language under description (not through the lingua franca of the country). Our main priority areas are the Papuan and Austronesian languages of New Guinea and surrounding areas and the languages of tropical Amazonia. However, we do not exclude applicants who have an established interest in languages from other areas (which need not necessarily lie within the tropics).

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

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

The LCRC has strong links with anthropologists, archaeologists and educationalists, with scholars working on environmental issues, all within James Cook University. Further information is available at

The scholarship will be at the standard James Cook University rate, Australian $25,849 pa. Students coming from overseas are liable for a tuition fee; but this may be waived in the case of a student of high merit. A small relocation allowance may be provided on taking up the scholarship. In addition, an adequate allowance will be made to cover fieldwork expenses and conference attendance.

The scholarship is for three years (with the possibility of a six month extension). The deadline for application by international students (starting in 2015) is 31 August 2015; the deadline for students with Australian and New Zealand passports is 31 October 2015.

Successful applicants would take up their PhD scholarships between January and June 2016. (The academic year in Australia runs from February to November.)

The application procedures for international students can be found at: Scholarship application form and procedures for international students can be found at:

Prospective applicants are invited, in the first place, to get in touch with Professor Aikhenvald at, providing details of their background, qualifications and interests (including a curriculum vitae). Applicants are advised to send samples of their written work in linguistics (at least some of this should be in English).


Most members of the Language and Culture Research Centre have written (or are writing) a grammar of a language, and many of us are working on typological universals, by inductive generalisations from a well-chosen sample of grammars. We welcome enquiries from similarly oriented scholars (from Australia or from overseas) who would like to consider spending a sabbatical with us. We can provide basic facilities, plus an intellectual ambience of the highest order.

The LCRC Bulletin for 2015 is now available at the LCRC website (

Alexandra (Sasha) Aikhenvald

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 Miriam Meyerhoff from Victoria University Wellington, one of the world’s leading variationist sociolinguists.

General news

Marija Tabain has been elected to the Permanent Council of the International Phonetic Association, and will be serving from 2015 through to 2019.

Adam Schembri has been invited as Lansdowne Lecturer to the Department of Linguistics at the University of Victoria in Canada for a week-long visit in late 2016.

Anthony Jukes is continuing to help train Indonesian linguists in theory and methods of language documentation, with workshops planned for Jambi, Sumatra in June, and Manado, Sulawesi in August. In 2016 he has been invited to spend 6 months in Tokyo as Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.

We would like to congratulate one of our past PhD students, Roberto Zariquiey Biondi, for receiving an honourable mention in the Association for Linguistic Typology’s 2015 Panini awards.

We would also like to welcome our two new PhD students, Kellen Parker van Dam and Mijke Mulder, to the Linguistics programme.

La Trobe University graduates who submitted applications to the ARC DECRA scheme at the end of March were:   Gabrielle Hodge: Telling, showing, doing: deaf signers and hearing speakers in action, and Pavel Ozerov: Making the point: informational importance in language and communication

La Trobe University will be hosting the Twelfth International Conference on Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research (TISLR 12) at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre during January 4-7, 2016. There will be a single stream (due to all presentations requiring simultaneous interpretation in two sign languages - Auslan as the local sign language, and American Sign Language as the language of wider communication) with 55 spoken/signed presentations, and 160 poster presentations. Dr Robert Adam, a deaf Australian from University College London, and Prof. Nick Enfield, from the University of Sydney, are our keynote presenters. More information will be posted to the website soon:

The Japanese program at La Trobe University is hosting and organizing the Biennial Conference of The Japanese Studies Association of Australia (JSAA), which includes the participation of many renowned Japanese linguists (30th of June-3rd July). For more information:​



  • Monday, February 23rd: James Walker- ‘Ethnolinguistic Diversity and Sociolinguistic Variation’
  • Wednesday, March 25th: Miriam Meyerhoff- ‘Language variation as part of the documentation toolkit’
  • Wednesday, April 29th: Maria Kyuseva- ‘Frame-based approach to lexical typology: contribution of Russian Sign Language’


  • Wednesday, May 13th: Nick Thieberger- ‘Words from the records: Using text encoding methods to access Indigenous vocabularies from early manuscript sources’
  • Wednesday, May 20th: Ruth Singer- ‘Nominal Classification’
  • Wednesday, May 27th: John Mansfield- ‘Variable morphological ordering, word structure and diachronic change’
  • Wednesday, June 3rd: Barry Blake- ‘Sound Symbolism in English’
  • Wednesday, June 10th: Marija Tabain- ‘Aspects of Arrernte Prosody’
  • Wednesday, June 17th: Simon Musgrave- ‘Electronic Grammaticography’
  • Wednesday, June 24th: Josh Clothier- ‘Heading south: A comparison of the phonetic realisation of word final -er between Anglo-Celtic and Lebanese heritage groups in Melbourne’


Professor David Bradley is currently organising and running the 4th International Workshop on the Sociolinguistics of Language Endangerment (SoLE4) at Payap University in Thailand on the 26th of May.

