Newsletter 2018 August

From the President
News from La Trobe University
News from Macquarie University
News from James Cook University (Language and Culture Research Centre)
News from Charles Darwin University
News from the ANU
News from UNE
News from University of Sydney
News from Griffith University
News from University of Melbourne
News from AIATSIS
Calls for Papers
The 2018 Australian PhD Prize for Innovations in Linguistics
Member’s notices
About ALS

From the President

Diversity seems to be the dominant themes in the news from around Australia, from Macquarie University phonetician Felicity Cox’s Future Fellowship ‘The new voice of Multicultual Australian English’, to Dr Alexandra Grey (LaTrobe University) becoming the inaugural recipient of the Joshua A. Fishman Award for her PhD thesis on language rights and minority languages in China, to Sydney University’s newly approved Centre for Language Research. These new achievements complement Australian Linguistics existing research foci on linguistic diversity and minority languages and varieties of language, as seen in the research activities of The ARC CoEDL and James Cook University’s Language and Culture Research Centre. 

The diversity of our linguistic interests is also represented in the major International conferences that will be coming to Australia. ANU hosted the Association for Linguistic Typology in 2017 and in July 2019 will host the 24th International Conference on Historical Linguistics. The University of Queensland will be hosting the 9th International conference on Intercultural Pragmatics and Communication in June 2020, and the 6th International Conference on Conversation Analysis in July 2022. Perhaps Australia is no longer being seen as ‘too far’ for delegates to attend. 

It is also great to see diversity in the Linguistics programs that have reported news in this quarter’s newsletter (Welcome back Griffith University). We may be a small discipline by social science standards, but we are well represented across states and territories; Go8 and regional universities. 

As a final note, ALS Research Grant Applications are due on Saturday September 1st. These are small grants of up to $5000, and well worth the application. Please see the website for more details. 

Ilana Mushin


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News from La Trobe University

Conference presentations:

Emeritus Professor David Bradley has just returned from the 20th International Congress of Linguists in Cape Town 2-6 July 2018, where he was chair of the congress scientific committee, gave the congress opening address, convened the fifth international workshop on the sociolinguistics of language endangerment and gave the lead paper in this workshop. The papers from this workshop will be appearing as a special issue of the journal Anthropological Linguistics. David also co-edited the congress volume containing the 18 plenary and focus papers of the congress, which has just been published by the University of Cape Town Press, and co-authored the introduction to this volume. Lauren Gawne and James Walker also attended and presented papers during this congress.

At the General Assembly of the UNESCO Comité International Permanent des Linguistes during this congress, David was re-elected as President of CIPL for a further term of 5 years from now until 2023.

Marija Tabain gave an invited talk Fieldwork in Central Australia: some (phonetic) reflections, at PhonFest: Mixing it up, from the lab to the field and back again Bloomington, Indiana: USA, in June 2018.


Casey Ford attended and gave a talk at the 2nd Workshop on Sociophonetic Variability in the English Varieties of Australia in Brisbane in July. Her talk was titled Sex differences and developmental trends in Australian English-speaking children’s vowels.

Recent publications:

Stephen Morey has a chapter in the Routledge Handbook of Language Revitalization, edited by Leanne Hinton, Leena Huss and Gerald Roche entitled 'Language Revitalization: The Tai Ahom Language of Northeast India'.

Recent PhD completions

Jianfu Li (Libu Lakhi) 'A Grammar of Namuyi Khatho'
Chenxi Meng, 'A Grammar of Tulil'

Casey Ford


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News from Macquarie University

Dr Alexandra Grey wins the 2018 Joshua A. Fishman Award

Macquarie University Department of Linguistics PhD graduate Dr Alexandra Grey has won the inaugural Joshua A. Fishman Award for outstanding dissertation on the sociology of language for her thesis How do language rights affect minority languages in China? An ethnographic investigation of the Zhuang minority language under conditions of rapid social change. 

The 2018 Joshua A. Fishman Award committee was chaired by Professor Ofelia García (City University New York) and included some of the most renowned sociolinguists internationally. Having received many excellent submissions from a global group of early career scholars, the judges evaluated the work for quality, originality, and promise and produced a shortlist which also included another of our graduates, Dr Vera Williams Tetteh. Of Alex’ thesis, the judges said that “it makes a fabulous theoretical contribution” with findings that “decenter all types of sociolinguistic assumptions.”

The full thesis can be accessed at Language on the Move, where you can also find a short version for a quick overview, or read Alex’s graduation speech.

Alex recently started a postdoc in the Law School at Sydney University but she maintains honorary affiliation with the Department of Linguistics.

Associate Professor Felicity Cox wins ARC Future Fellowship

In the recent ARC Future Fellowship round, Associate Professor Felicity Cox has been awarded funding for her project “The new voice of Multicultural Australian English” ($1,064,111).

This project aims to generate an integrated and inclusive model of Australian-English, through phonetic analysis of the spoken language used by adolescents from a range of ethnic backgrounds. Australia is one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world yet the complex relationship between speech production and cultural diversity is largely unknown in 21st century multicultural Australia. This project aims to establish how adolescents from different ethnicities use speech patterns to symbolically express their diverse sociocultural identities. The project expects to inform sociophonetic theories of variation, ethnicity, and identity, providing a framework for supporting sociocultural cohesion in Australia.

At 'The Conversation': Phil Benson and Alice Chik reflect on signage and multiculturalism

In a new column at The Conversation, Phil Benson and Alice Chik ask what the recent Strathfield Council motion to regulate languages on shop signs means for Australian multiculturalism: “So, should local policies on signage in multicultural Australia be limited to tolerance of community languages within an English-dominant framework? Or should these policies recognise the right to expression and full participation for everyone?”

Fieldwork report: On the road with Dr Joe Blythe’s CIARA project

In June and July Dr Joe Blythe conducted a four week field trip in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia. The research is associated with Joe’s ARC Discovery project Conversational Interaction in Aboriginal and Remote Australia (CIARA). The first three weeks of the field trip was in Halls Creek and Ringer Soak, recording and transcribing multiparty conversation in the Jaru language. In the final week Joe overlapped with fellow investigator Professor Lesley Stirling from the University of Melbourne in Kununurra and Halls Creek. Lesley was collecting multiparty conversations in Kimberley varieties of Australian English, as spoken by gardiyas (non-Aboriginal people). While in Kununurra, Joe gave a talk about the CIARA project at the Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring Language and Culture Centre. The project investigates interactional similarities and differences in Aboriginal conversation and non-Aboriginal conversation.

