Newsletter November 2014

Welcome to the latest Newsletter of the Australian Linguistic Society.

As usual, the @ symbol in people's email addresses has been replaced with -at-, and clicking on any link will open that site in a new window.


Andrea Schalley

Annual General Meeting of the ALS 2014

The Annual General Meeting of the ALS will be held at 5pm on Wednesday 10th December at the ALS Conference in Newcastle.

Please send any items for the Agenda to the ALS Secretary ( for inclusion before December 5th. This year we will be electing the following positions:

One Vice-President, the Secretary, Associate Secretary, Treasurer.

Please send nominations for these positions to the ALS Secretary.

The minutes of the 2013 AGM are available here:

Nick Thieberger

Direction of ALS Conferences and Establishment of Conference Abstract Review Process

Over recent years, interest in participating in the ALS annual conference has increased significantly. Consequently, the review of abstracts for the conference has become a more important issue. The Executive has considered the review process with the following goals in mind:

  1. That the criteria for review should conform to recognised international standards, and be available to all interested participants.
  2. That the administration of the review process should be streamlined as much as possible, particularly to facilitate smaller organizational units acting as conference hosts.

The Executive is therefore proposing the following two motions for consideration at the AGM and welcomes feedback. Please direct any suggested amendments to Please accompany any proposed amendment with an explanation as to how the amendment will improve the review process.

Moreover, the Executive would like to hold a discussion session about the future development of ALS conferences in general at the ALS AGM in December. Amongst other things, the Executive is looking for further suggestions how to best manage the increased interest in the conference (e.g. by introducing a poster session).

Motion 1

The review process for the annual conference shall be as follows:

1. The review process will be administered through ALS.

2. An ongoing ALS Program Committee will be maintained, chaired by one of the VPs and consisting of a pool of registered reviewers who can be called upon for the annual conference as needed until such time as they inform the Executive that they no longer wish to be on the register. For each conference, one of the Organizing Committee will join with the VP to administer the review process.

3. The Executive will issue an initial call for reviewers immediately following the 2014 AGM. Registered reviewers will nominate topic areas they are comfortable to review in, and will have the right to refuse to review papers if they feel unqualified or unable to do so for any particular conference.

4. The Executive will issue a call for new volunteers for the Program Committee each year through the ALS newsletter.

5. The Executive may invite persons to join the Program Committee.

6. Abstracts will be reviewed according to criteria approved by ALS.

Motion 2

The reviewing criteria for the annual conference shall be as follows:

ALS Abstract Reviewing Criteria

Overall assessment

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

Reviewer’s Expertise

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

Placement within relevant context

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



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



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



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



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


Very Poor

Does not establish a contribution


Clarity & Comprehensiveness

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



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

b. Adequate & up-to-date referencing

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











Very Poor

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

b. Very poor referencing

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


Potential Interest to Conference Audience

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

Reasons for Decision

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

Confidential comments to the Program Committee

[if applicable]

Mark Harvey

Talkley Award – Call for Nominations

The Talkley Award is presented every two years to an ALS member who has done a great deal to promote linguistics in the public sphere. The Award acknowledges that the discipline of linguistics needs champions to explain its relevance to Australia at large. The winner may be an individual or group who has/have raised awareness about language and linguistic matters to the general public – e.g., through public lectures, books, engagement with the media, etc. – with accuracy and clarity. They may also be someone who has positively influenced language policy by explaining how linguistic evidence can be used to solve real-world language problems.

Please email your nominations to the ALS Postgraduate Representative Lochlan Morrissey ( and cc the president ( A sentence or two citing reasons for why the nominated individual should win this year's Talkley is also recommended and will help the subcommittee with their deliberations. Deadline is 20 November 2015. Get cracking!

If you would like to be part of a postgraduate subcommittee for evaluating the nominations, please contact Lochlan.

Lochlan Morrissey

ALS 2014 Annual conference

The ALS 2014 Annual conference will be held at the University of Newcastle 10–12 December.

There are two workshops on Tuesday 9, the day preceding the conference.

  • The verb phrase in Austronesian
    Please contact if you are interested in attending.
  • Teaching Aboriginal languages in Australian universities
    Please contact or if you are interested in attending.

We are looking forward to seeing you.

Mark Harvey

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

All systems are go for the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (COEDL) with the signing of the final funding agreements. The Centre is a seven year collaboration between the University of Western Sydney, the University of Queensland, The University of Melbourne, and the Australian National University, with another thirteen partner organisations in Australia and overseas. The Centre of Excellence officially started on September 15th, and will be holding its official launch in Canberra on November 24th. Refurbishments for a dedicated Centre space are nearly complete and should be ready by November 21st.

Under the directorship of Nick Evans, Centre researchers will address some of the most critical questions about language: How do languages (and other adaptive self- organising systems) evolve? How different can languages be? How do our brains acquire and process them? How can technologies deal with the complexity and enormous variability of language in its central role in human information processing?

If you are in Canberra on Monday 24 November, please come along to our launch at 1.15pm at the ANU. For venue details and RSVP, drop a line to

Recent Appointments

The Centre welcomes two new recent appointments who complete its administrative team:

Publicity and Outreach Officer: Dr Piers Kelly, who brings a longstanding interest in making linguistics more visible to the general public, most notably through his founding of the blog Fully (sic) on Crikey and recently received the Wurm Prize for his PhD  The word made flesh: an ethnographic history of Eskayan, a utopian language and script of the southern Philippines, who has long had an interest in making linguistics more visible to the general public, most notably through his founding of the blog Fully (sic) on Crikey.

Senior Data Management Officer: Dr Julia Miller, who obtained her PhD last year from the University of Washington (Seattle) with a sociophonetic study of the Beaver language (Athabaskan), and has worked on DoBeS projects on Beaver in Canada and Nen and Tonda in Papua New Guinea, as well as with the PARADISEC archive. As well as her fieldwork and archiving expertise, Julia has experience in developing community-access portals to linguistic data archives ­– see


The Centre is now recruiting a substantial number of three-year postdoctoral positions for the first phase of the Centre’s activities, to start from late 2014 through to mid 2015. Each of these positions is open to international competition, will be based in the University most appropriate to their project, and will be selected by a subset of the Centre’s personnel. These positions are primarily research-based, offering the possibility of substantial freedom of research within the broad ambit of the Centre and its programs. They come with appropriate research setup and ongoing research support costs (e.g. fieldwork support for field-based positions), and offer some possibilities for limited teaching. The following foci have been identified for recruitment in this first round, as set out below.

