14-15 December 2020
(Sydney time)


We acknowledge the First Nations people of the still unceded lands in which we live and work.
We pay our respects to their elders, leaders and communities.

This event would not be possible without the financial support provided by the Australian Linguistic Society. We are also grateful for the assistance of the ALS Scientific Committee, our session chairs, and the many others who have helped make this conference a reality.

We dedicate this conference to the memory of all those lost to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Sydney time Sunday 13 December
Conference opening and public talk
17.30-19.00 Conference opening (Docherty, Mailhammer, Rodríguez Louro)

Acknowledgement of country - Luke Hodge

Public Talk (18.00)
‘What’s good about bad language?’
Presented by 2020 Academy of Social Sciences Fellow Prof. Kate Burridge.
Introduced by Robert Mailhammer.
Please RSVP on https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/128819369201/


Sydney time Monday 14 December


Bi/multilingualism and disability

Chairs: Eisenchlas & Schalley

Bilingualism and multilingualism in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Down syndrome (DS): Evidence and implications
Elizabeth Kay-Raining Bird

How to disentangle bilingualism from Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) 
Sharon Armon-Lotem

The suitability of dual language education for students with learning challenges
Fred Genesee

Deaf multilingualism: Traversing new research terrain
Louisa Willoughby

Can cross-linguistic treatment effects inform clinical practise in multilingual aphasia?
Maria Kambanaros

Bilingualism as a source of cognitive reserve: Impact on Alzheimer's disease
Ellen Bialystok


Harnessing mobile technologies for the creation of new speech corpora from remote communities

Chair: Docherty

Linguistic fieldwork in a pandemic: Supervised data collection combining smartphone recordings and videoconferencing
Adrian Leemann, Péter Jeszenszky and Carina Steiner 

Designing mobile technologies for collaborative transcription
Steven Bird, Mat Bettinson, William Lane and Éric Le Ferrand

Tracing variation and norm orientation in Luxembourgish through crowdsourcing  
Nathalie Entringer, Peter Gilles and Christoph Purschke

Broad coverage of Mandarin Chinese dialects using smartphone technology
Liang Zhao, Phil Harrison, Paul Foulkes, Eleanor Chodroff

Persuading birds of a feather to flock together – reflections on managing and measuring diverse speech corpora in SPADE
Jane Stuart-Smith, Jeff Mielke, Rachel Macdonald, James Tanner and Morgan Sonderegger

Crowdsourcing large-scale corpora using smartphone apps
Petr Kuzmin

Sociolinguistics with smartphones in minority language areas: ‘Stimmen’
Nanna Haug Hilton

The Crocodile Language Friend: Supporting the alignment of community language revitalisation efforts through the collaborative design of a tangible technology
Jennyfer Taylor and Margot Brereton

Australian Indigenous Languages 1

Chairs: Simpson & Hamilton-Hollaway

Tangkic and Pama-Nyungan: Sister or Subgroup?
Claire Bowern

Uncovering ergative use in Murrinhpatha: evidence from experimental data
Rachel Nordlinger and Evan Kidd

Pointed pronouns: Referring to co-participants in Jaru conversation
Josh Dahmen

Variable modality in Pintupi-Luritja purposive clauses
James Gray

The relationship between prosodic constituency and clause chains in Pitjantjatjara
Catalina Torres, Rebecca Defina and Hywel Stoakes

Planning sentences with realized and unrealized arguments in two Australian languages
Gabriela Garrido Rodríguez, Rachel Nordlinger, Evan Kidd and Sasha Wilmoth

Data and Corpora

Chairs: Schweinberger & Hill

Using the Tromsø Recommendations to cite linguistic data
Lauren Gawne, Helene N. Andreassen, Andrea Berez-Kroeker, Lauren B. Collister, Philipp Conzett, Christopher Cox, Koenraad De Smedt and Bradley McDonnell

The CoEDL corpus project
Wolfgang Barth and Nick Thieberger

Building bridges to develop endangered language resources: Adapting the Rapid Word Collection method for the digital age and developing useful language learning apps
Dorothea Hoffmann

Bridging the gap between linguistics and text mining: An analysis of COVID-19 discourse on Twitter
Martin Schweinberger, Michael Haugh and Sam Hames

