Newsletter November 2016


Welcome to the latest Newsletter of the Australian Linguistic Society. This will be the last one I am editing, as I will step down from the position of Associate Secretary of the Australian Linguistic Society at this year's AGM. It was a pleasure receiving all your news over the last 6 years.

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.


Andrea Schalley

ALS Office Bearers

For a list of ALS Office Bearers, see here. This list has been put together from ALS newsletters and other sources. If you have more information, please contact the ALS secretary at secretary-at-als.asn.au. Thank you!

Nick Thieberger

ALS and ALAA conferences from 5th-9th December (overlapping day on the 7th)

Draft programs are now up for both the ALS and ALAA conferences: http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/alaa-als-2016/

Don’t forget to register!!

A couple of events to note:

There will be drinks and book launches on Wednesday evening at 5.30. Books being launched are:

  • Linguistic Diversity and Social Justice (Author: Ingrid Piller, Publisher: Oxford University Press),
  • Rethinking Second Language Learning: Using Intergenerational Community Resources. (Editors: Marisa Cordella and Hui Huang, Publisher: Multilingual Matters) and
  • Understanding Language Change (Authors: Kate Burridge and Alexander Bergs, Publisher: Routledge)

Dinner on the Thursday evening is at the historic Young and Jackson Hotel — in the city, corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets. The hotel is probably best known for its famous nude painting Chloé (by Jules Joseph Lefebvre in 1875). Note that we have booked the entire first floor for this dinner.

Sign up for the dinner now to avoid disappointment!

And a workshop before the conference:

Semiotic registers and variation in the Australian context

Tuesday 6 December 2016 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)

This workshop will take advantage of the presence of Professor Asif Agha to explore some of his ideas in an Australian context. The workshop will begin with an introduction by Zane Goebel (LaTrobe University), will include presentations on variation and register in Indigenous Australia, Australian English, Auslan and community languages, concluding with discussion led by Professor Agha.  A detailed program will be available shortly.


Contact: Simon Musgrave (Simon.Musgrave-at-monash.edu)

Kate Burridge

News from the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages

Children Build New Digital Language Resource in Robinvale

In September 2016 VACL staff travelled via the flood diversions to Robinvale to work with VACL board member Brendan Kennedy and the Tati Tati, Mutti Mutti, Latji Latji and Wadi Wadi communities.

In a series of workshops over three days, a group of children were given the opportunity to create artwork, take photographs and record language words and songs for an upcoming app to be released featuring languages from North West Victoria.

Using iPads, cameras and art materials the children set out to illustrate close to 100 words for the upcoming Tyalingi App. The group were also recorded singing burpi, niti, partingi, thinangi (heads, shoulders, knees, toes) as part of a suite of songs which will also feature in the app. Children were then given the opportunity to individually practice and record Tati Tati, Mutti Mutti, Latji Latji and Wadi Wadi words with Brendan.

Brendan Kennedy runs the Robinvale Language Program Yakila Yarna Thalingi (Learning to Speak Language) at Robinvale P-12 College.

For more information on Yakila Yarna Thanlingi click here

Songs from Brendan Kennedy's book Wangilatha Wangu nga Kiyawatha will also feature in the upcoming app.

Aboriginal Languages Resonate Across Melbourne at Tanderrum Ceremony

On the 5th of October the fourth annual Tanderrum Ceremony took place at Federation Square. This ceremony is a traditional Eastern Kulin gathering comprising of 5 language groups, Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri), Boon wurrung, Taungurung, Dja Dja wurrung and Wathaurong. VACL assisted with extra support in language translations, pronunciation for each of the language groups, as well as the recorded voiceover component. VACL staff who are part of the Kulin Nation also participated in the ceremony.

In Tanderrum, the lore of the creator spirit Bunjil is acknowledged and the vibrant living culture of this country is celebrated. Tanderrum is significant as the ceremony wasn’t practiced in Melbourne between 1835 and 2013. Now every year the different groups of the Kulin nation meet to practise in the months leading up to the ceremony where the hours of work are well and truly evident in this outstanding event. Tanderrum attracts thousands of people to witness the rich linguistic and cultural knowledge of the people of the Kulin Nation in the combination of traditional songs, dances and ceremony.

To see more images from Tanderrum click here

To watch a video from the making of Tanderrum click here

Singing from Country: New Songs to Celebrate Old Knowledge

Four talented musicians have come together for Singing from Country, a project that aims to create music that connects people to place. Neil Murray,  Kavisha Mazzella, Carl Pannuzzo and Eva Popov are the songwriters that will participate in the program where they will learn about the role of the Dja Dja Wurrung language in connecting to place, people and seasons. VACL has been involved in the Singing from Country project through linking participants to local community to provide knowledge to songwriters and through giving cultural guidance. VACL’s Executive Officer Paul Paton spoke about the importance of this project that connects language and song, “Victoria’s Aboriginal Languages reflect a deep connection to the land, providing us wisdom about how to care for it.” VACL’s Community Linguist, Christina Eira and Dja Dja Wurrung woman Rebecca Philips facilitated workshops about aspects of knowledge and language.

This is the first stage of the project, which will eventually expand across Victoria. “Music is a universal language. It tells stories. It helps communicate love for land, deepen knowledge of country and strengthen community. People singing together about country is a powerful force for uniting and galvanizing action” said Terry White, the project’s creator. This October a community gathering will provide the opportunity to share the wisdom of key knowledge holders and hear from the community where all interested community members, both from within the region and outside, are welcome to attend.  The gathering will include a showcase concert where the four songwriters will unveil their songs. Local choir-leaders will then arrange and rehearse the new songs with their singing groups, culminating in a performance of the songs by choirs in a celebratory event as part of Castlemaine State Festival in March 2017.

