Newsletter November 2001

ALS 01/04, November 2001

From the Editor

Since the last newsletter, the web address for the Australian Linguistic Society has changed. The homepage is now (please only bookmark this page!) The design of the site was also changed, so it should now be a lot easier to navigate through the site from the initial page. Continuing thanks go to the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology and La Trobe University for hosting the site.

The AGM was held in Canberra in September; the Minutes of the meeting will be published in the next Newsletter. However, various positions in the ALS Executive were up for election, and several new members of the Executive came in, and people might wish to know the changes in the Executive. Our thanks go to outgoing members - Mary Laughren, Robert Hoogenraad, Malcolm Ross and Peter Collins - for all the effort they have put in on behalf of the Society, and we welcome the new members - Michael Walsh (President), Rachel Nordlinger (Vice-President), Toni Borowsky and Mark Harvey (AJL editors), Alan Libert (AJL Reviews editor) and Nick Thieberger (in the newly created position of Postgraduate Student Representative).

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ARC grants

Congratulations to the following who received funding through the Australian Research Council for projects beginning in 2002. (My apologies if I have missed anyone; these are the projects that show up under a search for 'linguist'.)

  • Dr Cynthia Allen, Australian National University, 'Linguistic Typology and the Demise of Morphological Case: The Development of the Genitive in the Germanic Languages'
  • Dr Kenneth Moore, Australian National University, 'A Social History of Australian English'
  • Dr Paul Sidwell, Australian National University, 'Linguistic prehistory in Mainland Southeast Asia: 2000 years of language and culture contact between Austroasiatic and Chamic speakers'
  • Dr Cliff Goddard, University of New England, 'Ethnopragmatics: A fresh approach to studying discourse practices in cultural context'
  • Prof William Foley, University of Sydney, 'Papuan Descriptive Linguistics of the West Sepik Region'
  • A/Prof Denis Burnham, Dr CW Davis, A/Prof JA Bowey, Dr AE Castles, Dr V Ciocca, Dr L Luksaneeyanawin, University of Western Sydney, 'Speech perception precedes, indexes, and is changed by language acquisition'
  • Prof Michael Clyne, University of Melbourne, 'Community languages in early 21st Century Australia'
  • Dr John Hajek, University of Melbourne, 'A Typological Study of the Sound Systems of the New Guinea-Melanesia Area'
  • Dr Yongxian Luo, University of Melbourne, 'Tai, Sino-Tai and Sino-Tibetan: the Nature of Historical Relationship'
  • Prof A Wierzbicka, Australian National University, 'Values and ethics in a global world: a semantic perspective'
  • A/Prof Denis Burnham, Dr E Vatikiotis-Bateson, Prof K Sekiyama, Dr HC Yehia, University of Western Sydney, 'Watch my Lips: Perception and Production of Tone and Prosody by Humans and Machines'


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New Centre for Research on Language Change

The Australian National University (ANU) has established a Centre for Research on Language Change (CRLC), a Centre uniquely devoted to research on historical linguistics and language change across a wide range of language families. The Centre was officially inaugurated on August 20th 2001 by the Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Chubb AO. As the Centre's first event, the evening included a public lecture by Professor Alice C. Harris (Vanderbilt University) entitled 'Words within words'.

The Centre is a co-operative venture between various linguists from the School of Language Studies in the Faculty of Arts, several Centres in the Faculty of Asian Studies, and the Department of Linguistics in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, plus scholars from related disciplines across the University. With the establishment of the CRLC the Australian National University offers a world-class research environment for cross-campus and inter-university projects. A regular seminar program has commenced and the first series was a great success-11 seminars were run, including presentations by international visitors Prof. Brian Joseph (Ohio State University) and Prof. Jerold Edmondson (University of Texas Arlington). It is intended that the Centre will host lectures and conferences, and publish work by members and affiliates, and encourage involvement in research projects across disciplines and institutions.

Members of the new Centre will be able to build on courses which already exist in the School of Language Studies to create an educational path in Linguistics which focuses on language change, potentially taking students right from first year undergraduate to PhD level.

The ANU is well placed for research on language change - it has one of the highest concentrations of historical linguists at a single campus anywhere in the world, and is well placed geographically, with nearly half of the world's 5000-6000 languages in the Asia-Pacific region. The ANU is especially notable for its expertise on languages of the Asia-Pacific Region, and in some respects the new Centre builds on what already exists at the University, and in other ways it will break new ground. Internationally the bulk of historical linguistic research is still based on a few well-known language families, a fact which skews training and research outcomes. The CRLC seeks to redress this imbalance, by encouraging and facilitating historical research on a wider base of language families. Such opportunities were highlighted at the recent International Conference on Historical Linguistics (ICHL XVI) in Melbourne, in a well received workshop where progress in Australian Aboriginal historical linguistics was showcased (including reconstruction and sub-grouping). Of course CRLC members are also pursuing research on the more traditional languages of Europe, and thus the total spread of historical linguistic skills represented by ANU staff allows for the integration of theoretical and methodological insights from both the traditional and the "newer" areas of research. The 'Papuan Pasts' conference at the ANU in November 2000 exemplified how work on relationships between social and linguistic prehistory may involve the expertise of scholars in the related disciplines of Anthropology, Archaeology, History and Genetics in the ANU. In addition to members of ANU staff, there are a number of qualified historical linguists within the academic community-visiting fellows, and post-graduate students.

Current Research Projects by CRLC members and affiliates include:

  • Australian historical linguistics
  • Change in Austronesian languages in Melanesia in the historical period
  • The Proto Oceanic lexicon project
  • The morphosyntax of Proto Oceanic
  • The history of the syntax of certain central and peripheral Japanese dialects
  • Investigation into claims of influence of Western languages on the syntax of the Japanese language
  • Early linguistic contact between Indonesia (Java) and Japan
  • Linguistic prehistory in Southeast Asia: 2000 years of contact between Austroasiatic and Austronesian speakers
  • Comparative Papuan linguistics
  • Pidgin and Creole languages of Australia and the Pacific
  • Historical development of tone and tone sandhi in the Wu Dialects of Chinese
  • Tai historical linguistics
  • Historical-Comparative Study of Tai, Kam-Sui, and related languages of China
  • Contact-induced change
  • Processes of syntactic change
  • The theory of language change

CRLC Membership: We invite interested researchers to join the CRLC (at no cost) and to initiate co-operative research projects with the Centre. Full membership is offered to staff, visiting fellows and students affiliated with the ANU. Associate membership is offered to those who are affiliated with other institutions. For membership inquiries please e-mail the Centre administrator at:

The CRLC has a collegial organisation. Decision-making is by a committee. The Foundation Committee consists of Malcolm Ross (Director), Cynthia Allen (Deputy Director), John Bowden, Tony Diller, Harold Koch, Ann Kumar. The Administrator is Pascale Jacq.