Welcome to Professor Harvey Dillon

The Department of Linguistics welcomes Professor Harvey Dillon, who recently started as part-time researcher in the department. Professor Dillon, who was previously the director of the National Acoustic Laboratories (the research arm of Australian Hearing), was recently appointed as an Officer of Australia (AO) as part of the Queen’s Birthday 2018.  Professor Dillon has been an honorary member of staff for a number of years in Linguistics, and takes an active role in HDR supervision.

Lecture series on Linguistic Diversity

The Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University is hosting a lecture series showcasing current international research in linguistic diversity.


Tuesday, July 31, 12-1, AHH 1.1640 Maite Puigdevall Serralvo, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain, “Taking the leap”: Becoming a new speaker of Catalan 
Tuesday, August 14, 12-1, AHH 1.1640 Sabine Little, Sheffield University, UK, What do you inherit when you inherit a language? Identity constructs in multilingual families 
Tuesday, August 28, 12-1, AHH 1.1640 Fadila Boutouchent, University of Regina, Canada, Canadian perspectives on immigration in small cities: Case study from Moncton City 
Tuesday, October 02, 12-1, AHH 1.1640 Peter Siemund, Hamburg University, Germany, On the advantages and disadvantages of multilingualism: Towards a more realistic assessment 
Tuesday, October 16, 12-1, AHH 1.1640 Tobias Schrödler, Hamburg University, Germany, The sociolinguist’s versus the language economist’s perspective on the value of languages: A win, a draw or two different games? 
For more information, visit Language on the Move.

MSLP graduates present at SPA 2018

The recent Speech Pathology Australia 2018 national conference saw a large contingent of 2017 graduates from the Master of Speech and Language Pathology program at Macquarie University. As part of the second year of this program, students are able to conduct a small research project related to speech pathology practice under the supervision of program staff and Faculty of Human Sciences researchers. Four students who completed their research projects in 2017 - Andrea Buckman, Urszula Dmowski, Kelly Jones, and Eloise Nolan-O'Brien - were accepted to present their research at this leading conference. This is an outstanding achievement, and reflects the depth and quality of research undertaken by these (now!) new graduate speech pathologists.

Andrea presented her project titled “The impact of swallowing therapy on voice and speech following stroke”. Her research examined whether an intervention program based on the principles of motor learning may have generalised effects across the physiological systems supporting speech and swallowing. Eloise presented her project titled “Finding feminine voice features for transgender females”. Her research addressed the relationship between instrumental and perceptual measures of transgender female voice, with a view to improved speech pathology assessment. Both Andrea and Eloise were supervised by Claire Layfield.

Kelly presented her project titled “Conversation education for aphasia: An investigation into communicative outcomes and quality of life impacts”. Her research explored the effects of a novel intervention program for people with aphasia and their familiar communication partners. Kelly’s project was supervised by Dr Scott Barnes. Urzsula presented her project titled "Aphasia or Afasia? Understanding cognates in bilingual language processing". Her research focused on the bilingual lexicon following aphasia, with a view to improving therapeutic effects across both languages. Urszula was supervised by Dr Solène Hameau and Prof. Lyndsey Nickels, both of whom are from the Department of Cognitive Science.

To find out about current speech pathology research in the Department of Linguistics, please visit our acquired communication disorders and developmental speech and language disorders pages. Enquires about current projects, or research collaboration and supervision, can be directed towards Dr Scott Barnes, MSLP Program Director.

Haidee Kruger

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

LCRC members news

Christoph Holz (MA, University of Leipzig) started his PhD at the LCRC in May 2018. He will be working on a comprehensive grammar of an Oceanic language in Papua New Guinea.

Dr Carola Emkow (PhD 2004, RCLT, La Trobe University) will start her Research Fellowship at the LCRC on 3 November 2018. Carola is an expert on Araona, a Tacana language from Bolivia, and Bena Bena, from PNG.

Mario Arrien (MA in Philosophy and Social Anthropology, University of Vienna), an expert in cultures and languages of Bolivia, was appointed Adjunct Research Fellow at the LCRC.

Dr Luca Ciucci will be presenting the following talks:

  • Lexicography in the Eighteenth-century Gran Chaco: the Old Zamuco Dictionary by Ignace Chomé. 18th Euralex International Congress. Lexicography in global contexts. Ljubljana, Slovenia, July 17-21, 2018.
  • Competition in a rare grammatical system: the case of Old Zamuco. Societas Linguistica Europaea, 51th Annual Meeting. Tallinn, August 29-September 1, 2018.
  • On the secret register of the Ebitoso dialect of Chamacoco (Zamucoan). Second International Conference on Sociolinguistics. Budapest, September 6-8, 2018.
  • Old Zamuco: the rediscovery of an extinct language from South America. Invited talk. Cologne: Institut für Linguistik, September 28, 2018.
  • Bertinetto, Pier Marco & Luca Ciucci. Non-prototypical derivation in the Zamucoan languages. Workshop on Derivational Morphology. Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften. Vienna, May 17-18, 2018.
  • Bertinetto, Pier Marco & Luca Ciucci. What irregularities can tell us about reconstruction: on verb inflection in Proto-Zamucoan. Societas Linguistica Europaea, 51th Annual Meeting. Tallinn, August 29-September 1, 2018.
  • Ross, Daniel, Jesús Olguín Martínez & Luca Ciucci. Para-hypotaxis in the world's languages: A cross-linguistic survey. Syntax of the World’s Languages 8. Paris, September 3-5, 2018

Firew Girma Worku will present a talk on ‘Valency changing operations in Mursi’ at the 48th Colloquium on African Languages and Linguistics, Leiden, 30 August 2018- 1 September 2018.

