ALS Newsletter March 2022

From the President
Australian Journal of Linguistics news
News from ANU
News from RMIT Language Studies/Applied Linguistics
News from UNE
News from UWA
News from Macquarie University
News from Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE)
News from the University of Queensland
New from James Cook University's Language and Culture Research Centre
New from the Griffin University
News from the Language and Communication Research Hub Centre for Indigenous Health Equity Research Central Queensland University
News from the University of Melbourne
News from the University of New South Whales
News from the University of Technology Sydney
Australex Conference
About ALS

From the President

As this is the first newsletter for the year, it seems a good time to put in a huge plug for the Australian Journal of Linguistics. Our editor, Jean Mulder, has been giving the journal a bit of a face lift, rejigging the mission statement, winding down the reviews section, and is now in the process of refreshing the Editorial Board. At our last ALS executive meeting on March 1st we discussed open access policies and costing. As many of you will already appreciate, the academic publishing landscape is undergoing a great upheaval, and we expect the funding models for journals to keep evolving. We will be keeping a close eye on this terrain and expect to make changes once things settle into a clearer pattern so that people can afford to publish in ways that enable our work to reach a wide readership. In the meantime, our journal needs you all to consider AJL as a home for your latest research. We can never have too many quality submissions!

And while on the subject of funding models, thank you to the many of you who signed the petition in response to the veto-ing of ARC grants by the Federal Minister for Education. The results of the Senate Inquiry instigated by Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi were released this week. As expected, neither the LNP nor Labor were prepared to relinquish the Minister’s veto powers, opting to recommend an independent review of the ARC. We will continue to advocate on behalf of researchers in Linguistics and Language Studies for transparent processes for the allocation of government research funding based on the Haldane principle, which respects expertise and eschews political interference. Whatever the result of this review, the whole sorry situation brings home our reliance on the Australia Research Council to fund Linguistics research. We need the ARC to work properly, but we also need to be creative in harnessing money from other funding schemes. We could, for example, have a place on our website for funding opportunities for linguistics research outside the ARC. Feel free to contact me with suggestions (i.mushin@uq.edu.au).

And speaking of our website, we are in the process of developing an area to match mentors and mentees as part of our new mentoring scheme. I have a list of people who have already nominated to be mentors of others, but there is always room for more. People seeking mentoring can do so at any career stage, and both inside and outside the Academy. So stay tuned for an announcement once this area of the website goes live.

We are also still in the process of bedding down conference organisation for the 2022 ALS conference. As I announced at the AGM, we hope to be running the conference in conjunction with the Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Congress, which will be held in Melbourne in the first week of December. If you would like to help organise this conference, which we expect to be scheduled in hybrid format, even if you are not Melbourne-based, please let me know directly (i.mushin@uq.edu.au).

Ilana Mushin

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Australian Journal of Linguistics news

Aims and Scope

As announced at the AGM in December, in refocusing AJL as a niche journal the aims and scope of the journal are:

The Australian Journal of Linguistics is the official journal of the Australian Linguistic Society and the premier international journal on language in Australia and the region. The focus of the journal is research on Australian Indigenous languages, Australian Englishes, community languages in Australia, language in Australian society, and languages of the Australia-Pacific region. The journal publishes papers that make a significant theoretical, methodological and/or practical contribution to the field and are accessible to a broad audience.

The Australian Journal of Linguistics does not publish work on the teaching of English as an additional language.

College of Reviewers

To encourage a more diverse selection of reviewers (e.g. ECRs, as well as established experts), and to move the journal to a tighter focus on papers of relevance to our membership, I am creating a ‘college of reviewers’ from the ALS membership.

Please register your interest in reviewing for AJL by completing the attached form that identifies your topic and language areas of expertise for reviewing.

Taylor & Francis, the publishers of AJL, are happy to run tailored sessions for ECRs and others new to reviewing. To indicate your interest please tick the relevant box on the reviewer registration form. 

Rodney Huddleston Prize papers

Free access to all papers is available through the end of 2022 (with free access to subsequent winners available for a year). Access the following prize winning papers here:

Latest papers

The remaining articles for Volume 42 (2021), as listed below with abstract links, are now available online. To read/download an article, or access any article from Volume 1 (1981) onwards, either log in to ALS and click ‘journals’ on the ALS Member Online Portal or log in to AJL using your institution’s online credentials.

Bound, free and in between: A review of pronouns in Ngarrindjeri in the world as it was
Mary-Anne Gale, Rob Amery, Jane Simpson & David Wilkins

The argument structure of the bă construction in Mandarin Chinese: Decontextualized and contextualized perspectives
Xiujin Yu, Yi Li & Hui Zhang

Ten years of Linguistics in the Pub
Lauren Gawne & Ruth Singer

Grammaticalization and (inter)subjectification in an Iranian modal verb: A paradox resolved by Dutch
Sepideh Koohkan & Jan Nuyts

On the syntax of wan ‘finish/complete’ in Mandarin Chinese
I-hao Woo (open access)

Indigenizing say in Australian Aboriginal English
Madeleine Clews et al.

Beyond ‘Macassans’: Speculations on layers of Austronesian contact in northern Australia
Antoinette Schapper (open access)

What women want: Teaching and learning pronouns in Ngarrindjeri
Mary-Anne Gale, Angela Giles, Jane Simpson, Rob Amery & David Wilkins

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 of COVID-19.

Jean Mulder
Editor-in-chief, AJL

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News from the ANU


Amaral, Patrícia and Manuel Delicado Cantero. 2022. Noun-Based Constructions in the History of Portuguese and Spanish. Oxford: Oxford University Press. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/noun-based-constructions-in-the-history-of-portuguese-and-spanish-9780198847182?view=Grid&lang=en&cc=us

Sarte, K.M., & Gnevsheva, K. (2022). Noun phrasal complexity in ESL written essays under a constructed-response task: Examining proficiency and topic effects. Assessing Writing, 51. 

Gnevsheva, K., Szakay, A., & Jansen, S. (2021). Phonetic convergence across dialect boundaries in first and second language speakers. Journal of Phonetics, 89. 

Gnevsheva, K., Szakay, A., & Jansen, S. (2021). Lexical preference in second dialect acquisition in a second language. International Journal of Bilingualism. Advance online publication.

Gnevsheva, K. (2022). Studying sociophonetics in second languages. In K.L. Geeslin (Ed.), Handbook of SLA and Sociolinguistics (pp. 189-199). Routledge. 

Kim, Eun Seon 2021. “The Ideological History of the Korean Culture of Politeness”  in Invented Traditions in North and South Korea in A.D. Jackson, C. Sîntionean, R. Breuker, and C.B Saeji (eds). University of Hawai'i Press

Rajeg, I Made, Gede Primahadi Wijaya Rajeg, and I Wayan Arka. 2022. "Corpus linguistic and experimental studies on the meaning-preserving hypothesis in Indonesian voice alternations."  Linguistics Vanguard:1-16. doi: https://doi.org/10.1515/lingvan-2020-0104

Rench, Karl H. 2021. Calabrisella mia: a look back at my dialect Dialect Studies in North Calabria. Canberra: Archipelago Press

Tamelan, Thersia, and I Wayan Arka. 2021. "Adjuncts at the syntax-prosody interface in nominal structures in Dela." In Proceedings of the LFG’21Conference edited by M Butt and Ida Toivonen. Stanford: CLSI Publications. 

Yin, Zihan and E Vine (eds). 2022. Multifunctionality in English Corpora, Language and Academic Literacy Pedagogy. Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Routledge-Advances-in-Corpus-Linguistics/book-series/SE0593

Dahm, M. R. & Crock, C. (2021). Diagnostic statements: a linguistic analysis of how clinicians communicate diagnosis. Diagnosis. https://doi.org/10.1515/dx-2021-0086

 Dahm, M. R., Slade, D., Brady, B., Goncharov, L., & Chien, L. (2022). Tracing interpersonal discursive features in Australian nursing bedside handovers: Approachability features, patient engagement and insights for ESP training and working with internationally trained nurses. English for Specific Purposes, 66, 17–32. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.esp.2021.10.002

Chien, L. J., Slade, D., Dahm, M. R., Brady, B., Roberts, E., Goncharov, L., Taylor, J., Eggins, S., & Thornton, A. (2022). Improving patient-centred care through a tailored intervention addressing nursing clinical handover communication in its organizational and cultural context. Journal of Advanced Nursing. http://doi.org/10.1111/jan.15110

Social media and newsletter

Three ANU language teachers explain their research at different comprehension levels – the first time, pitched at an undergrad student, and the second, a postgrad or peer:   

Dr Manuel Delicado Cantero: https://youtu.be/56DUeh1r6ZI

Dr Josh Brown: https://youtu.be/bBgaT72Nrx8

Dr Wesley Lim: https://youtu.be/GKF0Pne-g2A

To hear about what we at ANU ICH and our partner organisations from the International Consortium of Communication in Health Care have been up to, follow us on twitter at @ANU_ICH and subscribe to our new newsletter.


