ALS Newsletter February 2019

From the President
News from Wollongong
News from Charles Darwin University
News from the University of Queensland
News from James Cook University (Language and Culture Research Centre)
News from Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education
News from UNE
News from UWA
News from Macquarie University
News from University of Sydney
News from AIATSIS
News from the ANU
News from Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL)
News from Research Network for Linguistic Diversity (RNLD)
The Australian PhD Prize for Innovations in Linguistics
About ALS

From the President

Welcome to 2019, the UN Year of Indigenous Languages! It is great to see the languages of First Nations’ peoples being made the focus worldwide. In reflecting on this being a ‘Year of…’ I found myself recognising more the amount of work already being done (and often for many years) by numerous Indigenous Organisations to maintain, document, teach and raise public awareness of these languages. The sheer size, diversity and complexity of governmental jurisdiction in Australia makes the enduring and persistent efforts of individual language speakers and their communities, regional language centres, and national organisations like First Languages Australia, AIATSIS and the Research Network for linguistic diversity (RNLD). Professor (and past ALS president) Rachel Nordlinger has kicked off what I hope will be more public outreach by the ALS membership in fine style with a Public Lecture and associated media interviews (capped off with a prestigious Koala Stamp from Philip Adams). Watch this space for ways in which ALS will be more formally acknowledging the Year of Indigenous Languages.

And for our university-based members, I wish you all the best for the 2019 academic year.

Ilana Mushin

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News from Wollongong


Herrero de Haro, Alfredo. (2019) Consonant Deletion and Eastern Andalusian Spanish Vowels: The Effect of Word-final /s/, /r/ and /θ/ Deletion on /i/, Australian Journal of Linguistics, 39 (1), 107-131, DOI: 10.1080/07268602.2019.1542935

Ogie, R., Castilla Rho, J., Clarke, R. and Moore, A. (2018) Disaster Risk Communication in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities: The Role of Technology Proceedings 2 (19), 12-56; https://doi.org/10.3390/proceedings2191256 (registering DOI). Published: 26 October 2018.

Karimi, N., Lukin, A., Moore, A., Walzak, A. and Butow, P. (2018). Advanced cancer patients’ construction of self during oncology consultations: a transitivity concordance analysis. Functional Linguistics 5, 6-29 https://doi.org/10.1186/s40554-018-0057-9.


Herrero de Haro, Alfredo. $8093, Hispanex grant, Ministry of Education, Spain.

Project: “Effects of word-medial coda consonant deletion on the duration and perception of /t/ and /n/ in Eastern Andalusian Spanish”.

Other news

Alison Moore will deliver a keynote at the 4th International Conference on Ecolinguistics (ICE-4), which will be held at the University of Southern Denmark (Odense campus) from August 12th to 15th 2019. The call for papers closes 1st March and can be found here: https://ice-4.dk/.

Alison Moore gave the opening plenary at the 3rd Halliday-Hasan Forum, a two-day symposium on 'Register in Context: New Questions and Possibilities’ held at Shenzhen University, China, 28-29 November 2018, co-hosted by Guangdong U. of Foreign Studies and convened by Professors Peng Xuanwei (Guangdong) and Geoff Williams (UBC/USyd). Invited speakers came from Australia, China, Hong Kong, Germany, UK and Japan and parallel sessions were held in English and Chinese. Alison’s presentation was entitled 'Progress and tensions in modelling register as a semantic configuration’.

Shooshi Dreyfus (Languages and Linguistics) and Pauline Jones (Education) will co-convene the IDEAS (Interdisciplinary Discourse analysis in Education, Arts and Social Science) research network  now for the second year. There is a whole list of fortnightly events, including seminar series. Contact shooshi@uow.edu.au for further information.

Alfie Herrero de Haro

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News from Charles Darwin University

A new course in an Indigenous Australian language is being offered through both Charles Darwin University and the Australian National University for the first time in semester 1, 2019. Students can learn some of the language and culture of the Bininj people of West Arnhem Land, NT, with a focus on the Kunwinjku language. The course is offered fully online, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels – see https://www.cdu.edu.au/bininj-kunwok for details.

The Australian Indigenous Languages Institute (AILI) held its second summer intensive at the CDU campus in Sydney this January. A keen group of students learned some Gamilaraay language of NSW and Qld (with Dr John Giacon), which was reported on ABC - https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-28/learning-the-indigenous-language-of-gamilaraay/10753012. Another group studied ‘Linguistics for Indigenous Languages’ taught by Dr Nicoletta Romeo of Batchelor Institute. With thanks to ILA, 5 Indigenous language workers were awarded scholarships to attend the intensive, and have an experience of a university-level linguistics course. The AILI will be held again in Darwin from 8-19 July – see https://aili.cdu.edu.au/for details.

CDU welcomes a team of 5 Yolngu researchers on staff to contribute to teaching and research in Yolngu Studies and other learning areas across the university.

Congratulations to Professor Steven Bird who was awarded a 3 year ARC Discovery Grant to explore the use of mobile technologies to support Indigenous and non-Indigenous people working together, and learning each other's languages in the process - https://www.cdu.edu.au/newsroom/arc-indigenous-language-grant

Cathy Bow

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News from the University of Queensland

Staff News:

In the past few months we have welcomed four new staff members and look forward to a fifth beginning in April 2019. Dr Martin Schweinberger (PhD University of Hamburg) has joined us as a Postdoctoral Fellow, specialising in language change and variation (especially English varieties); Dr Nathaniel Mitchell (PhD, Griffith university) has joined us as a postdoctoral fellow in Conversation Analysis and specialising in the interactional pragmatics of rudeness and offense; and Dr Valeria Peretokina (PhD Western Sydney University) has just joined us this week on a one year appointment. Dr Valeria Sinkeviciute has switched from a postdoctoral fellow to lecturer, taking charge of the English as an International Language major. We also look forward to welcoming Dr Samatha Disbray in April to work on a research fellowship focusing on the socioeconomics of language in Australia.

We also said bon voyage (and congratulations) to Dr Erich Round (at least temporarily) as he starts his one year secondment at the Max Planck Institute in Jena to set up a research unit on Evolutionary Phonology.

