ALS Newsletter March 2021

From the President
News from the University of Wollongong
News from La Trobe University
News from the University of Melbourne
News from James Cook University (Language and Culture Research Centre)
News from UWA
News from RMIT
News from Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE)
News from ANU
News from Macquarie University
News from UNE
A letter of thanks to the ALS
About ALS

From the President

It is wonderful to continue to get news from Linguistics programs all over Australia, exemplifying the huge scope of linguistic inquiry and education. With each newsletter, I see more and more evidence of the ‘murkiness’ of hard discipline boundaries. Historically, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics in Australia have seen themselves as separate disciplines, but the updates in this newsletter from around the country demonstrate the fuzziness of this distinction – from Forensic Applications, to Language Education, to communicating findings from Linguistics to non-Linguists. I have been holding discussions with the leadership of the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia to see how we can work together to better serve our members and the broader community. I also attended an AASS (Australian Academy of Social Sciences) round table on the future of Social Science where a big theme was on interdisciplinarity and the value of applying a range of expertise when grappling with the really big challenges of human society.

While Linguists working and studying in Universities dominate our membership, ALS is starting to work on ways to make ALS more inclusive of Linguist workers in a range of professions. We have established two working parties to further develop our policies, support and procedures in these directions: one on Professional Accreditation (chaired by Vice President Alice Gaby) and one (in collaboration with ALAA) to develop a ‘Statement on Inclusive Linguistics’, following on from the Linguistic Society of America’s ‘Statement on Race’. I invite all members to read the LSA statement and to consider how we can craft a statement that is tailored to the Australian context.

Finally, I was delighted to see the letter from Dr Zobule from the Kulu Language Institute in the Solomon Islands (printed in this newsletter) that confirms the value of supporting the training of Linguists in our region.

Ilana Mushin


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News from the University of Wollongong

Latest publications

Herrero de Haro, Alfredo. (2021). The vowel system of Eastern Andalusian Spanish speakers with articulation disorders. Lingua, article no. 102958, doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lingua.2020.102958.

Herrero de Haro, Alfredo & John Hajek. (2020). Illustrations of the IPA: Eastern Andalusian Spanish. Journal of the International Phonetic Association. https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-the-international-phonetic-association/article/eastern-andalusian-spanish/DDD64F67DD99F2D0DF39C7443415B701/share/4a44adcdc61fdcb95afeb6916d6e607ed5ec4ccf

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

Alfredo Herrero de Haro


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News from La Trobe University

Professor Marija Tabain has been involved in developing a new set of Unicode phonetic fonts: https://unicode.org/charts/

Dr Lauren Gawne is co-organising a conference on communicating Linguistics: https://lingcomm.org/conference/

Professor James Walker has co-edited a volume dedicated to Professor Jenny Cheshire at Queen Mary University of London: https://www.routledge.com/Advancing-Socio-grammatical-Variation-and-Change-In-Honour-of-Jenny-Cheshire/Beaman-Buchstaller-Fox-Walker/p/book/9780367244798

James Walker


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News from the University of Melbourne

In the news:

On 8th February 2021, Chloé Diskin-Holdaway (Uni Melbourne) published an article in The Conversation with Paola Escudero (Western Sydney University): 'Don’t be afraid to pass your first language, and accent, to your kids. It could be their superpower' which you can read here.

Staff movements

And speaking of Chloé, the Linguistics and Applied Linguistics program at Melbourne is delighted to announce that Chloé has been made a permanent member of staff. Great to have you (stay) with us, Chloé!

On the other hand, we are sorry to see Rosey Billington go to a position at ANU, although very happy for her given the parlous nature of university employment at the moment.


Congratulations to Dr. Brigitte Agnew, who has graduated with her PhD. Brigitte’s thesis is a grammatical description of Mangarla, a highly endangered language of the Great Sandy Desert region of Western Australia. It is available at: http://hdl.handle.net/11343/241927. (Supervisors: Rachel Nordlinger and Nick Thieberger)

Also to Alex Kilpatrick, who has also graduated with his PhD "Phonotactic Experience Conditions Speech Perception", supervised by Rikke Bundgaard-Nielsen and Brett Baker. Alex has already published the majority of his thesis, most recently in a paper in Language and Speech: Kilpatrick, A., Kawahara, S., Bundgaard-Nielsen, R., Baker, B., & Fletcher, J. (2020). Japanese Perceptual Epenthesis is Modulated by Transitional Probability. Language and Speech. doi:10.1177/002383092093004


We are pleased to welcome Reuben Brown who has commenced his ARC-funded DECRA project “Modern Diplomacy: Understanding ceremonial exchange at Indigenous festivals”


Assoc Prof Neomy Storch has been busy as usual. With an edited book:

  • Suzuki, W. & Storch, N.  (Eds.) (2020).  Languaging in language learning and teaching: A collection of empirical studies.  Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins

Also a keynote address: 

  • Feedback on writing: A learner agency perspective.  A keynote address delivered at the 12th conference on Foreign Language Writing Research, Beijing, October 23, 2020.

Not to mention a seminar: 

  • Collaborative writing: Promoting language learning opportunities.  Delivered at the University of Tehran, Iran, December 4, 2020.

The Western Desert verbal arts project

Between 2012 – 2019 Ngaatjatjarra linguist Elizabeth Marrkilyi Ellis, Inge Kral (Australian National University), Jennifer Green (The University of Melbourne) and Jane Simpson (Australian National University) worked together to make an enduring record of verbal arts and oral traditions from the Ngaanyatjarra Lands communities of Western Australia. The collaboration has resulted in two books, recently published by UWA Press: In the Time of their Lives (Kral & Ellis) and i-Tjuma: Ngaanyatjarra stories from the Western Desert of Central Australia (edited by Kral, Green & Ellis) as well as a rich archival collection of audio-visual records. The significance of this collection has been recognised by their inscription, in 2021, on the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register.

Brett Baker


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

LCRC members news

Nathan White was appointed Research Fellow within the framework of the ARC LP ‘Speaking Hmong in diaspora: language contact, resilience, and change’ (Chief investigators Distinguished Professor Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, Assoc. Prof. Nerida Jarkey, and Professor R. M. W. Dixon) on 1 March (for an initial period of three years).

Dr Hannah Sarvasy (Marcs Institute, University of Western Sydney) was appointed Adjunct Research Fellow at the LCRC.

Dr Maria Wronska-Friend, an expert in material anthropology, with a focus on Hmong, was appointed Adjunct Research Fellow at the Cairns Institute and the LCRC.