Singing from Country launched with a Workshop and Concert as part of the 2016 Maldon Folk Festival, October 29th 2016

For more information about the project visit the Community Music Victoria website or join the Singing from Country Facebook Group

Dungala Writing Awards 2016

The fifth Dungala Kaiela Writers Awards Ceremony took place on Friday October 28 in Shepparton. Winners are listed here on facebook. The theme for 2016 is "Express Yourself" and includes all kinds of writing from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with connection to the Goulburn Valley region.

Emma Hutchinson

News from the Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity

The RNLD is thrilled to report that the first students have graduated from our Certificate III in Aboriginal Languages for Communities and Workplaces. After six years of successfully delivering flexible, skills-based workshops to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people around the country, the RNLD gained national accreditation for the Certificate III in 2015. This year we launched the certificate in two sites in Western Australia — at Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre in Port Hedland and Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring Language and Culture Centre in Kununurra. In October, seventeen proud Indigenous language workers, teachers and activists from these sites were the first in Australia to graduate with this qualification, which consists of 13 units delivered in three intensive blocks. An NITV article Meet the 10 achievers of their Certificate III in Aboriginal Languages for Communities and Workplaces reports on the course and our first cohort of graduates from Kununurra WA (http://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2016/10/14/meet-10-achievers-their-certificate-iii-aboriginal-languages-communities-and).

The RNLD's nationally accredited Certificate II in Master-Apprentice Language Learning Program will be launched in Ceduna, South Australia in February next year. Many of this year’s Certificate III graduates are likely to go on to be the first to enrol in RNLD’s Certificate IV in Documenting and Revitalising Indigenous Languages in 2018, in which they will continue to develop their skills in linguistics and documentation in order to lead the revitalisation of their own languages. Each of the certificate programs is delivered under a partnership agreement with the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (www.ailc.org.au).

Margaret Florey

News from the University of New England


Ellis, E.M. (2016.) The plurilingual TESOL Teacher: The hidden languaged lives of TESOL teachers and why they matter. de Gruyter Mouton, Berlin and New York.

New PhD students

  • Padraic Quinn is investigating attitudes to dialects in Colombian Spanish, with a focus on the acting profession. Supervisors A/Prof Liz Ellis and Prof. Jeff Siegel.
  • Prerna Bakshi will be researching language-in-education policy and the educational status and role of Mewati, a dialect generally subsumed under Hindi. Supervisors Dr Finex Ndhlovu and Dr Cindy Schneider.


Emeritus Professor Jeff Siegel was plenary speaker at the Multilingual Repertoires and Multilingual Discourse conference (UWS, Oct 26-28). At the same conference, Adjunct Professor Diana Eades presented the paper: "Problematising the term 'Aboriginal English'", and PhD student Arvind Iyengar presented a paper entitled "Becoming biphonological: The acquisition of a second 'accent'".

PhD student Thoai Ton will be presenting at the International Conference of Taiwanese and Vietnamese (Tawian, Nov 12-14).

Report from Joshua Nash

After a triumphant return from three months of successful linguistic fieldwork on Pitcairn Island and then hotfooting it to South Korea for a conference on sea names, Joshua Nash found the time to guest edit the following collection of papers in Island Studies Journal on island toponymies: http://www.islandstudies.ca/node/479.

He also got lost somewhere between 'Mt Buggery and Nowhere' in his placenaming adventures and wrote an article about Eamon Evans's book of the same title in The Conversation: https://theconversation.com/buggered-if-i-know-where-i-am-the-stories-behind-australias-weird-and-wonderful-place-names-66923.

Cindy Schneider

News from the University of Newcastle

Newton-John Award

On October 21st, the University of Newcastle Alumnae announced its annual awards. The recipient of the prestigious Newton-John award this year was Conjoint Associate Professor Doug Absalom, former long serving treasurer and life member of the Australian Linguistic Society. The award is made annually for achievements displaying innovation and cultural impact. Doug's award was in recognition of his inaugurating the Aboriginal Education Centre and the English Language Centre at Newcastle University during the 1980s and 90s. The Aboriginal Education Centre, now Wollotuka and Umiliko, has grown to such an extent that Newcastle Universty boasts the largest number of indiginous graduates in Australia. The Language Centre has also grown to be a leading provider of ESL courses and, in his acceptance speech, Doug acknowledged the work of Prof John Lester and Assoc. Prof Seamus Fagan for their work in extending the two centres to their present prominent level. Doug also acknowledged the huge contribution of his late wife, Lynne, who had been the Language Centre's first teacher, and who now had a University memorial scholarship named after her. A further thankyou went to Professor Bryn Newton-John himself who had supported Doug's efforts to enrol in post-graduate studies by requesting the NSW Education Department to defer his teaching commitment in 1966. The award sees Doug join an emminent list of graduates from Newcastle, including last year's winner, Jonathan Biggins.

Doug Absalom

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

Competitive Research Grants

Professor Alexandra Aikhenvald (JCU), Professor R. M. W. Dixon (JCU), Dr Nerida Jarkey (University of Sydney) (Chief Investigators), Professor Dr Anne Storch (University of Cologne) and Professor Maarten Mous (University of Leiden) (Partner Investigators) have been awarded an ARC Discovery Project 'The integration of language and society' (2017-2020). The summary of the project is as follows:

All human societies show pervasive similarities and all languages share recurrent features. Reaching beyond these, the project aims to study (a) substantial social and life-style differences, and (b) particular features of language structure, seeking associations between these. Viewing society and language as an integrated whole, the project team will focus on areas in PNG, Africa, East Asia, Amazonia and Australia, studying related groups in contrasting physical and social environments. Inductive generalisations concerning significant associations between societal and language parameters (eg varying techniques of address relating to articulated kin systems, and social hierarchy) aim to provide insight into the human dynamic.

