Newsletter August 2017


Welcome to the latest 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.


Joe Blythe

News from the University of Western Australia


·    Ellison, T. Mark  & Luisa Miceli (2017). Language monitoring in bilinguals as a mechanism for rapid lexical divergence. Language 93(2): 255–287.

·    Miceli, Luisa & Alan Dench (2017). ‘The areal linguistics of Australia’. In Raymond Hickey, (ed.) The Cambridge Handbook of Areal Linguistics, 732–757. Cambridge: University Press. 

·    Tagliamonte, Sali, Alexandra D’Arcy & Celeste Rodríguez Louro. (2016). Outliers, impact and rationalization in linguistic change. Language 92(4): 824–849.


PhD candidate Amy Budrikis was awarded a 2016 ALS Research Grant ($3932) to support fieldwork for her project titled ‘Indigenous Perspectives on Intergenerational Language Transmission and Language Learning’.

Celeste Rodríguez Louro was awarded a DECRA ($350,000) to study storytelling in Aboriginal English speech communities in the Perth metropolitan area. The project summary is as follows:

This project aims to document patterns of variation and change in metropolitan Aboriginal English. Since colonisation, English has encroached on Australian languages, and Aboriginal English has emerged as a powerful carrier of ethnic identity. The project will quantitatively study how Aboriginal English storytelling functions cross-generationally, and whether global linguistic innovations are apparent. Exploring these dynamics is key to understanding language change in minority urban communities, and to refining educational programs to suit the needs of Indigenous children and youth. The project expects to inform the implementation of cross-cultural teaching programmes in Australia, helping teachers and curriculum developers to design materials, and to empower Indigenous Australians by documenting how Aboriginal English is changing.


Celeste Rodríguez Louro received a UWA 2017 Arts Excellence in Teaching Award for her teaching during 2016. This is Celeste’s second Excellence in Teaching in Award since joining UWA (the first one was awarded in 2014).


PhD candidate Amy Budrikis has recently returned from three successful fieldtrips working with the Noongar Boodjar Language Centre in Bunbury, the Goldfields Aboriginal Language Centre in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, and the Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring Centre in Kununurra. These field trips were generously funded by a 2016 research grant from the ALS.

PhD candidate David Moore has recently completed archival research in Adelaide, South Australia and Alice Springs, Northern Territory. He will continue research in Nürnberg, Germany in September 2017.

Academic Promotion

Celeste Rodríguez Louro was promoted to Level C in January 2017.

Fond Farewell

John Henderson retired on 7 July 2017. He will however continue to be affiliated to the Discipline as an Honorary Research Fellow.


UWA Linguistics welcomes Maïa Ponsonnet and Luisa Miceli to the team.

Maïa Ponsonnet has been hired on a continuing Level C position and will be joining UWA Linguistics in September 2017. She will be a DECRA Fellow until the end of her grant in early 2019 and a full-time teaching/research academic thereafter.

Luisa Miceli has been hired on a one-year contract. During this time, she will be teaching linguistics units across all levels and continuing her research on bilingualism, language change and Australian languages.


Celeste Rodríguez Louro’s second son is expected on 25 August 2017. Celeste will thus be on maternity leave until late 2018. Celeste’s DECRA will commence upon Celeste’s return.

Upcoming Workshops, Courses And Presentations

San Antonio, Texas, USA

Luisa Miceli (and Mark Ellison) have had their work accepted for presentation at the International Conference for Historical Linguistics hosted by The University of Texas, San Antonio (30 July to 3 August 2017). Their paper is titled ‘The Impact of Bilingual Production Monitoring on Non-Dominant Language Lexica’.

Paris, France

PhD candidate David Moore will attend The Fourteenth International Conference On The History of The Language Sciences, ICHoLS XIV from 28 August to 1 September, 2017 in Paris. His presentation is titled ‘Linguistic fieldwork in Central Australia in the early twentieth century’.

Regensburg, Germany

PhD candidate Sana Bharadwaj’s proposal was accepted to the International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE) Summer School to be held at the University of Regensburg, Germany in October 2017. The theme of this year’s Summer School is ‘Variation in World Englishes: advanced issues in theory and methodology’.

