Newsletter August 2016

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.


Andrea Schalley

ALS Grants Scheme - Deadline fast approaching

At the 2015 AGM, ALS decided to establish a research grants scheme. The scheme offers grants of up to $5,000 for research in any area of linguistics.

  • Closing date for applications: 1 September 2016
  • Notification date: 1 December 2016

The grants application form is available now.

Mark Harvey

New ALS Scholarship: The Jalwang Scholarship

The purpose of the scholarship is to support linguists to give back to the community by converting some of their research into materials of benefit to the language speakers, for example by producing community materials in the language or engaging in language maintenance or revitalisation activities. The award aims at supporting researchers who have less access to funding and resources than established academics. This would include support for postgraduate students who would like to take time out from their degree-oriented research in order to develop community materials or other community-oriented outcomes during or after completion of the degree.

The name jalwang is the word for the currawong in the Yugambeh language of Southeast Queensland.

One Scholarship is available each year.

Applicants will typically be either currently enrolled students at a University undertaking an Honours or postgraduate research degree or within two years post-completion of a research higher degree, where the focus of the research has been description and documentation of an Indigenous language of Australia or Melanesia (including eastern Indonesia and Timor Leste). Project proposals from applicants other than current or recent students will also be considered. Applicants whose project proposals satisfy the goals of the Scholarship should make a case in their application.

The Scholarship will provide up to $5,000 to pay for such costs as: travel; accommodation in the field; rent at the applicant’s home base while away; materials production; payments to consultants; and contribution towards additional costs of living while in the field. The Scholarship is not intended to provide a living wage or stipend for the recipient.

For more information on the scholarship, please see the ALS Scholarships page.

Bill Palmer

News from OzCLO, the Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad

OzCLO 2016 has been an extremely satisfying and successful event this year. Across Australia, more than 2,000 high school students (a new record) participated in the competition, with more than 1,800 students in 477 teams competing through the online competition system at the same time. Congratulations to the national winners, who then went on to compete in the International Linguistics Olympiad!

We are thrilled to report that they achieved the best result Australia has ever had at an International Linguistics Olympiad:

  • a Gold Medal in the individual contest - congratulations to Max Zhang
  • a Silver Medal in the individual contest - congratulations to Henry Wu
  • a Honourable Mention in the individual contest - congratulations to Tom Ryan
  • best solution for Problem 2 in the individual context - again congratulations to Max Zhang


  • the Silver Medal in the team contest - congratulations to team Australia-1

A fantastic result!!

We thank the Australian Linguistic Society for their continued support of the event.

Andrea Schalley

News from the University of Queensland


  • Charola, E., & Meakins, F. (Eds.). (2016). Yijarni: True Stories from Gurindji Country. Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press. — This book has been launched by Senator Pat Dodson on 19 August at Freedom Day in Kalkaringi, NT.
  • Memmott, P., Round. E. R., Rosendahl, D., & Ulm, S. (2016). Fission, linguistic and environmental changes amongst the Tangkic people of the Southern Gulf of Carpentaria. In J.-C. Verstraete & D. Hafner (Eds.), Land and language in Cape York Peninsula and the Gulf Country (pp. 105–136). Amsterdam: Benjamins. 
  • Mushin, I, Angelo, D & J Munro. Same but different: Understanding language contact in Queensland Indigenous Settlements. In  Verstraete, JC & Hafner, D. (eds) Land and language in the Cape York Peninsula and Gulf Country. 383-408. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 
  • Round, E. R. (2016). Kayardild inflectional morphotactics is morphomic. In A. Luis & R. Bermúdez-Otero (Eds.), The morphome debate: Diagnosing and analysing morphomic patterns (pp. 228–247) Oxford: Oxford University Press


The ‘Kriol and Contact Languages’ workshop was held in Katherine  (NT) 6-10 June, coordinated by Greg Dickson via a CoEDL Transdisciplinary and Innovation Grant (TIG). The workshop brought together language workers from eight locations (Kununurra, Lajamanu, Kalkarindji, Elliott, Tennant Creek, Binjari, Barunga and Ngukurr) simulating the contact language profile of Northern Australia in one workshop. Activities included training provision, project sharing, video documentation and a public program. Researchers involved such as Carmel O’Shannessy (U-Mich), Felicity Meakins and Amanda Hamilton (UQ), Samantha Disbray (CDU) and Denise Angelo (ANU) broadened their own research projects by working with the contact language speakers in attendance and collaborating with language centres such as Ngukurr Language Centre and Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring (Kununurra) was another useful outcome of the workshop.
The ARC Discovery project ‘Trilingual contact in an Indigenous community’ (CIs Meakins and Pensalfini) is underway. Rob Pensalfini set the students, David Osgarby and Amanda Hamilton, in the field at Elliott. Rob, David and Amanda worked on their respective projects as well as the Mudburra dictionary. Felicity Meakins worked with film makers to create a 20min documentary on the contribution of songs to Mudburra language maintenance with the band Rayella and worked with Glenn Wightman on a draft of the Mudburra and Jingulu ethnobiology. Rob and Felicity also collected texts to create a Mudburra and Jingulu bird poster.
The Gurindji songs project has taken Felicity Meakins and Myf Turpin west to Balgo tracking down the source of songs sung on cattle stations on Gurindji country. Their book proposal has been accepted with Sydney University Press and the documentary produced last year will air on NITV later in the year.