The Project includes a Post-Doctoral research Fellowship, to work on a poorly documented language of the East Sepik Province, which will be advertised very soon. For more information, please write to Alexandra.Aikhenvald-at-jcu.edu.au.

New PhD students starting

Inti Aedo Orozco (MA Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz) started her PhD in October 2016. She will be working on Kamula, from the Western Province in PNG.

LCRC members news

  • Firew Girma Worku (MA University of Addis Ababa) started his PhD in July 2016, within Distinguished Professor Alexandra Aikhenvald's Australian Laureate Fellowship. He is currently preparing to undertake extensive fieldwork on Mursi, a little-known Nilo-Saharan language from Ethiopia.
  • Thanks to the efforts of Dr Luca Ciucci, a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the LCRC, the historical manuscript “Vocabulario de la lengua Chiquita” by Father Ignacio Chomé was declared World's Documentary Heritage by UNESCO. This is of extreme importance for the maintenance and the preservation of Chiquitano, a linguistic isolate spoken in Bolivia, and the object of study by Dr Ciucci.
  • Martin Kohlberger (University of Leiden) has been appointed Adjunct Fellow at the LCRC.
  • Dr Hiroko Sato (University at Hawai'i at Manoa) has been appointed Adjunct Fellow at the LCRC.
  • Bai Junwei (Abe), a PhD student at the LCRC, is currently undertaking fieldwork on Munya, a Tibeto-Burman language of China.

Visiting Fellows at LCRC in the second half of 2016

  • Martin Kohlberger (MA University of Edinburgh) is a PhD student at Leiden University. He will spend November and December 2016 at the LCRC working on his PhD 'A grammar of Shiwiar'.
  • Joseph Brooks (MA University of California Santa Barbara) is a PhD student at the University of California Santa Barbara. He will be spending the month of December at LCRC working on his PhD 'Realis and irrealis distinctions in Chini'.
  • Angelika Mietzner (PhD, University of Cologne), Researcher at the Institute for African Studies, University of Cologne, will be at the LCRC in November 2016 within the DAAD/Universities of Australia Project 'Creativity in language:secret codes, special styles & linguistic taboo'.

New books published and accepted for publication

  • Aedo Orozco, Inti. 2016. Evaluatives in Grammar. Munich: Lincom Europa.
  • Alvanoudi, Angeliki. Forthcoming. Language contact, borrowing and code switching: Greek in Australia. London: Palgrave Macmillan (contract signed July 2016, scheduled early 2017).
  • Mihas, Elena. 2016. Conversational structures of Alto Perene (Arawak). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Special event

Tuesday 22 November: Dr Angelika Mietzner (University of Cologne) - 'Facial expressions, gestures and whistled words: alternative ways of communicating information and emotion among the Cherang'any of Kenya'

Roundtable meetings and workshop

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

  • Seminar, Wednesday 16 November: Olga Maxwell - 'Intonation and Prosodic Marking of Prominence in Educated Indian English'
  • Seminar, Wednesday 30 November: Inti Aedo Orozco - 'Evaluatives in grammar'
  • Seminar, Wednesday 7 December: Martin Kohlberger - 'Initial insights from the multilingual Sibundoy Valley (Colombia)'
  • End-of-year Roundtable, Wednesday 14 December

All are most welcome.

More to follow — watch our site https://research.jcu.edu.au/lcrc.

Alexandra (Sasha) Aikhenvald

News from La Trobe University

General news

La Trobe's Department of Languages and Linguistics and the Centre for Research on Language Diversity are really pleased to announce the following:

  • The appointment of Professor Victor Friedman to a 2-year position at La Trobe in Linguistics to undertake high level research, supervision of Higher Degree Students and presenting a number of workshops on topics, including 'Balkans Linguistics, Evidentiality, Contact Linguistics and the Lak Language (Caucasus)'.
  • The appointment of Dr. Lauren Gawne to a 3 year David Myers Fellowship to conduct research on the following project: What does it mean to speak Yolmo? Language change, maintenance and use in cultural expression

In other news, Marija Tabain, Richard Beare and Casey Tait have put together a clickable map for the illustrations of the IPA, which may be of use for those teaching phonetics and phonology: https://richardbeare.github.io/marijatabain/ipa_illustrations_all.html



  • Wednesday, 5th October: Wes Robertson - ‘Script choice and indexicality in Japanese’.
  • Thursday, 13th October: Zach Li - ‘Bialbial trills in Namuyi Khatho’.
  • Wednesday, 9th November: Kirri Dangerfield - ‘Investigating the teamwork practices of sign language interpreters’.


  • Wednesday, 16th November: Jurgen Schoepf.
  • Thursday, 24th November: Marija Tabain.
  • Monday, 12th December: Kathleen Curry-Hall.
Sally Bowman

News from the University of Melbourne

Congratulations to Bill Forshaw and Isabel O’Keeffe whose PhDs have been passed with minor revisions!

William Forshaw ‘Little Kids, Big Verbs: the acquisition of Murrinhpatha bipartite stem verbs’. Available online at: https://minerva-access.unimelb.edu.au/handle/11343/119578. Supervisors Rachel Nordlinger and Barbara Kelly.

Isabel O’Keeffe 'Multilingual manyardi/kun-borrk: Manifestations of multilingualism in the manyardi/kun-borrk song traditions of western Arnhem Land’. Supervisors Rachel Nordlinger and Linda Barwick (University of Sydney).

