ALS Newsletter October 2020

From the President
News from Griffith University
News from University of Queensland
News from La Trobe University
News from the University of Wollongong
News from James Cook University (Language and Culture Research Centre)
News from UWA
News from Macquarie University
News from ANU
News from UNE
News from the Australian Journal of Linguistics
About ALS

From the President

Australian Linguistics is not best known for its ‘armchair’ style. Most of us conduct our research in direct contact with speakers of the languages we investigate, and we pass on to students the value of primary data collection. What this October newsletter tells me though is that we have adapted well to our temporary desk-bound situation. I’m writing this on the day following the announcement of Melbourne’s projected emergence from lockdown. I know that this period has been especially difficult for our Melbourne colleagues and students, and I hope that we will all continue to treat each other kindly, and recognise that the impacts of such radical changes in life routines will be felt long after we are all able to gather in one place and share a toast.

On that note, the 2020 virtual Conference planning is well on track for December 14 and 15 and I invite all members to register for our first online outing at (https://als.asn.au/Conference/Conference2020). The organising committee of Celeste Rodriguez Louro, Gerry Docherty and Rob Mailhammer have planned a varied and exciting program, which is enhanced by our ability to draw in international participants who might otherwise have considered Australia too far away.

We will be holding our AGM on December 15th at 5.30pm AEDT. Even if you cannot attend all of the conference, we invite all ALS members to participate and engage with the future plans for ALS. Offices that will be up for election are: Treasurer, Secretary, Vice-President and a new position ‘Associate Treasurer’. Please send nominations (including self-nominations) to our current secretary Rob Mailhammer (info@als.asn.au).

At the 2019 AGM, the members passed a motion allowing the ALS Executive to conduct a financial analysis, leading to a proposed raising of membership dues. We will be circulating the results of this analysis, as well as our proposed new fee structure and some constitutional amendments, by the beginning of December so that members have time to understand our position prior to the AGM.

I’ve left the less pleasant news for last. Our (now) quarterly financial reporting has enabled us to see that we are projected to lose a significant amount of money in 2020, mostly for COVID-related reasons. These details will be part of the financial overview we will circulate to members prior to the AGM. In order to get us back on track financially so that we can plan for further discipline support in the future, after much consideration, the ALS Executive voted unanimously to suspend the ALS research grant scheme in 2020. We will continue to support the grants that were successful in 2019, and we expect to resume the scheme in 2021. We will still provide conference support for students and Indigenous participants, as well as our usual scholarships. We know that this will be disappointing for those of you planning to apply. We encourage you to save your application for the 2021 round.

Ilana Mushin


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News from Griffith University


Helen Bromhead and Cliff Goddard have been awarded a grant from Griffith’s Climate Action Beacon, the university’s outward facing program for successful and just responses to climate change. Their project will investigate everyday Australian English discourse about climate change to promote clear, effective and accessible climate action messaging.


Meaning, Life and Culture: In conversation with Anna Wierzbicka, a collective volume in honour of Anna Wierzbicka, edited by Helen Bromhead (Griffith) and Zhengdao Ye (ANU) is set to appear in 2021. The book will be published as open access by ANU Press, and details can be found at https://press.anu.edu.au/publications/meaning-life-and-culture.

Schalley, A.C. & Eisenchlas, S.A. (eds.) (2020) Handbook of Home Language Maintenance and Development: Social and Affective Factors. New York / Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. https://www.degruyter.com/view/product/505575

Schalley, A. C., & Eisenchlas, S. A. (2020) Social and affective factors in home language maintenance and development: Setting the scene. In: Schalley, A.C. & Eisenchlas, S.A. (eds.) Handbook of Home Language Maintenance and Development: Social and Affective Factors. New York / Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, pp. 1-13.

Eisenchlas, S. A., & Schalley, A. C. Making sense of “home language” and related concepts. Handbook of Home Language Maintenance and Development. In: Schalley, A.C. & Eisenchlas, S.A. (eds.) Handbook of Home Language Maintenance and Development: Social and Affective Factors.New York / Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, pp. 17-37.

Juvonen, P., Eisenchlas, S. A., Roberts, T., & Schalley, A. C. (2020). Researching social and affective factors in home language maintenance and development: A methodology overview. In: Schalley, A.C. & Eisenchlas, S.A. (eds.) Handbook of Home Language Maintenance and Development. New York / Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, pp. 38-58.

Mizumoto, Masaharo, Jonardon Ganeri and Cliff Goddard (eds.) 2020. Ethno-Epistemology: New Directions for Global Epistemology. Routledge.

With chapter: Goddard, Cliff. 2020. Overcoming the linguistic challenges for ethno-epistemology: NSM perspectives.

Eisenchlas S.A., Schalley A.C. (2020) Early Language Education in Australia. In: Schwartz M. (eds) Handbook of Early Language Education. Springer International Handbooks of Education. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-47073-9_26-1 [online first]

Fernández, Susana S. and Goddard, Cliff. 2020. Una aproximación al estilo comunicativo de cercanía interpersonal del español a partir de la teoría de la Metalengua Semántica Natural (An approach to the Spanish communicative style of interpersonal closeness from the theory of the Natural Semantic Metalanguage). SOPRAG Journal of Socio Cultural Pragmatics. Published Online: 2020-02-21

Goddard, Cliff. 2020. ‘Country’, ‘land’, ‘nation’: Key Anglo English words for talking and thinking about people in places. Journal of Postcolonial Linguistics 2, 8–27. [open access: https://iacpl.net/journal-of-postcolonial-linguistics-22020/]

Conference Paper

Goddard, Cliff, Wierzbicka, Anna and Farese, Gian Marco. 2020. The conceptual semantics of “money”, UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference [online, hosted by U. of Birmingham] July 28, 2020.

Recent PhD Graduations/News

Dr. Jan Hein graduated in Sept 2020. His PhD is titled ‘Words, meanings, and discourse in Argentina: an ethnopragmatic study of Porteño Spanish’ (supervised by Cliff Goddard and Susana Eisenchlas). Jan also received an "Award of Excellence in a Research Thesis" from Griffith’s Graduate Research School.

Hein, Jan. 2020. Europeanized Places, Europeanized People: The Discursive Construction of Argentina. Journal of Postcolonial Linguistics 2, 28–45. [open access: https://iacpl.net/journal-of-postcolonial-linguistics-2202/]

Samantha Rarrick


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News from University of Queensland


Abralin Ao Vivo: Linguists Online

Our Brazilian colleagues have united the Linguistics world through a series of talks and panels that are delivered live and then uploaded to the Abralin YouTube Channel (https://www.abralin.org/site/en/evento/abralin-ao-vivo-2020/). UQ Linguists have been active in this forum, including talks by Luis Miguel Rojas Bercia, Felicity Meakins, and Erich Round. Ilana Mushin organised two panels on behalf of the Australian Linguistic Society showcasing language in Australia, and what Linguists can learn from First Nations’ Languages.


To Erich Round who was the recipient of not one but TWO major fellowships (It’s a shame he can only take one of them).

  • Accelerating our discovery of the linguistic past. 2021-2024. British Academy Global Professorship. Funded by British Academy (£749,000) & University of Surrey (£532,033).
  • A fast comparative method for historical linguistics. ARC Future Fellowship 2021-2024 ($950,000; declined)

To Felicity Meakins for her Grant success with Cross-Linguistic EEG Comparisons on the use of Geomagnetic Cues by the Human Brain as a Path for Understanding Consciousness with Gurindji people and her colleagues at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) (Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi) and the Fetzer Franklin Fund $US100,000)

Ilana Mushin led a successful application through the Borroloola School with members of the Garrwa community for a grant from the Macarthur River Mine Community Benefit Trust to publish the Garrwa and Gunindirri Garrwa Plant and Animal Knowledge book ($29000), also in collaboration with the NT department of Environment and Natural Resources through Glenn Wightman. Production of the book, which will include Qr-readable recordings of all entries, has been delayed due to COVID19, but will continue apace in 2021.


It’s great to see a number of our HDR students featured in publications!