David will also be giving a keynote presentation at the Linguistic Approaches to Endangered Languages: Theory and Description conference at Bogaziçi University in Istanbul, 28-30 July.

David has also been invited to talk at the workshop on space in Tibeto-Burman at the 4th International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara in August.

Howard Nicholas and Donna Starks gave three presentations between them at the American Association of Applied Linguistics, March 2015, Portland, Oregon.  Howard Nicholas & Donna Starks: ‘Linguistic Landscapes Reconsidered: What do viewers see?’; Shem Macdonald, Donna Starks & Howard Nicholas: ‘Speaker identities and pronunciation: Accommodating multiple identities’;  Howard Nicholas & Jana Roos: ‘Learners’ English landscapes in German classrooms: Engaging with a pedagogical opportunity’.

They also have a forthcoming conference presentation at Sociolinguistics and Globalization, University of Hong Kong, June 2015-05-06.  Their presentation will be on ‘Noticing linguistic landscapes as agentive behaviour.’

Selected new publications

  • Fenlon, J., Cormier, K. & Schembri, A. (2015). Building BSL SignBank: The lemma dilemma revisited. International Journal of Lexicography 28(2)
  • Fenlon, J., Schembri, A., Johnston, T. & Cormier, K. (2015).Documentary and corpus approaches to sign language research. In: E. Orfanidou, B. Woll & G. Morgan (Eds.), The Blackwell Guide to Research Methods in Sign Language Studies (pp. 156-172). Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Goebel, Z. 2014b. Stigmatising others through neighbourhood talk in Indonesia. Part of a special issue for the open access journal PORTAL Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies. 11(1): 1-20.
  • Goebel, Z. 2014c. Doing leadership through signswitching in the Indonesian bureaucracy. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology. 24/2: 193-215. Ranked as an A journal under the defunct 2010 ERA.
  • Goebel, Z. 2014d. Understanding shifting languages on Indonesian television: understanding social value in late capitalism. In Goebel, Z., J Herudjati Purwoko, Suharno, M. Suryadi, and Yusuf Al Arief. Proceedings: International Seminar Language Maintenance and Shift IV (LAMAS IV). Semarang: Masters Program in Linguistics, Diponegoro University in collaboration with Balai Bahasa Provinsi Jawa Tengah, pp. 29-42.
  • Goebel, Z. 2014d. Sociolinguistica 28. Invited review of Jan Blommaert’s 2013 “Ethnography, superdiversity and linguistic landscapes: chronicles of complexity”. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.
  • Johnston, T., Cresdee, D.,Schembri, A. & Woll, B. (2015) FINISH variation and grammaticalization in a signed language: How far down this well-trodden pathway is Auslan (Australian Sign Language)? Language Variation and Change 27(1).
  • Morey, Stephen. 2014. ‘The realisation of speech tone in Tai Phake music: the case of the Khe Khyang style’, in Gerda Lechleitner, Christian Liebl and Jürgen Schöpf (eds.) Jahrbuch des Phonogrammarchivs der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 4, 5: 79-105
  • Morey, Stephen. 2014. ‘Studying tones in North East India – Tai, Singpho and Tangsa’, in Larry Hyman and Stephen Bird (eds) How to Study a Tone Language, in Language Documentation and Conservation. 8: 637-671
  • Nicholas, H. (2015) Shaping Australian policy for Australian adult migrant English language learning. In J. Simpson & A. Whiteside (Eds). Challenging agendas: Policy and practice in language learning and migration (pp. 19-34). London, Routledge.
  • Nicholas, H. (2015) Losing bilingualism while promoting second language acquisition in Australian language policy. In Y. Slaughter & J. Hajek (Eds). Challenging the monolingual mindset (pp. 165-181) Bristol, Multilingual Matters Ltd
  • Rolle, Nicholas and Donna Starks. 2014. Vowel length in Niuean. Oceanic Linguistics 53/2: 273–299.
  • Starks, Donna and Diane Massam. 2015. The origin of question-answer particles in Niuean. Journal of Linguistics 51/1: 185–212.
  • Tabain, M. & Butcher, A. 2015. ‘Lexical stress and stop bursts in Pitjantjatjara: feature enhancement of neutralized apicals and the coronal/velar contrast’. Journal of Phonetics 50: 67-80.
  • Tabain, M. & Hellwig, B. 2015. ‘Goemai: Illustration of the IPA’. Journal of the International Phonetic Association 45: 81-104.
  • Tanaka, Lidia. 2015. Japanese Questions: Discourse, Context and Language. London, Bloomsbury.
  • Tanaka, Lidia. 2015. Language, gender and Culture. In F. Sharifian (Ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Language and Culture. London. Routledge.pp.100-112.
  • Tanaka, Lidia. 2015. What constitutes advice?: Examining Japanese radio phone-in counseling. Pragmatics 25  June (2).
  • Taylor-Leech, Kerry; Starks, Donna and Louisa Willoughby. 2015. Adolescent nicknaming as a rich linguistic and pedagogical resource for teachers. Australian Journal of Education 59/1: 1–14.
  • Willoughby, Louisa; Starks, Donna and Kerry Taylor-Leech. 2015. What their friends say about the way they talk: the meta-language of pre-adolescent and adolescent Australians. Language Awareness 24/1. doi: 10.1080/09658416.2014.977387
Sally Bowman