Canberra, Australia

Marie-Eve Ritz has been invited to teach a session on Tense, Aspect and Variation at the 3rd Summer School of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language to be held at the Australian National University from 27 November to 1 December 2017. A summary of the course is as follows:

This course aims to provide participants with a range of tools to analyse the semantics and pragmatics of tense, aspect and other time-expressions as well as their variation within and across languages. Theoretical concepts and methods of analysis are exemplified through a range of linguistic examples. Each session includes a case study providing an opportunity to understand how the concepts introduced integrate with each other concretely.

Sydney, Australia

Maïa Ponsonnet is organising a workshop titled ‘Emotion metaphors in Australian languages: the role of the body’ to be held during ALS2017. A summary appears below and more information is available on http://sydney.edu.au/arts/conference/als_2017/workshops.shtml
This workshop will explore emotion metaphors in Australian languages. Many Australian languages use body-part nouns – the belly, the heart, the throat, the eyes, among others – to describe emotions (Gaby, 2008; Peile, 1997; Ponsonnet, 2014a; Turpin, 2002). These body-parts are typically involved in lexicalized expressions or constructions, like with the Dalabon compound kangu-kurduh(mu) ‘belly’+‘blocked’ lit. ‘have a blocked belly’ for ‘feel anxious’ (Gunwinyguan, Non-Pama-nyungan). Some languages have a large cohort of such expressions, organized around key metaphors such as the resistance (e.g. ‘blocked belly’ above) or accessibility of the body-part in question (e.g. openness; Blakeman, 2015; Ponsonnet, 2014b, Chap 7-9). This workshop will explore these specific body-based emotion metaphors available in Australian languages, and of their respective frequency and geographical distribution across the continent. We will also consider whether non-body-based metaphors are attested, where, and under which linguistic conditions.

Celeste Rodríguez Louro is organising, together with Catherine Travis (ANU; CoEDL) and James Walker (La Trobe), the third meeting of Language Variation and Change, Australia. LVC-A 3 will take place on Monday 4 December as a pre-ALS2017 conference workshop – right before celebrations to honour the first 50 years of the ALS. A summary appears below and more information is available on http://sydney.edu.au/arts/conference/als_2017/pre-conferences.shtml

LVC-A is a biennial meeting of scholars interested in the quantitative
study of linguistic variability situated in its social context. Following
on from LVC-A 1 (2013) and LVC-A 2 (2015), LVC-A 3 will bring together the
latest language variation and change research currently being conducted in
Australia and the region. The focus is on work that presents an
accountable empirical analysis, utilising a viable statistical method (so
that observations are not due to chance but evaluated for statistical
significance), and an interpretation and explanation that makes reference
to (socio)linguistic theory.

PhD candidate Daniel Midgley will be a panelist in ‘Talking the Talkley: Popularising Linguistics’, organised by Lauren Gawne (La Trobe University) for ALS2017. Daniel has been the voice of linguistics on Perth community radio station RTRFM since 2009. He will discuss how to adapt academic skills when setting up a language story for a popular audience. Daniel will also be presenting a paper titled ‘Taking Linguistics Public’ as part of a ‘Linguistics in the Public Ear: Outreach via Podcasts and Radio’ panel to be held at the 92nd Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Salt Lake City, Utah on 4-7 January 2018.

Celeste Rodríguez Louro

News from James Cook University (Language and Culture Research Centre)

Current Events

Classifiers and genders in Amazonia and beyond: Cairns, 9-10 August 2017

Special Workshop of the Language and Culture Research Centre cast within the framework of Aikhenvald's Australian Laureate Fellowship 'How gender shapes the world: a linguistic perspective' focussing on multiple classifier systems and other noun categorization devices in focal families and areas of Amazonia and a number of other crucial regions of the world.

Convenors: Prof Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, Dr Elena Mihas


Wednesday 9 August

·    1.30  Official Opening and launch of Conversational structures in Alto Perené (Amsterdam: John Benjamins) (by Elena Mihas) and Commands: a cross-linguistic typology (Oxford: Oxford University Press; edited by Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald and R. M. W. Dixon), by Professor Sean Ulm, Deputy Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage

·    1.45  Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald:  Genders and classifiers: the framework

·    2.00  Pilar Valenzuela:  Classifiers in Kawapanan languages of Peru

·    3.00  Elena Mihas:  Genders and classifiers in Kampa (Arawak) languages of Peru

·    4.30  Luca Ciucci:  Possessive classifiers in Zamucoan languages

·    5.30  finish

Thursday 10 August

·    9.30  Kasia Wojtylak:  Verbal classifiers in Murui (Witotoan) – what are they?