Piar Karim (MA University of Northern Texas) is planning to start his PhD 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 a plenary address at the International Conference ‘Verb and context’ (Universidad de Alicante/Universitat d’Alacant) on 13 April 2021 (via zoom, 9.00-10.00 a.m. Standard European time) on ‘Todos lo saben: sharing knowledge through evidentiality systems’.

She will be teaching a course on systems of noun categorization (gender and classifiers) within the Department of Humanities (University of Pavia, Italy) between 19.04 and 4.06.2021, via zoom.

In November 2020, she was appointed Health and Safety Representative for the College of Arts, Society and Education at JCU. She sees her role as a voice in representing colleagues in matters relating to physical and mental health and safety in the increasingly threatening environment of corporate management and micromanagement, inquiring into any issues which appear to be a risk to the health and/or safety of colleagues arising from the conduct of the business.

Dr Luca Ciucci will be presenting the following talk: The interaction of grammar and society in Ayoreo (Bolivia, Paraguay) / La interacción de gramática y sociedad en ayoreo (Bolivia, Paraguay). Coloquio de Investigación Lingüística 2021, Universidad de Sonora, Mexico. April 9, 2021 via zoom).

Dr René van den Berg (SIL International), and Dr Angeliki Alvanoudi (University of Thessaloniki) 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 special 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 or 2022, 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.

Dr Selmo Azevedo Apontes (Universidade Federal do Acre, Brazil) will be undertaking post-doctoral research at the LCRC in 2021, working on Serial verbs in Oro Waram (Wari’, Txapakura)’ (remotely).

New books

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald. 2021. I saw the dog. Why language matters. 2021. London: Profile Books.

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, R. M. W. Dixon, and Nerida Jarkey. eds. 2021. The integration of language and society: a cross-linguistic typology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Alvanoudi, Angeliki (ed). 2020. Indexing gender, culture, and cognition. Special issue of Language and Discrimination vol. 4-1.

Bradshaw, Rob. 2021. Doromu-Koki – English dictionary. Lincom Europa, Munich.

Ciucci, Luca. ed. 2021. From fieldwork to reconstruction: Language documentation and historical linguistics. Special issue of Studia Linguistica 75, issue 2.

R. M. W. Dixon. 2021. The essence of linguistic analysis: an integrated approach. Series ‘Brill Research perspectives in linguistics’. Leiden: Brill.

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

Firew Girma Worku. 2021. A grammar of Mursi, a Nilo-Saharan language of Ethiopia. Leiden: Brill, 2021.

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’

These will take place every alternate Wednesday at 4 p.m. in D3-150, Cairns Institute Building (by invitation only, due to COVID-19-safe policy). The project meetings led by the Directorate of the LCRC, including a special Workshop ‘Nonverbal predicates and copula clauses', will commence on Wednesday 10 March 2021. R. M. W. Dixon and Alexandra Aikhenvald will present an Initial Orientation. The materials will be available at: https://www.jcu.edu.au/language-and-culture-research-centre/news-and-events/workshops`

Celebrating the second decade of linguistics at JCU Cairns Campus

The year 2021 marks the start of the second decade of Linguistics at JCU (the Cairns Campus). Linguistics was introduced in 2009 through the establishment of the Language and Culture Research Group, transformed into the Language and Culture Research Centre in 2011. Since then, Linguistics at the LCRC has acquired a 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 these events with a provisional title 'Not to lose you, my language' planned for mid-2021 which will feature:

  • A launch of Professor Alexandra Aikhenvald's new book I saw the dog: why language matters (2021, Profile books), an entertaining introduction to the mysteries and the magic of languages, based on original fieldwork in Amazonia and Papua New Guinea.
  • A launch of Professor R. M. W. Dixon's The essence of linguistic analysis: an integrated approach (2021, Brill), an accessible and informative presentation of a framework which connects individual topics in a cogent and coherent way, showing their dependencies and locating each in its place within the overall tapestry of a language.
  • A launch of the special issue of Italian Journal of Linguistics (1: 2021), 'Language contact and multilingual grammars', edited by Alexandra Aikhenvald and Péter Maitz, emanating from an International workshop run by the editors in 2018.
  • A launch of the special issue of Studia Linguistica (2021), ‘From fieldwork to reconstruction: historical issues in hotspots of linguistic diversity’, edited by Luca Ciucci, emanating from an International workshop organized by the editor in 2018.

The LCRC 2021 Bulletin and other materials are now available on our new site https://www.jcu.edu.au/lcrc/resources/lcrc-bulletins.

Follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LCRCatJCU/

Alexandra (Sasha) Aikhenvald


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News from UWA

It’s the season of Bunuru here in Nyungar country. It’s hot and dry and the gum trees are heavy with white flowers.

New roles

Luisa Miceli has stepped up as Chair of the UWA Linguistics Discipline.

Amanda Hamilton-Hollaway has been appointed to a one-year position as Associate Lecturer of Linguistics.

Celeste Rodríguez Louro has been re-elected to the post of Vice-President of the ALS until December 2023.

New scholarship-funded PhD students

Madeleine Clews will be working with Celeste Rodríguez Louro on a topic exploring contact linguistic ecologies in the history of Western Australia. The supervisory team also includes Luisa Miceli (UWA) and Kate Burridge (Monash University) as external co-supervisor.

Eleanor Yacopetti will be working with Maïa Ponsonnet on the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project ‘Landscape, language and culture in Indigenous Australia’, with Lead Investigator Bill Palmer (Newcastle University) as external co-supervisor.

PhD prelims

Lucía Fraiese will be working with Celeste Rodríguez Louro and Glenys Collard on a variationist analysis of utterance-final tags in Aboriginal English. Lucía is expected to join our PhD program in early 2022.

Established PhD students

PhD candidate Connor Brown has been developing a semantic analysis of two aspect suffixes in East Kimberley Kriol (-ing and -bat) and has also begun analysing the temporal properties of the discourse particle na

PhD candidate Troy Reynolds has been acquainting himself with the EmuR and Maus programs as part of his research focusing on Aboriginal English prosody and is constructing his database for a study of High Rising Terminals. He recently presented some preliminary findings at the New Ways of Analyzing Variation – Asia Pacific 6 conference held remotely from Singapore. The title of his presentation, co-authored with Debbie Loakes (The University of Melbourne), Glenys Collard and Celeste Rodríguez Louro, was ‘The highs and lows of Australian Aboriginal English intonation’.