Katja Manne completed her honours with her thesis "Listen, Hear and Understand: Cognates, Colexification and Change in Pama-Nyungan Languages”.


  • David Osgarby and Amanda Hamilton completed three months of fieldwork at Elliott from May-July on the ‘Trilingual contact in an Indigenous community’ ARC project towards their MPhil and PhD projects.
  • Tom Ennever completed three months of fieldwork at Balgo from May-July on his CoEDL project documenting Ngardi (Ngumpin-Yapa) which is his MPhil project.
  • Rob Pensalfini completed one month of fieldwork at Elliott in May-July to set up the ‘Trilingual contact in an Indigenous community’ ARC project
  • Greg Dickson returned from six months fieldwork in the Katherine Region, surveying ten communities for his postdoctoral research on geographic variation in Kriol.
  • Felicity Meakins completed three months of fieldwork at Elliott, Kalkaringi and Balgo in May-July on the ‘Trilingual contact in an Indigenous community’ ARC project, her DECRA project and the Gurindji songs project (with Myf Turpin)

Other news

Erich Round visited the Surrey Morphology Group, working with Prof Grev Corbett and others; other visits were to the Oxford statistics group of Prof Jotun Hein; the MPI Jena; Prof Balthasar Bickel’s group in Zurich; Prof Thomas Stolz of Hamburg University; and Prof Michael Cysouw in Marburg.


Felicity Meakins

News from the Research Unit for Indigenous Language (RUIL) at Melbourne University

Public lecture

14th September 2016, 6-7pm, University of Melbourne.

We are very excited to announce the next public lecture in our series on Indigenous languages.

This free public lecture, “Songs to live by: the Arrernte Women’s Project” will be presented by Rachel Perkins (Blackfella films) and Myfany Turpin (University of Sydney).

In 2015 senior women from across the Arrernte nation in central Australia gathered with their families to record what was held in their living memory of their song traditions. Arrernte people regard traditional Aboriginal songs as the quintessential repository of their law and culture; yet they struggle to find a place for performance in contemporary society. For five weeks in Alice Springs, audio-visual recordings of performances were made. As part of the project the repatriation of earlier recordings were also made to women descended from original song holders. This ground breaking project was the first time Arrernte women had organised to methodically catalogue their entire cultural knowledge in this manner.  In this talk we present on the project and show excerpts of the public material gathered. You will also hear from participants of the project, who recorded their responses to the camp and their aspirations for the future of their culture.

Registrations for this free event are required, and can be done so on the University’s Alumni and Friends website:

Please forward to any one you think may be interested in attending!

RUIL's newsletter

Our latest newsletter showcasing RUIL’s recent activities is available from:

ALW 2017 – Call for papers and participation

The 16th annual Australian Languages Workshop (ALW2017) will be hosted by the Research Unit for Indigenous Language at Melbourne University (co-sponsored by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language). The workshop will be at Camp Marysville (Marysville, Victoria), on March 3rd to March 5th 2017. For more information, please see below under 'Upcoming Conferences'.

Rachel Nordlinger

News from the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL)

The latest newsletter of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL) is available at, click on 'Edition 7 (1 August 2016)'.

Joanne Allen

News from the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages (VACL)

FoPA Hosts Language Conference in Guam

The Festival of Pacific Arts (FoPA) is the world's largest gathering of Indigenous Pacific cultures bringing together cultural practitioners, artists, academics, policy makers and researchers. A delegation of 60 artists were selected to represent Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island cultures at the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts. Last month, Paul Paton and Young Champion, Waka Waka woman Annalee Pope from First Languages Australia attended the Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam. Paul and Annalee represented Australia at the Festival’s Inaugural Indigenous Languages Conference where they discussed current work to support language revitalisation in Australia, particularly digital resources, the interactive language map, team and resource building projects. Their presentation was well received by other Pacific nations who found similarities in cultural contexts in their efforts to revitalise and maintain their languages. The festival was a good opportunity for knowledge sharing among different language groups throughout the Pacific. Paul commented that the keynote address by Dr Robert Underwood on his connection to language was one of the highlights of the festival. Dr Underwood is a politian and educator and the current President of the University of Guam. 

