27/10/2022

ALS Newsletter October 2022

From the President

I look forward to seeing many of you in Melbourne next month as I emerge from four months of Long Service Leave.

Despite being on leave, I have lifted my head above the parapet because this will be my last ‘From the President’ posting as we will be electing a new ALS President at the AGM at the end of November this year. This means that – yes -nominations are open for President.

We are also inviting nominations for Student Representative, replacing Joshua Butler, who has been in the role since 2020 and is leaving the world of studenthood. We’ve all valued Joshua’s contributions to the Executive and his representation of student and ECR concerns.

I’ve valued my tenure as ALS president. It’s been a great way to learn more about the priorities of linguists working and studying in all kinds of contexts, and to work towards ensuring that the ALS serves the linguistics community in ways that are relevant to Australia in the 2020’s.

I will summarise what ALS has been doing, and how I see the immediate future in my AGM report next month. For now, I want to particularly thank those members who are not on the Executive who have participated in working groups on Professional Accreditation, Indigenous Voices and the Conference Program Committee.  An engaged membership is only one part of a functioning professional society – but it is an essential one! It is one way of ensuring that the activities of the society stay closely aligned with our mission and our members, and that diverse voices are not only heard but integral to decision-making.

See you in Melbourne at ALS22 and the CHASS Congress.

Ilana Mushin

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News from the University of Melbourne

Good news

Congratulations to Jonathon Lum whose position has been converted to continuing!  We are very pleased to have Jonathon with us now as a permanent member of staff.

Congratulations to Rachel Nordlinger, Gabriela Garrido Rodriguez and Evan Kidd whose paper “Sentence planning and production in Murrinhpatha, an Australian free word order language” has just been awarded the 2023 Best Paper in Language by the Linguistic Society of America. See the announcement here: https://www.linguisticsociety.org/news/2022/10/20/awardees-named-journalism-mentoring-student-abstract-ken-hale-best-paper-language. If you would like to read the paper it’s available on open access here: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/857152

Jobs

We are currently advertising 2 x continuing Level B positions in ESL/Applied Linguistics: https://jobs.unimelb.edu.au/en/job/910309/lecturer-in-esl-and-applied-linguistics-2-x-positions-available  Please forward to any potential applicants! Applications close on November 11.

Activity

To read about all the latest news from the Research Unit for Indigenous Language check out our latest newsletter here: https://arts.unimelb.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/4280978/2022-2_RUILNewsletter.pdf or read the individual stories on our News and Events page: https://arts.unimelb.edu.au/research-unit-for-indigenous-language#news-and-events

The 50 words project continues to add 50 words in more Indigenous languages, most recently Taungurung, Ngandi, and Ritharrngu: https://50words.online

Nick Thieberger ran a training course in language documentation methods at the University of New Caledonia in September and presented a plenary with Dr Suzie Bearune and Dr Fabrice Wacalie on 'La richesse des langues minorisées, comment les faire grandir dans le futur'

The Nyingarn project is creating textual versions of manuscript records of Australian Indigenous languages, it is now available for testing if you want to try out the methods for converting page images to text. (https://nyingarn.net)

Rachel Nordlinger

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News from the University of Sydney

ASFLA 2022 was held at Macquarie University, Sydney – Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th September.

Conference website: www.asfla2022.com

Convenor: Cassi Liardet

Theme: Renewal and Resilience: Making Meaning in a Changing World

The conference celebrated SFL’s continuing quest for understanding semiosis with a view to making positive social change. Specifically, it highlighted SFL’s contributions to understanding how meaning-making resources are used to engage with the issues facing our era of uncertainty and rapid change: pandemics, climate change, infodemics, misinformation, healthcare, war, technological disruptions, access to (online) education, to name but a few. More broadly, the conference provided a forum for scholarly discussion on how the different areas of SFL theory and related disciplines have been applied, adapted, and/or extended to explore texts in both old and new contexts.

The pre-conference (Sept 22) featured workshops led by David Rose (language education), Elizabeth Thompson (the semiotics of empathy) and Najmeh Kheradparvar & Shoshana Dreyfus (peer reviews). Among the conference’s 50+ presentations, highlights included a colloquium on the semiotics of peace, and plenaries by Eszer Szenes  (co-option of green agendas in white supremacist discourse) and Michele Zappavigna (emoji as paralanguage).

Next year’s conference will be held at the University of Wollongong (November 22-24, 2023).

Sydney Corpus Lab

The Sydney Corpus Lab was pleased to host a recent online talk by Dr Danielle Barth, ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (Australian National University) on Language and Individuals Affect Typological Variation: A Cross-Linguistic Corpus Approach. We are soon (25 October) hosting an online talk by Dr Martin Schweinberger (University of Queensland) on From the Darkness to the Light: Reproducibility, Replication and Transparency in Corpus Linguistics. Event details are available here. (For future events, you can subscribe to the lab’s mailing list here.)

Recent blog posts on the lab's site can be found here and include posts about the Macquarie Laws of War Corpus, the Japanese corpus of Science Fiction Anime dialogue, Israeli media representation of the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict, Australian media reporting on the January 6th capitol attack, and a report about teaching corpus linguistics for the first time at the Australian National University. We welcome guest blog posts. Contact: info@sydneycorpuslab.com

The Sydney Corpus Lab, together with the Sydney Informatics Hub and Paradisec, is continuing its collaboration on two funded ARDC projects led by the University of Queensland: the Australian Text Analytics Platform (ATAP) and the Language Data Commons of Australia. Further information about these projects is available at the websites: https://www.atap.edu.au and https://www.ldaca.edu.au/. One upcoming ATAP event of interest to linguists: online workshop on Analysing conversation & social media text with the ATAP Discursis tool. Thursday November 10th, 12 - 1:30pm. Event details and registration via this link.

Publications

New Books

Mark Post and Gwen Hyslop have had new books published:

Post, M. W., S. Morey and T. Huber, Eds. 2022. Ethnolinguistic Prehistory of the Eastern Himalaya. Leiden, Brill. ISBN: 978-90-04-51313-6.