Rachel Nordlinger

News from the University of Western Australia


  • Moore, David. (2016). Altjira, Dream and God. In Cox, James L. & Adam Possamai (Eds.) Religion and non-religion among Australian Aboriginal Peoples. London: Routledge. 85–108.
  • Richard, Sophie & Celeste Rodríguez Louro. (2016). Narrative-embedded variation and change: The sociolinguistics of the Australian English Narrative Present Perfect. In Werner, Valentin, Elena Seoane & Cristina Suárez-Gómez (Eds.) Re-assessing the Present Perfect. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 119–146.
  • Rodríguez Louro, Celeste. (2016). Review of Buchstaller, Isabelle. 2014. Quotatives: New trends and sociolinguistic implications. Malden: Wiley-Blackwell. English World-Wide 37(1): 103–108.
  • Rodríguez Louro, Celeste. (2016). Indefinite past reference and the Present Perfect in Argentinian Spanish. Studies in Language. 40 (3): 622–647.

Conference Presentations and Invited Talks

  • Sana Bharadwaj, “Between the home and the host: Capturing language variation and change in Australia’s multilingual migrant communities”. New Ways of Analyzing Variation 45, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. November 3-6, 2016. 
  • Sana Bharadwaj, “Stories of migration: Capturing language variation and change in Australia’s multilingual migrant communities”. Multilingual Repertoires and Multilingual Discourse, Western Sydney University, New South Wales. October 26-28, 2016. 
  • David Moore, “German philological influences in twentieth century Australian fieldwork”. Peter Sutton Celebration and Colloquium, Adelaide, South Australia. August 20-21, 2016.
  • David Moore, “Missionary linguistics and fieldwork in Central Australia 1890-1910”. Society for the History of Linguistics in the Pacific, 5th Conference, Potsdam, Germany, September 5-7, 2016.
  • David Moore, “Missionary fieldwork in the linguistics landscape of Central Australia 1890-1910”, Henry Sweet Society Colloquium, Pembroke College Cambridge, England. September 13-15, 2016.
  • Amy Budrikis, “Complex: A quick sketch of the loss and survival of Australia’s Indigenous languages”. Three Minute Thesis Competition, University of Western Australia. September 8, 2016.
  • Sophie Richard, “The Narrative Present Perfect in Australian English – Perplexed much?” 10th Historical Sociolinguistics Network (HiSoN) Summer School, Leiden University, The Netherlands. July 31-August 7, 2016.
  • Amy Budrikis, “Part-speakers’ experiences of using endangered languages with children in Indigenous Australian communities”. Headstart Arts Postgraduate Student Conference, University of Western Australia. June 30, 2016.
  • Sana Bharadwaj, “Stories of the Indian diaspora: Problematising issues in the study of migrant communities in Australia”. Headstart Arts Postgraduate Student Conference, University of Western Australia. June 30, 2016. 
  • Sophie Richard, “The Australian Narrative Present Perfect: Indexing working-class masculinity”. Sociolinguistics Symposium 21, Universidad de Murcia, Spain. June 15-18, 2016.
  • Celeste Rodríguez Louro, Sophie Richard & Sana Bharadwaj, “Another story: The impact of narrative and non-narrative discourse on be like”. Sociolinguistics Symposium 21, Universidad de Murcia, Spain. June 15-18, 2016.
  • Celeste Rodríguez Louro & Guro Nore Fløgstad, “Gauging expansion in synchrony: The Perfect in 19th century Rioplatense Spanish”. Chronos 12. 12th International Conference on Actionality, Tense, Aspect, Modality/Evidentiality. Normandie Université, Caen, France, June 15-17, 2016.
  • Marie-Eve Ritz & Sophie Richard, “Past participle or simple past? Ellipsis of the auxiliary have in Australian English narratives”. Chronos 12. 12th International Conference on Actionality, Tense, Aspect, Modality/Evidentiality. Normandie Université, Caen, France. June 15-17, 2016.
  • Sophie Richard, “The narrative present perfect in Australian English: The hallmark of working-class male stories”. Birmingham City University, England. June 6, 2016.
  • Sophie Richard, “The present perfect in Australian English narratives – A sociolinguistic perspective”. Semantics and Syntax – Language In Action, Sorbonne Nouvelle University – Paris III, France. May 27, 2016.

Prizes, Honours and Awards

  • Celeste Rodríguez Louro, winner of 2016 Vice-Chancellor’s Early Career Investigators Award, $1500.
  • Sophie Richard, “Language under the microscope”. Three Minute Thesis Competition, University of Western Australia, September 8, 2016. Finalist. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joAvQIwr7Ms
  • Sana Bharadwaj, 2016 winner of Best Student Presentation, Headstart Conference, Faculty of Arts, University of Western Australia, $250.
  • Celeste Rodríguez Louro, Nominated for 2016 Faculty of Arts Teaching Award. Undergraduate teaching.
  • Celeste Rodríguez Louro, Nominated for 2016 Faculty of Arts Teaching Award. Research supervision.


  • Celeste Rodríguez Louro, Australian Research Council (ARC), 2017 Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA). Aboriginal English in the global city: Do minorities participate in surrounding language change? DE170100493, $350,000. https://rms.arc.gov.au/RMS/Report/Download/Report/a3f6be6e-33f7-4fb5-98a6-7526aaa184cf/173
  • Sophie Richard, 2016 PSA Conference Award, Postgraduate Students’ Association, University of Western Australia ($900; to support attendance to ALS2016).
  • Sana Bharadwaj, 2016 CoEDL travel award ($444; to support attendance to 2016 CoEDL Summer School). 
  • Celeste Rodríguez Louro, Faculty of Arts Travel Grant, University of Western Australia ($1000; to attend ALS2016).
  • Sana Bharadwaj, UWA Graduate Research School Travel Award ($1850; to support attendance to NWAV45). 
  • Sana Bharadwaj, UWA School of Social Sciences Travel Award ($1219; to support attendance to NWAV45).
  • Sophie Richard, 2016 Susan Kaldor Scholarship, Australian Linguistic Society ($2500; to support attendance to 10th Historical Sociolinguistics Network Summer School and 2016 CoEDL Summer School).