PhD opportunity:

Support is available for a PhD student to join the team of the ARC-funded project Conversational Interaction in Aboriginal and Remote Australia (www.ciaraproject.com). The PhD is based at the University of Queensland and will focus on grammar in conversation in Garrwa and at least one other of the Aboriginal languages of the project (Murrinhpatha or Jaru). The candidate will work with our existing corpus and there is support for field work to collect new Garrwa conversations. The prospective student should be interested in applying Conversation Analysis and Interactional Linguistic methods to the analysis of linguistic structure. As part of an ARC-funded research project, the prospective student will be eligible to apply directly for a UQ Research Training Scholarship. This support will remain open until the position is filled.

Please contact Ilana Mushin (i.mushin@uq.edu.au) for more details.

Recent Publications:

Blythe, J., Gardner, R., Mushin, I. and Stirling, L. (2018) Tools of engagement: selecting a next speaker in Australian Aboriginal multiparty conversations. Research on Language and Social Interaction 51(2). 145–170. doi:10.1080/08351813.2018.1449441.

Bond, O., Meakins, F., & Nordlinger, R. (2019). Prominent possessor indexing in Gurindji. In A. Bárány, O. Bond, & I. Nikolaeva (Eds.), Prominent internal possessors (pp. 80-106). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Elder, Chi-He and Haugh, Michael (2018) The interactional achievement of speaker meaning: toward a formal account of conversational inferenceIntercultural Pragmatics, 15 5: 593-625

Fraser, H., Mushin, I, Meakins, F. and Gardner, R. (2018). Dis, that and da other: variation in Aboriginal children's article and demonstrative use at school. In Gillian Wigglesworth, Jane Simpson and Jill Vaughan (Ed.), Language practices of Indigenous children and youth: the transition from home to school (pp. 237-269) London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.

Haugh, M and  Chang, W-L. (2018) “The apology seemed (in)sincere”: Variability in perceptions of (im)politenessJournal of Pragmatics,

Haugh, M. and Culpeper, J. (2018). Integrative pragmatics and (im)politeness theory. In  Pragmatics and its Interfaces (pp. 213-239)  Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Haugh, M.l and Musgrave, Simon (2018) Conversational lapses and laughter: Towards a combinatorial approach to building collections in conversation analysisJournal of Pragmatics

Haugh, M. and Pillet-Shore, D. (2018) Getting to know you: teasing as an invitation to intimacy in initial interactionsDiscourse Studies, 20 2: 246-269. 

Haugh, M. and Sinkeviciute, V. (2018) Accusations and interpersonal conflict in televised multi-party interactions amongst speakers of (Argentinian and Peninsular) SpanishJournal of Language Aggression and Conflict, 6 2: 248-270. 

Haugh, M. and Weinglass, L. (2018) Divided by a common language? Jocular quips and (non-)affiliative responses in initial interactions among American and Australian speakers of EnglishIntercultural Pragmatics, 15 4: 533-562

Jones, C., Schultze-Berndt, E., Denniss, J., & Meakins, F. (2019). Ngarinyman to English Dictionary. Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press.

Mushin, I. (2018). Grammaticalization and Typology in Australian Aboriginal Languages: Evidence from second position clitic constructions. In Heiko Narrog, Prashant Pardeshi & Bernd Heine (eds) Grammaticalization from a typological perspective. Oxford University Press 

Mushin, I. (2018) Diverging from ‘business as usual: Turn initial ngala in Garrwa conversation. In Sorjonen, M-L & Heritage, J. Turn-initial particles across languages. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Raymond, P., Dixon, P., Dixon, S., Dixon, S., Dixon, R., Dixon, J., Dixon, J., Dixon, E. Raymond, M., Dalywaters, H., Collins, J., Woods, R., Peterson-Cooper, E., Meakins, F., Pensalfini, R.and Wightman, G. Jingulu and Mudburra Plants and Animals. Batchelor, NT, Australia: Batchelor Press, 2018.

Stewart, J., Meakins, F., Algy, C. and Joshua, A. (2018) The Development of Phonological Stratification: Evidence from Stop Voicing Perception in Gurindji Kriol and Roper Kriol. Journal of Language Contact,

Sinkeviciute, Valeria (2018) "Ya bloody drongo!!!" Impoliteness as situated moral judgement on Facebook. Internet Pragmatics1 2: 271-302

Sinkeviciute, Valeria (2018) Juggling identities in interviews: the metapragmatics of ‘doing humour’. Journal of Pragmatics

Sullivan, K (2018) Mixed Metaphors: Their use and abuse. Bloomsbury Academic.

Sullivan, Karen (2018) Being-clauses in Historical Corpora and the US Second Amendment. English Studies99 3: 300-318.

Turpin, M., & Meakins, F. (2019). Songs from the Stations: Wajarra as sung by Ronnie Wavehill Wirrpa, Dandy Danbayarri, Topsy Dodd Ngarnjal. Sydney: Sydney University Press.


Associate Professors Ilana Mushin and Rod Gardner are part of a QUT-led team that were successful in getting a Queensland Department of Education ‘Education Horizons’ grant titled ‘Supporting teacher pedagogy to empower EAL/D diverse learners in the early years’.

Ilana Mushin

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

LCRC members news

Robert Bradshaw (MA, University of Washington, Seattle) has started his PhD course at the LCRC. He is working on a comprehensive grammar of Doromu Koki, a Papuan language from Central Province of Papua New Guinea, for which he has already prepared a grammar sketch.


Christoph Holz is currently undertaking fieldwork on Tjang, an Oceanic language of New Ireland, PNG, until October 2019.

Visiting Fellows at the LCRC in 2019

Dr Chia-jung Pan, Nankai University, China, 12 February to 12 April 2019. During his stay, Dr Pan will be working on a comprehensive monograph 'Evidentiality in the languages of China', jointly with Dist. Prof. Aikhenvald, which will offer a general perspective on the study of information source and the ways of coaching indigenous knowledge in a number of languages from Austronesian and Tibeto-Burman families. He will also be working on a shorter monograph with a provisional title 'An introduction to the languages of Taiwan' featuring a typological overview of Taiwanese languages which offer a unique perspective on linguistic diversity within Austronesian family (within the framework of Basic Linguistic Theory, by Prof. R. M.W. Dixon).