Roche, Gerald and Gwendolyn Hyslop. 2022. Bordering Tibetan tongues: Making and marking languages in Transnational High Asia. Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam Press. https://www.aup.nl/en/book/9789463725040/bordering-tibetan-languages

New articles:

Bednarek, M. and L-M Syron (2022) Functions of dialogue in (television) drama – A case study of Indigenous-authored television narratives. Language and Literature [Online First]. https://doi.org/10.1177/09639470221096601 

Post, M. W. and Y. Modi. 2022. “Subject autonomy marking in Macro-Tani and the typology of middle voice.” Linguistics 66(2): 215-238.

Post, M. W., S. Morey and T. Huber. 2022. ‘Ethno-linguistic prehistory of the Eastern Himalaya: Diversity and its sources.’ In M. W. Post, S. Morey and T. Huber, Eds. Ethno-linguistic Pre-history of the Eastern Himalaya. Leiden, Brill: 1-24.

Post, M. W. 2022. ‘Re-thinking Zomia from an Eastern Himalayan perspective.’ In M. W. Post, S. Morey and T. Huber, Eds. Ethno-linguistic Pre-history of the Eastern Himalaya. Leiden, Brill: 25-64.

Post, M. W. 2022. ‘Upland languages.’ In J. Wouters and T. Subba, Eds. The Routledge Handbook of Northeast India. London, Routledge: 469-474. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003285540-78.

Modi, Y. and M. W. Post. 2022. ‘Applicatives in Macro-Tani languages: Forms, functions and historical origins.’ In S. Pacchiarotti and F. Zún╠âiga, Eds. Applicative Morphology: Neglected Syntactic and Non-syntactic Functions. Berlin, de Gruyter: 299-328. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110777949-011

Selected talks and conference presentations

  • Monika Bednarek presented this year’s prestigious Sinclair Lecture at the University of Birmingham, UK, entitled Language and characterization in television series: What corpus linguistics tells us about the construction of social identity in the media. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BWXYbR_lo4 
  • Matteo Fuoli and Monika Bednarek. Triangulating methods in corpus linguistics: From frequency to move and dialogic analysis. ICAME 43, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK.
  • Barbra Meek and Monika Bednarek. ‘Whitefellas got miserable language skills’: Differentiation, scripted speech and Indigenous discourses. Sociolinguistics Symposium 24, Ghent University, Belgium.
  • Carly Bray, Monika Bednarek, Gavin Brookes, Tara Coltman-Patel, Catriona Bonfiglioli, and Paul Baker. Weight stigma: towards a corpus-informed linguistic framework for critical discourse analysis. 9th Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines (CADAAD) conference, University of Bergamo, Italy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jL0MzNHXx9E

International fellowships

Monika Bednarek was awarded a Distinguished Visiting Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK, and is currently on a funded Visiting Fellowship at the University of Valencia, Spain.

USYD Linguistics welcomes these new HDR students:

  • Zeina Taleb  “Maintaining heritage languages in Australia: The case of Arabic speaking parents.”
  • Badr Alshammari “The Acoustic Properties of Laryngeal Contrast in Arabic and Dzongkha Initial Stops”
  • Samuel Herriman “The role of the screenwriter in representations of Aboriginal English and Australian Indigenous Languages in fictional screen media.”
  • Tracy Yumin Gao “A CREDIBLE Project: Integrating PDA approach to design materials for educating children to reduce plastic pollution.”
  • Sharmi Barua “A Grammar of Patro”

Nick Enfield

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News from UNE

Anniversary Event at UNE

2022 marks 35 years since linguistics became a discipline at UNE and 50 years since the first unit in linguistics was taught (within English, by Prof Hoddinott in 1972). We're planning a small hybrid event to be held on Friday 9th December to commemorate this anniversary. Those of us on campus will eat, drink, and be merry. If you are interested in attending (either in-person or online) and being kept informed of updates, please register your details at the link below.

https://unesurveys.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3DikwmCsemiay8K

Grant success

Arvind Iyengar is part of an international team of academics that has been successfully awarded a 3-year grant of CAD 54,462 by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) for a project titled Sound patterns of gender in personal names. Below is a summary of the project that Arvind, together with team members Prof Yoonjung Kang (University of Toronto; Principal Investigator) and Dr Samuel Akinbo (University of Minnesota), will work on:

“A growing body of research demonstrates that patterns between specific sounds and certain meaning—known as sound symbolism—is more pervasive than previously assumed. However, linguistically informed studies of a sound-gender connection in personal names have largely been limited to the English language. Many factors remain unexplored as to the universality and the social and psychological realities of these sound-meaning connections in the gendering of names. The current study proposes to fill this gap by examining the sound symbolism of gender in names across a number of genetically and typologically unrelated languages.

Arvind Iyengar will lead the study of sound symbolism in nicknames used by speakers of Bengali—a major South Asian and world language with around 300 million speakers. Arvind will coordinate the data collection efforts and linguistic analysis, and contribute to experimental design and participant recruitment.”

Visitors

We’d like to welcome Birgitta Waters, who is visiting UNE from Linnaeus University in Sweden. Birgitta is at UNE to conclude her Licentiate of Philosophy. Her research examines the language performance of two children who have regularly been exposed to three languages from birth (Russian, French and English) and to a fourth language (Swedish) from the ages of eleven and fifteen months, respectively.

The first study examines vocabulary, such as comprehension and production, language specific grammar as well as the influence of exposure and cognate words in the eldest of the two children.

The second study builds upon and extends the first study by investigating a limited language phenomenon – voluntary motion – from a lexical and grammatical perspective in both children.

The last time Birgitta visited in 2019, Armidale was suffering from heavy smoke coverage from the bushfires. She’s pleased to be back under wetter and greener conditions. Birgitta is with us from 18th October until 22rd December.

Undergraduate news

UNE Student Larissa Schwenke was successful at securing a position in the ANU Summer Scholars program. Well done, Larissa! We wish you all the best for your summer of research.

Ms Tashi Dema has recently commenced her MPhil in the UNE School of HASS under the supervision of Arvind Iyengar and Dr DB Subedi (Sociology). The working title of Tashi’s project is Muted Tongues: Language and politics in Bhutan. For her project, Tashi has been awarded two merit-based scholarships, the UNE International RTP Scholarship and the Australian Government’s highly competitive Destination Australia award.