Fieldwork and Work in Progress

  • Mitch Browne was in Tennant Creek between 5/9 and 15/9 doing fieldwork for a project led by Felicity Meakins (University of Queensland).
  • Testing is under way at Western Sydney University for ‘Synonymy in Bilingual Picture naming’, a CoEDL funded collaborative project by Luisa Miceli, Paola Escudero, Alba Tuninetti and Mark Ellison.

Honours Theses Submitted

  • Jenna Ong, ‘Implicature comprehension in Autism Spectrum Disorder’. Supervised by John Henderson, 2016.
  • Mitch Browne, ‘When only words remain: Testing a method of Comparative Reconstitution in Ngarluma’. Supervised by Alan Dench, 2016
  • Daniel Ortlepp, ‘I have seen xem: Queerness and online pronominal innovation in English’. Supervised by Celeste Rodríguez Louro, 2016.

Tenure and Promotion

Celeste Rodríguez Louro’s ongoing position was tenured on 13 July 2016.

Fond Farewell

Alan Dench has taken up a position as Pro Vice-Chancellor, Curtin University of Technology, Perth. Congrats on your new and exciting position, Alan. We will miss you.

Upcoming Conferences

UWA Linguistics will be well represented at the 2016 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society this December.

20-minute presentations
  • Sana Bharadwaj, “Stories of the Indian Diaspora: Capturing sociocultural and linguistic ecologies of multilingual migrant communities.”
  • Mitchell Browne, “When only words remain: Testing a method of ‘Comparative Reconstitution’ in Ngarluma.”
  • Luisa Miceli, Mark Ellison, Bethwyn Evans and Simon Greenhill, “Can we identify bilingual-led lexical differentiation in Oceanic?”
  • Sophie Richard, “Sociolinguistic constraints on present perfect usage in Australian English narratives.”
  • Marie-Eve Ritz & Sophie Richard, “Subject-auxiliary ellipsis in Australian English vivid narratives.”
  • Celeste Rodríguez Louro & Sophie Richard, “Lexical conditioning on tense/aspect variation in Australian English narratives.”
Lighting plenary presentations
  • Amy Budrikis, “Zooming in on language endangerment: Semi-speakers’ perspectives on language learning and language transmission.”
  • Celeste Rodríguez Louro, “Aboriginal English in the global city: Minorities and language change.”
  • Hola Nawar, “Tense shift in native English and learner English argumentative essays.”
Celeste Rodríguez Louro

News from the Australian National University


Sonja Riesberg, who will start at ANU/Coedl on Jan 1st, won the inaugural DELAMAN Franz Boas Award. The award recognises Sonja's outstanding documentary work on Central Papuan Summits Languages (West Papua, Indonesia).

Two CoEDL affiliates from ANU also received Honorable Mentions: Christian Döhler, Komnzo (Papua New Guinea) who completed his PhD with CoEDL earlier this year, and Darja Hoenigman, working at ANU on an ELDP-funded postdoc, for her work on Awiakay (Papua New Guinea).

The award recognises junior scholars creating a rich multimedia documentary collection of a language that is endangered or no longer spoken. In its announcement, DELAMAN said the committee had a difficult task in evaluating the collections as each was an outstanding example of a major contribution to the preservation of endangered languages, “to the field of linguistics and ethnography and most importantly to language documentation”. Sonja’s collection was described as being rich in video recordings, including legacy material, and had strong community involvement in transcription and annotation. “It is an outstanding example of a large collaborative effort with a junior researcher at the core,” DELAMAN said in its release.

Matt Carroll has received a Newton International Fellowship from the British Academy to work with Greville Corbett and Matthew Baerman at the Surrey Morphology Group at the University of Surrey. The fellowship is a two-year research post-doc and his project is a `Typology of distributed exponence: Mapping the limits of information distribution within the word.' It is a cross-linguistic typology project, taking one of the prominent features of Southern New Guinea languages and exploring where else we similar structures can be found.

Owen Edwards has won a six month Endeavour Fellowship for 2017. He plans to use this time to continue his work on the Uab Meto cluster of languages/dialects in western Timor. He plans to use this opportunity to expand beyond Amarasi and gather more comprehensive data on other varieties of Uab Meto. Initial data is extremely tantalizing and indicates that metathesis has different structures and functions in different parts of western Timor. This project will increase our knowledge of metathesis and related morphophonemic processes as well as leading to a better understanding of the relationships and connections among the languages of western Timor.

Congratulations to Denise Angelo and Cath Hudson for being named as: "the runner-up for the Best PLTA Paper Award 2016". This award aims to recognise language testing and assessment articles published in the journal Papers in Language Testing and Assessment (2013 and 2015) that make a significant contribution to the professional field

Grants Received

  • Susy Macqueen – DP: ‘Towards culturally inclusive language assessments for indigenous students’ (externally led by Gillian Wigglesworth, Univ. of Melbourne)
  • Carmel O’Shannessy (taking up position in SLLL in June 2017) – DP: ‘Learning to tell a narrative in Murrinhpatha’ (externally led by Barbara Kelly, Univ. of Melbourne)