All members will receive a quarterly newsletter published electronically, which advertises and promotes research of its members and serves as a point of contact for all involved with the CRLC. Special events, upcoming seminars, updated list of members and news will be published in this form. The CRLC will also offer an on-line publication in the near future.

For more information, please take a look through the web site:


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News from RSPAS, ANU

On 26th September around 25 friends and former colleagues of Dr Tom Dutton gathered with Tom and his wife Corinne and daughter Anna for lunch at Vivaldi's Restaurant, where Tom was presented with a festschrift, The boy from Bundaberg: Studies in Melanesian Linguistics in honour of Tom Dutton, edited by three of his former colleagues and published by Pacific Linguistics.

Tom had taken us all by surprise when he retired early from the Department in 1997, and it took us a lttle while to collect our wits and put together this volume. A couple of days ago, Tom told us that he had almost finished reading the twenty-four contributions, had enjoyed them greatly, and was impressed that the contributors had seen fit to write such substantial pieces for this presentation.


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News from Melbourne Uni


A warm welcome to Dr Gillian Wigglesworth, who returns to the Department as a Senior Lecturer. Jill completed her PhD at La Trobe University. She then worked at the University of Melbourne, in the Department of Applied Linguistics and the Language Testing Research Centre. Based at Macquarie University since 1995, Jill has published extensively in the areas of first and second language acquisition, language testing and evaluation and bilingualism.

Prof Peter K. Austin has been appointed to the Board of Cambridge University Press and will be glad to discuss with colleagues any publication matters, including proposals for books in the various CUP series. Peter is on study leave until June 2002, visiting the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, The Oriental Institute of the University of Naples, and the University of Frankfurt. He can be contacted via e-mail at:

Our congratulations to Tim McNamara on his promotion to Professor.

Michael Clyne has established the new Research Unit for Multilingualism and Cross-Cultural Communication. Housed in the School of Languages, the Unit will promote discussion and research on language policy. The Unit also aims at facilitating cooperation between industry and the language communities.

Rachel Nordlinger was elected a Vice-President of the Australian Linguistics Society at the recent conference in Canberra.


Judith Bishop has been awarded a grant of $7,500 by the Foundation for Young Australians "towards the production of a bilingual publication and recording in the indigenous language of Mayali and English to assist in the scientific knowledge and Mayali intonation patterns and linguistic functions."

Nicole Kruspe has been awarded The Chancellor's Prize for excellence in the PhD. Nicole completed her thesis in 2000: a study of Semelai, an indigenous language of Malaysia. Nicole has been at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, and will shortly begin a new three-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology at La Trobe.

Jeannie Bell has been invited to be a panel discussant at the Kyoto Conference on Endangered languages (Nov 30 - Dec 2 2001).

Awarded PhDs:

  • Christina Eira. Discourses and standardization: Case study of the Hmong in the West.
  • Jun Ohashi. Giving, receiving and thanking in Japanese: a cross-cultural perspective investigation
  • Neomy Storch. An investigation into the nature of pair work in an ESL classroom and its effect on grammatical development

Completed PhDs:

  • Kate Bisshop. Women reading self-help: Gender, folklinguistics and subjectivity
  • Dana Chahal. Modeling the intonation of Lebanese Arabic using the autosegmental-metrical framework: A comparison with English
  • Simon Musgrave. Emotion predicates in Indonesian
  • Tania Strahan. Long-distance reflexives in Norwegian



The 2001 Melbourne University Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Postgraduate Conference was held in September. This conference was organised by a team of postgraduate students, led by Leslie Layne. It was highly successful with over 30 students presenting, from all over Australia.

The latest in the series of workshops on three-place predicates and three participant events was held in August 2001 and included presenters from Melbourne, Sydney and ANU. For further details on the project see the website at:

Anna Margetts (with Jae Jung Song, University of Otago) is organising a workshop on Benefactive marking in Oceanic Languages and languages of Eastern Nusantara for the Austronesian conference in Canberra in January 2002. See Conferences for details.

Rachel Nordlinger is organising an Australian Languages bush retreat weekend from 15-17 March 2002 (general theme 'Subordinate clauses in Australian languages'). Email her at for further details.


Peter Austin and Lesley Stirling edited a special issue of the Australian Journal of Linguistics on anaphora, which was published in April 2001 (Volume 21, number 1). This was launched in the department in May 2001 along with the Hale festschrift Forty Years On: Ken Hale and Australian languages edited by Jane Simpson, David Nash, Mary Laughren, Peter Austin and Barry Alpher. (Pacific Linguistics).

Tim McNamara has edited a Special issue of Language Testing 18,4 (2001) entitled 'Re-thinking alternative assessment'. It focuses on current intellectual and political challenges to orthodoxies in language assessment, and on research on language assessment in the service of teaching and learning, particularly classroom-based assessment, which has been neglected in mainstream research.


We were very pleased to have Professor Terry Crowley (University of Waikato) visiting us from June-September 2001. During his stay Terry taught a popular course on serial verbs in Oceanic languages and gave a number of interesting presentations on his research on Oceanic languages, particularly Erromungan. Professor Kees de Bot (University of Nijmegen) briefly visited the department in early November and presented a very popular seminar on 'forgetting and relearning words in a foreign language: experiments on the Savings-paradigm'. We look forward to a short visit by Dr. Anne Cutler (Director, Max-Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen) in mid-November. She will give a seminar on 'Native and non-native listeners' on Nov. 16th at 3.30pm.


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News from the RCLT

Dr Nicole Kruspe will arrive at the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology, La Trobe University, to take up a 3 year research fellowship in early December 2001. She will be working on Che'Wong, an Aslian language of Malaysia. She comes to the RCLT from a fellowship at the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany.

There will be an International Workshop on Adjective Classes at the RCLT next year, 12-17 August 2002, with a number of distinguished linguists from both Australia and overseas as participants.

Recent publications of the RCLT include two edited volumes:

  • Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, R.M.W. Dixon and Masayuki Onishi (eds). 2001. Non-canonical marking of subjects and objects. (Typological Studies in Language, 46.) Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald and R.M.W. Dixon (eds). 2001. Areal diffusion and genetic inheritance: Problems in comparative linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

For further information about these books, see Books below.



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Stephen Wurm

Sadly Emeritus Professor Stephen Wurm, inaugural President of the Linguistic Society of Australia (as ALS was then known), died on Wednesday 24th October at the age of 79. He had been ill for some months, and passed away at Calvary Hospital, Canberra.

Stephen pioneered the field study and analysis of the Papuan languages of New Guinea. He was both an outstanding fieldworker and a leader of research in this field, recruiting colleagues and students to work in what was then an unknown region. Until a few months ago he remained a regular visitor to the department, and his presence will be sorely missed. He is survived by his wife, Dr Helen Wurm.