HDR news

Jonathan Guthmann, who is completing a PhD under the supervision of Arvind Iyengar and A/Prof Finex Ndhlovu, has been invited to the University of Matej Bel, Slovakia for a 3-month research stay from September to December 2022. For his stay, Jonathan has also been awarded UNE’s merit-based Keith and Dorothy Mackay Travelling Scholarship. Jonathan’s research in Slovakia will feed into his PhD project, provisionally titled Textual networks, vernacular Bibles and their effect on language standardisation in early modern Europe.

Cindy Schneider

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News from UWA

Latest

Hope everyone is doing well. I wanted to thank the wonderful Amanda Hamilton-Hollaway for assisting me with the compilation of this newsletter. I am currently in Argentina on urgent family business. I’ve had to withdraw two ALS 2022 papers I was scheduled to present as I won’t be able to attend the conference this year. I do hope to see you all next year though. Stay well and hug your loved ones. (Celeste)

HDR Student Updates

PhD candidate Connor Brown is in the final stages of writing his thesis on the semantics of aspectuo-temporality in a variety of northern Australian Kriol. The thesis presents novel analyses for aspectuo-temporal forms, including tense marking, aspectual morphology, and discourse particles. Connor plans to have the thesis ready for submission in early 2023.

PhD candidate Madeleine Clews has given her confirmation of candidature presentation for her historical sociolinguistic study of English in Western Australia and is just finishing up a very stimulating semester in Melbourne, undertaking preliminary survey of 19th-century correspondence at the Royal Herbarium Library, auditing a course in AusE phonetics and phonology, and mining the rich historical resources at the State Library of Victoria. She has also been collaborating with colleagues Lucía Fraiese and Connor Brown, supported by a Making a Difference grant from UWA’s Grand Challenges program, to create a set of activities school teachers can use to embrace linguistic diversity in the classroom setting, which will be launched at a workshop to be run by the UWA Language Lab early in 2023.

PhD candidate Lucía Fraiese has commenced fieldwork at a boarding school in Western Australia. She has visited the school on two occasions to start building bonds with the students and begin the consent process for her ethnographic study. Lucía also travelled to Stanford University in October to present a paper at NWAV50, co-authored with Celeste Rodríguez Louro and Glenys Collard. The paper was entitled ‘Outta country: Indigenous youth identities at an Australian boarding school’. To help cover her travel-related expenses, Lucía received an NWAV Travel Award and was matched with a mentor, James Stanford (Dartmouth College). At NWAV, Lucía was also able to meet her external supervisor, Prof. Emma Moore (University of Sheffield, UK), and obtain key advice from sociolinguistic ethnographers such as Penelope Eckert.

New positions

Mitch Browne will take up a part-time 3-year postdoc position at Macquarie University starting next year, supervised by Associate Professor Michael Proctor, as part of the ARC-funded project ‘The building blocks of language: Words in Central Australian languages’. Congrats, Mitch!

Mitch Browne is a member of the Building Employment Pathways for Aboriginal People Living in the Geelong Region advisory group, a research project commissioned by the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (Victoria).

Grants

Dr Iryna Khodos (UWA/Curtin University) and colleagues have secured Healthway and Lotterywest funding to implement the photovoice project Fleeing the war across oceans: Experiences of Ukrainian displaced people in Western Australia. The project will provide opportunities for displaced Ukrainian people to share their stories of fleeing the war and finding new hope in WA. It will culminate in a website and travelling exhibition in time for Refugee Week 2023.

Refereed conference presentations

  • Connor, Brown. ‘Tense in Australian Kriol’. Workshop on Emerging Research in Australian Studies. Centre for Australian Studies, University of Cologne (online), 16-17 September 2022.
  • Ellison, T.M., J. Mansfield, Luisa Miceli. Social proximity and linguistic divergence. Presented at the 55th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, August 2022.
  • Ellison, T.M., and Luisa Miceli. An alternative to Trees in Bayesian Language Histories. Presented at the International Conference on Historical Linguistics 25, August 2022.
  • Fraiese, L., Celeste Rodríguez Louro and Glenys Collard. 2022. Outta country: Indigenous youth identities in an Australian boarding school, New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 50, Stanford University, USA, 13-15 October 2022. Supported through a successful NWAV Student Travel Award to Lucía Fraiese.
  • Rodríguez Louro, C. and Glenys Collard. 2022. Beyond description: Linguistic insights into the creation of Indigenous medical media”, Sociolinguistics Symposium 24, Ghent, Belgium, 13-16 July 2022.

Publications

Ellison, T. M., Miceli, Luisa. & Mansfield, J. 2022. Lectal contact as a path to language speciation. In Ravignani, A., Asano, R., Valente, D., Ferretti, F. Hartmann, S. Hayashi, M. Jadoul, Y. Martins, M. Oseki, Y. Rodrigues, E. D., Vasileva, O. & Wacewicz, S. (eds.), Proceedings of the Joint Conference on Language Evolution (JCoLE). https://doi.org/10.1515/lingvan-2021-0094

Ponsonnet, Maïa. 2022. The linguistic embodiment of emotions. A study of the Australian continent. Ethos 50(2):153-183. https://doi.org/10.1111/etho.12338

Ponsonnet, Maïa. 2022. Emotional language: A brief history of recent research, in Völkel S. & Nassenstein N. eds. Approaches to Language and Culture (Handbook), 307-335. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Rodríguez Louro, Celeste (2022). English language bias goes beyond words. Commissioned for 360.info.org https://360info.org/english-language-bias-goes-beyond-words/

Awards

Celeste Rodríguez Louro received the 2022 Special Commendation, Mid-Career Researcher Award, from the UWA’s School of Social Sciences.

Luisa Miceli received the UWA School of Social Sciences Award for Programs that Enhance Learning in recognition of her work on the Linguistics Department’s undergraduate internship program.

Amanda Hamilton-Hollaway received the 2022 Early Career Commendation for Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning from UWA’s School of Social Sciences.

Program success

Luisa Miceli has secured $8,000 in central funding to support UWA Linguistics internship students to undertake internship placements in regional areas.

Outreach

Amanda Hamilton-Hollaway (UQ/UWA) and Connor Brown (UWA) visited Melville Senior High School in Perth on 31 August. They introduced the Gifted and Talented class to linguistics and walked them through a language puzzle about Mparntwe Arrernte morphology.  

