Welcome to the latest Newsletter of the Australian Linguistic Society.
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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.
At the 2015 AGM, ALS decided to establish a research grants scheme. The scheme offers grants of up to $5,000 for research in any area of linguistics.
The grants application form is available now.
The Australian Linguistic Society offers three Prizes and Scholarships to support linguistics research students: the Gerhardt Laves Scholarship, which covers fieldwork expenses for postgraduate researchers in indigenous languages of Australia or its immediate region; the Susan Kaldor Scholarship, to support ALS student members to attend an international summer school or institute; and the Michael Clyne Prize, for the best postgraduate research thesis in immigrant bilingualism and language contact. The Michael Clyne Prize is awarded jointly with the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia.
The closing date for the current round of applications for all three Prizes and Scholarships is Friday 3 June 2016. Applications must be made using the official application form. The application form and supporting documents must be submitted as email attachments to Bill Palmer (ALS Vice President) at bill.palmer-at-newcastle.edu.au by the closing date. Recipients and unsuccessful applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by the end of June 2016.
In mid-February, on International Mother Language Day, the committee of Linguapax International announced the winner of the Linguapax Award for 2016.
The decision this year was to grant the award to co-winners. The Yambirrpa School Council and the Djarrma Action Group of the Yirrkala School from north-east Arnhem Land, Australia, is one co-winner, while the International and Heritage Language Association from Alberta, Canada is the other co-winner. The 40 member International Linguapax jury commented that, ‘This tie is a reflection of two complementary perspectives of language diversity and they both represent collective projects involving participation and a will for change.’
The Linguapax Award is international recognition of the more than 40 years of persistent struggle that Yirrkala Yolngu have undertaken in demanding their right to continue to utilize their Yolngu languages and Yolngu knowledge in the schools which have been established on their country in north-east Arnhem Land, NT. The Yambirrpa School Council and the Djarrma Action Group are the two Yolngu decision-making groups set up during the 1980’s to direct and develop education for Yolngu children and both are still meeting. The Linguapax jury records that they, ‘highly valued the continued efforts of you and your Elders to promote Yolngu languages and culture in especially adverse conditions.’
The Award is an acknowledgement of the precarious position of Indigenous and minority languages in the world and recognition of the difficulty in sustaining the diversity of these languages, particularly here in Australia where ‘they are threatened in their own territory.’ In recognizing the efforts of Yolngu at Yirrkala and the Laynhapuy Homeland Centre schools, the Award also reminds us of the Indigenous Right of Yolngu to educate their children in the best possible way, using Yolngu Matha, their mother language and cultural knowledge, in a well-resourced and supported bilingual/multilingual education program guided by the Yolngu community, educators and Elders.
Harley Dunolly-Lee and Mathew Gardiner have both completed internships with VACL in recent months. Internships were advertised for four individuals who identify as belonging to a Traditional Owner Group of Victoria. The internships run between two and four weeks. During this period, the intern will work with different staff members of VACL to experience and assist in a range of different activities that support language revival. It is intended that the skills obtained during the internship will be used back in their own community to support language activities. Depending on the skills and interests of the intern and the current activities of our organisation at the time of the internship, activities may include, but are not limited to:
Age 25, Harley has been learning the Dja Dja Wurrung language since he was 16 with assistance from local Aboriginal community members in Bendigo such as Aunty Sue Allengame, Uncle Brian Nelson, Aunty Justice Nelson and Uncle Sam Kerr. He has also been given help and assistance with linguistics prior to University by academic linguists such as Dr Julie Ried, Professor Barry Blake and Dr Christina Eira (who is the linguist at VACL). When he was 16 he had asked his mother and grandmother if they knew any words passed down by his grandfather. They only gave him a couple words which where only rude words or words for spirits. This led him to learn the language.
Eventually Harley had devoted his studies to reclaim the Dja Dja Wurrung language which was the language that his grandfather’s ancestors had spoken fluently. Although, Harley does acknowledge his grandfather’s maternal ancestry that also links to Yorta Yorta/Bangerang, Mathi Mathi, Wadi Wadi and Taungurung. Harley solely identified with his grandfather’s paternal side which link to the Dja Dja Wurrung language group. This is because his last name ‘Dunolly’ originates from a town on Dja Dja Wurrung country where his ancestors had lived before European occupation. Through studying at Monash University, Harley hopes to use the tools gain from studying linguistics to create a community dictionary. Through working with VACL, Harley can also obtain other skills which will be used in his journey of language reclamation.
Mathew started his internship on the 29th March 2016 as part of his journey towards teaching Woiwurrung at Melton Primary School, commencing on the 13th April 2016. Mathew Gardiner is a 25 year old Wurundjeri Man. He is the 6th generation of the Terrick line, his ancestor is Annie Borate. William Barak is Annie's brother.
Mathew said "firstly ngoon godgin (Thank You) to Paul Paton and staff for the warm welcome. As a young lad in my youth I have always had a querying mind for Woiwurrung Language but I was a bit apprehensive due to uncertainty. Now I feel as though I have been spiritually drawn or lead now that I am a man, to learn, revive, teach and mostly complete my murrup (soul) with Language. Since learning about the Woiwurrung Language I have felt more connected and grounded to my ancestors, lands, waterways and language more so then ever."
