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 purpose of the scholarship is to support linguists to give back to the community by converting some of their research into materials of benefit to the language speakers, for example by producing community materials in the language or engaging in language maintenance or revitalisation activities. The award aims at supporting researchers who have less access to funding and resources than established academics. This would include support for postgraduate students who would like to take time out from their degree-oriented research in order to develop community materials or other community-oriented outcomes during or after completion of the degree.
The name jalwang is the word for the currawong in the Yugambeh language of Southeast Queensland.
One Scholarship is available each year.
Applicants will typically be either currently enrolled students at a University undertaking an Honours or postgraduate research degree or within two years post-completion of a research higher degree, where the focus of the research has been description and documentation of an Indigenous language of Australia or Melanesia (including eastern Indonesia and Timor Leste). Project proposals from applicants other than current or recent students will also be considered. Applicants whose project proposals satisfy the goals of the Scholarship should make a case in their application.
The Scholarship will provide up to $5,000 to pay for such costs as: travel; accommodation in the field; rent at the applicant’s home base while away; materials production; payments to consultants; and contribution towards additional costs of living while in the field. The Scholarship is not intended to provide a living wage or stipend for the recipient.
For more information on the scholarship, please see the ALS Scholarships page.
OzCLO 2016 has been an extremely satisfying and successful event this year. Across Australia, more than 2,000 high school students (a new record) participated in the competition, with more than 1,800 students in 477 teams competing through the online competition system at the same time. Congratulations to the national winners, who then went on to compete in the International Linguistics Olympiad!
We are thrilled to report that they achieved the best result Australia has ever had at an International Linguistics Olympiad:
A fantastic result!!
We thank the Australian Linguistic Society for their continued support of the event.
14th September 2016, 6-7pm, University of Melbourne.
We are very excited to announce the next public lecture in our series on Indigenous languages.
This free public lecture, “Songs to live by: the Arrernte Women’s Project” will be presented by Rachel Perkins (Blackfella films) and Myfany Turpin (University of Sydney).
In 2015 senior women from across the Arrernte nation in central Australia gathered with their families to record what was held in their living memory of their song traditions. Arrernte people regard traditional Aboriginal songs as the quintessential repository of their law and culture; yet they struggle to find a place for performance in contemporary society. For five weeks in Alice Springs, audio-visual recordings of performances were made. As part of the project the repatriation of earlier recordings were also made to women descended from original song holders. This ground breaking project was the first time Arrernte women had organised to methodically catalogue their entire cultural knowledge in this manner. In this talk we present on the project and show excerpts of the public material gathered. You will also hear from participants of the project, who recorded their responses to the camp and their aspirations for the future of their culture.
Registrations for this free event are required, and can be done so on the University’s Alumni and Friends website: http://alumni.online.unimelb.edu.au/perkins-turpin.
Please forward to any one you think may be interested in attending!
Our latest newsletter showcasing RUIL’s recent activities is available from: https://indiglang.arts.unimelb.edu.au/ruil-newsletter/
The 16th annual Australian Languages Workshop (ALW2017) will be hosted by the Research Unit for Indigenous Language at Melbourne University (co-sponsored by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language). The workshop will be at Camp Marysville (Marysville, Victoria), on March 3rd to March 5th 2017. For more information, please see below under 'Upcoming Conferences'.
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 7 (1 August 2016)'.
The Festival of Pacific Arts (FoPA) is the world's largest gathering of Indigenous Pacific cultures bringing together cultural practitioners, artists, academics, policy makers and researchers. A delegation of 60 artists were selected to represent Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island cultures at the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts. Last month, Paul Paton and Young Champion, Waka Waka woman Annalee Pope from First Languages Australia attended the Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam. Paul and Annalee represented Australia at the Festival’s Inaugural Indigenous Languages Conference where they discussed current work to support language revitalisation in Australia, particularly digital resources, the interactive language map, team and resource building projects. Their presentation was well received by other Pacific nations who found similarities in cultural contexts in their efforts to revitalise and maintain their languages. The festival was a good opportunity for knowledge sharing among different language groups throughout the Pacific. Paul commented that the keynote address by Dr Robert Underwood on his connection to language was one of the highlights of the festival. Dr Underwood is a politian and educator and the current President of the University of Guam.