Celeste Rodríguez Louro offered a F2F public lecture at WA Museum Boola Bardip on Sunday September 11, 2022. The title of the talk was ‘Two to tango: Language as a gateway to championing diversity’. The event received 180 registrations, with 100 people attending on the day.

Amanda Hamilton-Hollaway spoke at the Raising the Bar event in Perth on October 25. Raising the Bar is an international program bringing researchers out of their offices and into local pubs once a year, where they relax and share their research with the general public for free. Amanda’s talk was called ‘Lost (and found?): Language endangerment in the global century’. More information is available on https://www.rtbevent.com/amanda-hamiltonhollaway

Radio

Language Lab, which Celeste Rodríguez Louro has presented weekly since May 2022 on RTR FM 92.1 radio, has reached 20 episodes. The program, co-produced with UWA Linguistics intern Lydia Tan, is also available as a podcast. Check it out here: https://rtrfm.com.au/tags/the-language-lab/

Upcoming visiting scholars

Maïa Ponsonnet (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique/UWA Adjunct) will be visiting Perth over the summer, from 21 December to 28 February. This will be an opportunity to meet with PhD candidates, colleagues and collaborators and work on on-going projects. She will also visit WA Language Centres as part of the ‘Life after digitisation: future-proofing Western Australia’s vulnerable cultural heritage’ Discovery Project.

Amanda Hamilton-Hollaway and Celeste Rodríguez Louro

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News from Griffith University

Publications

Bromhead, Helen. (In press/2022). Tensions in talking about disasters: Habitual versus climate-informed – The case of bushfire vocabulary in Australia. Australian Journal of Linguistics, 42(3).

Fenton-Smith, Ben and Gurney, Laura. (2022). Collaborator, applied linguist, academic, expense? Exploring the professional identities of academic language and learning professionals. Higher Education Pedagogies, 7(1): 160-178.

Goddard, Cliff. (2022). Vocabulary of emotions and its development in English, German and other languages. In: Language and Emotion, Volume 1, edited by Gesine Lenore Schiewer, Jeanette Altarriba and Bee Chin Ng. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter Mouton, pp. 511-531. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110347524-024

Goddard, Cliff and Lambert, David. (2022). Laughter, bonding and biological evolution. European Journal of Humour Research, 10(2), 14-28. Open access: https://www.europeanjournalofhumour.org/ejhr/article/view/668/634  

Schalley, Andrea. C. and Eisenchlas, Susana. A. (2022). Parental Input in the Development of Children’s Multilingualism. In: A. Stavans and U. Jessner (Eds), The Cambridge Handbook of Childhood Multilingualism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Conferences/seminars

  • Shoecraft, Kelly. (2022). Implementing Translanguaging Pedgagogy for monolingual teachers and multilingual classrooms. ACTA conference, Brisbane.(26 Sep 2022)
  • Degotardi S., Wong S., Hadley F., *SADOW L., Amin J., Bull R., Harrison L., Waniganayake M., Zurynski Y., Dahm M., Donovan M., Tran D. (2022). Balancing responsibilities and burdens: The role of educators as health communicators during the COVID-19 pandemic. Early Childhood Australia Conference. 4-7 October 2022. Canberra, Australia. (6 October 2022)

Grant News

Susana Eisenchlas and research team led by Prof María Auxiliadora Barrios Rodríguez (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) received a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Science of Innovation (€38,720) for the second phase of the project titled “DiRetEs: Diccionario Reticular del Español. Diccionario analógico y relacional con acceso desde el sentido y desde la forma. Fase 2 [DiRetEs: Diccionario Reticular del Español”. [Analogical and combinatory dictionary available on the Net from meaning and from lexeme. Phase 2]. The project will commence in 2023.

Kelly Shoecraft is Research Fellow on the project “Using Translanguaging in Anatomy Learning to reduce cognitive load and enhance the first-year transition experience for English as an additional language (EAL) students”, funded by Griffith Health Strategy Funds for 18 months from October 2022. Total: $46,080.

PhD and postgrad News

Lisa Petersen presented her early candidature milestone (ECM) on “Phonological variation in Hawai’i Sign Language (HSL)” (14 Oct).

Ida Stevia Diget presented her thesis candidature milestone review (TCRM) seminar “Minimal Language for Translatable Public Health Messaging: Mapping the Terrain” (14 Oct).

Alena Kazmaly won the national 3MT competition held by ALAA. Her presentation, titled "Can language really shape your personality?", can be viewed on ALAA website [alaa.net.au/]. The link is at the bottom of the page. Congratulations Alena!

Dr. Lauren Sadow presented two workshops for HDR students: "Project management for article writing" at Griffith 16 September, and "Level up your presentations" at ANU 6 October.

Outreach and engagement

Helen Bromhead contributed a research piece entitled “Making Messages More Effective for All: Flood warnings and alerts February–March 2022” to the Queensland government’s Office of the Inspector General of Emergency Management (IGEM). IGEM’s Report on the floods was tabled in Queensland Parliament on 12 October. It can be accessed, along with the Government Response at [www.igem.qld.gov.au/south-east-queensland-rainfall-and-flooding-event-february-march-2022-review]. Helen’s piece appears as Appendix F. Her work is reflected in Recommendations 5,6, and 7.

Other news

Marie Pavláslova (Charles University, Prague) finished up her 10-week visit, during which time she explored and documented the intricacies of Czech-based Natural Semantic Metalanguage. Marie is a PhD student working on Czech ethnolinguistics, using NSM as one of her research tools.

Cliff Goddard

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News from the University of New South Wales

Publications 

Hale, S., Goodman-Delahunty, J., Martschuk, N., & Lim, J. (2022). Does interpreter location make a difference? A study of remote vs face-to-face interpreting in simulated police interviews. Interpreting:  International Journal of Research and Practice in Interpreting24(2), 221-253. doi:10.1075/intp.00077.hal 

Napier, J., Russell, D., Hale, S., Spencer, D., & San Roque, M. (2022). Training legal interpreters to work with deaf jurors. In J. L. Brunson (Ed.), Legal Interpreting: Teaching, Research and Practice (pp. 246-281). Washington D.C.: Gallaudet University Press. 