Bach, Xavier and Erich R. Round (in press) Suppletion. Oxford Guide to Australian Languages, ed. by Claire Bowern. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Beniamine, Sacha, Martin Maiden, and Erich Round. 2020. “Opening the Romance Verbal Inflection Dataset 2.0: A CLDF Lexicon.” In Proceedings of The 12th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference, 3020–3028. Marseille, France: European Language Resources Association.

Bromham, L, Felicity Meakins, Cassandra Algy & X. Hua. Indigenous language endangerment: A multidimensional analysis of risk factors. Journal of Language Evolution. 5.1: 75-91.

Browne, Mitch. (2020). Contrast and retroactive implicatures: An analysis of =lku ‘now, then’ in Warlpiri and Warlmanpa. Australian Journal of Linguistics, 40(2), 218-245. https://doi.org/10.1080/07268602.2020.1753651

Carling, Gerd, Chundra Cathcart & Erich R. Round. (in press) Reconstructing the origins of language families and variation. Oxford Handbook of Human Symbolic Evolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Chang, W.-L. Melody., Haugh, Michael., & Su, H-Y. (forthcoming). Taking it too far: The role of ideological discourses in contesting the limits of teasing and offence. Pragmatics.

Chang, W.-L. Melody., & Haugh, Michael. (forthcoming). The metapragmatics of “teasing” in Taiwanese Chinese conversational humour. European Journal of Humor Research, 8(4).

Chen, Ping. 2020. Theoretical linguistics, interdisciplinary linguistics and applied language studies: observations and reflections Contemporary Rhetoric. 2020 Issue 5:1-18

Cook, Angela. 2020. Constraints on the use of the plural morpheme men in spoken Mandarin. Lingua Sinica 10.2478/linguasinica-2020-0002

Culpeper, Jonathan and Michael Haugh (online first 2020). The metalinguistics of offence in (British) English: A corpus-based metapragmatic approach. Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict. https://benjamins.com/catalog/jlac.00035.cul

Ekberg, Katie., Weinglass, Lara., Ekberg, Stuart., Danby, Susan., & Herbert, A. (2020). The pervasive relevance of COVID-19 within routine paediatric palliative care consultations during the pandemic: A conversation analytic study. Palliative Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269216320950089

Gourlay, Claire, Ilana Mushin & Rod Gardner. 2020. Young Children’s responses to teachers’ metacognitive questions. International Journal of Early Years Education. 1-20.

Haugh, Michael and Lara Weinglass (2020) The “great Australian pastime”: Pragmatic and semantic perspectives on “taking the piss”. In Kerry Mullan, Bert Peeters and Lauren Sadow (eds.), Studies in Ethnopragmatics, Cultural Semantics and Intercultural Communication: Ethnopragmatics and Semantic Analysis (pp.95-117). Springer, New York.

Macklin-Cordes, Jayden, Claire Bowern & Erich R. Round. (in press) Phylogenetic signal in phonotactics. Diachronica.

Meakins, Felicity, Rob Pensalfini, Caitlin Zipf, Amanda Hamilton-Hollaway. 2020 Lend me your verbs: Verb borrowing between Mudburra and Jingulu. Australian Journal of Linguistics 40.3

Meakins Felicity, Samantha Disbray, Jane Simpson. 2020 Which MATter matters in PATtern borrowing? The direction of case syncretisms. Morphology

Meakins, Felicity & Rob Pensalfini. 2020. Holding the mirror up to converted languages: Two grammars, one lexicon. International Journal of Bilingualism

Meakins, Felicity. 2020. Australia and the south west Pacific. In M. Meyerhoff & U. Ansaldo (Eds.), Handbook of Pidgin and Creole Languages. London: Routledge. 88-105.

Meakins, Felicity & Sasha Wilmoth. 2020. Complex cell-mates: Morphological overabundance resulting from language contact. Language change and morphological complexity. Peter Arkadiev & Francesco Gardani (Eds.) Oxford: OUP. 81-104.

Meakins, Felicity. 2020. Typological factors. In Y. Matras & E. Adamou (Eds.), Handbook of Language Contact. London: Routledge. 185-200.

Musgrave, Simon and Michael Haugh (2020). The Australian National Corpus (and beyond). In Louisa Willoughby and Howie Mannes (eds.), Australian English Reimagined: Structure, Features and New Directions (pp.238-256). Routledge, London.

Mushin, Ilana. 2020. Noun Phrases in Garrwa Conversation. In Ono, Yoshi & Sandy Thompson (Eds). The pragmatics of ‘Noun Phrase’ across languages: an emergent unit in interaction. Amsterdam: John Benjamins

Round, Erich, Mark Ellison, Jayden Macklin-Cordes, and Sacha Beniamine. 2020. “Automated Parsing of Interlinear Glossed Text from Page Images of Grammatical Descriptions.” In Proceedings of The 12th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference, 2871–2876. Marseille, France: European Language Resources Association.

Round, Erich R. & Greville G. Corbett 2020. Comparability and measurement in typological science: the bright future for linguistics. Linguistic Typology. https://doi.org/10.1515/lingty-2020-2060

Round, Erich R. (in press) Segment inventories. Oxford Guide to Australian languages, ed. by Claire Bowern. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Round, Erich R. (in press) Morphophonology. Oxford Guide to Australian Languages, ed. by Claire Bowern. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Round, Erich R. (in press) Phonotactics. Oxford Guide to Australian languages, ed. by Claire Bowern. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Round, Erich R. (in press) Nasal Cluster Dissimilation. Oxford Guide to Australian Languages, ed. by Claire Bowern. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Schweinberger, Martin. 2020. Using Semantic Vector Space Models to investigate lexical replacement – a corpus based study of ongoing changes in intensifier systems. In Yoshiyuki Asahi (ed.), Proceedings of Methods XVI. Papers from the sixteenth international conference on Methods in Dialectology, 2017, 241-249. Frankfurt: Peter Lang.

Schweinberger, Martin. 2020. Analyzing change in the American English amplifier system in the fiction genre. In Paula Rautionaho, Arja Nurmi, and Juhani Klemola (eds.), Corpora and the Changing Society. Studies in the evolution of English, Part II, 223–249. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Sinkeviciute, Valeria. (in press). “Hey BCC this is Australia and we speak and read English”: Monolingualism and othering in relation to linguistic diversity on a Facebook page. Intercultural Pragmatics.

Stead, Jeffrey, Mary Laughren & Robert Graham. 2020. The politics of suffering: Some contrarian reflections. In Julie Finlayson & Frances Morphy (eds). Ethnographer and Contrarian: Biographical and Anthropological Essays in Honour of Peter Sutton, 133-151. Mile End S.A.: Wakefield Press.

Stewart, J. Felicity Meakins, Cassandra Algy, A. Joshua & Tom Ennever. Fickle Fricatives: Fricative and Stop Perception in Gurindji, Gurindji Kriol, Roper Kriol, and Standard Australian English. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 147.4: 2766-2778

Ilana Mushin


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News from La Trobe University


Mijke Mulder, A Descriptive Grammar of Muklom Tangsa


Advancing Socio-Grammatical Variation and Change, ed. by Karen Beaman, Isabelle Buchstaller, Susan Fox & James A. Walker (https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9780429282720)

Crash Course

Crash Course is releasing a 16-part introduction to linguistics, co-written by Lauren Gawne and Gretchen McCulloch. The Mutual Intelligibility newsletter each week features additional resources on the topic, including a curated puzzle from the IOL.

James Walker


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News from the University of Wollongong

Latest articles:

Herrero de Haro, A. (2020). Morpheme dislocation in Eastern Andalusian Spanish plurals. Lingua, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lingua.2020.102815

Herrero de Haro, A. (2019). Catorce vocales del andaluz oriental: Producción y percepción de /i/, /e/, /a/, /o/ y /u/ en posición final y ante /-s/, /-r/ y /-θ/ subyacentes en Almería. Nueva Revista de Filología Hispánica, 67 (2): 411-446.DOI: 10.24201/nrfh.v67i2.3525.

Herrero de Haro, A. (2019). The vowel /u/ before deleted word-final /s/, /r/, and /θ/ in Eastern Andalusian Spanish. Lengua y Habla 23, 56-75.

Delicado, M. Steed, W. & Herrero de Haro, A. (2019). “Spanish pronunciation and teacher training: challenges and suggestions”. In R. Rao (ed.) Key Issues in the Teaching of Spanish Pronunciation. Oxon/New York: Routledge.