The 12th festival was held in Guam from May 22 - June 4 and has been held every four years since 1972. The festival unites groups from 27 countries throughout the Pacific and aims to showcase arts and culture. The two weeks of festivities aim to enhance people’s understanding and appreciation for their Pacific neighbours. Hawaiʻi will be hosting the Festival of Pacific Arts (FoPA) in 2020.

To read the Pacific Islands Report article on the language conference click here.

To learn more about the festival visit the FoPA website here.

Many Languages, One Song

ABC Splash, in collaboration with First Languages Australia, is running the Marrin Gamu Competition, an Indigenous Languages Competition encouraging schoolchildren from across Australia to record the song about the human body in their local Aboriginal Language. The groups were encouraged to work with Local Aboriginal Communities to translate the song into their local language before practising and perfecting their song and recording it for a video submission. This project will gather versions of Marrin Gamu in different languages from across the country with the aim to celebrate the diversity and beauty of the hundreds of Australian First Languages.

Here at VACL we would like to see Victorian children involved in the competition and singing the body song in Victorian languages. The competition was open to all school and community groups. For those already participating in Aboriginal Language programs it was a great chance to show off their skills and for everyone else it was a chance to connect with their local Aboriginal community on an engaging and rewarding project. The prize for the winning group is a visit from a video production team to film students performing the song and the runners-up receive a bespoke language resource package designed for their school by First Languages Australia.

For notes on how to get in contact with your local language group, advice for teaching children about Australian languages in the classroom, or information on establishing an Indigenous language program in your school the, Marrin Gamu website has all of the information, click here. VACL is also happy to assist in connecting your school or community group to your local Aboriginal organisations and to answer questions.

To see a video of Paul and Aunty Fay talking about Marrin Gamu on ABC breakfast TV click here.

Language Floods the Kalgoorlie Goldfields

Paul Paton, Aunty Fay Stewart-Muir, Mathew Gardiner and Christina Eira travelled to Kalgoorlie for the 2016 WANALA Aboriginal Languages Conference, hosted by the Western and Northern Aboriginal Languages Alliance. The conference is for people in Aboriginal language centres, language projects, schools with Aboriginal language courses, Aboriginal language speakers and anyone involved in language work or who wishes to learn more about the work being undertaken on Aboriginal language preservation and use. The conference carried the theme of Building Resilience: Identity, intellect and the role of languages and was held at the Goldfields Aboriginal Language Centre, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, 16-18 June.

As part of the program, Christina presented our new holistic language planning tool Tyama-ngan, koong meerreeng watnanda, malayeetoo (We know, body and country together, long time). This comes in the form of a beautiful poster with the core concepts expressed through the artwork of Vicki Couzens, and an associated workshop. It is the most recent output of the Meeting Point - Language Typology Project. It expands on principles explored in Peetyawan weeyn, with more detail and breadth. Paul also gave a presentation on behalf of First Languages Australia.

Watch a documentary film with conference participants here.

To learn more about Western and Northern Aboriginal Languages Alliance (WANALA) click here.

Emma Hutchinson

News from Macquarie University

Recent Publications


  • Brick, Jean, Maria Herke & Deanna Wong (2016). Academic Culture: A Student’s Guide to Studying at University (3rd edition). South Yarra: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Čašule, Ilija (2016) Evidence for the Indo-European and Balkan Origin of Burushaski. Munich: Lincolm Europa