Doherty, S. M., Martschuk, N., Goodman-Delahunty, J., & Hale, S. (2022). An eye-movement analysis of overt visual attention during consecutive and simultaneous interpreting modes in a remotely interpreted investigative interview. Frontiers in Psychology, 13, 1-14. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2022.764460 

Invited presentations 

Professor Sandra Hale delivered presentations on working effectively with interpreters to the following organisations: 

  • NCAT Guardianship Division (NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal) 
  • AAT (Administrative Appeals Tribunal) 
  • NJCA (National Judicial College of Australia) 

Events 

The School of Humanities and Languages held the first ever UNSW Languages Week on October 4-6. A huge range of events took place over the 3 days. Highlights included a dance performance and dance workshop from the Gamay Dancers from La Perouse Aboriginal Community and language tutoring in the Dharawal language – with the help of the Dharawal language app and tutors from the Gujaga Foundation. The Australian Premier of Cannes World Film Festival Award-winning documentary We The Cimarrons, directed by Scientia Assoc Prof Emma Christopher. A Panel Discussion titled ‘Languages of Deception’ featuring faculty researchers and the Head of Language Content at SBS, discussing the spread of mis/dis-information and what we/media/social media can do about it. 

Clair Hill

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News from Western Sydney University

Rob Mailhammer is Visiting Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies, University of Munich (October-December 2022)

Rob Mailhammer co-organised the workshop “Cliticization in the evolution of bound morphology” at 25th International Conference of Historical Linguistics, University of Oxford, 1-5 August 2022

Publications

Caudal, Patrick & Robert Mailhammer. 2022. Linear Lengthening in Iwaidja: An Event-Quantifying Intonation at the Phonology to Semantics/Pragmatics Interface. Languages 2022, 7, 209, https://doi.org/10.3390/languages7030209

Mailhammer, Robert. 2022. Amurdak intersyllabic phonotactics and morphophonemic alternations as implementations of the Contact Law. In: Aziz Noel Hanna, Patrizia & Laura Catharine Smith (eds.). Linguistic Preferences, 49-70. Berlin/New York: Walter de Gruyter

Conference presentations

  • Mailhammer, Robert. 2022a. The development of verbal prefixes in the Iwaidjan languages: The future tense. 25th International Conference of Historical Linguistics, University of Oxford, 1-5 August
  • Mailhammer, Robert. 2022b. Morphophonemics and phonological processes in Iwaidjan languages: the significance of morpheme boundaries. University of Paris, 29 August
  • Mailhammer, Robert. 20022c. Am Anfang war das Klitikon: Geschichte der Verbpräfixe in den australischen Sprachen [‘In the beginning there was the clitic: the history of the verb prefixes in Australian languages’]. University of Cologne, 7 October
  • Rob Mailhammer also gave a keynote interview at the Forum on Australian English, 7 October

MARCS Conference Series 2022

On 20 October 2022, the third event of the MARCS Conference Series 2022 was held - a day-long conference on Speech Processing - at Western Sydney University’s new Westmead Innovation Quarter. It was great to see so many colleagues there and to reconnect. The day began with a special tribute session, Remembering and Celebrating Anne Cutler.  In case you were unable to attend or would like to watch, here is a link to the video of this special tribute event for our beloved, colleague, supervisor, and friend: https://youtu.be/Xz8WtYYUcps.

Rob Mailhammer and Caroline Jones

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News from Macquarie University

Recent Publications

Chan, W., Kruger, J.L. & Doherty, S. (2022). An investigation of subtitles as learning support in university educationJournal of specialised translation. 38: 155-179

Cox, F., Penney, J. & Palethorpe, S. (2022) Fifty years of change to definite article allomorphy in Australian English, Journal of the International Phonetic Association, pp 1-31. https://doi.org/10.1017/S002510032200007X 

Davies, B., Holt, R., Demuth, K. (2022). Children with hearing loss can use subject-verb agreement to predict during spoken language processing.  Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2022.105545

de Dear, Caroline, Joe Blythe, Francesco Possemato, Rod Gardner, Lesley Stirling, Ilana Mushin & Frances Kofod (2022). Locational pointing in Murrinhpatha, Gija and English conversations. Gesture. https://doi.org/10.1075/gest.20035.dea.

Dyball, A., Xu Rattanasone, N., Ibrahim, R., & Sharma, M. (2022). Alpha synchronisation of acoustic responses in active listening is indicative of native language listening experience. International Journal of Audiology, 61(6), 490-499. https://doi.org/10.1080/14992027.2021.1941326

Fang, Jing (2022). A Systemic Functional Grammar of Chinese Nominal Groups: A Text-Based Approach. Singapore Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-19-4009-5

Hamdani, Fakry, Scott Barnes & Joe Blythe (2022). Questions with address terms in Indonesian conversation: Managing next-speaker selection and action formation. Journal of Pragmatics 200. 194–210. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2022.08.010.

Kim, J-H., Davies, B., & Xu Rattanasone, N. (2022). Have you heard of developmental language disorder? An online survey. Communication Disorders Quarterlyhttps://doi.org/10.1177/15257401221115822

Kofod, Frances, Eileen Bray, Rusty Peters, Joe Blythe & Anna Crane. (2022). Gija Dictionary. Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press. https://shop.aiatsis.gov.au/products/gija-dictionary

Kruger, J.L., Wisniewska, N., & Liao, S. (2022). Why subtitle speed matters: Evidence from word skipping and rereadingApplied Psycholinguistics, 43(1), 211-236. doi:10.1017/s0142716421000503

Kruger, J.L. & Liao, S. (2022). Establishing a theoretical framework for AVT research: The importance of cognitive modelsTranslating Spaces. 11(1), 12-37.   doi: /10.1075/ts.21024.kru

Kruger, J.L., Orlando, M., Peters, P., Liao, C., Sturgess, H. (2022). Assessing the impact of readability on translation quality and productivity. Sydney: Macquarie University. https://researchers.mq.edu.au/en/publications/assessing-the-impact-of-readability-on-translation-quality-and-pr