Mathew also said "I have a vision. To pass on my knowledge to the younger generation especially to the disadvantaged Wurundjeri youth who have veered off course from their roots and culture." Mathew hopes that by having language programs this will really help the younger generation to regain respect, self-respect and most importantly a purpose to willingly make something of themselves. He hopes they begin to feel confident and strong in their identity.
Students at Swan Hill Primary School are enjoying their third year learning Wemba Wemba language, taught by Wemba Wemba Elder Aunty Steph Charles and Koorie Educator Andrew Cameron.
Lessons to date have focused around the use of traditional language in a contemporary context through themes such as local birds, greetings, family members and body parts, taught through repetition, gesture, songs and memory games. Launched on Monday 15th February 2016, students have now created their own Wemba Wemba Language Program resource in the form of an interactive digital app, which contains word list categories accompanied by images and audio, in Wemba Wemba.
With the support of key Elders Aunty Steph Charles & Aunty Fay Stewart-Muir, Swan Hill Primary School Principal Janet Barnard, Koorie Educator Andrew Cameron, Community Linguist Vaso Elefsiniotis, Teacher Rachel Moloney and VACL Project Officer Emma Hutchinson, Grade 3 students learning Wemba Wemba undertook a series of workshops in which they created hundreds of drawings and photographs for the app, illustrating each language word.
The student’s creative use of language, art and technology has resulted in an interactive app with 13 word categories, including animals, body parts, counting, placenames, phrases, objects and songs.
This digital project is a partnership between Swan Hill Primary School, Traditional Owners, Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages (VACL), Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc. (VAEAI) & Miromaa Aboriginal Language and Technology Centre. The development of these digital resources will support language reclamation and revitalisation activities in Victorian schools and communities.
VACL hosted a language networking event Dhumba-djerring (talk together, from the Boonwurrung language) in Fitzroy. Language workers from across Victoria gathered over two days to participate in workshops and discussions and to share their experiences of awakening language in their communities and schools. It was positive to see young people and some new faces at this event as more and more people gain confidence and interest in our languages. Among the presentations were Brendan Kennedy's lesson on morphology, Aunty Doris Paton speaking about policies and strategies which have shaped the teaching of language in schools, Harley-Dunolly-Lee sharing his experiences of working with the Dja Dja Wurrung on sounds and spellings, Christina Eira on the issues and considerations when creating community dictionaries and Jenny Gibson who introduced the group to VACL's presence on Victorian Collections online. On the Thursday evening Paul Paton, Mandy Nicholson and Joel Wright took part in a panel discussion with Gregory Phillips to a packed audience at the Wheeler Centre.
Staff and volunteers at VACL have been quietly working hard in the library over recent months, updating records and documenting resources in preparation for the library's launch into the virtual world.
The VACL Library is a unique and highly significant resource, featuring the most complete holdings of materials on Victorian Aboriginal languages in existence, and is the only place prioritising Community as well as historical and linguistic materials.
The VACL Library collection is now being shared online via Victorian Collections, making these important resources available to a wider audience and improving accessibility to our collection.
This project was lead and conceived by Jenny Gibson, who worked in partnership with Belinda Ensor and Cameron Auty, Co-Managers of Victorian Collections and volunteers Lea Bröenner, Eartha Collins and Amelia Marra, a Cultural Heritage student on placement from Deakin University. The collection will now go on to be linked with Trove.
VACL would like to thank and congratulate everyone who worked on this project which will further assist communities, groups, organisations and individuals to connect with Victorian Aboriginal language resources.
"Every item on Victoria Collections has a story to tell. Until now these objects have been hidden away in collections stores, libraries and exhibition spaces. This is an incredibly comprehensive and useful resource from a remarkable organisation, so it's very exciting for the collection to be shared online" said Belinda Ensor, Victorian Collections Co-Manager.
VACL recently gave two lectures to packed audiences at the State Library of Victoria on April 7 and April 14.
VACL EO Paul Paton participated as a guest speaker at the National Indigenous Digital Excellence Summit hosted by the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) and the Telstra Foundation in Sydney from Wednesday 27 – Friday 29 April 2016.
To turn all the data and information gathered to date into action, the Summit is framed as a ‘design-shop’. Rather than generating ideas as the first IDEAS Summit did, this Summit focused on answering key questions that will aid the drafting of the National IDX Strategy. The Summit brings together approximately 60 digital makers, funders, policy makers and other digital ecosystem participants to build a shared vision and tangible actions.
The latest newsletter of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL) is available at http://www.dynamicsoflanguage.edu.au/publications-and-seminars/centre-publications/, click on 'Edition 6 (12 May 2016)'. Enjoy!