  1. Language evolution focussing on structural systems (Simon Greenhill, ANU)
  2. Human prehistory and language phylogeny (Simon Greenhill, ANU)
  3. Child language acquisition, focusing on a language of the Asia-Pacific region (Alan Rumsey, ANU)
  4. Deep history of language, connecting models of the evolution of language with models of the evolution of human cognition and social behaviour, using accounts of the evolution of human social behaviour to constrain models of the evolution of language (Kim Sterelny, ANU)
  5. Multigenerational documentation of Murrinh-Patha (or another strong Australian language such as Arrernte, Yolngu Matha, etc)  (Rachel Nordlinger, UMelb)
  6. Corpus development for lesser-described languages, aimed at building corpora and also at developing methods and tools for corpus development in language documentation projects (Nick Thieberger, UMelb)
  7. Longitudinal study of Indigenous children’s first language acquisition (Jill Wigglesworth, UMelb)
  8. Urban multicultural language learning (Paola Escudero, UWS)
  9. Cross-linguistic processing (Anne Cutler, UWS)
  10. Longitudinal child learning of North Australian Kriol (Caroline Jones, UWS)
  11. Language contact and/or contact languages in Australia (UQ)
  12. Computational analysis of natural speech and language (Helen Chenery / Janet Wiles, UQ)
  13. Mechatronics Engineer (Janet Wiles, UQ)
  14. Robot languages (Janet Wiles, UQ)

And the following second round positions will be advertised in early 2015:

  1. Corpus-building and cross-corpus data-mining for indigenous and regional languages (Jane Simpson, ANU / Nick Thieberger, UMelb)
  2. Shaping communication - prosody in Australian languages / Languages of Vanuatu / New Caledonia (Janet Fletcher, UMelb)
  3. Papuan languages: fieldwork-based description of an underdescribed Papuan language (Nick Evans, ANU)
  4. Semi-parallel corpus-building focussing on categories in social cognition – for this (jointly-funded) position, knowledge and scientific connections with Germany are required (Nick Evans, ANU)
  5. Australianist corpus linguist in Warumungu (Jane Simpson, ANU)
  6. Language microevolution (Catherine Travis, ANU)
  7. A longitudinal study of children’s language processing (Evan Kidd, ANU)

Please head to the relevant institutional recruitment page for more information, and to apply for positions.  First round advertisements will progressively appear over the coming months.  If you would like more information on a position that is not currently advertised, please contact

Piers Kelly, Eri Kashima

News from the University of Queensland

ARC successes

Ilana Mushin and Rod Gardner

An enduring problem in Indigenous schooling is the discrepancy in outcomes compared to mainstream children, but little is known about one crucial factor: the role of Indigenous ways of speaking and their ways of engaging with knowledge and learning. This ground-breaking project aims to compare preparatory school students in two urban settings: a mainstream school and a school with high Indigenous enrolments. The project also seeks to examine learning in children’s homes to establish how the flow of knowledge is managed in Indigenous and mainstream families. By investigating these four settings, it is expected to provide important evidence for understanding how language and cultural ways of knowing contribute to the discrepancy in schooling outcomes.

Erich Round (DECRA)
High-definition carbon-dating of linguistic pasts

Carbon dating in archaeology employs the dissipation of isotopes, to date ancient finds. This project harnesses the insights of dissipating information, to discover language histories. It does so by bringing together two, high-definition technologies: powerful, computational statistical engines pioneered in genetics, and an innovative kind of very fine-grained, statistically optimised observations of language structure. Calibrated against traditional and cutting edge linguistic analyses, it offers new insight into how languages reveal history, and how cultural groups speaking the Uralic languages of Eurasia and Australian Aboriginal languages diverged, spread, and interacted, from a distant past to the recent present.

Felicity Meakins and Rob Pensalfini
Trilingual language contact in an Indigenous community and its implications for childhood education

The linguistic cradle of many Aboriginal children in remote Australia is a multilingual setting involving considerable mixing between languages. Children bring this linguistic background to the task of learning English. This project is the first investigation of a trilingual Indigenous community, Elliott (Northern Territory), where children grow up hearing Jingulu, Mudburra and Kriol. It aims to examine how people at Elliott manage multiple languages and how these languages have changed through mixing processes such as creolisation and code-switching. Exploring this dynamic language ecology is crucial to tailoring educational programs to suit the needs of Aboriginal children. It is expected to place Australia at the forefront of studies of complex language change.

Other project work underway

Warlpiri language workshop
August 18-21, 2014

Mary Laughren participated in professional development workshop for Warlpiri teachers and assistant teachers working in Warlpiri community schools (NT) in collaboration with NT Dept of Education and Warlpiri Education and Training Trust (WETT). In collaboration with community elders I ran a one-day workshop on complex trirelational kin terms drawing on Ken Hale's 1959 and 1967 field recordings and transcriptions. This workshop topic was requested by Warlpiri teachers who aim to incorporate this knowledge into their teaching programs.

Waanyi language workshop
September 11-18, 2014

Mary Laughren ran a week-long workshop focused on Waanyi language reclamation with ten Waanyi women from Doomadgee, Mount Isa and Borroloola drawing on oral recordings, transcriptions and dictionary. This was funded by the Waanyi Aboriginal Nation Corporation and Northern Projects Contracting (

Gurindji bird poster workshop
November 3-6, 2014

Felicity Meakins ran a week-long workshop with the CLC ranger group at Kalkaringi to develop a Gurindji bird poster for the Central Australian bird poster series which was developed by Myfany Turpin. The rangers recorded Gurindji speakers, translated recordings in English and created a bird module for school children. They delivered the module to four classes of Gurindji children at Kalkaringi CEC at the completion of the project. The project was funded by the Central Land Council and is a part of the community orientated outcomes of continuing ethnobiology work.

Linklater Voice methodology grant
Rob Pensalfini, in collaboration with Griffith University academics Erika Piazzoli (Education), Claire Kennedy (Italian) and Andrew Munro (Spanish) has received a grant from the Brisbane University Languages Alliance (BULA) to explore the use of Linklater Voice methodology (used to train actors) in the foreign language classroom.

