Newsletter August 2001

ALS 01/03, August 2001






New Research Unit at Uni Melbourne

A new Research Unit for Multilingualism and Cross-Cultural Communication has been set up within the School of Languages at the University of Melbourne. The Direcor is Michael Clyne and the Deputy Director John Hajek. The first activity was a workshop on "Raising children in more than one language" on August 5.


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ALS at LSA Institute 2001

The Linguistics Society of America recently completed its bi-annual Institute at the University of California at Santa Barbara. The Institute, conducted from June 25th to August 3rd, was co-sponsored by the Australian Linguistic Society and quite a large contingent of our members participated as either presenters, students or affiliates. Peter Austin (Aboriginal languages), Cliff Goddard (Lexical and grammatical semantics) and Doug Absalom (Literacy) presented six week courses while Bob Dixon (Basic linguistic theory) and Sasha Aikenwald (Typology of classifiers) presented courses in the first three weeks. A number of conferences were held in association with the Institute. These included meetings on Typology, Cognitive Linguistics, American Indian Languages and Literacy.

Prominent among the participants at the Santa Barbara campus were Hilary Chappell, Heather Bowe, Bruce Birch, Tim Curnow, Adam Saulwick, Patrizia Pacioni and June Luchjenbroers. As might be expected, many of our members were also prominent at the receptions held after each of the weekly forum seminars. Highlights among these included papers by Ron Langacker, Manny Schegloff, Elizabeth Traugott, Elizabeth Bates, Talmy Givón and Wallace Chafe, as well as a lively and informative debate between Paul Newmeyer and Susanna Cumming on fomalism vs. functionalism.

At the final reception, Doug Absalom publicly thanked the hosts at UCSB and the organiser of the Pacific Rim Institute, Charles Li, on behalf of the ALS, expressing the wish that there should be further cooperation between ALS and LSA, providing that the Aussie dollar recovered sufficiently to make such joint ventures viable.


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News from Queensland Uni

New Location of Linguistics at UQ

The Linguistics Program is now part of the recently formed 'School of English, Media Studies and Art History' in the Faculty of Arts.

New staff

Michael Harrington, formerly in the Centre for Language Teaching and Research, has joined the linguistics program. Michael is teaching and researching in pyscholinguistics with special focus on Second Language Acquisition.

Recently awarded PhDs


  • Tom MYLNE 'Argument Structure and the Status of the Complement'
  • Annette RUTLEDGE 'Noun phrase usage as an index of writing quality and text type in adolescent writing'
  • Chiharu TSURUTANI 'Acquisition of word prosody by second language learners: a study of the acquisition of Japanese prosodic features by English learners'

People wanting a copy of these theses can contact the authors c/o the Linguistics Program, EMSAH, University of Queensland 4072.




  • Prof. Dieter Kastovsky from the University of Vienna is visiting the UQ linguistics program in August, giving a talk on 'The representation of space in English derivational morphology'.
  • Prof Kazuo Misono of Kanto Gakuin University is a visitor with our program this semester. Professor Misono works especially on phonetic aspects of dialect variation. He has convened a Seminar on English Phonetics in Australia (SEPA) sponsored by the English Phonetic Society of Japan.


Conferences, Colloquia


  • The Centre for Research in Language Processing and Linguistics hosted a colloquium 'Interdisciplinary perspectives on Language Processing', June 28th-30th, St John's College, University of Queensland. Keynote speakers: Dianne Bradley [CUNY], Max Coltheart[Macquarie U.], Stephen Crain [U. Maryland], Dominique Estival [Sayso! Inc. Sydney], David Swinney [U. San Diego], Roger Wales [La Trobe U.]. The conference website:
  • Seminar on English Phonetics in Australia (SEPA) August 4-5. The theme of this Seminar is 'Classroom phonetics and oral communication'.