News from The Australian National University

New Postdocs at ANU Linguistics/CoeDL

Three postdoctoral positions have been filled at the ANU/CoeDL Don Daniels (currently finishing his PhD at University of California, Santa Barbara) will be starting in August to do a description and reconstruction of the Minjin family of Madang Province, Papua New Guinea. Danielle Barth (currently finishing her PhD at University of Oregon) will be starting in October, where she will be exploring patterns of language use relating to social cognition in a multilingual corpus, concentrating on inter- and intra-language variation. Her fieldsite is at Matukar, Papua New Guinea.  Hannah Sarvasy (currently at UCLA) is joining Alan Rumsey on a project involving language acquisition in Papua New Guinea.

New Staff Member

We are delighted to announce that Dr Susy Macqueen will be joining the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics, ANU, as coordinator of the Applied Linguistics program in 2016.

Visitors during May and June

  • Dr Felix Ameka, African Languages and Cultures Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, The Netherlands.
    Dates: 13 June - 4 September 2015.
  • Dr Alec Coupe, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
    Dates: 1 June - 15 July
  • Dr Jose Esteban Hernandez, Modern Languages, University of Texas Pan American, Edinburg, Texas.
    Dates: 5 April - 30 May 2015.
  • Professor William McGregor, Aarhus University.
    Dates:  late June - late August 2015
  • Dr Annabelle Mooney, Dept of Media Culture and Language University of Roehampton, London UK.
    Dates: 21 June - 4 August 2015.
  • Dr Simon Musgrave, Monash University.
    Dates: late May 2015
  • Professor Alan THOMAS, Department of Philosophy.Tilburg University.
    Dates: 22 June - 20 August 2015.
  • Dr Jock Onn WONG, Centre for English Language Communication, National University of Singapore.
    Dates: 8 June - 11 July 2015.


  • Cardillo M, Bromham L, Greenhill SJ. 2015. Links between language diversity and species richness can be confounded by spatial autocorrelation. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. in press.
  • Greenhill SJ. 2015. Evolution and Language: Phylogenetic Analyses. In The International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd Edition. Wright, JD (Ed). Elsevier: Oxford.
  • Ishihara, S. (2015) A comparative study of likelihood ratio based forensic text comparison procedures: Multivariate kernel density with lexical features vs. word N-grams vs. character N-grams. Proceedings of the 2014 Cybercrime and Trustworthy Computing Conference, Auckland NZ. 1-11.
  • Rangan H, Bell KL, Baum DA, Fowler R, McConvell P, et al. (2015) New Genetic and Linguistic Analyses Show Ancient Human Influence on Baobab Evolution and Distribution in Australia. PLoS ONE 10(4): e0119758. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0119758
  • Ross, Malcolm D., and I Wayan Arka (eds.). 2015. Language Change in Austronesian languages: papers from 12-ICAL, Volume 3 Canberra: Asia-Pacific Linguistics.
  • Watts J, Greenhill SJ, Atkinson QD, Currie TE, Bulbulia J, & Gray RD. 2015. Broad supernatural punishment but not moralizing high gods precede the evolution of political complexity in Austronesia. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 20142556.


Yuko Kinoshita and Shun Ishihara were awarded with a research grant (£1,500) from the International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics Research Grant to work on Vietnamese and Vietnamese English.

PhD Submissions and Awards

Greg Dickson will be submitting his PhD in May. His thesis, titled "Marra and Kriol: the loss and maintenance of knowledge across a language shift boundary", incorporates documentation of the endangered Marra language of the Northern Territory and considers cultural and lexical knowledge of Kriol speakers to investigate what happens when a language falls out of use.