Congratulations to Alan Rumsey, who has won an ARC Discovery Project on “Body, Language and Socialisation across Cultures”. This project aims to advance the understanding of how people learn languages, and in the process become socialized into particular cultures and communities. To that end, it will bring together an international team of leading experts in the field, and focus in new ways on the interplay of speech and sign with other bodily forms of communication in a wide variety of cultures. Expected outcomes include improved understanding of multimodal communication and language socialization, and enhancement of Australian research capacity in these fields. This should lead to significant practical benefits, improving Australia's ability to adapt to cultural diversity and to counteract its disadvantages in schools and everyday life.

The project team includes ten researchers working in five very different field settings around the world: Ku Waru in the PNG Highlands (Alan Rumsey, Francesca Merlan and Lauren Reed), Wadeye in the Northern Territory (Barb Kelly and Lucy Davidson), Zincantán in Southern Mexico (Lourdes de León and John Haviland), Paris (Aliyah Morgenstern) and Los Angeles (Elinor Ochs).

Congratulations to Nick Evans and  Danielle Barth who are involved in the LIEF grant, led by Nick Thieberger, called Modularised cultural heritage archives (LE220100010) – future-proofing PARADISEC. This project will build an innovative modularised infrastructure to implement standards of data governance for cultural heritage records. 

Many congratulations to Eri Kashima and Alexandra Marley on winning the 2021 Stephen Wurm Prize for Pacific Linguistic Studies.

Seminars, workshops and conferences

Diana Slade and Rachael Bennett (Clinical Nurse Educator at St Vincent's Hospital Sydney) presented at The Australian College of Nursing National Nursing Forum (26-28 October 2021) on our translational research project to improve nursing clinical handover. The project resulted in sustainable change to handover practices with nurses conducting handovers at the patient's bedside and improved interaction with patients two years post-intervention.

Over the summer ANU hosted 13 summer scholars, who spent 6 weeks (on line and in-person) working with ANU researchers on a range of projects (details below). For the ANU staff involved, this was a terrific way to further develop some ongoing projects, as well as to kickstart some new one; a number of projects responded directly to requests from Aboriginal community members for linguistic support. For the students, it was an opportunity to gain insight into how research projects work (warts and all). Students were funded by CoEDL and by the ASD-ANU Co-lab, and the scheme included sessions with ASD mentors, past summer scholars and PhD students; software and  archive workflow training; CoEDL masterclasses; and more. Several of these students have now continued on to Honours, and we wish them the best with their future study and research.

Coralie Cram (UoM), Kira Davey (ANU), Thomas Powell-Davies (UTas). Sound systems of central Vanuatu. Supervisor: Rosey Billington.

Jay Wallis (USyd)and Jeremiah Chapman (ANU). Language contact in southeastern Papua New Guinea. Supervisor: Beth Evans

Marcel Reverter-Rambaldi (UQ). Topic Modelling: Its applications and efficacy in text-mining informal, spoken-language data (LDaCA). Supervisor: Catherine Travis.

Grace Ephraums, Michael Higgins, Alison Mount, Ruben Thompson (ANU). Muruwari Ngulli Yaandibu, an Indigenous Languages and Arts funded project (with Roy Barker Jnr). Supervisor: Jane Simpson.

Ashleigh Jones (Macquarie U). The richness of child-directed gesture and hand signs: A case study in Arrernte. Supervisor: Carmel O'Shannessy.

Daniel Majchrzak (ANU). Language reclamation: Wakka Wakka. Supervisor: Denise Angelo.

Tula Wynyard (UoM). Language reclamation: Dharug. Supervisor: Denise Angelo.

Wayan Arka

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News from RMIT Language Studies/Applied Linguistics

Recent publications

Crozet, C., Mullan, K. Qi, J. and Kianpour, M. 2021. Educating critically about language and intercultural communication: What and who is at stake? Special issue Journal of Praxis in Higher Education 3(2): From ‘intercultural-washing’ to meaningful intercultural education: Revisiting higher education practice. https://doi.org/10.47989/kpdc132

Ducasse, A.M. 2022.  Oral reflection Tasks: Advanced Spanish L2 Learner Insights on Emergency Remote Teaching Assessment Practices in a Higher Education Context. Languages 7(1), 26. https://doi.org/10.3390/languages7010026

Non-ERA publications

Heydon, G. 2021. Cleo Smith case: how ‘cognitive interviewing’ can help police compile the most reliable evidence. The Conversation, 5 Nov. 21.

Mullan, K. 2021.Review of John Rucynski Jr. and Caleb Prichard, eds. 2020. Bridging the Humor Barrier: Humor Competency Training in English Language Teaching. Australasian Humour Studies Network (AHSN) Digest, October 2021.

Sadow, L. and Mullan, K. 2021. Pamięci Berta Peetersa (1960–2021) (A Tribute to Bert Peeters (1960–2021)). Etnolingwistyka 33, 369-371. https://journals.umcs.pl/et/issue/view/638/showToc

Sadow, L. and Mullan, K. 2021. A Tribute to Bert Peeters (1960–2021). Journal of French Language Studies 31, 241–244.

The late Prof Bert Peeters.

PhD completions

Alobaisi, Mansour. (Supervisors Kerry Mullan and Chantal Crozet.) The Influence of the Evil Eye Belief on Complimenting Behaviour among the Hijazi Saudi Community.

Conference presentations

Coburn, J., Ducasse, A.M., Samarawickrema, N., and Swiatek. L. When does feedback cease to be productive and sustainable? Using SOTL to understand and enhance the impact of feedback on the mental health of academic staff. ISSOTL Virtual Panel and discussion. International Society of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning conference, Oct 2021.

Ducasse, A.M. Writing and editing assessment tasks in the digital space: A tool and task to guide and grade with written feedback for L2 Spanish learners. LCNAU The Language and Culture Network of Australian Universities. Nov 2021.

Ducasse, A.M. Oral reflection tasks: Spanish L2 learner insights on Emergency Remote Teaching assessment practices in a higher education context. ALTAANZ App. Ling & Assessment from Australia and NZ. Dec 2021.

Mullan, K. Melbourne: The Week that Was. Australasian Humour Studies Network Conference, University of Tasmania, Feb 2022.

Qi, J. and Mullan, K. (in absentia). Community Language Teachers’ Funds of Knowledge. AARE (Australian Association for Research in Education) conference, Reimagining Education Research, Nov-Dec 2021.

Qi, J. and Mullan, K. Community language teaching in Victoria: A funds of knowledge model. SICLE International Conference on Community/Heritage Language Education, Nov 2021.

Kerry Mullan

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News from UNE

Arvind Iyengar presented at the 13th International Workshop of the Association for Written Language and Literacy (AWLL13), held online at the University of North Carolina, USA, from 21–23 October 2021. His presentation was titled ‘Non-abugidic alphasyllabaries, non-alphasyllabic abugidas and their typological classification’.

Arvind also had a paper published in the inaugural issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of Sindhi Studies (November 2021). Co-authored with Sundri Parchani, the paper is titled ‘Like Community, Like Language: Seventy-Five Years of Sindhi in Post-Partition India’.

Congratulations to Simone Cameron, a UNE Law graduate who previously completed a Masters in Applied Linguistics with us. Her LLB thesis, combining legal doctrinal analysis with critical discourse analysis, was awarded First Class Honours.

Title: Political justification for law reform: the repeal of Medevac

Supervisors: Dr Patrick Graham (Law) and Dr Cindy Schneider (Linguistics)

For the time being, our Language Talks seminar series will continue to be held via Zoom, (usually) on the last Thursday of every month from 4-5pm. Featured speakers in the next few months include Dima Rusho (Monash), Paddy Quinn (Magdalena), and Piers Kelly (UNE). If you’d like to be notified of our seminars, please let Cindy know and she’ll add you to the mailing list: <cschnei3@une.edu.au>.

Cindy Schneider

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News from UWA

Au revoir

Dr Maïa Ponsonnet has left UWA and taken up a research position with the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) and Université Lyon. Maïa joined UWA Linguistics in 2017 and worked hard to raise the profile of the Discipline in WA, Australia and the world. Maïa led UWA Linguistics as Chair of the Discipline 2019-2020, published widely, supervised many HDR and Honours students and led the Discipline to receive a 2021 Teaching and Service Award. In 2020, Maïa took up the position of Graduate Research Coordinator in the School of Social Sciences, bringing intellectual depth, innovation and a collegial presence to the position. We miss you, Maïa. Thank you for all your hard work and support.