Herrero de Haro, A. (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.

Alfredo Herrero de Haro


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

LCRC members news

Piar Karim (MA University of Northern Texas) will start his course at LCRC in early 2021, working on a comprehensive grammar of Domaaki, from the Central Group of Indo-Aryan languages spoken in Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan.

Distinguished Professor Alexandra Aikhenvald (Director of the LCRC) will be presenting the following talks in late 2020:

  • ‘Us’ and ‘them’: the language of race in PNG context, at Hass Research Focus Workshop, ‘Re-visualising the Past, Imagining the Future: race, governance and development in PNG’, 4-6 November 2020, JCU, organized by Rosita Henry and Vincent Backhaus
  • ‘The languages of well-being: A view from the Pacific’, at Interdisciplinary perspectives on language, health and well-being, 25-27 November 2020, ANU, organised by Wayan Arka, Li Narangoa, and I Sutarsa (via zoom)
  • Zoom participation in an on-line forum at the I Encuentro RELIF (Argentina), addressing focal topics, such as ‘What are the challenges in the area?’ and ‘What are the contributions of a linguist to society?’, 3-11 December 2020.
  • ‘No comfort zone: resilience, gender and racism in academic context’. Presentation at the Seminar: Being Resilient at Work within Professor Sharon Parker’s ARC Laureate Fellowship project ‘Women in Research’ (https://www.womeninresearch.org.au/) (Kathleen Fitzpatrick component) (Wednesday 2 December, 12pm -1.15pm AWST; 2- 3.15pm AEST)

She is also part of expert panel for the assessment of research applications for MRFF Coronavirus Research Response – Communication Strategies and Approaches During Outbreaks Grant Opportunity to the MRFF extranet.

Rob Bradshaw presented a talk on the linguistic aspects of Doromu-Koki at the Meeting of Postgraduate Students, Cairns, 18 September.

Dr Luca Ciucci is organizing an on-line conference Bobikíxh – I Encuentro De Lenguas Originarias de da Región Chiquitana, 13-14 November 2020

Further information is available on https://www.jcu.edu.au/language-and-culture-research-centre/news-and-events/workshops/bobikIxh-i-encuentro-de-lenguas-originarias-de-la-regiOn-chiquitana, and also https://www.linguisticsociety.org/conferences-calls?field_program_specializations_tid=All&country=Any&page=1. A full program will be available shortly.

He presented an on-line talk at Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (UMSA), La Paz, Bolivia ´La investigación de rarezas tipológicas y del contacto lingüístico en el Chaco’, within the framework of the workshop ´Aspectos fonético-fonológicos y morfológicos de las lenguas originarias´ (25-26 September 2020, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEfEK6NEDtI).

Pema Wangdi presented a talk on the sociocultural and linguistic aspects of Brokpa at the Meeting of Postgraduate Students, Cairns, 18 September.

Nathan White has successfully presented his PhD pre-completion seminar and is currently preparing his thesis ‘The Hmong language of North Queensland’ for final submission. Nathan has been awarded a completion grant by JCU.

Both Nathan and Pema have been awarded special COVID-19 extensions to their PhD scholarships.

Dr Knut Olawsky (Manager, Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring Language and Culture Centre in Kununurra, East Kimberley), and Dr Grant Aiton (Research Fellow, ANU) have been reappointed as Adjunct Research Fellows at the LCRC.

Remote fieldwork

The COVID-19 crisis has made travel and face-to-face fieldwork next to impossible. Thanks for the presence of the internet connection access to WhatsApp in Brazilian Amazonia, Alexandra Aikhenvald has been able to conduct fieldwork with the extant speakers of the Wamiarikune dialect of Tariana in Iauaretê and São Gabriel da Cachoeira (Amazonas, Brazil), with a focus on exploring patterns of talking about disease and well-being, and discovering new grammatical and lexical patterns emerging in talking about COVID-19.

Visiting Fellows at the LCRC in 2021

Professor Heronides Moura (PhD 1996, Unicamp, Brazil), Professor of linguistics at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, an expert on Portuguese and Romance linguistics is planning to visit the LCRC in 2021, working on phrasal verbs in Portuguese in typological perspective.

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 is planning to visit the LCRC working within the framework of the project in 2021.

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. 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 is planning to be at the LCRC in 2021 working within the framework of the project.

Ms Linlin Cao, a PhD student in Nankai University, has been awarded a special Scholarship from the China Council, for a 12-month research stay at the LCRC, working on a reference grammar of the Duchang Gan Dialect, starting in 2021.

New books

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, R. M. W. Dixon, and Nathan M. White. eds. 2020. Phonological word and grammatical word: a cross-linguistic typology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Katarzyna I. Wojtylak. 2020. A grammar of Murui. Leiden: Brill.

Events at the LCRC

Weekly meetings of ARC DP ‘The integration of language and society’ and ARC DP ‘Speaking Hmong in diaspora: language contact, resilience, and change’ take place every Wednesday at 4 p.m. in D3-003, Cairns Institute Building (by invitation only, due to COVID-19-safe policy).

The upcoming presentations include:

  • ‘Questions in Doromu-Koki’, by Rob Bradshaw
  • ‘Questions in Chamacoco’, by Luca Ciucci
  • ‘Questions in Jarawara’, by Bob Dixon
  • ‘Slavery and Feminism in the Writings of Madame de Staël’, by Françoise Daquin

Language and Culture Research Centre HASS Research Workshop — Cairns Institute, James Cook University Celebrating indigenous voice: Legends and narratives in languages of the tropics
Cairns, 25-27 November 2020

Convenors: Luca Ciucci, Rob Bradshaw, Pema Wangdi, Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

Wednesday 25 November

Opening of the Workshop and launch of the following publications:

  • Phonological word and grammatical word, edited by Alexandra Aikhenvald, R. M. W. Dixon and Nathan M. White. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2020.
  • Edible gender, mother-in-law style and other grammatical wonders. Studies in Dyirbal, Yidiñ, & Warrgamay, by R. M. W. Dixon. Paperback edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2020.
  • Commands, edited by Alexandra Aikhenvald and R. M. W. Dixon. Paperback edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2020.

13.45 Hannah Sarvasy: New perspectives on clause chains: acquisition and processing
14.45 Alexandra Aikhenvald:A medial clause does it all: coherence, continuity and addressee involvement in Manambu
15.4 Chris Holz: Tiang narratives
16.25 Rob Bradshaw: The impact of modern technologies and borrowings on Doromu-Koki discourse with particular focus on recapitulation and summary bridging linkage

Thursday 26 November D3-054

09.30 Gwendolyn Hyslop: Miratives and magic: On the linguistic devices in Kurtöp narratives
10.30 Pema Wangdi: Adjoining clauses in Brokpa narratives
11.30 Luca Ciucci: Putting a sentence together in Old Zamuco
12.10 Nathan White: The Hmong “cleft” construction in narrative discourse
14.00 Dineke Schokkin: What do Idi narratives look like? A corpus-based approach
15.00 Rosita Henry: Performative autobiography in PNG: narrative of Self and Other
16.10 Mike Wood: The Origin of Death in Kamula Futures

Friday 27 November D3-054

09.30 Bob Dixon: First person orientation in Yidiñ narratives, and its implications
10.10 Francesca Merlan: Tricksters: Themes and Expressions
11.30 Joe Blythe: What sparks a story?
14.00 Celebrating indigenous voice: Panel discussion and publication plans. Chair: Professor Alan Rumsey
16.00 FINISH

Call for proposals: Texts in the Indigenous Languages of the Pacific series

The Texts in the Indigenous Languages of the Pacific (TILP) series is an on-line open-access supplement to Languages and Linguistics in Melanesia, dedicated to the publication and presentation of analyzed oral texts from the indigenous languages of the Pacific. Each issue will constitute a guest-edited collection of texts (glossed and translated into English). The contributors will have the option of adding a non-glossed version of the text(s) (which can be easily read and parsed by native speakers). False starts and pauses should be edited out of the connected text. The transcription of the glossed text should be as precise as possible. The length of each issue may vary, from 20 pages to 200 pages or more.