Dr Katarzyna Wojtylak will present the following talk: ‘Counting practices in Northwest Amazonia as a result of language contact’, 6-8 September, International conference of sociolinguistics, Budapest


Junwei Bai (Abe) is currently undertaking fieldwork on Munya, a Tibeto-Burman language from Sichuan Province in China, between June and August 2018.

Pema Wangdi is currently undertaking fieldwork on Brokpa, a Tibeto-Burman language from Bhutan, from late May 2018 until December 2018.

Visiting Fellows at the LCRC: the second half of2018

Dr René van den Berg, Lingustics Consultant of SIL at Ukarumpa, PNG, and member of the International Consultative Board of LCRC is an expert on Austronesian languages. He will be visiting LCRC between 27 July and 15 August, presenting a lecture on  'Same, similar identical: idematives in languages of New Guinea', and interacting with other members of the Centre.

Professor Pier Marco Bertinetto (SNS, Pisa), is an expert in a number of fields within linguistics, including experimental phonology and morphology, the theory of tense and aspect, linguistic typology and the languages of South America, with special focus on the Zamucoan family. During his stay at the LCRC, he will focus, jointly with Dr Luca Ciucci, on the typological rarirties of Zamucoan languages, and a reconstruction of the Zamucoan nominal suffixes, expressing gender, number and "form", in addition to further work on Ayoreo. He will present a key-note address at the International Workshop ‘From fieldwork to reconstruction: language documentation and historical linguistics’. He will be Visiting Professor at the LCRC between 22 October and 20 December 2018.

New books published and forthcoming

Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y. 2018. Serial verbs. Oxford: Oxford University Press (October 2018) - flyer with a discount available from Alexandra.Aikhenvald@jcu.edu.au
—. 2018. How gender shapes the world. Paperback edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press (October 2018).
Alvanoudi, Angekliki. 2018. Modern Greek in Diaspora: An Australian Perspective. Palgrave MacMillan.
Overall, Simon and Katarzyna I. Wojtylak (eds.). 2018. Nominalization: A view from Northwest Amazonia. Special issue of STUF-Sprachtypologie und Universalienforschung 71: Issue 1.
Storch, Anne, Andrea Hollington, Nico Nassenstein and Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald (eds). 2019. Secret codes and special styles. A special issue of the International Journal of Language and Culture. 
Wojtylak, Katarzyna I. and Yvonne Treis (eds). 2018. On the expression of Comparison: Contributions to the typology of comparative constructions from lesser-known languages. Special issue of Linguistic Discovery. Issue 16:1.

Events at the LCRC in the second half of 2018

Special Workshop: 'Word': its manifestations and functions
Cairns, 3-4 October 2018
Convenors: Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, R. M. W. Dixon, and Nathan White 

Wednesday 3 October D3-150

9.30  Opening and Introduction
9.45  N. J. Enfield:  Word in Lao 
11.30  R. M. W. Dixon:  Phonological and grammatical word in Boumaa Fijian 
14.00  Nathan White:  Word in Hmong 
15.00  Katarzyna Wojtylak:  Murui uai – the phonological and grammatical status of 'word' in Murui (Witotoan, Northwest Amazonia) 
16.30 Firew Girma Worku:  Nominal versus verbal clitics in Mursi

Thursday 4 October D3-150

9.30  Nerida Jarkey:  Word in Nihongo (Japanese language) and Gyarugo (Girl language)
11.15  Sean Allison:  The notion of ‘word’ in Makary Kotoko 
14.00  Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald:  Word in Yalaku (Ndu, ESP, PNG) 
15.00  Luca Ciucci:  Wordhood in Chamacoco (Zamucoan) 
16.30  Discussion: moderators, Alexandra Aikhenvald, R. M. W. Dixon, Nathan White

Everyone is welcome

LCRC special International Workshop: From fieldwork to reconstruction: language documentation and historical linguistics
Special Workshop of the Language and Culture Research Centre focussing on issues in linguistic reconstruction, genetic inheritance and areal diffusion; Cairns, 7-8 November 2018.
Convenors: Luca Ciucci, Prof Alexandra Aikhenvald
Invited participants include: Pier-Marco Bertinetto (SNS, Pisa), Alejandra Vidal (Universidad Nacional de Formosa), Junwei Bai, Luca Ciucci, R. M. W. Dixon, AlexWalker, Nathan White, Kasia Wojtylak (all from LCRC)
Exhibition: 'The South American Heritage of Walter E. Roth'
Foyer of the Cairns Institute building (D-3), The Cairns Campus, JCU.
Organizers: Dr Maria Wronska-Friend, Prof Alexandra Aikhenvald, Prof Rosita Henry

Walter Edmund Roth (1861-1933) was born in London and came to Australia in 1887. From 1894 he was Surgeon to the Boulia, Cloncurry, and Normanton Hospitals in north-west Queensland. In 1898 he was appointed the first Northern Protector of Aborigines. Based in Cooktown he travelled extensively through the north. Part of his responsibilities was to record Aboriginal cultures. His main brief was to curb the exploitation of Aborigines, and especially Aboriginal women, by white settlers. Possessed of a strong personality and administrative drive, Roth was effective as a protector, but inevitably came in conflict with politicians, settlers and the press in North Queensland. In 1904-6 he was Chief Protector (based in Brisbane). In 1904 he headed the Royal Commission into the conditions of the Aborigines in the North-West. Having come under political attack, he resigned in 1906 and left Australia for British Guyana where he was employed by the Imperial Government as stipendiary magistrate, medical magistrate, and district commissioner. He continued his anthropological work with the indigenous peoples of British Guiana, especially the Wai Wai. On his retirement in 1928 he became curator of the Georgetown museum and died on 5 April 1933. The museum is now named after him.

His distinguished monograph of 1897, Ethnological studies among North-West Central Queensland Aborigines, established his international reputation. He then published eighteen Bulletins of North Queensland Ethnography. It is impossible to overestimate how important they are. They constitute a major source on the Aboriginal cultures and rituals of this region (many of them forgotten and no longer practiced). In 1924 his valuable An Introductory Study of the Arts, Crafts, and Customs of the Guiana Indians was published at the government printing office at Washington, U.S.A. Another volume, Additional Studies of the Arts, Crafts, and Customs of the Guiana Indians was published as Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin No. 91 (1929). His contribution to our knowledge of the indigenous peoples of Guyana — speakers of Carib and Arawak languages — is exemplary.