Journal Articles

  • Barnes, S. (2016). Aphasia and open format other-initiation of repair: Solving complex trouble in conversation. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 49, 111-127.
  • Bill, C., Romoli, J., Schwarz, F. & Crain, S. (2016). Scalar implicatures vs. presuppositions: The view from acquisition [Special Issue]. Topoi: Presuppositions: Philosophy, Linguistics and Psychology, 35(1), 57-71. doi:10.1007/s11245-014-9276-1
  • Blythe, J, Mardigan, K.C., Perdjert E.M., & Stoakes, H. (2016). Pointing out directions in Murrinhpatha. Open Linguistics, 2. 132–159. doi:10.1515/opli-2016-0007.
  • Demuth, K. & Tomas, E. (2016). Understanding the contributions of prosodic phonology to morphological development: Implications for children with SLI. First Language, 36, 265-278.
  • Geçkin, V., Crain, S., & Thornton, R. (2016). The interpretation of logical connectives in Turkish. Journal of Child Language, 43(4), 784-810. doi://10.1017/S0305000915000306
  • Han, C. & Slatyer, H. (2016). Test validation in interpreter certification testing: An argument-based approach. Interpreting: International Journal of research and practice in interpreting, 118(2), 225-252.
  • Kiguchi, H. & Thornton, R. (2016). Connectivity effects in pseudoclefts in child language. Studia Linguistica, 70, 34-65. doi: 10.1111/stul.12043
  • Kruger, H. (2016). Fluency/resistancy and domestication/foreignisation: A cognitive perspective. Target: International Journal of Translation Studies, 28(1), 1-38.
  • Kruger, H. (2016). What’s happening when nothing’s happening? Combining eyetracking and keylogging to explore cognitive processing during pauses in translation production. Across Languages and Cultures, 17(1), 25-52.
  • Kruger, H., & Van Rooy, B. (2016). Constrained language: A multidimensional analysis of translated English and non-native indigenised varieties of English. English World-Wide, 37(1), 26-57.
  • Kruger, H., & Van Rooy, B. (2016). Syntactic and pragmatic transfer effects in reported-speech constructions in three contact varieties of English influenced by Afrikaans. Language Sciences, 56, 118-131. doi:10.1016/j.langsci.2016.04.003
  • Moscati, V., Romoli, J., Demarie, T.F., & Crain, S. (2016). Born in the USA: A comparison of modals and nominal quantifiers in child language. Natural Language Semantics, 24(1), 79-115. doi:10.1007/s11050-015-9120-1
  • Piller, I. (2016). Monolingual ways of seeing multilingualism. Journal of Multicultural Discourses, 11(1), 25-33.
  • Piller, Ingrid & Cho, Jinhyun (2016) 한국의 대학과 영어 강의 - 언어 정책으로서의 신자유주의 [Korean universities and English-medium lectures: neoliberalism as language policy], Green Review148, 89-106
  • Naigles, L., Cheng, M., Rattanasone Xu, N., Tek, S., Khetrapal, N., Fein, D., & Demuth, K. (2016). "You're telling me!" Prevalence and predictors of pronoun reversals in children with ASD and typical development. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 27, 11-20.
  • Miles, K., Yuen, I., Cox, F., & Demuth, K. (2016).  The prosodic licensing of coda consonants in early speech: interactions with vowel length. Journal of Child Language, 43(2), 265-283.
  • Notley, A., Zhou, P., & Crain, S. (2016). Children’s interpretation of conjunction in the scope of negation in English and Mandarin: New evidence for the semantic subset maxim. Applied Psycholinguistics, 37(4), 867-900. doi:10.1017/S0142716415000296
  • Ren, Y., Xu Rattanasone, N., Wyver, S., Hinton, A., & Demuth, K. (2016). Interpretations of errors made by Mandarin-speaking children on the Preschool Language Scales - 5th Edition Screening Test. Australian Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology, 15, 24-34.
  • Ren, Y., Wyver, S., Xu Rattanasone, N., & Demuth, K. (2016). Social competence and language skills in Mandarin-English bilingual preschoolers: The moderation effect of emotion regulation. Early Education and Development, 27, 303-317.
  • Riazi, A.M. (2016). Innovative mixed-methods research (IMMR): Moving beyond design technicalities to epistemological and methodological realisations. Applied Linguistics, 37(1), 33-49. doi: 10.1093/applin/amv064
  • Riazi, A.M. (2016). Comparing writing performance in TOEFL-iBT and academic assignments: An exploration of textual features. Assessing Writing, 28, 15-27. DOI: 10.1016/j.asw.2016.02.001
  • Tang, H., Crain, S., & Johnson, B.W. (2016). Dual temporal encoding mechanisms in human auditory cortex: Evidence from MEG and EEG. NeuroImage, 128, 32-43. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.12.053
  • Tieu, L., Romoli, J., Zhou, P., & Crain, S. (2016). Children's knowledge of free choice inferences and scalar implicatures. Journal of Semantics, 33(2), 269-298. doi:10.1093/jos/ffv001
  • Thornton, R., Rombough, K., Martin, J. & Orton, L. (2016). Negation in children with specific language impairment. First Language 36(3), 228-264. doi: 10.1177/0142723716640187
  • Van Rooy, B., & Kruger, H. (2016).  Faktore wat die weglating van die Afrikaanse onderskikker dat bepaal [Factors that influence the omission of the Afrikaans complementiser dat ‘that’]. Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe / Journal of Humanities, 56(1), 102-116.