Stephen was born stateless in Budapest, and remained so until he became an Australian citizen in 1957. He received his PhD from the Oriental Institute in Vienna on Turkic languages in 1944, and two years later married Helen, who was completing her doctorate in African ethnography. He lectured in Altaic linguistics at the University of Vienna until 1951, then joined the Anthropology Department in Sydney in 1954. In 1957 he was appointed Senior Fellow in Linguistics in the then RSPacS, making his first field trip to New Guinea in 1958, when he first established the existence of a large grouping of Highland languages.

In 1963 Stephen founded Pacific Linguistics, which now has to its name over 500 volumes on languages of the region. The sixties were the decade in which Stephen recruited students and staff to work in New Guinea and so began the huge effort to tame the Babel of New Guinea languages, an effort whose most public culmination was the _Language Atlas of the Pacific_, published in the early eighties. Meanwhile, Linguistics had become a separate department in the Research School of Pacific (and Asian) Studies at the Australian National University in 1968, with Stephen its foundation head.

Stephen's multi-faceted life cannot be captured in a short note - for example, he was in his later years President of the Permanent International Committee of Linguists, and also President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities from 1986-89. But it is remarkable how many of those who have responded to the announcement of his passing commented on the debt of gratitude that they owed him - for facilitating their research, or their career, or the publication of their work. Those who worked in Linguistics in Stephen's time know that the department's tradition of co-operation and friendly relations goes back to his leadership. Finally, one of the labels that Stephen enjoyed having applied to him was 'polyglot'. He claimed to speak some forty languages. None of us was ever qualified to check out this claim, but before his own untimely death Don Laycock had set out to test Stephen's skills by setting up situations where Stephen was confronted with a native speaker of a language he claimed to speak. Don had set up seventeen such 'tests', and Stephen had passed them all with flying colours.

(Thanks to Malcolm Ross for this obituary)


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Kenneth Locke Hale (1934-2001)

Ken Hale died peacefully at this home in Lexington Massachusetts on the 8th October aged 67. His death is a great loss for linguistics and also a deeply personal one for the many linguists all over the world including those of us in Australia to whom Ken gave so much.

Ken was a long time member of the Australian Linguistic Society and supported the Society by giving some outstanding plenary addresses at annual meetings he was able to attend and by his contributions to the work of other members. He was also a generous reviewer of papers submitted for publication in the Society's journal, The Australian Journal of Linguistics.

Ken's contribution to the study of Australian languages was outstanding. During his fieldtrips to Australia in 1959-60 and 1966-7 he travelled over most of the country recording and transcribing some 70 Aboriginal languages. He generously made these materials, so valuable for their extraordinary degree of accuracy, available to the linguistic community. Ken made a number of outstanding breakthroughs in our understanding of Australian languages. In terms of their genetic affiliation, Ken showed that the phonologically aberrant Arandic languages and those of Cape York were related via a series of regular sound changes to what he named the Pama-Nyungan language family spoken over most of the continent. He revolutionised the way in which linguists approached the study of syntax in Australian languages with seminal papers such as his 1973 article 'Deep-surface canonical disparities in relation to analysis and change: an Australian example', his 1976 'Adjoined relative clause in Australian languages' and his 1983 'Warlpiri and the grammar of non-configurational languages' to name only three.

Ken gave immense support to Australian linguists and Australian language study in many other ways as well. He mentored and taught a number of Australian students who did their post-graduate study at MIT where he taught linguistics from 1967 to shortly before his death, supervising their theses on Australian languages, based to a large extent on his own fieldwork materials. He also introduced so many other young linguists to Australian languages and this bore fruit for our understanding of these languages as these well-trained minds considered how best to account for the data these languages presented. Ken examined many theses written by students in Australian universities. He initiated and engaged in joint research projects with Australian linguists and found the funding for them. Over the years, Ken welcomed so many Australian linguists to MIT and to his home in Lexington where they enjoyed the hospitality and companionship of Ken's wife, Sally, and their boys.

Ken's contribution was not confined to fellow linguists and their discipline, he cared about the speakers of Australian languages and wanted them to be able to take hold of their own destiny and the future of their languages. He was instrumental in the establishment of bilingual education programs in Aboriginal community schools in the NT in the 1970s through the set of Recommendations concerning bilingual education in the Northern Territory to the Australian government he made jointly with Geoff O'Grady in 1974. He continued to support these programs in practical ways: through his involvement in teaching Warlpiri adults how to write their languages, by making his language notes and writings available to the Aboriginal schools in accessible form, by inspiring and guiding the establishment of the School of Australian Linguistics in Darwin with the aim of teaching linguistics to speakers of Aboriginal languages. Ken was always willing to give whatever advice, information, material support to people working within the field of bilingual education and language documentation.

While I single out Ken's contribution to linguistics in Australia and to the study of Australian languages here, it is important to note that this was only one fraction of Ken's overall contribution to linguistic scholarship and to the promotion of linguistic diversity and support for speakers of minority languages around the world.

Before his death, Ken was presented with a number of Festschriften honouring his contribution to our field. One of these, Forty Years On: Ken Hale and Australian languages, published by Pacific Linguistics, Canberra, was devoted to honouring Ken's place in the study of Australian languages and as a gesture of thanks to Ken for the contribution he had made to the lives and careers of each of the authors.

Ken is survived by his wife, Sally and his sons, Whit, Caleb and Ezra.

For the bibliography of Ken Hale's works on Australian languages and for more information on tributes to Ken Hale see

(Thanks to Mary Laughren for this obituary)


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Franklin Zandvoort

ALS members will be saddened to hear of the recent death of Frank Zandvoort. Frank attended the 1999 and 2000 ALS conferences, and the 1998 and 2000 ALIs.

Frank migrated to Australia from Holland in the early 1970s. A trip to the Kimberleys shortly after his arrival in Australia sparked an interest in Aboriginal culture that remained with him. This spark was fanned by the Linguistics units he took for his BA at UNE, and in 1998-9 Frank gained a First class Honours degree, writing for his thesis a grammatical description of the Matngele language from the Daly River region of the Northern Territory. In 2000 Frank began his PhD and embarked on a study of verbal semantics of Murrinh Patha, a language actively spoken by about 2000 Aboriginal Australians on the Timor Sea coast. In Jan 2001, following Frank's 2nd fieldtrip to Wadeye, he was diagnosed with brain tumours. After an operation and months of radiation therapy, he resumed his studies in June this year, but cancer quickly overtook him.

Frank chose a simple life. He lived in a small home built with his partner Ulrike in the rainforest near Missabotti southwest of Bellingen. He combined a home life without electricity with a high level understanding of the programming and architecture of computers. He rode packhorses through the National parks, and hand-dressed timber logs for furniture making. He loved to tinker and to travel, and he delighted in keeping a Paris-Dakar BMW motorbike going by fashioning, rather than buying, replacement parts. Frank was unassuming, smart, highly capable, fiercely independent, and had a low threshold for tolerating pretence. My own relationship with him slid easily between supervisor/student and simple friendship. His presence around the UNE Linguistics department is sorely missed.