The exhibition is centered on the culture of the Wai Wai people who live in several villages scattered across northern Brazil, Guiana and southern Surinam. They number no more than about 1000 people. The Wai Wai are an amalgamation of a number of groups who came to live together in the early twentieth century, under pressure from European invaders. Their language belongs to the Carib family (where the English word cannibal came from). The name Wai Wai, meaning 'the tapioca people', originated with their northern neighbours, the Arawak-speaking Wapishana. It was given to them since quite a few of the people are quite light-skinned. The Wai Wai are proficient hunters and also agriculturalists. Their traditional method of farming has always been the 'slash and burn' method. The Wai Wai are known for their weaving, pottery, woven combs, bone flutes, feather adornments, and other crafts.

The artefacts on display come from the material collection at the College of Arts, Society, and Education at JCU organized in 1988 by the Walter Roth museum in Georgetown (Guyana), and from Alexandra Aikhenvald's personal collection.

Roundtable meetings and workshop

All roundtable meetings at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays in room D3-150 of the Cairns Institute building
Seminar, Wednesday 8 August, René van den Berg: Same, similar, identical Idematives in languages  of New Guinea
Workshop on Number Systems, Wednesday 10 October, Luca Ciucci: Number systems in Chamacoco 
Workshop on Number Systems, Wednesday 17 October, Bob Dixon:  Number systems in Dyirbal 
Seminar, Wednesday 24 October, Sean Ulm and Ian McNiven: An update on the Lizard Island archaeology project: Investigating Dingaal Seascapes on the Great Barrier Reef in Far North Queensland 
Workshop on Number Systems, Wednesday 31 October, Alexandra Aikhenvald: Number systems in Manambu 
Linguistic fieldwork adventure series, August 3rd
4:30  Firew Girma Worku on fieldwork in Ethiopia
5:00  Nelissa Neundrof on fieldwork in PNG
Everyone is welcome 

Alexandra (Sasha) Aikhenvald


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News from Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University is proud to host the next Australian Indigenous Languages Institute program in Sydney in January 2019. Courses to be offered are:

  • Introduction to Yolngu Languages & Culture [CDU] CAS110          
  • Gamilaraay 1 [ANU] AUST1001  
  • Linguistics for Indigenous Languages [CDU] INL100          

Charles Darwin University – Sydney campus, Level 10, 815 George Street, Sydney

Two week intensive courses

14 – 25 January 2019

Classes 9am – 1pm Mon-Fri

For more information contact  http:www.cdu.edu.au/sikpp/aili

Cathy Bow


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News from the ANU

International Conference on Historical Linguistics 24 (ICHL24)

Date: 1st July – 5th July 2018

Location: The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Conference organisers: Bethwyn Evans, Jennifer Hendriks, Simon Greenhill

Conference Email: ichl24anu@gmail.com

Website: http://www.dynamicsoflanguage.edu.au/ichl24/

The Australian National University (ANU) is hosting the 24th International Conference on Historical Linguistics (ICHL24), from 1st July – 5th July 2019. This biennial conference brings together historical linguists and specialists in related fields to explore advances in areas including methods and practices of linguistic reconstruction, formal approaches to language change, historical sociolinguistics, computational approaches to historical linguistics, contact and areal linguistics, and interfaces between historical linguistics and other disciplines, and many other related areas. Abstracts are invited for papers in the general session to be submitted by 14th September 2018. Refer to the conference website for more details.

The Asia-Pacific Innovation Program (APIP): How Languages are Learned: A special forum on second language acquisition.

            Date: 17-18 September 2018

            Venue: Sir Roland Wilson Building, the ANU.

            Organisers: Dr Yanying Zhang and Elizabeth Mayer

This two-day event features public lectures by Prof. Manfred Pienemann (University of Padeborn, Germany) and Prof. Boping Yuan (University of Cambridge, UK) and masterclasses by some of the world’s leading experts in language learning.  For further information and registration, click here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/how-are-languages-learned-international-workshop-tickets-48266149352 


Hill, Peter M. and Krasimira Koleva. 2018. “Sex and Gender in Serbian and Bulgarian. A Comparative Study” Deutsche Beiträge zum 16. Internationalen Slavistenkongress, Belgrad 2018. Herausgegeben von Sebastian Kempgen, Monika Wingender und Ludger Udolph (= Die Welt der Slaven. Sammelbände • Sborniki 63). Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz: 147-156

Hill, Peter M. 2018. “The Expressions for 'Translate' and 'Interpret' in the European Languages”. Orbis Linguarum, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 21-34

Kalyan, Siva and Alexandre François. 2018. Freeing the Comparative Method from the tree model: A framework for Historical Glottometry. In Ritsuko Kikusawa and Lawrence A. Reid (eds.) Let’s Talk about Trees: Tackling problems in representing phylogenic relationships among languages. (Senri Ethnological Studies 98). Osaka: National Museum of Ethnology, 59–89.

Sarvasy, Hannah and Sabine Stoll. To appear. Research Topic on the acquisition of clause chaining. Frontiers in Psychology: https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/8484/acquisition-of-clause-chaining.

Sánchez, L. & Mayer E. 2018. ‘Typological differences in morphological patterns, gender features, and thematic structure in the L2 acquisition of Ashaninka Spanish.’ Special Issue: Romance Languages at the Forefront of Language Acquisition Research. Languages, 3(2), 21; https://doi.org/10.3390/languages3020021

Ye, Zhengdao. 2018. The politeness bias and the society of strangers. Language Sciences. DOI: 10.1016/j.langsci.2018.06.009.