Book Chapters

  • Benson, P. (2016). Learner autonomy. In G. Hall (Ed.), The Routledge Handbook of English Language Teaching (pp. 339-352). London: Routledge.
  • Benson, P. (2016). Language learner autonomy: Exploring teachers’ perspectives on theory and practice. In R. Barnard and J. Li (Ed.), Language learner autonomy: Teachers’ beliefs and practices in East Asian contexts (pp. xxxiii-xliii). Phnom Penh: IDP Education (Cambodia) Ltd.
  • Kruger, J.L., Soto-Sanfiel., M. T., Doherty, S., & Ibrahim, R. 2016. Towards a cognitive audiovisual translatology: Subtitles and embodied cognition. In R. Muñoz (ed.), Reembedding Translation Process Research. pp.171-194. London: John Benjamins Publishing Company. 
  • Piller, I. (2016). Language and migration. In Piller, I. Ed. Language and Migration (Vol. 1: Languages in contact) (pp. 1-20). London: Routledge.
  • Piller, I. & L. Lising. (2016). Language, employment and settlement: temporary meat workers in Australia. In Piller, I. (Ed.), Language and Migration (Vol. 3: Linguistic diversity and social justice). London: Routledge. [Reprint of Piller & Lising, 2014]
  • Thornton, R. (August, 2016) The acquisition of questions. In Lidz, J., Snyder, W., & Pater, J. (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Developmental Linguistics (pp. 310-340). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Grants, Fellowships, Awards And Promotions

Congratulations to Professor David McAlpine, who has been awarded a prestigious 2016 ARC Laureate Fellowship for his project “How the brain creates a sense of auditory space”. The Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme gives outstanding research leaders the opportunity to tackle some of the most urgent and complex research issues facing Australia and the world. David will receive $2,468,738 towards research exploring how a sense of space is generated by the auditory brain. This award is testament to David’s proven track record of ground-breaking research and his vision to establish a world-leading research programme in brain mechanisms of binaural hearing at Macquarie University.  This Laureate program includes ground-breaking investigations of human brain function that will impact on the development of hearing technologies, including cochlear implants and hearing aids. Researchers, engineers and clinicians will be provided with new stimulus paradigms and tools with which to assess and diagnose spatial listening problems, to improve the lives of the hearing-impaired. (Read more here.)

In July, Jean Brick received the Faculty of Human Sciences Teaching Excellence Award. This follows closely on the heels of the Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award she received last year and the National Award, the ALTC Citation for Teaching Excellence, she received a couple of years ago. Jean’s book, Academic Culture (co-authored by Dr Maria Herke and Dr Deanna Wong), is currently used as set text by universities across Australia. These awards are a clear indication of the impact Jean’s work has had and continues to have. We are honoured to have such an excellent teacher and scholar in our midst!

Dr Phil Chappell was recently promoted to Senior Lecturer (Level C). Congratulations on the well-deserved promotion, Phil! (Find out more about Phil’s projects on his personal webpage.)

Congratulations to Dr Jing Fang, who was successful in applying to the Faculty Equipment Grant Scheme. Jing has used the funding to purchase 15 Smartpens, to be used in studying note-taking during consecutive interpreting.

Upcoming events

Macquarie University–Lancaster University Corpus Linguistics Workshop 2016 Macquarie University, Sydney (21-22 November 2016)

After a very successful event last year, the Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University have the great pleasure of announcing the second Macquarie University–Lancaster University Corpus Linguistics Workshop. This free two-day workshop offers a series of sessions on topics in corpus linguistics and the application of corpus techniques in studies of discourse and language learning. Presenters at the workshop will include Distinguished Professor Tony McEnery, Professor Paul Baker, Dr Vaclav Brezina, and Dr Dana Gablasova.

We welcome everyone who wants to learn more about this versatile methodology for language analysis; no specialised knowledge is required, although basic familiarity with language corpora is presupposed. The workshop offers a mixture of practical and theoretical sessions in which the participants will learn to apply corpus techniques in a number of contexts.

The workshop will be followed by the Festival of Methods, an informal mini-conference showcasing different types of corpus-based research related to the topic of "Australia and Australian voices” in language corpora. While the workshop itself is free, registration in advance is required, as places are limited (60 maximum). Click here to register.

Morning Seminar Series: Using Corpus Evidence In Linguistic Research (Dr Tobias Bernaisch) (7-9 September)

This special set of morning seminars (9.30-12.30) scheduled from 7 thru 9 September, will be presented by visiting Erasmus Scholar Dr Tobias Bernaisch (Giessen University). Dr Bernaisch is a well-published researcher on English in South Asia (India and Sri Lanka), and working with Macquarie corpus linguists (Dr Haidee Kruger, Emeritus Professor Pam Peters, Adam Smith) on English in contact/Varieties of English in the Indo-Pacific (the VEIP project).

Through the first two seminars, Dr Bernaisch will introduce and discuss what linguistic researchers need to know in order to make the most of corpus data, from choosing your corpus or building it from scratch; to the tools available for extracting data from it;  qualitative and quantitative research methodologies with corpora; and statistical analyses and alternative visualisations of corpus data. In the final seminar there will be opportunity to discuss individual research projects with Dr Bernaisch. For further information, please contact Emeritus Professor Pam Peters or Dr Haidee Kruger.