Issues in the series may be single-authored or edited multi-contributor collections, in online PDF (and also HTML) versions. These may be accompanied with a link to audio recordings (if these are available). Texts will be presented in three or four-line interlinear glossing and must follow a uniform style throughout, including the use of a consistent set of abbreviations given at the beginning.

Texts of any subject matter are welcome, including myths, legends, rituals, personal narratives, jokes, and procedural texts. Texts will have to be accompanied by a brief introduction indicating where the language is spoken and by how many people, and, if possible, information on its genetic classification, history of studies, the nature of fieldwork, the list of references, abbreviations used, and, ideally, a map. The contributor(s) may also include a brief grammatical sketch and additional information about the language.

Proposals should include:

  • a detailed table of contents
  • a short (50–100 word) bio for each contributor
  • a preliminary time-frame for the completion of the project.

LLM style sheet can be found at https://www.langlxmelanesia.com/instructionstoauthors.htm

Where appropriate, contributors will be required to demonstrate that appropriate permissions for the publication of these materials have been obtained.

All enquiries and expressions of interest should be addressed to the editors of the supplement series:

Go fund me page: supporting the Tariana people of North-West Amazonia

The state of Amazonas — home to about four million people and several hundred indigenous languages — has seen more than 100,000 active cases of COVID-19. with at least 4,000 deaths. The Tariana of north-west Amazonia – a group of about 3000 people, with only a hundred still familiar with the language – have suffered in the hands of COVID-19. Through the intermediary of Alexandra Aikhenvald (who has been working with the Tariana and other Arawak languages since 1991), Jorge Estivez, the leader of the Taino revival movement, undertook to help his Tariana relatives, organizing a Gofundme page through the Taino organization Higuayagua. This started in June 2020. What brings the Tariana and the Taino together is the languages they speak: both Tariana and Taino belong to Arawak language family, the most extensive family spanning South America and the Caribbean. This has yielded donations of money, clothing and shoes — all gratefully received by the Tariana of north-west Amazonia and distributed across the community of speakers through Rafael da Silva Brito, the youngest speaker of Tariana and a member of the local council.

Here, Leonardo Brito (the oldest remaining speaker of Tariana), Rafael Brito, and their family are displaying a poster in Portuguese, saying 'thank you, Jorge Estevez, and the people Higuayagua Taino for their help to the Tariana people'.

More on this in https://www.cairnsinstitute.jcu.edu.au/reuniting-a-linguistic-family-from-the-ancient-taino-of-the-caribbean-to-the-modern-tariana-of-the-brazilian-amazon-in-the-times-of-covid-19/

The LCRC 2020 Bulletin and other materials are now available on our new site https://www.jcu.edu.au/lcrc/resources/lcrc-bulletins

Follow us on Facebook @LCRCatJCU

Alexandra (Sasha) Aikhenvald


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News from UWA

PhD students

Since July PhD student Connor Brown has been conducting fieldwork in the east Kimberley, collecting data for his PhD project concerning aspecto-temporal semantics in Australian Kriol. During this time Connor has been primarily working with Miriwoong and Gajirrabeng people on their Kriol variety. Connor has also been working with the Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring language centre in Kununurra to aid in the facilitation of the Miriwoong language nest and in the development of Kriol resources.

Troy Reynolds’ PhD research proposal focusing on Australian Aboriginal English prosody has been approved, and he has begun the data extraction process for his study of High Rising Terminals. The supervisory team, led by Celeste Rodríguez Louro, has also begun the process of adding Deborah Loakes (Melbourne) as external supervisor. Welcome onboard, Debbie!

Amanda Hamilton-Hollaway (a University of Queensland PhD candidate based in Perth) has started work as a casual lecturer at UWA this semester. She is currently teaching Linguistics 1002 Language as a Cognitive System. This arrangement has allowed for a nice degree of continuity, as Amanda was the tutor for the other introductory unit during Semester 1 and many of the same students have been in both units.

New role

Maïa Ponsonnet has taken up a new role as a Graduate Research Coordinator in the School of Social Sciences.


Meakins, Felicity, Rob Pensalfini, Caitlin Zipf & Amanda Hamilton-Hollaway. 2020. Lend me your verbs: Verb borrowing between Jingulu and Mudburra. Australian Journal of Linguistics.

Rodríguez Louro, Celeste & Glenys Collard (2020). De-colonising sociolinguistics. Language on the Move. https://www.languageonthemove.com/decolonising-sociolinguistic-research/

Rodríguez Louro, Celeste, Sophie Richard & Sana Bharadwaj (2020). Another story: Be like across discourse types. English World-Wide 41(3): 325–351.

Recent presentations

In July, Celeste Rodríguez Louro organised two sessions for Abralin Ao Vivo, Linguists online:

In August, Maïa Ponsonnet presented a seminar entitled ‘A preliminary Typology of Australian Interjections’ as part of the University of New England’s Language Talk! Series.

UWA Linguistics Seminars

The UWA seminars series, organised by Maïa Ponsonnet, is now running in hybrid mode (on Fridays 12.30pm AWST). Please join us on Zoom if you are away, and in person if you are around. Details on our Facebook page (‘UWA Linguistics’).


Glenys Collard and Celeste Rodríguez Louro featured in Mornings with Kia Handley on June 25, 2020. https://www.abc.net.au/radio/newcastle/programs/mornings/mornings/12371710

Upcoming conferences and workshops

Celeste Rodríguez Louro has had two papers accepted for presentation at the Forum on Englishes in Australia 2020 (one in collaboration with Honours student Gemma Loriso) organised by James Walker (La Trobe University) and colleagues.

Rodríguez Louro, Celeste (2020). Speech and mind: Discursive processes in earlier and contemporary Australian Aboriginal English speech. Forum on Englishes in Australia. La Trobe University, Melbourne. 9 October 2020.

Rodríguez Louro, Celeste & Gemma Loriso (2020). Zooming with the cousins: Narrative features in the speech of adolescent Australian English speakers. Forum on Englishes in Australia. La Trobe University, Melbourne. 9 October 2020.

On 9 November 2020, Celeste Rodríguez Louro will talk to linguistics students at the University of Birmingham, England about ways that linguists can reach out to communities and industry. This initiative is being organised by Robert Lawson who has invited a wide range of international linguists to come speak to his students. All planned on Twitter.

With Rob Mailhammer (Western Sydney University) and Gerry Docherty (Griffith University), Celeste Rodríguez Louro is organising the 2020 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society which will take place online this year. Abstracts were due by 30 September 2020 and notifications will be sent by mid-October. This will be the first ever online conference of the ALS. We have exciting workshops, papers, keynotes, next gen events for postgraduate students and ECRs and some fun social time – all properly socially distanced online. This year you can register and join even if you’re not presenting. All papers will be pre-recorded and uploaded to the website by 7 December, and all materials will be deleted from the ALS 2020 website by 31 December 2020. We look forward to hosting you online. https://als.asn.au/Conference/Conference2020

Celeste Rodríguez Louro’s research on longitudinal changes to Aboriginal English storytelling and Maïa Ponsonnet’s work on gammon as used across English-lexified contact varieties will be included in an exciting workshop convened by Monika Bednarek and Jakelin Troy (University of Sydney) and accepted at ALS 2020. The workshop is called ‘From street to screen: English-lexified varieties in Australia’. Check out the workshop line up here: https://als.asn.au/Conference/Workshops2020

Rodríguez Louro, Celeste, Madeleine Clews & Glenys Collard (2020). From street to archive: The history of Aboriginal English quotation. 2020 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, 14 & 15 December 2020.

Celeste Rodríguez Louro has been invited to contribute to Jean Mulder’s panel on Linguistics in the Schools to take place at ALS 2020. The title of her presentation is ‘Outreach is a thing! Bringing linguistics to WA classrooms’. In her 5 minutes of fame, Celeste will reflect on a novel teacher professional development – ‘Understanding Language’ – offered by UWA linguists in collaboration with the WA Department of Education.

Professional development offered

The next professional development for teachers, titled ‘Understanding language’, will be offered by Luisa Miceli, Maïa Ponsonnet and Celeste Rodríguez Louro in collaboration with the WA Department of Education. It will take place on Saturday 28 November 2020, UWA Perth campus. Looking forward to another successful meeting after our excellent launch last year!