  • Wayan Arka, Thress Tamelan, and Kirsten Culhane attended 14-ICAL in Tananarivo, Madagascar 17-20 July 2018. Wayan was a keynote speaker for 14-ICAL, presented a paper on  “Agency and benefaction in Balinese”.  Wayan also presented a co-authored paper in a parallel session “the syntax and pragmatics of negation in Balinese”.  Thress presented “SVC in Dela”, and Kirsten presented “The morphophonology of consonant insertion in Amfo'an”, and a co-authored paper “Synchrony and Diachrony of Consonant Insertions in Meto”
  • Nick Evans, Wolfgang Barth and Marie Duhamel attended the Vanuatu Languages Conference in Port Vila on July 25-27. It was a stimulating and heart-warming event in honour of John Lynch (standing, third from left) and his five decade-long contribution to Vanuatu linguistics. A broad range of papers and perspectives were presented, reflecting the spectacular diversity of Vanuatu languages, by scholars from Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Australia, New Zealand, US and Europe. Nick and Wolfgang presented a paper on kinship terminologies and Marie Duhamel presented papers on the terms for ‘taboo’ in the Raga language (Pentecost island) and on the incidence of borrowing from Bislama into Raga. The event was co-sponsored by the Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, the Max Plank Institute and the University of the South Pacific. And, as is customary in Vanuatu, kava was enjoyed by (nearly) all!
  • Elisabeth Mayer presented the following papers: (a) Clitics vs. affixes, acquisition and borrowability in bilingual Spanish of Ashaninka, Shipibo and Quechua speakers. Morphological Misfits Lima, PUCP 23.-25 July; (b)  Cross-cultural differences among indigenous communities and research Methods. International symposium at ICA, co-organized by Mayer, Sanchez and Maia. University of Salamanca 17 July 2018, (c)  DOM in Spanish and beyond., University of Zurich, 5 June 2018
  • Carmel O’Shannessy presented two papers at the International Congress of Linguists 20, Capetown, South Africa, July 2-6: (a) ‘Multilingual language use and ideologies across generations: a case study of language change and continuity’ (part of the workshop on Intergenerational multilingualism: negotiating language policies and practices across generations) and (b) ‘How different are young children’s language processing mechanisms in contact-induced change?’
  • Carmel O’Shannessy was a keynote speaker in WORKSHOP ON BILINGUAL DEVELOPMENT 26-27 July 2018, Macquarie University, Sydney. She presented a paper on ‘Bilingual acquisition and language change: a case study of Warlpiri and Light Warlpiri’.


  • Lauren Reed has been awarded a Language Documentation grant from the Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language. The grant will support a pilot documentation project of PNGSL (Papua New Guinea Sign Language), which is the language of emerging deaf communities in urban areas of Papua New Guinea. The project will survey language attitudes of deaf PNGSL signers, as well as produce a basic picture dictionary with a focus on variation.
  • Wayan Arka in collaboration with Mary Dalrymple has won a small grant from ELF on the documentation of Enggano.  Wayan visited the island of Enggano in February 2018. With the ELF grant, Wayan will do preliminary documentation on Enggano, working with the local research he has recruited during his visit to Enggano.


The ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Languages (CoEDL) has some scholarships for undergraduate and masters coursework students to engage in research projects over summer for around 8 weeks.  Please encourage outstanding students to apply.

Information is here:


CoEDL at the Australian National University has some scholarships open to students from Australian or New Zealand universities.   Apply for ANU summer scholarships here:


Deadline for applications: 31 August

A Summer Research Scholarship or Summer Internship is an exceptional research opportunity for undergraduate students, providing insight into what studying for a graduate research degree is all about. The scholarship or internship package gives an opportunity to undertake research projects and activities during the summer.


This year we sent the two gold winning Australian teams to IOL in Prague. Two students from the team of four from Brisbane State High School has been awarded honourable mentions and one of the three students from the team from Canberra Grammar School won a bronze medal! This is another great performance by Team Oz (even with a team of only 3), and we look forward to more exciting OzCLO/IOL developments next year.

Wayan Arka


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News from UNE


Iyengar, A. V. (forthcoming). Variation in Perso-Arabic and Devanāgarī Sindhī orthographies: An overview. Written Language and Literacy, 21(2). Accepted June 2018. 

Conference presentations

  • Liz Ellis presented a paper entitled The Plurilingual TESOL Teacher: a New Perspective on Teacher Identity at the TEFLIN International Conference (12-14 July) held at the State University of Makassar, Indonesia.
  • Finex Ndhlovu presented a paper on Australia’s language-in-migration policies: Coloniality of language and raciolinguistic ideologies at the Sociolinguistic Symposium 22 (27-30 June) held at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Finex’s presentation was part of a panel colloquium on the theme Unsettling race and language: Raciolinguistic perspectives in settler colonial societies.

Research and fieldwork

Cindy Schneider is back from fieldwork in Pentecost, Vanuatu, where she worked with native speakers to produce 24 Suru Kavian readers for Class 1 students. Times are difficult in Pentecost at the moment, with volcanic ashfall from nearby Ambae island getting into gardens and water tanks.

As of July, Liz Ellis is back from SSP, while Inés Antón-Méndez goes on SSP.

PhD confirmations

Rafi Saleh has had his PhD proposal confirmed. The working title of his study is Disrupting Power Positions through Translanguaging Pedagogies: The Case of Bangladeshi Higher Education. He now plans to leave for fieldwork in Bangladesh.

Arvind Iyengar


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News from University of Sydney

Ahmar Mahboob was a plenary speaker at BC TEAL’s 50th Annual Conference in Vancouver in May, where he presented on “Space-time, language, society and pedagogy: multiple intersections.”

In early June, Mark Post gave a keynote address at the 24th Himalayan Languages Symposium, University of Lucknow, India, entitled “Topographical deixis and the homeland of Trans-Himalayan.”

On 5 July, Mark Post and Nick Enfield organized a two-session panel on the topic “Language and Zomia” in the Asian Studies Association of Australia Conference, hosted by the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre.

HDR student Samantha Soon presented joint work with Gwen Hyslop at the 14th International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics in Madagascar, 17-20 July (“Phonetic and Phonological Sketch of Kwényïï”).

The Department was strongly represented at the 45th International Systemic Functional Congress, held at Boston College in July. Jim Martin, Yaegan Doran, and HDR students Anna Crane, Yufei He and Mus Zhang gave presentations, including participation in colloquia focusing on Functional Language Typology, Legitimation Code Theory and SFL, Nominal group structure across languages, Images, and Translation. Prof Martin gave the closing plenary address.