Thank you

Thank you to PhD candidate Connor Brown who has completed a successful two-year term as Media and Outreach officer for the ALS. The post has now been taken up by UWA HDR student Lucía Fraiese who was also on the organising committee for ALS 2020.


Fløgstad, Guro, & Rodríguez Louro, Celeste. (2021). Gauging expansion in synchrony: The perfect in nineteenth century Rioplatense Spanish. In M. Fryd & K. M. Eide (Eds.), The Perfect volume, 241–258. Amsterdam: John Benjamis.

Ponsonnet, Maïa. 2021. Transfer and applicative constructions in Gunwinyguan languages (non-Pama-Nyungan, Australia), in Bouveret, M. ed., Give constructions across languages, 121–143. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.


Marie-Eve Ritz and Maïa Ponsonnet are partner investigators on a CNRS IRP Research Network grant led by Patrick Caudal (Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7) which is titled ‘Formal/experimental methods and in-depth description of Australian Indigenous languages’ (AUD 42,000; 2021-2025).

Michael Haugh (University of Queensland) has been awarded over half a million dollars in the context of a Language Data Commons of Australia, Australia Data Partnerships 2020 grant in collaboration with a team of experts, including Celeste Rodríguez Louro, for the creation of a Data Commons to be completed by late 2022.

New website

Maïa Ponsonnet’s website on the role of body parts in emotion metaphors in Australian Indigenous languages was released in February. https://www.emotionlanguageaustralia.com/


What is Aboriginal English? What does collaborative research look like? Glenys Collard and Celeste Rodríguez Louro have a good yarn with Because Language’s host Daniel Midgley.


Heart Foundation video

On 9 November 2020 the Heart Foundation released a heart health check video fully scripted in Aboriginal English by Gleyns Collard. This was an innovative decision which set a new precedent in Indigenous health contexts. The video can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=op1dNfMiz9s

Professional development offered

Our teacher professional development, ‘Understanding language’, was offered by UWA Linguistics in collaboration with the WA Department of Education on 28 November 2020. We offered a face-to-face session which was full of excitement and interesting discussion.


Amanda Hamilton-Hollaway is the 2021 organiser of OzCLO WA, the Western Australian branch of the Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad. The state competition was held online on March 3. On March 24, the top six WA teams will travel to the UWA campus to compete for the national title.

COVID-19 field work

In December 2020, Maïa Ponsonnet travelled to Darwin to discuss the ARC Discovery Project ‘Landscape, language and culture in Indigenous Australia’ with Kune speakers stationed in Darwin.

Seminar series

Our seminar series will launch on 26 March 2021 with a presentation by Felicity Meakins (University of Queensland). Like last year, the seminar series will be running in hybrid mode with Zoom access to all sessions. Please email maia.ponsonnet@uwa.edu.au to receive the announcements. Details of all sessions will also be shared on our Facebook page (‘UWA Linguistics’).

Presentations (October 2020-March 2021)

October 2020

Maïa Ponsonnet was invited to present her ongoing work on interjections at a Lexical Typology seminar hosted by LACITO (Langues et civilisations à tradition orale), CNRS, Paris.

Celeste Rodríguez Louro presented two papers at the Forum on Englishes in Australia 2020 organised by James Walker and team at La Trobe University:

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, online.

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, online.

November 2020

On 9 November 2020, Celeste Rodríguez Louro spoke to linguistics students at the University of Birmingham, England about ways that linguists can reach out to communities and industry.

December 2020

With Rob Mailhammer (Western Sydney University) and Gerry Docherty (Griffith University), Celeste Rodríguez Louro organised ALS 2020 which took place online for the first time in ALS history. The conference included exciting workshops, papers, keynotes, next gen events for postgraduate students and ECRs and plenty of social time.

Amanda Hamilton-Hollaway co-presented (along with Alexandra Marley) a paper titled ‘Variation and Change: Modern pronoun paradigms in two Australian languages’ at ALS 2020.

Celeste Rodríguez Louro’s research on longitudinal changes to Aboriginal English storytelling (with Glenys Collard and Madeleine Clews) and Maïa Ponsonnet’s work on gammon (with Denise Angelo; ANU) was included in a workshop called ‘From street to screen: English-lexified varieties in Australia’ convened by Monika Bednarek and Jakelin Troy (University of Sydney).

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

February 2021

Glenys Collard and Celeste Rodríguez Louro presented a paper titled ‘De-colonising sociolinguistics: Indigenous-led fieldwork in Nyungar country, Western Australia’ at New Ways of Analyzing Variation Asia-Pacific 6, organised by the National University of Singapore and hosted online.

Forthcoming keynote presentations

On 26 March 2021 Celeste Rodríguez Louro will deliver an invited keynote titled The Superpowers of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Female Academics at Edith Cowan University, Perth. The event is co-organised by ARC DECRA Fellow Sender Dovchin (Curtin University) and is funded through the WA Department of Communities.

In mid-December 2021 Celeste Rodríguez Louro will deliver, with Glenys Collard, an invited keynote presentation titled The soul of language: Discourse-pragmatic variation and change in urban Aboriginal English for the international conference series Discourse-Pragmatic Variation and Change (DiPVaC) 5 organised by Chloé Diskin-Holdaway (University of Melbourne) and hosted online.

Proposed workshop for ALS 2021

Celeste Rodríguez Louro is proposing, with Catherine Travis (ANU) and James Walker (La Trobe), to organise the fifth meeting of Language Variation and Change, Australia (LVC-A 5) during the 2021 Conference of the ALS at La Trobe University in early December 2021. More details will be available in the next three months.

Celeste Rodríguez Luoro


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News from RMIT

While we do not have a dedicated linguistics department at RMIT University, many of the teaching staff in Languages and other areas are linguists / applied linguists. We offer a range of undergraduate linguistics courses as university-wide electives and as core courses in the Bachelor of International Studies (Languages major), and many of us supervise PhD theses on linguistics-related topics.

Linguistics and justice are also in the spotlight with the work of forensic linguist Georgina Heydon and her colleagues in Criminology and Justice Studies, Nicola Henry, Rachel Loney-Howes and Tully O'Neill, who are collaborating to examine the role of informal reporting of sexual assault in providing justice for survivors and intelligence for law enforcement. Georgina's work on the discourse of police interviewing and question-answer pairs in legal contexts has been applied to the design of better forms for eliciting survivor's narratives in a way that addresses therapeutic and evidential needs. See this short article in the Conversation, which was the basis of a number of media stories, and for a longer treatment of the subject, see Heydon and Powell 2018.

