2019 Rodney Huddleston Award announced
The 2019 winner of the $1,000 Rodney Huddleston Prize is Helen Fraser for her article ‘Forensic Transcription: How Confident False Beliefs about Language and Speech Threaten the Right to a Fair Trial in Australia’ AJL 38(4), 586-606.
This prize is awarded annually to the best paper published in the previous year of the Australian Journal of Linguistics as judged by the members of the Australian Linguistics Society. It is generously funded by Taylor and Francis, the publishers of AJL, and is named after the journal’s first editor, Rodney Huddleston.
ALS Research Grants scheme grantees announced
The results of the 2019 ALS Research Grants scheme have now been announced. Congratulations to all the grantees. The awarded projects are:
Celeste Rodriguez Louro ‘Prisons, schools and fire: Yarning and language change’ ($4935)
Minna Korhonen ‘Language variation and change over time in rural Australian English’ ($4957)
Debbie Loakes ‘Understanding voice quality in Australia: Aboriginal English and mainstream Australian English’ ($3932)
Gegentuul (Hongye) Bai ‘Transformation and transmission: Mongolian language and cultural workshops in Inner Mongolia’ ($5000)
Zhen Zeng ‘Infants’ Auditory Cue-weighting of Speech and Music Rhythm’ ($5000)
Michael Clyne Prize
The 2019 Michael Clyne Prize has been announced. The prize this year has been awarded to Hanna Torsh (Macquarie University) for her thesis Between Pride and Shame: Linguistic intermarriage in Australia from the perspective of the English-dominant partner.
This year’s field of applicants for the Michael Clyne Prize was particularly strong, reflecting the high quality of research being carried out in this area at the postgraduate level, and the panel was faced with a very difficult decision in choosing the successful applicant.
Thesis summary and main findings:
Linguistic diversity in Australia is widely considered a social good, yet it exists in a context dominated by English monolingualism. This research sets out to examine this tension in a heretofore unexamined domain: linguistic intermarriage between English-speaking background (ESB) native-born Australians and language-other-than-English (LOTE) background migrants.
The research uses two main data sets, interviews and questionnaires, to examine participants’ discursive representations of language learning, LOTE interactions, language challenges of migration for their partner and language issues in the family. Using a qualitative, theme-based analysis, this research seeks to identify the contradictory ways that participants engage with the LOTE(s) spoken by their partner.
The findings show that ESB participants create and invest in a discourse of multilingual pride while simultaneously problematising LOTE use in practice. This is most obvious in the context of LOTEs used locally as opposed to overseas. Moreover, ESB participants felt proud of their partner’s bilingualism and, at the same time, expressed shame about their own monolingualism, a phenomenon I call “language cringe”. With regard to bilingual practices, in the domain of the family, gendered parenting roles mean that it is predominantly women who assume the responsibility for both their children’s LOTE skills and communication with LOTE-speaking in-laws even when they do not have the linguistic proficiency to do so effectively.
The thesis argues that the seemingly contradictory approach to LOTEs and multilingualism rests on conflicting social approaches to bilingualism more generally. On the one hand, linguistic diversity is practically subjugated to monolingual English-centric norms. On the other hand, discourses which valorise LOTEs and multilingualism are widely cherished as symbolic of tolerance. This research has implications for multilingualism and migration research, as well as language in education research. Moreover, it has the potential to provide a framework for those in linguistic intermarriages to understand and negotiate language/s in their relationship.
ALS Research Grants scheme now open
The 2019 round of the ALS Research Grants scheme is now open. Applications close on Sunday 8 September. The scheme offers grants of up to $5,000 for research in any area of linguistics. The principal applicant must be a current financial member of ALS at the date of submission of the application.
Applications must be submitted using the online form through the ALS website Funding and Support portal tab above. All details can be found at that location.
2019 Jalwang and Laves Scholarship grantees announced
The 2019 Gerhardt Laves Scholarship and Jalwang Scholarship have been announced. The Jalwang Scholarship was awarded to Lauren Reed (ANU) for the project ‘Picture dictionary of Papua New Guinea Sign Language’. The Laves Scholarship was awarded to Stephanie Yam (ANU) for the project ‘The grammatical encoding of information structure in Motu’. Congratulations to both grantees.
Following on from our 50th anniversary last year, the ALS executive has begun a review of ALS objectives, operations and opportunities. To do this well we need to understand the needs and aspirations of our current membership and this is where you come in. We are asking all members to please take 10 minutes (or less) of your time to complete this survey so that any changes we propose to existing objectives or new initiatives at our next AGM in December have had member input from the start.
The survey will be open until July 20th and is available through the member portal of the ALS website, or via this link https://als.asn.au/Survey2019
2019 Michael Clyne Prize open
The 2019 Michael Clyne Prize is now open for applications. The Clyne Prize recognizes the best PhD or MA (Research) thesis with a focus on some aspect of immigrant bilingualism and language contact. Applications close on 30 June 2019. To apply please use the online form via the support and funding page on the ALS website.
The 2019 Gerhardt Laves Scholarship and Jalwang Scholarship are now open for applications. The closing date for applications for both is 17 May 2019. Winners will be announced on 7 June 2019.
The Gerhardt Laves Scholarship assists honours or postgraduate research students enrolled at an Australian University who are undertaking linguistic fieldwork on an indigenous language of Australia or its immediate region as part of their research towards an Honours or postgraduate research degree. The Scholarship contributes up to around $2000 towards fieldwork expenses. Funds are normally expected to be fully expended within the year of award of the scholarship unless alternative arrangement are approved by ALS.
The purpose of the Jalwang Scholarship is to support linguists to give back to the community by converting some of their research into materials of benefit to the language speakers, for example by producing community materials in the language or engaging in language maintenance or revitalisation activities. The award aims at supporting researchers who have less access to funding and resources than established academics. This includes but is not limited to support for postgraduate students who would like to take time out from their degree-oriented research in order to develop community materials or other community-oriented outcomes during or after completion of the degree. The name jalwang is the word for the currawong in the Yugambeh language of Southeast Queensland.
Applications should be submitted using the relevant online form.
2019 Kaldor Scholarship grantees announced
Two joint winners of the 2019 Kaldor Scholarship have been selected. They are Sasha Wilmoth from the University of Melbourne and Susie Greenwood from the University of Adelaide. The field of applicants was very strong, and both successful applicants were deemed equally supportable. Congratulations to both grantees.
The Susan Kaldor Scholarship provides funding of up to $2,500 to assist an ALS student member to attend an international institute, summer school or similar intensive course (for example the Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute; the LOT Summer School (The Netherlands); etc).
Applications for the 2019 Kaldor Scholarship are now open. Applications close on 15 March 2019. Results will be announced on 5 April. For further details go to https://als.asn.au/alsgrant/details/17/kaldor_scholarship.