Newsletter February 2006

Welcome to the February issue of the Newsletter of the Australian Linguistic Society. As usual, the @ symbol in people's email addresses has been replaced with -at-, and clicking on any link will open that site in a new window.

There have been a couple of small changes to the ALS website since the last Newsletter came out. The 'ALS Policies' page has been redesigned, and now contains a link to the 'Guidelines for the use of language analysis in relation to questions of national origin in refugee cases'. And a new page has been added, with information about the Michael Clyne prize - see further details about this prize below.

Thanks to all those who contributed to this issue. Enjoy the Newsletter!

Tim Curnow

From the Treasurer

The process of retirement is far more complex than I expected and I'm afraid that a number of things have been neglected over the past three months, including some ALS business. I apologise if you have sent me changes of address, inquiries about your membership, etc. in that time and have not yet received a reply. I will endeavour to remedy that as soon as possible.

You will have noted that my addresses, both snail mail and e-mail, have changed on the renewal form. I will still have contact with the University as a 'Voluntary Associate' but will lose some of the services previously provided there.

During February, I will be e-mailing all of the members on the Automatic Payment list in order to update your membership for 2006. If you have changed your credit card details over the past year, or had your card renewed (some of the 100 plus card dates that I have are out of date) please let me know, since rejection of a credit card deposit is subject to bank charges.

I look forward to 'normal service' being renewed in the near future, apart from the occasional day on the golf course, which I thought was the real stuff of retirement.

Submissions for 2006 Michael Clyne Prize

The Applied Linguistics Association of Australia and the Australian Linguistic Society invite submissions for the first annual Michael Clyne Prize, to be awarded to the best PhD or MA (Research) with a focus on some aspect of immigrant bilingualism and language contact. The thesis must have been passed or the degree awarded in 2005 at an Australian university.

The winner will be awarded a $1000 cash prize and a contribution of up to $500 to cover costs (e.g. travel, accommodation, conference registration) for the recipient to attend either ALS or ALAA in 2006 to present a paper on the research. The recipient will be guaranteed a slot at their chosen conference.

Submissions should include: (i) a copy of the examiners' reports; (ii) a 300-500 word summary of the thesis and its main findings; (iii) a supporting letter from the supervisor(s).

Further details of rules governing the prize are listed on the ALS website.

Please submit documents by Friday 17 March 2006 to:
Dr. Julie Bradshaw
Linguistics Program
School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
Building 11
Monash University
VIC 3800
Tel: (03) 9905 5451

Julie Bradshaw

ALS 2006

ALS2006 will be held at the University of Queensland on 7-9 July. ALS members are invited to submit an abstract to deliver a paper in a general session or in one of the Workshop sessions which are open to non-invited presenters. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 13 March. See information about the format in which abstracts are to be submitted at

Information about the ALS meeting and the ALI Institute and other conferences which make up the LINQ2006 program can be accessed via

Accommodation: Conference delegates will need to organize their own accommodation. See the LINQ2006 website for information about accommodation on and off the UQ campus. Early bookings are recommended.

Mary Laughren

Forensic linguist needed (with Tongan experience?)

Tim Mitchell is seeking some expert evidence for a Tongan client in relation to an offence he has been charged with. It appears there may have been some misunderstanding of the police question that was put to him which has possibly led to him answering the question in a way that has incriminated him. Could someone with expertise in this area please contact Tim Mitchell? A court appearance may transpire if evidence assists his case. Fee negotiated accordingly.

Contact: Tim Mitchell, Mitchells Legal, email:, ph: 61-2-9344-0682 or 0408-603-046.

Tim Mitchell

Language documentation and description

Copies of Peter Austin (ed), Language Documentation and Description, Vol 2 are available for AU$20 from PARADISEC in Melbourne. Contact Nick Thieberger ( for details.

Nick Thieberger

News from the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology

Degree of Doctor of Letters for Aikhenvald

Australian universities have a higher doctorate which is awarded on examination of significant post-PhD publications. Professor Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald submitted four lengthy monographs (Classifiers, Language contact in Amazonia, A grammar of Tariana, and Evidentiality) plus 14 papers, and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Letters with acclaim from the three examiners (Willem Adelaar, Bernard Comrie, and Bernd Heine). She is only the second linguist in Australia to have gained a higher doctorate (the other is Dixon, who was awarded his by the ANU in 1991).