(Thanks to Nick Reid for this obituary)


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Books and theses




Book announcement (Bauer)

Laurie Bauer. 2001. Morphological productivity. Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 95. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 260pp. October 2001. A$135.

Why are there more English words ending in -ness than ending in -ity? What is it about some endings that makes them more widely usable than others? Can we measure the differences in the facility with which the various affixes are used? Does the difference in facility reflect a difference in the way we treat words containing these affixes in the brain? These are the questions examined in this book. Morphological productivity has, over the centuries, been a major factor in providing the huge vocabulary of English and remains one of the most contested areas in the study of word-formation and structure. This book takes an eclectic approach to the topic, applying the findings for morphology to syntax and phonology. Bringing together the results of twenty years' work in the field, it provides new insights and considers a wide range of linguistic and psycholinguistic evidence.


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Book announcement (Pavlenko et al)

Aneta Pavlenko, Adrian Blackledge, Ingrid Piller and Marya Teutsch-Dwyer (eds).2001. Multilingualism, second language learning and gender. Language, Power and Social Process 6. Berlin and New York: Mouton de Gruyter. Pb. ISBN 3-11-017027-2, US$29.95; Hb. ISBN 3-11-017026-4, US$79.95.

This volume presents a comprehensive introduction to the study of second language learning, multilingualism and gender. An impressive array of papers situated within a feminist post-structuralist framework allows for a deeper understanding of second language learning, a number of language contact phenomena, intercultural communication, and critical language pedagogy. The volume has wide appeal in the fields of language and gender, sociolinguistics, SLA, anthropology, and language education.


  • Introduction: Multilingualism, second language learning, and gender
  • Section 1. Gender, society, and ideology in multilingual settings
  • Pavlenko, A. and I. Piller. New directions in the study of multilingualism, second language learning, and gender
  • Blackledge, A. Complex positionings: Women negotiating identity and power in a minority urban setting
  • Goldstein, T. Researching women's language practices in multilingual workplaces
  • Ehrlich, S. Gendering the 'learner': Sexual harassment and second language acquisition
  • Section 2. Negotiation and performance of gender in multilingual contexts
  • Pavlenko, A. "How do I become a woman in an American vein?": Transformations of gender performance in second language learning
  • Teutsch-Dwyer, M. (Re)constructing male identity in a new linguistic reality
  • Piller, I. Linguistic intermarriage: language choice and negotiation of identity
  • Ohara, Y. Finding one's voice in Japanese: A study of the pitch levels of L2 users
  • Section 3. Gender in multilingual educational settings
  • Heller, M. Gender and public space in a bilingual school
  • Kramsch, C. & L. Von Hoene. Cross-cultural excursions: Foreign language study and feminist discourses of travel
  • McMahill, Ch. Self-expression, gender, and community: A Japanese feminist English class



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Book announcement (Sharpe)

Margaret Sharpe (comp). Alawa Nanggaya Nindanya: Yalanu rugalarra (Alawa-Kriol-English Dictionary, Longer Edition), $42 without GST, GST included $46.20.

Margaret Sharpe (comp). Alawa Nanggaya Nindanya: Yalanu junggulu (Alawa-Kriol-English Dictionary, Shorter Edition), $35 without GST, GST inclusive price $38.50.


Margaret Sharpe (comp). Ruwu Alawirryunu (Alawa Plant Book), $25 without GST, GST inclusive price $27.50.


The Alawa dictionaries were launched in Katherine on 31st October. They were compiled by Margaret Sharpe and published by Caitlin Press, Adelaide, with a grant from ATSIC through Diwurruwurru-Jaru Aboriginal Corporation in Katherine.

There are a shorter, a longer, and a Plant Book, and all have Alawa, Kriol and English listings.

Alawa was (and for a small number still is) spoken at Minyerri (Hodgson Downs), and the Alawa people now own sections of their traditional territory in the Hodgson Downs Aboriginal Land Trust and the Alawa Aboriginal Land Trust.

The 'shorter' and the 'longer' dictionaries are in fact almost the same size, but the shorter has larger print, more space between entries, a pictorial domain section, the alphabets of the three languages at the bottoms of the appropriate pages, and ochre-yellow pages for the pictorial section and the Kriol section, for ease of finding one's way round the dictionary. The longer has examples of usage of the words, and both dictionaries have a grammatical section.

The plant book lists all the flora for which there are Alawa names, plus a few more for which there are traditional Alawa uses but forgotten names. Usages have been given, whether for building, tools, shade, food or medicine, etc. Many illustrations have been included, many from the earlier Alawa Ethnobotany published by the Conservation Commission of the Northern Territory, supplemented by some sketched by Margaret Sharpe and Phillip Sharpe.

Linguists will find the longer dictionary of more interest than the shorter. Only 100 plant books could be printed with the funds available, and they would be of most interest to those with an interest in flora of that or other areas.

The covers of the dictionaries have a reproduction of a photo by David Le May of a particular rock of significance to the Alawa - and to geologists, as it has fossil ripples. The plant book has a photo of a pool above Minyerri lagoon, showing waterlily, paperbark, and the same type of rock.

Books can be ordered from Caitlin Press, P.O. Box 481, Prospect, SA 5082. Overseas orders do not attract GST. Postage will be added to the price. For overseas that would be some $18 approx. Prices are in Australian dollars.


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Book announcement (Aikhenvald et al)

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, R.M.W. Dixon and Masayuki Onishi. 2001. Non-canonical marking of subjects and objects. Typological Studies in Language 46. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.362pp.

In some languages every subject is marked in the same way, and also every object. But there are languages in which a small set of verbs mark their subjects or their objects in an unusual way. For example, most verbs may mark their subject with nominative case, but one small set of verbs may have dative subjects, and another small set may have locative subjects. Verbs with noncanonically marked subjects and objects typically refer to physiological states or events, inner feelings, perception and cognition.

The Introduction sets out the theoretical parameters and defines the properties in terms of which subjects and objects can be analyzed. Following chapters discuss Icelandic, Bengali, Quechua, Finnish, Japanese, Amele (a Papuan language), and Tariana (an Amazonian language); there is also a general discussion of European languages.


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Book announcement (Aikhenvald and Dixon)

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald and R.M.W. Dixon (eds). 2001. Areal diffusion and genetic inheritance: Problems in comparative linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 453pp.

This book considers how and why forms and meanings of different languages at different times may resemble each other. Its distinguished authors investigate the relationship between areal diffusion and the genetic development of languages, and reveal the means of distinguishing what may cause one language to share the characteristics of another. The chapters cover Ancient Anatolia, Modern Anatolia, Australia, Amazonia, Oceania, Southeast and East Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa.