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Opening of new Research Centre at the ANU

If you are in Canberra on Monday 20th August, you are cordially invited to the launch of The ANU's Centre for Research on Language Change, which will take place at 7.30 pm in the Manning Clark Bldg, in Theatre 6. The Centre will be launched by Professor Ian Chubb, Vice-Chancellor of the ANU, and inaugurated with a public lecture entitled "Word within Words" by Professor Alice C. Harris (Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee). Professor Harris is well known in the world of historical linguistics as the co-author of an advanced textbook on historical syntax.

After Professor Harris' talk, drinks and nibbles will be served.

The Centre looks forward to co-operation with Associate Members based in other universities. The Centre's web site is at


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News from Griffith University

Mike Levy and Tony Liddicoat have taken up positions as Associate Professors in the School of Languages and Linguistics (LAL) at Griffith University. LAL is now revising its courses in linguistics and is planning to introduce a broader range of offerings in linguistics.


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News from Sydney University

Lea Brown recently completed her PhD thesis A Grammar of Nias Selatan. This dissertation is a descriptive grammar of Nias Selatan, the smallest of three dialects of Nias, an Austronesian (Western Malayo-Polynesian) language spoken by around 700,000 people on the island of Nias off the west coast of Sumatra in Indonesia. The thesis covers all the major components of the grammar, including phonology, morphology and syntax. Apart from lexical differences, Nias Selatan differs from the other Nias dialects mainly in having a distinct irrealis mode and in aspects of pronominal marking on the verb.


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New On-line MA in Applied Linguistics at UNE

The School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics proudly announces their new, accredited, fully on-line Masters of Arts degree in Applied Linguistics. Starting August 2001, students will be able to explore languages, language acquisition, and intercultural communication from the comfort of their own home while interacting with fellow students from across Australia and around the world. The MAAL incorporates the incredible resources of the Web (e.g., on-line journals, Applied Linguistics-related websites, access to databases around the world, etc.), as well as multimedia support of CD-ROM (e.g., readings, audio and video files, etc.), with some access to printed materials. Bulletin boards and chat rooms are used extensively to allow frequent discussions between classmates, as well as students and lecturers. Self- evaluation activities and quizzes provide instant feedback on topics of interest. The first class includes students from around Australia and the world, including China, Japan, Korea, Canada, the USA, the UK and Switzerland.


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News from the RCLT

International Workshop on Evidentiality

The Research Centre for Linguistic Typology at La Trobe University has just held another highly successful and informative International Workshop, this year on Evidentiality. The Workshop took place from 6-11 August, at La Trobe City Campus and at the RCLT. The participants from within Australia and around the world were: Alexandra Aikhenvald, R.M.W. Dixon, Willem J. de Reuse, Sally McLendon, Victor Friedman, Vjacheslav Chirikba, Michael Fortescue, Elena Maslova, Pilar Valenzuela, Randy LaPolla, Connie Dickinson, Lars Johanson, Ago Künnap, Timothy Jowan Curnow and Brian Joseph.

New staff

The following new staff have begun working at the RCLT:

  • Abby Chin has arrived to work as Executive Officer, taking the place of Siew-Peng Condon, who is on maternity leave
  • Dr Janet Sharp commenced a three-year Research Fellowship in July, undertaking an extensive study of Karatjarri, from the north-west of Western Australia
  • Dr Tonya Stebbins took up a La Trobe University Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in July; she will be working on a language from the Gazelle Peninsula region of New Britain, PNG
  • Dr Ulrike Zeshan has returned to the RCLT for two years having been awarded a five year research fellowship from the German government; she will be working on various sign languages from a typological perspective



Recently arrived Visiting Fellows and Honorary Visiting Fellows include:

  • Professor Lars Johanson (Jul-Dec), who is Professor of Turkology at the University of Mainz. He is working on grammatical problems in Turkic and Iranian linguistics.
  • Dr Eva Csató (Jul-Dec), of the University of Uppsala. She is working on topics in Turkic linguistics with particular reference to Karaim, an endangered language.
  • Professor Brian Joseph (mid Jul-end Aug), of the University of Ohio. He is working on topics in the phonology and grammar of Modern Greek and other Balkan languages.
  • Professor Ago Künnap (Aug) from the University of Tartu, Estonia. He is working on grammatical problems in Uralic languages and contact phenomena.
  • Dr David Beck (mid Jul-end Aug) from the University of Alberta is working with Professor Aikhenvald on the typology of areal diffusion in the Pacific north-west of North America.