The Language Variation and Change, Australia: Ao Vivo! Panellists. From left to right, and top to bottom: Ksenia Gnevsheva (chat moderator), Catherine Travis (panellist), James Walker (panellist), Gerry Docherty (panellist), John Mansfield (panellist) and Celeste Rodriguez Louro (panellist and panel organiser). [Photo shared with permission].

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News from University of Sydney

Fellowships and Awards

Gwen Hyslop was awarded the Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She will be working on Ethnolinguistic Prehistory in the Eastern Himalayas, collaborating with anthropologist Prof Toni Huber of Humboldt University, Berlin, for a period of 12 months over the next 3 years.

Ahmar Mahboob was awarded the first Global Fellowship (Education) in the 2020/21 St Andrews Global Fellowship Scheme. He will be hosted by the International Education Institute in St Andrews for one month in 2021, and work on projects including lectures and workshops for teachers and students in the MSc TESOL courses there.

Congratulations to Gwen and Ahmar – fingers crossed that international travel will resume soon such that they can make the most of their fellowships!

Monika Bednarek’s 2019 short volume Creating Dialogue for TV: Screenwriters Talk Television (https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429029394) was shortlisted for a 2019 Taylor & Francis Outstanding Book and Digital Product Award.


A number of exciting collections are seeing the light of day, including:

A Festschrift for Jim Martin on the occasion of his 70th birthday: Discourses of Hope and Reconciliation - On J.R. Martin’s Contribution to Systemic Functional Linguistics, edited by Michele Zappavigna and Shoshana Dreyfus. The book was launched on Friday 25 September 2020 at the SFL seminar at the University of Sydney. Happy birthday, Jim!

The Routledge Handbook of Pidgin and Creole Languages, edited by Umberto Ansaldo and Miriam Meyerhoff (Victoria University of Wellington), with Umberto Ansaldo and Lisa Lim also contributing chapters: https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Handbook-of-Pidgin-and-Creole-Languages/Ansaldo-Meyerhoff/p/book/9781138557789

Studies in the Anthropology of Language in Mainland Southeast Asia, edited by Nick Enfield, Charles Zuckerman, and Jack Sidnell, a special issue of the Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society, the collection comprising an outcome of a June 2019 international workshop hosted by the Sydney Centre for Language Research, and funded by a SSEAC Workshop Grant. http://hdl.handle.net/10524/52466

A special issue of the Australian Review of Applied Linguistics dedicated to corpus linguistics and education in Australia, which includes an editorial by guest editors Monika Bednarek, Peter Crosthwaite (UQ), and Alex García (USyd), as well as a journal article by current PhD student Georgia Carr, and Sydney Corpus Lab member Nicole Mockler (School of Education and Social Work) https://www.jbe-platform.com/content/journals/18337139/43/2

Floyd, Simeon, Giovanni Rossi & N.J. Enfield (eds.). 2020. Getting others to do things: A pragmatic typology of recruitments. Vol. 31. Berlin: Language Science Press. langsci-press.org/catalog/book/263. See this blog post for more information about this publication: https://rolsi.net/2020/10/05/guest-blog-a-new-book-on-recruitment-across-cultures/.

Monaghan, Paul & Michael Walsh. 2020. More than Mere Words: Essays on Language and Linguistics in Honour of Peter Sutton. Adelaide: Wakefield Press.

Peter Sutton has been at various times, and sometimes simultaneously, a museum-based anthropologist with a foundational role in raising the profile of Australian Indigenous art, an anthropologist and linguist who has made significant ethnographic, analytical and theoretical contributions to both fields, and to the intersection between them, an expert on native title, and a public intellectual.

The contributors to More than Mere Words reflect on Sutton’s important contribution to linguistics and the study of Australian languages. The first two chapters give a historical perspective on the study of Australia’s Indigenous languages. There follows a section on language as a reflection of connection to place, and then a set of essays on language in its socio-cultural contexts, spanning prehistory to the present. The final part of the book charts the consequences of the colonial encounter through a consideration of language endangerment. The volume’s title captures both the complexity of languages as systems embedded in their social contexts through space and time, and a sense that this celebration of Peter’s life and career cannot simply be read as ‘mere words’.

Other publications include:

Ansaldo, Umberto and Lisa Lim. 2020. Language contact in the Asian region. In E. Adamou and Y. Matras, eds. Routledge Handbook of Language Contact. London/ New York: Routledge.

Bednarek, Monika. 2020. Invisible or high-risk: Computer-assisted discourse analysis of references to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people(s) and issues in a newspaper corpus about diabetes. PLoS ONE 15/6: e0234486. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0234486 (open access)

Bednarek, Monika and Georgia Carr. 2020. Diabetes in the news: project report. Analysis and Policy Observatory. https://apo.org.au/node/306786. [grey literature]

Bednarek, Monika and Georgia Carr. 2020/Online First. Computer-assisted digital text analysis for journalism and communications research: introducing corpus linguistic techniques that do not require programming. Media International Australia. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1329878X20947124

Elyas, Tariq and Ahmar Mahboob. 2020/ Early View. English in MENA: A contemporary research bibliography. World Englishes. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/weng.12515

Elyas, Tariq and Ahmar Mahboob. 2020/ Early View. World Englishes in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). World Englishes. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/weng.12504

Lim, Lisa. 2020. The contribution of language contact to the emergence of World Englishes, In Daniel Schreier, Marianne Hundt and Edgar Schneider, eds. The Cambridge Handbook on World Englishes, Cambridge University Press. 72-98. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108349406.004

Lim, Lisa. 2020. Im/Mobilities. In Umberto Ansaldo and Miriam Meyerhoff, eds. Routledge Handbook of Pidgin and Creole Languages. London/ New York: Routledge.

Mahboob, Ahmar. 2020. Has English-medium instruction failed in Pakistan? In Ram Ashish Giri, Anamika Sharma and James D’Angelo, eds. Functional Variations in English Theoretical Considerations and Practical Challenges. Springer.

Post, Mark W. 2020. The distribution, reconstruction and varied fates of topographical deixis in Trans-Himalayan (Sino-Tibetan): Implications for the reconstruction of an early Trans-Himalayan environment. Diachronica 37.3: 146-187.

Post, Mark W. 2020. The Eastern Himalayan ethno-linguistic diversity hotspot: Where is it, why is it significant, why is it endangered, and what should “we” do about it. Aligarh Journal of Linguistics 9.1-2: 29-56.

Modi, Yankee and Mark W. Post. 2021. The functional value of formal exuberance: Expressive intensification in Adi and Milang. In Jeffrey P. Williams, ed., Expressive Morphology in the Languages of South Asia. London: Routledge. 187-212.


Constraints on travel and face-to-face gatherings have not stopped us from continuing to be active on the conference and seminar circuit – virtually, of course.

Umberto Ansaldo offered a keynote lecture on ‘Threatening Languages and the crises of the Humanities’ at the Eighteenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, hosted by – his alma mater – Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy, 1 July 2020. His lecture is still available to be watched at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXz0axY-iI8&feature=youtu.be

Mark Post and Yankee Modi gave two presentations at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, hosted by the University of Bucharest, on 28 and 29 August 2020:

Y. Modi and M. W. Post 2020. Trans-Himalayan “middle voice” and the case of Macro-Tani languages: Etymology, functions and categorical status.

Post, M. W. and Y. Modi 2020. Applicatives in Tani (Trans-Himalayan, Northeast India): Forms, functions and historical origins.

Lisa Lim is one of the keynote speakers at the Sociolinguistics Symposium 23, with the theme Unsettling Language, hosted by her former institution, The University of Hong Kong, from 7-10 June 2021. Her talk will highlight ‘Your mother and other objects: The multilingual’s M.O. in times of upheaval’, addressing multilingual creativity during the Hong Kong Protests.

Monika Bednarek gave webinars on ‘Exploring news values through linguistic analysis’ at the University of Bamberg, Germany, 30 June 2020, and on ‘Using corpus linguistics to study ‘newsworthiness’’, at the Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, 31 July 2020.


The move to such remote delivery during this pandemic has also encouraged us to develop and participate in initiatives we may not have previously, including webinars with target audiences comprising (remote) language communities and high school teachers, affording valuable virtual gatherings.