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Recent theses

Henrike Körner, Department of Semiotics, University of Sydney, Negotiating Authority: The Logogenesis of Dialogue in Common Law Judgments, Supervisor: James Martin

Judgments of appellate courts are important texts in the common law system. They contain the rules as they have been declared by the judges on a case-by-case basis and are therefore a primary source of law and they provide a public account of the judges' reasoning processes. This makes judgments important texts also in legal education. Despite this importance, relatively little linguistic research has so far been carried out on these texts. There has been some research into their macrostructure, communicative purpose and the use of modality. There has also been some research into the intertextual nature of judgments and the consequences for teaching English for Academic Purposes. The concern of this study is the negotiation of tradition and authority in judgments and intersubjective positioning in relation to authority. Central to this concern is the notion of dialogue: dialogue with alternative texts and dialogue about degrees of meanings. The theoretical foundations consist of three different but complementary orientations to language and discourse: Legal discourse is concerned with the interconnectedness of texts, interpretation and history. Critical Discourse Analysis is primarily concerned with language as a social practice rather than an individual practice and the intertextual nature of texts, and Systemic Functional Linguistics provides the linguistic tools for the analysis of intertextuality and inter-discursivity: the systems of Engagement and Graduation. Engagement and Graduation in this thesis are reconceived as topological spaces rather than as typological systems. This makes it possible to map degrees of heteroglossic diversity, degrees of category membership and degrees of interdiscursivity between the everyday, commonsense discourse of the "real" world and the specialised, abstract discourse of the law. Furthermore, a topological approach makes it possible to take a dynamic view of the negotiation of alternative positions as texts unfold logogenetically. All structural elements of a judgment are highly dialogic, from the social construction of facts through the statement of issue, the reasoning, to declaring winners and losers, but different elements draw on different aspects of the Engagement and Graduation systems. Furthermore, Engagement and Graduation can be resources to evaluate without appearing to be "subjective". The thesis concludes with a discussion of legal discourse as a discourse of power and solidarity.


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Available for review in AJL

The following is a list of publications relating to the study of language, received by the Reviews Editor of the Australian Journal of Linguistics. Readers who wish to review any one of these titles for the Journal are invited to contact the newly elected Reviews Editor, Dr. Alan Libert, Reviews are printed as circumstances permit. Offprints of the reviews are sent to the reviewer and to the publishers of the works reviewed.

Ackerman, F. & Moore, J. Proto-properties and grammatical encoding: a correspondence theory of argument selection. Stanford, California: CSLI Publications, 2001. Pp. ix + 197. Cloth $US55.95, paper $US18.95.

Amery, R. Warrabarna Kaurna! Reclaiming an Australian language. Lisse, The Netherlands: Swets & Zeitlinger, 2000. Pp.xviii + 289. Cloth $US63.00.

Baltin, M. & Collins, C. (eds) The handbook of contemporary syntactic theory. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2001. Pp. xii + 860. Cloth £80.00.

Besnier, Niko. Tuvaluan. London: Routledge, 2000. Pp xxvi + 662. Cloth £150.

Burns, A. & Coffin, C. (eds). Analysing English in a global context: a reader. London: Routledge, 2001. Pp. xii + 276. Paper £16.99.

Butt, M. & Holloway King, T. (eds.) Argument realization. Stanford: CSLI, 2001. Pp. x + 244. Cloth £41.00, paper £16.00.

Byram, M. (ed.) Routledge encyclopedia of language teaching and learning. London: Routledge, 2001. Pp. xx + 714. Cloth £99.00.

Candlin, C.N. & Mercer, N. (eds) English language teaching in its social context: a reader. London: Routledge, 2001. Pp. xiv + 352. Paper £16.99.

Chametzky, R.A. Phrase structure: from GB to minimalism. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2000. Pp. vii + 171. Cloth £50.00, paper £19.99.

Chapman, S. Philosophy for linguists: an introduction. London: Routledge, 2000. Pp. ix + 192. Paper £15.00.

Collins, P. & Hollo, C. English grammar: an introduction. Hampshire: Mcmillan Press, 2000. Pp. xiv + 268. Paper £12.99.

Crystal, D. Language death. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000. Pp x + 198. Cloth $32.90.

Culicover, P.W. Syntactic nuts: hard cases, syntactic theory, and language acquisition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999. Pp xi + 244. Cloth £45.00, paper £16.95.

Dixon, R.M.W. & Aikhenvald, A.Y. (eds.) The Amazonian languages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999. Pp xxviii + 446. Cloth $125.00.

Donohue, M. A grammar of Tukang Besi. Berlin/NY: Walter de Gruyter, 1999. Pp. xxvi + 576. Cloth DM348.00.

Dunayer, J. Animal equality: language and liberation. Derwood: Ryce Publishing, 2001. Pp. xviii + 265. Cloth $US25.00.

Duranti, A. (ed.) Key terms in language and culture. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2001. Pp. xvi + 282. Cloth £50.00, paper £14.99.

Factor, J. Kidspeak: a dictionary of Australian children's words, expressions and games. Carlton South: Melbourne University Press, 2000. Pp. xxxii + 244. Cloth $43.95.

Fill, A. & Muhlhausler, P. The ecolinguistics reader: language, ecology and environment. London: Continuum, 2001. Cloth £50.00, paper £17.99.

Hall, D.R. & Hewings, A. (eds.) Innovation in English language teaching: a reader. London: Routledge, 2001. Pp. xiv + 289. Paper £16.99.

Hornstein, N. Move! A minimalist theory of construal. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2000. Pp. viii + 248. Cloth £55.00, paper £19.99.

Ingham, B. English-Lakota dictionary. Richmond, Surrey: Curzon Press, 2001. Pp. xviii + 285. Cloth £45.00.

Kadmon, N. Formal pragmatics: semantics, pragmatics, presupposition and focus. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2001. Pp. ix + 430. Cloth £55.00, paper £19.99.

Liberman, A. (ed.) N.S. Trubetzkoy. Durham: Duke University Press, 2001. Pp. xi + 324. Cloth $US69.95, paper $US24.95.

Lucy, N. Beyond semiotics: text, culture and technology. London: Continuum, 2001. Pp. 167. Paper $49.95.

Mey, J.L. Pragmatics: an introduction (2nd ed). Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2001. Pp. xiv + 392. Cloth £55.00, paper £16.99.

Morley, G. David. Syntax in functional grammar: an introduction to lexicogrammar in systemic linguistics. London: Continuum, 2000. Pp.vii + 248. Paper 55.00.

Nakayama, M. & Quinn, C.J. (eds.) Japanese/Korean linguistics. Stanford: CSLI, 2001. Cloth £47.50, paper £19.00.