RCLT presence in Santa Barbara

The RCLT had a presence at the US Linguistic Institute and associated conferences at Santa Barbara, California.

  • Bob Dixon taught a three-week course on Basic Linguistic Theory
  • Sasha Aikhenvald taught a three-week course on the Typology of Classifiers, and presented a paper at the Conference of the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas
  • Tim Curnow presented papers at the Conference of the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas and at the Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology
  • Regina Pustet, a Visiting Fellow at the Centre, presented papers at the Cognitive Linguistics Conference and at the Workshop on Tibeto-Burman Languages

International Congress on Historical Linguistics

Bob Dixon and Sasha Aikhenvald presented plenary papers at the recent International Congress on Historical Linguistics, and three visitors to the Centre also presented papers: Prof. Brian Joseph, Prof. Bh. Krishnamurti and Prof. Ago Künnap.

Recent publications

Recent publications by members of the Centre include:

  • Non-canonical marking of subjects and objects, 2001, edited by Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, R.M.W. Dixon and Masayuki Onishi, in John Benjamins's Typological Studies in Language series
  • Bob Dixon's The rise and fall of languages has been issued in a Japanese translation (translated by Midori Osumi) under the title Gengo no Kobo by Iwanami Shoten publishers in Tokyo, with an initial print run of 30,000 copies


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Book announcement (Hale Festschrift)

Pacific Linguistics is happy to announce the publication of Forty years on: Ken Hale and Australian languages edited by Jane Simpson, David Nash, Mary Laughren, Peter Austin and Barry Alpher.

To download a copy of the flier, including the table of contents, click on

On Friday 25 May 2001 at MIT in Cambridge, Mass., USA, Ken Hale was presented with an Australian festschrift, Forty Years On. The volume, with 38 contributors, is published by Pacific Linguistics, and is now available for sale. Details are at including a link to the table of contents.

In 1959-60 Ken Hale documented around seventy Australian languages using the methods of modern linguistics and anthropology. In the years since, Hale (now Emeritus Professor at MIT) has written and published numerous papers on theoretical and descriptive topics, made his field records available to several generations of linguists, and encouraged native speakers in studying and maintaining their languages.

The 36 contributions to this volume reflect the broad diversity of Hale's pioneering work. The 38 contributors include linguists from Australia and North America, and three Australian language speakers.

The volume starts with several chapters dealing directly with Hale's fieldwork, beginning as he did in Alice Springs with Arrernte and Warlpiri. These include first-hand accounts, by Sara Hale and others, of what it was like grappling with fresh ideas and being in the field in Australia in the 1960s, and serve to place his work in the broader context of Australian language studies. The breathtaking scope of Hale's contribution, both in terms of languages documented and topics examined, is reflected in the diversity of languages and topics covered by the remaining chapters: theory, typology, methodology; syntax, semantics, phonology, morphology, historical linguistics, language change and creativity, and language policy implementation.

The volume also includes an interview with Hale, two vocabularies collected by Hale and O'Grady in 1960, and a bibliography of Hale's Australian work.

ISBN: 0 85883 524 X
xvii + 528 pp.
Price: Australia $55.00, International $50.00 (Postage is extra. Prices are in Australian dollars; one Australian dollar is currently equivalent to about US$0.52; Credit card orders are accepted)

Orders may be placed by mail, e-mail or telephone with:
The Publications Administrator
Pacific Linguistics
Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200 Australia
Tel: +61 (0)2 6249 2742
Fax: +61 (0)2 6249 4896

Credit card orders are accepted.