We list below some of our current activities and publications from 2020. Next time we will focus on our Translating & Interpreting colleagues.

Recently completed PhDs

Amerah Alsharif’s 2021 PhD thesis analysed emails sent from Saudi and Australian students to prospective PhD supervisors. The results of this study provide deeper insights into e-negotiation discourse, and the subtle nuances of intercultural online communication in particular, especially as far as Anglo-Arabic interactions are concerned. The findings will assist both hopeful Saudi PhD candidates and Australian institutes that receive thousands of Saudi students annually.

Joseph MacFarlane's 2021 PhD thesis on language barriers in the justice system is an outstanding contribution to our understanding of English monolingual ideologies. In particular, he exposes the powerful role of gatekeepers in the justice system who might have little knowledge about linguistics and yet make daily decisions relating to language use that affect the futures of justice clients.  Watch this space for publications!

Current HDR supervisions

  • Identity (re)construction in Vietnamese English bilingual children: From an ESL to an EFL context
  • Culture in English teaching in Saudi Arabia: Toward Intercultural Competence. Focus on Textbooks and Teachers’ Views
  • The Evil in their Eyes: The Evil Eye Belief in Compliment Behaviour of Hijazi Arabic Speakers
  • Language Teachers’ Writing Assessment and Feedback Practices in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Classes at University Level in Pakistan

Recent publications


Crozet, C. & Diaz A.D. 2020. Tertiary Language-Teacher Researchers Between Ethics & Politics: Silent voices, Unseized spaces. Abingdon: Routledge.

Ni, J. 2020. The Tale of Genji and Its Chinese Precursors. United States: Rowman & Littlefield.

Edited volumes

Mullan, K., Vincent-Durroux, L., and David, C. 2020. Special issue of European Journal of Humour Research: Humour Across Cultures - A Contrastive Approach, 8(4).

Mullan, K., Peeters, B. and Sadow, L (eds.). 2020. Studies in ethnopragmatics, cultural semantics, and intercultural communication. Volume 1: Ethnopragmatics and Semantic Analysis. Singapore: Springer.

Peeters, B., Mullan, K. and Sadow, L. (eds.). 2020. Studies in ethnopragmatics, cultural semantics, and intercultural communication. Volume 2: Meaning and Culture. Singapore: Springer.

Sadow, L., Peeters, B. and Mullan, K. (eds.). 2020. Studies in ethnopragmatics, cultural semantics, and intercultural communication. Volume 3: Minimal English (And Beyond). Singapore: Springer.

Journal articles

Ducasse, A.M. 2020 Evidence-based persuasion: A cross-cultural analysis of entrepreneurial Pitch in English and Spanish. Journal of International Entrepreneurship, Vol. 18, Issue 4 92–510 DOI 10.1007/s10843-020-00278-0

Ducasse, A.M. & Brown, A. 2020. Contextualized judgements: A comparison of the criteria used to judge academic presentations and TOEFL speaking performances. Papers in Language Testing and Assessment, Australian Language Testing Association Australia New Zealand University of Melbourne. Volume 2 November.

Brown, A. & Ducasse, A.M. 2020. An Equal Challenge? Comparing TOEFL iBT™ Speaking Tasks with Academic Speaking Tasks. Language Assessment Quarterly, 16 (2), 253-270 DOI 10.1080/15434303.2019.1628240

Li, L., Gao, B., Ni, J. 2020. The Road to Quality Chinese Language Programmes: When Students’ Cultural Learning Styles Match with Teachers’ Teaching Styles. Electronic Journal of Foreign Language Teaching, 17, 443 - 459

Vincent-Durroux, L., Mullan, K., David, C., Béal, C. & Poussard, C. 2020. Mastering Second Language Humour: The Ultimate Challenge. Special issue European Journal of Humour Research: Humour Across Cultures - A Contrastive Approach, 8(4), 82-111.

Mullan, K. 2020. Humour in French and Australian English initial interactions. Journal of Pragmatics, 169, 86-99.

Goddard, C. and Mullan, K. 2020.  Explicating verbs for “laughing with other people” in French and English (and why it matters for humour studies). HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research, 33(1), 55-77. DOI 10.1515/humor-2017-0114

Book chapters

De St. Léger, D. and Mullan, K. 2020. New Caledonia: a semiotic analysis of the landscape as an opportunity for learning. In Niedt, G. and Seals, C. (eds.). Linguistic Landscapes Beyond the Language Classroom, pp. 59-76. London/New York: Bloomsbury.

Ducasse, A. M.& Maher, B.  2020. Teaching and Assessing Language and Culture through Translation. In J. Fornasiero, S. M.A. Reed, R. Amery, E. Bouvet, K. Enomoto & H. Xu, (eds.). Intersections in Language Planning and Policy: Establishing Connections in Languages and Cultures, pp. 401-417. Dordrecht: Springer.

Hill, K. & Ducasse A. M. 2020. Advancing Written Feedback Practice through a Teacher-Researcher Collaboration in a University Spanish program. In M. E. Poehner, & O. Inbar-Lourie (Eds.). Toward a Reconceptualization of L2 Classroom Assessment: Praxis and Researcher-Teacher Partnership, pp. 153-172. Switzerland: Springer Educational Linguistics.

Mullan, K. 2020. Pile of Dead Leaves Free to a Good Home: Humour and Belonging in a Facebook Community. In Mullan, K, Peeters, B. and Sadow, L. (eds.). Studies in ethnopragmatics, cultural semantics, and intercultural communication. Volume 1: Ethnopragmatics and Semantic Analysis, pp. 135-159. Singapore: Springer.

Sadow, L. and Mullan, K. 2020. A Brief Introduction to the Natural Semantic Metalanguage Approach. In Mullan, K, Peeters, B. and Sadow, L. (eds.). Studies in ethnopragmatics, cultural semantics, and intercultural communication. Volume 1: Ethnopragmatics and Semantic Analysis, pp. 13-32. Singapore: Springer.

Publications of interest (RMIT supported)

James. B., Maypilama, E. & Adone, D. 2020. The Illustrated Handbook of Yolŋu Sign Language of North East Arnhem Land. Australian Book Connection. Melbourne. 328PP. ISBN 978-1-6426-070-4 https://www.yolngusignlanguage.com.au/ 

Kerry Mullan


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News from Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE)

Recent conferences and presentations

In her presentation at the University of Melbourne earlier this year, our esteemed colleague Dr Robyn Ober talked about the concept of Slipping and Sliding which was one of the concepts which emerged during her PhD research.