Patrick, P.L. Urban Janaican Creole: variation in the mesolect. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Co, 1999. Pp. xx + 329.

Paul, I., Phillips, V. & Travis, L. (eds.) Formal issues in Austronesian linguistics. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1999. Pp. xi + 262. Cloth £73.

Peccei, J. Stilwell Pragmatics. London: Routledge, 1999. Pp. ix + 96. Paper £9.99.

Rooryck, Johan. Configurations of sentential complementation: perspectives from Romance languages. London: Routledge, 2000. Pp. xviii + 265. Cloth £65.00.

Schiffrin, D., Tannen, D. & Hamilton, H.E. (eds.) The handbook of discourse analysis. Oxford: Blackwell, 2001. Pp. xx + 851. Cloth £85.00.

Shapiro, M. & Haley, M. (eds.) The Peirce seminar papers. Vol.4. NY/Oxford: Berghahn Books, 1999. Pp. 637. Cloth £45.00.

Silva-Corvalán, C. Sociolingüística y pragmática del español. Washington DC: Georgetown University Press, 2001. Pp. xvi + 367. Paper $US39.95.

Simpson, J. et al (eds.) Forty years on: Ken Hale and Australian languages. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics, 2001. Pp. xvii + 528. Paper $55.00.

Spencer, A. & Zwicky, A.M. (eds.) The handbook of morphology. Oxford: Blackwell, 2001. Pp. xvi + 815. Paper £22.99.

Turpin, M. A learner's guide to Kaytetye. Alice Springs: IAD Press, 2000. Pp. viii + 184.

Wierzbicka, Anna. Emotions across languages and cultures: diversity and universals. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000. Pp. xi + 349. Cloth $110.00, paper $39.95

Allan, K. Natural language semantics. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2001. Pp. xix + 529. Cloth £60.00, paper £16.99.

Earlier books received - still looking for reviewers

Bauer, R. et al 1997, Chen, Ping 1999, Faltz 1998, Gorlach 1998, Granger 1998, Hundt 1998, Hyman 1998, Lightfoot 1999, Luntley 1999, Martin 1998, Mattews 1998, Nordlinger 1998, Pennycook 1998, Ross et al 1998, Taylor 1998


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Jobs and scholarships




Katherine-region linguist

The Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation (the Katherine Regional Aboriginal Language Centre), has positions for Linguists and Teacher-Linguists during 2001/2. There is one full time position for up to a year and one contract position for 3 months, with a strong possibility of further employment.

The Language Centre is involved in researching, transmitting, translating and interpreting Aboriginal languages of the Katherine region.

A minimum qualification of BA, majoring in Linguistics, is required for the position and preferably a driver's licence. The applicants need to be versatile, adaptable and self reliant. An outline of the type of work involved is attached. Ring Robin Hodgson (Coordinator) 08 89 711233 for further information.

Duty Statement


  • Liaise with the Diwurruwurru-Jaru Aboriginal Corporation Committee and staff, Language speakers and community members regarding language projects
  • Become familiar with Language issues and existing resources relating to Languages of the Katherine Region
  • Write reports and submissions for and in conjunction with the Coordinator
  • Organise and Co-deliver Language lessons for school children in conjunction with language speakers, school staff, school council(s), and Community members
  • Organise and deliver cross-cultural and interpreting workshops
  • Organise and produce Language teaching and promotional materials (tapes, books, language master cards, songs, charts, videos) in local languages
  • Undertake basic research to ensure linguistic accuracy and cultural appropriateness of lessons and language teaching material
  • Submit end-of-month monthly reports to the Coordinator
  • Participate in organising and cataloguing the library and additions to the collection
  • Carry out other language-related duties as considered appropriate by the Language Centre's governing committee



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Positions at Monash Uni

Lecturer, level B continuing

Linguistics at Monash (URL seeks to fill a continuing level B position to be taken up in February 2002 with a person who has a dynamic research and teaching profile. We teach units from first year to honours at undergraduate level, and have graduate programs leading to Faculty Certificate, MA by coursework and/or by research, and PhD by research alone. We offer units on four campuses, by flexible delivery, distance education, and through Open Learning. The successful applicant will be expected to undertake a share of administrative tasks within the program and/or School; undertake supervision of research students; engage in original and innovative research; be prepared to collaborate in research, team teaching, and curriculum development; be competent to teach (all delivery modes) in such areas as intercultural communication, literacy, introductory linguistics, first and/or second language acquisition, language and discrimination issues.

The Benefits: $52,881 - $62,797 p.a. Lecturer (Salary rates effective from 1 January 2001)

Location: Clayton campus

Contact: Ms Lona Gottschalk, Tel. (03) 9905 2296 or Email for inquiries and information.

Applications: Ms L Gottschalk, School of Philosophy, Linguistics and Bioethics, PO Box 11a, Monash University, VIC 3800 by December 14, 2001. Quote Ref No. A013105 and include a comprehensive curriculum vitae identifying academic achievements, honours, publications, grants, etc. and the names (with phone and facsimile numbers and e-mail addresses) of three referees in your application. Applicants should identify how their research and teaching strengths may support or augment the department's requirements.

For details, see also

Lecturer, level A 6-months

Fixed term (6 months) contract Lecturer Level A in Linguistics, School of Philosophy, Linguistics and Bioethics. Linguistics at Monash ( seeks to fill a fixed-term position to be taken up February 4, 2002 by a person who has a dynamic teaching profile. The person appointed will be required to teach and perhaps co-supervise research students until a Professor of Linguistics takes up the position in Semester 2. Linguistics teaches units from first year to honours at undergraduate level, and has graduate programs leading to Faculty Certificate, MA by coursework and/or by research, and PhD by research alone. We offer units on four campuses, by flexible delivery, distance education, and through Open Learning.

The successful applicant will be expected to undertake a small share of administrative tasks within the program; possibly undertake co-supervision of research students; be competent to teach first language acquisition on campus, bilingualism by distance education (materials are available), and tutor introductory linguistics.

Benefits: $35594-48304 p.a.

Location: Clayton campus

Contact: Ms Lona Gottschalk, Tel. (03) 9905 2296 or Email

Applications: Ms Lona Gottschalk, School of Philosophy, Linguistics, and Bioethics Box 11A, Monash University, Victoria 3800, Australia by December 14, 2001. Quote Ref. "6-month Contract Lecturer A position" and include a comprehensive curriculum vitae identifying academic achievements, honours, publications, grants, etc. and the names (with phone and facsimile numbers and email addresses) of three referees in your application. Applicants must be sure to address the listed requirements for the position.

For details, see also


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Positions at Macquarie Uni

There are three positions available at Macquarie University: (1) Professor; (2) Lecturer; (3) Research Coordinator (Senior Lecturer).