Ongoing position

Congratulations to Dr Luisa Miceli whose position has just been made continuing. Luisa has been performing her role for almost five years as a fixed-term academic, so this is very welcome news.

Fixed-term position

Welcome to Mitch Browne who has taken up a fixed-term position to teach Linguistics units across the major in 2022. Great to have you back, Mitch!

Staff updates

Amanda Hamilton-Hollaway is continuing to lecture at UWA this semester. She is currently teaching the second year morphosyntax unit.

HDR student updates

We extend a warm welcome to PhD candidate Lucía Fraiese who has recently begun her fully funded PhD studies in Linguistics at UWA. Her PhD research will focus on language variation and change among adolescents from minoritized communities through an ethnography of secondary schools in metropolitan Perth. She is currently working on her research proposal and ethics application. Lucía hopes to begin her fieldwork in July 2022.

PhD candidate Connor Brown has returned from his post as relief language education facilitator at Mirima language centre, in Kununurra. He has recommenced his PhD research and is currently writing chapters on the pluractional semantics of -bat and the aspectuo-temporal semantics of na in Kriol. He is also working in collaboration with Mirima language centre in Kununurra to develop an orthography for the local Kriol variety, at the request of the community.

PhD candidate Madeleine Clews’s research proposal has now been approved by the Graduate Research School and will benefit from the recent discovery of an interesting trove of privately-owned family papers in Southwest Western Australia.  Her article on the indigenization of say in Australian Aboriginal English, co-authored with Celeste Rodríguez Louro and Glenys Collard, was published in AJL in January 2022.

PhD candidate Troy Reynolds completed the EmuR database for his PhD thesis and has begun inter-rater reliability tests and analysis for the first component study. Troy has also had a chapter on Aboriginal English, co-authored with Celeste Rodríguez Louro and Glenys Collard, accepted for publication for the Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of World Englishes. Troy attended NWAV 49, ALS 2021, and DiPVaC 5, and appeared on the ABC Radio ‘Drive’ programme discussing demonyms used for someone from Perth.

PhD candidate Eleanor Yacopetti returned from the field late last year and has been transcribing the data from this trip. Eleanor presented at and attended ALS2021 in December (her presentation was on emotion nouns, co-authored with Maïa Ponsonnet).

Award nominations

Congratulations to Glenys Collard and Celeste Rodríguez Louro whose Heart Foundation videos have recently been nominated for a Health Consumer Excellence Award for excellence in the provision of health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health consumers. Fingers crossed!

Book contract

Congratulations to Celeste Rodríguez Louro and Glenys Collard on signing a book contract with Cambridge University Press to write a book titled ‘Variation and change in Australian Aboriginal English’. The book will appear in the Studies in Language Variation Series edited by Sali Tagliamonte (University of Toronto).

Glenys Collard and Celeste Rodríguez Louro, photographed at Kaarta Koomba (one of the Nyungar names for King’s Park), sign their contract to write a book for Cambridge University Press.

Contracted consultancies

Luisa Miceli has become a consultant for the Oxford English Dictionary, advising on etymologies which have an origin in the Indigenous languages of Australia.

Celeste Rodríguez Louro and Glenys Collard have joined the Oxford English Dictionary as consultants for Australian English and Aboriginal English.


Clews, Madeleine, Celeste Rodríguez Louro and Glenys Collard. 2022. Indigenising say in Australian Aboriginal English. Australian Journal of Linguistics 41 (4).

Ponsonnet, Maïa, Dorothea Hoffmann and Isabel O’Keeffe (Eds.). 2020. Emotion, body and mind across a continent: Figurative representations of emotions in Australian Aboriginal languages. Special issue of Pragmatics & Cognition 27(1).  

Laughren, Mary & Maïa Ponsonnet. 2020. Ear and belly in Warlpiri descriptions of cognitive and emotional experience. Pragmatics & Cognition 27(1):240-271. 

Ponsonnet, Maïa & Kitty-Jean Laginha. 2020. The role of the body in descriptions of emotions. A typology of the Australian continent. Pragmatics & Cognition 27(1):20-82. 

Palmer, Bill, Dorothea Hoffmann, Joe Blythe, Alice Gaby, Bill Pascoe and Maïa Ponsonnet. 2021. Frames of spatial reference in five Australian languages. Spatial Cognition and Computation. https://doi.org/10.1080/13875868.2021.1929239 


Maïa Ponsonnet has been awarded a Linkage Grant to support and understand the digitization of collections in five Language Centres across Western Australia. The project, titled ‘Life after digitization: Future-proofing Western Australia’s vulnerable cultural heritage’, involves Lead CI Helena Grehan (Murdoch), CIs Clint Bracknell (UQ), Ben Smith (UWA) and Paul Arthur (Edith Cowan University), and the Goldfields (Kalgoorlie), Mirima (Kununurra), Wangka Maya (Port Hedland), Kimberley (Halls Creek) and Irra Wangga (Geraldton) Language Centres.

Keynotes and presentations

Maïa Ponsonnet delivered a keynote presentation at a conference organized by Université de Lille on “Languaging Diversity: The Linguistic Construction of Emotional Challenges in a Changing Society”. Her presentation, titled Emotion, discourse, and linguistic diversity: Emotions in grammar and discourse in Northern Australia, is now available through the following link https://underline.io/events/183/sessions/7322/lecture/39051-emotion,-discourse,-and-linguistic-diversity-emotions-in-grammar-and-discourse-in-northern-australia

Celeste Rodríguez Louro offered an invited panel presentation on sustainability in academia at the 2021 Australian Historical Association Conference, Sydney, 29 November-2 December 2021.

Luisa Miceli and Claire Bowern presented a paper focusing on Australia at the Online Workshop “Archaeology and Language”, 16-18 November 2021, organised by Martine Robbeets, Mark Hudson & the Archaeolinguistic Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. This is now being developed into a chapter for the Oxford Handbook of Archaeology and Language with Peter Veth, Ray Tobler and Bastien Llamas as additional authors.

Luisa Miceli, Ingrid Ward, Emily Dotte and Maïa Ponsonnet presented a paper entitled “Fire and Words: How Linguistic Nuances Can Inform Archaeological Investigations of Combustion Features” at the Australian Archaeological Society Conference, 1-3 December 2021.

Celeste Rodríguez Louro and Glenys Collard offered a keynote titled ‘The soul of language: Discourse-pragmatic variation and change in urban Aboriginal English’ at the Discourse-Pragmatic Variation and Change 5, Melbourne and online, December 2021.

As Maïa Ponsonnet landed in France in January 2022, thanks to Denise Angelo, Maïa was able to co-present in the Society for Pidgin and Creole Languages Winter Virtual Meeting. The title of the presentation, with Denise Angelo and Eva Schultze-Berndt, was “Fear and illusion in the Kriol modal system”.

Celeste Rodríguez Louro spoke at the ‘Language, diversity and inclusion’ workshop held as part of UWA’s Grand Challenges Summit on 23 February 2022. https://www.uwa.edu.au/grand-challenges/Home/uwa-grand-challenges-summit

Mitch Browne delivered a lightning presentation on his recently published Languages paper as part of a Zoom Seminar Series hosted by the Australian National University.  https://www.dynamicsoflanguage.edu.au/news-and-media/latest-headlines/article/?id=anu-zoom-seminar-launch-of-australian-languages-today-a-special-issue-of-the-journal-languages-25-feb

Celeste Rodríguez Louro and Glenys Collard will offer a keynote presentation at the Oxford World English Symposium. Oxford, England, 12-13 April 2022.

Celeste Rodríguez Louro has been invited to deliver a keynote presentation at the Nordic Sustainable Linguistics Group, Roskilde, Denmark, 23 May 2022. https://blogs.helsinki.fi/linguisticsandsustainability/

Social media

Lucía Fraiese is social media person for the ALS. If you are a PhD student or ECR and would like to be featured on ALS Twitter please contact Lucía on Lucía.fraiese@research.uwa.edu.au


UWA Linguistics was well represented at ALS2021.


Brown, Connor and Maïa Ponsonnet (2021). Plurality in the Kriol Verb. Paper presented at the 54th Annual Conference for the Australian Linguistic Society, La Trobe University (Online): December 2021. 

Lucía Fraiese, Celeste Rodríguez Louro and Glenys Collard presented “It’s live or die, you know: Utterance-final tags in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal English”, Language Variation and Change Australia 5 (LVC-A5), 2021 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, 6-9 December.