New Research Fellows and PhD students

Dr. Birgit Hellwig has been awarded a three-year La Trobe University Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. She will be undertaking research on a comprehensive reference grammar of Katla, a previously undocumented Kordofanian language of the Sudan.

Raoul Zamponi (from Siena) will commence in March 2006. He is planning to work on a comprehensive grammar of Cuna, a Chibchan language from Panama.

Visiting Fellows for first half of the year

Professor Gerrit Dimmendaal, of the University of Cologne, a major expert on African languages, historical linguistics and language typology, will be a Visiting Fellow at RCLT and a Special IAS Visiting Fellow from 28 December 2005 until 31 March 2006. He will be completing a monograph with the provisional title Historical Linguistics and the Comparative Study of African Languages and editing a volume on participant marking in twelve African languages.

Professor Maarten Mous, of Leiden University, a major expert on language contact and the typology of mixed languages, with particular reference to the languages of East Africa, will be a Visiting Fellow at RCLT from 28 February until 1 July. He will be working on a typological overview of Cushitic languages, and on a book Controlling Language (that is, respect languages, argot, taboo, youth languages, initiation languages, etc.)

Professor Johanna Nichols, of University of California, Berkeley, a major expert on linguistic typology, linguistic geography, and historical and comparative linguistics, with a particular focus on Caucasian and Slavic languages, will be a Visiting Fellow at RCLT and a Special IAS Visiting Fellow from 15 May until 15 August. She will be working on 'Lexical typological metrics as distance measures'. The results obtained will be used to measure diversity within language families and linguistic areas, as well as typological distances between pairs and sets of languages.

Honorary Visiting Fellows

Dr David Watters, a member of SIL International and of the teaching staff at Tribhuvan University at Kathmandu, Nepal, is a leading expert on Tibeto-Burman languages. He will be at RCLT between 6 January and 31 March, working on a typological overview of various subgroups of Tibeto-Burman spoken in Nepal and continuing his comparative work on Tibeto-Burman languages.

Professor Kate Burridge, of Monash University, a leading expert on historical linguistics, Germanic languages (with a special focus on Pennsylvania German), and English, will be spending her sabbatical at RCLT between 1 January and 30 June. She will be continuing her work on Pennsylvania German and completing a third volume intended for a broad audience on changes in modern English.

Dr Eithne Carlin, of Leiden University, an expert on Carib and Arawak languages of Suriname and Guiana, will be at RCLT between 15 March and 1 July. She will be completing a grammatical description of Mawayana, a moribund Arawak language; a grammatical description of Wapishana, also Arawak, and working on a monograph on cognitive structures in the Amerindian languages of the Guaianas.

Dr Frank Lichtenberk, of the University of Auckland, a major authority on syntactic typology, grammaticalization and on Austronesian languages, will be at RCLT between 2 February and 31 July. He will be finalizing a comprehensive reference grammar of Toqabaqita, an Oceanic language from the Solomon Islands, and also working on a dictionary of this language.


Local Typology Workshop: A local Workshop on 'Semantics of clause linking' meets fortnightly, on Wednesday from 4.00 - 5.30 p.m., commencing on 15 February 2006. At the first meeting, Bob Dixon will present a position paper setting out a scheme in terms of which non-embedded clause-linkage can be described and explained. At subsequent meetings, members of the Workshop will each give a 30 minute presentation on clause linkage in a language on which they have specialised knowledge. At the end, we will attempt to put forward appropriate inductive generalisations. All linguists from the Melbourne area (or from elsewhere) are warmly invited to take part in this and in the following workshops.

Books published:

  • Serial verb constructions: a cross-linguistic typology (Explorations in Linguistic Typology, vol. 2), edited by A. Y. Aikhenvald and R. M. W. Dixon. Oxford: Oxford University Press. xiv, 369pp.

The RCLT Annual Newsletter is now available at

Alexandra (Sasha) Aikhenvald


From Circular No. 5 (April 1970) of the Linguistic Society of Australia:

New appointments in Linguistics

Dr. R.M.W. Dixon, formerly of the University of London, has been appointed to the new Chair of Linguistics at the School of General Studies, the Australian National University. The Society would like to welcome Professor Dixon to his Australian job.