Workshops and Presentations 

A productive working bee was held on 1 May at ANU to begin steps towards creating a corpus of contact language materials.  This has resulted in plans for future collaboration and a discussion paper which can be obtained from Jane Simpson (

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.

Simon Greenhill is co-organising the historical linguistics conference held in Jena in June, along with Russell Gray and Lisa Matisoo-Smith. The conference is titled “Integrating inferences about our past : new findings and current issues in the peopling of the Pacific and South East Asia”, and will be running at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History between June 22nd-23rd.

International Symposium:   "Global English, Minimal English: Towards Better Intercultural Communication" will be held between July 2nd-3rd at the HRC Conference Room, A.D. Hope Building, at The Australian National University (website). Registration is now open. There is no charge but places are limited. Organisers: Anna Wierzbicka (ANU), Zhengdao Ye (ANU) and Cliff Goddard (Griffith University). Sponsored by the Humanities Research Centre, ANU.

New Courses

A new course, Advanced Forensic Linguistics: Forensic Voice/Text Comparison (LING3028) will be offered in S2 of 2015 by Shun Ishihara.


Mark Donohue has been in Hong Kong as his Kathmandu-based field trip was delayed due to the recent earthquake that struck the capital of Nepal. He has been using his time in Hong Kong to speak with the Nepalese and Bhutanese community based there.

Eri Kashima

News from the University of Sydney

The University of Sydney Department of Linguistics welcomes expressions of interest in doing PhD projects under the supervision of any of our academic staff: our newest arrivals Nick Enfield, Sebastian Fedden, and Gwen Hyslop, in addition to Monika Bednarek, Ahmar Mahboob, Jim Martin, and Nick Riemer. We would welcome PhD projects on a range of topics, including: grammar projects (especially but not exclusively on Southeast Asia, Papua New Guinea, The Pacific, and North America); descriptive and typological topics in phonetics/phonology (especially prosody and tone/tonogenesis), morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics; research on language in social interaction; studies of co-speech gesture and other multimodality topics; projects on the linguistic analysis of mass media discourse (news, television, etc) using corpus linguistics and/or discourse analysis; projects on corpus approaches to evaluation; and topics in the areas of text/discourse analysis, Systemic-Functional Grammar, applied/appliable linguistics, and world Englishes. Please contact the Chair of Department:

Monika Bednarek was recently awarded a prestigious External Senior Fellowship (one year) under the Marie Curie FRIAS COFUND Fellowship Programme (FCFP), to be taken out at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies from 1 September 2015.

Monika recently published the following articles:

  • Potts, A., Bednarek, M. and H. Caple (2015) How can computer-based methods help researchers to investigate news values in large datasets? A corpus linguistic study of the construction of newsworthiness in the reporting on Hurricane Katrina. Discourse & Communication 9/2: 149-172. DOI: 10.1177/1750481314568548 Available here (open access).
  • Caple, H. and M. Bednarek (2015) Rethinking news values: what a discursive approach can tell us about the construction of news discourse and news photography. Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism DOI: 10.1177/1464884914568078

Sebastian Fedden has co-authored an article with Greville Corbett, titled “Canonical gender”, in press with Journal of Linguistics.

Gwen Hyslop was awarded funding from the Swiss National Science Foundation to spend two months (June and July 2015) collaborating with Karma Tshering, George van Driem, and students at the University of Bern, to work on a grammar of Lhokpu. Gwen has an article coming out in the journal Language Documentation and Conservation: "Domains of knowledge in Central Bhutan: documentation of 'Olekha". She is also presenting at the international Conference on Historical Linguistics 22; the title of that talk is "Kurtöp: a case study in historical linguistics and language contact in the eastern Himalayas".

On Wed June 3 there will be a public panel discussion and book launch of Languages of Mainland Southeast Asia: The State of the Art (Mouton 2015, edited by Nick Enfield and Bernard Comrie), presented by ‘Sydney Ideas’ and ‘Sydney Southeast Asia Centre’ (panel from 6.00-7.30pm, followed by book launch and reception, at Law School Foyer, Level 2, Sydney Law School, Eastern Avenue, the University of Sydney.) The panel, titled ‘The Surprising Truth about Asian Languages’, will feature Nick Enfield (U. Sydney), Gwendolyn Hyslop (U. Sydney), Nerida Jarkey (U. Sydney), Mark Post (UNE), and Paul Sidwell (ANU). For program information see:

On Monday May 25 there will be a (day) symposium and (evening) panel discussion titled “Competing Voices: The status of Indigenous languages in the French Pacific and Australia”, Presented by the Embassy of France in Australia and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Network in the Office of the DVC (Indigenous Strategy and Services), U. Sydney. For information, see here:

Nick Enfield

News from Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages (VACL)

Ancient Language in Modern Times: Woi wurrung language goes digital

Students at Thornbury Primary School are enjoying their fourth year learning Woi wurrung, the language of the Wurundjeri People, Traditional Owners of the land the school is situated on.