Other News

Dr Peng Zhou, who has been with Macquarie for a number of years in different capacities, and who joined Linguistics as Lecturer in 2015, recently left the department. He will be joining Tsinghua University in Beijing as Associate Professor in Linguistics. This is not all bad news, however, as Peng will continue his association with Macquarie through research collaboration. We wish Peng the best of luck on this exciting new phase in his career!

For more news about what's been happening recently in linguistics at Macquarie Uni, visit our newsletter Lingline.

Joe Blythe

News from Charles Darwin University

Yolngu Studies

Digital language shell project

Funding from the federal Office of Learning and Teaching was awarded to develop a digital shell for teaching Indigenous languages - The pilot project is about to get underway, teaching Bininj Kunwok online for four weeks. 

Academic Visitor: Steven Bird (CDU Professorial Fellow)

Steven Bird is visiting from the University of Melbourne (July-October) and leading the following activities:

Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages

  • The website now has over 3000 items in 50 different NT languages Permission is still being sought for several items, and ways to handle 'orphan' materials (which don’t include information about creators in the metadata) are being developed.
  • Soon users will be able to login and add new items, or correct errors.
  • The project team is keen to hear from users about their experience using the archive and the materials in it - in teaching, research, or for general interest.


History of Bilingual Education in the Northern Territory - People, Programs and Policies  is to be published by Springer later this year, edited by Brian Devlin, Samantha Disbray and Nancy Devlin.

Cathy Bow

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

New Research Fellow

Dr Luca Ciucci (PhD Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa) is an expert on Zamucoan languages and indigenous languages of Bolivia and Paraguay. He started his Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the LCRC within Distinguished Professor Alexandra Aikhenvald's Australian Laureate Fellowship 'How gender shapes the world: a linguistic perspective'.

New PhD students starting

Firew Girma Worku (MA University of Addis Ababa) started his PhD in July 2016, within Distinguished Professor Alexandra Aikhenvald's Australian Laureate Fellowship. He will be working on a previously undescribed language of Papua New Guinea.

LCRC members news

  • Abe Bai Junwei (Abe) (MA Nanjing University, PR China) started his PhD in February 2016. He will be working on Muya, a previously undescribed Tibeto-Burman language of China.
  • Mateus Carvalho (Universidade Estadual Paulista Mesquito Filho) has been appointed Adjunct Fellow at the LCRC.

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 a total of 4 months at LCRC (April and June-September 2016) 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 is spending ca. 4 months at LCRC (April & June-September 2016) working on his PhD 'Realis and irrealis distinctions in Chini' and after which time he will spend 2-3 months conducting fieldwork in Papua New Guinea.
  • Hiroko Sato (PhD, University of Hawaii) is Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. She will be spending a week at the LCRC in August.
  • 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

  • Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y. and R. M. W. Dixon Forthcoming. Commands: a cross-linguistic typology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Angeliki Alvanoudi (ed). 2016. Gender, language and cognition. A special section of the International Journal of Language and Culture 3.1.
  • Ciucci, Luca. 2016. Inflectional morphology in the Zamucoan languages. Asunción, Paraguay: Centro de Estudios Antropológicos de la Universidad Católica.
  • Ciucci, Luca. Forthcoming. Ignace Chomé: Bocabulario de la lengua zamuca — Edición crítica y comentario lingüístico. Madrid/Frankfurt: Iberoamericana Verfuert Verlag.

Special event

Wednesday 5 October D3-150 4 pm: Dr Lidia Mazzitelli (University of Bremen) – 'Possession in Circum-Baltic languages'

Roundtable meetings and workshop

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

  • Seminar, Wednesday 17 August: Hiroko Sato - 'Possessive constructions and nominalization in Kove'
  • Seminar, Wednesday 24 August: Kirsty Gillespie - 'Songs and stories from the Lihir Island, Papua New Guinea'
  • Workshop, Wednesday 31 August: Luca Ciucci – 'Possession in Chamacoco'
  • Seminar, Wednesday 7 September: Kasia Wojtylak - 'Aspects of Nonuya (Witotoan) grammar'
  • Workshop, Wednesday 14 September: Elena Mihas - 'Possession in Satipo Ashaninka'
  • Workshop, Wednesday 21 September: Bob Dixon - 'Possession in Dyirbal'

All are most welcome.

More to follow — watch our site

Alexandra (Sasha) Aikhenvald

News from La Trobe University

Conference: Conceptualising Rapport Symposium

In July 2016 Zane Goebel convened an international symposium on the idea of rapport. Presenters included Ben Rampton (King's College), Joe Errington (Yale), Anna De Fina (Georgetown University), Asif Agha (University of Pennsylvania), Julian Millie (Monash University), Ben Arps (Leiden University), Deborah Cole (University of Texas), Novi Djenar (University of Sydney), Aurora Donzelli (Sarah Lawrence College), Michael Ewing (University of Melbourne), Zane Goebel (La Trobe University), Rafadi Hakim (University of Chicago), Adam Harr (St. Lawrence University), Nicholas Herriman (La Trobe University), Joel Kuipers (Washington University), Asrun Lio (Halu Oleo University), Howard Manns (Monash University), Izak Morin (La Trobe University), Mikihiro Moriyama (Nanzan University), Monika Winarnita (La Trobe University), and Lauren Zentz (Houston University). The symposium was the second meeting of an international research network “Multilingual Diversity in a Changing Indonesia” based at La Trobe. Goebel and Agha are in the process of planning an edited volume from this symposium.