Staff changes

Myfany Turpin is now employed at the University of Sydney as a Future Fellow. She has been appointed an Honorary affiliate at the University of Queensland in Linguistics.

Felicity Meakins was offered and accepted the position of Lecturer in Linguistics in the School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies. She will take up this position at the completion of her DECRA in 2017.

We will be shortly advertising a position for a postdoctoral associate in the Centre of Excellence in Dynamics of Language.


Prof. Yaron Matras (University of Manchester) is our first Centre of Excellence in Dynamics of Language visitor. He will visit UQ 28-30 January 2015. Matras specialises in Language Contact and Romani language varieties and most recently has had a large research project on Mutlilingual Manchester.

Dr Alice Gaby (Monash University) will be visiting the School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies in June 2014. She will be working in the Fryer Library with legacy materials from north Queensland.

Dr Kendra Willson (University of Turku, Finland) will be visiting the School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies in November 2015 on a UQ Travel Award. Willson’s research focus is Scandinavian linguistics and folklore. At UQ, she plans to examine the conceptual basis of Old Norse ritual and religion, particularly the conceptual metaphors that motivate magical practices such as Old Norse seiðr.

Felicity Meakins

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

Grants and Awards

  • Tahnee Innes, Research Assistant at LCRC within the ARC Linkage Project 'Land, Language and Heritage' (CIs Dixon and Aikhenvald) has been awarded The Best Honours Thesis prize for her First Class Honours thesis 'Networked politics of place in Goolarabooloo-Jabiir Jabiir Country'.
  • Kasia Wojtylak, PhD Scholar within LCRC, was a University Finalist in a comptetition 'Your research in three minutes', for her presentation 'Do the Witoto Murui exist?'.
  • Juliane Böttger, PhD Scholar within LCRC, was awarded a grant 'The Lele oral literature', by the Firebird Foundation for Anthropological Research.


During the annual Research Celebrations known as Show CASE at the College of Arts, Society and Education (CASE), Professor Nola Alloway, Dean of the CASE, launched the following books by members of the LCRC:

  • Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald. 2014. The art of grammar: a practical guide. Oxford: Oxford University Press (hardback and paperback).
  • Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald. 2014. The languages of the Amazon. Paperback edition of 2012 hardback. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald and R. M. W. Dixon (eds.) 2014. The Grammar of Knowledge: a cross-linguistic typology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald and R. M. W. Dixon. 2014. Possession and ownership: a cross-linguistic typology. Paperback edition of 2013 hardback. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Alvanoudi, Angeliki. 2014. Grammatical Gender In Interaction: Cultural And Cognitive Aspects. Leiden: Brill.
  • Dixon, R. M. W. 2014. Making new words. Morphological derivations in English. Oxford: Oxford University Press (hardback and paperback).
  • Dixon, R. M. W. 2014. The Rise and Fall of Languages. 2014. Taipei: Academia Sinica. Translation into Traditional Mandarin of a 1997 publication.
  • Mihas, Elena. 2014. Upper Perené Arawak Narratives of History, Landscape, and Ritual. University of Nebraska Press. 
  • Salminen, Mikko B. 2014. Díʔzte, o zapoteco de San Agustín Loxicha, Oaxaca, México (Esbozo gramatical acompañado de cuatro cuentos tradicionales con análisis morfológico y traducción). 2014. Munich: Lincom Europa.
  • Sarvasy, Hannah. 2014. (ed). Non-spatial setting in Finisterre-Huon languages. Special Issue of Language Typology and Universals (STUF).

New PhD Student Starting

Ryan Pennington (MA Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, Texas) will be starting his four-year PhD project within Prof Aikhenvald's Australian Laureate Fellowship. He will be working on a comprehensive analysis of Ma Manda, a Papuan language, from Morobe Province.

LCRC Members' News

Hannah Sarvasy, a PhD candidate at LCRC, has commenced her lectureship at the Department of Linguistics at UCLA. Her PhD, a comprehensive grammar of Nungon, has been submitted to examiners.

Dr Elena Mihas will be teaching a workshop 'Word classes in Miriwoong', 24-28 November 2014, at the Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring Language and Culture Centre, Kunnannurra, WA.

Members of the LCRC were well represented at the recent meeting of the Linguistic Society of Papua New Guinea (17-19 September, Madang). Alexandra Aikhenvald gave a plenary address 'Living in many languages: linguistic diversity and multilingualism in Papua New Guinea'. Grant Ation gave a presentation on 'Case in Eíbela', and Ryan Pennington gave a talk on 'Tone in Gadzup'. Alexandra Aikhenvald also spoke on 'Double talk: parallel structures in Manambu songs' at a session of the Symposium of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) Study Group on Music and Dance in Oceania within the conference. The talks are to be published in a special issue of Language and Linguistics in Melanesia.

Events and Workshops

Special Seminar, Monday 15 December, 4 p.m, D3-150
Professor Isabelle Bril (CNRS)    Reciprocal constructions in Austronesian languages

Bridging Linkage in Cross-Linguistic Perspective, 25-26 February 2015
Convenors: Dr S. E. Overall and Dr Valérie Guérin, LCRC, CASE
Full program will be soon available on

LCRC International workshop 'Commands: a cross-linguistic view'
organized by Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald and R. M. W. Dixon)
will run between 28 September and 3 October 2015.
Further details will be available on


  • Global Workshop, Wednesday 17 September: Valérie Guérin – 'Questions in Tiyatuk'
  • Seminar, Wednesday 24 September: Vito Bongiorno – 'Language and knowledge in the traditional Quechua and Aymara societies'
  • Special seminar, Friday 26 September: René van den Berg – 'Clusivity, gender and number in Western Oceanic pronoun systems'
  • Seminar, Wednesday 1 October: Katherine Bolaños – 'The genetic classification of Kakua from north-west Amazonia'
  • Global Workshop, Wednesday 8 October: Alexandra Aikhenvald – 'Questions in Tariana'
  • Global Workshop, Wednesday 15 October: Grant Aiton – 'Questions in Eibela'
  • Seminar, Wednesday 22 October: Elena Mihas – 'Place names  in Asheninka Perene (Arawak)'
  • Global Workshop, Wednesday 29 October: Angeliki Alvanoudi – 'Questions in Greek'
  • Seminar, Wednesday 5 November: Alexandra Aikhenvald – 'Differential case marking in Yalaku (Ndu family, Papua New Guinea)'
  • Tropical Research Network – Cairns Conference: Plenary address, Friday 7 November: Alexandra Aikhenvald – 'Working in the Tropics: Challenges and Delights'
  • Global Workshop, Wednesday 12 November: Bob Dixon – 'Questions in Jarawara'
  • PhD confirmation seminar, Wednesday 19 November: Nick Piper – PhD thesis title: 'A grammar of Meriam Mir'
  • Global Workshop, Wednesday 26 November: Harold Oates – 'Questions in Ninggirum (Papua New Guinea)'
  • Seminar, Wednesday 3 December: Kasia Wojtylak – 'Classifiers in Witoto Murui'
  • PhD precompletion seminar, Monday 8 December: Juliane Böttger – PhD thesis title: 'A grammar of Lele'
  • Seminar, Wednesday 10 December: Alexandra Aikhenvald – 'Parallel structures in Manambu songs and their origin'