  • The second edition of the Australian National Dictionary was launched at Parliament House on 23 August at Parliament House. As part of the publicity on this, the New York Times published a quiz called ‘Do you speak Australian?’ Take the quiz and see how you rate! http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/08/23/world/australia/slang-words-quiz.html
  • Mario Daniel Martín, Louise Jansen, Elizabeth A. Beckmann. The Doubters' Dilemma: Exploring student attrition and retention in university language and culture programs. ANU Press. Free download as e-book or pdf (print copy on demand, $43) from http://press.anu.edu.au/node/1931
  • Mark Harvey & Murray Garde. “Matries and subsections: Bodies and Social Personae in Northern Australia”. Anthropological Linguistics, 57, 3, 229-274.
  • Bert Peeters ‘Exception française’: splendeurs et misères of a formula. Journal of French Language Studies, doi:10.1017/S0959269516000193
  • Gabriele Schmidt, Motivation zum Fremdsprachenstudium in einem englischsprachigen Land: Das Beispiel Australien in FLuL – Fremdsprachen Lehren und Lernen, 45.2. 2016. http://narr-starter.de/magento/index.php/zeitschriften/flul-fremdsprachen-lehren-und-lernen.html
  • Rena Torres Cacoullos and Catherine Travis. 2016. Two languages, one effect: Structural priming in code-switching. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition 19(4). 733-753.
  • Anna Wierzbicka, “Explicating the English lexicon of ‘doing’ and ‘happening’”, Functions of Language2016, 23:2, pages 214 – 256 (with Cliff Goddard).
  • Anna Wierzbicka,“Back to ‘Mother’ and ‘Father’: Overcoming the Eurocentrism of Kinship Studies through Eight Lexical Universals”. Current Anthropology, vol.  57, No 4, pages 408-429

PhD, MA, and Honours Submissions

There have been two PhD submissions recently at the ANU. Yusuf Sawaki submitted his thesis titled “A grammar of Wooi: An Austronesian language of Yapen Island, Western New Guinea”. Owen Edwards has also submitted, with his thesis titled “Metathesis and Unmetathesis: Parallelism and Complementarity in Amarasi, Timor”.

Li Nguyen completed her MA thesis on ‘Incorporated kin terms, bilingual speakers: A corpus-based study of Vietnamese kin terms as personal reference in bilingual speech’, as part of the Masters Advanced in General and Applied Linguistics (Supervisor: Catherine Travis); she has been awarded a scholarship to undertake a PhD in Linguistics at Cambridge University.

Dominie Dessaix (linguistics Honours student, supervisor Anna Wierzbicka) was a Highly Commended Entrant in The Undergraduate Awards. Her paper performed in the top 10% of the 2016 program, and she has made the shortlist of possible winners. She has been invited to Dublin to collect her certificate and meet her fellow Highly Commended Entrants.


The Australian workshop for the Social Cognition Parallel Interview Corpora (SCOPIC) took place between November 11 - 14 at the ANU. The aim of the workshop is a continued effort to produce an annotated, typologically calibrated cross-linguistic corpus of over 20 languages from every continent of the world, representing a wide typological spectrum, that can be used for the cross-linguistic study of how social cognition is represented and managed linguistically, with a special focus on grammar. For this Canberra workshop participants focused on coding for human referents, reported speech and thoughts, and social ramifications of depicted events. Talks about social cognition features of various languages were given by Nick Evans (Dalabon), Greg Dickson (Kriol), Gabrielle Hodge (Auslan), and Stefan Schnell (Vera’a). Danielle Barth gave a talk on corpus-building and analysis issues, and also gave a report on initial findings from the Bamberg 2016 Workshop.

A reminder that registration closes on the 20th of November for the New Fields for Morphology Workshop to be held at the University of Melbourne (29th-30th November) just before the Summer School. We have international speakers Greg Stump and Greville Corbett.

Talks Given

Siva Kalyan and Mark Donohue gave a talk at Advances the Visual Methods for Linguistics (AVML) conference at UQ from September 26–28. The talk was titled ‘Correspondence analysis as a tool for visualizing language cluster at the rers and evaluating families, subgroups and areas Australian National University’. Siva also gave a talk talk titled ‘Automatic identification and visualisation of linguistic areas’. Rachel Hendry (Western Sydney University) and Siva gave talk titled ‘An immersive exploration of linguistic space’, and the two also presented a poster on the same topic.

Eri Kashima

News from the University of Sydney

Our dear colleague Sebastian Fedden is leaving Sydney to take up a position as Full Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris III. This is a very well-deserved recognition of Sebastian’s research and teaching accomplishments, and international standing, and we congratulate him on this achievement. Of course, he will be very sorely missed in our department! We thank him for his fantastic contribution to the department over the last two years. Sebastian will take up his new position in Paris from January 2017.

Consequently, the Linguistics Department will advertise a junior lecturer position in early 2017, for a linguist who can teach grammar and morphosyntax at basic and advanced levels, and who can conduct and supervise grammatical research. This job opening will be announced in January.

In October, Maïa Ponsonnet was invited to the Université de Nouvelle-Calédonie (Noumea) to teach at a week-long workshop on the preservation of minority languages in the Pacific. The event gathered members of the ARC’s Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language and various linguists and language activists from New Caledonia, Hawaii, Tahiti, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna, and more. It was the first step of a longer term trans-Pacific collaboration around language preservation. 

Gwen Hyslop is on sabbatical in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She presented ‘On the Role of Manner and Place in Kurtöp Tonogenesis’ (with Sarah Plane) at LABPHON15 at Cornell U, Ithaca NY.

Nick Enfield has won an ARC Discovery award for a project titled “Do Language Boundaries Stabilize Ethnic Boundaries?” Funds will go towards fieldwork-based grammatical descriptions of three minority languages spoken in close proximity to each other in upland Laos, in parallel with a sociolinguistic study of the networks and interrelations between the three speech communities. Enfield and a post-doctoral researcher will work together with PhD students to carry out the field work and analysis. Collaborators Stephen Matthews and Umberto Ansaldo from Hong Kong University and Pittayawat Pittayaporn from Chulalongkorn University will also contribute to the project. The project begins in mid 2017.