The language documentation quartet
Simon Musgrave and Nick Thieberger

Community led research – a silver lining to the COVID cloud
Mark Richards, Josie Lardy and Caroline Jones

9.00-9.45 THEMATIC HANG OUTS 1  

Keynote: Anne Charity Hudley
Introduced by Celeste Rodríguez Louro


General Linguistics

Chairs: Gawne & Brown

A cross-linguistic study of emphatic negative coordination
Iker Salaberri

Processing non-default verb classes: Cross linguistic differences in thematic role assignment
Louise Kyriaki, Matthias Schlesewsky and Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky

“Avoiding the consequences of an undesirable situation”: A typology of precautioning clauses
Jesus Olguin

An initial exploration of expectedness: From mirativity and beyond
Huade Huang

Polish vowel-zero alternations are partially predictable
Brian Collins

Building bridges: Multiscalar analysis from Saussure to Chomsky, Halliday and Labov
Bob Hodge

Analysis of Regional Languages

Chairs: Round & Miceli

Consonant gemination in Telugu loanword phonology
Krishna Pulipaty

When a sign language isn’t a ‘language’: ‘language’, tok, and Sinasina Sign Language
Samantha Rarrick

Coverbs in Ahamb (Vanuatu): At the intersection of verbs, adverbs, quantifiers and prepositions
Tihomir Rangelov

Between grammar and discourse: Differential subject marking in Doromu-Koki
Robert Bradshaw

On the difference between serial verbs, coverbs and complex predicates
Daniel Krausse

Australian Indigenous Languages 2

Chairs: Nordlinger & Mushin

Variation and change: Modern pronoun paradigms in two Australian languages
Amanda Hamilton-Hollaway and Alexandra Marley

Kinship systems in Indigenous languages of Victoria – recent progress in research
Stephen Morey and Corey Theatre

Children's use of that anaphoric demonstrative 'nhini' in Murrinhpatha narratives
Lucinda Davidson, Barbara Kelly and Gillian Wigglesworth

Negation as a nominal property in Pitjantjatjara
Sasha Wilmoth

They talk muṯumuṯu: Variable realisations of tense suffixes in contemporary Pitjantjatjara
Rebecca Defina, Sasha Wilmoth and Deborah Loakes

Phonetics 1

Chairs: Cox & Penney

Acoustic correlates of stop consonants of Burushaski
Qandeel Hussain

Voiced stops and pre-nasalization in Qaqet
Marija Tabain and Birgit Hellwig

Phonetic characteristics of labial-velar stops across word positions in Nafsan
Rosey Billington, Janet Fletcher and Nick Thieberger

Tone and vowel interaction in Northern Lisu
Rael Stanley, Marija Tabain, David Bradley and Defen Yu

Cross-language perception of Japanese consonant length contrasts by speakers from English, Korean and Mongolian backgrounds
Kimiko Tsukada, Yurong, Joo-Yeon Kim and Jeong-Im Han

Music facilitates New Zealand listeners’ lexical decision to a US voice
Andy Gibson

13.00-13.45 LUNCH HANG OUTS 


Next Gen Session

Chair:  Celeste Rodríguez Louro
(Higher Degree by Research students and Early Career Researchers only)


Second Language Learning

Chairs:  Vaughan & Mailhammer

Transnational sojourners’ investment in learning English: A multi-case study of partners of international students in Australia
Lisa Gilanyi

Winner of the 2020 Michael Clyne Prize

60 years of second language aptitude research: A systematic quantitative literature review
James Chalmers, Susana Eisenchlas and Andrea Schalley

“I think I didn’t come to Australia at the best age” – Age at migration and bilingual proficiencies>
Yining Wang

Three languages, one family: Language strategies and practices in trilingual families living in Australia
Agnieszka Faron



Chairs:  Gaby & Ponsonnet

Communicative need of smells at the object-level: What is described and what is the descriptor?
Thomas Poulton

Compositional and construction-based semantics of mood and aspect in Nafsan
Ana Krajinovic

The Language of scent in real and constructed languages
Lauren Gawne and Peta M. Freestone

From ‘actuality entailments’ to avertivity: On some postmodal meanings in French
Patrick Caudal

How meanings help and hinder climate action in Australia: Three lexical case studies
Helen Bromhead and Cliff Goddard