Further details are at

Alexandra (Sasha) Aikhenvald

News from Griffith University

Cliff Goddard is back in Australia after two months on a study leave trip, mainly to Denmark. He was based at South Denmark University (Odense), and at Aarhus University, but also visited Helsinki University, U. Paris-Diderot and Wroclaw University, Poland. He gave presentations at all these centres on a range of topics in lexical semantics, grammatical semantics and ethnopragmatics.

Cliff Goddard

News from La Trobe University

Linguistics/CRLD Visiting Fellows

As part of the CRLD/Linguistics visiting scholars program, funding by the La Trobe University Linguistics Discipline Research Program, we will be hosting a visit in the remainder of 2014 from Professor Alexei Kochetov of the University of Toronto, a world leader in articulatory phonetics. Professor Yaron Matras from the University of Manchester, a specialist in the linguistics of Romani, as well as Germanic languages and languages of the Middle East, and Professor Miriam Meyerhoff from Victoria University Wellington, one of the world’s leading variationist sociolinguists, will be the first of our planned visitors for 2015.

New Publications

  • Fenlon, J., Schembri, A., Rentelis, R., Vinson, D. & Cormier, K. (2014). Using conversational data to determine lexical frequency in British Sign Language: The influence of text type. Lingua 143, 187-202.
  • Green, J., Kelly, B. & Schembri, A. (2014). Finding common ground: Sign language and gesture research in Australia. Australian Journal of Linguistics, 34(2), 185-192.
  • Johnston, T., Cresdee, D., Schembri, A. & Woll. (in press). Variation in and grammaticalization of finish in a signed language: how far down this well-trodden pathway is Auslan (Australian Sign Language)? Language Variation and Change.
  • Stamp, R., Schembri, A., Fenlon, J. & Rentelis, R., Woll, B. & Cormier, K. (2014). Lexical variation and change in British Sign Language. PLoS ONE 9(4): e94053. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0094053.
  • Tabain, M. & Butcher, A. (in press). Stop bursts in Pitjantjatjara. Journal of the International Phonetic Association.
  • Tabain, M. & Hellwig, B. (in press). Goemai: illustration of the IPA. Journal of the International Phonetic Association.
  • Bayley, R., Lucas, C. & Schembri, A. (in press). Sociolinguistic variation. In Schembri, A. & Lucas, C. (Eds.), Sociolinguistics and Deaf communities. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Bradley, D. (2014). Languages and language families in China. In Rint Sybesma et al. (eds) Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics. Leiden: Brill.
  • Bradley, D. (2014). Lexicography of minority languages in Southeast Asia. In Patrick Hanks & Gilles-Maurice de Schryver (eds) International Handbook of Modern Lexis and Lexicography. Berlin: Springer.
  • Bradley, D. (2014). Lisu. In Graham Thurgood & Randy LaPolla (eds) The Sino-Tibetan Languages, 2nd ed. (revised). London: Routledge.
  • Bradley, D. (2014). Lisu. In Rint Sybesma et al. (eds) Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics. Leiden: Brill.
  • Bradley, D. (2014). (2014). Marking of diminutive and augmentative in Lisu. In Nicola Grandi & Livia Kortvelyessy (eds) Handbook of Evaluative Morphology. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  • Bradley, D. (2014). Tibeto-Burman languages of China. In Rint Sybesma et al. (eds) Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics. Leiden: Brill 2014.
  • Bradley, D. (2014). Vitality of languages in China. In Rint Sybesma et al. (eds) Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics. Leiden: Brill 2014.
  • Fenlon, J., Schembri, A., Johnston, T. & Cormier, K. (in press). 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. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Hellwig, B. (2014). Language profile 2: Goemai. In: Carol Genetti (ed.). How languages work: An introduction to language and linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 391-403.
  • Morey, S.D. (2014). Ahom and Tangsa: Case studies of language maintenance and loss in North East India’, in Hugo Cardoso (ed). Language Endangerment and Preservation in South Asia, special publication No. 7 of Language Documentation and Conservation, 46-77.
  • Morey, S.D. (in press). Studying tones in North East India – Tai, Singpho and Tangsa, in Larry Hyman and Stephen Bird (eds) How to Study a Tone Language, special publication of Language Documentation and Conservation.
  • Morey, S. (in press). The realisation of speech tone in Tai Phake music: the case of the Khe Khyang style, in Jürgen Schöpf (ed.) Phonogrammarchiv Jahrbuch, 4, 5: 79-105.
  • Schembri, A. & Johnston, T. (in press). Usage-based grammars and sign languages: Evidence from Auslan, British Sign Language and New Zealand Sign Language. In Wilcox, S. & Janzen, T. (eds.), Cognitive Linguistics and Sign Languages.


Adam Schembri will be an invited speaker at the Crossing linguistic and modal boundaries - new approaches to sociolinguistics workshop in Hannover, Germany. Zane Goebel will present a paper at the Fourth International Seminar on Language Maintenance and Shift (LAMAS IV) at Diponegoro University in Java, Indonesia.

Anthony Jukes presented at the 18th International Symposium on Malay/Indonesian Linguistics (ISMIL 18) in Italy, and at the International Summer School in Language Documentation and Linguistic Diversity at Stockholm University in Sweden.