For a Pacific Linguistics catalogue and other materials, see


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Book announcement (Rose)

David Rose
The Western Desert Code: An Australian Cryptogrammar
PL 513

This volume is a description of the language of Australia's Western Desert peoples, from the perspective of Western Desert culture, focusing on what M.A.K. Halliday has characterised as 'ways of meaning' in the culture. As a doctoral dissertation The Western Desert Code received exceptional praise from its examiners, C.M.I.M. Matthiessen (Macquarie University) called it 'an outstanding contribution to semiotic and linguistic scholarship in general and to the description and understanding of Australian Aboriginal languages in particular ... the first contribution ever to give a comprehensive account of the semiotic complex of an Australian Aboriginal language-culture, using the resources of a powerful theory to map out this complex along a number of dimensions ... a monumental, brilliant achievement in absolute terms ... Rose thus clearly belongs to the class of once-in-a-blue-moon scholars that Whorf belonged to'. K. Davidse (University of Leeuven) writes: '... a tremendously inventive effort of interpretation ... I know of no other work which has so consistently related to the relation between code, register, semantics, lexicogrammar and phonology as this Ph.D. thesis'.

2001, ISBN: 0 85883 437 5, pp. xvi + 482
AUS $59.40, International $54.00

For details on ordering, click here (preceding book announcement).


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Appen Pty jobs

Appen Pty Limited is a speech technology company specialising in offering professional linguistic services. Most typically, the company is involved in speech technology, specifically speech recognition and speech synthesis but we have provided assistance in other areas as well. In the speech technology area, we provide professional services to the commercial companies who build the systems ultimately deployed in call centres, banks, telephony services and personal devices. The business is expanding into a number of different areas and we are in constant need of linguists who speak another language.

We are expanding our services in European languages. We are looking to establish a database of people who are native speakers of languages other than Australian English. The sort of work we have is almost always casual, so is not suitable for people in full time employment. Having said that, we will probably be offering short term contracts to some of the people we employ for the duration of a project.

We do have an irregular need for straight translators.

Our most common need is for native speakers of languages other than English - usually students - to do transcription. This is a little like proof-reading/editing - they sit at a computer and check a spoken file against an accompanying text. The texts are usually easy to understand. We provide the necessary training.

The third requirement is for speakers of languages other than Australian English who are linguists. We need people to work on pronunciation dictionaries, and grammarians to work on grammars, and give advice on the ways native speakers of a particular language will say things.

So to reiterate we need

  • Transcribers : native speakers of any language other than Australian English for transcribers
  • Linguists : native speakers of any language other than Australian English for pronunciation dictionaries and grammar work
  • Translators : native speakers of any language other than Australian English for translation


Languages in which we have a current interest are: Swedish, Russian, Italian, French, Danish, Finnish, Japanese, Portuguese (Portugal), Polish, Hebrew, German (Germany), German (Swiss), Dutch (Netherlands), Dutch (Belgium), Spanish (USA), Spanish (Spain), Mandarin (PRC), Mandarin (Taiwan), Minnan (Taiwan), Korean, English (USA), English (UK), English (Aust), English (NZ), Turkish, Hungarian, Czech, Slovenian, Norwegian, Arabic. Some of these, for example, Swedish, Japanese, Portuguese and Dutch we have an immediate need for a linguist, and a need for students who speak these languages for transcription. The linguist jobs may be short term contracts. Translators in Japanese and Swedish would be useful too.

For further details, contact Dr Julie Vonwiller
Appen Pty Limited
Suite 5, Level 5, North Tower
1-5 Railway Street
Chatswood NSW 2067
tel: +61 2 9411 3533
fax: +61 2 9411 3544


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Language project, New Mapoon

Agnes Mark, who is a resident of New Mapoon, is keen to collaborate with a linguist on a language revitalization project in north Queensland. The project is aimed at revitalizing language at New Mapoon, focussing on the languages that were formerly spoken at Old Mapoon on the west coast of Cape York Peninsula. Agnes Mark wishes to use tape recordings of now deceased speakers to relearn these languages. Agnes Mark is particularly interested in focussing on the languages of the lower Batavia (Wenlock River), recorded by Terry Crowley in the 1970s (see Crowley Terry, 1981 "The Mpakwithi dialect of Anguthimri" in Dixon and Blake (eds) Handbook of Australian Languages, vol2, Canberra: ANU Press). Agnes Mark's grandfather (her MFB) Donald Fletcher was one of Terry Crowley's principal informants.