We also welcome Dr. E. Bauer, formerly of the Universities of Notre-Dame and Minnesota, to his appointment as Director of Language Services, Monash University.

Australian Universities Commission: on Linguistics

In the Fourth Report, May 1969, of the Australian Universities Commission (AUC) the following statement is made (page 37):

"Certain universities have proposed the establishment of independent Departments of Linguistics and of Fine Arts. In the case of Linguistics, the Commission considers that it would be appropriate for universities, if they so desire, to make appointments of suitable staff within an existing language department. The study of Fine Arts might also be encouraged in the first instance, by making appointments of suitable staff within a school or department of language and literature."

Departments of Linguistics will not be established, but appointments may be made in existing language departments.

The Departments of Linguistics and officers of the Society are deeply concerned about the effects of and motivations for this statement. The subject is being studied, and appropriate steps are being considered for bringing this matter to the attention of the AUC.

Tim Curnow

Is the paper journal dead?

This perennial question, which was brought up at the last ALS general meeting, was discussed at the annual Taylor & Francis Roundtable at the Observatory Hotel in Sydney on February 6th, 2006. Taylor & Francis, who publish our Australian Journal of Linguistics, have been closely following the continual research into the reading habits of journal clients and it appears that the vast majority of people still prefer to read paper versions, rather than electronic forms. Over the past four years, T&F have maintained a policy of producing both paper and electronic versions and believe that it is this policy that has largely led to their 415% increase in sales over that period. They are prepared to offer e-versions only to selected customers at a slight discount but their research tends to show that this process leads to 'outsourcing' of the printing process, since many such customers download the e-version into a printed one and thus have to pay a copyright fee as well. David Green, executive editorial officer of T&F, said that he'd been hearing about the demise of paper versions ever since he joined publishing, some 27 years ago, and it had not happened yet. Thus it appears that, under T&F's current policy, we will continue to receive our paper versions of AJL.

Another important point to come out of the meeting was the increased use of the ScholarOne software to facilitate online interaction between authors, editors and reviewers. The facility is available at Further cooperation with Google is also occurring to develop the clearing-house web page, Informaworld, which should be fully operational by the end of the year.

Doug Absalom

News from La Trobe Linguistics Program

Linguistics has been formally recognized as a research strength of La Trobe University, and this should translate into greater funds for scholarships, post-docs, and research.

Barry Blake's book which he co-authored with Gavan Breen, A grammar of Yalarnnga, was accepted for publication by Pacific Linguistics.

David Bradley received a Leverhulme Visiting Professorship grant to visit the Endangered Languages Documentation Program of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, for four months in early 2006. He also received a $20,000 grant for 2005/2006 from The International Centre of Excellence in Asia Pacific Studies at ANU to continue his project on heritage maintenance for endangered languages in China.

David visited at the Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, for two weeks, Nov. 22-Dec. 5, and presented two seminar papers, and gave a keynote address at the Himalayan Languages Symposium, Bangkok, Thailand in December.

David completed work on a Lisu-English Dictionary, which is now in press.

Alec Coupe has been carrying out fieldwork on the Tibeto-Burman languages of Tuensang district, Nagaland, Northeast India, since October, and plans to return in May. Alec also joined with colleagues from RCLT and scholars in the Linguistics Department of Gauhati University, Assam, India, in founding the Northeast India Linguistics Society. Their first conference was held at Gauhati University in February 6-7, 2006. The website is available at

Randy LaPolla was away in China for two months as the 'Cheung Kong Scholar' of the Central University of Nationalities. This is a Chair Professor position established with funds from the Cheung Kong Foundation of Hong Kong (news item at Randy is to visit the CUN once a year for three years to work with them to help upgrade their research capabilities to world-class status. On this trip he gave a series of six lectures on linguistic typology. While there he also gave talks at Peking University and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Randy received funding from the University to continue the work initiated by Paul Sidwell, scanning the field notes and other papers relevant to Sino-Tibetan languages of the eminent scholar Gordon Hannington Luce (1889-1979) now held in the National Library of Australia in order to make them available for use in research carried out by members of our Program. (See the article from 'Burma and Beyond: The Luce Collection at the National Library of Australia' about the collection at

Randy also took over as Editor of the international refereed journal Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area (, and was also invited to join the editorial boards of Minzu Yuwen (Nationality Languages) (published by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences) and Nankai Yuyanxue Kan (Linguistics Journal of Nankai University).

