Welcome to the August issue of the Newsletter of the Australian Linguistic Society. As usual, in what follows the @ symbol in people's email addresses has been replaced with -at-, and clicking on any link will open that site in a new window.
Don't forget the ALS 2005 Conference, coming up next month, 28-30 September. Early bird registration ends on 12 August, and registration closes on 16 September!
The Conference will be in Melbourne this year, hosted by Monash University's Linguistic Program. Have a look at the website http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/ling/als/index.html to see what's on.
Those who are giving a paper may be interested to note that there will be conference proceedings, and that full papers must be submitted by 7 October 2005 to be accepted. See the website for details.
The following is a list of publications relating to the study of language, received by the Reviews Editor. Note that it is not possible to return books to the publisher, and that acceptance of a book implies no promise that it will be reviewed in the Australian Journal of Linguistics. Reviews are printed as circumstances permit, and copies are sent to the publishers of the works reviewed. If you wish to review a book, please contact the Reviews Editor, Alan Libert (Alan.Libert-at-newcastle.edu.au). Note that many books from previous lists of publications received are still available, so you may want to look at them also.
- Baker, P. (2005) Public Discourses of Gay Men. Routledge, London.
- Casadio, C. P. J. Scott, and Rag Seely, eds. (2005) Language and Grammar: Studies in Mathematical Linguistics and Natural Language. Center for the Study of Language and Information, Stanford, CA.
- Chomsky, N. (1980/2005) Rules and Representations (foreword by N. Hornstein). Columbia University Press, New York.
- Cinque, G. and R. S. Kayne, eds. (2005) The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Syntax. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
- Himmelmann, N. P. and E. F. Schultze-Berndt (2005) Secondary Predication and Adverbial Modification. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
- Hoffman, S. (2005) Grammaticalization and English Complex Prepositions. Routledge, London.
- Li, Y. (2005) A Theory of the Morphology-Syntax Interface. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.
- McKinnon, S. and S. Silverman (2005) Complexities: Beyond Nature and Nurture. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL.
- Widdows, D. (2004) Geometry and Meaning. CSLI, Stanford.
Sydney, 15-16 December 2005
The 15th Australian Language and Speech Conference is being hosted by the Speech Hearing and Language Research Centre and the Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University in Sydney on December 15th and 16th 2005.
Invited speakers are Professor Catherine Best (Chair in Psycholinguistic Research, MARCS Auditory Laboratories, UWS) and Professor Brian Byrne (School of Psychology, University of New England).
Preliminary information about the conference can be found on the website at http://www.ling.mq.edu.au/shlrc/conference.
Please note that papers focusing on any area of language processing or linguistics will be considered. The closing date for abstract submissions is September 23rd 2005.
If you require any further information, or would like to be added to the mailing list, please contact linglsconf-at-ling.mq.edu.au
Jobs, grants, and scholarships
Applications are invited for a two-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology at La Trobe University in Melbourne. This is to commence within six months from the date of offer.
Applicants should have been awarded their doctorate within the last five years. They should have experience of linguistic fieldwork and will, ideally, have already completed a grammatical description of some previously undescribed language (not their native language) in terms of basic linguistic theory. The University may consider cases in which the period is in excess of five years due to special circumstances. Applications will be considered from candidates whose thesis is currently under examination. Applicants must hold a doctoral degree or have equivalent qualifications at the date of appointment. La Trobe graduates should normally have a minimum of two years postdoctoral research experience at another institution. A Fellowship will not normally be awarded to an applicant who holds a permanent appointment within the University.
The successful applicant will work as part of a team with Professor R.M.W. Dixon, Professor Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, and other members of the Research Centre, on a topic relating to languages preferably from South America or New Guinea (although applicants with primary interest in another area would be considered). They will undertake extensive fieldwork and will either (i) produce a comprehensive description of some previously undescribed language; or (ii) pursue an in-depth study of a language contact situation. Exceptionally, applicants may suggest their own research topics, which must fall within the ambit of RCLT's research profile. Option (ii) will be suitable for someone who already has good knowledge of one or more of the languages involved in a suitable contact situation. The choice of project will be made after discussion between the successful applicant and Professors Dixon and Aikhenvald.
The Fellowship will be a two-year appointment and is intended to advance the research activities of the University by bringing to or retaining in Australia a promising scholar.
Enquiries should be directed initially to the Associate Director of RCLT, Professor Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald (email a.aikhenvald-at-latrobe.edu.au, phone +61 3 9479 6402).
Further information and the application form may be obtained from http://www.latrobe.edu.au/rgso/grants/ltuschemes/index.htm.
The application must be received by the Secretary of the RCLT Research Committee, Mrs May Tan, no later than 23 September 2005. Applicants should supply the names and addresses of three academic referees; they should ask each referee to provide a confidential statement, to reach the RCLT Research Office directly by 23 September 2005. Applicants should also send in hard copies of their theses and/or dissertations, and of published work (including papers in press).
Salary Range: currently A$50,336 pa. - A$52,184 pa
Closing Date: 23 September 2005
The Australian Linguistic Society is the national organization for linguists and linguistics in Australia. Its primary goal is to further interest in and support for linguistics research and teaching in Australia. Further information about the Society is available by clicking here.
The ALS Newsletter is issued four times per year, in the middle of February, May, August and November. Copy for the Newsletter should be sent to the Editor, Tim Curnow (tjcurnow-at-ozemail.com.au) by the end of the first week of February, May, August and November. There is a list of people who are automatically advised that it's time to contribute material; if you wish to be added to that list, send Tim an email.
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