Dr René van den Berg, Linguistics Consultant of SIL at Ukarumpa, PNG, and member of the International Consultative Board of LCRC, will be visiting LCRC in April 2019. He will be working on various issues in grammatical structures of Oceanic languages and present a contribution at the Minisymposium 'The language of well-being'.

Silvia Luraghi, Professor, University of Pavia, Pavia (Italy) is an expert in pragmatics, philology, and historical linguistics, with a special focus on Indo-European languages, including Hittite. She will be visiting LCRC in early July 2019.

Professor Maarten Mous, Leiden University, is one of the leading experts in African linguistics, and African studies in general, with a focus on Cushitic languages, Bantu languages, language and identity, and also derivation and valency-changing devices. In his capacity as a Partner Investigator of the ARC DP 'The integration of language and society' (CI Aikhenvald and Dixon), he will spend July-August at LCRC working within the framework of the project.

Dr Timothy Henry-Rodriguez, a major expert on Ventureño and other Chumashan languages, will be visiting LCRC in August, working on various grammatical topics.

Dr Dineke Schokkin is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. She is an expert on Paluai, an Oceanic language of Baluan (Manus Province, PNG) and also Idi, a language from the Pahoturi River Family spoken in the Morehead District of Southern New Guinea. She is planning to be at the LCRC in July-August 2019, working on various issues in these languages.

Felix K. Ameka lectures in African Languages and Cultures and the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics and is an Associate Researcher, Language and Cognition Group at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen. He is interested in language documentation and description, typology, cross-cultural semantics, pragmatics, the socio-cultural, and cognitive motivations of grammar, anthropological and contact linguistics. His empirical specialisation is West African languages, mainly Kwa languages and other languages of wider communication, namely, Hausa and Fulfulde. My focus is on Gbe, i.e. Ewe, Gen Aja and Fon; Ghana-Togo-Mountain languages, especially Likpe; Guang and Akanic languages. He will be visiting the LCRC in August 2019.

Professor Anne Storch is among the half-a-dozen top experts in African Linguistics, and African Studies in general, spanning the study of languages and contexts within which they are spoken, the anthropology and history of the African continent within an ethnographic and sociological perspective. She is recipient of the prestigious Leibnitz award. Her expertise and achievements encompass in-depth studies of numerous languages and societies in East and West Africa (with a special focus on Benue-Congo, Nilotic and Atlantic language areas), in addition to her recent engagement with the language of tourism and the African and German diaspora communities in Jamaica. In her capacity as a Partner Investigator of the ARC DP 'The integration of language and society' (CI Aikhenvald and Dixon), she will be at the LCRC in August 2019 working within the framework of the project.

Dr Knut Olawsky has been conducting linguistic research in the tropics for more than two decades (Ghana, 1993-1999; Peru, 2000-2005; Australia, 2005 ongoing) and has written grammars of the Dagbani and Urarina languages. Since  2005 he manages the Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring Language and Culture Centre in Kununurra (East Kimberley), where he works with the Miriwoong people to document and revitalise their language. He will be a Visiting Fellow at LCRC from 13 September to 13 December 2019, working on discourse organization of Mirriwoong.

Dr. Fangzhe Lu, of School of Chinese Language and Literature, Central China Normal University, will be at LCRC from 19 August 2019 until 19 August 2020. He will be working closely together with Professor Aikhenvald, conducting research on mirativity.

New books published and forthcoming

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald and R. M. W. Dixon. Language at large: essays in syntax and semantics. Leiden: Brill, pb. edition. 2018.

Angeliki Alvanoudi. Modern Greek in Diaspora: An Australian perspective. Palgrave Macmillan. 2018.

Luca Ciucci. Ignace Chomé: Vocabulario de la lengua zamuca - Edición crítica y comentario lingüístico. Iberoamericana Verfuert Verlag. Forthcoming.

Luca Ciucci and José Macoñó Tomichá. Diccionario básico del chiquitano del Municipio de San Ignacio de Velasco. Santa Cruz de la Sierra: Ind. Maderera San Luis/Museu de Historia UAGRM. 2018.

R. M. W. Dixon. Are some languages better than others? Oxford University Press. 2018. pb. edition.

R. M. W. Dixon. Australia’s original languages: an introduction. Sydney: Allen and Unwin. 2019.

Anne Storch, Andrea Hollington, Nico Nassenstein and Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald (eds). 2019. Creativity in language: secret codes and special styles. A special issue of the International Journal of Language and Culture 6: 1.

K. I. Wojtylak and Yvonne Treis (eds) On the expression of Comparison: Contributions to the typology of comparative constructions from lesser-known languages. Special issue of Linguistic Discovery 16, 1. 2018.

LCRC Events in 2019

Multidisciplinary Symposium: The language of well-being


23-24 April 2019, Cairns, D3-150

Convenors: Prof Maxine Whittaker (Dean of CPHMVS, DTHM, JCU), Distinguished Prof Alexandra Aikhenvald, Professor R M W Dixon, Dr Luca Ciucci, Dr Kris McBain-Rigg, Dr Alex Walker

Invited participants include Dr Hannah Sarvasy, Professor Richard Nile, Professor Alan Clough, Dr René van den Berg, and further experts

The hot-spots of infectious diseases largely overlap with the areas of unprecedented linguistic and cultural diversity — Amazonia, Aboriginal Australia, New Guinea and the Pacific, and tropical Africa. None of the areas are easy to reach; there is little access to modern health facilities, and little understanding of what Western medicine may bring. A dilemma arises: how can Western doctors treat people and their diseases if they do not understand each other's languages and the ways of looking at the human body and its interactions with the world. And how can we identify and respond to merging infectious diseases with epidemic and pandemic capacity if the communities who may notice or be expected to notice changes, and the health professionals cannot understand each other? The aim of the project is to remedy this. How are physical and mental states, disease, ailments, and well-being conceptualised across a wide range of societies of the tropics? How do speakers represent them through their languages and their discourse? What traditional techniques are, or have been, in use for treating disease? Can language be a barrier to health-care (both individual and more population based health)? Or can it help promote a suitable treatment? The project aims at bringing together experts in linguistics, anthropology, history, medicine and public health. Our ultimate aim is to create a framework for productive partnership between health professionals and patients/communities from various backgrounds, based on mutual respect and linguistic and cultural understanding. The symposium is run as part of the UNESCO 'International year of indigenous languages'.