Lessons to date have focused around the use of traditional language in a contemporary context through themes such as Wurundjeri people, language, land, stories, greetings, language games and songs. Launched on Monday 20th April 2015, students have now created their own Woi wurrung Language Program resources in the form of three interactive digital storybooks, which tell the Creation Stories of the Wurundjeri People in both Woi wurrung and English.

With the support of key Elders of the Wurundjeri Council, Koorie Educator Uncle Phil Cooper and Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages Project Officer, Wurundjeri woman and Woi wurrung language specialist Mandy Nicholson worked together with a team of digital specialists from New Zealand to facilitate an intensive two day workshop called a KIWA SLAM. The program is designed to foster collaboration, personal growth and inclusion of learners whatever their ability and interest. In this workshop, 15 Indigenous students from Thornbury Primary School illustrated three stories and recorded narratives in both Woi wurrung & English language.

The student’s creative use of language, art and technology has enabled the telling of Balayang Wurrgarrabil-ut (Why Bats are Black), Dulaiwurrung Mungka-nj-bulanj (How the Platypus Was Made) and Gurrborra Nguba-nj Ngabun Baanj (Why the Koala Doesn’t Drink Water).

This digital project is a partnership between schools, Traditional Owners, Victorian Corporation for Languages (VACL) & Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc. (VAEAI). The development of these digital resources will support language reclamation and revitalisation activities in Victorian schools and communities. 

The Apps are available now for FREE download at the App Store, for use on iPad.

Emma Hutchinson

News from the University of Newcastle

Michael Franjieh has begun his two year post-doctoral fellowship at the Endangered Languages Documentation, Theory and Application (ELDTA) research program. Funded by the Endangered Languages Documentation Project (ELDP), Michael will undertake documentation and research on the Orkon/Fanbak language of Vanuatu.

Åshild Næss is also a recipient of an ELDP grant, for the expansion of documentation on Äiwoo, a language of the Solomon Islands. She will be returning to the field later this year.​

Jack Bunce

News from Macquarie University

For news of what's been happening in linguistics at Macquarie Uni, visit Lingline, where you can see all the latest news or check back in earlier issues of Lingline.

Haidee Kruger

Endangered Languages Project website

PRESS RELEASE: Endangered Languages Project website redesigned to be more accessible and engaging

Brentwood Bay, B.C. – The Endangered Languages Project is launching a new website today ( to improve access to information and resources on endangered languages for a global audience of Indigenous language speakers and language experts.

"Our goal is to create a collaborative online space where the world's languages have a voice and where people of all audiences can share language information, resources and connect with one another," says Tracey Herbert, Executive Director of the First Peoples' Cultural Council and Chair of the Endangered Languages Project Governance Council.

New website features let users browse resources by category, tag (or topic), format and most viewed. Categories include language education, language revitalization, language and technology, and more. In addition, a new process for submitting materials will make it easier to find a wide range of resources concerning the world's endangered languages.

"In response to user feedback, our team of global language experts and designers has developed an improved website that will be a more interactive and accessible resource," says Veronica Grondona, Endangered Languages Catalogue Manager at Eastern Michigan University. "For example, the website will be available in five additional languages later this spring, making it available to more user communities."

The Endangered Languages Project is a collaborative initiative designed to facilitate the documentation and revitalization of at-risk languages around the world. Languages included on the website and the information displayed about them are provided by the Endangered Languages Catalogue (ELCat), which aims to have the most up-to-date and accurate data about the endangered languages of the world. Language communities and speakers can play an active role in putting their languages online by submitting resources in the form of text, audio, links, images or video files.