Liao, S., Yu, L., Kruger, J.L., & Reichle, E. D. (2022). The impact of audio on the reading of intralingual versus interlingual subtitles:  Evidence from eye movementsApplied Psycholinguistics, 43(1), 237-269. doi:10.1017/s0142716421000527

Ratko, L., Proctor M & Cox, F. (2022) Articulation of vowel length contrasts in Australian English, Journal of the International Phonetic Association, pp. 1-30. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0025100322000068 

Szalay, T., Benders, T., Cox, F., & Proctor, M. (2022) Reconsidering Lateral Vocalisation: Evidence from perception and production of Australian English /l/, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 152, 2106-2116. https://doi.org/10.1121/10.0014249 

White, H., Penney, J., Gibson, A., Szakay, A. & Cox F. (2022) Evaluating automatic creaky voice detection methods, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 152, 1476-1486. https://doi.org/10.1121/10.0013888 

HDR News

Congratulations to Josua Dahmen whose PhD dissertation by publication was awarded without the need for corrections:

  • Dahmen, Josua (2022). An interactional-linguistic perspective on Jaru conversation. Sydney, Australia: Macquarie University PhD dissertation.

Workshops and conferences

Beyond Speech Workshop 2022

The Beyond Speech Workshop 2022 was held online on 6th September, organised by members of Macquarie University's Child Language Lab, Centre for Language Sciences and NextSense. Now in its third year, this multidisciplinary event brings together researchers, clinicians, teachers and parents with the aim of facilitating better communication for children with hearing loss. This year's workshop had a particular focus on itinerant teachers of the deaf and classroom listening, reaching a wide audience of over 450 registrants from around Australia and overseas. Samantha J. Gustafson (University of Utah) and Evelien Dirks (Dutch Foundation for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Child) gave keynote presentations, complemented by research talks from members and friends of the Child Language Lab and a panel discussion involving representatives of different clinical and support roles for children with hearing loss. 

CLaS Eye-tracking Workshop 2: Data analysis and statistical approaches

On 8th September Macquarie University's Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS) hosted a follow-up to their first Eye-tracking Workshop held earlier in the year. The CLaS Eye-tracking Workshop 2 focused on analytical and statistical approaches to eye-tracking data and featured presentations from four international experts, each advocating for their preferred analysis method. In conjunction with the workshop, Xin Wang hosted Bob McMurray (University of Iowa) in an interactive discussion and tutorial on the Visual World Paradigm - a popular eye-tracking methodology. Both events were very well attended, with 140 registrants from around Australia and overseas, and received much positive feedback from staff and students alike.

International Symposium on Bilingualism, call for HDR keynotes

The 14th International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB14) is seeking nominations for 2-3 early-career scholars to each deliver a 40-minute keynote address. The ECR keynotes should showcase future directions for the study of bilingualism and should include multiple studies and/or approaches. The selected speakers will receive free registration for ISB14.

To be considered as an ECR keynote speaker, early-career scholars must have been awarded their PhD after 31 January 2016. In line with the conference theme Diversity Now, we especially encourage scholars from historically under-represented groups to apply.

Nominations must be received by 31 January 2023 and should be sent via email to isb14@mq.edu.au.

Each nomination should include:

  • the nominee’s cv
  • an abstract for the proposed keynote address
  • a letter of support from a supervisor or other colleague evidencing the nominee’s innovative, cutting-edge bilingualism research, as well as their ability to deliver an engaging and coherent oral presentation

Grants

Felicity Cox, Michael Proctor, Elisabeth Harrison, Jae-Hun Kim, Anita Szakay, Joshua Penney with associates Sally Palethorpe and Louise Ratko were awarded internal funding for their project Visualising complex speech sounds: A study of rhotic consonants – evidence from ultrasound through the 2022 Macquarie University Research Acceleration Scheme. 

Joe Blythe

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News from Monash University

Staff at Monash

A warm welcome to Ward Peeters, who will be joining us at Monash in November!

Academic Publications

Iwasaki, S., Bartlett, M., Willoughby, L., & Manns, H. (2022). Handling Turn Transitions in Australian Tactile Signed Conversations. Research on Language and Social Interaction55(3), 222–240.

Manns, H., Willoughby, L., Iwasaki, S., & Bartlett, M. (2022). Intersubjectivity and (non-) shared modes of interaction in Australian tactile signing. Lingua271, 103295.

Musgrave, Simon & Kate Burridge (In press). Irish Influence on Australian English, in Oxford Handbook of Irish English edited by Raymond Hickey, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Smith, R. T., Willoughby, L., & Johnston, T. (2022). Integrating Auslan Resources into the Language Data Commons of Australia. Proceedings of the LREC2022 10th Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages: Multilingual Sign Language Resources, 181–186.

Vaughan, Jill and Abigail Carter. (2022). “We mix it up”: Indigenous youth language practices in Arnhem Land. In Nico Nassenstein, Andrea Hollington et al (Eds.), Global perspectives on youth language practices. Mouton de Gruyter, CSL Series. Pp. 315-336.

Vaughan, Jill, Ruth Singer and Murray Garde. (2022). Language naming in Indigenous Australia: a view from western Arnhem Land. Multilingua
https://doi.org/10.1515/multi-2021-0005

Willoughby, L., & Sell, C. (2022). Building L2 social connections: The case of learners of Auslan (Australian Sign Language). International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism,25:9, 3436-3447, DOI: 10.1080/13670050.2022.2062666

Xu, Zhichang. (2023). Chinese English: Names, Norms and Narratives. Abingdon and New York: Routledge.

A selection of non-academic pieces

Kate Burridge

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News from Curtin University

Grants

  • Guenther, J., Oliver, R., Ober, R., & Thornton, K. Researching school engagement of Aboriginal students and their families from regional and remote areas. Emerging Priorities Program (EPP) grant. $916,000
  • Gower, G., Oliver, R. & Jackson-Barrett, E. The transition of Indigenous people into, and transitioning from, higher education. Discovery Indigenous ARC $281,212

Conference presentations

  • Oliver, R. (2022). Tasks for diverse learners in diverse contexts: A case study of Australian Aboriginal vocational students. Task Based Language Teaching Conference, Innsbruck, Austria, August 31, 2022.