·    11.00  Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald: A view from the North: genders and classifiers in Arawak languages of north-west Amazonia

·    12.00  Sihong Zhang:  The grammaticalisation of 'numeral plus classifier construction': a contrastive study of Chinese and Ersu

·    2.00  Bai Junwei: Classifiers in Munya, a Tibeto-Burman language

·    3.00  Nathan White: Classifiers in Hmong

·    4.30  Bob Dixon (moderator) — Discussion

LCRC members news

Pema Wangdi (MA ANU) started his PhD course at the LCRC. He is working on a comprehensive grammar of Brokpa, a Tibeto-Burman language of Bhutan.

Firew Girma Worku (MA University of Addis Ababa), a PhD student within Distinguished Professor Alexandra Aikhenvald's Australian Laureate Fellowship, is currently undertaking extensive fieldwork on Mursi, a little-known Nilo-Saharan language from Ethiopia.

Nicola (Nick) Piper, a PhD student within LCRC, is undertaking a period of extensive immersion fieldwork with speakers of Meriam Mir on Murray Island.

Dr Simon Overall has been awarded a lectureship at the University of Otago, New Zealand

Jolene Overall has been appointed as the LCRC's new Administrative Officer.

Distinguished Visitors at the LCRC

Professor Pilar Valenzuela (Chapman University, USA) is visiting the LCRC in August 2017, presenting a talk at the LCRC Special Workshop 'Classifiers and genders in Amazonia and Beyond' and working on various issues in Kawapanan languages.

Associate Professor Sihong Zhang (Vice-Dean of Anhui University of Traditional Medicine, Anhui Province, China, and Adjunct Fellow at the LCRC) will be visiting the LCRC, in the period between 23 July and 23 September working on various aspects of Ersu, a Tibeto-Burman language of China. He will be presenting a talk at the LCRC Special Workshop Amazonia and Beyond


Workshop on Reflexives and Reciprocals

commenced on 5 April and will run for several months. R. M. W. Dixon and Alexandra Aikhenvald presented an Initial Orientation (available upon request)

Roundtable meetings and Workshop

all roundtable meetings at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays in room D3-150 of the Cairns Institute building

·    Seminar, Wednesday 5 July, Elena Mihas: Phonotactic constraints in Rekinniki Koryak (Chukotko-Kamchatkan)

·    Seminar, Wednesday 12 July, Bai Junwei (Abe): Directional prefixes on verbs in Munya

·    Seminar, Wednesday 19 July, Rosita Henry: Bride price and prejudice: A visual ethnology of marriage and modernity in Mount Hagen

·    Workshop, Wednesday 26 July, Alexandra Aikhenvald: Reflexive and reciprocal constructions in Tariana

·    Seminar, Wednesday 2 August, Kasia Wojtylak: Linguistic features of the languages of the Caquetá-Putumayo River basins in north-west Amazonia

·    Seminar, Wednesday 16 Augus, Pilar Valenzuela: Andean features in Kawapanan languages

·    Seminar Wednesday 23 August, Darja Hoenigman: The significance of the incomprehensible in Awiakay and Meakambut songs

·    Seminar Wednesday 30 August, Nerida Jarkey and Hiroko Komatsu: Metaphorical uses of Japanese numeral classifiers: subjective construal and social values 

Everyone is most welcome

Alexandra (Sasha) Aikhenvald

News from ANU


·    Mayer, Elisabeth. 2017. Clitics on the move - variation in time and space. Mouton de Gruyter.

·    Mayer E and L Sánchez. 2017. ‘Variability at the interfaces: Clitics in Bilingual and Monolingual Andean Spanish’. Special Issue of International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, P Guijarro Fuentes and M Parafita Couto (eds).

·    Pawley, Andrew. 2017. Were the first Lapita colonisers of Remote Oceania farmers as well as foragers?  In Philip J. Piper, Hirofumi Matsumura and David Bulbeck eds, New perspectives in Southeast Asian and Pacific prehistory, 293-310. Terra Australia 45. Canberra: ANU Press.

·    Pawley, Andrew. 2017. She’s a cold wind, he’s a big tree: gender assignment to inanimates in Australian Vernacular English.  In Anna Rácová and Martina Bucková (eds) Studia Orientalia Victori Krupa dedicata, 149-174. Bratislava: Institute of Oriental Studies, Slovak Academy of Sciences.

Book launches

In early July, CoEDL Director Nick Evans and Deputy Director Jane Simpson launched Zhengdao Ye’s edited book The Semantics of Nouns. Contributors dedicate the book to Anna Wierzbicka. 