The presentation was recorded by the University of Melbourne and is available for download here:

Shared Screen with Speaker View (Video) (322.6 MB)


Chat File (208 B)


Audio Only (25.2 MB)


The password for these recordings is qh57W1vll_lL

Language Projects

Living and Breathing Kungarakan

The Kungarakany language project has been completed with a set of wonderful resources to support language revival, with 11 posters, 12 books, curriculum implementation guides and a significant set of archival resources that will continue to contribute to and assist early years language learning. The most challenging component of the project was the review and update of the Kungarakany orthography, which while challenging, created some very entertaining moments through listening to archival audio and getting our mouths around the original pronunciation. This project was initiated by Helen Bishop undertaking her PhD at Batchelor and her retrieval of archival materials and to honour her mother who produced the first Kungarakany dictionary. Maree Klesch managed the project with Kungarakany Education and Cultural consultants Trudy Avlonitis, Mia Stanford, Brendan Monck and Charlee Horni taking on linguistic responsibilities. All of these resources will be available in the near future on the CALL Collection website: https://callcollection.batchelor.edu.au.

The Kungarakany seasons poster

The poster “Getting started with Kungarakany”

Old meets new: Luritja (southern dialects): Wangka irrititha munu kuwarritha

While the Kungarakany project is coming to an end, the new ILA Open Round-funded Luritja project is just beginning. Like the Pertame Language Revival project, the core project group includes elders and young people. Elder Maureen Campbell with grandkids, Kyra, Reanna and Ian, and nephew, Dwight, will work with Ange at CALL and Brigida in the BI art department, along with young and old community members, to produce a range of resources from old recordings, language work and texts. The project team began by participating in a First Nations Media archiving workshop last week which introduced the FNMA Archive Resources Toolkit and the Mukurtu platform for content management.

Among the participants in the workshop are Luritja project team members Maureen Campbell, front left and behind her Kyra Campbell, Ange Harrison, Reanna Campbell and Dwight Campbell.

Courses taught

BIITE in partnership with CDU continues to offer Languages and Linguistics major with a focus on Australian Indigenous context.

Bachelor of Arts (WARTS2)

Diploma of Arts (YARTS1)

The Language Studies units within the Linguistics major include the following Australian Indigenous languages: Arrernte, Bininj Kunwok and Yolngu. Some are offered face-to-face and some online only. For Arrernte language course, please get in touch with Angela Harrison from Batchelor Institute on angela.harrison@batchelor.edu.au or 08 8951 8344. Enrolment for Semester 2 will start in May 2021.

Paola Fischer

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News from the ANU


Brown, Joshua. 2020. “Towards the elaboration of a diastratic model in historical analyses of koineization”. Sociolinguistic Studies 14 (4): 505-529.

Bromhead, Helen and Zhengdao Ye (eds.) 2020. Meaning, Life and Culture: In Conversation with Anna Wierzbicka. Canberra: ANU Press. DOI: http://doi.org/10.22459/MLC.2020

Bundgaard-Nielsen, Rikke and Carmel O'Shannessy. 2021. When more is more: The mixed language Light Warlpiri amalgamates source language phonologies to form a near-maximal inventory. Journal of Phonetics.  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0095447021000097.

Callaghan, Matthew and Catherine E. Travis. 2021. Priming as a diagnostic of grammatical constructions: Second-person singular in Chilean Spanish. Languages 6(1): 1. https://dx.doi.org/10.3390.

Govor, Elena and Kevin Windle  2020. Introduction in Artyom Vesyoly, Russia Washed in Blood. Anthem Press, 2020, 400 pp.

Gnevsheva, K. (2021). Topic affects perception of degree of foreign accent in a non-dominant language. Linguistics, 59(1), 101-121. 

Guillaume, Antoine and Harold Koch (eds.) 2021. Associated Motion. (Empirical Approaches to Linguistic Typology 64), Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. https://www.degruyter.com/view/title/569942

Pawley, Andrew, 2020. The depiction of sensing events in English and Kalam. In Helen Bromhead and Zhengdao Ye (eds), Meaning, Life and Culture: In conversation with Anna Wierzbicka, 381-401. Canberra, ANU Press.

Pawley, Andrew, 2020. On rank and leadership in Proto Oceanic society. Journal de la Societé des Océanistes, 151(2):223-238

Priestley, Carol. 2020. Koromu (Kesawai): Grammar and Information Structure of a New Guinea language. Pacific Linguistics 658. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. https://www.degruyter.com/view/title/540952

Windle, Kevin. 2020. “Australia’s Early Russian-Language Press, 1912-1919”, in Catherine Dewhirst and Richard Scully (eds), The Transnational Voices of Australia’s Migrant and Minority Press, Palgrave Macmillan, 2020, 61-79. https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030436384

Windle, Kevin. 2020. “Voices Crying in the Wilderness: Revolutionary Editorials in the Brisbane Russian Press of 1919”, Australian Slavonic and East European Studies, 34, 2020, 1-26.

Windle, Kevin and  Mary Besemeres. 2020, ‘Envoi: Anna Wierzbicka’s Life’, in Helen Bromhead and Zhengdao Ye (eds), Meaning, Life and Culture: In conversation with Anna Wierzbicka, ANU Press, Canberra, 2020, 493-500.

Windle, Kevin. 2020. Translation: ‘The Total Effect of Valery Bryusov’, Cardinal Points, Vol. 10 (November 2020), pp. 108-110.

Windle, Kevin. 2020. Translation: Sławomir Mrożek, Four Short Stories (trans. From the Polish), Cardinal Points (literary journal of Brown University’s Department of Slavic Studies), Vol. 10 (November 2020), pp. 34-42.

Awards, Honours and Promotion

  • Congratulations to Jane Simpson, who has been elected as Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and also Fellow of the Academic of the Social Sciences in Australia.
  • Honours student Gina Welsh won the 2020 ANU Reginald de Bray Prize for Linguistics, for her thesis: Automatic morphosyntactic analysis of Light Warlpiri corpus data. Supervised by Carmel O'Shannessy and Mark Ellison. 
  • Maria Vollmer (a visitor at the ANU linguistics) has been awarded the PUSh price for my Master’s thesis from the University of Bamberg’s women’s representatives (Award of the University Women’s Representatives for Female Students with Outstanding Theses, see here) in December.  
  • Many congratulations to I Wayan Arka, who has been promoted to full professor in the School of Culture, History & Language at ANU. 
  • The Patji-Dawes award is open: http://www.dynamicsoflanguage.edu.au/education-and-outreach/dawes-award/. Applications close 29 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.