Glenys Collard and Celeste Rodríguez Louro presented “Yarns from the heart: The role of Aboriginal English in Indigenous health communication”, Decolonization, collaboration and inclusion panel, 2021 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, 7-9 December 2021.

Yacopetti, Eleanor and Maïa Ponsonnet. 2021. Emotion Nouns in Australian Indigenous Languages: Interpreting their semantic distribution. Paper presented at the 54th Annual Conference for the Australian Linguistic Society, La Trobe University (Online): December 2021. 

Workshops and panels

In December 2021, Celeste Rodríguez Louro co-organised the following two events:

  • Decolonization, inclusion and collaboration in linguistics (with Lesley Woods, ANU; Jakelin Troy, University of Sydney; Ruth Singer, University of Melbourne; Felicity Meakins, University of Queensland and Alice Gaby, Monash University). Panel at the 2021 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society. La Trobe University, Melbourne. 7-9 December 2021.
  • Language Variation and Change, Australia 5 (with Catherine Travis [ANU] and James Walker [La Trobe]. Organised session at the 2021 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society. La Trobe University, Melbourne. 6 and 7 December 2021.

Celeste Rodríguez Louro

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News from Macquarie University


Ahrens, B., & Orlando, M. (2022). Note-taking for consecutive conference interpreting. In M. Albl-Mikasa, & E. Tiselius (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of conference interpreting (pp. 34-48). 

Blythe, Joe, Ilana Mushin, Lesley Stirling & Rod Gardner. 2022. The epistemics of social relations in Murrinhpatha, Garrwa and Jaru conversations. Journal of Pragmatics 191. 175–193. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2022.01.006.

Bohnemeyer, Jürgen, Eve Danziger, Jonathon Lum, Ali Alshehri, Elena Benedicto, Joe Blythe, Letizia Cerqueglini, et al. 2022. Reference frames in language and cognition: cross-population mismatches. Linguistics Vanguard 8(s1). 175–189. https://doi.org/10.1515/lingvan-2021-0091.

Dahmen, Josua. 2021. Bilingual speech in Jaru-Kriol conversations: codeswitching, codemixing, and grammatical fusion. International Journal of Bilingualism 1–27. https://doi.org/10.1177/13670069211036925.

Orlando, M. (2022). Conference interpreting in Australia. In M. Albl-Mikasa, & E. Tiselius (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of conference interpreting (pp. 169-181).

Orlando, M. (2021). The interpreter as partner in a multidimensional act of communication. In K. G. Seeber (Ed.), 100 years of conference interpreting: a legacy (pp. 200-206). Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 

Piller, I., Bruzon, A. S., & Torsh, H. (2021). Monolingual school websites as barriers to parent engagement. Language and Education, 1-18. doi:10.1080/09500782.2021.2010744 [open access; and easy reader version at https://www.languageonthemove.com/monolingual-school-websites-as-barriers-to-parent-engagement/]

Piller, I., Torsh, H., & Smith-Khan, L. (2021). Securing the borders of English and Whiteness. Ethnicities. doi:10.1177/14687968211052610 [open access; and easy reader version at https://www.languageonthemove.com/securing-the-borders-of-english-and-whiteness/]

Possemato, Francesco, Joe Blythe, Caroline de Dear, Josua Dahmen, Rod Gardner & Lesley Stirling. 2021. Using a geospatial approach to document and analyse locational points in face-to-face conversation. Language Documentation and Description 20. 313–351. http://www.elpublishing.org/PID/239.

Stirling, Lesley, Rod Gardner, Joe Blythe, Ilana Mushin & Francesco Possemato. 2022. On the road again: place reference in multiparty conversations in the remote Australian outback. Journal of Pragmatics 187. 90–114. doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2021.10.026.

New Corpus Announcement

The newly curated Macquarie Laws of War Corpus (MQLWC) is now available via the Sydney Corpus Lab website. Compiled by A/Prof Annabelle Lukin and Dr Rodrigo Araujo e Castro (graduate of Macquarie University and the Federal University of Minas Gerais), the corpus consists of the full set of documents housed by the International Committee of the Red Cross' International Humanitarian Law database. The corpus consists of 110 texts, and approximately $392K words. The corpus begins from the 1856 Declaration Respecting Maritime Law, and concludes with a 2019 amendment to the Rome Statute, the international treaty which established the International Criminal Court for prosecuting war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and crimes of aggression. The corpus provides a new opportunity to bring corpus methods to this very important body law. The full corpus can be downloaded for using with desktop corpus tools, and for detailed human text analysis. The MQLWC will also enable interdisciplinary research between international war law scholars and linguists. 

Language on the Move

The Language on the Move annual report is at https://www.languageonthemove.com/language-on-the-move-2021/

In this new episode of Chats in Linguistic Diversity, Ingrid Piller talks with Adam Jaworski about “linguascaping” – how language makes places: https://www.languageonthemove.com/language-makes-the-place/

And then there’s the glitter and glamour of the Berlinale Film Festival:

Piller, I. (2022). Living your life through a language you are still learning. Berlinale Forum. Retrieved from https://www.arsenal-berlin.de/en/forum-forum-expanded/program-forum/forum-main-program/mis-dos-voces/essay-living-your-life-through-a-language-you-are-still-learning/

Effective public messaging in online communication for all Australians 

Final report to NAATI (Kruger, JL; Orlando, M; Peters, P; Liao, C.) 

In this research project we first demonstrate the value of applying several readability measures to the language of online health messages in fact sheets put out by the Australian Academy of Science (AAS), and the Australian Government Department of Health (DoH) in order to evaluate their efficacy. Secondly, we give an overview of the use of videos in online health messaging, paying specific attention to the presence and quality of subtitles. 

Macquarie hosts ASFLA2022

The 2022 Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association (ASFLA) Conference, will be held at Macquarie University from 23-25 September. The theme of the conference is Renewal and Resilience: Making Meaning in a Changing World. Abstract submissions are now open. For more details, please visit asfla2022.com and follow us on Twitter.

Joe Blythe

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News from Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE)

Courses taught

BIITE in partnership with CDU continues to offer Languages and Linguistics major with a focus on Australian Indigenous context. In semester 1 (starting on 7th of March 2022) we offer the following units as part of our Diploma of Arts and Bachelor of Arts:

All courses are offered online for external students (cross-institutional enrolments possible). Our Indigenous students come to Batchelor campus for an intensive face-to-face delivery. For information on our Linguistics units, please get in touch with Paola Fischer (paola.fischer@batchelor.edu.au 08 8964 6028 or James Bednall (james.bednall@batchelor.edu.au 08 8964 7123).


James Bednall presented “Two types of stylised prosodic lengthening in Anindilyakwa: An overview of their aspectual and discourse-emphatic properties” at a FEMIDAL Seminar, Université de Paris (Online Seminar) on 18 February 2022.

James Bednall presented “Identifying Salient Aktionsart Properties in Anindilyakwa” as part of the CoEDL lightning talks to launch the ‘Australian Languages Today’ special issue of Languages on 25 February 2022.

Robyn Ober was invited to be keynote speaker at the Languages & Cultures Network for Australian Universities (LCNAU) Colloquium (24-26 November 2021). The title of her keynote address was “Slipping and Sliding:  Knowledge production, innovation, and creativity from an Indigenous educational perspective”.

Batchelor Press Language Projects

Recently launched titles from Batchelor Press include Songlines, Stories from Yarrabah and beyond (previewed in last year’s newsletter) by former Batchelor Institute student Barry Cedric. Songlines celebrates Barry’s remarkable work as a singer/songwriter and storyteller with his song lyrics on the themes of Indigenous history, justice, culture and love – and including many Goongandji and Murri language references – accompanied by potent narratives and images. The book’s editor Maurice O’Riordan and Barry recently spoke about the book on Bumma Bippera Media, Cairns, with the next step an entry into the Queensland Literary Awards as Barry’s first published book.

Also hot off the press is Ngarrangarra-li Guru Mayuu, Looking After Country, a children’s book from another first-time published author, Merinda Walters. Merinda is a Kamilaroi artist/writer who first developed the idea of a book educating children about the environmental impact of Australia’s feral animals while studying for a degree in environmental science. Darby is Merinda’s young Kamilaroi guide in this process, informing readers about the dangers of cane toads, feral pigs, feral cats, yellow crazy ants and many other gagii yulu (‘nasty’ animals). The book is also an educational resource for early learners of Kamilaroi language which appears throughout the text and a glossary, enlivened throughout with Merinda’s original illustrations.