The 12th festival was held in Guam from May 22 - June 4 and has been held every four years since 1972. The festival unites groups from 27 countries throughout the Pacific and aims to showcase arts and culture. The two weeks of festivities aim to enhance people’s understanding and appreciation for their Pacific neighbours. Hawaiʻi will be hosting the Festival of Pacific Arts (FoPA) in 2020.
To read the Pacific Islands Report article on the language conference click here.
To learn more about the festival visit the FoPA website here.
ABC Splash, in collaboration with First Languages Australia, is running the Marrin Gamu Competition, an Indigenous Languages Competition encouraging schoolchildren from across Australia to record the song about the human body in their local Aboriginal Language. The groups were encouraged to work with Local Aboriginal Communities to translate the song into their local language before practising and perfecting their song and recording it for a video submission. This project will gather versions of Marrin Gamu in different languages from across the country with the aim to celebrate the diversity and beauty of the hundreds of Australian First Languages.
Here at VACL we would like to see Victorian children involved in the competition and singing the body song in Victorian languages. The competition was open to all school and community groups. For those already participating in Aboriginal Language programs it was a great chance to show off their skills and for everyone else it was a chance to connect with their local Aboriginal community on an engaging and rewarding project. The prize for the winning group is a visit from a video production team to film students performing the song and the runners-up receive a bespoke language resource package designed for their school by First Languages Australia.
For notes on how to get in contact with your local language group, advice for teaching children about Australian languages in the classroom, or information on establishing an Indigenous language program in your school the, Marrin Gamu website has all of the information, click here. VACL is also happy to assist in connecting your school or community group to your local Aboriginal organisations and to answer questions.
To see a video of Paul and Aunty Fay talking about Marrin Gamu on ABC breakfast TV click here.
Paul Paton, Aunty Fay Stewart-Muir, Mathew Gardiner and Christina Eira travelled to Kalgoorlie for the 2016 WANALA Aboriginal Languages Conference, hosted by the Western and Northern Aboriginal Languages Alliance. The conference is for people in Aboriginal language centres, language projects, schools with Aboriginal language courses, Aboriginal language speakers and anyone involved in language work or who wishes to learn more about the work being undertaken on Aboriginal language preservation and use. The conference carried the theme of Building Resilience: Identity, intellect and the role of languages and was held at the Goldfields Aboriginal Language Centre, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, 16-18 June.
As part of the program, Christina presented our new holistic language planning tool Tyama-ngan, koong meerreeng watnanda, malayeetoo (We know, body and country together, long time). This comes in the form of a beautiful poster with the core concepts expressed through the artwork of Vicki Couzens, and an associated workshop. It is the most recent output of the Meeting Point - Language Typology Project. It expands on principles explored in Peetyawan weeyn, with more detail and breadth. Paul also gave a presentation on behalf of First Languages Australia.
Watch a documentary film with conference participants here.
To learn more about Western and Northern Aboriginal Languages Alliance (WANALA) click here.
Congratulations to Professor David McAlpine, who has been awarded a prestigious 2016 ARC Laureate Fellowship for his project “How the brain creates a sense of auditory space”. The Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme gives outstanding research leaders the opportunity to tackle some of the most urgent and complex research issues facing Australia and the world. David will receive $2,468,738 towards research exploring how a sense of space is generated by the auditory brain. This award is testament to David’s proven track record of ground-breaking research and his vision to establish a world-leading research programme in brain mechanisms of binaural hearing at Macquarie University. This Laureate program includes ground-breaking investigations of human brain function that will impact on the development of hearing technologies, including cochlear implants and hearing aids. Researchers, engineers and clinicians will be provided with new stimulus paradigms and tools with which to assess and diagnose spatial listening problems, to improve the lives of the hearing-impaired. (Read more here.)