David Bradley attended the 47th International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics in Kunming, China and also organized a joint Yuxi Normal University/La Trobe University workshop, The Fourth Conference on Heritage: Maintenance for Endangered Languages in Yunnan, China. David was also a member of the organizing committee for the organization of the Third International Workshop on the Sociolinguistics of Language Endangerment (SoLE-3) at Yunnan Nationalities University.


We congratulate Adele Gregory on being recently awarded her PhD, and on becoming the recipient of an Australian Speech Science and Technology Association New Researcher Award. Congratulations also to Tim Brickell and Pavel Ozerov on submitting their PhD dissertations!

General news

During 4th-7th January 2016, La Trobe University will be hosting the 12th International Conference in Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research (TISLR 12, This is the world’s leading conference for sign language researchers, and it is the first time it will be held in Australia. [Note from the editor: see Call for Papers below.]

ARC Future Fellow Marija Tabain is leading an Australasian bid for the International Congress of the Phonetic Sciences, which would be held for the first time in the Southern Hemisphere in 2019. This conference is the flagship of the International Phonetic Association, which oversees the phonetic symbols used to guide pronunciation in dictionaries and language textbooks the world over.



  • 20 August: Scott DeLancey – ‘Sociopragmatic Effects in "Hierarchical" Verb Agreement Systems in Tibeto-Burman’
  • 3 September: Herbert Tunzhi – ‘Consonant clusters in Ergong’; and Jianfu Li – ‘Consonant Clusters of Namuyi Phonology’
  • 10 September: Katherine Demuth – ‘Prosodic Constraints on Children’s Perception and Production of Inflectional Morphemes’
  • 17 September: Stephen Morey – ‘Classifying the Tangsa linguistic varieties’
  • 1 October: Erica Dodd – ‘Are trans women from Venus, Mars… or Earth? A linguistic analysis of trans women’s language’
  • 15 October: Howard Nicholas and Donna Starks – ‘Introducing Multiplicity’
  • 29 October: Felicity Meakins and Rachel Nordlinger – ‘Oblique possession in Bilinarra and its implications for a structural typology of possession’
  • 5 November: Casey Tait – ‘Stress-meter alignment in American hip hop’; and Sally Bowman – ‘Retention of Spanish coda /s/ by speakers of Kashibo-Kakataibo’
  • 12 November: Alexei Kochetov –  ‘Phonetic typology of retroflexes: An articulatory study of Kannada’


  • Wednesday, 26 November: Temmy Thamrin – ‘Language attitudes and language use of the Minangkabau people’; and Chenxi Meng – ‘Possessive noun phrase in Taulil’
  • Wednesday, 3 December: Erma Vassiliou – ‘Semantic change in Greek in the 11th-13th centuries’
Adam Schembri

News from the University of New England

Joshua Nash begins his three year post-doctoral fellowship with UNE Linguistics in early December. The focus of his research is Pitcairn Island toponymy and language contact.

Liz Ellis

News from The Australian National University

Recent Publications

  • Catherine Travis and Rena Torres Cacoullos. 2014. “Stress on I: Debunking unitary contrast accounts.” Studies in Language 38(2): 360-392.
  • Manuel Delicado Cantero and William Steed. 2014. Fair Dinkum: L2 Spanish pronunciation in Australia by the book. In J. Levis & S. McCrocklin (eds). Proceedings of the 5th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference, (pp. 58-67). Ames, IA: Iowa State University.
  • Manuel and William have also published “First things first: exploring Spanish students' attitudes towards learning pronunciation in Australia.” The Language Learning Journal, pp. 1-13  
  • David Nash. 2014. ‘The value of scientific names from (Australian) indigenous languages’, pp. 37-42, and ‘Teaching minority languages at Australian National universities’, pp. 54-58, in FEL XVIII Okinawa: Indigenous Languages: Value to the Community. Proceedings of FEL XVIII, Naha, Okinawa, 17-20 September 2014, edited by Patrick Heinrich and Nicholas Ostler. Bath, England: Foundation for Endangered Languages.
  • David also has two new book chapters: ‘Comitative placenames in central NSW’, Chapter 2, pp.11-37, and ‘The diminutive suffix -dool in placenames of central north NSW’, Chapter 3, pp.39-55 in Indigenous and Minority Placenames: Australian and International Perspectives edited by Ian D. Clark, Luise Hercus and Laura Kostanski (Aboriginal History Monograph).
  • Anna Wierzbicka has published “The idea of a 'spoon': semantics, prehistory and cultural logic”, Language Sciences (2015), pp. 66-83 DOI information: 10.1016/j.langsci.2014.08.005
  • Jane Simpson. 2014. Pama-Nyungan. Oxford Handbook of Derivational Morphology, ed. by Rochelle Lieber & Pavol Štekauer, 651-68. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-964164-2.
  • Arka, I Wayan, and N .L. K Indrawati (eds). 2014. Argument realisations and related constructions in Austronesian languages: papers from 12-ICAL, Volume 2. Canberra: Asia-Pacific Linguistics.


John Giacon’s thesis A grammar of Yuwaalaraay and Gamilaraay: a description of two New South Wales languages based on 160 years of records, was submitted in August.

John Mansfield’s thesis Polysynthetic sociolinguistics: The language and culture of Murrinh Patha youth, was accepted in October.

Greg Dickson inches ever closer to finishing his PhD thesis. On October 2nd he gave a public seminar in Katherine: "An introduction to the Kriol language" aimed at local speech pathologists and other professionals. On November 6 he presented at the Top End Linguistics Circle meeting in Darwin. There, he gave a revised presentation of an earlier talk, "Revisiting the substrate influences of Kriol: the case of Marra" which has now been developed as a chapter for publication in an upcoming Mouton volume on contact language phenomena in Australia.


Eri Kashima, Dineke Schokkin, Tobias Maletz, Penny Jordan & Nick Evans returned from a highly productive field trip to southern New Guinea for the Wellsprings of Linguistic Diversity Project. In addition to language documentation, the team met up with Darja Hoenigman and were able to record and participate in recently revived local traditions. There is a strong interest in the region in seeing documentation of other languages, and during the two months Evans was in Bimadbn individuals or groups from other communities walked to the village – usually for two or three days – to place requests to find a linguist to work on their language. Anyone looking for an interesting field site should contact Nick for further information.