LCRC International Workshop: 'The integration of language and society'

Cairns, 21-23 August 2019

Convenors: Professor Alexandra Aikhenvald, Professor R. M. W. Dixon

Invited participants include Nerida Jarkey (University of Sydney), Anne Storch (University of Cologne), Maarten Mous (Leiden University) Luca Ciucci, and Alex Walker (LCRC)

The Language and Culture Research Centre has a high international reputation, based in part on a series of international workshops conducted by the Director (Distinguished Professor A Y Aikhenvald) and Deputy Director (Professor R.M.W. Dixon, Honorary DLitt honoris causa JCU), over the past 20 years (six of these were conducted at JCU, since 2010). The topic of our International Workshop for 2019 is 'The Integration of Language and Society', based on the ARC DP under the same title (CI Profs Aikhenvald and Dixon, and Dr Nerida Jarkey, U of Sydney). The Workshop will bring together linguists and anthropologists, including international Partner Investigators on the ARC DP, Prof Dr Maarten Mous (U of Leiden) and Prof Dr Anne Storch (U of Cologne), and other scholars).

Celebrating 10 years of linguistics at JCU (Cairns)

The year 2019 marks ten years since the establishment of the Language and Culture Research Group, transformed in 2011 into the Language and Culture Research Centre. Linguistics at JCU (CASE, Cairns) has acquired high international profile, marked with numerous acclaimed publications, competitive grants (including an Australian Laureate Fellowship), and graduate students' success. We envisage a celebratory panel for this event planned for July 2019 will feature

Launch of Professor R. M. W. Dixon's new book Australia's original languages: an introduction (2019, Allen and Unwin).

This is an accessible and informative description of the original languages of Australia, their major features, and functions, based on over 50 years experience by the author, and written in an engaging style.

International Workshop: The challenges of linguistic diversity: its social, anthropological, and structural aspects

24-25 September, Bern

Supported by the Universities Australia/DAAD project 'Language emergence in multilingual contexts', CASE (JCU) and the University of Bern

Convenors: Prof. Dr. Péter Maitz (Institut für Germanistik, Universität Bern) Distinguished Professor Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald (LCRC, JCU)

Invited participants include Professor Peter Trudgill, Professor Susan Gal, Dr Luca Ciucci, Dr Alex Walker, Nathan White, Dr Kasia Wojtylak

Masterclass in Tok Pisin

organized through the Cairns Institute, and taught by Professor Craig Volker, Adjunct Professor at the CI and the LCRC (to take place in the second half of 2019, supported by the CI). The Masterclass, of c. 30 hours, will involve approximately 30 students (fee-paying), and will attract a wide participation of the community across JCU and Cairns at large.

The fortnightly Workshop of the LCRC on Adjective Classes

All roundtable meetings at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays

in room D3-150 of the Cairns Institute building

Workshop on Adjective Classes, Wednesday 20 February

1 Bob Dixon & Alexandra Aikhenvald: Adjective classes: Introduction

Workshop on Adjective Classes, Wednesday 27 February

2  Bai Junwei (Abe): The Adjective class in Munya

Seminar. Wednesday 6 March

Maria Wronska-Friend: Travel and trade in the Aitape area, northern coast of Papua New Guinea

Seminar. Wednesday 13 March

David Osgarby: Topic first, but what comes next?, Predicational features expressed in second position in Australian languages

Workshop on Adjective Classes, Wednesday 20 March

3  Chia-Jung Pan: Adjective classes in some Formosan languages

Seminar. Wednesday 27 March

Luca Ciucci: Towards the publication of Ignace, Old Zamuco Dictionary

Workshop on Adjective Classes, Wednesday 3 April

4 Alexandra Aikhenvald: The adjective class in Manambu

Everyone is most welcome

The Tropical Languages and Cultures Documentation Laboratory is located within the Language and Culture Research Centre (LCRC)

The Tropical Languages and Cultures Documentation Laboratory offers recording facilities, and opportunities for creating orthographies, reading and other materials, and developing web-based resources, in endangered and poorly documented languages of the tropics. Services provided include research consultancy and online services. For further details please consult:

Carola Emkow, Carola.Emkow@jcu.edu.au, Coordinator, 61-7-42321881, and Distinguished Professor Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald Alexandra.Aikhenvald@jcu.edu.au, Director of the LCRC, 61-7-42321117

The LCRC 2019 Bulletin will soon be available at http://research.jcu.edu.au/lcrc

Alexandra (Sasha) Aikhenvald

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News from Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

Recent conferences and workshops

Conference presentations:

At the ALS Conference in Adelaide, Dr Michele Willsher and Paola Fischer presented the collaboration between Batchelor Institute (BI) and Charles Darwin University (CDU) in the delivery of CDU’s linguistics and education degrees highlighting the new strands and career pathways for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students who want to specialise in teaching Indigenous languages, these are:

  • The New Strand Indigenous Language Teaching within the Bachelor of Indigenous Languages and Linguistics
  • The New Strand Indigenous Knowledges, Language and Culture within the Bachelor of Education Primary

Students enrolled in the units which Batchelor Institute offers, are supported to attend intensive one week workshops (a different one for each unit) to support the online learning program.

Sydney Summer School (14-25 January 2019):

Dr Nicoletta Romeo successfully delivered Linguistics for Indigenous Languages 1 during the Sydney Summer School, organised by the Australian Indigenous Languages Institute (AILI).

Future conferences and workshops

Batchelor Institute is proud to support the PULIIMA conference which will be held in Darwin this year (19-22 August 2019).

The next AILI Intensive will be held in Darwin from 8-19 July 2019. Batchelor Institute staff will deliver the units Linguistics for Indigenous Languages 1 and Language in Society, both being part of the Languages and Linguistics degrees.


Oldfield, J. & Forrester, V. (2018). The dancing trope of cross-cultural language education policy. Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts [Special Issue: Ethical relationships, ethical research in Aboriginal contexts: Perspectives from central Australia], 23, 64-75. DOI: https://doi.org/10.18793/LCJ2018.23.06

PhD completions/PhD student update:

Robyn Ober has submitted her PhD thesis titled: Aboriginal English as a Social and Cultural Identity Marker in an Indigenous Tertiary Educational Context.