Soon-to-be-relaunched after a hiatus is the new-look Ngoonjook journal, issue no. 36, with a postgraduate focus. This issue is dedicated to the late Rosalie Kunoth-Monks and to Jeanie Bell, including reprints of their articles in Ngoonjook no. 30. Bell’s article addresses key challenges of Indigenous language-related work: ‘Why we do what we do! Reflections of an Aboriginal linguist working on the maintenance and revival of ancestral languages’. The issue’s postgraduate focus is borne out through essays, poetry and artwork from BIITE PhD and Masters alumni: Jenny Fraser, Majon Williamson-Kefu, Jola Stewart-Bugg, David Hardy, Anthony (Joe) Fraser, Kaye Goyen, and Robyn Ober whose essay, ‘Slipping and sliding – moving in and out of social and cultural linguistic spaces from an Indigenous educational perspective’ is one of several peer-reviewed contributions. Edited by David Hardy, the issue also features introductory essays (and poetry) by BIITE’s Elder Academic Dr Sue Stanton, and Associate Professor Kathryn Gilby, Director of the Graduate School, Research Division.

Ngarrangarra-li Guru-Mayuu – Looking after country (2022)

The new look Ngoonjook, Australian Indigenous Journal.

Songlines, Stories from Yarrabah and beyond, 2022.

CALL Collection

The CALL Collection (an archive of Australian First Nations’ language materials) continues to digitise items for people to access via its website (www.callcollection.batchelor.edu.au), and for preservation. The website lists all materials, with some digital copies available (only with consent for public online access). Physical items can be requested and viewed at the Batchelor campus Library.

The Collection welcomes offers of language materials; and supports community language collections and projects, e.g. with digitisation assistance, or special requests for CALL Collection items.

For more information, contact the BIITE Library to speak with Karen Manton (karen.manton@batchelor.edu.au 08 8939 7172).

Paola Fischer

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News from The University of Queensland

New Staff

The development of First Nations linguistics at UQ gathers apace with the appointment of Noongar scholar Professor Clint Bracknell, lately from Edith Cowan University, to the UQ linguistics team. Professor Bracknell’s exciting research program spans linguistics, ethnomusicology and digital humanities. He is currently leading an ARC-funded investigation of song, language and landscapes in southern WA which has informed a Noongar-language adaptation of Macbeth (2020), a Noongar dub of the 1972 feature film Fist of Fury (2021), and the multi-sensory experience Noongar Wonderland in Perth Festival last week. He is also collaborating on a range of other ARC projects including ‘Nyingarn: a platform for primary sources in Australian Indigenous languages’, ‘Life After Digitisation: Future-Proofing WA's Vulnerable Cultural Heritage’, and ‘The Role of First Nations’ Music as a Determinant of Health’.

Welcome Clint! 


Blythe, Joe, Ilana Mushin, Lesley Stirling & Rod Gardner. 2022. The epistemics of social relations in Murrinhpatha, Garrwa and Jaru Conversations. Journal of Pragmatics 191, 175-193

Deppermann, Arnulf and Michael Haugh (eds.) (2022) Action Ascription in Interaction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Ekberg, Katie, Ekberg, Stuart, Weinglass, Lara, Herbert, Anthony, Rendle‐Short, Johanna, Bluebond‐Langner, Myra, Yates, Patsy, Bradford, Natalie and Danby, Susan (2022). Attending to child agency in paediatric palliative care consultations: adults’ use of tag questions directed to the child. Sociology of Health and Illness. doi: 10.1111/1467-9566.13437

Lee, Sheng-hsun. 2022. Enregistering mask-wearing in the time of a public health crisis. Language in Society, 1-25.

Mushin, Ilana, Rod Gardner & Claire Gourlay 2022. Effective task instruction in the first year of school: What teachers and children do. Routledge.

Mushin, Ilana 2022. Editorial: Turn design and epistemic management in small communities. Journal of Pragmatics virtual special Issue.

Sheikhan, Amir and Michael Haugh (2022) “Non-serious answers to (improper) questions in talk shows”, Journal of Pragmatics 191: 32-45.

Stirling, Lesley, Rod Gardner, Ilana Mushin, Joe Blythe & Francesco Possemato 2022. On the road again: Displaying knowledge of place in multiparty conversation in the remote Australian. outback. Journal of Pragmatics 188, 90-114

Wachowski, Wojciech & Karen Sullivan. 2022 Metonymies and metaphors for death around the world. Routledge.

Ilana Mushin

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News from James Cook University’s Language and Culture Research Centre

International colloquia, roundtable discussions, and rotating workshops

The LCRC has commenced a series of linguistics meetings which began in September 2021. The centre initiated this exciting schedule of colloquia, roundtable discussions, and internal workshops as part of its mission to foster cutting-edge research and improved international visibility for LCRC scholars. The 2021 meetings were a great success, and a full year of international colloquia have been scheduled for 2022.

International colloquia series

For our new colloquia series, we invite scholars from around the world to present on theoretical linguistics topics, especially those related to endangered languages. These meetings are open to LCRC staff and students, overseas adjunct faculty, and interested scholars anywhere in the world. All LCRC colloquia are held simultaneously via Zoom and in person on campus for local JCU attendees. 

Roundtable discussion series

The LCRC’s roundtable discussions are held by LCRC staff, students, adjuncts, and invited guests. At these meetings, presenters give talks on active research. These meetings are less formal than the colloquia, and attendees are encouraged to provide feedback. The roundtable discussions are open to LCRC staff, students, adjuncts, and those who are invited to attend. All meetings are held both on campus in person and via Zoom. 

Rotating workshop series

The workshops are informal gatherings where LCRC staff or students present on an active research project. Participants give updates on their ongoing work, present analytical problems, or other discoveries of interest. Presenters share their ideas and receive feedback from colleagues. Workshops are solely in-person gatherings and are only open to LCRC staff and students and any who are invited to attend.

Details can be found at: https://www.jcu.edu.au/language-and-culture-research-centre/news-and-events/workshops and further information can be obtained by contacting neil.alexander.walker@gmail.com.

New Courses

JCU is now offering a new major for the BA: Languages and Linguistics. Courses include a mixture of foundational linguistics courses and study of important regional languages, including French, Mandarin Chinese, and Tok Pisin. More details can be found here: https://www.jcu.edu.au/course-and-subject-handbook/courses/undergraduate-courses/majors-and-minors/ba-languages-and-linguistics-major 

Social media

The LCRC is on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LCRCatJCU) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/LCRC_JCU).

2021 LCRC colloquia presentations

Phonetic Reconstruction in Purisimeño Chumash by Dr Timothy Henry-Rodriguez of California State University, Fullerton, USA (October 2021)

On the Old Javanese Discourse Particles ta, pwa, and t: A Usage-based Perspective by Dr Edmundo Luna of Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan (November 2021)

Semi-embedded Clauses in Aisi: Discourse and Diachrony by Dr Don Daniels of University of Oregon, Eugene, USA (December 2021)

News and Events

2021 was a productive year at the LCRC. Nathan White and Pema Wangdi finished their respective doctoral theses at JCU, and Nathan (now Dr White!) is continuing at JCU as a postdoc.


Bradshaw, Robert L. 2021. Visual perception in Doromu-Koki. In Melike Baş & Iwona Kraska-Szlenk (eds.), Embodiment in cross-linguistic studies: The ‘eye’, 307-330. Leiden: Brill.

Ciucci, Luca. 2021. From fieldwork to reconstruction: Historical issues in hotspots of linguistic diversity. Special issue of Studia Linguistica 75(2). [As Guest Editor.]

Ciucci, Luca. 2021. How to restructure a grammatical category: The innovative person system of Chamacoco (Zamucoan, northern Paraguay). Folia Linguistica Historica 55(s42-s1). 111-154. [Special issue: Towards a diachronic typology of individual person markers, edited by Linda Konnerth & Andrea Sansò.]

Ciucci, Luca. 2021. How historical data complement fieldwork: New diachronic perspectives on Zamucoan verb inflection. Studia Linguistica 75(2). 289-327. [Special issue: From fieldwork to reconstruction: Historical issues in hotspots of linguistic diversity, edited by Luca Ciucci.]

Ciucci, Luca. 2021. Introduction. From fieldwork to reconstruction: Historical issues in hotspots of linguistic diversity. Studia Linguistica 75(2). 165-174. [Special issue “From fieldwork to reconstruction: Historical issues in hotspots of linguistic diversity,” edited by Luca Ciucci.]

Ciucci, Luca. 2021. ‘Eye’ in the Zamucoan languages. In Melike Baş & Iwona Kraska-Szlenk (eds.), Embodiment in cross-linguistic studies: The ‘eye’, 259-284. Leiden: Brill.

