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