Tonya Stebbins' Mali Baining text collection is currently in press with Pacific Linguistics. Her Mali Baining Dictionary and Grammar have also been submitted to PL.

Tonya is co-ordinating a new discussion group at La Trobe: the Translation Writers' Interest Group (TWIG), which will meet monthly to discuss practical and theoretical issues associated with the process of translation in an interdisciplinary forum.

Marija Tabain received an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant ($150,000) for the project 'The effect of sentence structure on consonant and vowel articulations', to be carried out 2006-2008. She had earlier received a grant of $10,000 from the University to support the project 'A comparison of articulation strategies in Arrernte and English'.

Marija is also in the process of building up our Phonetics Lab, having purchased electro-palatogram and airflow measuring equipment, and is also building up the phonetics component of our Program, having developed a course in advanced phonetics.

Lesley Lee-Wong, of Melbourne University, has been invited to teach our Cross-Cultural Communication course for the second year in a row.

News from the University of Sydney

The Department of Linguistics, University of Sydney, thanks Myfany Turpin and Tom Mylne for teaching in second semester, and wishes them well; Myfany has returned to Alice Springs and is replacing Robert Hoogenraad temporarily in the Northern Territory Department of Education, and Tom is taking up a teaching position in the Speech Pathology Unit, James Cook University.

Miriam Corris and four honours students (Fiona Blake, Tom Honeyman, James McElvenny and Anthony Phillips) have returned from fieldwork in Papua New Guinea. Joe Blythe and one honours student, Aidan Wilson, have returned from fieldwork from Northern Australia.

Jane Simpson


Publications received, August 2005

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 ( Note that many books from previous lists of publications received are still available, so you may want to look at them also.

  • Carlson, G. N. and F. J. Pelletier (2006) Reference and Quantification: The Partee Effect. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.
  • Di Sciullo, A. M. (2005) Asymmetry in Morphology. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.
  • Downing, A. and P. Locke (2006) English Grammar: A University Course (2nd edition). Routledge, London.
  • Frajzyngier, Z. (2005) A Grammar of Mina. Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin.
  • Haegeman, L. (2005) Thinking Syntactically: A Guide to Argumentation and Analysis. Blackwell, Oxford.
  • Hall, C. J. (2005) An Introduction to Language & Linguistics: Breaking the Language Spell. Continuum, London.
  • Halliday, M. A. K. (2005) On Grammar (Vol. 1 in the Collected Works of M. A. K. Halliday). Continuum, London.
  • Halliday, M. A. K. (2005) Linguistic Studies of Text and Discourse (Vol. 2 in the Collected Works of M. A. K. Halliday). Continuum, London.
  • Hasan, R. (2005) Language, Society and Consciousness (The Collected Works of Ruqaiya Hasan, Vol. 1). Equinox, London.
  • Hyland, K. (2005) Metadiscourse. Continuum, London.
  • Marett, A. (2005) Songs, Dreamings, and Ghosts: The Wangga of North Australia. Wesleyan University Press, Middletown, CT.
  • Newmeyer, F. J. (2005) Possible and Probable Languages. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Sampson, G. and D. McCarthy, eds. (2005) Corpus Linguistics in a Widening Discipline. Continuum, London.
  • Smith, N. (2005) Language, Frogs and Savants. Blackwell, Oxford.
  • Wardhaugh, R. (2005) An Introduction to Sociolinguistics (5th edition). Blackwell, Oxford.
Alan Libert

Upcoming Conferences

Linguistics in Queensland 2006 (LinQ 2006)

Brisbane, 4-16 July 2006

General combined webpage:

LinQ 2006 is a series of five high-profile linguistic events to be held in July 2006 at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. LinQ 2006 is a collaboration between Griffith University, the University of New England, and the University of Queensland.