Emkow, Carola. 2021. Metaphoric meaning extensions and expressions of ‘eye(s)’ in Bena

Bena. In Melike Baş & Iwona Kraska-Szlenk (eds.), Embodiment in cross-linguistic studies: The ‘eye’, 331-353. Leiden: Brill.

Walker, Neil Alexander. 2022. Southern Pomo switch-reference and its origins within Pomoan. International Journal of American Linguistics. [Accepted in January 2021.]

Walker, Neil Alexander. 2020. A grammar of Southern Pomo. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. [Released in paperback edition February 2021.]

Wangdi, Pema. 2021. What is a word in Brokpa? Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area 44(2). 264-296.

White, Nathan M. 2021. Prehistory of verbal markers in Hmong: what can we say? Studia Linguistica 75(2). 345-374.

White, Nathan M. 2021. Grammaticalization and phonological reidentification in White Hmong. Studies in Language.

White, Nathan M. 2021. Language and variety mixing in diasporic Hmong. Italian Journal of Linguistics 33(1). 157-180.


  • Bradshaw, Robert L. 2021. “Frustrative in Doromu-Koki”. Online. Linguistic Society of Papua New Guinea conference, Ukarumpa, Papua New Guinea, 22 September.
  • Ciucci, Luca. 2021. Talk at Coloquio “RIEDI: Reflexiones acerca de interculturalidad: Identidad singular y cultura a escala humana”, Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción, Chile, 25 November. Online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FH9FExJAILM&t=2409s
  • Ciucci, Luca. 2021. “From historical data to linguistic typology: A perspective from northern Chaco”. Online. Laboratoire Dynamique Du Langage, Lyon, 23 November. 
  • Ciucci, Luca. 2021. “Reconstructing a rarum: The Proto-Zamucoan nominal suffixation”. Roundtable Discussion series, Language and Culture Research Centre, James Cook University, Cairns, 22 November.
  • Ciucci, Luca. 2021. “Did Old Zamuco have para-hypotaxis? New evidence from historical data”. Rotating Workshop series, Language and Culture Research Centre, James Cook University, Cairns, 1 November.
  • Ciucci, Luca. 2021. “The linguistic description in the Jesuit Missions of Chiquitos”. Online. Laboratoire Histoire des Théories Linguistiques, Paris, 15 October.
  • Ciucci, Luca. 2021. “The morphosyntax of Old Zamuco nouns and adjectives”. Online. WIELD’s Annual Workshop on Fragmented Languages. Western Institute for Endangered Language Documentation, California, 20 September-10 October.
  • Walker, Neil Alexander. 2021. “Indigenous rememberers in Northern California”. Rotating Workshop series, Language and Culture Research Centre, James Cook University, Cairns, 18 October.
  • Walker, Neil Alexander. 2021. “Language revitalization and fragmented languages: Recovering the Chhé’ee Fókaa language”. Roundtable Discussion series, Language and Culture Research Centre, James Cook University, Cairns, 27 September.
  • Walker, Neil Alexander. 2021. “The Še:wey Čahnu project: Designing a pidgin for language revitalization”. Online. International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation, Honolulu, 4 March.
  • Walker, Neil Alexander. 2021. “Building a bridge: Crafting a Southern Pomo pidgin for heritage speakers”. Online. Fragmented Language Workshop: Session B. Western Institute for Endangered Language Documentation, California, 21 January.
  • White, Nathan M. 2021. “Navigating languages: ‘Multilateral mixing’ in the Hmong diaspora”. Online. ALS 2021, La Trobe University, Melbourne, 7-9 December.
  • White, Nathan M. 2021. “Secundative alignment and passivization in Yowlumne”. Roundtable Discussion series, Language and Culture Research Centre, James Cook University, Cairns, 25 October.

Invited Talks 

  • Ciucci, Luca. 2021. “Lingüística histórica y memoria oral”. II Encuentro Memoria Oral y Voces de América, Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción, Chile, 30 June-1 July.
  • Ciucci Luca. 2021. “Reflexiones sobre el sexto canto del Paraíso / Riflessioni sul sesto canto del Paradiso”. Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, La Paz, 10 June.
  • Ciucci, Luca. 2021. “Algunas características morfológicas del zamuco antiguo (Bolivia, Paraguay)”. Online. Coloquio de Investigación Lingüística 2021, Universidad de Sonora, Hermosillo, Mexico, 9 April.
  • Walker, Neil Alexander. 2021. “An examination of possession in Panim, a non-Austronesian language of Papua New Guinea”. Online. Linguistics Colloquium Series, California State University, Fullerton, 24 April.
  • White, Nathan M. 2021. “The semantics of noun classification in Hmong: A computational approach”. Online. Linguistics Colloquium Series, California State University, Fullerton, 9 April.

Alex Walker

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News from the Griffith University

True to form (sorry, people), we missed the previous Newsletter so we are reporting from July 2021.


Chalmers, J., Eisenchlas, S. A., Munro, A., & Schalley, A. C. 2021. Sixty years of second language aptitude research: A systematic quantitative literature review. Language and Linguistics Compass, 15(11), pp. 1-32. [https://compass.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/lnc3.12440]

Goddard, Cliff. 2021. “Minimal language” and COVID-19: How to talk about complex ideas using simple words. 국어문학회요망 77 [Korean Language and Literature Society] 77 (July 30. 2021), 93-111.

Goddard, Cliff. 2021. Natural Semantic Metalanguage. In Xu Wen and John R. Taylor (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics, 93-110. Routledge.

Goddard, Cliff, Wierzbicka, Anna, and Farese, Gian Marco. 2022. The conceptual semantics of ‘money words’. Russian Journal of Linguistics. [Published Ahead-Of-Print http://journals.rudn.ru/linguistics/article/view/27193] Open access.

Goddard, Cliff and Wierzbicka, Anna. 2021. ‘Head’, ‘eyes’, ‘ears’: Words and meanings as clues to common human thinking. Cahiers de lexicologie, 2021-2, 119, p.125-150. 

Sadow, Lauren and Peeters, Bert. 2021. ‘J’ai mal à la tête’ and analogous phrases in Romance languages and English. Cahiers de lexicologie, 2021-2, 119, p.207-223.


Susana Eisenchlas is one of the co-editors of the series Current Issues in Bilingualism (CIB) (Language Science Press). This book series is completely free for both authors and readers and publishes cutting-edge research on individual and societal bilingualism. The second book, on assessment, is currently in production. [http://langsci-press.org/catalog/series/cib]

Conference/Seminar Organising

Susana Eisenchlas. As co-chairs of the International Association of Applied Linguistics Research Network on Social and Affective Factors in Home Language Maintenance and Development, Susana Eisenchlas and Andrea Schalley co-organised and facilitated two symposia in the AILA2021 congress: ‘Rethinking Language Policy: The Importance of the Home in Language Maintenance and Development’ and ‘Perspectives on language(s) in education: A comparative overview’.

Lauren Sadow organised the “Mental Health and NSM” online workshop (24-25 Feb 2021). Participants from Australia, Finland, Italy and Poland.

Conference/Seminar Presentations

Helen Bromhead presented ‘Climate grief, climate anxiety, climate distress’ at the “Mental Health and NSM” online workshop (24-25 Feb 2021).

Helen Bromhead gave a presentation at the International Pragmatics Association Conference titled ‘Eco-anxiety: From affect to action – a cultural pragmatics study’, July 2021.

Helen Bromhead gave a talk about the Fourth Forum on Englishes in Australia titled ‘Kathy and Kimi: Naming practices for natural disasters in English in Australia’, August 2021.

Ida Stevia Diget presented ‘English language mental health screening: a case study of the “DASS” questionnaire’, at the “Mental Health and NSM” online workshop (24-25 Feb 2021).

Alena Kazmaly presented ‘The concept of Neuroticism in personality questionnaires: lexical considerations and NSM solutions’, in the “Mental Health and NSM” online workshop (24-25 Feb 2021).

Samantha Rarrick presented “Mouthings in Hawai‘i Sign Language & Sinasina Sign Language” at the 6th Conference on Language Documentation and Linguistic Theory. (SOAS), December 2021.

Lauren Sadow presented “DSM-5 and diagnostic criteria for anxiety” at the “Mental Health and NSM” online workshop (24-25 Feb 2021).

Schalley, A. C., Eisenchlas, S. A., Tsai, P. S., & Qi, G. 2021. Back and Forth: Sojourning as an organised family language management strategy, AILA2021, August 15, 2021.

García, F., Eisenchlas, S. A. & Powell, M. 2021. Translatability of investigative interviewing best practices to Spanish: The case of transition prompts. 15th Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL),  September 14, 2021.