Seminars and conferences

  • Peck, Naomi, Kirsten Culhane and Maria Vollmer. 2021. Comparing cues: a mixed-methods study of intonation unit boundaries in three typologically diverse languages. Talk held at AG 10 Prosodic boundary phenomena of the 43rd Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society, Feb 23-26, 2021.
  • SLLL PhD candidate, Megan Wood, and Murrinhpatha teachers, Diyini Lantjin, Parlun Tipiloura, Tharrngka Tchinburrurr and Mirrkun Nemaluk from OLSH Thamarrurr Catholic College in Wadeye, recently presented their paper Murrinh niyith niyith pumawathangime purru_We Make Stories Together, at the International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation (ICLDC). After the conference, they had a party to share their work with colleagues and to celebrate in lieu of going to Hawaii; see the picture below.

New PhDs Thesis

Wayan Arka

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News from Macquarie University

Staff movements

Over the past six months the Department of Linguistics at Macquarie has seen quite a bit of staff movement. Academic and professional staff who left Macquarie were David Butt, Stephen Crain, Linda Cupples, Susan Hoadley, John Knox, Lalana Knox, Stephen Moore, Jill Murray, Yan Qian, Mehdi Riazi, Collette Ryan, Stanley Song, and Rozz Thornton, and Lorraine Whybrow. Most of these staff members are still part of the department in an honorary capacity, having served Macquarie for many years.

We would like to pay tribute to these colleagues who have been such an important part of our team and thank them for all their past and future contributions to the academic community and to the lives of students. Linguistics at Macquarie may be smaller, but with the legacy left by these colleagues and a number of exciting developments in the department such as our signature Bachelor of Linguistics and Language Sciences, and a revitalised suite of courses in Translation and Interpreting aimed at domestic as well as international students, we are excited about the opportunities that await us.

Grants awarded

Titia Benders, Katherine Demuth and Nicole Altvater-Mackensen (Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz) were awarded an ARC Discovery Grant for the project The perception/production interface in child language ($393,485).

Xin Wang and Linda Cupples were awarded an ARC Discovery Project grant for Beyond Segments: Towards a lexical model for tonal bilinguals ($206,078).

Mridula Sharma and Katherine Demuth along with Gillian Wigglesworth (University of Melbourne) and Denyse Bainbridge (NT Department of Education) were awarded an ARC Linkage Grant for the project The ABC’s of listening and learning: a study in the Northern Territory ($100,000).

Nan Xu Rattanasone, Jae-Hyun Kim and Scott Barnes with Sue Ollerhead and Shirley Wyver from the School of Education were awarded $172,430 by the NSW Department of Education Strategic Research Funding Building the Evidence Base for the project Enhancing the learning outcomes of children from diverse language backgrounds: Building evidence on bilingual education.

Nan Xu Rattanasone with colleagues from the University of Wollongong were awarded an NHMRC Ideas grant for the project Development and evaluation of a novel early language assessment tool to identify vulnerable children who would benefit from referral to Allied Health pathways ($554,388).

Kelly, B., Diskin, C., Ahmed, B., Arciuli, J., Ballard, K., Benders, T., Burnham, D., Cox, F. Life in lockdown: Australian children’s stories of the Covid-19 pandemic. The University of Melbourne Arts Collaborative Research Seed Funding. (AU$16,000)


  • Gorilla Workshop on creating online studies. CLaS Workshop. 19 February 2021. Led by Andy Gibson, Rosanne Abrahamse and Nan Xu Rattansone.
  • Power Analysis for Language Science. CLaS Stats Workshop. 8-9 December 2020. Organised by Michael Proctor.

HDR Completions

Anwar Alkhudidi (2020) “An Acoustic Investigation of Traces to Children’s Early Omitted English Articles: A Case Study”. Master of Research thesis (Linguistics) - Macquarie University, supervised by Titia Benders and Katherine Demuth

Julien Millasseau (2021) “The acquisition of voicing contrasts and /s/-clusters in children with hearing loss”. PhD thesis (Linguistics) - Macquarie University, supervised by Katherine Demuth, Laurence Bruggeman and Ivan Yuen.

Natalie Skinner (2020) :Turn permeability and cognitive-communication disorders”. Master of Research thesis (Linguistics) - Macquarie University, supervised by Scott Barnes and Joe Blythe

Rebecca Holt (2020) “Facilitating language processing for children with hearing loss”. PhD thesis (Linguistics) - Macquarie University, supervised by Katherine Demuth and Laurence Bruggeman.

Tünde Szalay (May 2020) "Lateral-final rimes in Australian English". PhD dissertation - Macquarie University, supervised by Michael Proctor, Felicity Cox and Titia Benders.


Abrahamse, R., Beynon, A., Piai, V. (2020). Long-term auditory processing outcomes in early implanted young adults with cochlear implants: the MMN vs. P300 response. Clinical Neurophsyiology.

Brookman, R., Kalashnikova, M., Conti, J., Xu Rattanansone, N., Grant, K-A., Demuth, K., Burnham, D. (2020). Depression and anxiety in the postnatal period: An examination of infants’ home language environment, vocalisations and expressive language abilities. Child Development. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13421

Brookman, R., Kalashnikova, M., Conti, J., Xu Rattanasone, N., Grant, K-A., Demuth, K., & Burnham, D. (2020). Maternal depression affects infants’ lexical processing abilities in the second year of life. Special Issue on “The development of communication and language: social, environmental, and neurobiological influences”, Brain Sciences, 10 (12), 977.

Chong, S.Y., Felipe H.K., Koring, L., Bill, C., Rosenstein, L., Hackl, M. 2020. Comprehending and: The Acquisition of English Conjunction in Child Language. Proceedings BUCLD 44.

Crain, S., Giblin, I., & Thornton, R. The deep forces that shape language and the poverty of the stimulus. To appear. Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Chomsky. Nicholas Allott, Terje Lohndal and Georges Rey (eds).

Crowe, K. & Cupples, L. (2020). Bilingual cognitive advantages in multilingual and multimodal deaf and hard-of-hearing children and adults. In M. Marschark & H. Knoors (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Deaf Studies in Learning and Cognition

Davies, B. & Demuth, K. (2021). The role of phonology in morphological acquisition. In Crepaldi, D. (Ed.), Current Issues in the Psychology of Language, (pp. xxx-xxx): Routledge.

Davies, B., Xu Rattanasone, N. & Demuth, K. (2020). Comprehension of the copula: Pre-schoolers (and sometimes adults) ignore subject-verb agreement during sentence processing. Journal of Child Language, 47, 695-708.