On Monday 14 August 2017, Anna Wierzbicka's new book, What Christians Believe: The Story of God and People, was launched Professor Peter Hill (SLLL) and Professor Cliff Goddard (Griffith).


CoEDL Associate Investigator Carmel O'Shannessy began a continuing appointment at ANU, in SLLL, CASS on July 1, coming to ANU from the University of Michigan.  Among other things she will be continuing an NSF grant #1348013 on the Documentation and acquisition of Light Warlpiri and Warlpiri, and teaching in SLLL.

In January 2017, Elisabeth Mayer was appointed Director of the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS).  ANCLAS aims to develop research and teaching in Latin American Studies, particularly in the fields of the social sciences and humanities, development studies, international relations and economics. The Centre also aims to promote mutual interest and exchange between Australian and Latin American scholars and to raise broader public awareness and understanding of Latin America in Australia.

Media interview

During NAIDOC week Carmel O'Shannessy was interviewed on Radio National’s Awaye program, talking about ‘Why Indigenous Languages Matter’; see http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/awaye/why-indigenous-languages-matter/8658802


At the congress of the Fédération Internationale des Traducteurs in Brisbane on 3 August 2017, Kevin Windle was awarded the Aurora Borealis Prize for the translation of non-fiction. This prize recognizes Kevin's excellence in translation of non-fiction literature. According to the jury, this prize signifies recognition as the “best of the best“ by Kevin's peers around the globe. Kevin has been translating for some 40 years, including for leading publishers such as Oxford University Press. His work, translating into English from nearly a dozen different languages, and across a wide range of subject areas, is described by his supporters as 'reliably brilliant'.


Summer Research Scholarships at ANU. There are a range of Summer Research Scholarships being offered by ANU, including projects related to variation in Australian English, the development of tools for analysis and visualisation, and Australian indigenous languages. This Summer Research Program is an exceptional research opportunity, providing the chance to be part of a dynamic research team, to engage in cutting edge research being carried out by the Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, and to gain insight into what studying Honours or a postgraduate research degree is all about. The program runs for eight weeks, from Monday 20 November 2017 to Friday 19 January 2018, and is open to Undergraduate students in their third or final year of their degree or Honours students, enrolled at a university in Australia or New Zealand. The scholarship includes full board on campus, a weekly allowance and return travel to Canberra. Applications close on 31 August. More information, including about the specific projects, can be found here: http://www.dynamicsoflanguage.edu.au/get-involved/vacancies/summer-scholars-program/. Please pass this on to your talented UG and Honours students. 


Exhibit on variation in Sydney English at the Powerhouse Museum: Sydney Speaks (http://www.dynamicsoflanguage.edu.au/sydney-speaks/), a project on variation in Australian English funded by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, is participating in an exhibition titled “This is a Voice”, running at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney from 11 August 2017 to 28 Jan 2018. The Sydney Speaks exhibit is an interactive tool that involves hearing clips of speakers and matching them with social characteristics (occupation, region, ethnicity and age), in an effort to make the public more aware of variation in Australian English and assumptions we make on the basis of the way people speak. It was developed by Catherine Travis, Cale Johnstone and James Grama (CoEDL, ANU), in collaboration with MAAS (Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and Australian Museum), and with the support of Barbara Horvath (Sydney University) and Caroline Jones (Western Sydney University). Please encourage anyone with an interest in language and who can get to the Powerhouse to go along and try this out. 

New PhD Students

Emma Browne commenced her PhD candidature with the School of Languages and Linguistics in the College of Arts and Social Sciences at ANU last month. Her doctoral research, supervised by Carmel O’Shanessy, explores language acquisition, negotiation and use in multilingual classrooms of remote central Australia.

Emma has worked in diverse language and education contexts from training foreign language teachers at the University of the Humanities, Ulaanbaatar (2008-2010), to interning on a project on social citizenship and social policy at the Institute of Social and Economic Research, Rhodes University (2012). Until 2016, she worked on Yuendumu School’s Bilingual Warlpiri/English program as a linguist attached to the Bilingual Resource Development Unit (BRDU). Her current role supporting language and culture programs in schools across the Northern Territory’s Barkly Region has sparked an interest in varieties of contact languages and sociolinguistic theories on language acquisition, multilingualism and language shift. 