Research Project News

Helen Bromhead founded the Research Group on Communicating Public Messages in conjunction with Cliff Goddard, Lauren Sadow, Ida Stevia Diget and Alena Kazmaly, and a reference group of Griffith communication scholars. The group aims to further research on making messages clearer, more accessible and easier to translate into community languages. [https://www.griffith.edu.au/griffith-centre-social-cultural-research/our-research/language-culture-belonging/communicating-public-messages/_nocache]

Helen Bromhead and Cliff Goddard continued to be active members of the Griffith Climate Action Beacon. [https://www.griffith.edu.au/research/climate-action]

Cliff Goddard was active on the ARC-funded project ’The Building Blocks of Meaning’, together with co-CI Zhengdao Ye (ANU), PI Ulla Vanhatalo (Helsinki U.) and SRA Lauren Sadow (Griffith). They were assisted by RAs Karen Stollznow and Janet Davey. Using a custom-built wiki as a researcher platform, the project team revised and refined explications for about 30 basic “semantic molecules” for English, Chinese and Finnish. The project aims to identify both commonalities and variations in basic meanings.

Samantha Rarrick started a new research project investigating eyeblinks in Hawai'i Sign Language (HSL). The project focuses on prosodic and potential lexical eyeblinks in HSL. This work is funded by the Griffith University New Researcher Grant and assisted by RAs Eleanor Jorgensen and Lisa Petersen.


Our ‘Bachelor of Languages and Linguistics’ continues to do well, though courses offerings were slightly streamlined in response to funding difficulties caused by border closures and government cuts. Aside from Sam, Cliff, and Susana, lecturers in the BLangLing included Reza Arab, Claire Rodway, Kelly Shoecroft and Elisabeth Mayer.

Outreach And Engagement

Helen Bromhead was active on ways to improve extreme weather and climate change messaging. She provided proof of concept about practical techniques to a number of Queensland government agencies, including Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and Inspector General of Emergency Management. In August 2021, she gave an invited presentation on climate communication to the Queensland Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy.

During COP26 (November 2021), Helen Bromhead published a piece of public writing on Lingoblog ‘Language and our new feelings about climate change’. [https://www.lingoblog.dk/language-and-our-new-feelings-about-climate-change].  In December 2021, she was interviewed for an episode of Community Radio 2SER’s ‘Think: Sustainability’ podcast, ‘Ecological linguistics’ [https://player.whooshkaa.com/episode/938209].

Susana Eisenchlas continued to promote the benefits of bi/multilingualism in migrant and refugee communities in Australia through public talks and workshops at schools and libraries.

Cliff Goddard

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News from the Language and Communication Research Hub Centre for Indigenous Health Equity Research Central Queensland University

Our news

Alexandra Aikhenvald continues working on an original monograph A guide to gender and classifiers (Oxford University Press). Her invited lectures this year will include the following plenary addresses ‘Multilingual ecologies in real time: migrations and transformations in a hotspot of linguistic diversity’ (Thematic Panel ‘Multilingual ecologies in a comparative perspective’),'In with the new: how technological advances affect minority languages of Amazonia and New Guinea'? (General session), both at the 51st Poznań Linguistic Meeting PLM2022 (September 2022),‘Dizque,dizque, dizque: the development of evidentials in Amazonian varieties of Portuguese and Spanish in the light of language contact (Workshop on Evidentiality in Romance languages, University of Alcalá (Madrid, Spain), October 2022), and a talk on the semantics of classifiers organized by the Editorial Board of the journal Cognitive semantics (April 2022). She will be presenting an additional talk ‘The Philosphers' Ship on Novinsky Boulevard: the legacy of Iuli Aikhenvald in the work of his descendants’ at the International Conference “Russian Emigration on the waves of freedom” (New Review and Harriman Institute, Columbia University, May 2-3, 2022). She is planning to conduct a reading-based course on gender and classifiers for graduate students in the Department of Linguistics at Pavia, Italy (c. June-July).

As part of her responsibilities within CQUniversity, she will be taking part in CQUniversity Research High Degree Intensive ‘Keys to success: making an impact in the world of ‘Publish or perish’ (online, 22 March, 2.15-3.15The URL  to start or join is https://cqu.zoom.us/j/88339704068?pwd=U0xHcWdoQnlvU2ZkakFOOEVuTmhsdz09; Password: 700095).

R. M. W. Dixon’s landmark 1972 grammar of the Dyirbal language of North Queensland is one of the best-known and most widely-cited language descriptions in the history of linguistics. In the fifty years since its publication, Dixon has continued his detailed work on the language, extending and refining the descriptions in light of more recent theoretical advances. The resulting A New Grammar of Dyirbal offers a comprehensive contemporary grammar of the language, reanalysed in myriad ways and drawing on an extensive corpus of texts. Among its many new features are further discussion of the applicative/causative derivation; a fresh focus on the role of the pervasive ‘pivot’, the syntactic linking of S and O functions; a detailed account of the two antipassives and their semantic contrast and phonological conditioning; and an extended account of relative clauses. The volume is accompanied by a companion website hosting the full set of textual data on which the grammar is based, as well as a thesaurus/dictionary of the language’s nouns, adjectives and verbs across its ten dialects of Dyirbal.

Christoph Holz, a PhD student at CIHER (CQU), is working towards completing his PhD thesis ‘A grammar of Tiang, a language of New Ireland, Papua New Guinea’. His supervisory committee are: Alexandra Aikhenvald, Bob Dixon, Miriam Ham, and Janya McCalman. He is planning to undertake a fieldtrip to New Ireland, PNG, later this year.

Dr Brigitta Flick is being appointed as a Language Documentation Assistant at CIHER, to work together with Christoph Holz, Alexandra Aikhenvald, and Bob Dixon.

Research is continuing on the ARC DP ‘The integration of language and society’ (2017-2021), CIs Aikhenvald, Dixon, and Nerida Jarkey (USyd).

Christoph Holz was awarded the funding of $9,950 by the Centre for Indigenous Health Equity Research, to support the publication of two educational books, created in collaboration with local Tiang authors from Djaul to be published by Education Projects International (www.education-projects.com), a publishing company with a focus on educational projects in Papua New Guinea:

1) Taanuaa: Tiang Picture Book is a collection of 40 photos taken on Djaul that give a snapshot of the culture and life of the Tiang community as of the present day and show the beauty of their home island. Each photo is accompanied by cultural and environmental notes.

2) Pini: Tiang Story Book is a collection of 31 traditional and modern stories, riddles, and songs from Djaul.

Yann LeMoullec, a PhD student at LACITO (Paris), with Professor Dr Isabelle Bril and Alexandra Aikhenvald as his supervisors, is currently undertaking a lengthy fieldtrip to Morobe Province, PNG. He is working on a grammar of Angaataha, an Angan language.

Professor Rosita Henry, a major expert in anthropology of New Guinea and Northern Australia, and Cassy Nancarrow, an expert in First Nations’ languages education and curriculum development, are being awarded Adjunct appointments at the Centre.

Visiting Fellows in 2022

Professor Heronides Moura (PhD 1996, Unicamp, Brazil), Professor of linguistics at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, an expert on Portuguese and Romance linguistics will be visiting CIHER in April-September 2022, working on ‘Conceptualization and depiction of COVID through language., in particular metaphors of COVID within their social and linguistic context’. This project will draw on and support your academic experience and study in the field of indigenous knowledge and linguistic diversity.


Centre for Indigenous Health Equity Research seminar series:

Communication, health, and social and cultural well-being

This multidisciplinary seminar series aims to create a hub centered in CIHER. It is for researchers at CQU, across Queensland and all over the world, as a forum to share their research findings and establish potential synergies, leading to joint grant applications, and partnerships that endeavour to advance knowledge in various disciplines.

Seminars take place on Wednesdays, 3pm – 5 pm Qld time, face-to-face in room 2.26, CQUniversity, CBD Cairns, Cornder Abbott Street and Shield Street, or via zoom.

Seminar program

  • Alexandra Aikhenvald. ‘Endangered names: poetics, power, and loss’. 17 November 2021
  • Henry Boer. ‘Reconciliation action plan’. 1 Dec 2021
  • Adrian Miller ‘What does Aristotle have to do with First Nations’ research’? 23.02.2022 (recording is available upon request)
  • Janya McCalman ‘Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations to conduct research during COVID-19’. 9 March 2022.
  • Cassy Nancarrow (Queensland Department of Education) ‘Teaching First nations’ languages in Queensland schools’, 6 April 2022.
  • Vicki Saunders and Sarah Woodland (University of Melbourne) ‘Yimbilli: Listening for the sounds of wellbeing on Country’ (Supported by CRE-STRIDE), 23 September 2022.
  • Further seminars will be delivered by Roianne (West Chief Executive Officer of CATSINAM), Maria Friend (JCU) and Lisa Law (JCU).