Applications, including full curriculum vitae, quoting reference number, visa status, and the names and addresses (including e-mail addresses) of three referees, should be forwarded to the Recruitment Manager, Personnel Office, Macquarie University, NSW 2109, Australia by 30 November 2001 (for posts 2 and 3) and 15 January 2002 (for post 1).

The Department of Linguistics at Macquarie is the largest of its kind in Australia, with substantial postgraduate programs, a full undergraduate program, almost 100 research students, and four research centres of international standing: The Centre for Language in Social Life, the Dictionary Research Centre, the National Centre for English Language Teaching and Research, and the Speech, Hearing and Language Research Centre. The strength of the Department lies in its breadth of coverage of linguistics sub-disciplines, and it has particular strengths in the areas of systemic functional linguistics, speech and hearing analysis and language teaching. Specialisations at postgraduate level include applied linguistics (including TESOL and literacy), clinical audiology, speech pathology, communication disorders, editing and publishing, speech processing, and translation and interpreting. At undergraduate level, the Department supports majors in phonetics and speech and hearing sciences; in lexicogrammar and semantics; and in sociolinguistics, including bilingualism and corpus linguistics.

(1) Professor in Linguistics (Full-time (continuing), Ref. 19233

The position of Professor of Linguistics provides an opportunity for an outstanding academic of international standing to make a major contribution to research and teaching in linguistics. The appointee will be expected to foster and encourage the various existing directions of research, teaching and outreach in the Department, taking them forward into new arenas and encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration.

Qualifications and skills: Applicants must have an excellent record of scholarly publishing and significant research in linguistics, supported by a strong record in attracting research funding. The capacity to inspire the Department’s teaching and research effort and to strengthen research and its applications is essential. The successful applicant must also demonstrate successful experience in teaching, research supervision, and administration and success in developing and implementing innovative teaching projects. The appointee may be expected to act as Head of Department from time to time and must have good communication and management skills appropriate to this role and a breadth of knowledge and interest across the Department's areas of study.

Conditions: Salary range: Level E - $113,752 to $119,211pa, including base salary $96,122 to $100,735 pa, annual leave loading and 17% employer’s superannuation. Conditions include salary sacrificing opportunities and relocation assistance if necessary. This is a continuing position available from January 2002 or later.

Enquiries and further information about the University, conditions of appointment and the method of application may be obtained from Collette Ryan on phone +61 2 9850 8774 or fax +61 2 9850 9352 or email

An application package MUST be obtained prior to sending your application.

Applications: Applicants should address the selection criteria and outline their strategic vision for the development of the Department. Please include a full curriculum vitae, evidence of academic qualifications and experience, and copies of your best three publications, which should be highlighted in the application. Applicants should also state their visa status, and provide the names and addresses (including e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers) of three academic and professional referees.

Applications quoting the reference number should be forwarded to the Recruitment Manager, Personnel Office, Macquarie University, NSW 2109, Australia by 15 January 2002. Applications will not be acknowledged unless specifically requested.

(2) Lecturer in Linguistics (Full-time (continuing)), Ref. 19218

Essential criteria: A doctorate in applied linguistics or a related field; demonstrated excellence in the design and conduct of research; familiarity with both qualitative and quantitative paradigms; experience in teaching courses in research methods in language study; expertise, and the ability to teach, in the area of second language learning and teaching, and at least one of the following: language testing and evaluation, bilingualism, first language acquisition or pragmatics; experience in teaching at the postgraduate level; experience in supervising students at Masters level, and preferably at PhD level; a good publication record; ability to undertake a major administrative role in the on going direction of postgraduate programs; and willingness to undertake delivery of programs by distance and on-line.

Desirable criteria: Experience at the undergraduate level; demonstrated success in obtaining competitive grants; experience in design and delivery of distance learning programs, including the on-line provision of materials and feedback; demonstrated awareness and sensitivity towards the needs of students studying in distance mode and of international students studying on campus and by distance.

Salary range: Level B - $62,744 to $74,509pa, including base salary $53,019 to $62,961 pa, annual leave loading and 17% employer’s superannuation

The position is available on a full-time (continuing) basis from January 2002, and will be subject to probationary conditions.

Enquiries and application package: Collette Ryan on phone +61 2 9850 8774 or fax +61 2 9850 9352 or e-mail Selection criteria must be addressed in the application.

An application package MUST be obtained prior to sending your application.

More detailed information about the Department can be found at

(3) Research Coordinator (NCELTR) (Full-time (fixed-term)), Ref. 7204

This position will be located in the National Centre for English Language Teaching and Research (NCELTR) within the Department of Linguistics, where the research unit conducts and supervises research projects for the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) nationally.

Essential criteria: PhD or equivalent in applied linguistics, linguistics or a similar field; extensive experience in the initiation, design and management of research projects in adult English language teaching and learning; familiarity with the contexts of migrant English language education in particular; demonstrated achievements in effective collaboration with teachers and curriculum developers, and in the design, execution, publication and dissemination of research. These achievements may range over a number of fields: discourse in social life, second language acquisition, pedagogic procedures in second language teaching and learning, language assessment and program evaluation; experience in the design and teaching of in-service programs; a record of appropriate publications; ability to attract externally funded research.

Desirable criteria: Familiarity with the context of Australian TESOL will be an advantage.

The successful applicant may also contribute to postgraduate and undergraduate teaching in the linguistics discipline.

The position is available for three years from January 2002 on a full-time (fixed term) basis, and will be subject to probationary conditions. Arrangements for secondment may be considered.

Salary range: Level C (Senior Lecturer) - $76,860 to $88,625pa, including base salary $64,948 to $74,889 pa, annual leave loading and 17% employer’s superannuation

Enquiries and application package: Carol Hill on phone 61 2 9850 7673 or fax 61 2 9850 7849 or e-mail Selection criteria must be addressed in the application.

Further information is also available at


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Position at UNE

Lecturer in Linguistics (fractional 0.8), School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics, University of New England

This fixed-term appointment is for three semesters to replace a staff member on leave. The part-time position is offered at 0.8 and is available from 15 February 2002 until 13 July 2003. However, there is a possibility that the position may be extended for a further year on a full-time basis.

The successful applicant will have a higher degree in Linguistics. Applicants will also have a strong background in the areas of language acquisition and sociolinguistics, and must be able to demonstrate the ability to teach the existing undergraduate units 'Acquisition of Language and Literacy' and 'Language in Multilingual Societies', as well as postgraduate units in similar areas.

The appointee will be responsible for unit co-ordination duties and limited supervision or co-supervision of Honours students. As well as on-campus teaching, the position involves teaching via distance education. The appointee will develop a unit '1st Language Acquisition' for delivery in UNE's new Online MA in Applied Linguistics. Curriculum development and/or online teaching skills are highly desirable, or the appointee should be able to demonstrate the ability to rapidly develop such skills.