Agnes Mark is particularly interested to work on recordings of Donald Fletcher and others with a trained professional 'who can help us pronounce and understand the language'. Agnes Mark is aware that other language speakers were also recorded including the late Frank Don and the late Ellen Arthur.

The project would also aim to identify all the source material and assist in making it available to members of the community of New Mapoon. It is likely that in addition to Terry Crowley, the work of other linguists including Bruce Rigsby and Ken Hale would be of relevance. Agnes Mark and community members will also welcome assistance in setting up the project, including proposals for funding. It is envisaged that the project will be conducted through the Women's Group of New Mapoon, or similar community based body.

Person to contact:
Agnes Mark
Tel: (h) 07 4069 3665,(w) 07 4069 3278 (Agnes is happy for people to ring her at home)


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Lecturer level D, Monash Uni

Associate Professor (Level D) in Linguistics, Monash University, School of Philosophy, Linguistics & Bioethics

Closing Date: 01/09/01

Linguistics is seeking to fill this continuing position (available from 03/01/02) with a person who has a dynamic profile and the potential to assume a leadership role in the discipline.

Essential qualifications:

Outstanding research and teaching abilities in at least one of the following areas: language use in contemporary society; language contact; language change. Evidence of leadership, innovation and collaboration in research and teaching.

Applicants are invited to identify how their own research and teaching strengths may support or complement the current teaching program in Linguistics at Monash (see From 2002 Linguistics will be located within a new School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, which will provide new opportunities for collaborative research and teaching. Applicants will therefore need to demonstrate a strong track record of working collaboratively across research/discipline areas.

The Benefits: $75,000 - $82,625 p.a. Associate Professor (Level D)

Location: Clayton campus

Contact: Ms Lona Gottschalk, Tel. 9905 2296 or email for inquiries and information.

Applications: Ms L Gottschalk, School of Philosophy, Linguistics & Bioethics, PO Box 11A, Monash University, Vic 3800 or email by 1/09/01. Quote Ref No. A012934 and include curriculum vitae and the names (with phone and facsimile numbers) of three referees in your application.


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Conferences and workshops




Australian Linguistic Society Conference 2001

The 2001 ALS conference will be held at the ANU from 27-30 September 2001.

For full details on the ALS 2001 Conference, visit the web site at This website contains information about the 2001 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society - dates, places, how to register, and so on.

Accommodation for ALS Conference participants at Burgmann College will be limited, as the weekend is the College's Thirtieth Anniversary celebration. Participants who intend to stay at the College are asked to make their accommodation bookings with the conference organisers as soon as possible.


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Australian Linguistics Institute 2002

The organization for the Sixth Biennial Australian Linguistics Institute is proceeding apace. The institute will be held 8th-12th and 15th-19th July 2002, at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. A number of conferences will be held in association with ALI 2002 - see below.

A website for ALI2002 has been established, with its homepage at At this stage the page only has general information about ALI2002 and accommodation options, but bookmark the page and check back in September, by which stage details of presenters and registration information should be available.

Presenters at ALI2002, giving beginning, intermediate or advanced courses, will include: Prof Alexandra Aikhenvald, Dr Elizabeth Armstrong, Brett Baker, Dr Richard Baldauf, Prof Chris Candlin, Prof Lauri Carlson, Dr Steve Cassidy, Prof Penny Eckert, Dr Cliff Goddard, Dr Jean Harkins, Prof Janet Holmes, Dr Barbara Horvath, Terese Iocono, Dr Harold Koch, Dr Bob Ladd, Prof Batia Laufer, Dr Marie Myers, Dr Nicholas Ostler, Dr Bill Palmer, Dr Ingrid Piller, Dr Louise Ravelli, Dr Verna Rieschild, Prof Ivan Sag, Dr Jane Simpson and Prof Donca Steriade.