Congratulations Robyn!

Paola Fischer

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News from UNE

Grant awards

UNE’s A/Prof. Liz Ellis and Prof. Anne-Marie Morgan (Project Leader), and UMelbourne’s Prof. Joseph Lo Bianco and Prof. John Hajek were successful in receiving ARC Discovery funds of $428,631 for the project: Starting Young: Early years languages learning in Australia, 2019 – 2021. Here’s the project summary:

This project aims to investigate early year’s language programs in Australian schools. It will explore and analyse successful programs in the three states of NSW, Queensland and Victoria, policy, curricula and resources for languages teaching and learning, key stakeholder perspectives, and student progress in new primary language teaching degrees. The project expects to generate new knowledge of linked best practice program types, pedagogies, and teacher requirements, to provide new data and ongoing research opportunities. Intended benefits include the education of more linguistically and culturally competent young Australians who are able to effectively engage in a plurilingual, globalised world.

Congratulations to all the awardees!

Staff movements

A/Prof Nick Reid has retired from UNE after 28 years, having made huge contributions to the study of languages of the Daly River region (NT). He has published grammars, dictionaries and text collections of the two languages, Ngan'gikurunggurr and Ngen'giwumirri.

His descriptive work has fuelled other research interests, primarily within the areas of morphological and syntactic typology, language description, historical linguistics and ethnomusicology. He is particularly interested in systems of nominal and verbal classification, and has co-edited a book on nominal classification in Australian languages.

In addition to ongoing documentary linguistic projects in the Daly River region, Nick takes active interest in the maintenance and revival of Aboriginal languages in NSW, and the phonetics of Australian English. He has recently been engaged in collaborative research with Patrick Nunn (University of the Sunshine Coast) looking at the use of scientifically derived sea level rise chronologies as a way of dating Aboriginal oral traditions about coastal inundation around the Australian coastline.

Happily, Nick will continue as an Adjunct at UNE, working on his research and continuing to supervise HDR students. So, instead of bidding Nick farewell, we’re thrilled to say “Welcome back!”

Media appearances

UNE HDR student and Anaiwan man Callum Clayton-Dixon appeared on the ABC’s Word Up! radio programme, where he spoke about the Anaiwan language and its varieties. Callum is one of the key forces behind the Anaiwan Language Revival Program.

Thesis completions

Kristal Spreadborough is the latest of UNE’s PhD awardees, having received her doctorate in December 2018. Her research was in the domains of psycholinguistics and music, which she carried out under the supervision of Dr Inés Antón-Méndez. Her thesis title was Voices Within Voices: Developing a New Analytical Approach to Vocal Timbre by Examining the Interplay of Emotionally Valenced Vocal Timbres and Emotionally Valenced Lyrics.

Jackie Coffin completed her Master’s thesis with Distinction under the supervision of A/Prof Finex Ndhlovu. Her thesis title was Language as evidence: Noongar and native title.

Annie Edwards-Cameron completed her BA Honours thesis, also under the supervision of A/Prof Finex Ndhlovu. Her thesis title was Doing It Ourselves: language revitalisation in do-it-yourself punk culture.

Congratulations to all of you!

Arvind Iyengar

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News from UWA


Daniel Midgley is joining UWA Linguistics as a sessional lecturer and tutor this year. Welcome (back), Daniel!

New PhD candidate

Connor Brown has recently returned from Summer School at the ANU and will be joining our PhD program in June 2019. He has been awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award and will be working on Tense/Aspect/Mood marking in Kriol.

‘Old(er)’ PhD candidates

Amy Budrikis has now begun her fourth year and is busy working on her results chapters. She is also starting the second year of her FABLE teaching fellowship, which will involve undertaking a small research project in Linguistics teaching methods. 

We are glad to host University of Queensland PhD candidate Amanda Hamilton-Hollaway who is usually seen around the Department and has proven to be an excellent office mate. Her PhD thesis is titled ‘Paradigm Shift: A Theoretical and Descriptive Study of Mudburra-Kriol Contact’. She is currently writing about Mudburra cultural practices and the history of the Victoria River and Barkly regions so as to provide more background for her linguistic analysis.


David Moore (2018): Uniform orthographies and phonetics in Central Australia, 1890–1910. Language & History.

Ritz, Marie-Eve. 2018. ‘Hot News’ and perfect change: mirativity and the semantics/pragmatics interface. Catalan Journal of Linguistics 17: 135-155.

Conference presentations and keynotes

David Moore participated in the Linguistics in Schools workshop held at the 2018 Meeting of the Australian Linguistic Society, Adelaide, December 2018. His presentation was titled ‘Iwerre: building tracks into language professions in Aboriginal languages’. 

Luisa Miceli and colleagues presented a paper titled ‘The Price of Ease’ at the 2018 Meeting of the Australian Linguistic Society, Adelaide, December 2018.

David Moore presented a paper titled ‘WH Douglas and Australian Languages’ at the Society for the History of Linguistics in the Pacific Conference, Adelaide, December 2018. 

David Moore delivered a keynote titled ‘Translation Tracks: vocational pathways for the language professions of the future’ at the national conference of the Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators, Adelaide, November 2018.

Courses taught

David Moore. An Introduction to Australian Aboriginal Languages, Macquarie School of Ancient Languages Summer School, January 2019.

A course David Moore started teaching in 2016 is now a VET course in Cert II and Cert III in Applied Language in Aboriginal languages. It started with Arrernte and Alyawarr and is now spreading to other languages. David talked about this new initiative at the AUSIT Keynote and the ALS Linguistics in Schools meetings (see above).

Impact and engagement

This semester Marie-Eve Ritz and Daniel Midgley are involved in the design of a unit introducing linguistics to Year 10 students at Scotch College. The unit will be taught by Amy Ward, a language teacher. The teacher initially approached Marie-Eve following her students’ participation in OzCLO last year as the activities sparked significant interest. Marie-Eve and Daniel gave an introductory talk to launch this course on 4 February at UWA Perth campus. This experience will form the basis for a new research project Marie-Eve, Daniel and Amy (Ward) will be embarking on.