Phonetics 2

Chairs: Fletcher & Billington

Accentedness evaluation of Asian and Caucasian non-native English speakers by Asian non-native English listeners
Yao Lu and Ksenia Gnevsheva

Northsider or Southsider? A preliminary acoustic-phonetic study of contemporary Dublin English
Chloé Diskin-Holdaway, Deborah Loakes and Casey Ford

The acquisition of word-specific variation: Just in L2 speech
Ksenia Gnevsheva, James Grama, Chloé Diskin-Holdaway, Deborah Loakes and Katie Drager

Child speech, community diversity: Baseline data for pre-nasal TRAP-raising
Andy Gibson, Felicity Cox, Joshua Penney and Linda Buckley

50 years of change to the realisation of prevocalic definite article ‘the’ in Australian English
Felicity Cox, Joshua Penney and Sallyanne Palethorpe

Situating speakers within community change(s): Relative movement across vowels
Elena Sheard



Building Bridges between typology, sociolinguistics and contact linguistics

Chair: Kashima

A typological approach to comparative sociolinguistics
Kaius Sinnemäki

What do we mean by language contact? A perspective from historical sociolinguistics 
Jennifer Hendriks

Typologising multilingualisms: From small-scale multilingualisms to meaningful abstraction 
Ruth Singer

Non-linguistic factors predicting language diversification in large scale comparisons 
Hedvig Skirgård

Sampling for contact 
Francesca Di Garbo & Ricardo Napoleão de Souza

Explanatory factors and questionnaire
Eri Kashima


Building bridges between linguistics research and law

Chairs: Grey & Smith-Khan

Interpreters in Parliament in Canada and Australia
Timothy Goodwin and Julian R Murphy

Advising lawyers about speaking in 'plain English': An evolving applied linguistic skill
Alex Bowen

Using sociolinguistic research to inform the registration requirements and training of Australian Registered Migration Agents (RMAs)
Laura Smith-Khan

Linguistic Human Rights v Language Shift
Christina Ringel

Covid-19 communications in languages other than English: The role of policy reform in improving crisis and quotidian communications
Alexandra Grey

Data constitution and engagement with the field of asylum and migration
Marie Jacobs and Katrijn Maryns

Language Variation and Change

Chairs: Gnevsheva & Reynolds

The Creole continuum in Australia: English on Croker Island in the World Atlas of Variation in English (WAVE)

Robert Mailhammer

Variation and change over 60 years of intensification in Australian English
Renate Plehwe and Catherine Travis

The future of Chinese-Australian English
Qiao Gan and Catherine Travis


Linguistics quiz!
Hosted by Daniel Midgley from Because Language

Sydney time Tuesday 15 December


Social categories across diverse speech communities

Chairs: Travis & Walker

Understanding social structure to understand dialect change: The case of London
Devyani Sharma

Re-evaluating social categories in variationist research: Ethnicity and ethnolinguistic orientation
James A. Walker

Measuring ethnic orientation across corpora and communities
Catherine Travis and Elena Sheard

Beyond apparent time: Generation as a distinct social category
Felicity Meakins

Contextualising our analysis of linguistic variation: Social predictors in an Oceanic society
Marie Duhamel

Sociolinguistic stratification and language vitality
James N. Stanford


Collaborating with clinicians

Chairs: Dahm, Roger & White

Developing a vocabulary to address (diagnostic) uncertainty in medical education
Maria Dahm, Carmel Crock, and Art Nahill 

Ways of involving clinicians
Sarah J White

From medicine to applied linguistics: Adopting a dual stance
Peter Roger

Sure - Come and record
John Carmill

A discourse analysis of health provider interactions with parents who are reluctant to vaccinate
Tonia Crawford and Julie Leask

Sharing linguistic insights to improve communication in clinical nursing handovers
Diana Slade, Bernadette Brady, Maria Dahm, Anna Thornton, Joanne Taylor, Liza Goncharov, Laura Chien and Sydney Jantos

Language Revitalisation and Maintenance

Chairs: Blythe & Marley

Refining our understanding of how language revitalisation programs work in Australia
Brandon Wiltshire, Steven Bird and Rebecca Hardwick

Building relationships to support language use
Logan Simpson, Dorothea Hoffman and Cat Kutay