An international workshop entitled The Anthropology of Language in Mainland Southeast Asia will take place in mid-2019 at USyd (Contact: Nick Enfield).

Also coming up next year: The 31st Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association Conference will be held at the University of Sydney between the 30th Sep. – 4th Oct. 2019, co-convened by Dr Yaegan Doran in the Department of Linguistics, and Dr Eszter Szenes and Dr Alex Garcia in the Sydney University Learning Centre.

The “Sydney Centre for Language Research” has just been formally approved by the Provost’s Office at the University of Sydney. The Centre, directed by Nick Enfield (Dept of Linguistics), brings together around 70 language researchers across Sydney University working in many domains of language research, including computational linguistics, psycholinguistics, educational linguistics, indigenous languages, language and identity, field linguistics, grammar writing, and much more. A web site will be up soon.

PhD students Weijian Meng and Gus Wheeler have returned from six months in the mountains of central Laos, working on grammars of Saek (Northern Tai) and Bru (Katuic, Austroasiatic), respectively. They are now back in Sydney and working with Nick Enfield and PhD student Marlena Lutz-Hughes on a systematic comparison of the languages of the Nam Noi valley in Laos, in collaboration with linguistic anthropologist Chip Zuckerman, as part of the ARC Discovery project ‘Do Language Boundaries Stabilize Ethnic Boundaries?’ See http://namnoi.nickenfield.org/

USyd Linguistics in the news

Nick Enfield published an opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald (p18) on Tues May 22, 2018, titled “The aitch or haitch debate has a dark side”, arguing that seemingly minor language prejudices are fundamentally no different from the attitudes that underpin the worst excesses of language-based discrimination.

Nick Enfield recently published two further opinion pieces: one on ‘language games and truth decay’ in the Sydney Morning Herald:


and one on ‘Science and storytelling’ in the Guardian:


In addition, a study led by Nick, published on 23 May 2018 in the journal Royal Society Open Science (http://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.180391), attracted worldwide media attention, with reports on the study appearing in major outlets including the New York Times, the Times, the NRC Handelsblad, and Nature Research Highlights. The study shows that in informal interaction in home and village style settings, people are highly cooperative, complying with requests most of the time, but seldom receiving a ‘thank you’. On average across languages, one out of 20 times someone complies with a request or command, the recipient of help will express gratitude. This finding helps to explain why many languages have no word for ‘thank you’ (See http://recruitments.nickenfield.org/gratitude-study/).

HDR completions

Lydia Dutcher completed her Phd on “Interaction and collaboration across proficiency levels in the English language classroom”. The thesis is archived here: http://hdl.handle.net/2123/18394

Selected Publications

Hyslop, G. (2018). On Mirativity and Egophoricity in Kurtöp. In eds. E. Norcliffe, L. San Roque, and S. Floyd Egophoricity, 109-138. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Hyslop, G. (2018). Evidentiality in Bodic languages. In ed. Alexandra Aikhenvald The Oxford handbook of evidentiality, 595-609. Oxford: OUP.

Other news

The website Kaleidographic.org is now up-and-running. Kaleidographic is a dynamic and interactive visualisation tool that can show relations between multiple variables in a dataset. Linguists can build their own (free) Kaleidographic visualisations via the website. Instructional videos will be added soon. The visualisation tool was developed by Helen Caple (UNSW) and Monika Bednarek (USyd), in collaboration with Laurence Anthony (Waseda University, Japan).

Monika Bednarek


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News from Griffith University

Linguistics at Griffith should start by apologising for being very bad at Newsletter updates. But actually, yes, there is linguistics at Griffith University (Brisbane and Gold Coast). We have a dedicated Bachelor of Languages and Linguistics and a flourishing PhD program. 

Current linguistics staff are Cliff Goddard, Susana Eisenchlas, and Nathaniel Mitchell. Important sessional staff at the moment are Sophiaan Subhan and Helen Leung. There are also four applied linguistics staff here (Ben Fenton-Smith, Rowan Michael, Ian Walkinshaw, Claire Rodway), not to mention the peripatetic Prof. Andy Kirkpatrick.

New position

We will shortly be advertising for a new Level B continuing position in Linguistics! Expect to see the ad within a few weeks.

Griffith PhD theses awarded this year

Chalmers, James. 2018. On the Trainability of Foreign Language Learning Aptitude. PhD thesis. Griffith University.

Rowen, Roslyn. 2018. Interactional Semantics of Australian English. PhD thesis. Griffith University.

Some Recent Publications

Eisenchlas, S. A., & A. C. Schalley (2017) Reaching out to migrant and refugee communities to support home language maintenance. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. (Online first)

Goddard, Cliff. 2018. Ten Lectures on Natural Semantic Metalanguage: Exploring language, thought and culture using simple, translatable words. (Distinguished Lectures in Cognitive Linguistics). Leiden: Brill. 

Goddard, Cliff (ed.) 2018. Minimal English For a Global World: Improved Communication Using Fewer Words. Palgrave Macmillan.

Walkinshaw, I., Mitchell, N., and Subhan, S. (forthcoming) Self-denigration as a relational strategy in lingua franca talk: Asian English speakers. Journal of Pragmatics.

Current Projects

Susana Eisenchlas and Andrea Schalley are jointly editing Handbook of Social and Affective Factors in Home Language Maintenance and Development. This to be published by Mouton de Gruyter in the Handbooks of Applied Linguistics series.

Cliff Goddard is organising a Panel *Minimal English in Action* for next year’s International Pragmatics Association (IPrA) conference in Hong Kong.


Look out for the interdisciplinary Symposium “Language, Culture and BELONGING”, being held in Brisbane on 26 September. [https://easychair.org/cfp/LCBS2018]  The CFP has closed. Registration to attend will open soon.

Cliff Goddard


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News from University of Melbourne

Recent PhD completions

Kate Horrack has passed her PhD entitled “Argument realization in Wubuy”. Available here: https://minerva-access.unimelb.edu.au/handle/11343/213328

Jill Wigglesworth


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News from AIATSIS

The AIATSIS Foundation has launched a program to support Australian Indigenous language dictionaries that need funding to be published. If you are involved in developing a dictionary which is expected to be ready for publication within the next 12 months, and are seeking funding for it, please apply at http://aiatsis.gov.au/eform/submit/dic-eoi. If you have any questions regarding the application, please do not hesitate to contact dictionaries@aiatsis.gov.au.