For further information, including recordings of past seminars and zoom link, please contact Alexandra Aikhenvald, a.aikhenvald@cqu.edu.au or 0400305315.

Remote fieldwork and community engagement

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. She is working clsoely together with the Tariana communities in providing materials for the Tariana school Enu Irine Idakini in Iauaretê. She continues her collaboration with the Yalaku and Manambu communities in the Sepik region of Papua New Guinea.

She has been assisting Jorge Barracutay Estevez and Jessie Hurani Marrero in their reclamation and revival of the ancient Taino language, the first indigenous language to be encountered by Christopher Columbus, and a member of Arawak language family.

The result is this book – Hiawatha hekexi. Taino language reconstruction, by Jorge and Jessie, 2021, published by the Hiyayagua Taino of the Caribbean.

Bob Dixon is continuing his on-going engagement with the Dyirbal-speaking communities of North Queensland and with the descendants of the Yidinji speakers. He is providing information and advice on introducing original Dyirbal language concept within the framework of Indigenous Engagement and First Nations’ Research at CQUniversity.

New books published and forthcoming

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald. 2021. Serial verbs. Paperback edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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. (early November 2021).

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, ed. Forthcoming (2022). Classifiers in cross-linguistic perspective. Special issue of Asian Languages and Linguistics

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, Robert L. Bradshaw, Luca Ciucci and Pema Wangdi (eds). Forthcoming. Celebrating Indigenous Voice: legends and narratives in languages of the Tropics. Berling: De Gruyter.

Dixon, R. M. W. Forthcoming 2022. A new grammar of Dyirbal. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Holz, Christoph. Forthcoming. Taanuaa: Tiang Picture Book. Educations Project International.

Holz, Christoph. Forthcoming. Pini: Tiang Story Book. Educations Project International.

Sarvasy, Hannah S. and Alexandea Y. Aikhenvald. Forthcoming. A guide to gender and classifiers. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Storch, Anne and R. M. Dixon. 2022. The art of language. Leiden: Brill.

Alexandra (Sasha) Aikhenvald

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News from the University of Melbourne

Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor Jill Wigglesworth has retired from her position at the University of Melbourne, and will become Emeritus Professor with us, continuing her work as leader of the COEDL node and with her many current research projects and supervisions.  Jill’s career at the University was celebrated at a function on the 10th February, where the DVC (Research) Jim McCluskey spoke glowingly of her many achievements during her time at the University of Melbourne, and the Dean of the Faculty of Arts the Reverend Professor Russell Goulbourne took one of the stories from Jill’s first published study of child language acquisition and used it as an analogy for her career!  Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at the University of Melbourne won’t have to miss Jill yet, fortunately. 


Jill and her partner Grant enjoying the celebration with colleagues.

Lesley Stirling

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News from the University of New South Wales

Event report  

The 11th Legal Interpreting Symposium, hosted by the Translation and Interpreting Group, School of Humanities and Languages, was held on 9 December 2021. The Symposium  explored the implications for access to justice in courts where judicial officers and court administration work with interpreters. It was organised and funded by the ARC-funded Linkage Project: Access to justice in interpreted proceeding: the role of judicial officers, now in its second year, led by Chief Investigator Professor Ludmila Stern, with CIs Professors Sandra Hale, Associate Professor Stephen Doherty (ADA) and Associate Professor Melanie Schwartz (Law). The symposium recording can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/_VF4jDuVffo 

HDR news  

Congratulations to Dr Muhammed Ourang, who has been awarded his PhD for first reference grammar for Aheli, a dialect of the Lari language of Iran.    


Hatoss, A. 2022. That word “abuse” is a big problem for us: South Sudanese parents’ positioning and agency vis-à-vis parenting conflicts in Australia. Linguistics and Education, vol. 67, 101002. 

Hill, C. 2022. The irrelevance of scale and fixedness in landscape terms in two Australian languages. Linguistics Vanguard, vol. 8, 91-100.  

Wang, S. & Hatoss, A. 2021. Chronotopes, language practices and language shift: an ethnographic study of the Blang community in China. International Journal of Multilingualism, vol. 18, 1-18.  

Wang, S. & Hatoss, A. 2022 When the linguistic market meets the tea business: language attitudes, ideologies and linguistic entrepreneurship in the Blang community in China. Current Issues in Language Planning.10.1080/14664208.2022.2047514 

Conferences / symposia 

Hatoss, A. 2021. ‘Language ideologies in changing multilingual contexts: The value of multilingualism through the lens of Sydney’s urban landscape.’ Paper delivered at The Value of Languages in a Multicultural World International conference organised by Multilingualism Research Centre, Macquarie University, Sydney, 13-15 December 2021. Symposium Convenor. 

Hatoss, A. 2021. A nyelvmegtartás tényezői az elmélet és a gyakorlat tükrében  Kitekintés az ausztrál nyelvpolitikára és a magyar nyelv intergenerációs átadhatóságára az ausztráliai diaszpórában -  AMPE Invited Keynote paper delivered  2 October 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xf9-LK40M0 Australian Hungarian Teachers Association Conference. 


Anikó Hatoss featured in a new podcast series My Bilingual Family from SBS: 

Community engagement  

In T3 of 2021 the linguistic program launched a partnership with The Dharawal Language Program run by the Gujaga Foundation, the peak community organisation at La Perouse Aboriginal Community. This partnership provides the opportunity for UG and PG students to complete research courses and WIL programs supporting projects and needs within The Dharawal Language program. Two students have participated so far: one created an updated learners guide on the Dharawal sound system and another who has just commenced honours on phrasal and clitic syntax in Dharawal. 

Clair Hill

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News from the University of Technology Sydney


Grey and Severin (2022) Building towards best practice for governments’ public communications in languages other than English: a case study of New South Wales, Australia. Griffith Law Review (online latest articles: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10383441.2022.2031526 )

Grey, A. (2022). ‘How Standard Zhuang has Met with Market Forces’, in Nicola McLelland and Hui Zhao (eds) Language Standardization and Language Variation in Multilingual Contexts: Asian Perspectives (#171, Multilingual Matters series). De Gruyter, pp163-182. Open Access (via https://zenodo.org/record/5749586#.Yai0RNDP3cs ). 

Grey, A. and Strauss, A. (online 29/11/2021). ‘New Limits on the Right to Freedom of Expression from Hamzy v Commissioner of Corrective Services’ Alternative Law Journal 0(0). 1-7.   https://doi.org/10.1177/1037969X211055234.

Grey, A. and Baioud, G. (2021) ‘English as Eastern: Zhuang, Mongolian, Mandarin and English in the linguistic orders of globalized China’ International Journal of the Sociology of Language 271. 35-64. https://doi.org/10.1515/ijsl-2020-0040

Grey, A, Lising, L. and Cho, J. (2021) ‘Ideologies of English in Asia: an editorial’ International Journal of the Sociology of Language 271. 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1515/ijsl-2021-0055  (This is part of our guest-edited special issue of this journal on ideologies of English in Asia)

Grey, A. (2021, published online 25 May 2021) ‘Perceptions of invisible Zhuang minority language in Linguistic Landscapes of the People’s Republic of China and implications for language policy’ Linguistic Landscape 7(3). 259 - 284 https://doi.org/10.1075/ll.20012.gre

Grey, A and Severin, A (2022) ‘Building towards best practice for governments’ public communications in languages other than English: a case study of New South Wales, Australia.’ Griffith Law Review (online latest articles: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10383441.2022.2031526 )


Laura Smith-Khan and Alexandra Grey have guest edited a bumper, interdisciplinary edition of the Griffith Law Review:

Smith-Khan, L. and Grey, A. (eds) (2021) Griffith Law Review: Thematic Issue, ‘Linguistic diversity as a challenge to legal policy’ volume 30, issue 1. https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rlaw20/current 

This issue includes (with author affiliations noted):

Laura Smith-Khan & Alexandra Grey

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Australex conference

Dates are yet to be determined but we plan to hold Australex 2023 in Alice Springs in August 2023.

Michael Walsh

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The School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University invites applications for the position of associate professor of computational linguistics based at the Department of Linguistics, Cognitive Science and Semiotics.

The appointment is full time and tenured and begins on 1 January 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The School of Communication and Culture is committed to diversity and encourages all qualified applicants to apply regardless of their personal background.

For further information, including application procedure, see https://international.au.dk/about/profile/vacant-positions/job/re-advertisement-associate-professor-of-computational-linguistics

Wayan Arka

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About ALS

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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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