Luisa Miceli, with colleagues Bethwyn Evans and Daniel Midgley, has been planning a public event aimed at High School students. Titled ‘Language Across Time’, this event will be held in conjunction with the 24th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, at the Australian National University in July this year.  Luisa has also worked with the UWA FABLE marketing team to produce a video that will give students a taste of the event. The video will soon be available on the conference website.

Celeste Rodríguez Louro was invited to give a public presentation at the University of the Third Age. Titled ‘Don’t pull your hair out! Language is always changing’ this presentation aims to introduce an older audience to linguistics, counteracting negative attitudes and prescriptivism. Celeste has also been invited to talk to parents of Polish-English bilingual children at the Polish Sunday School, Osborne Park.


Daniel Midgley and team were awarded the 2018 Talkley Award for their podcast Talk the Talk at the 2018 Meeting of the Australian Linguistic Society.

Daniel Midgley and team also won the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) Award for Best Show-Talk.

If you haven’t listened to Talk the Talk yet, please do so through the following link https://talkthetalkpodcast.com. You may even wish to consider becoming a patron. It’s a seriously great show.

Research visits

Luisa Miceli visited Leiden University in January 2019 and gave a talk titled ‘Cognitive Processing, Behavioural Difference and Language Change’ (co-authored with Mark Ellison,) to the Language and Cognition Group.

In January Maïa Ponsonnet visited the University of Sydney and the ANU node of the Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, where she gave a talk titled ‘Difference and repetition in language shift to a creole. The expression of emotions in Kriol’.


Maïa Ponsonnet will serve as Chair of the Linguistics Discipline for the period 2019-2021.

Celeste Rodríguez Louro has been elected vice-president of the Australian Linguistic Society for the period 2019-2021.

Celeste Rodríguez Luoro

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News from Macquarie University


The Indigenous Hearing Health Symposium

The Indigenous Hearing Health Symposium, incorporating the 2019 Libby Harricks Memorial Oration, is to be hosted at Macquarie University. Register at here for this free event.

Date: Tuesday 5th March

Time: 9:00am – 1:30pm

Location: Australian Hearing Hub, Level 1, Lecture Theatre


  • Professor Andrew Smith (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)
  • Professor Amanda Leach (Menzies School of Health Research)
  • Dr Liesa Clague (Macquarie University)
  • Ms Samantha Harkus (Australian Hearing)


Macquarie University’s Department of Linguistics will host the Australian Linguistic Society’s annual conference (ALS2019) on 11-13th December, 2019. 


Congratulations to Distinguished Professor Katherine Demuth and Associate Professor Mridula Sharma on being awarded an ARC Linkage Project Grant entitled Beyond Speech: Towards better communication for children with hearing loss the period 2019-2021.

Congratulations to researchers from the Child Language Lab, Dr Nan Xu Rattanasone and PhD student Ping Tang, who have recently been awarded the Dr Li Sze Lim mobility scholarship for their project ‘Improving Child Hearing Health in China: Assessing Tone Acquisition by Children with Cochlear Implants’.


Multilingual Sydney edited by Macquarie University’s Alice Chik, Phil Benson and Robyn Moloney, was published by Routledge at the end of 2018.

Adam Smith

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News from University of Sydney

New staff

Lisa Lim (formerly The University of Hong Kong) has joined the Department as Associate Professor. Her research interests centre around New Englishes; contact dynamics; phonetics/ phonology/prosody; language documentation; issues of language shift, endangerment, revitalisation; and the sociolinguistics of globalisation.

Conferences and workshops

In late November, the Department hosted the forum Functional linguistics: descriptive and typological perspectives, which presented ongoing work on language description informed by functional linguistics. It was the sixth in a series of recent meetings, beginning at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2015, and continuing at the Indonesia University of Education (2016), the University of Wollongong (2017), the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (2017) and Boston College (2018). Departmental members Yaegan Doran, Nick Enfield, Jim Martin and Mark Post, HDR student Mus Zhang, and Honorary associates David Rose and Trevor Johnston presented papers, alongside international speakers Christian Matthiessen, Randy Lapolla, Beatriz Quiroz, Jing Hao, and Wang Pin. We also had a ceremony to officially unveil our new plaque for the late Michael Halliday on a bench on the former Transient Building lawn.

In December, Monika Bednarek gave a plenary at the Third biennial conference of the Brussels Institute for Journalism Studies (BIJU), where she introduced Discursive News Values Analysis as a linguistic framework for analysing newsworthiness.

Upcoming/future events:

Corpus linguistics showcase event

On 18-19 March, we will be holding a corpus linguistics showcase event with international speakers from Japan and the UK (Laurence Anthony, Paul Baker, Tony McEnery, Elena Semino, Gavin Brookes). This is a free event and will include a hands-on workshop on AntConc. Program and venue to be confirmed. Contact: info@sydneycorpuslab.com

TRICL Workshop

Mark W. Post and Yankee Modi will convene the second TRICL Workshop ("Training and Resources for Indigenous Community Linguists") in Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh, India, Apr. 15-21. They will be joined by Mijke Mulder and Kellen Parker van Dam, both of LaTrobe University. TRICL is sponsored by the Firebird Foundation for Anthropological Research, USA.

The Anthropology of Language in Mainland Southeast Asia

The Sydney Centre for Language Research at Sydney University will host an International Workshop on “The Anthropology of Language in Mainland Southeast Asia" supported by the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, Mon-Wed August 19-21, 2019.

Nearly 600 distinct languages are spoken in greater Mainland Southeast Asia (MSEA). They show patterns of both diversity and unity in their origins, cultural contexts, social settings, and linguistic structure, from phonology to morphological profile to person reference systems, and beyond. How do features of language in MSEA relate to patterns of culture and society in the area? While major languages like Thai, Lao, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Burmese, and Chinese are well-studied, they represent only a fraction of the area’s languages. This workshop will look at the languages of the MSEA area through an anthropological lens, with an emphasis on minority/indigenous languages.

