Laves Scholarship and Jalwang Scholarship now open

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.

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2019 Kaldor Scholarship winners announced

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.

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2019 Kaldor Scholarship now open

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

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Donations to the National Museum (Rio de Janeiro)

Donations to the National Museum (Rio de Janeiro)

As you may know, as a result of a fire the archives, the Francisca Keller library, and most other materials in the National Museum (Rio de Janeiro) have been destroyed - see the enclosed pdf for details. This is a most tragic loss imaginable - for instance, all the materials collected by Curt Nimuendaju (the compiler of the ethnographic map of Brazilian tribes and an outstanding scholar) are gone. Our colleagues at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro are now seeking to reconstruct at least part of the library, and are seeking donations of books, off-prints, etc. The collection had books in Portuguese, Spanish, French, English, Italian, German, and in several indigenous languages. 

For details on how to donate the library please see the following link

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ALS Research Grants

ALS Research Grants

The ALS research grant round for 2018 is now open. Grants of up to $5,000 are available. 

Grants are lodged via the website Research Grants page.  

You will need to login to the online member account in order to submit the application. 

Should you have any query, please feel free to contact us via

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End of Financial Year Funding Available: Women’s Leadership Development

End of Financial Year Funding Available: Women’s Leadership Development

(from Ilana Mushin)

Women & Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s linguistics sector.

The initiative is providing women with grants of between $3,000 and $8,000 to enable participation in a range of leadership development programs.

The scholarship funding is provided with the specific intent of providing powerful and effective development opportunities for anthropology and linguistics sector women; however, the funding is strictly limited and has to be allocated prior to the end of this financial year.

Expressions of Interest

Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to 15th June:

Associate Professor Ilana Mushin
Linguistics Program
SLC Deputy Head of School

School of Languages and Cultures
University of Queensland
St Lucia, QLD 4072.

Ph. (07) 3365 6810
CRICOS Provider No: 00025B

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Recent PhD completions from the University of Melbourne

Recent PhD completions from the University of Melbourne

Mengyue Wu: “Perception and production of Cantonese tones by speakers with different linguistic experiences”

Rosey Billington: "The phonetics and phonology of the Lopit language"

Naoki Ikeda: "Measuring L2 oral pragmatic abilities for use in social contexts: development and validation of an assessment instrument for L2 pragmatics performance in university settings"

Marzooq Aldossary: "Peer feedback and the L2 writing of givers and receivers: A quantitative and qualitative longitudinal study involving Saudi students"

Yuka Kikuchi: "Writing development of second language tertiary learners of Japanese in Australia"

We warmly congratulate all of them.


Rachel Nordlinger has been promoted to Level E, Nick Thieberger to Level D, and Ute Knoch also to Level D.

Staff Movements

We are also sad to announce that several of our colleagues have recently left the department through resignation or retirement: Dr Celia Thompson, Dr Jean Mulder and Prof Tim McNamara. We are thankful for their contributions to the department over many years, and they will be sorely missed. Rumours have it that Celia has revived her music career, Jean is looking forward to helping migrants, and Tim will no doubt continue to do what he has always done, in all cases with panache.

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