Mark Donohue will be following on his work with Bumthang speakers in Canberra by travelling to Bhutan and, with the assistance provided by the Firebird Foundation, setting up a project under the auspices of the Bhutan Oral Literature Project. Travelling to the main valleys of Bumthang, the plan is to recruit a local worker and to collaborate with the production of materials that can be used in the Early Learning Centre in Ura, via collaboration with the Bhutanese Ministry of Education and their new 'reading strategy group'. Initial work can be viewed on the Bumthang web pages, here and here.

Staff activities

Johanna Rendle-Short has been in Addis Ababa working for an English newspaper called The Reporter as an intern journalist. See her article on learning Amharic here.

Amanda Laugesen (Australian National Dictionary Centre) presented a keynote address at the ‘Oxford is English’ conference in Melbourne on 22 August, and also ran a workshop ‘Dictionaries: Resources, uses, issues’.

Mark Gwynn (Australian National Dictionary Centre) has returned from a trip to the UK where he attended the Lexicom 2014 workshop, which explored current trends in lexicography, corpus linguistics, and lexical computing.

Malcolm Ross spent part of July at Academia Sinica in Taipei, where he taught a short course on Austronesian historical morphology at a historical linguistics summer school for Taiwanese graduate students. Malcolm was at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig between late July and the end of October, working on various aspects of the histories of Pacific languages. From 16th to 18th October he participated in the workshop "Grammatical hybridization and social conditions" at the Institute, where he was one of two keynote speakers.

Mark Donohue was in Europe to work on a collaboration with Tom Owen-Smith about language contact and change in Nepal, and presented a talk at the workshop on Grammatical Hybridization and Social Conditions, held at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig. This workshop aimed to develop an empirically based typology of the kinds of social encounters and their structural outcomes, with special reference to grammatical change. Mark talk was titled “Social histories and their different linguistic consequences.” Mark also delivered an invited talk at the three-day workshop on "big-data linguistic research". Called Language Comparison with Linguistic Databases: RefLex and Typological Databases, the workshop was held in Nijmegen on October 7-9. The aim of the workshop was to discuss how to optimise the making and use of databases, involving both the both lexicon and grammar, for linguistic research. The workshop focussed on scientific results obtained through the use of existing databases; Mark's talk is entitled "Typological and other databases: empirical findings and comparative hypotheses".

Nick Evans presented the opening Plenary at the AILA Congress in Brisbane on the topic “Hearing the Inside: The Landscape of meaning in Australian Indigenous languages”. He also gave a talk on “Multilingualism as the primal human condition: what we have to learn from small-scale speech communities” at a workshop at the University of Western Sydney celebrating the opening of the new Bilingualism Research Lab there. See here.

Mark Ellison presented a talk entitled “Egocentrism as a Key Component of Cultural Evolution” at the first conference of the Polish Society from Human Evolution in Wrocław Oct 23-25. The presentation focussed on the tendency uncovered in a number of semiotic experiments which drives interlocutors to communicate using representations they themselves have used previously, and leads them to disregard opportunities to coordinate with their partners.

Owen Edwards and Chuck Grimes waved the ANU flag, presenting papers at the Seminar Internasional dan Workshop Teater Nasionalin, Kupang, west Timor on October 27th. An audience of around 500 staff and students from several tertiary institutions and several islands were in attendance. Owen’s talk was titled “The structure of metathesis in Amarasi”, and Charles’s titled “Eastern Indonesia & Timor Leste: a strategic zone of contact for people and languages.”

In the Media

Bruce Birch has been working on a language documentation app development project with Dr. Linda Ford of the Northern Institute. This project was recently picked up by the ABC: view the report here.

Piers Kelly, Eri Kashima

News from the University of Melbourne

New PhD completions

Congratulations to the following students for successfully completing their PhD theses in the past couple of months.

  • Hywel Stoakes: "An acoustic and aerodynamic analysis of consonant articulation in Bininj Gun-wok"
  • Jill Vaughan: "Discourses of belonging and resistance: Irish-language maintenance in Ireland and the diaspora"

New grants/projects

Members of the Research Unit for Indigenous language have been successful in recent grant rounds:

  • Nick Thieberger is part of the successful ARC DP led by Sally Treloyn on the documentation of Indigenous song traditions of the Pilbara.
  • Jenny Green and Inge Kral are part of the successful ARC Discovery Indigenous project led by Lizzie Ellis on verbal art traditions in the Western Desert.
  • Jill Vaughan has been awarded a University of Melbourne Early Career Researcher grant for her project "The social life of languages in Maningrida: code-choice in a multilingual community".
Rachel Nordlinger

News from the University of Adelaide


The Australian Research Council awarded $357,700 to a team led by Dr Amery to conduct a detailed analysis of how the Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal language has changed over 100 years since it was first documented.


  • Professor Ghil'ad Zuckermann was elected Member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) on 27 May 2014.
  • Dr Li Ya, one of Professor Zuckermann's Postdoctoral Fellows in Revivalistics, has been appointed Associate Professor at Sichuan Normal University.


  • Clendon, Mark 2014. Worrorra: a language of the north-west Kimberley coast. The University of Adelaide Press.
  • Zuckermann, Ghil'ad (ed.) 2014. Jewish Language Contact, Special Issue of the International Journal of the Sociology of Language.
  • Zuckermann, Ghil'ad, Julia Miller and Jasmin Morley (eds) 2014. Endangered Words, Signs of Revival, AustraLex.

Chinese Collaborations

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, East China Normal University, Shanghai International Studies University, Sichuan Normal University, Fudan University

Keynote addresses

Professor Zuckermann has recently delivered various keynotes in China (including Macau and Hong Kong), Japan, France (including La Réunion), Italy and Israel.


Adelaide Language Festival:

Ghil'ad Zuckermann


New Books Received November 2014

The following is a list of publications relating to the study of language, received by the Reviews Editor of the Australian Journal of Linguistics. Note that it is not possible to return books to the publisher, and that acceptance of a book implies no promise that it will be reviewed in the Australian Journal of Linguistics. Reviews are printed as circumstances permit, and copies are sent to the publishers of the works reviewed. If you wish to review a book, please contact the Reviews Editor, Alan Libert ( Note that many books from previous lists of publications received are still available, so you may want to look at them also. If there is a book you are interested in reviewing but it is not on the list, please contact Alan as it is possible that ALS could then obtain a review copy from the publisher.