International guests include:

Judith Irvine (University of Michigan)

Webb Keane (University of Michigan)

Hy Van Luong (University of Toronto)

James Slotta (University of Texas)

Huong Vu (Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences)

Limited places are available for participation in this International Workshop. Please submit an abstract of your proposed contribution (see workshop description below for guidelines). See here for full details: http://almsea.nickenfield.org/

Other events

Later this year, the University will be hosting the following conferences and workshops:

  • 25th Himalayan Languages Symposium
  • 52st International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics
  • 31st Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association Conference

Other research news

Mark W. Post started his sabbatical in India. He joined the Galo Language Development Committee in Itanagar and Dipa, Arunachal Pradesh in January to work on the pan-dialectal second edition of the Galo-English Dictionary, and to work on proposals for orthography reform and promotion. Together with Yankee Modi, he also launched a new collaboration with scholars from Rajiv Gandhi University's Arunachal Institute for Tribal Studies to study the role of boarding schools in interrupted intergenerational language transmission in Arunachal Pradesh. 

Myfany Turpin and Linda Barwick (SCM) received a grant 'Language-music interplay in Kalahari Khoe’ from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, led by H Nakagawa at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. 

Book publications

Nick Enfield’s new book Mainland Southeast Asian Languages: A Concise Typological Introduction was published in November by Cambridge University Press.



From the publisher’s blurb:

“This highly accessible introduction explores the core systems and subsystems of the languages of mainland Southeast Asia, applying the main concepts of language typology, phonology, morphology, syntax, sociolinguistics, language variation, and language contact, to this diverse language area. Written by a leading expert in the languages of this region, N.J. Enfield draws upon nearly a thousand data examples from over a hundred languages from Cambodia, China, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam to show the many ways in which these languages resemble each other, and differ from each other, in the context of what is known globally about the diversity of human language. The book highlights the diversity of the area’s languages, with a special emphasis on the minority languages, which outnumber the national languages by nearly a hundred to one. The result is a welcome corrective to widespread beliefs about the nature of a ‘typical’ Southeast Asian language.”

Monika Bednarek’s edited volume Creating Dialogue for TV: Screenwriters Talk Television presents interviews with five Hollywood professionals who talk about all things related to dialogue/language.


Songs of the Station (Turpin & Meakins), University of Sydney Press. Songs from the Stations documents the public songs performed by Gurindji people of  Wave Hill Station.  Constant travel between cattle stations by Indigenous workers meant that Wave Hill Station became a cross-road of desert and Top End musical styles, some of these songs having travelled across the continent. This book has a website with accompanying audio and video. https://sup-estore.sydney.edu.au/jspcart/cart/Product.jsp?nID=1135&nCategoryID=1

Monika Bednarek

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News from AIATSIS

Austlang update

Collections Development and Management at AIATSIS are working with colleagues at the National Library, including Trove and Libraries Australia team members, to work on the implementation tasks required to apply the AUSTLANG language codes to catalogue records which describe works in or about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. This is because AIATSIS has, with the NLA, successfully applied to the Network Development and MARC Standards Office (NDMSO) at the Library of Congress to add the codes to the list of Language Code and Term Source Codes used in Machine Readable Cataloguing (MARC). Changes at AIATSIS will include decommissioning the Pathways Thesaurus and moving authorities for Languages and Peoples to AUSTLANG and re-design of the Speaker and Documentation pages in AUSTLANG to include data collected in NILR 2019 and census results from 2011 and 2016. AIATSIS looks forward to launching this new version of AUSTLANG on the AIATSIS Collections Platform in the second half of 2019.

National Indigenous Languages Report – Survey of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages

Australianist linguists are reminded that the AIATSIS National Indigenous Languages Report (NILR) – Survey of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages is currently ongoing through to March 2019.

The survey will help us answer the question: What is the current state of Indigenous languages in Australia?

We are asking for information on each Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language, such as the health and strength of the language, whether it is being passed on to young people, how and when it’s used, and what resources exist. We are hoping to ask these questions about as many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages as possible.

This survey can be completed online at:


If you have any questions, please contact the AIATSIS NILR team at the following address:



National Indigenous Languages Report
Canberra ACT 2601
51 Lawson Crescent
02 6246 1111

Jason Lee

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News from the ANU


ICHL2019 (the International Conference on Historical Linguistics)

Date: 1st July – 5th July 2019

Location: The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Conference website: < http://www.dynamicsoflanguage.edu.au/ichl24/ >. 

Lexical-Functional Grammar (LFG) 2019 Conference

Date: 8th to 10th July 2019

Location: The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Conference website: < http://www.dynamicsoflanguage.edu.au/lfg-2019/>.

Conference email: lfg19anu@gmail.com

There will be a workshop on ‘the Syntax and Morphology Interface in LFG’ on 10th July 2019.


Arka, I Wayan. 2018. "Reflections on the diversity of participation in language documentation." Language Documentation & Conservation Language Documentation & Conservation Special Publication No. 15, edited by Bradley McDonnell, Andrea L. Berez-Kroeker, and Gary Holton:127–134

Gonzalez, Simon, Travis, Catherine E., Grama, James, Barth, Danielle, & Ananthanarayan, Sunkulp. 2018. Recursive forced alignment: A test on a minority language. In: J. Epps; J. Wolfe; J. Smith; & C. Jones (eds.), Proceedings of the 17th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology. 145-148. (available online at: http://sst2018.unsw.edu.au/)

Sawaki, Yusuf, and I Wayan Arka. 2018. "Reflections on linguistic fieldwork and language documentation in eastern Indonesia." Language Documentation & Conservation Special Publication No. 15, edited by Bradley McDonnell, Andrea L. Berez-Kroeker, and Gary Holton:227-24

Riesberg, Sonja. 2018. “Reflections on descriptive and documentary adequacy” Language Documentation & Conservation Language Documentation & Conservation Special Publication No. 15, edited by Bradley McDonnell, Andrea L. Berez-Kroeker, and Gary Holton:136–141

Travis, Catherine E. and Rena Torres Cacoullos. 2018. Discovering structure: Person and accessibility. In Naomi Lapidus Shin and Daniel Erker (eds), Questioning theoretical primitives in linguistic inquiry (Papers in honor of Ricardo Otheguy), 67-90. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Ye, Zhengdao. 2019. The emergence of expressible agency and irony in today’s China: a semantic explanation of the new bèi-construction, Australian Journal of Linguistics, 39:1, 57-78, DOI: 10.1080/07268602.2019.1542933

Hill, Peter. 2018. “The Expressions for 'Translate' and 'Interpret' in the European Languages”, Orbis Linguarum/Ezikov svjat, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 21-34. http://ezikovsvyat.com/images/stories/last-04.2018/3.%20П.%20Хил-18.1-%20end.pdf

Hill, Peter. “Sex and Gender in Serbian and Bulgarian. A Comparative Study”.  Australian Slavonic and East-European Studies Vol .32, No 1-2 2018, pp.79-106


Catherine Travis and Ksenia Gnevsheva have been awarded a grant from the Commonwealth Government, for a project entitled ‘Accented Australian English for Acoustic Modelling’. This will involve compiling a corpus of sociolinguistic interviews with migrants to Australia from Russia and China, which will be used, on the one hand, to build acoustic models of accented speech, and on other, to explore ways in which second language speakers adapt to variation patterns in the majority language of their new community. Members of these communities interested in working as RAs on the project, please contact Catherine or Ksenia.