Seminars held

  • Wednesday, June 8th: Casey Tait - ‘Gender-specific variation of voiceless plosives /p t k/ by Australian English-speaking children’
  • Wednesday, June 15th: Mijke Mulder - ‘The rules of an unruly verb system’
  • Monday, June 20th: Peter Schuelke - ‘Grammatical Relations and Symmetric Voice in Roviana’

Selected new publications

Taylor-Leech, K. & D. Starks, eds. 2016. Doing Research within Communities: Stories and lessons from language and education field research. Abington: Routledge.

Sally Bowman

News from the Australian National University

Wurm Prize 2016

Congratulations to Darja Hoenigman, who has been awarded the 2016 Stephen Wurm Graduate Prize for Pacific Linguistic Studies for her Ph.D. thesis, "The talk goes many ways: registers of language and modes of performance in Kanjimei, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea".  Examiners and the Wurm Prize Committee commented on the thesis the following praises: 'exceptional high quality of data’, 'a good balance between theory and data’, 'an excellent contribution to the linguistic anthropology of New Guinea’, 'a major achivement in the linguistic and sociolinguistic documentation of a PNG people’,  'the most original and long-lasting achievement’, ‘an ethnographic monument in Papuan studies’, ‘an ethnographic monument in Papuan studies’, ‘an outstanding piece of work and fully in the Wurm tradition’.

Darja is is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Linguistics CHL (externally funded by the ELDP).


  • Wayan Arka presented his paper on ‘Externally and internally headed relative clauses in Marori’ at HeadLex2016, a joint HPSG-LFG conference in Warsaw, Poland ( 24-29 July 2016.
  • Wayan Arka gave his keynote talk entitled ‘Language documentation in Indonesia: framing linguistic research in the diversity of its ethno-ecology context’ at KIMLI2016, the biennial conference of the Indonesian Linguistics Society in Denpasar-Bali, 24-27 August 2016 ( He also taught a short intensive course on ‘Morphology: typology and theory’, 21-23 August 2016 as part of the conference.
  • An ANU contingency will be giving presentations at the Advances in Visual Methods for Linguistics conference ( Siva Kaylan and Mark Donohue will be presenting 


The NSM Semantics Workshop (Anna Wierzbicka, Zhengdao Ye, Cliff Goddard) was held at the ANU on July 22nd and 23rd. Attendees included domestic linguists and visitors from overseas (Jock Wong, National University of Singapore; Hilary Chappell, EHESS, Paris).

Recent Visitors

  • ANU was visited by Hilary Chappell (EHESS, Paris) who did her PhD at ANU on Chinese constructions. Hilary ran a series of workshops for ANU Chinese studies students, and also presented a talk ‘Xianghua, a Sinitic language of Hunan, China: Analysis of its classifier system through the prism of fieldwork techniques.’
  • ANU was also visited by Lila San Roque who did her PhD at ANU on the Duna language of Highland PNG and is now a Postdoc at Raboud University in Nijmegen. She gave a talk titled  'Studying perception verbs in child-caregiver interaction'.

PhD News

  • Owen Edwards will submit his PhD dissertation ‘Metathesis in Amarasi’.
  • Christian Döhler will return to Australia later this year to attend his graduation ceremony and celebrate the successful pass of his dissertation ‘A Grammar of Kómnzo’.
Eri Kashima


Call for Papers: Special Journal Issue of NAMES devoted to Indigenous Names and Toponyms

The American Name Society’s journal Names is calling for contributions for a special issue on indigenous names. Please see for more information. Proposals are due on 1 February, 2017.

Jan Tent

Upcoming Conferences

Sydney Language Festival (SLF)

Sydney Language Festival (SLF) is an annual event organized by the Language Festival Association, a non-profit organization led by volunteers who are interested in the diversity of languages. The main aim of the festival is to provide an introduction and basic knowledge of a wide range of languages. The festival features keynote speakers who are native speakers or experienced linguists. SLF is a free event and open for everyone interested in learning about languages. There is no registration fee for the event. For more details, please see the following links:

Qandeel Hussain

ALT 2017: Call for workshop proposals

Proposal Submission Deadline: 15 October 2016

Notification of Acceptance: 15 November 2016

The Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT) invites proposals for workshops to be held in conjunction with ALT 2017. We solicit proposals on any topic of interest to the ALT community including focussed workshops on issues of regional interest, particular linguistic phenomenon and developments in methodology. Workshops will be held at the Australian National University on December 15, 2017, the day following ALT 2017

Proposals will be reviewed by the ALT 2017 Abstract Review Committee.