Davies, B., Xu Rattanasone, N., & Demuth, K. (2020). Acquiring the last plural: Morphophonological effects on the comprehension of /‑əz/. Language Learning and Development, 16, 161-179. https://doi.org/10.1080/15475441.2020.1717956

Davies, B., Xu Rattanasone, N., Davis, A., & Demuth K. (2020). Is one ear good enough? Unilateral hearing loss and preschoolers’ comprehension of the English plural. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.

Davies, B., Xu Rattanasone, N., Davis, A., & Demuth, K. (2020). The acquisition of productive plural morphology by children with hearing loss. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research. 63, 552-568. https://doi.org/10.1044/2019_JSLHR-19-00208

Demuth, K. (2021). How learners move from sound to morphology. In Papafragou, A., Trueswell, J. & Gleitman, L. (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of The Mental Lexicon, (pp. xxx-xxx): Oxford University Press.

Demuth, K. & Johnson, M. (2020). Exemplar-based learning probably requires learning abstractions. First Language. Special Issue: Against stored abstractions:
A radical exemplar model of language acquisition, 40, 573-575. doi.org/10.1177/0142723720903609.

Hahn, L., Benders, T., Snijders, T.M., & Fikkert, P. (2020). Six-month-old infants recognize phrases in song and speech. Infancy.

Holt, R., Bruggeman, L., & Demuth, K. (2020). Visual speech cues speed processing and reduce effort for children listening in quiet and noise. Applied Psycholinguistics, 41, 933-961. doi: 10.1017/S0142716420000302

Junge, C., Everaert, E., Porto, L., Fikkert, P., de Klerk, M., Keij, B., & Benders, T. (2020). Contrasting behavioral looking procedures: a case study on infant speech segmentation. Infant Behavior and Development.

Koring, L., Giblin, I., Thornton, R., & Crain, S. (2020). Like dishwashing detergents, all analogies are not the same. First Language.

Liu, H., Li, N., Wang, X. & He, Y. (2020). Role of joint language control during cross-language communication: evidence from cross-frequency coupling. Cognitive Neurodynamics. 15. DOI: 10.1007/s11571-020-09594-6.

Millasseau, J., Bruggeman, L., Yuen, I., & Demuth, K. (2021). Temporal cues to onset voicing contrasts in Australian English-speaking children. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 149, 348–356. doi:10.1121/10.0003060

Millasseau, J., Yuen, I., Bruggeman, L., & Demuth, K. (2021). Acoustic cues to coda stop voicing contrasts in Australian English-speaking children. Journal of Child Language, doi: 10.1017/S0305000920000781

Penney, J., Cox, F., & Szakay, A. (2020). Glottalisation, coda voicing, and phrase position in Australian English. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 148, 3232–3245. https://doi.org/10.1121/10.0002488

Penney, J., Cox, F., & Szakay, A. (2021). Effects of glottalisation, preceding vowel duration, and coda closure duration on the perception of coda stop voicing. Phonetica, 78, 29–63. https://doi.org/10.1159/000508752

Penney, J., Cox, F., Szakay, A. (2020). Links between production and perception of glottalisation in individual Australian English speaker/listeners. Proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH 2020, October 25-29, Shanghai, China (pp. 3750-3754). http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2020-1175

Proctor, M. I. (2021). Consonants. In R.-A. Knight, & J. Setter (Eds.) The Cambridge Handbook of Phonetics, Cambridge Handbooks in Language and Linguistics, Chap. 3, (pp. 65–105). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Proctor, M., Coltheart, M., Ratko, L., Szalay, T., Forster, K., & Cox, F. (2021). Characterizing Spoken Responses in Masked Onset Priming of Reading Aloud using Articulography. Memory & Cognition. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13421-020-01114-5

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, Empirical approaches to linguistic theory, Volume: 15, chap. 6, (pp. 210–240). Leiden: Brill

Sharma, M., Darke, A., Wigglesworth, G., Demuth, K. (2020). Dichotic listening is associated with phonological awareness in Australian Aboriginal children with otitis media: a remote community-based study. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 138, 110398.

Sharma, M., Wigglesworth, G., Savage, G. & Demuth, K. (2020). Binaural processing and phonological awareness in Australian Indigenous children from the Northern Territory: A community based study. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 128, 109702.

Shen, Y., Wufuer, Z., Ren, Y., Tang, P., Xu Rattanasone, N., Yuen, I., & Demuth, K. (2020). The production of Mandarin tones by early-implanted children with cochlear implants: effects from the length of implantation. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody, pp. 804-808. Tokyo.

Snijders, T., Benders, T., & Fikkert, P. (2020). (shared first-authorship) Infants segment words from songs - an EEG study. Brain Sciences.

Szalay, T., Benders, T., Cox, F., & Proctor, M. (2020). Spectral contrast reduction in Australian English prelateral vowels. In Proc. 17th Conf. on Laboratory Phonology (LabPhon17). British Columbia: Association for Laboratory Phonology. Paper 26

Szalay, T., Benders, T., Cox, F., & Proctor, M. (in press). Perceptual vowel contrast reduction in Australian English /l/-final rimes. Laboratory Phonology

Szalay, T., Benders, T., Cox, F., Palethorpe, S. & Proctor, M. (2021). Spectral contrast reduction in Australian English /l/-final rimes. JASA, 149(2), 1183–1197

Tang, P., Yuen, I., Rattanasone, N., Gao, L., & Demuth, K. (2021). Longer cochlear implant experience leads to better production of Mandarin tones for early-implanted children. Ear and Hearing.

Tong, J., Kong, C., Wang, X., Liu HH, & He, Y. (2020). Transcranial direct current stimulation influences bilingual language control mechanism: evidence from cross-frequency coupling. Cognitive Neurodynamics, 14, 2, 203-214.

Valderrama, J., Beach, EF., Sharma M., Appaiah-Konganda, S., Schmidt, E. (2020). Design and evaluation of the effectiveness of a corpus of congruent and incongruent English sentences for the study of event related potentials. International Journal of Audiology.

Wang, X., Hui, B. & Chen, S. (2020). Language selective or non-selective in bilingual lexical access? It depends on lexical tones! PLoS ONE, 15, 3, 1-23.

Wang, X., Taft, M, Wang, J. Kim SY. (in press, 2021). Finding a “flower” in a “peanut” is as easy as in a “garden”: towards a lemma-based model of bilingual word recognition. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience.