Murrinh niyith-niyith pumawathangime purru ‘We make stories together’ - Place-based literacy in the Murrinhpatha classroom
Megan Wood, Diyini Millie Lantjin, Parlun Rosaria Tipiloura, Mirrkun Miriam Bunduck and Tharrngka Sheila Tchinburrurr

Investing in Aboriginal languages
Cathy Bow, Steven Bird, Michaela Spencer, Rebecca Hardwick and Michael Christie

Kinship as multiple languages inheritance
Gawura Waṉambi, Joy Bulkanhawuy Dhamarrandji and Yasunori Hayashi


Building Bridges Between Linguistics And Schools

Please note
Organised by Jean Mulder

Chairs: Mulder & Rodríguez Louro

09:00 - 09:05
Welcome and introduction
Jean Mulder

09:05 - 09:15
Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in education
Stephanie Woerde

09:15 - 09:25
The evolution of Aboriginal language curricula in New South Wales
Michael Walsh

09:25 - 09:35
The use of Australian Aboriginal children’s books in language revitalisation
Janette Thambyrajah

09:35 - 09:45
Outreach is a thing! Bringing linguistics to WA classrooms
Celeste Rodríguez Louro

09:45 - 09:55
Writing a crash course in linguistics
Lauren Gawne


Building bridges for multilingual speakers in Australia

Chairs: Verdon & Escudero

Bilingual speech development in a three generation Vietnamese-Australian family
Sharynne McLeod, Kate Margetson, Ben Pham, Van Tran, Cen Wang, Sarah Verdon

‘But they only speak English...’
Language and literacy development of urban Indigenous students
Alison Holm, Gayle Hemsley and Bridget Lockyer

Nurturing Australia’s little multilingual minds: A heritage and foreign language extension program for preschoolers (3-6 years)
Paola Escudero, Gloria Pino Escobar, Myra Luinge, John Hajek and Gillian Wigglesworth

Home language maintenance among Vietnamese-Australian families 
Van Tran,  Sharynne McLeod, Sarah Verdon, Cen Wang

Bridging the gap for multilingual speakers’ participation in Australia. Intelligibility of spoken English among university students and its impact upon participation in Australian life
Helen L. Blake, Sarah Verdon & Sharynne McLeod

Speech pathology practice with young multilingual children: A national survey of speech assessment and intervention
Sarah Masso, Elise Baker, Natalie Munro, Taiying Lee, Anita Wong and Stephanie Stokes

Talking language development into being: Multilingual advocacy at the Maternal and Child Health Service
Suzanne Grasso


Teaching Indigenous languages at Australian universities: Building bridges between community and academia

Chair: Jane Simpson

Introduction to the panel
Cathy Bow

Bininj Kunwok online course - Building bridges between a speech community and university through language learning
Cathy Bow, Jill Nganjmirra, Seraine Namundja

The Kaurna Summer School at the University of Adelaide: Succession planning and strengthening
Kaurna delivery of the program
Rob Amery and Jack Kanya Buckskin

Doing both Yolŋu Aboriginal and Western linguistics together in class
Brenda Muthamuluwuy, Ellen Gapany, Yasunori Hayashi

Gamilaraay language teaching in Australian universities
John Giacon, Tracey Cameron, Priscilla Strasek

The importance of teaching Arrernte
Angela Harrison and Kumalie Riley


10:00 - 10:10
What do teachers want?
Iain Giblin, Kulam Shanmugam and Lyn Tieu

10:10 - 10:20
Enabling students to find their voice in the English classroom
Anna Stewart

10:20 - 10:30
A Corpus analysis of the oral language productive vocabulary of children at school entry to inform the Australian curriculum
Clarence Green

10:30 - 10:45
OzCLO: Program sustainability and sharing the workload
Elisabeth Mayer

10:45 - 11:00
LiSC Special Interest Group Meeting
Jean Mulder

Discourse Analysis

Chairs: Mullan & Defina

Politeness in Old Saxon & Old High German
Valentina Concu

Racist/anti-racist constructions of Muslim asylum seekers in Oz
Ashleigh Haw

Out of the fires and into the pandemic: How an unprecedented bushfire season provided a metaphor for COVID-19 in Australia
Karen Sullivan