Jacqui Battin


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Calls for Papers

Call for papers:  ALS Workshop “Language processing and language change”

at the Annual Meeting of the Australian Linguistic Society, 10-12 December 2018, University of South Australia


Robert Mailhammer (Western Sydney University), R.Mailhammer@westernsydney.edu.au, Elena Smirnova (Université de Neuchâtel), elena.smirnova@unine.ch

Workshop background and description

Explaining internal language change has been the Gordian Knot of historical linguistics. Traditional approaches to language change make no attempt to motivate events of change [1]. Theories that do address causes of internal language change have taken mainly one of two stances: either it is a by-product of language use or it is functional. Neither approach has so far provided conclusive proof for their views. Theories of the first kind have had some success in accounting for sound change [2], but perhaps less so in other domains of language. The main problem of functional theories has been that the relevant functional aim, such as local improvement [3], prototypicality [4] or economy [5], have somewhat subjective. However, in recent years work has targeted more tangible parameters: [7] explicitly names a reduction in cognitive processing costs a goal of language change, [8] does this implicitly by using learnability by algorithms as test “subjects”, [9] discusses evolutionary and game-based models. The availability of sophisticated methodology to investigate language processing, together with the availability and processability of large historical language corpora make it possible to develop approaches that examine connections between language processing and language change:

We invite abstracts for a 30-minute oral presentation (500 words excluding references, tables and figures in an email to either organiser by 15 October 2018) on topics such as the following:

  • try to assess whether documented cases of language change follow a prefer structures with low processing costs;
  • explore the connection between language processing and language change experimentally and/or theoretically [11];
  • investigate the connection between language acquisition, processing and language change;
  • investigate aspects of processing that could be relevant to language change and vice versa.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 31 October.

Confirmed speakers:

Brett Baker (Melbourne)

Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky (South Australia)

Laurence Bruggeman (Macquarie University)

Rikke Bundgaard-Nielsen (Western Sydney)

Patrick Caudal (CNRS/Paris-Diderot)

Matthias Schlesewsky (South Australia)


[1] Hill, E. 2009. Die Präferenztheorie der historischen Phonologie aus junggrammatischer Perspektive. Zeitschrift für Sprachwissenschaft 28, 231-263 [2] Solé, M. J. & D. Recasens (eds.). 2012. The Initiation of Sound Change. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins. [3] Vennemann, Th. 1993. Language change as language improvement", in: Ch. Jones (ed.), Historical linguistics: Problems and perspectives, 319-344. London: Longman. [4] Bybee J. (2010). Language, Usage and Cognition. Cambridge. Cambridge University Press. [5] Gelderen, E. v. 2004. Grammaticalization as Economy. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins. [7] Hawkins, J.A. 2004. Efficiency and Complexity in Grammars. Oxford University Press [8] Schaden, G. 2012. International Journal of Pragmatics 4. 261-292 [9] Deo, Ashwini. 2015. Annual Review of Linguistics 1. 179–197 [10] Mailhammer, R. 2017. Is there a Law of the Least Effort in language change? Evidence from passives in English and German. Paper given at University of Munich, 13 July

Rob Mailhammer


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Call for papers: Pragmemes at the marketplace

We invite contributions to a volume provisionally entitled Pragmemes at the marketplace: a cross-cultural analysis (to be edited by Keith Allan and Alessandro Capone). Please email an expression of interest to one or both of the editors (keith.allan@monash.edualessandro.caponis@gmail.com). The topic of the volume is selling goods at the marketplace and should be addressed via the framework of pragmemes (Jacob Mey, Pragmatics, Oxford: Blackwell, 2001; Alessandro Capone, Pragmemes JoP 17 (2005): 1355-1371 and Pragmemes again Lingua 209 (2018): 89-104). 

The book is hoped to have a synchronic and diachronic comparative dimension and to contribute to cultural pragmatics. So investigations of many languages, periods, and cultures are sought. Capone (2018) notices that this pragmeme in Italian markets is gradually disappearing, thus, one task would be to record existing data. Some chapters could  explore how the poetic function can be exploited in the activity of selling goods in the marketplace. To what extent can vendors be considered natural poets? How are their versification techniques be propagated from a generation to the next? Contributors are welcome to add their own ideas.

The book will be submitted to the series 'Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy, and Psychology', published by Springer, directed by Alessandro Capone.

Keith Allan


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PhD position, University of Melbourne

Seeking a PhD student to work on rural and remote Australian English conversation

Project: Conversational Interaction in Aboriginal and Remote Australia (CIARA)

The research project ‘Conversational Interaction in Aboriginal and Remote Australia’ (CIARA) is funded by the Australian Research Council and will run for four years from 2018-2022. The research team consists of Chief Investigators Dr Joe Blythe (Macquarie University; project leader), Professor Lesley Stirling (University of Melbourne), Associate Professor Ilana Mushin (University of Queensland) and Associate Professor Rod Gardner (University of Queensland), as well as Research Assistant Dr Francesco Possemato and Macquarie PhD student Josua Dahmen. The project’s methodology is Comparative Conversation Analysis, sometimes called Pragmatic Typology, and the overall aim of the project is to investigate possible variation within the interactional domain by comparing informal conversations conducted in four Australian Aboriginal languages (Jaru, Gija, Murrinhpatha and Garrwa) with conversations conducted in poorly documented varieties of non-Aboriginal English in rural and remote outback regions of Australia. The project is supported by a reference group of Aboriginal researchers.