The Steering Committee for ALI 2002 is still interested in a number of other courses, particularly in the areas of Applied Linguistics (language teaching and learning) and ATSI-related topics. If you are interested in giving a one week (6 hour) or two week (12 hour) course at ALI 2002, please contact Dr Verna Rieschild at as soon as possible.


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Conferences associated with ALI 2002

There will be a number of conferences held on weekends before, during and after the 2002 Australian Linguistics Institute. These will include the Annual Conferences for:

  • Systemic Functional Grammar (5-7th July)
  • Australian Linguistic Society (13th-14th July)
  • Applied Linguistics of Australia (13th-14th July)
  • Australex (20th-21st July)



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UniMelb Post Graduate Conference 2001

The University of Melbourne Department of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Post Graduate Conference 2001

Call for papers: The University of Melbourne's L&AL Postgraduate Conference is growing even bigger this year with the event being held over a day and a half. The conference is run entirely by students as an opportunity for postgraduate students in linguistic fields of study to gain experience presenting papers, hear about what other work is being done by fellow students and meet and mix with fellow students. The conference is free and no registration is necessary. We have two travel grants ($200 each) available for interstate students who would like to present at the conference.

Dates: Friday 21 September (1-5pm) and Saturday 22 September (10am-5pm)
Location: Graduate Centre, 1888 Building, University of Melbourne
Cost: Free

Papers are to be 20 minutes with 5-10 minutes for questions.
Intention to present and tentative title must be submitted by 21 August 2001
Abstract and final title to be submitted by 7 September 2001

Submissions and enquiries to Leslie Layne at


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ALS 2001 Workshop

Tracking language use, proficiency, and program outcomes in indigenous languages

A workshop at ALS 2001, ANU, Canberra, Sunday 30 September


To exchange information on research methods which can be used to assess what kinds of language and mix of languages are used by indigenous people in different age groups, especially focussing on children and young people, and including longitudinal methods tracking trends over time. One dimension of such research is to provide data and frameworks for educational and language maintenance programs. It is hoped to follow this up with another workshop in 2002 where indigenous community perspectives can be brought in to a greater degree. While the focus is on Australian indigenous language situations, papers or reports on other languages and areas are welcome provided that they provide valuable points about research methods which can be translated into local situations.


It is anticipated that the workshop will require most of a day. Contributions will include a few 15-20 minute papers on general issues of research method, some shorter reports of current work and programs, and perhaps a demonstration of software used in dealing with children's language and multilingual data. There will be a session where the whole group formulates what seem to them the most important research questions, a session on techniques for collection and elicitation which have proved valuable, and time for general discussion of these issues, before a final summation and pointers to further work.


Understandably linguistic research on Australian indigenous languages has mainly focussed on the production of grammars, dictionaries and texts, with much less research on actual language use and contemporary change. Where such research has been carried out, however, it has revealed examples of children's language which differ radically from that of adults; of differing varieties used in different contexts; and of pervasive multilingualism, code-switching and even perhaps mixed languages.

Since these complications have usually not been directly addressed, researchers and program planners have often relied on the most casual observations of language use to make assessments, and thereby sometimes seal the fate of programs. If children are seen to be speaking a form of English in certain public contexts it can assumed that language shift or 'language death' is underway. On several occasions linguists have prematurely declared languages 'dead' only for others to find them still spoken many years later. Even where research on contemporary change is carried out, use of fatalistic frameworks can predispose researchers to predict 'language death' where what is happening is radical change.