  • Bowcher, W. L. and B. A. Smith, eds. (2014) Systemic Phonology: Recent Studies in English. Equinox, Sheffield.
  • Collins, C. and P. M. Postal. 2014. Classical NEG Raising: An Essay on the Syntax of Negation. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.
  • Laughesen, A. (2015) Furphies and Whizz-Bangs: ANZAC Slang from the Great War. Oxford University Press, South Melbourne.
  • McConvell, P., I. Keen, and R. Hendery, eds. (2013) Kinship Systems: Change and Reconstruction. The University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City.
Alan Libert

Upcoming Conferences

Workshop on “Learning Indigenous languages — can universities help?"

Call for Expressions of Interest

We are planning a workshop “Learning Indigenous languages — can universities help?"  preceding the Australian Linguistics Society Annual Conference.  We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Wollotuka Institute in putting this workshop on, along with the Australian Linguistics Society Conference organising team.

Date: Tuesday 9 December
Time: 12 - 5 pm
Place: Wollotuka Institute, Birabahn Building, Callaghan Campus, University of Newcastle, Ring Road (near Design Bus Stop and Parking areas P2 and P6; see campus map:

Indigenous language awareness is essential for professions such as teachers, legal and health professionals, community and language revitalisation workers. And yet training in Indigenous languages is rarely available to them through university courses on Indigenous Australian languages.  Nor are there many tertiary courses for speakers of Indigenous languages to enrich their study of their first language.  None of the languages still spoken by children have a university on their country, thus restricting their access.  This workshop aims to bring together people who want to improve the situation, and to discuss what universities could do to get more language skills into the hands of people doing grass-roots language work.

This workshop will provide input into an Office of Learning and Teaching sponsored web portal to make languages more visible in Australian universities, including Indigenous Australian languages.

Session 1 "showcase" format of 10 minute presentations on what people are doing
Session 2: workshop groups exploring focus questions

If you would like to present we would be grateful to receive  one paragraph descriptions of presentations, and one to two focus questions for discussion. We encourage participants to prepare a poster, or single Powerpoint slide, to accompany their brief presentation.

If you wish to participate but not give a presentation, you are still welcome to propose one or two focus questions that you would like to have discussed in a workshop group, and bring with you some kind of visual representation of your work or interests.

Deadline: 1 December for expressions of interest in presenting and/or attending:
e-mail:  James Wafer at

Jane Simpson

12th International Conference on Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research (TISLR 12)

TISLR 12 is the official conference of the Sign Language Linguistics Society. It is held every three years and is considered the single most important international conference for sign language researchers.

Date: 4–7 Jan 2016
Location: La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
Meeting Email:
Web Site:
Deadline: 31 Jan 2015  

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Robert Adam (University College London)
Prof. Nick Enfield (University of Sydney/Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics)

Call for Papers:

TISLR 12 invites unpublished research from any theoretical perspective that addresses sign languages.

Presentations and poster sessions will be included on such topics as:

  • Phonetics and phonology of sign languages
  • Lexicology of sign languages
  • Morphology of sign languages
  • Syntax of sign languages
  • Sign language discourse
  • Semantics and pragmatics of sign languages
  • Historical sign language linguistics, including sign language emergence
  • Sign language acquisition as a first, second or additional language
  • Sociolinguistic variation and change in sign languages
  • Contact between sign languages and spoken languages
  • Neuroscience and sign languages
  • Psycholinguistics of sign languages
  • Sign language literature and performance (e.g., poetry)
  • Computational modelling, recognition and synthesis, of sign languages
  • Sign language documentation
  • Corpus linguistics of sign languages
  • The relationship between sign languages and gesture

The programme will have no parallel sessions, with 50-60 presentations over four days. The majority of papers (possibly over 100) will be accepted for poster sessions.

Submission of Papers:

Prospective authors are invited to submit an abstract, up to 500 words (+ 1 optional page of references, examples, and/or figures if necessary) by 31 January 2015. Notification will occur by early March 2015.

All abstracts will be handled and reviewed electronically via EasyChair ( You will need to set up an Easy Chair account (if you do not already have one) before you login for your submission.

When completing the submission form on EasyChair, you will see a space which asks for an abstract to be typed in. You may also upload the abstract as a PDF, Microsoft Word or plain text document if you wish. You should receive confirmation of submission of your paper from EasyChair immediately after submission by email; if you have not, please check your spam folder.

Note: To facilitate interpreter planning, please indicate after the title of your paper which language you will present in if your abstract is accepted: Auslan; ASL; International Sign; English.

Abstracts should include (1) a clear statement of the theoretical issue to be addressed, (2) an explanation of the research methodology to be presented, and (3) a concise summary of the research findings/conclusion. These three criteria will be used by the scientific committee when reviewing your abstract, so make sure your submission addresses them. Work must be unpublished at time of presentation. There is a maximum of 3 submissions per author, either as single author or joint co-author.

Adam Schembri

The 20th International Lexical Functional Grammar Conference (LFG15)

Date: 18 July - 20 July 2015
Venue: Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
Conference website:
Conference e-mail (NOT for abstract submission):
Abstract submission receipt deadline:  15 February 2015, 11:59 pm GMT

Abstracts should be submitted online using the online submission system at

LFG15 welcomes 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:

Submissions: Talks and Posters

The main conference sessions will involve 45-minute talks (30 min. + 15 min. discussion), and poster/system presentations. Contributions can focus on results from completed as well as ongoing research, with an emphasis on novel approaches, methods, ideas, and perspectives, whether descriptive, theoretical, formal or computational. Presentations should describe original, unpublished work.

Dissertation Session

As in previous years, we are hoping to hold a special session that will give students the chance to present recent PhD dissertations (or other student research dissertations). The dissertations must be completed by the time of the conference, and they should be made publicly accessible (e.g., on the World Wide Web). The talks in this session should provide an overview of the main original points of the dissertation; the talks will be 20 minutes, followed by a 10-minute discussion period. The students who present in this session will receive a subvention towards their conference costs from the International LFG Association (ILFGA).

Students should note that the main sessions are certainly also open to student submissions.