The Early-Bird registration deadline is 26 May 2006; the general deadline is yet to be announced. Information on how to register will be available at at a later time.

PacSLRF 2006: The 5th Pacific Second Language Research Forum, 4-6 July 2006


PacSLRF is a venue for data-based and theoretical papers on areas of basic research in Second Language Acquisition (SLA). Topics include, but are not limited to, SLA in instructed and naturalistic settings; the effects of second language (L2) instruction on the rate and route of L2 development; the role of individual differences (in e.g., aptitude, age, personality, motivation) in SLA; competing models of SLA processes; SLA theory construction; the acquisition of L2 pragmatics; bilingualism; the influence of cognitive variables (e.g., memory and attention) on L2 learning and use; the assessment of L2 use and development; methodological issues in research into L2 acquisition.

Australex 2006: Australasian Association for Lexicography Conference, 6 July 2006


The theme for Australex 2006 is 'Dictionaries: Uses and Users'. Topics will include: dictionaries as the voice of authority; dictionaries to support specialized subjects; the use of dictionaries within language pedagogy; designing dictionaries for different levels of reader; lexicography in the Pacific region; research on dictionary users.

ALAA 2006: Annual Conference of the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia, 6-8 July 2006


Papers in all areas of applied linguistics, including language teaching, language policy and planning, and computer-based language instruction.

ALS 2006: Annual Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, 7-9 July 2006


Papers in all areas of linguistics, including syntax, phonology, Australian languages and sociolinguistics.

ALI 2006: Australian Linguistics Institute, 10-14 July 2006


ALI 2006 is a selection of 12 short intensive courses presented by world experts in their fields. It's a unique opportunity for graduate students, advanced undergraduates, professional linguists, and language professionals to upgrade their knowledge and skills in key areas of linguistics.

Andrea Schalley

Australian Linguistics Institute 2006 (ALI 2006)

Brisbane, 10-14 July 2006

First Call for Participation


ALI 2006 is a selection of 12 intensive courses presented by world experts in their fields. It's a unique opportunity for graduate students, advanced undergraduates, professional linguists, and language professionals to upgrade their knowledge and skills in key areas of linguistics.


Many courses in ALI 2006 are on the theme 'Language and Cognition', while others focus on language typology, acquisition, and aspects of linguistic theory.

Each course consists of five 90 minute sessions, running Monday through Friday. Three sets of courses will be running in parallel, so participants can attend a maximum of four courses. Confirmed topics and presenters are as follows:

  • Cognitive linguistics, John Taylor (University of Otago)
  • Combinatory grammar and natural cognition, Mark Steedman (University of Edinburgh)
  • L2 syntax: Age dependent effects, Bonnie Schwartz (University of Hawai'i)
  • Language and genetics, Brian Byrne (University of New England)
  • Language and thought, Lera Boroditsky (Stanford University)
  • Logic in child language acquisition, Stephen Crain (Macquarie University Centre for Cognitive Science)
  • Morphology and lexical representations, Andrew Spencer (University of Essex)
  • Non-Pama-Nyungan languages of Northern Australia, Nicholas Evans (Melbourne University)
  • Papuan languages, William Foley (University of Sydney)
  • Semantics masterclass, Anna Wierzbicka (Australian National University)
  • Understanding typological distribution, Balthasar Bickel (University of Leipzig)
We are also working on the inclusion of a course on the topic 'Bilingualism: cognitive aspects'. The presenter for this topic will be announced shortly.


The Early Bird registration deadline is 26 May 2006. The general deadline has not yet been announced.

The registration fees will be

Early Bird (pre 26 Mar)      
   Regular AU$400
   Postgraduate student AU$300
   Undergraduate student AU$200
General (post 26 Mar)      
   Regular AU$450
   Postgraduate student AU$350
   Undergraduate student AU$250

Information on *how* to register will be available at at a later time.


Email: Prof. Cliff Goddard (, or Dr Andrea Schalley (

Organisers and sponsors

ALI 2006 is organised by the Language and Cognition Research Centre of the University of New England ( It is supported by the Australian Linguistic Society (

LinQ 2006

ALI 2006 is part of LinQ 2006 'Linguistics in Queensland', a series of five high-profile linguistic events to be held in July 2006 at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. For more information, cf.