The issue of radical change, language 'mixing' etc. lacks proper conceptualisation, and this can also be urgently needed in the communities where it takes place, as well as among linguists, since community people can be acrimoniously divided between 'purists' advocating use of the older people's varieties, and others willing to accommodate change.

Often indigenous language programs have been run without a proper assessment of the language repertoire and competence of those entering the program, and without proper means to either set realistic outcome goals, or describe such goals in a well-accepted metalanguage. Currently however in the Northern Territory the first steps towards such methodical assessment are being carried out, and other states are also approaching such research issues for their own indigenous language programs. Experience with this process so far in the NT has shown that even a small amount of such research does not just help to get program goals in perspective and dispel anecdotal ideas of the state of languages, but it also enormously stimulates the indigenous people involved to understand and contribute to where their language ecology is heading.

This workshop will provide a forum for discussing the earlier work done on the sociolinguistics of communities, on language change in the younger generation, and on the motivations of language mixing; and how that work can be built on, updated and improved. It will also discuss how the more interactional studies of natural speech can be complemented by work in the framework of language proficiency testing, making allowances for cultural differences, and the discovery of indicators and milestones of communicative competence. This amalgam of approaches will hopefully provide tools which can be used to improve our understanding of language endangerment, and the design of language maintenance programs.

Contact : Patrick McConvell,

Send suggestions about the above workshop including offers of short talks (with brief abstracts) to the above email address.

Other participants (so far): Jane Simpson; Robert Hoogenraad; Carmel O'Shannessy


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ARCLING II: The Second Conference on the Archaeology and Linguistics of Australia

National Museum of Australia And Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
Canberra, October 1-4, 2002


The last decade has advanced our knowledge of Australian indigenous languages and the archaeological record, and has also seen an upsurge in hypotheses and controversies in prehistory, including linguistic prehistory. The time is ripe to assess the discoveries and theories, and to provide a forum for cross-fertilisation between Australian and world prehistory; and between the different disciplines which contribute to our overall understanding of prehistory. ARCLING II has been planned for 2002 to bring together archaeologists, linguists and others to record progress made and map out the challenges we now face.

The first ARCLING conference was held in Darwin in 1991, bringing together leading archaeologists, linguists and anthropologists from Australia and overseas to share ideas and build foundations for an interdisciplinary approach to the prehistory of Australia, drawing on international work of a similar kind. This resulted in the publication of Archaeology and Linguistics: Aboriginal Australia in Global Perspective edited by Patrick McConvell and Nicholas Evans, published by Oxford University Press.

We call for proposals for papers and for sessions for ARCLING II: see below for details.

Contact: Dr. Patrick McConvell, Convener, Planning Committee, Phone: 02-62461116; Email:

Conference organisation

The conference will be divided into several thematic sessions and at least one session for other papers not falling into session themes. The thematic sessions may include invited speakers. All sessions will take place in one venue (the Visions theatre of NMA) and there will not be parallel sessions. However a second smaller room will be available for meetings or workshops in the neighbouring AIATSIS building.

Papers, sessions and workshops

If you wish to organise a session, or a workshop or other meeting, notify the organisers by August 6 2001. Send a title and abstract of the session, workshop or meeting. In the case of a formal session to be held in the main theatre, titles, authors and abstracts of at least two papers, as for individual papers below, should also be provided. Notification and announcement of acceptance of session proposal will take place in September 2001.

If you wish to give a paper, please send a title and abstract to Patrick McConvell by November 5 2001. This should be a Word or RTF attachment to an email message of between 200 and 500 words. In the message, you may optionally specify if you wish the talk to be part of any of the thematic sessions already identified, and any equipment you will need for presentation. Talks will be 20 minutes long followed by 10 minutes question time. Notification of acceptance of papers will take place in December 2001.


Registration will be A$220 if paid before March 1 2002 and A$275 after that date. Accommodation details to be provided in September 2001.