Grammatical categories and information structure
Special Workshop of the Language and Culture Research Centre
Simon Overall and Alexandra Aikhenvald (Convenors)
29-30 June 2016
Nominal and verbal grammatical categories can be deployed to express meanings related to information structures — covering discourse prominence, new and old information and topic and focus in their various guises. For instance, differential case marking across the languages of the world reflects pragmatic features of noun phrases. Meanings related to information structure can also be expressed through pronominal cross-referencing, gender agreement, classifier choice, or marking of possessor or possessee within a possessive construction. Alternatively, a language may have special grammatical markers (often subsumed under an umbrella term 'particles') whose sole function is to mark a participant as being a topic or a focus of a stretch of discourse.
This workshop will focus on the kinds of grammatical categories prone to reflect information structure, the way they are used, and their origins and development. Special attention will be paid to dedicated markers of discourse-pragmatic categories, their meanings and usage in various genres, and their spread and histories.
Plenary speaker: Dr Alice Gaby, Monash University
Martin Kohlberger (University of Leiden)
Joseph Brooks (UCSb)
Simon Overall (LCRC)
Angeliki Alvanoudi (University of Thessaloniki/LCRC)
Kasia Wojtylak (LCRC)
Grant Ation (LCRC)
Nick Piper (LCRC)
Mateus Cruz de Carvalho (Universidade Estatual Paulista/LCRC)
R. M. W. Dixon
A. Y. Aikhenvald
Program will be soon available on https://research.jcu.edu.au/lcrc
Everyone is welcome!
Bai Junwei (Abe) (MA Nanjing University, PR China) started his PhD in February 2016. He will be working on Muya, a previously undescribed Tibeto-Burman language of China.
Elena Mihas is currently undertaking fieldwork with Ashaninka Satipo-speaking communities in Peru. She presented two talks at the University of Melbourne on 23-24 March, titled 'Responding to new challenges in documentary linguistics: An introduction to discourse-based grammars' and 'Guiding language consultants' individual projects: Negotiating organizational issues in the field', and a special lecture at the University of Wisconsin ' Universals and variation in the organization of talk: Evidence from Alto Perené Arawak of Peru'.
Simon Overall is currently undertaking fieldwork with Aguaruna and Kandozi-Chapra-speaking communities in Peru.
Alexandra Aikhenvald is currently undertaking fieldwork with the Yalaku and Manambu-speaking communities in the East Sepik Province, PNG.
Sihong Zhang has been appointed Adjunct Fellow at the LCRC.
Alexandra Aikhenvald has been reappointed as Distinguished Professor at JCU for a further five years.
Congratulations to Ryan Pennington whose PhD 'Grammar of Ma Manda' has been approved!
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 is spending a year at LCRC (August 2015-July 2016) working on his PhD 'A morphosyntactic study of the Deni language (Arawá)'.
Martin Kohlberger (MA University of Edinburgh) is a PhD student at Leiden University. He will spend a total of 4 months at LCRC (April and June-August 2016) working on his PhD 'A grammar of Shiwiar'.
Joseph Brooks (MA University of California Santa Barbara) is a PhD student at the University of California Santa Barbara. He will spend c. 4 months at LCRC (April & June-August 2016) working on his PhD 'Realis and irrealis distinctions in Chini' and after which time he will spend 2-3 months conducting fieldwork in Papua New Guinea.
Creativity in language: secret codes and special styles
Special workshop of the Language and Culture Research Centre and the Institute of African Studies (University of Cologne) supported by a grant from DAAD and Universities Australia
Convenors: Prof Dr Anne Storch, Distinguished Prof Alexandra Aikhenvald
10-11 August 2016
Program will be soon available on https://research.jcu.edu.au/lcrc
Everyone is welcome!
Global Workshop on Possession
commenced on 16 March and will run for several months. R. M. W. Dixon and Alexandra Aikhenvald presented an Initial Orientation (available upon request).
Aikhenvald, A. Y. Forthcoming. Language: words we live by. Profile books.
Mihas, Elena. Forthcoming. Conversational structures in Asheninka. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Zhang, Sihong. Forthcoming. A grammar of Ersu. Munich: Lincom Europa.
Ford, Lysbeth. 2016. Batjamalh Grammar and Dictionary.
Marnita, Rina AS. 2016. Classifiers in Minangkabau: a typological study.
all roundtable meetings at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays
in room D3-150 of the Cairns Institute building, except 15 June
All are most welcome
The LCRC Bulletin for 2016 is now available at the LCRC website. Selected talks from the panel 'Shifting languages, shifting cultures' (from the AAPS conference 'Tides of transformations', JCU, 1-3 April 2016, including Dr Anne-Laure Dotte's 'Iaai on the move') have been included in the LCRC website. Further details are at www.jcu.edu.au/lcrc.
Evans, Nicholas. 2016. As intimate as it gets: paradigm borrowing in Marrku and its implications for the emergence of mixed languages. In Felicity Meakins & Carmel O’Shannessy (eds.) Loss and Renewal: Australian Languages since Colonisation. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter: Pp. 29-56.
Evans, Nicholas. 2016. Born, signed and named: naming, country and social change among the Bentinck Islanders. In Di Hafner & Jean-Christophe Verstraete (eds.), Land and Language in Cape York Peninsula and the Gulf Country. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. Pp. 305-335.
Evans, Nicholas and Julia Colleen Miller. 2016. Nen. Journal of the International Phonetic Association 1-19. Available on CJO2016. doi:10.1017/S0025100315000365.