Accepted workshops will be announced with the general ALT 2017 call on 15 December 2016. Workshop organizers should anticipate approximately one-third of their workshop slots to be filled by abstracts solicited through the open call. Abstracts solicited through the open call will undergo a blind review by both the workshop organizers and members of the Abstract Review Committee.

Proposals for workshops should contain:

A title and brief (1-2 pages) description of the workshop topic and content.

  • The desired workshop length (full day or half day), the desired format and length of presentations, and an estimated number of the workshop presenters, both for the selected participants and for those solicited through the open call.
  • The names, affiliations and emails of the organizer(s), with a short statement of their research interests and areas of expertise.
  • The names and affiliations of confirmed or tentative workshop presenters.
  • A description of special requirements for technical needs.
  • A brief (one paragraph) description of the workshop for the open call.

Notification of acceptance of workshop proposals will occur no later than 15 November 2015.

Submit your proposal here: call for workshops

For inquiries, send email to the ALT 2017 organizers at:

Joanne Allen

ALW 2017 – Call for papers and participation

The 16th annual Australian Languages Workshop (ALW2017) will be hosted by the Research Unit for Indigenous Language at Melbourne University (co-sponsored by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language). The workshop will be at Camp Marysville (Marysville, Victoria), on March 3rd to March 5th 2017.

This is a call for participation in ALW2017: if you are interested in attending (in any capacity), please fill out this online form to register your interest. This will aid the ALW2017 team in getting things started. Official registrations will open in early November.

Call for papers

For those interested in presenting, the current proposed format is 30 minute slots, comprising 20 minutes talk time and 10 minutes question time. Please include the title of your paper in the online form,
and send the anonymized abstract to the ALW2017 team for review. Abstracts should be no longer than one page (including examples and references). Please email a PDF of your abstract to, with "ALW2017: abstract submission" in the subject line.

Deadline for abstract submission is October 16th 2016.

Location of ALW2017 -

Marysville is approximately a 90 minute drive from Melbourne University and 90mins from Melbourne airport (traffic dependant), north of the Yarra Ranges National Park. A short 2km drive out of the town itself, Camp Marysville boasts both natural bush surrounds and acres of lawn, bordered by the Marysville State Forest and rolling farmland. Accommodation will be in shared cabins, with a maximum of 4 people per cabin (2 per room, no bunk beds). Each cabin has a bathroom, central area, two bedrooms and reverse cycle heating/aircon. Linen is available for hire at $30 for the weekend, and if you choose to bring your own, we recommend you make sure it is warm!


We will depart Melbourne University at approximately 4pm on Friday 3rd (departure time allows for peak hour traffic – those travelling from the airport should also aim to depart at this time) and will meet in Marysville for a relaxed dinner at around 6:30pm before heading to Camp Marysville. All should be finished by 16:00 on Sunday. We will coordinate lifts for participants from- and to- Melbourne University, and those who are able are encouraged to provide lifts for interstate visitors (if possible please indicate this on the form).

Further information will be available in due course at

Rachel Nordlinger

Jobs, grants, and scholarships

Professor of Language Diversity and Head of Department, La Trobe University

La Trobe University is advertising a full-time continuing position of Professor of Language Diversity and Head of Department, job number 551488.

Please see for more information, or contact Natalie Walker at Odgers Berndtson Executive Search,

Applications close Monday, 19 September 2016.

Stephen Morey

Short-term, part-time position at AIATSIS

The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, AIATSIS, has a short term, part time position available in the audio collection management team – 2 days a week until 23 December 2016. The primary duty of this position is auditioning (writing a time-coded summary) of recordings, including those in Australian languages, held in the audio collection. This does not involve transcribing or translating.

The position is at APS3 ($52,850 - $57,355 per annum). This is an identified position, and candidates are required to meet the following selection criterion:

Demonstrated commitment to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the demonstrated ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This commitment will be shown by their capacity to:

  1. Understand Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures;
  2. Identify issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today; and
  3. Communicate respectfully.

Details can be obtained by contacting Kazuko Obata.

Kazuko Obata

Expressions of Interest: Contract Linguist, Noongar Boodjar Language Centre

Noongar Boodjar Language Centre (WA) invites expressions of interest from experienced linguists for the writing of the Noongar language phonology. Audio and written material will be provided for the study. Payment of $5,000 will be made on receipt of the final document. Email an expression of interest including examples of phonology or grammar writings to

Sue Hanson

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 ( 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