The new National Museum and AIATSIS buildings overlook Lake Burley Griffin in the centre of Canberra. Meals and refreshments are available throughout the day at the National Museum, and the Australian National University campus is close by. The bus which serves the Museum also goes through the ANU campus (including University House) and the University of Canberra, and to Canberra City and the National Library.


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Pacific Second Language Research Forum (PacSLRF) 2001 Conference

4-7 October 2001, Imin Conference Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa campus, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA


Deadline for special pre-registration rates is 31 August 2001

The PacSLRF 2001 Conference will focus on the acquisition of second languages in instructed and naturalistic settings, particularly in East Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific languages.

The preliminary program is available at the website given above. The conference includes:

  • 6 plenaries:
    • William O'Grady (University of Hawaii at Manoa), "Language Acquisition and Language Loss"
    • Karen Watson-Gegeo (University of California, Davis), "Mind, Language, and Epistemology: Toward a Language Socialization Paradigm for SLA"
    • Jeff Siegel (University of New England, Australia), "Issues in Second Dialect Acquisition"
    • Kevin Gregg (St. Andrews University, Japan), "The State of Emergentism in SLA"
    • Noeau Warner (University of Hawaii at Manoa), "Children Acquire Traits of Those Who Feed Them"
    • Lydia White (McGill University, Canada), "Morphological Variability in SLA: A Hardy Perennial"
  • 5 Colloquia:
    • Second language acquisition in study abroad contexts
    • Japanese as a second language from different perspectives
    • Issues in instructed SLA
    • Current research in second dialect acquisition
    • A new frontier? Computer-mediated voice communication for learning Korean
  • Over 100 papers and poster presentations
  • Waikiki Aquarium extravaganza (Friday 5 October)


Special pre-registration rates are available unitl 31 August 2001. Pre-register now at


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About ALS

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  • To further interest in, and support for, linguistic research and teaching in Australia.
  • To organise an annual meeting and visits of local and overseas speakers.
  • To publish a journal of international standing.
  • To organise an International Congress of Linguists when appropriate.
  • To organise an Australian Linguistic Institute.

Benefits of membership

  • Free quarterly Newsletter.
  • Free subscription to the Australian Journal of Linguistics.
  • Membership rates for ALS conference registration.
  • Entitlement to present papers at the Annual Conference.
  • The more intangible benefits of belonging to the network of Australian linguists.




ALS office bearers

President Mary Laughren (UQ)
Vice-Presidents Robert Hoogenraad
  Verna Rieschild (Macquarie)
  Malcolm Ross (ANU)
Secretary John Henderson (UWA)
Treasurer Doug Absalom (Newcastle)
Faculty of Education
University of Newcastle, NSW 2308
Journal Editors Peter Collins (UNSW)
  Peter Peterson (Newcastle) (Reviews)
  Doug Absalom (Newcastle)
Newsletter Editor Tim Curnow (La Trobe)




Next newsletter

The ALS Newsletter is published four times per year. This is the third issue for 2001. The next issue (01/4) will come out in mid November 2001. Copy will be due on the first Monday in November. If you would like to be on the email list for a reminder that the date is approaching, contact the Newsletter Editor.

Please send copy, and any queries, comments or suggestions to Tim Curnow (



The ALS journal

The ALS publishes a journal, the Australian Journal of Linguistics (AJL) twice a year. The latest issue is 21/1. The journal is published by Carfax (Taylor & Francis),

Correspondence regarding general AJL matters should be sent to Peter Collins ( Correspondence regarding papers and reviews should be sent to any of the editors or the reviews editor (contact details in office bearers section).



ALS membership and address changes

In general, subscriptions are due at the beginning of each calendar year, unless you pay for several years at a time. The year you are paid to is shown on the address label on the envelope your journal comes in, and was listed in the February newsletter (this list is, of course, now out of date, but if you haven't paid since February, it's still up-to-date!).

A form is available on the website to renew your subscription.

This may be a good time to remind you that apart from email addresses, there is only one membership list and that is maintained by the Treasurer, Doug Absalom. If you need to change your address or make other enquiries, please do it through him.