The Endangered Languages Project website URL:

The Endangered Languages Project is supported by Governance Council volunteers, The National Science Foundation, The Luce Foundation and

The four founding partners who oversaw the website's development and launch include:

Media Contact

Shay Boechler, Endangered Languages Project Manager
The First Peoples' Cultural Council
Tel: (250) 652-5952, ext 213

Bill Palmer

Free MOOC on language revival

Ghil'ad Zuckermann

Obituary: Terry Jack Klokeid

Terry Jack Klokeid (born Calgary, 1946) died on 23 September 2014 while on a visit to China. Terry's study of Australian languages began in 1967 when as an undergraduate he accompanied Geoff O'Grady to Australia. His 1968 BA subthesis 'Thargari phonology and morphology', supervised by Geoff O'Grady at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, was published as a monograph (Pacific Linguistics B-12, 1969). Terry began graduate study at University of Hawaii, and then 1969-73 he was at MIT, from where he gained his PhD in 1976 ('Topics in Lardil Grammar', supervised by Ken Hale). From July 1973 Terry was on the faculty at University of Calgary. In the period 1969-79 he published half a dozen papers in linguistics drawing on his study of a number of Pilbara and north Queensland languages during his field trips to Australia (1967, 1970, 1971), and on language documentation collected by O'Grady or Hale. He was proud of his collaboration with the late Ephraim Bani, on Ephraim's language Kala Lagaw Langgus, culminating in their paper at the grand AIAS biennial meeting of May 1974. In the same period Terry studied Nitinaht, a language of Vancouver Island (BC).

Around 1980 Terry moved to York University (Toronto), and then to University of Regina 1982-90. In 1990 he moved to coastal British Columbia and was involved with language recovery work there.

Terry returned to Australia for a couple of months around April 2005. At Wangka Maya (the Pilbara Aboriginal Languages Centre in South Hedland) he made a dictionary database of the Nyamal language, one of several languages which he had recorded in 1967. (The Nyamal dictionary was published by Wangka Maya in 2007 Terry's last linguistics publications concerned the Nuu-chah-nulth (Nootka) languages of Vancouver Island. His seven publications on Australian languages are listed in

David Nash

News from the University of New England

Linguistics at UNE has re-catalogued and re-sorted the Steve Johnson Library and has a number of books and journal issues to give away to a good home. Please contact Margaret Sharpe on for a catalogue listing of available titles.

Liz Ellis


Linguistics: An Introduction (2nd ed.)

The second edition of McGregor's bestselling introductory textbook, Linguistics: An Introduction has just been released (26th February 2015) in the UK (shortly in the USA). There is an accompanying Linguistics: An Introduction Answer Key. See:

Bill McGregor

Upcoming Conferences

Call for Papers: ALS 2015

The 46th annual conference of the Australian Linguistic Society will be hosted by the University of Western Sydney in Parramatta, Wednesday 9 December to Friday 11 December 2015.

Below are key dates and a call for workshops, plus advance notice of abstract submission requirements.

Key dates:

Tues 19 May – workshop proposals due
Tues 1 Sept – all abstracts due (for talks in workshops, regular talks, poster presentations)
Wed 9 Dec – ALS Day 1* (UWS Parramatta South Campus)
Thurs 10 Dec – ALS Day 2 (UWS Parramatta City Campus)
Fri 11 Dec – ALS Day 3 (UWS Parramatta City Campus)

*We are excited to announce that ALS Day 1 will be a co-located common day “Confluence 2015” with the meetings of Australasian Language Technology Association (ALTA), Australasian Document Computing Symposium (ADCS), and Australasian Music Psychology Society (AMPS). ALS delegates may attend talks at the other meetings on Wed 9 Dec free of charge.

Satellite events:

Around the time of ALS, there are several satellite events nearby:

23 Nov – 4 Dec Gamilaraay Spring School at ANU (contact Jane Simpson for enrolment options)
2-7 Dec – COEDL Summer School in Sydney (open to all) at Sancta Sophia College, Camperdown
8 Dec – Workshop 'From Home to School: Language Practices of Indigenous Children' (workshop organisers Jane Simpson & Jill Wigglesworth) at UWS Parramatta City Campus

How to submit a workshop propsoal for ALS 2015:

By 19 May 2015, please email to the following information:

  1. organiser's name and contact details
  2. workshop title
  3. overview (200 words)
  4. potential speakers and topics
  5. anticipated duration (90 min, 180 min, or full day)

Workshop acceptances will be advised in early June and workshop titles advertised subsequently.

Abstract submission requirements for ALS 2015:

All abstracts – for workshops, talks, and posters – will be due 1 September 2015 and will be anonymously reviewed by the ALS Program Committee.

Preparing your abstract:

Each abstract must be a maximum of 1 A4 page of text (including title, but no author names or affiliations) plus 1 additional A4 page of examples, figures, references etc.

Please prepare your abstract in Word (as a single .doc or .docx file) in Times New Roman 12 point font, with 2cm on all margins.

The abstract must be anonymous. The abstract should not include any author names or affiliations. Be careful that name and email are not automatically embedded by your word processor.

Submitting your abstract:

Each abstract should be submitted online via the ALS EasyChair website, which will be open for submissions from early June 2015.

To submit an abstract, you will need to both: (1) upload your abstract as one anonymous Word document and (2) paste the title and main text of your abstract into a text box within EasyChair.