Toni Dobinson

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News from the ANU

Publications

Dahm, M.R., Cattanach, W., Williams, M. et al. Communication of Diagnostic Uncertainty in Primary Care and Its Impact on Patient Experience: an Integrative Systematic Review. J Gen Intern Med (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-022-07768-y

Degotardi, S., Waniganayake, M., … Dahm, MR., et al (2022) Using a multidisciplinary, multi-method and collaborative research design to investigate the health communication power of the early childhood sector. https://doi.org/10.1177/18369391221120958

Inceoglu, S. & Loewen, S. (2022). Analyzing nonverbal corrective feedback. In K. B. Urbanski & G. Stam (Eds). Gesture and multimodality in second language teaching and learning: A research guide (pp. 26-47). Routledge.

Kinoshita, Yuko, Takashi Osanai, and Frantz Clermont. "Sub-band cepstral distance as an alternative to formants: Quantitative evidence from a forensic comparison experiment." Journal of Phonetics 94 (2022): 101177.

Koch, Harold. 2022. Development of aspect markers in Arandic languages, with notes on Associated Motion. In Jadranka Gvozdanovic (ed.), Development of tense and aspect systems. (Benjamins Current Topics, 123) Amsterdam / Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 63-103.

Rihari-Thomas, J., Whittam, S., Goncharov, L., Slade, D., et al. (2022) Assessment and communication excellence for safe patient outcomes (ACCELERATE): A stepped-wedge cluster randomised trial protocol. Collegian. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.colegn.2022.06.006

White, SJ., Davies, L., Cartmill, J., Bokor, D., & Dahm, MR. (2022) "For review and management": the role of the referral letter in surgical consultations. Qualitative Health Communicationhttps://doi.org/10.7146/qhc.v1i2.131813

Social media and newsletter

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.

Grants/Awards

Diana Slade and the ICH team and clinical co-investigators have been awarded a Ramsay Hospital Research Foundation Translational Challenge Grant of $726,146 for our proposal 'Improving communication to enhance patients' health literacy empowerment and self-management of heart failure'. The 3 year project is a collaboration with researchers at the University of Western Australia, Edith Cowan University, University of Lugano and James Cook University and will take place at 3 hospitals in WA and ACT. 

Events: Seminars, workshops and conferences

The 18th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology is being held in Canberra from December 13th-16th. Early-bird registration closes Oct 30th. See the conference website for more details.

End of CoEDL Event took place at the Shine Dome in Canberra, 28-30 September 2022. It was a celebration of what had been achieved in the Language Science space; see the full highlights by CoEDL’s Director, Nick Evans here.

International Symposium on Communication in Health Care, 14-15 February 2023

The ANU Institute for Communication in Health Care and QUT Health Research Network invite you to join us for the International Symposium on Communication in Health Care at ANU on 14-15 February 2023. This year's theme is 'Communicating for patient safety: Translating health communication research into clinical practice, education and training'. We will have a fantastic group of healthcare researchers, clinicians, linguists, communications scholars, educators, consumer advocates and industry stakeholders sharing their research and reflections on communication in healthcare. Registration is free for ANU students and staff

Paper presentations

Liza Goncharov gave a presentation entitled "End-of-life communication in the intensive care unit at the Canberra Hospital" at the Australia New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine conference (3rd September 2022), presenting findings from the small RSHA interdisciplinary-grant funded pilot from 2018, which has served as the basis for a new project on end-of-life communication in 2022.

Mary Dahm gave an invited presentation entitled "Language and Diagnosis" at Alaska's 3rd Annual Improving Diagnostic Accuracy in Medicine Conference (9th September 2022) bringing linguistic insight to medical practitioners to improve their clinical practice.

People

Prof Evan Kidd will be arriving to take up a new Professorial position in SLLL, ANU in November 2022.

Congratulations on the following new hires, postdocs on Pacific Creoles project at CHL Linguistics ANU: Dr Mae Carroll,  Dr Lila San Roque, and Dr Kirsty Gillespie.

New PhD students in CHL ANU: Alpheaus Zobule (working on issues of writing a pedagogical grammar of Luqa (Solomon Islands), in Luqa) and Yustinus Ganggo Ate (working on Kodi, an Austronesian language of Sumba, Indonesia).

Wayan Arka

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News from RMIT Language Studies/Applied Linguistics

Recent publications

Crozet, C. (2022). ‘Convergence and Divergence on Gender Inclusive Language in France and Anglo/Australian Spheres’: The French Australian Review 72, 86–114.

Ducasse, A.M. (2022).  The use of technology for re-designing L2 language assessments: Tasks, rubrics, and feedback in emergency remote teaching contexts. In Sadeghi, K. (Ed.). Technology-Assisted Language Assessment in Diverse Contexts: Lessons from the Transition to Online Testing during COVID-19 (1st ed.). Routledge. pp 212-227. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003221463

Hill, K. & Ducasse, A.M. (2022). Contextual variables in written assessment feedback in a university-level Spanish program.  Studies in Language Assessment 11(1): 16-36.

Mullan, K. (2022). On the “Dark Side”:  Facebook humour used for inclusion and exclusion. The European Journal of Humour Research 10(2): 96–115. http://dx.doi.org/10.7592/EJHR2022.10.2.644

Mullan, K. (2022). French-Australian Relations: Une Entente Glaciale Revisited. The French Australian Review 72, 115-141.

Mullan, K. and Béal, C. 2022. An In-Depth Approach to Humor in Intercultural and Cross-Cultural Communication. In Kecskes, I. (ed.). Cambridge Handbook of Intercultural Pragmatics, 301-333. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Qi, J. & Mullan, K. (2022). Community language teachers’ funds of knowledge: domains, meta-awareness and transferability. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. https://doi.org/10.1080/13670050.2022.2119834

Shahzadi, A. & Ducasse, A.M. (2022). Language Assessment Literacy of teachers in an English medium of instruction university: Implications for ELT training in Pakistan. Studies in Language Assessment 11(1): 92-117.