In July, Jean Brick received the Faculty of Human Sciences Teaching Excellence Award. This follows closely on the heels of the Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award she received last year and the National Award, the ALTC Citation for Teaching Excellence, she received a couple of years ago. Jean’s book, Academic Culture (co-authored by Dr Maria Herke and Dr Deanna Wong), is currently used as set text by universities across Australia. These awards are a clear indication of the impact Jean’s work has had and continues to have. We are honoured to have such an excellent teacher and scholar in our midst!
Dr Phil Chappell was recently promoted to Senior Lecturer (Level C). Congratulations on the well-deserved promotion, Phil! (Find out more about Phil’s projects on his personal webpage.)
Congratulations to Dr Jing Fang, who was successful in applying to the Faculty Equipment Grant Scheme. Jing has used the funding to purchase 15 Smartpens, to be used in studying note-taking during consecutive interpreting.
Macquarie University–Lancaster University Corpus Linguistics Workshop 2016 Macquarie University, Sydney (21-22 November 2016)
After a very successful event last year, the Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University have the great pleasure of announcing the second Macquarie University–Lancaster University Corpus Linguistics Workshop. This free two-day workshop offers a series of sessions on topics in corpus linguistics and the application of corpus techniques in studies of discourse and language learning. Presenters at the workshop will include Distinguished Professor Tony McEnery, Professor Paul Baker, Dr Vaclav Brezina, and Dr Dana Gablasova.
We welcome everyone who wants to learn more about this versatile methodology for language analysis; no specialised knowledge is required, although basic familiarity with language corpora is presupposed. The workshop offers a mixture of practical and theoretical sessions in which the participants will learn to apply corpus techniques in a number of contexts.
The workshop will be followed by the Festival of Methods, an informal mini-conference showcasing different types of corpus-based research related to the topic of "Australia and Australian voices” in language corpora. While the workshop itself is free, registration in advance is required, as places are limited (60 maximum). Click here to register.
Morning Seminar Series: Using Corpus Evidence In Linguistic Research (Dr Tobias Bernaisch) (7-9 September)
This special set of morning seminars (9.30-12.30) scheduled from 7 thru 9 September, will be presented by visiting Erasmus Scholar Dr Tobias Bernaisch (Giessen University). Dr Bernaisch is a well-published researcher on English in South Asia (India and Sri Lanka), and working with Macquarie corpus linguists (Dr Haidee Kruger, Emeritus Professor Pam Peters, Adam Smith) on English in contact/Varieties of English in the Indo-Pacific (the VEIP project).
Through the first two seminars, Dr Bernaisch will introduce and discuss what linguistic researchers need to know in order to make the most of corpus data, from choosing your corpus or building it from scratch; to the tools available for extracting data from it; qualitative and quantitative research methodologies with corpora; and statistical analyses and alternative visualisations of corpus data. In the final seminar there will be opportunity to discuss individual research projects with Dr Bernaisch. For further information, please contact Emeritus Professor Pam Peters or Dr Haidee Kruger.
Dr Peng Zhou, who has been with Macquarie for a number of years in different capacities, and who joined Linguistics as Lecturer in 2015, recently left the department. He will be joining Tsinghua University in Beijing as Associate Professor in Linguistics. This is not all bad news, however, as Peng will continue his association with Macquarie through research collaboration. We wish Peng the best of luck on this exciting new phase in his career!
For more news about what's been happening recently in linguistics at Macquarie Uni, visit our newsletter Lingline.
Funding from the federal Office of Learning and Teaching was awarded to develop a digital shell for teaching Indigenous languages - https://www.cdu.edu.au/newsroom/olt-grant. The pilot project is about to get underway, teaching Bininj Kunwok online for four weeks.
Steven Bird is visiting from the University of Melbourne (July-October) and leading the following activities:
History of Bilingual Education in the Northern Territory - People, Programs and Policies is to be published by Springer later this year, edited by Brian Devlin, Samantha Disbray and Nancy Devlin.
Dr Luca Ciucci (PhD Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa) is an expert on Zamucoan languages and indigenous languages of Bolivia and Paraguay. He started his Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the LCRC within Distinguished Professor Alexandra Aikhenvald's Australian Laureate Fellowship 'How gender shapes the world: a linguistic perspective'.