The University of Sydney Department of Linguistics welcomes expressions of interest from potential PhD students. We offer supervision in a range of areas, including corpus linguistics, applied linguistics, systemic-functional linguistics, world Englishes, cognitive linguistics, linguistic anthropology, phonetics and phonology, morphology and syntax, semantics and pragmatics. In the context of the grammar-writing projects to be funded by Enfield’s ARC project, grammar-writing PhD projects are welcome; we will launch a Sydney University Grammar Lab in 2017.

Nick Enfield

News from the University of Queensland

Staff movements

Erich Round visited collaborator Claire Bowern at Yale in late October, working on Australian historical linguistics.

Felicity Meakins visited SOAS (London) 22-23 September co-presenting a paper with Rachel Nordlinger at the Workshop on Prominent Internal Possessors organised by the Surrey Morphology group; and the European Australianists Workshop organised by Candide Simard and Eva Schultze-Berndt. She gave a plenary at workshop organised by the CNRS in Paris 'Corpus-driven studies of heterogeneous and multilingual corpora’ on 26 September organised by Isabelle Brill and then an invited talk in Zurich on 30 September organised by Sabine Stoll and Bathasar Bickel.


Erich Round at UQ's Ancient Language Lab is part of a multidisciplinary project funded by the ARC to compare Australia's linguistic and genetic prehistory. "The origins of Australia's non-Pama-Nyungan speaking people” is led by Griffith geneticist Prof David Lambert, and also involves Dr Michael Westaway (Griffith), Prof Eske Willersley (Copenhagen), A/Prof Craig Millar (Auckland), A/Prof Claire Bowern (Yale) and Prof Russell Gray (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History).

Felicity Meakins is a part of a consortium with Penny Smith, Erika Charola and Brenda L Croft (Karungkarni Arts, UNSW Art and Design, and UQ Art Museum) to receive two grants in the recent Indigenous Languages and Arts (ILA) round.

Gurindji Language and Communications
Karungkarni Art and Culture Aboriginal Corporation

This project aims to continue language work including Gurindji sign language documentation, animated Gurindji Puwarraja (Dreamtime) stories, Gurindji health-promo videos, social media Gurindji News and reading and writing workshops.

Still in my mind: Gurindji location, experience and visuality
University of New South Wales

A collaborative exhibition involving Aboriginal community members across two regions and a well known curator will aim to involve the partnerships of five organisations to support Aboriginal artists in these regions.

Felicity Meakins in collaboration with Alistair Harvey and Jon Willis also won an ARC Indigenous Discovery (IN170100049) This project aims to record the Saibai Island Kalaw Kawaw Ya dialect, using the Australian Descriptive Framework. The diaspora of Saibai Islanders, the impact of climate change, and the ageing and death of knowledge custodians make it crucial to capture the language and cultural knowledge. Under the direction of elders and cultural knowledge custodians, this project will record and document the dialect, particularly ‘Big’ Sabai language. It will use recording technology and digital analysis to document cultural knowledge and language for current and future generations of Saibailagal (Saibai people). A culturally appropriate endangered language community methodology that preserves language and cultural knowledge will benefit Indigenous communities and researchers.


  • Charola, E., & Meakins, F. (Eds.). (2016). Mayarni-kari Yurrk: More Stories from Gurindji Country. Batchelor, Australia: Batchelor Press. http://www.batchelorpress.com/node/326
  • Meakins, F. (2016). Mixed languages. In M. Aronoff (Ed.), Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Meakins, F., & Algy, C. (2016). Deadly reckoning: Changes in Gurindji children's knowledge of cardinals. Australian Journal of Linguistics, 36(4), 479-501.


Felicity Meakins gave a public lecture 'Maintaining a multilingual mindset: Indigenous Australian languages since 1788’ and masterclass ‘The story of Kriol’ at the University of Western Sydney on Wednesday 26 October in Parramatta.

Felicity Meakins’ article in The Conversation (19 August 2016) ‘The Untold Story behind the 1966 Wave Hill Walk-Off’ https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-the-untold-story-behind-the-1966-wave-hill-walk-off-62890 has been selected from 5000 articles to be republished in The Conversation Yearbook 2016: 50 Standout Articles from Australia’s Top Thinkers (Melbourne University Press, 2016) https://www.mup.com.au/items/9780522871074


  • Amanda Hamilton is on fieldwork at Marlinja in the Northern Territory from 26 October –23 November 2016.
  • Celeste Humphris is on fieldwork in Oonadattain South Australia from 9 November – 10 December 2016
Felicity Meakins

Upcoming Conferences

ALT 2017

The 12th meeting of the Association for Linguistic Typology will be held at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia from 12th to 14th December, 2017. The preceding day (11th) will feature typological teach-ins on three language families: Australian, Papuan and Austronesian, and the day before that (10th) will feature a quantitative methods teach-in. The Friday after the conference (15th) will feature several day-long workshops: http://www.dynamicsoflanguage.edu.au/alt-conference-2017/. The call for papers will come out next month on December 15th, 2016.

Danielle Barth

ALW 2017

Registrations for the 16th annual Australian Languages Workshop have now opened!

ALW2017 will be hosted by the Research Unit for Indigenous Language, Melbourne University (co-sponsored by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language).

This year ALW2017 will be held in Marysville, Victoria, from 3pm Friday 3rd  March until 3:30pm Sunday 5th  March. The program is attached: as you can see it will be a wonderful gathering of folks giving some very interesting talks. There is plenty of room available at the venue for those who are not presenting, so please feel free to register and come along to for an Australian Languages weekend in Marysville.

For more information and the abstract booklet, visit http://www.dynamicsoflanguage.edu.au/news-and-media/events/australian-languages-workshop-alw-2017/.

To register, visit: http://alumni.online.unimelb.edu.au/alw2017.