Carmel O’Shannessy has been awarded $17,599 from Newmont Mining to support a Warlpiri film-maker to produce biographical videos about Warlpiri elders.

PhD Thesis

Narah Lee has submitted her PhD thesis at the ANU, entitled ‘A pragmatic and sociolinguistic perspective to subject expression in spoken Korean: with focus on first and second person’.

Honorary Lecturer

Greg Dickson has recently become affiliated with the ANU, appointed to Honorary Lecturer status with the College of Asia and the Pacific while he continues community-based linguistic work in the Katherine region of the Northern Territory.


Congratulations to Samantha Disbray who is taking up a position at the School of Languages and Cultures, University of Queensland, on the social and economic value of language learning.

Wayan Arka


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

Forthcoming events


Public seminar: Interactional foundations of language - The Interaction Engine hypothesis, by Professor Steven C Levinson, Director (Emeritus), Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, 25 February, ANU.

Workshop: Revisiting the evolution of kinship. This workshop will examine the evolution of kinship systems from the pre-human through the early human to attested human societies. February 27th to March 1st, ANU.

CoEDL news items





Congratulations to Martin Ip, PhD scholar with Anne Cutler, who has submitted his thesis on ‘Universal and language-specific in speech processing: The case of prosody’.

Martin Blaszczyk

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News from Research Network for Linguistic Diversity (RNLD)

The summer months are a quieter time for RNLD, but we still managed to fit quite a few things in. In mid November, DRIL Trainer Ebony Joachim travelled to Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberley, accompanied by Broome-based Yawuru language teachers Roko Shioji and Coco Yu to run a workshop with the Kimberley Language Resource Centre, working with representatives of the Bunuba, Gooniyandi and Walmajarri groups.

In December Andrew Tanner went to the ALS conference in Adelaide and presented on RNLD’s training programs at a workshop convened by Dr Rob Amery and Dr Mary-Anne Gale on Indigenous Languages Training and Career Paths.

We finished off the year with yet another fantastic quiz night at the Clyde Hotel in Carlton, ably organised by Rosey Billington and Katie Jepson from Melbourne University/CoEDL.

At the end of January Andrew and RNLD Training Director Emma Murphy travelled to Fremantle, WA, to facilitate a workshop of a different kind to the usual RNLD program. Funded by the Wyemando Foundation, the workshop gathered together Indigenous language teachers, language workers, singers, songwriters and musicians, as well as other service providers, from all over WA to share ideas and suggestions for using songs and music to help teach Aboriginal languages.

In February Emma Murphy and trainer Amy Parncutt travelled to Groote Eylandt to work with Anindilyakwa language workers in Angurugu and Umbakumba.

At the end of February Emma, Amy and Freya Scott will be representing RNLD at the 6th International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation (ICLDC) at the Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

Andrew Tanner

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PhD Position: Language processing in children with hearing loss, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

This position is part of a new 3-year ARC Linkage Grant to Katherine Demuth and Mridula Sharma entitled Beyond Speech: Towards better communication for children with hearing loss, designed to identify the locus of listening effort and the impact this has on the communication abilities of children with hearing loss.

We seek PhD applicants with proven MA background in language processing (including experimental design and statistical analysis skills), with an interest in and/or experience working with hearing impaired populations and children. Coursework in phonetics and phonology is essential; experience using eye-tracking methods and/or pupillometry is desirable.

Interested applicants are encouraged to send CV (plus names of 3 referees), and Letter of Interest to Katherine Demuth (katherine.demuth@mq.edu.au) by February 15, 2019.

Application deadline:  March 1, 2019

Start date: July 1, 2019

The goal of the project is to provide a much-needed evidence base for enhancing more effective discourse interactions for children with hearing loss. Partner Organizations include Australian Hearing (Alison King), RIDBC (Greg Leigh, Inge Kaltenbrunn, The Shepherd Centre (Aleisha Davis), Cochlear (Mary Beth Brinson) and Parents of Deaf Children (Rebecca Steward).

The project will provide an outstanding opportunity for the successful applicant to work with world class researchers in language and hearing, access a wealth of laboratory and database facilities, and interactions with outstanding hearing health clinical and industry partners. The project is also central to Macquarie University’s Strategic Research Framework 2015–2024, building on and expanding its world-leading research strengths in the research priority area of Healthy People.




Application Page


Katherine Demuth

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The Australian PhD Prize for Innovations in Linguistics

This prize is a continuing prize in Australian linguistics which started in 2013. It is open for PhDs completed and examined since January 1 2018. An amount of $500 will be awarded to the best PhD (judged by the assessor - email below), which demonstrates methodological and theoretical innovations in linguistics. Of interest are studies in toponymy, language and ethnography, language and musicology, linguistic ecology, language identity and self, kinship relationships, island languages, spatial descriptions in language, and language contact. Creative and excitingly written PhDs which push the boundaries of the discipline are particularly welcomed. The PhD should have been awarded by an Australian university or other institution but not necessarily be about Australian languages and cultures.

Email a pdf copy of the full PhD to <jahewangi@hotmail.com> by 30 March 2019 (PhDs still under examination may also be considered). The prize winner will be announced within one month of the deadline and all applicants will be contacted about the decision.

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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.

Membership of ALS includes free subscription to the Australian Journal of Linguistics, which publishes four issues per year. Members are entitled to present papers at the annual conference. ALS membership is handled through the ALS website https://als.asn.au/.

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