PhD Thesis

Congratulations to Sally Dixon (ANU), on her doctoral thesis "Alyawarr children's present temporal reference in two closely-related speech varieties of central Australia", which has been passed with minor amendments.

Conferences, workshops, etc.

The ANU and CoEDL hosted the following workshops: Meta-categories: cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural and cross-temporal perspectives workshop (19 - 20 July 2017);  Diffusion & change in lexical semantics workshop, 5-6 July 2017.

8 people from ANU attended and presented papers at the 23th International Conference on Historical Linguistics (ICHL 23) at San Antonio Texas 31 July-4 August 2017 (Manuel Delicado Cantero, Don Daniels, T. Mark Ellison, Bethwyn Evans, Jennifer Hendriks, Siva Kalyan, Harold Koch, and Katerina Naitoro). The next ICHL conference will be held in Canberra in July 2019, with Bethwyn Evans, Simon Greenhill and Jennifer Hendriks as co-organisers.

Wayan Arka

News from Macquarie University


Professor Mehdi Riazi recently published a new book, Mixed Methods Research in Language Teaching and Learning (Equinox, 2017).

Exploring Discourse in Context and in Action, co-authored by late Emeritus Professor Chris Candlin, Associate Professor Stephen Moore and Dr Jonathan Crichton was recently published by Palgrave Macmillan (2017).

The book combines an authoritative examination of the field of discourse-based research with practical guidance on research design and development. The book is not prescriptive but instead invites expansive, innovative thinking about what discourse is, why it matters to people at particular sites and how it can be investigated. The authors identify a set of questions that, they argue, are crucial for understanding discourse. Part I of the book explores the implications of these questions, providing a comprehensive survey of relevant scholars, theories, concepts and methodologies. Part II addresses these implications, setting out a multi-perspectival approach to resourcing and integrating micro and macro perspectives in the description, interpretation and explanation of data. Part III offers wide-ranging resources to support further reflection and future research. Ultimately, this book offers a new research approach for students, researchers and practitioners in Applied Linguistics to encourage and support research that can be truly impactful through its relevance to social and professional practice.

Associate Professor Ilija Casule’s Burushaski Etymological Dictionary of the Inherited Indo-European Lexicon (LINCOM Press, 2017) recently appeared in the LINCOM Etymological Studies series. 

HDR achievements

Dr Shiva Motaghi-Tabari, who graduated at the April 2017 ceremony, is the winner of this year’s Michael Clyne Prize. The Michael Clyne Prize is awarded annually by the Australian Linguistics Society for the best postgraduate research thesis in immigrant bilingualism and language contact. Shiva received the prize for her thesis on Bidirectional language learning in migrant families.

Dr Alexandra Grey is one of two joint winners of the 2017 Australian PhD Prize for Innovations in Linguistics. Alex was awarded the prize for her thesis entitled How do language rights affect minority languages in China? An ethnographic investigation of the Zhuang minority language under conditions of rapid social change. The thesis also received a Vice-chancellor’s Commendation in recognition of its exceptionally high standard.

Longjiao Sui received a Vice-chancellor’s Commendation for her MPhil thesis Are simultaneous interpreters subject to the central processing bottleneck during language production? The research was completed under the supervision of Dr Haidee Kruger, Associate Professor Jan-Louis Kruger, and Dr Helen Slatyer.

Julien Millasseau completed his PhD thesis: The acquisition of voicing contrasts in Australian English-speaking 4-year-olds, supervised by Distinguished Professor Katherine Demuth and Dr Laurence Bruggeman.

Workshop report: The Developing Lexicon Workshop (26-27 April, Macquarie University)

The Child Language Lab hosted the two-day workshop “The Developing Lexicon: Representations and Processes” hosted by sponsored by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD), the Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS) and the ARC Laureate Fellowship held by Distinguished Professor Katherine Demuth. International guests were Professor Bob McMurray (University of Iowa, USA), who discussed how children may not yet recognise words as easily and quickly as adults; Professor Paul Boersma (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands), who discussed deep learning computer simulations of the lexicon; and Professor Paula Fikkert (Radboud University, The Netherlands), who spoke about the surprising phenomenon that infants and toddlers notice a change from “p” to “t”, but not vice versa!

Field work on Gija conversation

In April Dr Joe Blythe conducted a short ten-day fieldtrip to Warmun in Western Australia. Joe is working with Jarragan expert Frances Kofod on his Macquarie University New Staff grant “Multiparty conversation in Gija, an endangered language of the East Kimberley, WA.”