Exclusion in the ephemeral linguistic landscape
Xiaofang Yao


History of Linguistics in the Pacific

Chairs: McElvenny, McGregor, Stockigt & Moore

Please note

Jacks of all trades: Early 19thC linguistic endeavours in King George’s Sound
Susie Greenwood

Time-marking particles and the problem of grammatical categorisation in Vietnamese
Quang Anh Le

The facts of Whorf’s Hopi research
Penny Lee

Gabelentz, typology and the languages of the South Seas
James McElvenny

From Herman Nekes’ notebooks to Nekes & Worms 1953
William McGregor

Developments in the grammatical analysis of Central Australian languages 1890-1910
David Moore

Grammars for analysis, grammars for learners: Nouns, adjectives and comparison in early grammars of Australian languages
Jane Simpson

George Taplin’s comparative work on Australian languages
Clara Stockigt

不東不西 Bù dōng bù xī, Ex nihilo res fit: Ma Jianzhong and the perils of being a pioneer
Edward McDonald

Police-Corporal Provis and the Streaky Bay Language
Peter Sutton

Phonetics 3

Chairs: Tabain & Torres

Acoustic and phonotactic properties of Anindilyakwa ‘epenthetic’ vowels
John Mansfield, Rosey Billington and Hywel Stoakes

Patterns of phonetic variation in Australian languages
Sarah Babinski

Aspectual and discourse-emphatic properties of stylised prosodic lengthening in Anindilyakwa
James Bednall

Temporal signatures of prosodic structure in Nafsan (Vanuatu)
Janet Fletcher and Rosey Billington

Assessment of automatic creaky voice detection tools for sociolinguistic applications
Hannah White, Joshua Penney, Andy Gibson, Anita Szakay and Felicity Cox

11.00-11.45 THEMATIC HANG OUTS 2 

Keynote: Umberto Ansaldo
Introduced by Gerry Docherty



Chairs: Piller &  Gnevsheva

When ‘girls and ‘daughters’ play footy: A corpus-based analysis of gender in newspaper coverage of the new Aussie Rules football women’s league
Melissa Kemble

Language maintenance and bilingualism in a modern Australian context
Ragni Prasad

Word initial [h]-drop variation in Nmbo: Change-in-progress within an egalitarian multilingual speech community of Papua New Guinea
Eri Kashima

Language contact, grammatical borrowing, and attrition: A study of Czech in South Australia
Chloe Castle


From street to screen: English-lexified varieties in Aboriginal Australia

Chairs: Bednarek & Troy

Reviewing an emblematic marker: Nuances of gammon across contact varieties
Maïa Ponsonnet and Denise Angelo

Aboriginal Englishes in Redfern Now, Cleverman, and Mystery Road
Monika Bednarek

Vernacular voices: A springboard into language awareness
Denise Angelo and Maïa Ponsonnet

Multilingual repertoires at play
Sally Dixon

From street to archive: The history of Aboriginal English quotation 
Celeste Rodríguez Louro, Madeleine Clews and Glenys Collard

NSW Pidgin and its legacy in Aboriginal Englishes
Jakelin Troy

Studies of Mandarin

Chairs: Walker & Lum

How English loanwords are integrated into Mandarin

Qiong Lu

Diachronic investigation of the noun-noun words in Mandarin Chinese
Jane Chanell

Joint progression of topics: Nà-prefaced interrogatives in multi-party talk
Jie Chen, Scott Barnes and Joe Blythe

Child is small: A study of diminutive word tsa42 in the Xianning dialect
Xiaolong Lu


Chairs: Mailhammer & Baker

Zipf's Law in Toki Pona
Dariusz Skotarek

Phonological markedness and syntactic structure both contribute to sentence probability
Tim Hunter, Canaan Breiss and Bruce Hayes

Zipf’s law? Re-evaluating phoneme frequencies
Jayden Macklin-Cordes and Erich Round

Violations of the sonority sequencing principle: How, and how often?
Ruihua Yin

Intrusive vowels and complex consonant clusters in Jilim
Don Daniels, Zoe Haupt and Melissa Baese-Berk


Next Gen Session

The Future of Academia
Chair: Robert Mailhammer
(Open to all ALS 2020 delegates)


ALS Annual General Meeting (ALS members)

18.30 That’s all folks!

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