Mark Post gave an invited webinar to the Mising Agom Kebang (Mising Language Society), Assam, India, on 22 August 2020, on ‘Language development in the Tani area: Challenges, triumphs and (more) challenges.’ Mising speakers everywhere from London, to Delhi, to remote villages in Assam, zoomed in, with the interaction lasting nearly 3 hours.

A number of webinars have also been delivered by Ahmar Mahboob, to diverse audiences, including:


Sydney Centre for Language Research recently launched a series of interviews hosted by its Director, Nick Enfield, and featuring language researchers at USyd; these are available online here: https://soundcloud.com/sydneylanguageresearch

Ahmar Mahboob has also been featured in several interviews recently, including:

Other engagement and impact

For the second year, Umberto Ansaldo served on the selection and judging panel for the Top 5 HASS researchers for the Australia Broadcasting Corporation, Aug 2020.

Lisa Lim has been invited to serve on the Oxford English Dictionary’s Advisory Forum.

Lisa Lim continues to write a fortnightly column on ‘Language Matters’ in Hong Kong’s Sunday Post Magazine of the South China Morning Post, hitting her 100th column in May 2020! In addition to marking this milestone with a column on the word hundred and its significance in various languages, recent topics continue to address issues to do with the ongoing COVID19 situation, including what a wet market really is, and the origins of the words paradise, vaccine, and curfew, as well as issues related to Hong Kong’s political situation, such as the two distinct meanings of education, and the use of silence in protest:

Our students

We have kept close watch over our HDR students during these challenging times, and feel glad that we have been able to provide support and mentoring.

  • Our Zhuanglin Hu Postgraduate Research Support Scholarship in Linguistics https://www.sydney.edu.au/scholarships/b/zhuanglin-hu-scholarship.html, which normally funds conference travel, was amended this year to provide support for students facing hardship as a result of the COVID19 pandemic – we were happy to have been able to help with several students’ expenses incurred due to travel bans and alternative (expensive) flights, including for one students stranded while on fieldwork!
  • We have also launched a Practical and Professional Training seminar series covering topics such as applying for grants, maximising opportunities with the media, putting together a CV, and applying for and getting that job.
  • New PhD students enrolled in recent months include: Joyce Cheung (supervisor: Monika Bednarek), Kashef Khan, working on indigenous studies and nationalist movements (supervisors: Jakelin Troy and Warwick Anderson), and Ariel Spigelman, seeking to provide a dispositional grounding of theory choice in language acquisition and processing research (supervisor: Nick Riemer).

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News from Macquarie University

Grants success

Improving care pathways for Otitis Media in Aboriginal children (0-12 years)

A research team led by H:EAR Director, Professor Catherine McMahon, has been awarded a government grant of $1,961,473.90, over three years, by The Medical Research Future Fund to complete a study on improving care pathways for treating middle ear disease in Aboriginal children.

Compared with the non-Indigenous population, middle ear disease or otitis media (OM) occurs earlier, more frequently, and is more severe in Aboriginal communities - referred to by the World Health Organisation as a “massive public health problem”. Effective pathways for early detection and management of OM can significantly reduce the severity and longer-term impacts of OM and the resultant hearing loss.

In partnership with three Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services spanning urban, rural and remote geographical areas, the researchers will use the WHO framework for health systems performance to map the current healthcare system for OM in Aboriginal children. Then, together with the three Aboriginal communities, co-design, implement and evaluate a new approach to identifying and treating hearing loss early and effectively. The grant includes collaboration with Hearing Australia, the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, University of Sydney, University of Western Australia and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Macquarie University researchers to lead UN Global Hearing Co-operative to address hearing loss in low- and middle-income countries

Dr John Newall, Associate Professor Piers Dawes and Dr Rebecca Kim, have been awarded funding of US $197,000 (AU $275,000) from the United Nations’ Global Partnership for Assistive Technology to address hearing loss in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

There are 466 million people with hearing loss worldwide and stark global inequalities in hearing health: 80% of people with hearing loss live in LMICs. Hearing aids are very effective in reducing the impact of hearing loss, but there are few opportunities for individuals in LMICs to access hearing aids. Getting a hearing aid in high-income countries like Australia involves a highly trained audiologist or technician individually adjusting a hearing aid to meet a prescriptive target using costly equipment in a specialised clinical setting – all of which are scarce in LMICs. Additionally, hearing aids are costly compared to average incomes in LMICs.

Advances such as hearing self-testing on mobile devices, low-cost diagnostic equipment, automated processes for characterising hearing loss and ear disease, telehealth, self-fitting, and low-cost pre-programmed hearing aids all offer the potential to increase access to help for hearing loss in LMICs. The project will provide information on hearing needs and test the benefits of low-cost pre-programmed hearing aids for people in LMIC countries.

Grant success - A comparative study of conversation repair in Finnish and English

A new international project on conversation repair funded by the Academy of Finland has recently commenced, with Dr Scott Barnes acting as a partner collaborator at Macquarie. Led by Professor Minna Laakso, this project will explore the organisation of conversation repair in English and Finnish. Importantly, it will also examine how repair is affected by communication disorders impairing motor, linguistic, and cognitive functioning. Scott will be part of a stream of research focusing on self-initiated repair by people with aphasia (i.e., a language disorder caused by stroke) and other communicative problems caused by brain injury. The Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University has a long-standing tradition of excellence in the application of linguistics to communication disorders and speech pathology practice. It is hoped that this work will provide the basis for future projects focused on the interface between language, cognition, and conversation.

Related to this project, Scott Barnes co-edited a double special issue of Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/iclp20/current.


Barnes, S., & Bloch, S. (2020). Communication disorders, enchrony, and other-participation in repair. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 34(10-11), 887-893. https://doi.org/10.1080/02699206.2020.1749886

Barnes, S. (2020). Right hemisphere damage and other-initiated repair in everyday conversation. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 34(10-11), 910-932. https://doi.org/10.1080/02699206.2019.1700309

Bloch, S., & Barnes, S. (2020). Dysarthria and other-initiated repair in everyday conversation. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 34(10-11), 977-997. https://doi.org/10.1080/02699206.2019.1705915

Blythe, Joe. 2020. Recruitments in Murrinhpatha and the preference organisation of their possible responses. In Simeon Floyd, Giovanni Rossi & N.J. Enfield (eds.), Getting others to do things: A pragmatic typology of recruitments (Studies in Diversity Linguistics 31), 231–280. Berlin: Language Science Press. 10.5281/zenodo.4018382.

Blythe, Joe, Jeremiah Tunmuck, Alice Mitchell & Péter Rácz. 2020. Acquiring the lexicon and grammar of universal kinship. Language 96(3). 661–695. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/764694. See this blog post for more information about this publication.

Dahmen, Josua, Francesco Possemato & Joe Blythe. 2020. Jaru (Australia) – Language Snapshot. Language Documentation and Description 17. 142–149. http://www.elpublishing.org/PID/190.

de Dear, Caroline, Francesco Possemato & Joe Blythe. 2020. Gija (East Kimberley, Western Australia) – Language Snapshot. Language Documentation and Description 17. 134–141. http://www.elpublishing.org/PID/189.

Penney, J., Cox, F., & Szakay, A. (published online 10.09.20). Effects of glottalisation, preceding vowel duration, and coda closure duration on the perception of coda stop voicing, Phonetica

Penney, J. Cox, F. & Szakay, A (2020). Links between production and perception of glottalisation in individual Australian English speaker/listeners, Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH, Shanghai, China

Proctor, M., Zhu, Y., Lammert, A., Toutios, A., Sands, B., & Narayanan, S. (2020). Studying Clicks using Real-time MRI. In B. Sands (ed.) Click Consonants. Pp. 210-240, (Empirical approaches to linguistic theory, Vol. 15). Leiden: Brill.

Hussain, Q., Proctor, M., Harvey, M., & Demuth, K. (2020). Illustrations of the IPA: Punjabi (Lyallpuri variety). Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 50(2): 282-297.

Multilingua special issue devoted to language challenges of Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed language barriers in societies around the world. It has become obvious that the fact of linguistic diversity had not been incorporated systematically into emergency preparation and crisis planning. As a result, the effectiveness of the pandemic response has suffered, and linguistic minorities everywhere have been struggling to access timely high-quality information. The consequences of widespread language and communication failures have been felt most heavily by the most marginalized groups.