This appointment will be made at Level B base. The successful applicant will take up the position on 15 February 2002, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Nick Reid, Convenor of Linguistics, telephone (02) 6773 3400, e-mail More information about Linguistics at UNE may be obtained from

Salary: $40,736 per annum (0.8 Level B base), plus up to 17% employer superannuation and salary packaging

Closing Date: 26 November 2001

Position No: 201/114

An application package must be obtained from, Personnel Services or telephone (02) 6773 2024. Applications will be received up to 5pm on the closing date.


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Conferences and workshops




Australian Linguistics Institute 2002

Don't forget that the Sixth Biennial Australian Linguistics Institute will be held 8th-12th and 15th-19th July 2002, at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. There are a wide range of courses at different levels, with national and international presenters. A number of conferences will also be held in association with ALI 2002.

For details on ALI2002, check the webpage at


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Strehlow Conference 18-20 September 2002

The Strehlow Research Centre invites you to the Strehlow Conference to be held in Alice Springs between 18 and 20 September 2002.

The Strehlow Conference will be a forum for discussion of:

  • Central Australian identities: Indigenous and non-Indigenous
  • Narratives of collecting and their impact on the present
  • The changing role of museums and the mediation of culture
  • Addressing the secret and the sacred today
  • Moral rights, image ethics, and cultural property
  • The Strehlows in the context of British and German ethnologies
  • The Strehlow Collection: New research


Invited speakers include members of the Strehlow family; Professor Diane Austin-Broos, University of Sydney; Dr Hart Cohen, University of Western Sydney; Mr Ian Dunlop, ethnographic film maker; Ms Jenny Green, linguist; Mr Barry Hill, writer; Dr Les Hiatt, Dr Philip Jones, South Australian Museum, Mr Dick Kimber, historian; Dr John Morton, La Trobe University; Assoc. Prof. Walter Veit, Monash University; Professor Klaus-Peter Koepping, University of Heidelberg (Germany); Dr Ingrid Heerman, Linden-Museum (Germany); Mr Heinrich Middendorf, University of Heidelberg (Germany).

The Strehlow Conference will be situated in the auditorium of the Araluen Centre for Arts & Entertainment on the Alice Springs Cultural Precinct. The Precinct hosts other attractions including the Strehlow Research Centre, the Museum of Central Australia, the Central Australian Aviation Museum, the Alice Springs Memorial Cemetery, and Territory Craft.

It is anticipated that a refereed publication will be produced as an outcome of the Strehlow Conference.

Paper Submission Dates:

  • Expression of interest in giving paper: Friday 7 December 2001
  • Closing date for abstracts: Friday 1 March 2002
  • Notification of acceptance of abstracts: Friday 5 April 2002
  • Receipt of final paper: Friday 26 July 2002



  • Final day for Early Registration: Friday 14 June 2002
  • Final day for ordinary Registration: Friday 30 August 2002
  • Note: Late registration will be considered under compelling circumstances only


Submission of Abstracts: All abstracts must be original work and be no longer than 250 words. Abstracts should be submitted via email to or on an IBM formatted disk. If alternative arrangements need to be made, please contact the conference organisers. If an abstract is submitted on a disk, a hard copy should also be included. Full contact details of the author should be included with the abstract. Abstracts will not be refereed per se, but the conference advisory committee reserves the right not to include a paper in the conference.

Those presenting papers must be registered for the conference (invited speakers excepted). Papers in general sessions will be 20 minutes long with 5 minutes for questions. Facilities will be provided to check PowerPoint presentations, slides, overheads, etc. Speakers will be contacted by session chairs for an indication of what equipment they will require.

A brochure to register for the Strehlow Conference will be available in April 2002.

For further information contact:
Strehlow Research Centre
PO Box 831
Alice Springs NT 0871
Or email us direct at

We would like to thank the following organisations for their generous support:

  • The Centre for Cross-Cultural Research at The Australian National University
  • The Araluen Centre/Alice Springs Cultural Precinct, NT
  • Museums Australia, NT


Please visit our website at


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Benefactive marking in Oceanic languages

Workshop on benefactive marking in Oceanic languages and languages of Eastern Nusantara: Call for papers

9th International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics 8-11 January 2002, ANU. Canberra, Australia.

Recent research on Oceanic languages and languages of Eastern Nusantara (Eastern Indonesia and East Timor) has shown that there is a richer variety of benefactive marking than has hitherto been realised. The strategies range from simple juxtaposition of clauses (in the absence of any formal marking for benefaction) via polysemous constructions to specialized benefactive morphology.

The objectives of this workshop are to explore the range of strategies used to express benefactive functions and to develop a typology of benefactive constructions for this area. We also hope that the issues addressed during the workshop will highlight the need for more detailed data and help to raise the profile of benefactive marking in future grammatical descriptions.

Among the points of interest for this workshop are: types of benefactive constructions and their distribution; degrees of grammaticalization; grammaticalization paths to benefactive marking; semantic subtypes (benefactive, malefactive, behalf, etc.).

We invite presentations on any aspect of the description and the theoretical and historical analysis of benefactive marking in Oceanic and Eastern Nusantara languages. (Abstracts on other Austronesian languages are also welcome and will be included if time permits).

Expressions of interest should reach us by November 15th 2001.

Workshop organisers: Anna Margetts ( and Jae Jung Song (


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Prosody Workshop in Australian languages

Melbourne Uni, 15th March 2002

We'd like to invite linguists to participate in a Prosody Workshop at Melbourne Uni, to run the day before the proposed Australianists' Weekend at Woodside. We are interested in hearing papers on all aspects of prosody: phonology, phonetics, discourse structure, with a focus on Australian languages. Please send submissions to Janet Fletcher or Brett Baker


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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

Note: Change of website address; change of abstract deadline.


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

If you wish to give a paper, please send a title and abstract to Patrick McConvell by February 2002. 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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About ALS

ALS Website

The address of the ALS website changed in September to: (The old address had /www/ before rclt/als/.)



  • 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 Michael Walsh (Sydney)
Vice-Presidents Verna Rieschild (Macquarie)
  Rachel Nordlinger (Melbourne)
  Peter Peterson (Newcastle)
Secretary John Henderson (UWA)
Treasurer Doug Absalom (Newcastle)
Journal Editors Toni Borowsky (Sydney)
  Mark Harvey (Newcastle)
  (Reviews) Alan Libert (Newcastle)
Newsletter Editor Tim Curnow (La Trobe)
Postgrad Student Rep Nick Thieberger (Melbourne)




Next newsletter

The ALS Newsletter is published four times per year. This is the fourth issue for 2001. The next issue (02/1) will come out in mid February 2002. Copy will be due on the first Monday in February. 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 21/2, but this has only recently come out, so don't panic if you haven't received it yet. The journal is published by Carfax (Taylor & Francis),

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.