Haidee Kruger

News from University of Sydney



Dr Yaegan Doran’s book The Discourse of Physics: Building Knowledge through Language, Mathematics and Image is set to be published by Routledge in September. From the book description:

The Discourse of Physics ‘provides a detailed model of both the discourse and knowledge of physics and offers insights toward developing pedagogy that improves how physics is taught and learned. Building on a rich history of applying a Systemic Functional Linguistics approach to scientific discourse, the book uses an SFL framework, here extended to encompass the more recently developed Systemic Functional Multimodal Discourse Analysis approach, to explore the field’s multimodal nature and offer detailed descriptions of three of its key semiotic resources – language, image, and mathematics. To complement the book’s SFL underpinnings, Doran draws on the sociological framework of Legitimation Code Theory, which offers tools for understanding the principles of how knowledge is developed and valued, to explore the manifestation of knowledge in physics specifically and its relationship with discourse. Through its detailed descriptions of the key semiotic resources and its analysis of the knowledge structure of physics, this book is an invaluable resource for graduate students and researchers in multimodality, discourse analysis, educational linguistics, and science education.’

A/Prof Monika Bednarek's co-authored book The Discourse of News Values (Oxford University Press) is now available as hardcover, paperback or e-book. From the book description:

‘The Discourse of News Values breaks new ground in news media research in offering the first book-length treatment of the discursive construction of news values through words and images. Monika Bednarek and Helen Caple combine in-depth theoretical discussion with detailed empirical analysis to introduce their innovative analytical framework: discursive news values analysis (DNVA). DNVA allows researchers to systematically investigate how reported events are "sold" to audiences as "news" (made newsworthy) through the semiotic resources of language and image.’

More information is available on the book’s companion website at https://www.newsvaluesanalysis.com/.

Prof Nick Enfield’s edited book Dependencies in Language: On the Causal Ontology of Linguistic Systems was recently published by Language Science Press. This open access book is available here:


From the book’s jacket blurb:

‘Dependency is a fundamental concept in the analysis of linguistic systems. The many if-then statements offered in typology and grammar-writing imply a causally real notion of dependency that is central to the claim being made—usually with reference to widely varying timescales and types of processes. But despite the importance of the concept of dependency in our work, its nature is seldom defined or made explicit. This book brings together experts on language, representing descriptive linguistics, language typology, functional/cognitive linguistics, cognitive science, research on gesture and other semiotic systems, developmental psychology, psycholinguistics, and linguistic anthropology to address the following question: What kinds of dependencies exist among language-related systems, and how do we define and explain them in natural, causal terms?’

Other publications

·    Bednarek, M. (2017) The role of dialogue in fiction. In: Miriam Locher & Andreas H. Jucker (eds). Pragmatics of Fiction. Berlin/New York: de Gruyter Mouton: 129-158.

·    Bednarek, M. (2017) (Re-)circulating popular television: Audience engagement and corporate practices – with special focus on The Big Bang Theory. In: Janus Mortensen, Nikolas Coupland & Jacob Thøgersen (eds). Style, Mediation and Change. Sociolinguistic Perspectives on Talking Media. Oxford: Oxford University Press: 115-140.

·    Mahboob, A. (2017). The power of language in textbooks: Shaping futures, shaping identities. Asian Englishes.

·    Mahboob, A., Jacobsen, B., Kemble, M., & Xu, Z. (2017). Money for language: Aboriginal language funding in Australia. Current Issues in Language Planning.

·    Mahboob, A. & Lin, A. (2017). Local languages as a resource in (language) education. In A. F. Selvi & Rudolph, N. (Eds) Contextualizing Education for Glocal Interaction: Issues and Implications. New York: Springer.


Prof. Nick Enfield has been appointed as director of the Sydney Social Science and Humanities Advanced Research Centre. A/Prof Monika Bednarek is the new Chair of Linguistics.

Dr Mark Post (UNE) will be joining the Department early next year.

Dr Maïa Ponsonnet will be moving to Perth in early September, to take up a continuing position as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Western Australia. She will remain an Affiliate with the Linguistics Department.


Dr Tania Fahey Palma (Lecturer in Linguistics & Dean of Chinese Affairs at the University of Aberdeen) will be visiting the Department of Linguistics from September 2017 to January 2018 under the competitive Visiting Research Fellowship Scheme offered by the School of Literature, Art and Media.