Firew Girma Worku (MA University of Addis Ababa) started his PhD in July 2016, within Distinguished Professor Alexandra Aikhenvald's Australian Laureate Fellowship. He will be working on a previously undescribed language of Papua New Guinea.
Wednesday 5 October D3-150 4 pm: Dr Lidia Mazzitelli (University of Bremen) – 'Possession in Circum-Baltic languages'
all roundtable meetings at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays in room D3-150 of the Cairns Institute building
All are most welcome.
More to follow — watch our site https://research.jcu.edu.au/lcrc.
In July 2016 Zane Goebel convened an international symposium on the idea of rapport. Presenters included Ben Rampton (King's College), Joe Errington (Yale), Anna De Fina (Georgetown University), Asif Agha (University of Pennsylvania), Julian Millie (Monash University), Ben Arps (Leiden University), Deborah Cole (University of Texas), Novi Djenar (University of Sydney), Aurora Donzelli (Sarah Lawrence College), Michael Ewing (University of Melbourne), Zane Goebel (La Trobe University), Rafadi Hakim (University of Chicago), Adam Harr (St. Lawrence University), Nicholas Herriman (La Trobe University), Joel Kuipers (Washington University), Asrun Lio (Halu Oleo University), Howard Manns (Monash University), Izak Morin (La Trobe University), Mikihiro Moriyama (Nanzan University), Monika Winarnita (La Trobe University), and Lauren Zentz (Houston University). The symposium was the second meeting of an international research network “Multilingual Diversity in a Changing Indonesia” based at La Trobe. Goebel and Agha are in the process of planning an edited volume from this symposium.
Taylor-Leech, K. & D. Starks, eds. 2016. Doing Research within Communities: Stories and lessons from language and education field research. Abington: Routledge.
Congratulations to Darja Hoenigman, who has been awarded the 2016 Stephen Wurm Graduate Prize for Pacific Linguistic Studies for her Ph.D. thesis, "The talk goes many ways: registers of language and modes of performance in Kanjimei, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea". Examiners and the Wurm Prize Committee commented on the thesis the following praises: 'exceptional high quality of data’, 'a good balance between theory and data’, 'an excellent contribution to the linguistic anthropology of New Guinea’, 'a major achivement in the linguistic and sociolinguistic documentation of a PNG people’, 'the most original and long-lasting achievement’, ‘an ethnographic monument in Papuan studies’, ‘an ethnographic monument in Papuan studies’, ‘an outstanding piece of work and fully in the Wurm tradition’.
Darja is is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Linguistics CHL (externally funded by the ELDP).
The NSM Semantics Workshop (Anna Wierzbicka, Zhengdao Ye, Cliff Goddard) was held at the ANU on July 22nd and 23rd. Attendees included domestic linguists and visitors from overseas (Jock Wong, National University of Singapore; Hilary Chappell, EHESS, Paris).
The American Name Society’s journal Names is calling for contributions for a special issue on indigenous names. Please see http://www.americannamesociety.org/call-for-papers-special-journal-issue-of-names-devoted-to-indigenous-names-and-toponyms/ for more information. Proposals are due on 1 February, 2017.
Sydney Language Festival (SLF) is an annual event organized by the Language Festival Association, a non-profit organization led by volunteers who are interested in the diversity of languages. The main aim of the festival is to provide an introduction and basic knowledge of a wide range of languages. The festival features keynote speakers who are native speakers or experienced linguists. SLF is a free event and open for everyone interested in learning about languages. There is no registration fee for the event. For more details, please see the following links:
Proposal Submission Deadline: 15 October 2016
Notification of Acceptance: 15 November 2016
The Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT) invites proposals for workshops to be held in conjunction with ALT 2017. We solicit proposals on any topic of interest to the ALT community including focussed workshops on issues of regional interest, particular linguistic phenomenon and developments in methodology. Workshops will be held at the Australian National University on December 15, 2017, the day following ALT 2017.
Proposals will be reviewed by the ALT 2017 Abstract Review Committee.