Deadline for abstracts:  15 February 2015
Acceptances sent out:  30 March 2015
Conference:  18 July - 20 July 2015

Submission Specifications

Abstracts for talks, posters/demonstrations and the dissertation session must be received by February 15, 2015. The language of the conference is English, and all abstracts must be written in English. All abstracts should be submitted using the online submission system. Submissions should be in the form of abstracts only. Abstracts can be up to two A4 pages in 10pt or larger type and should include a title. Omit name and affiliation, and obvious self-reference. Note: we no longer ask for a separate page for data and figures (c-/f- and related structures). They can be included in the text of the abstract, obeying the overall two-page limit. Please submit your abstract in .pdf format (or a plain text file). If you have any trouble converting your file into .pdf please contact the Program Committee at the address below. (On the Easychair submission system, if you upload your abstract as a .pdf file, please simply type 'abstract attached' in the abstract box.)

The number of submissions is not restricted.  However, the number of oral presentations per participant is limited. Each author can be involved in a maximum of three papers that are presented orally, and can only be the first author of a single paper. The program committee will have discretionary powers to vary these rules in particular situations as they see fit. There are no restrictions on poster presentations. Authors may want to keep this in mind when stating their preferences concerning the mode of presentation of their submissions.

All abstracts will be reviewed by at least three people. Papers accepted to the conference can be submitted to the refereed proceedings, which will be published online by CSLI Publications. Selected papers may also appear in a printed volume published by CSLI Publications.

Organisers and their Contact Addresses

If you have queries about abstract submission or have problems using the EasyChair submission system, please contact the Program Committee.

Program Committee (Email:

John Lowe, University of Oxford
Ida Toivonen, Carleton University

Local conference organizers (Email:

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

Ida Toivonen

Jobs, grants, and scholarships

The Panini Award 2015

At the 11th Biennial Conference in Albuquerque (August 1-3 2015), the Association for Linguistic Typology will award its third Panini prize, for a grammar passed as a dissertation between January 1st 2011 and December 31st 2014. The Panini award was established to encourage and honour achievements in the field of documenting the world’s linguistic diversity through the writing of reference grammars. To be eligible, a grammar must provide a systematic, accessible, comprehensive, original, insightful and typologically well-informed account of the workings of the language being described, generously exemplified with natural data. Though the normal expectation is that it would deal with a hitherto little-described language, outstanding grammars of better-known languages or dialects thereof may also be considered if they achieve major breakthroughs in a comprehensive understanding of the language. Grammars may be written in any major language, subject to the availability of a sufficient and geographically balanced set of jury members able to read the language. In order to be eligible for the prize, the author must be (or become) a member of ALT.

Entries will be judged by a committee of distinguished linguists, including judges who have themselves written major reference grammars as well as typologists and other grammar-consumers. The chair for the 2015 award is Nick Enfield.

Please submit entries as PDF files with embedded fonts. The deadline for submission is January 15th, 2015, at Any questions about submissions should be directed to the chair, at

The prize winner for the Panini award will receive paid travel, accommodation, and registration at the ALT conference in Albuquerque, (Aug 1-3, 2015) as well as a collection of reference grammars or other works donated by major publishers. They will also be invited to present a plenary lecture setting out the typologically most interesting aspects of the language.

Previous winners:

2011 (tie):
Mark Post “A grammar of Galo”
Antoinette Schapper “Bunaq: A Papuan language of central Timor”

Patience Epps “A grammar of Hup”

The address for submissions for the 2015 Panini award is:

Nick Enfield
Department of Linguistics
University of Sydney
Post: N365, A20, 2006 Australia

Jean-Christophe Verstraete

Associate Lecturer in Linguistics, University of Newcastle

Reference ID: #2620
Closing date: 23 November 2014

The University of Newcastle is a research-intensive institution with an exceptional record of achievement, ranked among the top three per cent of the world's universities, according to both the Times Higher Education (THE) World University and QS World University Rankings. UoN is a leader in university education, with a reputation for high quality teaching and learning and exciting, contemporary academic programs.

UoN’s English Language and Foundation Studies Centre is a world-class Centre for enabling pedagogies, research and innovation. An exciting opportunity exists for a teaching and research early career academic (Lecturer – Level A) to join the Centre’s Open Foundation program.

The Open Foundation Program offers discipline-based face-to-face and online courses to students who wish to prepare and qualify for university, whilst this positon will involve teaching which provides an introduction to the study of human language (linguistics). The successful applicant will teach courses dealing with topics including the construction and acquisition of language, means of communication, the development of Australian English as well as social and cultural aspects of language. Research in this discipline, as well as that focusing on aspects of enabling education, is also a requirement of the position.

To be successful in this role you will have expertise in linguistics, excellence in teaching, be capable of undertaking research and have the ability to work productively in teams.

This position is available on a full-time, continuing basis and will be based at our Callaghan Campus (Newcastle, NSW) with a requirement to work across both the Callaghan and Ourimbah campuses.

Please note: this is NOT a position in the Teaching of English as a Second Language.


  • A PhD in Linguistics or close to completion (supporting documentation will be requested) or related discipline
  • Capacity to undertake and publish quality research.
  • Demonstrated ability to work productively and collaboratively.
  • Proven ability to deliver high-quality, innovative teaching and effective course administration in a tertiary setting.
  • Ability to manage students from diverse educational and other backgrounds.
  • Experience in teaching students from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds.


  • Experience in teaching in online and blended delivery courses.

Academic Level A - $59,292.00 to $80,463.00 per annum. Contributory superannuation is a condition of employment plus generous employer contribution of 17%.

Further information is available on the University’s job vacancy page at$VAC.QueryView?P_VACANCY_REF_NO=2620.

The University of Newcastle values equity and diversity.

Erin Lee

Lecturer, School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Victoria University of Wellington

We are looking for a full time Lecturer in Applied Linguistics. The position is available from July 2015.

The person appointed to this position will be expected to teach in the undergraduate and graduate programmes and on professional development/ESP courses offered by the English Language Institute.  S/he will also contribute substantially to the research programme of the School and supervise to PhD level.

We are particularly interested in candidates who can lead teaching and research relating to areas of activity that require not only research-based knowledge but an applied, problem-solving approach to pedagogical issues.  The person appointed will have demonstrated strength in quantitative research, and will be able to contribute to teaching and research in the area of second language acquisition, with clear links to pedagogy.  Ideally s/he will have experience in the primary and/or secondary education sector.

Further information can be obtained from John Macalister, Head of School, email or  phone +64 4 4635609.

Please complete the online application form and submit your CV and cover letter by attachment at

Applications close:  Midnight New Zealand time, 19 December 2014

Andrea Schalley

About ALS

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