Against this background, international sociolinguistics journal Multilingua presents special issue “Linguistic diversity in a time of crisis” is edited by Ingrid Piller (Macquarie University, Sydney), Zhang Jie (Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, Wuhan) and Li Jia (Yunnan University, Kunming). https://www.degruyter.com/view/journals/mult/39/5/mult.39.issue-5.xml (open access).

The following contributions are from Macquarie university researchers or alumni:

Piller, Ingrid, Jie Zhang, and Jia Li. (2020). Linguistic diversity in a time of crisis: Language challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Multilingua, 39(5), 503-515, doi: https://doi.org/10.1515/multi-2020-0136

Zhang, Jie, and Yuqin Wu. (2020). Providing multilingual logistics communication in COVID-19 disaster relief, Multilingua, 39(5), 517-528, doi: https://doi.org/10.1515/multi-2020-0110

Li, Jia, Ping Xie, Bin Ai, and Lisheng Li. (2020). Multilingual communication experiences of international students during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Multilingua, 39(5), 529-539, doi: https://doi.org/10.1515/multi-2020-0116

Bai, Gegentuul Hongye. (2020). Fighting COVID-19 with Mongolian fiddle stories, Multilingua, 39(5), 577-586. doi: https://doi.org/10.1515/multi-2020-0087

Li, Yuming, Gaoqi Rao, Jie Zhang, and Jia Li. (2020). Conceptualizing national emergency language competence, Multilingua, 39(5), 617-623, doi: https://doi.org/10.1515/multi-2020-0111

Online events

The Multilingua special issue “Linguistic diversity in a time of crisis” is one step in the research effort to explore the sociolinguistics of the pandemic. You are invited to continue the conversation by attending a free online symposium where the editors and authors will discuss their research. The symposium will be hosted by Fudan University and Yunnan University over two days on November 05 and November 07 as part of the trilateral cooperation between Hamburg, Macquarie and Fudan universities.

Save the dates:

  • Thursday, November 05, 2-4pm, Beijing time (in Chinese)
  • Saturday, November 07, 3:30-6pm, Beijing time (in English)

Follow Language on the Move https://www.languageonthemove.com/linguistic-diversity-in-a-time-of-crisis/ for further details.

The Language on the Move YouTube channel has published a series of lectures by Ingrid Piller devoted to various aspects of literacy:

Language on the Move has started a new series of “Chats in Linguistic Diversity” to replace the face-to-face lecture series “Lectures in Linguistic Diversity.” So far, one such chat has been published: a conversation between Piers Kelly and Ingrid Piller about Australian message sticks: Australian message sticks: interview with Dr Piers Kelly

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News from the ANU


Disbray, Samantha, Carmel O’Shannessy, Gretel Macdonald & Barbara Martin. 2020. Talking together: How language documentation and teaching practice support oral language development in bilingual education programs. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. https://doi.org/10.1080/13670050.2020.1767535.

Eka Pratiwi, Desak Putu, I Wayan Arka, and Shiohara Asako. 2020. "Socio-cultural dynamics and ethnolinguistic vitality of Sembiran Balinese." Linguistik Indonesia no. 38 (2):95-103

Evans, Nicholas. 2020. Introduction: why the comparability problem is central in typology. Linguistic Typology 1-9. https://www.degruyter.com/view/journals/lity/ahead-of-print/article-10.1515-lingty-2020-2055/article-10.1515-lingty-2020-2055.xml

Evans, Nicholas. 2020d. Time, diversification and dispersal on the Australian continent: three enigmas of linguistic prehistory. In Mily Crevels & Pieter Muysken (eds.), Language Dispersal, Diversification and Contact: A Global Perspective. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Pp. 116-141.

Evans, Nicholas. 2020. Words of Life. [https://www.extinctionstories.org/2020/08/11/words-of-life/]. Republication of Evans (2018d).

Gallego, Maria Kristina. 2020. Ibatan of Babuyan Claro (Philippines) - Language Contexts. Language Documentation and Description 17, 87-110.

Hualde, José Ignacio, Antxon Olarrea, Anna María Escobar, Catherine E. Travis and Cristina Sanz. 2020. Introducción a la lingüística hispánica (3rd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/introduccion-a-la-linguistica-hispanica/D73A10ABD09D565980458483ABB055C8

Jones, Alan (2020). Encoding Emotions in Kuni, an Oceanic Language of Papua New Guinea. Oceanic Linguistics 59: 1-2 (36 pp.).

Lissarrague, Amanda. 2020. Dhanggati grammar and dictionary with Dhanggati stories. 2nd edition. Nambucca Heads: Muurrbay Aboriginal Language and Culture Cooperative.

Mayer, E, L Sánchez, J Camacho &C Rodríguez Alzza. 2020. ‘The drivers of home language maintenance and development in indigenous communities. In Handbook of Home Language Maintenance and Development: Social and Affective Factors. S Eisenchlas & A Schalley (Eds). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter: 294-312.

Muradoğlu, Saliha, Nicholas Evans & Hannah Suominen. 2020. To compress or not to compress? A finite-state approach to Nen verbal morphology. Proceedings of the 58th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Student Research Workshop pp. 207-213. https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/2020.acl-srw.28

Rajeng, Gede Primahadi Wijaya, I Made Rajeng, and I Wayan Arka. 2020. "Contrasting the semantics of Indonesian -kan and -i verb pairs: A usage-based, constructional approach." In Prosiding Seminar Nasional Bahasa Ibu XII dan Lokakarya Pelestarian Bahasa Ibu II, edited by I Wayan et al Mulyawan, 328-344. Denpasar: Udayana University Press.

Rajeng, Gede Primahadi Wijaya, I Made Rajeng, and I Wayan Arka. 2020. “Corpus-based approach meets LFG: Puzzling voice alternation in Indonesian”. Proceedings of LFG20 edited by Butt, Kingd & Toivonen, CLSI Publications: http://csli-publications.stanford.edu/LFG/2020

Reed, Lauren W. 2020. "Switching caps": Two ways of communicating in sign in the Port Moresby deaf community, Papua New Guinea. Asia-Pacific Language Variation 6(1): 13:52.

Sánchez L. & Mayer E 2020. ‘Clitics and Argument marking in Shipibo Spanish and Ashaninka-Spanish Bilingual speech’. In: Amazonian Spanish: Language Contact and Evolution. S Fafulas (Ed). John Benjamins: 128-154.

O’Shannessy, Carmel. 2021. Mixed Languages. In Matras, Yaron and Evangelia Adamou (Eds.) Routledge Handbook of Language Contact. London / New York: Routledge. 325-348

O’Shannessy, Carmel & Lucinda Davidson. 2020. Language contact and change through child first language acquisition. In Hickey, Raymond (Ed.) Handbook of Language Contact. New York: Wiley Blackwell. 67-91

O’Shannessy, Carmel. 2020. How ordinary child language acquisition processes can lead to the unusual outcome of a mixed language. International Journal of Bilingualism. https://doi.org/10.1177/1367006920924957

Ross, Malcolm, 2020. The linguistic situation in Near Oceania before agriculture. In: Tom Güldemann, Patrick McConvell and Richard A. Rhodes (eds), The languages of hunter-gatherers: global and historical perspectives, 311–336. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Ross, Malcolm, 2020. Syntax and contact-induced language change. In Anthony Grant, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Language Contact, 123–154. New York: Oxford University Press.

Ross, Malcolm, 2020. Narrative historical linguistics: Linguistic evidence for human (pre)history. In Brian Joseph, Richard Janda and Barbara Vance, eds, The Handbook of Historical Linguistics, vol. 2., 468–499. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Monaghan, Paul and Michael Walsh (eds). 2020. More than mere words: essays on language and linguistics in honour of Peter Sutton. South Australia: Wakefield Press.

Thaut, E. Mari, Andriana Koumbarou, Zurab Baratashvili. 2020. A descriptive account of agentless constructions in Sylheti: passive, impersonal, and anticausative. In Language Documentation and Description, vol. 18. Editor(s): Candide Simard, Sarah M. Dopierala & E. Marie Thaut. Theme: Special Issue on the Sylheti Language. ELPublishing.