As part of the EasyChair online submission form you will also be asked for author & affiliation information, your preferred presentation type (oral or poster presentation) and which workshop, if any, you would like to present within.

Further information:

For further information please see the conference website:

Caroline Jones

CLaS-CCD Eye tracking workshop: Language, vision, perception and their interface

Thursday 11 June 2015
Level 1 Theatre, Australian Hearing Hub
Macquarie University Sydney, NSW, Australia

Program details:

This workshop will bring together researchers who use eye tracking as a tool to study different aspects of cognition. The goal is not only to get a better understanding of eye movements, but also to get a clearer picture of the relation between eye movements and cognitive processes, and so, to get a better understanding of cognition. What can we measure using the eye tracker and what are its limits? How can the combination of eye tracking with brain measures (e.g. EEG and MEG) provide information regarding the eye-mind linkage? We will address these questions by looking at research in different domains (i.e. language perception, language processing, reading, object recognition and visual search), with different populations, using the eye tracker. It’s not only of interest to researchers who use the eye tracker in their own research, but for anyone interested in cognition.

Keynote speakers:

  •     Gerry Altmann: Representing objects across time: Language-mediated event representation (Department of Psychology, University of Connecticut)
  •     Stefanie Becker: What determines visual selection, eye movements, and object recognition? (School of Psychology, University of Queensland)
  •     Eiling Yee: The cognitive and neural representation of object concepts (University of Connecticut, Basque Center of Cognition, Brain and Language)

Registration (free, but limited places available):

Sponsored by:

The Centre for Language Sciences and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders’ Neural Markers Program

For questions, please contact one of the organisers: Rosemary Eliott (, Loes Koring (, and Peng Zhou (

Rosemary Eliott

Call for papers: Queensland Indigenous Languages Workshop

The CoEDL Shape program will host a workshop on Queensland Indigenous Languages at the University of Queensland on 27 July 2015.

Featured speakers: Jean-Christophe Verstraete (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) and Alice Gaby (Monash University).

The workshop aims to bring together linguists and language practitioners working with Queensland Indigenous languages in order to share current research projects and findings. The workshop welcomes work-in-progress papers on any topic relating to Indigenous languages in Queensland.


20 minutes (presentation) + 10 minutes (question time)

Submission deadline: 12 June 2015

Presentations and question times will be video recorded and made available to CoEDL members via a restricted area of the website, however presenters will also have the option of making their recordings available to the public if they choose.

Paper submission

Please send a paper title to David Osgarby []. Notifications of acceptance or rejection: 26 June 2015.

Piers Kelly

Call for papers: Variation and asymmetries in case-marking

Date: 31 July 2015
Venue:  Australian National University, ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language
Featured speakers: Carmel O’Shannessy, University of Michigan, and Bill McGregor, Aarhus University

The workshop aims to bring together linguists working on morphology and syntax in languages with case-marking in order to share ideas on factors contributing to variation in expression of case-marking, asymmetries in case-marking and methods for analysing this variation.


We welcome work-in progress papers and discussions
20 minutes (presentation) + 10 minutes (question time)


Panel discussion proposals: 60 minutes

Please e-mail Jane Simpson [] to discuss participation in this workshop.

Submission deadline: 22 June 2015

Workshop sponsors

Research School of Humanities and the Arts, College of Arts and Social Sciences,
ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language

Updates will be posted here:

Piers Kelly

Call for Papers: Workshop on Infant Speech Perception (WISP): Phonological and Lexical Development

Sept 1-2, 2015
Level 1 Theatre, Australian Hearing Hub
Macquarie University, Sydney NSW, Australia

The Workshop on Infant Speech Perception (WISP) will highlight recent research on infants' developing abilities to perceive and learn the phonological, morphological and prosodic systems of language.  Research has shown that children make use of perceptual cues very early in life to bootstrap the learning of phonemes, carry out processes of word
segmentation, and identify morphological boundaries. However, the mechanisms underlying how these levels of language learning are integrated and represented in early language development is still unclear. Even less is known about how these aspects of language learning proceed in early bilinguals or children with hearing loss. 

The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers working on various aspects of phonology, morphology and prosody to discuss novel techniques and paradigms that will shed light on the diverse roles of speech perception abilities at various stages of infant development, across languages and populations. The workshop will include keynote addresses and
invited talks by experts in the fields of linguistics, cognitive science, and developmental psychology.