Andrea Schalley

Call for course proposals

2007 Summer Linguistic Institute, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, July 2-27, 2007


The theme of the 2007 Linguistic Society of America summer institute, 'Empirical Foundations for Theories of Language', takes its inspiration from Weinreich, Labov and Herzog (1968) 'Empirical Foundations for a Theory of Language Change'. The institute will be organized around emerging directions of linguistic research, showcasing new methodologies which complement or enhance existing ones, with the goal of enhancing the grounding of linguistic theory in all parts of the field. The curricular content of the institute aims to inspire the broadening and clarification of the empirical basis of our field, leading directly to the refinement of existing theoretical models or the development of new ones.

We are also interested in offering courses which cross the boundaries of traditional subfields of linguistics, many of which have been drawn because of historical accident or technological limitations. As research refocuses itself around new core areas, a redefinition of some of the main theoretical issues within the field is to be expected.

For these reasons, we especially seek courses aimed at opening up new lines of inquiry, rather than surveying the generally-accepted state of the art in the field. In addition to courses taught by faculty invited by the institute's organizing committee, we will also include courses obtained by the proposal solicitation process described below. The proposal evaluation committee (see below) includes scholars from diverse academic institutions.

The institute will take place from July 2nd to July 27th, 2007 at Stanford University; there will be 4 teaching weeks, and most classes will consist of 8 105-minute meetings. Faculty who teach at the 2007 institute will each receive a living stipend, and reasonable travel costs. To supplement these, we are seeking additional funds to provide a modest honorarium, per course.

We therefore solicit proposals for courses, in any area of the field, conforming to the following guidelines.

Course Descriptions

Please provide the following information. Each submission should be a single pdf file.

  1. Title of course.
  2. Instructor(s): name, current affiliation, current title, year and institution of Ph.D.
  3. Brief CV(s), including description of teaching experience (noting, where relevant, connection to the proposed course). An explicit rationale should be provided if more than 2 instructors are proposed.
  4. Description of course content (1-2 pages), including a statement of the course's relevance to the theme of the institute. An additional 1-page reading list is desirable.
  5. Tentative outline of course schedule (8 x 105-minute sessions).
  6. Prerequisites for students in the course (these must be explicitly given in every course proposal).
  7. Maximum enrollment (if relevant). (see below)
  8. Ideal companion courses or synergistic activities. (see below)

Final deadline for receipt of proposals: March 15, 2006. We anticipate notification in early [North American] summer 2006.

Additional Information

Some courses may be limited in size due to technical needs (e.g., available lab space) or inherent content (e.g., being labor-intensive for the instructor).

The last category above, 'ideal companion courses or synergistic activities' is for planning purposes - certain courses would naturally complement other ones, for example, or certain courses may naturally lead to a workshop, or one-day presentation session, which would enhance the intellectual activity of the institute.

Please send enquiries and proposals to:
Institute website:
Institute Director: Peter Sells

The committee to evaluate proposals has the following members (AD = Institute Associate Director): Mary Beckman (The Ohio State University), Juliette Blevins (AD; University of Leipzig), Kay Bock (University of Illinois), Lyle Campbell (University of Utah), Eve V. Clark (AD; Stanford University), Kai von Fintel (MIT), Jeanette Gundel (University of Minnesota), Larry Horn (Yale University), Dan Jurafsky (AD; Stanford University), Beth Levin (AD; Stanford University), Norma Mendoza-Denton (University of Arizona), Ivan A. Sag (AD; Stanford University), Paul Smolensky (Johns Hopkins University), Donca Steriade (MIT), Raffaella Zanuttini (Georgetown University)

Mary Laughren

About ALS

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 ( 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.

Unless you paid for several years at a time, or have given the Treasurer your credit card details and permission to use it, subscriptions for ALS are due at the beginning of each calendar year; the year you are paid up to is shown on the address label on the envelope your copy of the Australian Journal of Linguistics comes in. A subscription form is available by clicking here.

The only membership list is maintained by the Treasurer, Doug Absalom ( If you wish to check your membership status, change your address or make some other enquiry, please contact Doug.