Torres Cacoullos, Rena and Catherine E. Travis. 2020. Code-switching and bilinguals’ grammars. In Evangelina Adamou and Yaron Matras (eds), The Routledge Handbook of Language Contact, 252-274. New York/Oxon: Routledge.https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Handbook-of-Language-Contact-1st-Edition/Adamou-Matras/p/book/9780815363552

Travis, Catherine E. and Rena Torres Cacoullos. 2020. The role of pragmatics in shaping linguistic structures. In Dale Koike and J. César. Félix-Brasdefer (eds), The Routledge Handbook of Spanish Pragmatics, 129-147. New York/Oxon: Routledge: https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Handbook-of-Spanish-Pragmatics-Foundations-and-Interfaces/Koike-Felix-Brasdefer/p/book/9781138316461

The following book is the first English translation by Kevin Windle. It includes passages removed by the censor from the Russian editions, and an introduction by Kevin Windle and Elena Govor, the author’s granddaughter:

Artyom Vesyoly’s Russia Washed in Blood, first published in full in 1932, is a vivid fictionalised account of the Russian Civil War of 1918-1921. The author, who had been a soldier in the Red Army, made it his mission to record the full horror of the events of that period and their effects on the lives of ordinary people. For his failure to recognise the ‘leading organisational role’ of the Communist Party he was arrested and executed in Stalin’s Great Purge of 1938.

Awards and Honours

Katerina Naitoro has been awarded the 2020 Stephen Wurm Prize for her outstanding PhD thesis “ Morphs in search of meaning: Southeast Solomonic transitive morphology in diachronic perspective”; see here for an interview about her work.

The Patji-Dawes award is open: http://www.dynamicsoflanguage.edu.au/education-and-outreach/dawes-award/. Applications close 8 March 2021. The purpose of the Patji-Dawes Language Teaching Award is to honour outstanding achievements in teaching languages other than English by an accomplished practitioner or team of practitioners in Australia.

Alexandre François (CNRS–Ecole normale supérieure–Sorbonne nouvelle), a former Visitor at the ANU and now an Honorary Associate Professor with the ANU, was elected this year a Member of the Academia Europaea – the pan-European Academy of Humanities, Letters, Law, and Sciences. According to the Academy's statutes, being elected among its members constitutes “a distinct recognition by international peers of personal excellence in science and scholarship”.

Seminars and conferences

Carmel O’Shannessy will give a talk in the Abralin Ao Vivo series, titled: Common processes, less common outcome - how children's language acquisition processes can lead to the emergence of a new language. October 6, 2020, 9am.

Catherine Travis presented a paper on ‘Ethnolects and ethnic variation in the community over time' in a online panel on Language Variation and Change, Australia: Ao Vivo!, run by Abralin on July 9th, The session was organised by Celeste Rodriguez Louro, who also gave a presentation, along with Gerry Docherty, John Mansfield and James Walker, and Ksenia Gnevsheva served as moderator. A video of the presentation is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojacfW-ZyWw.

Mayer, E presented “Cuius regio, eius religio, eius lingua” at the Association of Iberian and Latin American Studies of Australasia virtual conference at Griffith University, 4-7 July, 2020

Mayer, E., L. Sánchez, J. Camacho, and C. Rodríguez Alzza presented “The ‘Big DP’ Hypothesis and Gender Agreement: Evidence from Bilingual Acquisition in a Contact Situation” at the Linguistic Symposium on Romance Linguistics 50 (LSRL50), online, July 1-8.

Mayer E presented “Attitudes towards Shipibo-Konibo in urban and rural environments” at ITML5 (Fifth International Symposium on the Intergenerational Transmission of Minority Languages: Language and Identity), online, 9 December 2019 https://www.isd.su.se/english/itml5

PhD Thesis

Marie-France Duhame has been awarded a PhD at the ANU with her thesis, ‘Variation in Raga - a quantitative and qualitative study of the language of North Pentecost, Vanuatu’ https://openresearch-repository.anu.edu.au/handle/1885/205516.

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News from UNE


As part of the 2020 NSW Premier’s History Awards, UNE student and Anaiwan man Callum Clayton-Dixon (@RevivingAnaiwan) was awarded the NSW Community and Regional History Prize for his book Surviving New England: A History of Aboriginal Resistance and Resilience Through the First Forty Years of Colonial Apocalypse. Congratulations, Callum!


Following on from the publication of a dictionary and grammar of Mibiny language varieties, Margaret Sharpe has published Klaimat Jeinj: Kriol and English with References, under Creative Commons May 2020 in Armidale to send to schools where Kriol is used. As readers will know, Kriol is the largest current first-language Aboriginal language in the Northern parts of Australia. Margaret is also working towards creating articles in Kriol for Wikipedia’s ‘Incubator’, as is Dr Greg Dickson with high-school kids at Ngukurr Educational Centre. This will involve introducing words for terms in various sciences.

Arvind Iyengar has had the following article published:

Iyengar, Arvind (2020). Scripting change: The orthographic impact of intergenerational phonological change in Indian Sindhi. In Boivin, M. (ed.), French Interdisciplinary Mission in Sindh (MIFS) Newsletter 7-8, July 2020.


Sally Dixon has received a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Short-Term Research Grant to spend two months with the Research Unit for “Emerging Grammars in Language-Contact Situations” at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

Thesis Completions

The following students have successfully completed their Master’s theses in Linguistics:

Samantha Budzevski, entitled The plurilingual in the EFL classroom: Teacher beliefs, knowledge, and attitudes regarding the resources of the plurilingual and their utilisation in EFL classrooms in Galicia, Spain. Supervisor: Liz Ellis

Bryan Hale, entitled Playfulness in foreign language communication activities: An idiodynamic study of Korean high school English learners. Supervisors: Mark Conroy and Liz Ellis

Jonathan Guthmann, entitled Vernacular Bibles and Language Standardisation in Early Modern Europe. Supervisor: Arvind Iyengar

Congratulations to all of you!

Conference Presentations

The following speakers presented at UNE Linguistics’ Language Talks! seminar series, via Zoom:

30 July: UNE Adjunct Senior Lecturer Margaret Sharpe presented on how literature can inform linguistic practice. Margaret has published many novels, many of which depict encounters between Indigenous and non-Indigenous protagonists. In this session, she discussed the motivation for writing these novels as well as what she sees as the benefit of reading works by Indigenous authors such as Philip McLaren.

24 August: UWA Senior Lecturer & Discipline Chair of Linguistics Maïa Ponsonnet presented on A preliminary typology of Australian interjections: results and methodological insights. In this talk, she put forward a preliminary typology of the interjections documented in 37 languages of diverse genetic affiliation across the Australian continent. She spelt out the results concerning Australian interjections themselves, highlighting a number of forms and semantic categories that often form part of Australian Indigenous languages’ repertoires. Based on these observations, she also discussed the theoretical and methodological issues involved in discovering universals properties of interjections in human languages.

Arvind Iyengar


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News from the Australian Journal of Linguistics

I would like to draw attention to two significant changes in journal policy that will appear in the revised Information for Authors (IfAs) that are currently being finalised on the journal’s website:

Word Limits: With the last of the book reviews appearing in the final issue for this year, there is now scope for setting a word limit that brings AJL into line with more standard practice in leading linguistics journals. Following is the statement in the revised IfAs:

A typical paper for this journal should be no more than 15,000 words, inclusive of the abstract, tables, references, and figure captions. Submission that are within the word limit but otherwise quite long (over 10,000 words) will be assessed by the editor for appropriateness of their length and may be returned for revision before being sent out for review.

Presentation and Citation of Linguistic Data: As AJL recognises both the centrality of data to linguistic research and that ‘linguistic data form not only a record of scholarship, but also of cultural heritage, societal evolution, and human potential’ (Austin Principles of Data Citation in Linguistics), the journal is committed to upholding the highest standards of research data management. Please ensure that future submissions conform to the attached ‘AJL guidelines for presentation and citation of linguistic data’.

As always, I look forward to receiving your submissions and I gratefully thank those of you who have still been able to complete reviews given the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jean Mulder,
Editor in Chief, Australian Journal of Linguistics


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