Other news

June 30 saw the kick-off of Prof Nick Enfield’s Australian Research Council Discovery Project “Do Language Boundaries Stabilize Ethnic Boundaries?” The project will involve contributions from researchers both in Sydney and overseas (from Ann Arbor, Hong Kong, and Bangkok). Preparations are under way for research to take place in Laos toward producing three new descriptive grammars, and an analysis of the social relations between the three closely neighbouring speech communities. Stay posted!

Monika Bednarek

News from Language Intelligence

The staff at Language Intelligence (http://languageintel.org/) have seen a number of high-profile engagements in the last few months arising from their acknowledged expertise in Forensic Linguistics applications, Phonetics, Phonology, Typology and the languages and social histories of Asia and the Pacific.

Dr. Mark Donohue returned from delivering the plenary address at the 25th Manchester Phonology Meeting (http://www.lel.ed.ac.uk/mfm/25mfm) in May, and spent the month of June finalising his course preparations for the 2017 Linguistic Society of America Linguistics Institute, held this year at the University of Kentucky (http://lsa2017.uky.edu). In addition to his teaching, Mark forged a number of partnerships for future collaborations. Mark Donohue has accepted the appointment as Senior Director (Asia-Pacific region) at the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages (http://livingtongues.org/welcome-mark/).

Dr. Paul Sidwell has been invited to The Max Plank Institute for the Science of Human History for four weeks as a visiting scientist to work with the director Russel Gray on the question of Austroasiatic language history, and to model the diffusion of agriculture in mainland Southeast Asia. Following this he will be a guest at the Department of Linguistics, University of Zürich for ten days, collaborating Dr. Mathias Jenny for final preparation for the ICAAL-7 meeting in Kiel (http://www.isfas.uni-kiel.de/de/linguistik/icaal2017). Paul and Mathias will be following the success of The Handbook of Austroasiatic Languages (Brill, 2015) by laying the groundwork for the first draft of De Gruyter Mouton’s ambitious forthcoming Languages and Linguistics of Mainland Southeast Asia.

In between their international engagements Drs Donohue and Sidwell have been continuing to assist federal and state police with forensic investigations into criminal and terrorist matters. We are also looking forward to continuing our collaborations with federal authorities providing applied research services in areas of national security.

Always keen to explore opportunities with other qualified persons, Language Intelligence invites interested  people to contact them about collaboration (language.intel@gmail.com).

Mark Donohue

Upcoming Conferences

Maximising the potential for proficient reading in young people with hearing loss: What does the evidence tell us?

CLaS-CCD Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney, 7-8 Novr 2017

Learning to read is arguably a child's most important academic achievement, comprising a large portion of instruction in the early school years and contributing throughout the subsequent academic journey. It is of significant concern, therefore, that children with hearing loss typically underachieve in reading. In this workshop, organised by the Centre for Language Sciences, we will address two related issues concerning the development of reading skills in children and adolescents with hearing loss.

1. Which cognitive and linguistic skills and abilities are associated with good reading outcomes in this population?

2. What methods of reading instruction are most effective?

To address these issues, the workshop brings together researchers who work in diverse settings, both nationally and internationally, to gain a better understanding of reading development and instruction in children and adolescents with hearing loss.  Submissions are welcome on all research exploring these reading-related issues in children or adolescents who communicate using oral language or sign. The workshop will include keynote addresses and invited talks by experts in the fields of psycholinguistics, developmental psychology, and audiology. 

Invited speakers

Dr Jill Duncan (The University of Newcastle, Australia)

Dr Megan Gilliver (National Acoustic Laboratories, Sydney, Australia)

Dr Fiona Kyle (City University of London, UK)

Professor Amy R Lederberg (Georgia State University, USA)

Professor Greg Leigh (Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, Sydney, Australia)

Location: Level 1 Lecture Theatre, Australian Hearing Hub, Macquarie University

Registration is free

We invite submissions of abstracts for oral presentations of 15 or 30 minutes duration. Oral presentations can describe research, practice or education work related to the workshop themes. Regardless of your primary focus, the abstract should make clear how your project adds to current knowledge. 

For registration and abstract submission, please use links to templates provided on the workshop webpage.