Uta Reinöhl. 2016. Grammaticalization and the Rise of Configurationality in Indo-Aryan. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Uta Reinöhl. 2016. "A single origin of Indo-European primary adpositions? Unveiling the Indo-Aryan branch-off", Diachronica 33 (1), 95-130.
Wellsprings of Linguistic Diversity, First Forum Dialogue
The first Forum Dialogue of Nick Evans’ Wellsprings of Linguistic Diversity Laureate Project was run from February 2nd to 6th, featuring Peter Trudgill and James Stanford (Dartmouth College) as guest speakers and Murray Garde, Eri Kashima, Patrick McConvell and Ruth Singer (University of Melbourne) as discussants. The Forum theme was: ‘What’s special about the sociolinguistics of small-scale speech communities?’ Around 70 people participated in the event.
Second Antipodean Glottobank Workshop, Kioloa
One of the most ambitious projects in which CoEDL is engaged, in collaboration with the new Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, is Glottobank. Under the overall direction of Russell Gray, director of the Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution, this aims to build a comprehensive large-scale database capturing several aspects of the world languages:
A workshop exploring a number of problems in the the data-base architecture, with a special focus on Grambank and Parabank, was held at ANU’s Kioloa campus from Feb 21-24th, with around twenty participants from Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Costa Rica, Germany, Sweden and the UK.
Bo (Scott) Liu:“A process ability approach to the L2 acquisition of Chinese syntax”, primarily supervised by Yanyin Zhang.
Stef Spronck: “Reported Speech in Ungarinyin: Grammar and social cognition in a language of the Kimberley region, Western Australia”
Chikako Senge: “A grammar of Wanyjirra” passed subject to minor amendments, while
Submitted and under examination
Christian Döhler: “Komnzo, a language of Southern New Guinea”
In January Danielle Barth spent three weeks in Matukar, Papua New Guinea. The primary purpose of this fast and furious field trip was to run the Family Problems Picture Task (San Roque et al., 2012) for the Social Cognition Typology project in the Matukar Panau language.
Uta Reinöhl is back from her fieldtrip to Arunachal Pradesh in Northeast India. She has started working on the Tibeto-Burman language Kera'a (aka Idu Mishmi) which is spoken in the far Northeastern corner of Arunachal Pradesh bordering Tibet, as well as on Arunachali Hindi, a recently creolized variety of Hindi which serves as lingua franca in the region.
Nick Evans and Alan Rumsey, were the two plenary speakers at a Symposium on Egophoricity, Evidentiality and Engagement held at Stockholm University from March 17-18, organised by Henrik Bergqvist(Stockholm University, with talks on “The Typological Dimensions of Engagement” (Evans) and “Epistemic authority, triadic engagement and participant transposition” (Rumsey).
Bamberg Workshop on parallel Social Cognition Corpus
Nick Evans and Danielle Barth, in conjunction with local organiser Diana Forker (Bamberg), co-organised the first in a series of workshops to be held over three years, exploring how grammars encode and afford social cognition, drawing on recordings made with the ‘Family Problems Picture Task’ (San Roque et al 2012). Experts on a dozen languages gathered for four days to nut out issues of coding and cross-linguistic category equivalence; the language sample will be further extended with a sister workshop to be held in ANU in November.
New Waves in Analysing Variation Asia Pacific 4
A contingency of ANU linguists attended the New Waves in Analysing Variation Asia Pacific 4 conference held at the National Chung Chen University (國立中正大學 / Guólì Zhōngzhèng Dàxué), Chayi, Taiwan. Nick Evans and Dineke Schokkin presented a group paper titled “Do shared norms cross language boundaries? A case study from multilingual Southern New Guinea” (authors include Mark Ellison, Daniel Williams (University of Potsdam) and Eri Kashima), while Danielle Barth presented a paper “Constructing Expert Identity in Matukar Panau”. PhD students Eri Kashima and Sydney Kingstone presented posters: “Variation in the Acoustics of the Nmbo Language: Reduced Vowel, Papua New Guinea” and “Bogan Hogan to Proper Posh: The Perceptual Dialectology of Australian English”. Nick Evans & Miriam Meyerhoff (Victoria University) ran a workshop on a theme central to the Wellsprings of Linguistic Diversity project: “All the way up, all the way down: on bringing micro-variation and macro-variation together”. This workshop was concerned with the problem of how to integrate the study of microvariation (classic Labovian linguistic variables) with the study of macrovaration (typological variables) into a single theory of change and typological diversification.
Wayan Arka’s paper on ‘Externally and internally headed relative clauses in Marori’ has been accepted for presentation at HeadLex2016, a joint HPSG-LFG conference in Warsaw, Poland (http://headlex16.ipipan.waw.pl/), 24-29 July 2016.
Wayan has also been invited to be a keynote speaker at KIMLI2016, the biennial conference of the Indonesian Linguistics Society in Denpasar-Bali, 24-27 August 2016 (http://www.kimli.org/). He will also give pre-conference intensive courses on ‘Morphology: typology and theory’, 21-23 August 2016 in Denpasar.