We are seeking a student to undertake a PhD to be associated with but not funded by the project, to be based at the University of Melbourne under the primary supervision of Prof Lesley Stirling. We would expect the student to apply for a standard PhD scholarship and be accepted by the University through its standard application processes. The student would work on rural Australian English conversation using a Conversation Analysis/Interactional Linguistics approach, as part of the sub-project on rural and remote English headed up by Prof Stirling. As part of the PhD dissertation, the student would build a video corpus of multiparty English conversation in rural areas of Victoria, to add to a corpus of remote English conversations which is being collected in the Kimberley and for comparison with existing corpora of urban English conversation. The specific topic of the PhD would be for discussion but would probably align with one of the themes of the broader project: turn-taking and action sequences; conversational narrative; and knowledge representation. The University of Melbourne offers generous fieldwork support and it is envisaged that the student’s data collection would be funded under this scheme. The student would be part of the project team and have the opportunity to receive mentoring and intellectual support from project members and to contribute to the larger project through taking part in workshops and publications. The student would also benefit from being part of the large and vibrant postgraduate student cohort within the Linguistics and Applied Linguistics program in the School of Languages & Linguistics at the University of Melbourne.

Prospective students should be eligible to apply for a PhD in Linguistics & Applied Linguistics at the University of Melbourne, either as a domestic or an international applicant (for more information see https://study.unimelb.edu.au/study-with-us/our-degrees/graduate-research and http://graduate.arts.unimelb.edu.au/ ). Students with a background in conversation analysis/interaction linguistics, discourse analysis, pragmatics, or Australian English, could be particularly suited to this PhD topic area, but anyone with an interest in this PhD is welcome to contact us for more information.

Contact: Prof Lesley Stirling, lesleyfs@unimelb.edu.au, +61 3 8344 5192

Lesley Stirling

PhD scholarships at the language and culture research centre

Come and work in an exotic location, investigating a language which has never previously been described!

Applications are invited, from suitably qualified students, to enter the PhD program of the Language and Culture Research Centre at James Cook University Australia. Supervision will be provided by Professor Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, Professor R. M. W. Dixon, Professor Rosita Henry, Dr Alexander Walker, Dr Luca Ciucci, and Dr Michael Wood.

Our PhD candidates generally undertake extensive fieldwork on a previously undescribed (or scarcely described) language and write a comprehensive grammar of it for their dissertation. They are expected to work on a language which is still actively spoken, and to establish a field situation within a community in which it is the first language. Their first fieldtrip lasts for six to nine months. After completing a first draft of the grammar, back in Cairns, they undertake a second fieldtrip of two to three months. Fieldwork methodology centres on the collection, transcription and analysis of texts, together with participant observation, and — at a later stage — judicious grammatical elicitation in the language under description (not through the lingua franca of the country). Our main priority areas are the Papuan and Austronesian languages of New Guinea and surrounding areas, and the languages of tropical Amazonia. However, we do not exclude applicants who have an established interest in languages from other areas (which need not necessarily lie within the tropics).

PhDs in Australian universities involve some coursework and a substantial dissertation. Candidates must thus have had thorough coursework training before embarking on this PhD program. This should have included courses on morphology, syntax, semantics, and phonology/phonetics, taught from a non-formalist perspective. We place emphasis on work that has a sound empirical basis but also shows a firm theoretical orientation (in terms of general typological theory, or what has recently come to be called basic linguistic theory).

Distinguished Professor Alexandra (Sasha) Aikhenvald is Australian Laureate Fellow and Research Leader for People and Societies of the Tropics. Together with Professor R. M. W. Dixon, she heads the Language and Culture Research Centre, which includes Research Fellows and a growing number of doctoral students. In addition, senior scholars from across the world opt to spend their sabbatical at the Language and Culture Research Centre.

The LCRC has strong links with anthropologists, archaeologists and educationalists, with scholars working on environmental issues, all within James Cook University. Further information is available at http://www.jcu.edu.au/lcrc/

The scholarship will be at the standard James Cook University rate, Australian $27.082 pa. Students coming from overseas are liable for a tuition fee; but this will be waived if scholarship is awarded. A small relocation allowance may be provided on taking up the scholarship. In addition, an adequate allowance will be made to cover fieldwork expenses and conference attendance.

The scholarship is for three and a half years. The deadline for application (starting in 2019) is 30 September 2018.

Successful applicants would take up their PhD scholarships between January and June 2019. (The academic year in Australia runs from February to November.)

Application form and procedures for international students can be found at: https://www.jcu.edu.au/graduate-research-school/candidates/postgraduate-research-scholarships (JCUPRS scholarships).

Prospective applicants are invited, in the first place, to get in touch with Professor Alexandra Aikhenvald at Alexandra.Aikhenvald@jcu.edu.au, providing details of their background, qualifications and interests (including a curriculum vitae). Applicants are advised to send samples of their written work in linguistics (at least some of this should be in English).

The LCRC 2018 Bulletin is now available at http://research.jcu.edu.au/lcrc

Alexandra (Sasha) Aikhenvald


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The 2018 Australian PhD Prize for Innovations in Linguistics

Nirukshi Perera and Jonathon Lum are the joint winners of the sixth Australian PhD Prize for Innovations in Linguistics for their theses entitled 'Talking Tamil, Talking Saivism: Language practices in a Tamil Hindu temple in Australia' (Perera) and 'Frames of spatial reference in Dhivehi language and cognition' (Lum). These theses were outstanding pieces of innovative, creative, and personal linguistic scholarship. All other submissions were of an extremely high standard. Such work is encouraging news for the present and future of boundary pushing research in Australian linguistics.

The Australian PhD Prize for Innovations in Linguistics is a $500 prize begun in 2013 awarded to the best PhD(s) (judged by the Panel) which demonstrate(s) methodological and theoretical innovations in Australian linguistics (e.g. studies in toponymy, language and ethnography, language and musicology, linguistic ecology, language identity and self, kinship relationships, island languages, spatial descriptions in language, Australian creoles, and language contact). The notice for 2019 submissions will appear in early 2018 in the ALS newsletter.

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Member’s notices

I, Keith Allan (Monash University and the University of Queensland, http://profiles.arts.monash.edu.au/keith-allan) am disposing of most of my library, located in Peregian Springs, Qld. The books themselves are free of charge but any postage costs will need to be paid by the recipient. There are many books on linguistics, English, language teaching; some philosophy, essays, novels, plays, poetry, literary criticism. About 250 books have gone already but there 428 listed at http://users.monash.edu.au/~kallan/bookdisp.pdf. If you are interested in any of the titles, please advise me at keith.allan@monash.edu

Keith Allan


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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, Joe Blythe (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 Joe 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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