Important Dates:

8 September 2017 - Deadline for abstract submission

22 September 2017 - Notification of acceptance

27 October 2017 - Registration deadline

7-8 November 2017 - Workshop

Organisers: Linda Cupples, Rosalind Thornton, Mridula Sharma

Sponsors: Macquarie University Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS) and ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders

Rosemary Eliott

Australian Eye-tracking Conference 2018 (AusET2018), Macquarie University, 26-28 April 2018


Call for Papers: Framing the Future of Eye-Tracking Research

The Australian Eye-Tracking Conference 2018 is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary conference with the primary goal of providing a forum for cutting-edge eye-tracking research.

Advances in eye-movement technology have allowed researchers to engage with previously impregnable research questions across diverse disciplines and areas, including developmental science, neuro-cognition, linguistics, communication, education, applied perspectives and clinical research.

Progress in knowledge and technology, as well as ever-evolving methods of data analysis, are bringing new opportunities as well as challenges. These advances will be explored in depth at AusET2018, providing opportunities for researchers to discuss the latest approaches to eye-tracking research, including the combination of eye-tracking with other types of data (e.g. EEG and keystroke logging).

The conference will bring together international and local researchers from academia and industry to engage with eye-movement research, and encourage new collaborations across disciplines and institutions. This network of diverse backgrounds, expertise and methodologies will enhance innovation, and contribute to a dynamic future for eye-movement research.

Keynote Speakers:

·    Valerie Benson, Senior Lecturer Psychology (University of Southampton)

·    Scott Johnson, Professor of Psychology, Director of the Baby Lab (University of California)

·    Simon Liversedge, Professor of Psychology, Deputy Head (Research) and Co‑Director of the Centre for Vision and Cognition (University of Southampton)

·    Romina Palermo, Associate Professor of Psychological Science (The University of Western Australia)

Talks, Posters and Symposia

We invite abstracts of original research using eye-tracking as method. See website for more information (www.mq.edu.au/eye-tracking)
Early Due Date: 2 October 2017 (For notification on 13 November 2017)
Final Due Date: 13 November 2017 (For notification on 15 January 2018)

Haidee Kruger

Jobs, grants, and scholarships

Jalwang Scholarship

Glenn Windschuttel (Newcastle). Glenn’s PhD is on Kui, a Papuan language spoken on the island of Alor in eastern Indonesia. Kui is highly endangered - younger speakers are switching to Malay, the local lingua franca, and older speakers are concerned about loss of the language. Glenn has been awarded $4,250 to work with the community to publish and distribute a bilingual collection of stories to encourage interest in the language and provide opportunity for its use. This project was developed in consultation with local community members on previous fieldtrips.

Bill Palmer

The 2017 Australian PhD Prize for Innovations in Linguistics

Isabel O'Keeffe and Alexandra Grey are the joint winners of the fifth Australian PhD Prize for Innovations in Linguistics for their theses entitled 'Multilingual manyardi/kun-borrk: Manifestations of multilingualism in the classical song traditions of western Arnhem Land' (O'Keeffe) and 'How do language rights affect minority languages in China? An ethnographic investigation of the Zhuang minority language under conditions of rapid social change' (Grey). These theses were outstanding pieces of innovative, creative, and personal linguistic scholarship. All other submissions were of an extremely high standard. This is good news for the present and future of boundary pushing in Australian linguistics.

The Australian PhD Prize for Innovations in Linguistics is a $500 prize begun in 2013 awarded to the best PhD(s) (judged by the Panel) which demonstrate(s) methodological and theoretical innovations in Australian linguistics (e.g. studies in toponymy, language and ethnography, language and musicology, linguistic ecology, language identity and self, kinship relationships, island languages, spatial descriptions in language, Australian creoles, and language contact). The notice for 2018 submissions will appear in early 2018 in the ALS newsletter.


Job openings at the LCRC

A Research Fellowship in Linguistics (commencing 1 January 2018) has been advertised, for three years, preferably with a focus on a language, or languages, from New Guinea. The deadline for the application is 20 August 2017. (This is a different position from the five-year one recently advertised by the LCRC which closed on 16 July 2017).

The Research Fellow will play a critical role within the Language and Culture Research Centre (LCRC), College of Arts, Society and Education located in the Division of Tropical Environments & Societies. This is a fixed-term, full-time position ideally starting on 1  January 2018 until  December 2020, located at the Cairns campus.

Classified as Academic Level B the remuneration ranges from $89,859 to $106,029, per annum plus 17.0% employer contributed superannuation

The advertisement and the Application guide can be found at the jobs@jcu website:  https://www.jcu.edu.au/careers-at-jcu/vacancies.

Alexandra (Sasha) Aikhenvald

About ALS

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