Malcolm Ross left Canberra on 12th May for two months at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany, where he will again be working on the history of the Oceanic (and maybe Trans New Guinea, if there’s time) languages with a team that also includes Simon Greenhill, Beth Evans and Alex François (University of Adelaide), mentored by Russell Gray. After a sojourn in England he will return to Canberra at the end of August.
After NWAV-AP, Mark Ellison and Eri Kashima went on to Hong Kong, where they were hosted by two partner investigators of the Centre of Excellence, Virginia Yip (Chinese University of Hong Kong 香港中文大學) and Stephen Matthews (Hong Kong University 香港大學). Mark and Eri’s talk, titled “Bilingualism and language divergence in small communities” was about how bilingualism can engender change in small communities, with evidence from psycholinguistic experiments and linguistic evidence from Southern New Guinea.
We have just announced the second call for papers for the ‘New Fields of Morphology’ Workshop. Our aim is to bring new data and fieldworkers together with morphological theory. It will be November the 29th-30th at the University of Melbourne right after the summer. Greg Stump (University of Kentucky) is coming as an invited speaker. For more info please see the website: http://nfmw.github.io/
Greetings from Western Australia!
Rodríguez Louro, Celeste. (2016). Quotatives across time: West Australian English then and now. In Pichler, Heike (ed.). Discourse-Pragmatic Variation and Change in English: New Methods and Insights. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 139–159.
Moore, David. (2016). Altjira, Dream and God. In Cox, James L. and Possamai, Adam. Religion and non-religion among Australian Aboriginal Peoples. London: Routledge.
Richard, Sophie. (2015). The Present Perfect in Australian English narratives: Some preliminary sociolinguistic insights. In Harvey, M. & Antonia, A. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2014 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society. Callaghan, NSW: University of Newcastle.
It’s off to Europe for UWA Linguistics staff and students presenting the following peer-reviewed conference papers in June 2016.
Sociolinguistics Symposium 21, Universidad de Murcia, Spain, June 15-18, 2016.
Chronos 12. 12th International Conference on Actionality, Tense, Aspect, Modality/Evidentiality. Organised by the CRISCO research centre, Université de Caen, Normandie, June 15-17, 2016.
PhD candidate Sophie Richard will also offer the following invited talks.
“The present perfect in Australian English narratives – A sociolinguistic perspective”. Paper to be presented at SeSyLIA (Semantics and Syntax – Language In Action), New Sorbonne University, France. May 27, 2016.
“The narrative present perfect in Australian English: The hallmark of working-class male stories”. Paper to be presented at Birmingham City University, England. June 6, 2016.
Alan Dench has just completed a six-year term as Dean of the UWA Graduate Research School and is enjoying a six-month sabbatical. In April he presented a paper on “Reconstructing Degrammaticalisation” at The Sixteenth Spring Workshop on Theory and Method in Linguistic Reconstruction at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, organised by Sally Thomason and Terry Kaufman, and visited the Department of Linguistics and the Centre for Aboriginal Initiatives at the University of Toronto before going onto the World Wide Web conference in Montreal. He hopes to be able to do a little more linguistics in the next six months than has proved to be possible in the past six years. Welcome back, Alan!
After a four-year stint working as a speech pathologist, Amy Budrikis has joined UWA in early 2016 to start a PhD in Linguistics. Amy’s research interests are adult second language acquisition, language revitalization, and endangered languages. Amy is particularly interested in how adults learn and pass on a second language to their children. Welcome, Amy!
PhD candidate David Moore continues to make progress on his thesis which examines the theoretical bases and language ideologies underpinning the analysis and description of Central Australian languages by German Lutheran Missionaries from 1890 to 1910. These missionaries conducted primary research in the communities of a number of languages, with early work on the Diyari language at Lake Eyre in South Australia and on Aranda (Arrernte) and Luritja at Hermannsburg in the Northern Territory. The period 1890-1910 saw the first comprehensive grammars and wordlists of some of these languages. Descriptions of languages of the Arandic group continued throughout the twentieth century, notably Strehlow (1944) and Wilkins (1989) on Aranda (Arrernte) and Yallop (1977) for the closely related variety Alyawarr. David’s project focuses on Aranda (Arrernte), and aims to analyse the early descriptions in relation to linguistic theories, models and attitudes of the time. The primary method is archival study in the collection of the Strehlow Research Centre in Alice Springs and David has already completed analysis of over 300 such archival items.
PhD candidate Sana Bharadwaj’s role as research assistant to Professor Gerry Docherty’s ARC-Funded project entitled ‘The Social Dynamics of Language: A Study of Phonological Variation and Change in West Australian English’ came to an end in March 2016. She is currently focusing on her thesis project, ‘Stories of the Diaspora’ and has started data collection. Sana has also recently taken on the role of Postgraduate Student Representative for Linguistics to improve the support system for Honours and postgraduate students within the Discipline. In March, Sana was invited by Daniel Midgley to talk about language variation and change in India for the linguistics podcast Talk the Talk on RTR FM and early in April, she gave an invited public lecture at UWA’s Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery titled ‘Stories of the Diaspora: Reflections on language, culture and identity in Australia’. This talk was presented in conjunction with Indian artist Bharti Kher’s exhibition, ‘In her own language’. Sana Bharadwaj’s PhD candidature was confirmed in April 2016. Congrats, Sana!