Accepted workshops will be announced with the general ALT 2017 call on 15 December 2016. Workshop organizers should anticipate approximately one-third of their workshop slots to be filled by abstracts solicited through the open call. Abstracts solicited through the open call will undergo a blind review by both the workshop organizers and members of the Abstract Review Committee.
Proposals for workshops should contain:
A title and brief (1-2 pages) description of the workshop topic and content.
Notification of acceptance of workshop proposals will occur no later than 15 November 2015.
Submit your proposal here: call for workshops
For inquiries, send email to the ALT 2017 organizers at: alt12.2017-at-gmail.com
The 16th annual Australian Languages Workshop (ALW2017) will be hosted by the Research Unit for Indigenous Language at Melbourne University (co-sponsored by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language). The workshop will be at Camp Marysville (Marysville, Victoria), on March 3rd to March 5th 2017.
This is a call for participation in ALW2017: if you are interested in attending (in any capacity), please fill out this online form https://goo.gl/forms/KJ84USko7nyEh1zC2 to register your interest. This will aid the ALW2017 team in getting things started. Official registrations will open in early November.
For those interested in presenting, the current proposed format is 30 minute slots, comprising 20 minutes talk time and 10 minutes question time. Please include the title of your paper in the online form,
and send the anonymized abstract to the ALW2017 team for review. Abstracts should be no longer than one page (including examples and references). Please email a PDF of your abstract to RUIL-contact-at-unimelb.edu.au, with "ALW2017: abstract submission" in the subject line.
Deadline for abstract submission is October 16th 2016.
Marysville is approximately a 90 minute drive from Melbourne University and 90mins from Melbourne airport (traffic dependant), north of the Yarra Ranges National Park. A short 2km drive out of the town itself, Camp Marysville boasts both natural bush surrounds and acres of lawn, bordered by the Marysville State Forest and rolling farmland. Accommodation will be in shared cabins, with a maximum of 4 people per cabin (2 per room, no bunk beds). Each cabin has a bathroom, central area, two bedrooms and reverse cycle heating/aircon. Linen is available for hire at $30 for the weekend, and if you choose to bring your own, we recommend you make sure it is warm!
We will depart Melbourne University at approximately 4pm on Friday 3rd (departure time allows for peak hour traffic – those travelling from the airport should also aim to depart at this time) and will meet in Marysville for a relaxed dinner at around 6:30pm before heading to Camp Marysville. All should be finished by 16:00 on Sunday. We will coordinate lifts for participants from- and to- Melbourne University, and those who are able are encouraged to provide lifts for interstate visitors (if possible please indicate this on the form).
Further information will be available in due course at http://www.dynamicsoflanguage.edu.au/news-and-media/events/australian-languages-workshop-alw-2017/.
La Trobe University is advertising a full-time continuing position of Professor of Language Diversity and Head of Department, job number 551488.
Please see http://careers.pageuppeople.com/533/caw/en/job/551488/professor-of-language-diversity-and-head-of-department for more information, or contact Natalie Walker at Odgers Berndtson Executive Search, LTUHoDLanguages-at-odgersberndtson.com.
Applications close Monday, 19 September 2016.
The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, AIATSIS, has a short term, part time position available in the audio collection management team – 2 days a week until 23 December 2016. The primary duty of this position is auditioning (writing a time-coded summary) of recordings, including those in Australian languages, held in the audio collection. This does not involve transcribing or translating.
The position is at APS3 ($52,850 - $57,355 per annum). This is an identified position, and candidates are required to meet the following selection criterion:
Demonstrated commitment to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the demonstrated ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This commitment will be shown by their capacity to:
Details can be obtained by contacting Kazuko Obata.
Noongar Boodjar Language Centre (WA) invites expressions of interest from experienced linguists for the writing of the Noongar language phonology. Audio and written material will be provided for the study. Payment of $5,000 will be made on receipt of the final document. Email an expression of interest including examples of phonology or grammar writings to manager-at-nbalc.org.au.
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 (alsonline-at-als.asn.au) by the end of the first week of February, May, August, and November. There is a list of people who are automatically advised that it is time to contribute material; if you wish to be added to that list, send Andrea an email.
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