Wong, C., Ching, T. Y. C., Cupples, L., Leigh, G., Marnane, V., Button, L., Martin, L., Whitfield, J., & Gunnourie, M. (2020). Comparing parent and teacher ratings of emotional and behavioural difficulties in 5-year old children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Deafness & Education International.

Ying, J., Shaw, J. A., Carignan, C., Proctor, M., Derrick, D., & Best, C. T. (in press). Evidence for active control of tongue lateralization in Australian English /l/. Journal of Phonetics

Zhang, M. Wang, X., Wang, F. & Liu, HH (2020). Effect of cognitive style on language control during joint language switching: an ERP study. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research. 49, 3, 383-400.

Zhu, J., R. Seymour, A. Szakay & P. Sowman (2020) Neuro-dynamics of Executive Control in Bilingual Language Switching: An MEG Study. Cognition.

Zhu, J.,Seymour, R., Szakay, A. & Sowman, P. (2020) Neuro-dynamics of Executive Control in Bilingual Language Switching: An MEG Study. Cognition199, Article 104247. DOI:10.1016/j.cognition.2020.1042473.

Job success

Tünde Szalay has started working as a post-doctoral research assistant (Feb 2021) with Beena Ahmed (UNSW) and Kirrie Ballard (USyd) on their ARC funded project "Speech recognition adaptation for low resource populations" (DP200103006).

International/domestic Scholarships

A PhD scholarship is available for ARC Discovery Project grant for Beyond Segments: Towards a lexical model for tonal bilinguals awarded to Xin Wang and Linda Cupples: https://www.mq.edu.au/research/phd-and-research-degrees/scholarships/scholarship-search/data/beyond-segments-towards-a-lexical-model-for-tonal-bilinguals,


Departmental seminars

The now weekly departmental seminar series takes place on Friday afternoons @3pm (Sydney time). This is a hybrid format. Most presentations are delivered in person (Tutorial Room 133, Wally’s Walk), as well as via zoom.

The program for semester 1 as here: https://www.mq.edu.au/about/about-the-university/faculties-and-departments/medicine-and-health-sciences/departments-and-centres/department-of-linguistics/news-and-events/research-seminar-series-2021.

The zoom link for all presentations is here:


    Password: 326974

Joe Blythe


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News from UNE


The following students have successfully completed their Masters dissertation in the past quarter:

Janet Donnelly, Power over fair: the cultural scripts that change the meaning of advance Australia fair (supervised by Dr Sally Dixon)

Alex Smith, Irish Language Innovation on Reddit in the Context of UNESCO’s Scale of Endangered Language Vitality (supervised by Dr Sally Dixon)

Lia Unthank, Strengthening the case for the plurilingual TESOL teacher: An investigation of teachers’ perspectives of plurilingual education in a TESOL context (supervised by Dr Paddy Quinn)

Louis van Ekert, The “Say Something in Welsh” language learning method: An investigation of the theoretical foundations and learner experiences (supervised by Dr Paddy Quinn)

Congratulations to all!

Recent Publications:

  • Ndhlovu, F. & Makalela, L. (2021). Decolonising Multilingualism in Africa: Recentering Silenced Voices from the Global South. Critical Language and Literacy Studies Series, Multilingual Matters https://www.multilingual-matters.com/page/detail/?K=9781788923347. There is a 50% discount until 31 July 2021. Use the following code: NDHMAK50 at checkout on the Multilingual Matters website.  
  • Ndhlovu, F. (2020). Decolonising Sociolinguistics Research: Methodological Turnaround Next? International Journal of the Sociology of Language. DOI: https://doi.org/10.515/ijsl-2020-0063
  • Ndhlovu, F., & Kelly, S. J. (2020 ). Why Ecology of Knowledges and Multilingual Habitus Matter in Higher Degree Research Student Training. TRANSMODERNITY 9(5). https://escholarship.org/uc/item/9q2893vx
  • Arvind Iyengar’s article entitled “A diachronic analysis of Sindhi multiscriptality” will appear in the Journal of Historical Sociolinguistics. The ahead-of-print version is available here.


Finex Ndhlovu was on the interdisciplinary expert panel for a Zoom symposium organised by The Sociological Association of Australia (TASA) on 23 February 2021. The theme of the symposium was Migration, Ethnicity & Multiculturalism Conversations about Interdisciplinary Research: Melding Methodologies, Theories and Researcher Identities in Migration Studies.

Sally Dixon presented a talk entitled Untangling structural patterns in multilingual repertoires: a novel application of the variationist framework to grammars in contact at the Humboldt University’s Research Unit for Emerging Grammars ‘New Perspectives on Emerging Grammars, Variation and Change’ Virtual Conference. Berlin, Feb 2021

Cindy Schneider


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A letter of thanks to the ALS

Dear Nick,

This is a very belated letter to acknowledge the donated recorders and computers to Kulu Language Institute. I sincerely apologize that this should have been done last year but has fallen by the side. We realize that the shock of the COVID-19 pandemic left us not attending to so many important things, and now we are working behind to properly acknowledge the donations we have been receiving.

Having made that apology, on behalf of Kulu Language Institute and Islands Bible Ministries (IBM), I would like to thank the Australian Linguistic Society (ALS) for making the donation of recorders and laptop computers to Kulu Language Institute and Islands Bible Ministries. Both these organizations are working in close relationship to address language issues in the Solomon Islands. I would also like to acknowledge the support of the School of Languages and Linguistics, University of Melbourne, and Professor Nick Thieberger for their part in making the donation possible.

As a result of a weeklong workshop hosted in August, 2019 by Islands Bible Ministries (IBM) together with Kulu Language Institute (KLI) and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL), interest for language work among nationals in the Solomon Islands has grown. However, our immediate plan to start working on recording stories in 2020 and to work on transcribing them did not eventuate because of the effects of COVID-19. 

We are more than determined though to continue, and we are planning to start with some basic ELAN training for staff this year. The goal is to get nationals excited about the importance of our languages so that they can focus on languages. The donation made possible by the School of Languages and Linguistics (University fo Melbourne) and the Australian Linguistic Society (ALS) demonstrates a strong support to Kulu Language Institute and language work in the Solomon Islands and is the start of a new dawn in language activities in the Solomon Islands.


Alpheaus Graham Zobule (Ph.D)
Executive Director Kulu Language Institute
Executive Director of Islands Bible Ministries


Alpheaus Graham Zobule, via Nick Thieberger 


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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 three times per year, in March, July and October. 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 March, July or October. 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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