PhD candidate Sophie Richard has recently completed a Postgraduate Teaching Internship Scheme which has allowed her to gain invaluable teaching experience in Linguistics and expand her teaching portfolio.
Celeste Rodríguez Louro attended the 2016 ACTA (Australian Council of TESOL Associations) meeting in downtown Perth in early April 2016 where she was pleased to catch up with University of Melbourne contemporary Samantha Disbray (Charles Darwin University)! The conference offered a wealth of impactful research into Aboriginal English and bi-dialectalism in Australia and overseas and provided useful links to Celeste’s latest research project. Celeste is currently collaborating with Farzad Sharifian (Monash) and Ian Malcolm (Edith Cowan) in the analysis of a unique corpus of Aboriginal English collected by Ian Malcolm and Susan Kaldor with Aboriginal English speakers across WA in the 1970s. This initiative is funded through a 2015 Research Collaboration Award (Rodriguez Louro, 2015-2016). Honours student Mitch Browne has recently been hired as RA on the project and is hard at work extracting and coding data.
Joshua Nash and his family are disappearing into the depths of the South Pacific from May-August 2016 for toponymic and linguistic fieldwork on Pitcairn Island. Anyone wishing to visit are welcome to join. Just take the 14-day cargo ship trip from Tauranga, New Zealand.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Australian Linguistic Society (ALS) Annual Conference
7-9 December 2016
Monash University, Melbourne
Contact Person: Melanie Burns
Meeting Email: arts-als2016-at-monash.edu
Web Site: http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/alaa-als-2016/
The 2016 annual conference of the Australian Linguistic Society will be held at Monash University’s Caulfield campus on 7-9 December 2016. We are pleased to announce that Day 1 (Wednesday 7 December) will be a shared day with the 2016 Conference of the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA), with joint plenaries and presentations on this day.
Plenary speakers for ALS 2016:
Asif Agha (University of Pennsylvania) (joint ALAA/ALS plenary)
Jane Simpson (Australian National University)
Nick Enfield (University of Sydney)
Greville Corbett (University of Surrey)
Call for Papers:
We welcome submissions on any topic within the fields of general linguistics, applied linguistics, and sociolinguistics for the following presentation types:
Please see the conference website for details on abstract submission requirements: http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/alaa-als-2016/als-call-for-papers/
Abstracts must be submitted online via the conference website: http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/alaa-als-2016/abstract-submission/
Abstract are due on 1 June 2016
Acceptances notified: Early August 2016 (please note that acceptance is conditional until at least one of the named authors registers their attendance)
2nd Summer School of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language
When: 1-5 December, 2016
Where: Queen's College, University of Melbourne
The Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (COEDL), will be running a Summer School in language research in December 2016. This follows from the successful first Summer School in 2015. The School is aimed at post-graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and other language researchers, providing advanced instruction in specialist language research topics.
Summer School 2016 is hosted by the University of Melbourne, and will be held over five days, 1–5 December. The venue will be the historic Queen’s College, adjoining the University campus in Parkville, Melbourne.
Courses offered in 2016 are listed below. Courses will run over two days or four days, with one set of morning courses and another set of afternoon courses. Saturday 3 December will provide hands-on learning activities, separate from the main course content.
Registration and accommodation details are forthcoming. Places will be limited.
Note that the summer school will be immediately followed by the Australian Linguistics Society conference at Monash University.
Many languages – one brain: an introduction to neurotypology
Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky and Matthias Schlesewsky (University of South Australia)
Jeff Siegel & Stefan Pfänder (University of New England and University of Freiburg)
Kevin Watson (University of Canterbury
Referentiality and argument structure in discourse
Stefan Schnell (University of Melbourne)
Greville Corbett (University of Surrey)
Agent-based modelling and the evolution of language
Matt Spike (Australian National University)
Statistical corpus analysis
Danielle Barth (Australian National University)
Mixed models statistics
Seamus Donnelly (Australian National University)
Word structure in Australian languages
Brett Baker and Mark Harvey (University of Melbourne and University of Newcastle)
Don Daniels, Nick Evans and others (Australian National University)
The Linguistic Ethnography Forum will host a free e-seminar devoted to Linguistic Diversity and Social Justice.
What: An email-based presentation and discussion of Chapters 1 and 2 of Linguistic Diversity and Social Justice
When: May 25: Distribution of reading materials; June 01: E-Seminar opens; June 21: E-Seminar closes
Where: The Linguistic Ethnography Forum mailing list at https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/LING-ETHNOG
How: Simply sign up to the Linguistic Ethnography Forum mailing list at https://goo.gl/Xv7113 in order to participate
Details are available at http://www.languageonthemove.com/invitation-to-e-seminar-linguistic-diversity-and-social-justice/, where you can also download a printable pdf-version of this announcement.
The Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association is pleased to announce the call for papers for the 16th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (SST2016). This conference will mark the 30-year anniversary of the first SST conference held in Canberra in 1986.