Rachel Nordlinger

The Developing Lexicon: Representations and Processing

Workshop in the Developing Mind Series of the Child Language Lab, Macquarie University, Sydney

Workshop description

The lexicon forms the backbone for successful language development. However, despite its importance, little is known about how learners store and process phonological, morphological, syntactic and semantic aspects of lexical representations, and the role this plays in both language processing and speech planning.

This workshop brings together researchers working on the lexicon in language acquisition and development - using various methodologies and paradigms - to gain a better understanding of the architecture of the mental lexicon and its development. Submissions are welcome on all research exploring this issue in monolingual and multilingual children and adults, and in both typically developing and special populations (such as those with hearing impairments and language delays). The workshop will include keynote addresses and invited talks by experts in the fields of linguistics, computational modelling, cognitive science, and developmental psychology.

Registration for this workshop is free. More details on the workshop can be found at the listed URL. For further information or enquiries, please send an email to langdev-at-mq.edu.au

Keynote Speakers

  • Paul Boersma (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
  • Paula Fikkert (Radboud University, the Netherlands)
  • Bob McMurray (University of Iowa, USA)


Katherine Demuth, Titia Benders, Laurence Bruggeman, Carmen Kung, Nan Xu Rattanasone, Ivan Yuen


Macquarie University Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS), ARC (Australian Research Council) FL130100014 and the Child Language Lab, ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD), hosted by the Department of Cognitive Science at Macquarie University.

Call for Papers

We invite submissions of anonymous abstracts for poster presentations at the Developing Mind Series workshop The Developing Lexicon: Representations and Processing, to be held at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, on 26-27 April 2017. Abstracts should be in PDF or Word format on one page (12pt, single-spaced), plus an additional page of figures, tables, and references as needed. Please send your abstracts to langdev-at-mq.edu.au by the deadline listed below.

Important Dates

  • 29 January 2017: Deadline for abstract submission
  • 27 February 2017: Notification of acceptance
  • 31 March 2017: Registration deadline
  • 26-27 April 2017: Workshop
Laurence Bruggeman

Jobs, grants, and scholarships

Lecturer in Applied Linguistics, School of Languages and Cultures, The University of Queensland

The School is looking to appoint a Lecturer in Applied Linguistics with a PhD in Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, Foreign Language Education, or related fields. Individuals with research and teaching interests in applied linguistics are welcome to apply, particularly those with an interest in one or more of the following: second language writing, second language pedagogy (e.g. ESP, EAP), research methodology, language learning and technology. The successful appointee will engage in undergraduate teaching and postgraduate supervision, undertake and contribute to further development of the School’s Applied Linguistics program, as well as performing research, service/engagement and other activities associated with the School.

For further details regarding the role, a copy of the position description and details of how to apply for the position/s, please visit the application URL http://jobs.uq.edu.au/caw/en/job/499800/lecturer-in-applied-linguistics.

Closing date:  2 January 2017

Andrea Schalley

The Patji-Dawes Award: call for nominations

Who is your most inspiring language teacher?

The nomination process is now open for the pinnacle award for Australia’s language teachers, the Patji-Dawes award.

“This is an opportunity to give greater recognition to Australia’s language teachers and the efforts they make to enable Australians to learn other languages,” says director of the ARC Centre for the Dynamics of Language, Nicholas Evans. “Speaking two or more languages rather than one has obvious advantages for any Australian who wishes to pursue a dynamic career, and the science is proving that acquiring another language has a profound effect on intellectual performance.” Professor Evans says the award asks Australians who have become fluent in a language other than English to nominate their teacher. “It may be an indigenous language teacher, university teacher of Mandarin, or Indonesian high school teacher, a Spanish teacher of an evening class or teacher from one of Australia’s many multilingual communities. We are asking speakers who have become fluent in another language to nominate the language teacher who inspired them most.”

Nominate your inspirational teacher here. http://www.dynamicsoflanguage.edu.au/news-and-media/latest-headlines/article/?id=patji-dawes-award-call-for-nominations

About the name

Patji-Dawes refers to a historic language-teaching relationship that took place some 228 years ago in Sydney Cove. The teacher was Patyegareng, a gifted girl of around 16 whose mother tongue was the Eora language. Her student, William Dawes, was a lieutenant who arrived on the First Fleet. Evidence of Patyegarang’s remarkable skill as a teacher and Dawes’ curiosity as a learner has been preserved in a series of notebooks that Dawes maintained over the course of their regular lessons. Dawes later went on to stand up against colonial violence and was expelled from the colony for refusing to participate in a punitive expedition against the Eora people. He went on to dedicate much of his life to eradicating the global slave trade.


The Patji-Dawes award is an initiative of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language through its Communications and Outreach Program, which includes a commitment to improving levels of multilingualism and mastery of other languages in Australia through understanding and public debate on how we learn (and teach) second and other languages most effectively. We appreciate the ongoing support of the Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations (FMLTA) and the Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities (LCNAU).

Leanne Scott

About ALS

The Australian Linguistic Society is the national organization for linguists and linguistics in Australia. Its primary goal is to further interest in and support for linguistics research and teaching in Australia. Further information about the Society is available by clicking here.

The ALS Newsletter is issued four times per year, in the middle of February, May, August and November. Information for the Newsletter should be sent to the Editor, Andrea Schalley (alsonline-at-als.asn.au) by the end of the first week of February, May, August, and November. There is a list of people who are automatically advised that it is time to contribute material; if you wish to be added to that list, send Andrea an email.

Subscriptions for ALS are due at the beginning of each calendar year; the year you are paid up to is shown on the address label on the envelope of your copy of the Australian Journal of Linguistics. Membership matters are handled on behalf of the Society by Taylor & Francis, the publishers of the Australian Journal of Linguistics. If you wish to join the Society or make an alteration to your existing membership details please contact the Customer Service at Taylor & Francis on +61 (0)3 8842-2413 or at enquiries-at-tandf.com.au.


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