Keynote speakers

Paola Escudero (MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney)
Thierry Nazzi (LPP, Université Paris Descartes, Sorbonne Paris Cité and CNRS)
Dan Swingley (Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania)

Call for talks and posters

Deadline: May 25th, 2015

Abstracts should include

  • Title, name, affiliation, email
  • 300 words plus half page of figures/references
  • Indicate preference for talk, poster, or either

Email submission to Nan Xu Rattansone; notifications will be made in June 2015

Preliminary Program and Registration (free):
Registration Deadline: 31st July

Sponsored by: Macquarie University Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS) and ARC FL130100014 and the Linguistic Emergence: Acquisition and Processing
(LEAP) project.

Felicity Cox

The First International Conference of Cultural Linguistics

The First International Conference of Cultural Linguistics, 21-22 July, 2016, Prato, Italy

Please note the call for papers at

Farzad Sharifian

The 20th International Lexical Functional Grammar Conference (LFG15)

18 July - 20 July 2015
Waseda University, Japan

LFG 2015 presents work within the formal architecture of Lexical-Functional Grammar as well as typological, formal, and computational work within the ‘spirit of LFG’ as a lexicalist approach to language employing a parallel, constraint-based framework. The conference aims to promote interaction and collaboration among researchers interested in non-derivational approaches to grammar, where grammar is seen as the interaction of (perhaps violable) constraints from multiple levels of structuring, including those of syntactic categories, grammatical relations, semantics and discourse.

Further information about LFG as a syntactic theory is available at the following site:


The main conference will take place between 18 and 20 July, followed by the workshop on morphology on 21 July. For information on the program, please see

Program Committee


Ida Toivonen(Carleton University)
John Lowe (University of Oxford)

Local Conference Organizers


Ryo Otoguro (Waseda University)
Yasunari Harada (Waseda University)
Akira Ishikawa (Sophia University)
Michiko Nakano (Waseda University)
Sachiko Shudo (Waseda University)
Yoshio Ueno (Waseda University)

Ryo Otoguro

Jobs, grants, and scholarships

ALS Scholarships and Prize – Call for applications

Applications are called for the 2015 Michael Clyne Prize, Gerhardt Laves Scholarship, and Susan Kaldor Scholarship. The closing date for all three schemes is Friday 29 May 2015.

Susan Kaldor Scholarship

In celebration of the contribution of Susan Kaldor to linguistics in Australia, a scholarship of up to $2,500 is available to ALS student members who wish to attend an international institute, summer school or similar intensive course. More information, including application guidelines, can be found here.

Michael Clyne Prize

Following a very generous contribution by Michael Clyne and also funded by donations in Michael's honour, the annual Michael Clyne Prize has been established for the best postgraduate research thesis in the area of immigrant bilingualism and language contact. This Prize is jointly administered by the Australian Linguistic Society and the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia. Details of the Prize, including eligibility requirements, timeline and submission process, can be found here.

Gerhardt Laves Scholarship

In 2006 the Australian Linguistic Society established the annual Gerhardt Laves Scholarship to encourage postgraduate researchers into the field of indigenous languages, by helping cover linguistic fieldwork expenses. Details of the Scholarship, including eligibility requirements, and the application process and timing, are available here.

Bill Palmer

Doctoral Research Scholarship – Phonetics & Phonology – Macquarie University

Expressions of interest are invited from students interested in pursuing doctoral research on the phonetics and phonology of liquid consonants. The scholar will be free to work on any topic which addresses the phonology of liquids in Mandarin Chinese, Tamil, Arabic, and Australian English. In addition, the student will collaborate with Dr. Michael Proctor, Assoc/Prof. Felicty Cox, and colleagues in the Dept. of Linguistics, on an experimental program designed to examine production and perception of liquids in more detail, and to explore theoretical issues in liquid phonology and syllable structure. The project will make innovative use of Electromagnetic Articulography and real-time MRI to examine liquid articulation, and computational phonological modelling software to explore hypotheses about the representation of liquid consonants.

Details and application information: (Ref # 2015144)

Michael Proctor, Felicity Cox

The Australian PhD Prize for Innovations in Linguistics

Darja Hoenigman is the recipient of the second Australian PhD Prize for Innovations in Linguistics for her thesis entitled ‘The Talk Goes Many Ways: Registers of language and modes of performance in Kanjimei, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea'. The thesis, along with accompanying video, was submitted to ANU for examination in February 2015. It was an outstanding piece of creative and engaging linguistic scholarship.

Three entrants were awarded 'commendable mentions' for their submissions, which were of an extremely high standard.

The Australian PhD Prize for Innovations in Linguistics is a $500 prize awarded to the best PhD (judged by the Panel) which demonstrates methodological and theoretical innovations in Australian linguistics (e.g. 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). The notice for 2016 submissions will appear later this year or early 2016 in the ALS newsletter.

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