Submissions are invited in all areas of speech science and technology, including:
We are inviting two categories of submission, 4 page papers and 1 page abstracts. Papers will be considered for a 20-minute oral presentations or posters, as well as publication in the proceedings. Abstracts will be considered for poster presentation only and will not be included in the proceedings.
If you have any questions concerning the submission procedure or if you encounter any problems, please contact sst2016-at-westernsydney.edu.au.
2nd Call for Papers
The New Fields for Morphology Workshop aims to engage morphological theory with exciting new empirical data. We hope to foster a community of morphologists concerned with both empirical and theoretical issues in Australia and abroad.
We are seeking contributions based on first-hand data of individual languages or adopt a broadly comparative perspective.
Talks will be either 20 or 30 minutes depending on the number of abstracts accepted.
Please limit abstracts to a single A4 page including references and figures. Abstracts should be submitted in .pdf format to: nfmwmelbourne-at-gmail.com by the submission deadline of Thursday, 30th June 2016.
Notification of acceptance will be in August 2016.
New Fields for Morphology aims to bring together linguists working on the morphology of less widely studied languages who are also interested in morphological theory.
The main purpose of the workshop is to engage morphological theory with exciting new empirical data, especially from the Australia + Pacific region. We hope to foster a community of morphologists concerned with both empirical and theoretical issues in Australia and abroad. Contributions are ideally based on first-hand data of individual languages or adopt a broadly comparative perspective.
All theoretical frameworks are equally welcome including papers which do not fit in with any particular framework. Papers that adopt a diachronic or comparative perspective are also welcomed to the extent they engage theoretical concerns.
Gregory Stump (University of Kentucky)
‘Morphological description and the algebra of morphotactics’
Matthew J. Carroll
University of Melbourne, Australia
29th-30th November 2016
British Academy conference entitled ‘Distant and Neglected Voices: Women in the History of Linguistics’ will take place on 28-29 June 2016, at the Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG.
Organisers: Dr Helena Sanson (Department of Italian, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, University of Cambridge) and Prof. Wendy Ayres-Bennett (Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge)
The role played by women in the history of linguistics has not yet received the scholarly attention it deserves, despite current interest in linguistic historiography and questions of language and gender. This conference will consider the contribution of women as linguists in different linguistic and cultural contexts, both European and non-European. The focus will be particularly on the period 1500 until the institutionalisation of linguistics as a discipline in the twentieth century. The term 'linguist' will be understood broadly, to include contributions offered to the discipline and the study of language structure and function outside more institutionalised and traditional frameworks.
For more information, including a full conference programme, and to register, see the following link: http://www.britac.ac.uk/events/2016/distant_and_neglected_voices.cfm
In connection with the conference, on the evening of 28 June, there will be a British Academy Public Lecture, by Professor Deborah Tannen (Georgetown University), entitled “She said/He said”, in which Prof. Tannen will explore how women and men tend to, and are expected to, use language in conversation. This lecture is open to the public and is free (but registration is needed). For further details, see: http://www.britac.ac.uk/events/2016/She_said_he_said.cfm
Please note that the conference and the public lecture will be held at the **Royal Society**, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG (a couple of minutes' walk away from the British Academy): https://royalsociety.org/about-us/contact-us/carlton-house-terrace-london/
Research Fellow - Research Unit for Indigenous Language (0040600)
The Research Unit for Indigenous Language has an exciting opportunity for a Research Fellow to investigate the relationship between education and language in remote indigenous communities.
An exciting full-time Research Fellow role is available in the Research Unit for Indigenous Language. The Research Unit sits within the within the School of Languages and Linguistics and is a research hub that brings together world class researchers from across the University of Melbourne, working in the areas of indigenous language description and documentation. This includes areas of traditional languages and creoles, indigenous children’s language acquisition and the relationship between home and school language in indigenous communities, education and assessment. The Unit provides a dynamic research environment through its diverse research, research training, and engagement activities.
As Research Fellow in the Research Unit for Indigenous Language, you will undertake a research project or projects designed to explore the relationship between education and language in remote indigenous communities, where children come to school without fluent knowledge of Standard Australian English.
This position is primarily research-based, offering the possibility of substantial freedom of research within the broad ambit of the Research Unit for Indigenous Language. It comes with appropriate ongoing research support costs (e.g. fieldwork support) and may offer some possibilities for limited teaching. The Research Fellow reports to the Director, Research Unit for Indigenous Language.
The School of Languages and Linguistics has a long tradition of research on Australian languages and is home to the Melbourne node of the ARC funded Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language.
This valuable full-time role is available for 2 years, reporting to the Director, Research Unit for Indigenous Language.
For further details please refer to the position description at http://jobs.unimelb.edu.au/caw/en/job/887891/research-fellow-research-unit-for-indigenous-language. Please note that this position has been reviewed and the required qualifications have been amended.
Closing date: 5 June 2016
Indigenous applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
Watch this space! http://jobs.anu.edu.au/cw/en/listing/
The ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language is about to advertise a position
Communications and Outreach Manager
Classification: ANU Officer Level 8
Salary package: $91,353 - $97,926
The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre for Excellence for the Dynamics of Language is a national, cross-disciplinary centre with researchers dispersed across four participating universities (ANU, University of Melbourne, University of Queensland and University of Western Sydney), as well as numerous domestic and international partner institutions. We have an ambitious and broad-reaching research program, with studies spanning linguistics, philosophy, psychology, and engineering. We are committed to shift the focus of the language sciences to a dynamic model where diversity, variation, plasticity and evolution, lie at the heart of language and its investigation.
The Communications and Outreach Manager will play a key role in publicising the Centre’s research, in influencing the public agenda in relation to language and language learning and in inspiring interest in the dynamics of language in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. The position has overall responsibility for translating the academic work of Centre members to a range of audiences, from scientific to policymakers to general public, through modalities such as the Centre’s website, news and media stories, press releases, annual reports and e-mail newsletters.
This is a continuing (contingent-funded) appointment. Part-time applications will be considered. Applications must include responses to the selection criteria and updated CV with links to websites or samples illustrating ability to communicate research to the general public in one or more relevant media outlets.
For more information about the position, please contact Karen Warnes, A/g Chief Operating Officer at karen.warnes-at-anu.edu.au or on 0478 322 030.
ANU offers an excellent remuneration and benefits package, a friendly and collaborative work environment, generous leave entitlements, flexible working arrangements, generous superannuation and salary packaging arrangements including on-campus child care, car parking and a variety of other benefits.
The University actively encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For more information on employment opportunities, contact our Indigenous Employment Consultant on indigenous.employment-at-anu.edu.au. ANU values diversity and inclusion and believes employment opportunities must not be limited by socio-economic background, race, religion or gender. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit http://hr.anu.edu.au/staff-equity.
In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:
As part of the selection process shortlisted candidates will be required to prepare at representative webpage, story or press release on an aspect of the Centre’s activities. An excerpt of the grant application will be provided to these candidates.
Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.
Please note: Applications for this position will only be accepted from those with Australian residency or a valid work permit.
Applications are invited, from suitably qualified students, to enter the PhD program of the Language and Culture Research Centre at James Cook University Australia (https://research.jcu.edu.au/lcrc). Supervision will be provided by Professors Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, R. M. W. Dixon, 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.
The scholarship will be at the standard James Cook University rate, Australian $26.288 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 2016) is 31 August 2016; the deadline for students with Australian and New Zealand passports is 31 October 2016.
Successful applicants would take up their PhD scholarships between January and June 2017. (The academic year in Australia runs from February to November.)
Prospective applicants are invited, in the first place, to get in touch with Professor Aikhenvald at Alexandra.Aikhenvald-at-jcu.edu.au, 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).
Application Deadline: 31-Aug-2016
Web Address for Applications: https://www.jcu.edu.au/graduate-research-school/candidates/prospective-students/how-to-apply
Applications are being sought for PhD positions in the Centre for Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL), funded by the Australian Research Council for the period mid-2014 to mid-2021.
CoEDL [http://www.dynamicsoflanguage.edu.au/] has an ambitious series of interlinked projects, focusing on language as a dynamic and variable system, and drawing on the full diversity of the world’s languages, through four programs focusing on the design space of language (Shape), how it is learned (Learning) and processed (Processing), and how linguistic structures evolve at various timescales (Evolution). Two ‘threads’ (Archiving, and New Generation technologies) will enable the technological advances needed to drive forward the language sciences in the coming decades. The Centre is strongly interdisciplinary and features researchers from linguistics, speech pathology, psychology, anthropology, philosophy, bioinformatics and robotics. CoEDL is centred on four nodes (Australian National University, University of Melbourne, University of Western Sydney and University of Queensland), with partner institutions in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, Asia, Europe and North America.
Students will be required to win their own scholarship (Australian Postgraduate Award or international equivalent or Endeavour Fellowship) (we will try to help you in this process). Successful applicants will also receive generous fieldwork and conference funding, as well as opportunities to attend the annual CoEDL Summer Schools and other workshops through the year.
PhD positions are available at all four CoEDL nodes (ANU, University of Melbourne, Western Sydney University and University of Queensland). For more details on the different projects please see: http://www.dynamicsoflanguage.edu.au/get-involved/vacancies/phd-opportunities/. The topics are listed by university node. Note that some topics may be
undertaken at more than one node (for example all 4 nodes have staff who can supervise theses on Indigenous Australian languages).
Please decide which projects you are interested in, and then send a CV (including academic transcript) and a one-page summary of your relevant research experience and interest in a particular topic to the relevant supervisors by:
The present PhD position/s will be located at the University of Queensland, and situated within the Shape program. Potential topics include the following:
Students will be required to win their own scholarship (Australian Postgraduate Award or international equivalent) but will be guided through this process. They will also receive generous fieldwork and travel (conferences etc) funding, as well as opportunities to attend the annual CoEDL Summer Schools and other workshops through the year.
Please send a CV (including academic transcript) and a one page summary of your relevant research experience and interest in a particular topic to Felicity Meakins f.meakins-at-uq.edu.au by 31 May 2016.
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