Kerry Mullan

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

Linguistics in Cairns is thriving within the Jawun Research Centre (named after the distinctive bi-cornual dilly-bag of the Dyirbal-speaking peoples), and under the inspired leadership of Professor Adrian Miller, Deputy Vice-President Indigenous Engagement, BHP Chair in Indigenous Engagement, Director of Jawun Research Centre, and Member of the Jirrbal nation. Central Queensland University provides a happy and supportive environment within which scholars are encouraged to pursue their various ventures. Work is proceeding on the central business of linguistics – producing theoretically-informed analytic grammars of critical languages from the tropics and typological enterprises. But we range far beyond this. There is currently a focus on the role of language in enhancing the well-being of disadvantaged groups, on the importance of personal names, and on development of new genres in endangered minority languages across the tropics. This is reflected in numerous publications, seminar series, presentations, and outreach activities, on-going and planned.

Staff news

Professor Alexandra Aikhenvald continues with her busy schedule, with a number of invited talks held in the second half of 2022 and planned for April-July 2023 (dealing with issues in cognitive linguistics, Amazonian languages, and genders and classifiers). She is involved in editing a number of books and special issues of refereed journals. Her major editorial project for 2023 involves preparing a paperback edition of the fundamental Oxford Handbook of Evidentiality (hardback 2018, Oxford University Press). She is finalising her comprehensive monograph A guide to gender and classifiers (forthcoming, Oxford University Press), in addition to working on a comprehensive grammar of Yalaku, a Ndu language of Papua New Guinea.

Professor R. M. W. Dixon’s new book A new grammar of Dyirbal is published on 27 October 2022 in the UK, slightly later in USA and Australia. It is precisely fifty years since his first Dyirbal monograph.

Following the transferral of the ARC DP ‘The integration of language and society’ (CIs Aikhenvald, Dixon and Jarkey) to Central Queensland University, intensive work continues within the project by the Chief Investigators and associated colleagues.

Dr Pema Wangdi continues working on various aspects of the grammar of Brokpa and other Bhutanese languages and their interrelationships with the societal categories, within the framework of the ARC DP ‘The integration of language and society’. His seminar on ‘Honorific systems in Bhutanese languages: linguistic means for social etiquette’ (within the Jawun Research Centre seminar series) was extremely well received. He continues his work on archiving the data of Brokpa, and working on further linguistic topics, including the status of adjectives.

Dr Brigitta Flick continues working at the Jawun Research Centre as a Publication Officer within the project. ARC DP ‘The integration of language and society’.

Christoph Holz, a PhD student at the Jawun Research Centre (CQU), is working towards completing his PhD thesis “A comprehensive grammar of Tiang”. Tiang is an Oceanic language of New Ireland Province in Papua New Guinea. His supervisory committee are: Alexandra Aikhenvald, Bob Dixon, Miriam Ham, Janya McCalman, and Michael Wood. He is planning to undertake a fieldtrip to New Ireland early next year. 

Yann LeMoullec, a PhD student at LACITO (Paris), with Professor Dr Isabelle Bril and Alexandra Aikhenvald as his supervisors, has returned from a lengthy fieldtrip to Morobe Province, PNG. He is currently working on a comprehensive study of gender and other grammatical topics in Angaataha, an Angan language.

Professor Michael Walsh, a major expert in First Languages of Australia, has been awarded an Adjunct appointment at the Centre.

Visiting scholar in 2022

Professor Heronides Moura (PhD 1996, Unicamp, Brazil), Professor of linguistics at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Brazil), an expert on Portuguese and Romance linguistics has completed his Visiting Fellowship in Jawun Research Centre. He finalised a monograph ‘The metaphors of pandemics’, to be published by the University of Campinas, presented a seminar ‘The metaphors of Covid’, and gave a plenary presentation at the Multidisciplinary panel ‘Well-being, communication, and language: the First Nations perspective’ organized by Professor Adrian Miller, the Director of Jawun Research Centre.

Visiting scholar for 2023-2024

Dr Katarzyna Wojtylak (University of Warsaw) will be joining the Jawun Research Centre to continue her research on linguistic areas of Northwest Amazonia. The overarching aim of her project is to describe areal diffusion patterns of grammatical categories, taking into account sociolinguistic aspects of the indigenous groups of the Caquetá-Putumayo (C-P) River Basins from the Colombian Amazon. This region is comprised of seven endangered ethnolinguistic groups that belong to three distinct language families (Witotoan—Witoto, Ocaina, Nonuya; Boran—Bora, Muinane; and Arawak—Resígaro), and the Andoque isolate. Having lived in close proximity to each other and being connected through trade networks, these groups have been in close contact for a lengthy period of time and display relative cultural homogeneity different from neighboring groups. Such continued contact would eventually lead to some grammatical convergence across the region, including classifiers, differential object marking, evidentials, and numerals. By answering questions regarding shared linguistic and cultural features of the C-P groups and their languages, and by adopting an integrated approach combining linguistic, sociological, and anthropological perspectives, Dr. Wojtylak aims to provide much-needed knowledge on the linguistic dynamics of Northwest Amazonia. At the Jawun Research Centre, she is planning to write up an article on areal diffusion in the C-P area, comparing it with other geographical areas (primarily in relation to Australia).

Remote fieldwork and community engagement

The COVID-19 crisis has made travel and face-to-face fieldwork very hard. Thanks for the presence of the internet connection access to WhatsApp in Brazilian Amazonia, Alexandra Aikhenvald has been carrying on her work 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 closely together with the Tariana communities in providing materials for the Tariana school Enu Irine Idakini in Iauaretê, under the leadership of Isaias Lobo Brito and Osmar Brito. She continues her collaboration with the Yalaku and Manambu communities in the Sepik region of Papua New Guinea.

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, as a priority within the Jawun Research Centre.

Jawun Research Centre Seminar Series, Communication, health, and social and cultural well-being

This multidisciplinary seminar series aims to create a hub centered in the Jawun Research Centre. 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 3.06, CQUniversity, CBD Cairns, Corner Abbott Street and Shield Street, or via zoom: and via Zoom - https://cqu.zoom.us/j/88387629550?pwd=b1hsb2E0MjdkWUs0RGl2WS8vOWNSUT09#success), passcode: 253748;

Information on the seminar series  can be seen here https://www.cqu.edu.au/research/organisations/jawun-research-centre/about-us 

Program (October-December 2022)

  • 19 October Professor Alexandra Aikhenvald ‘In with the new: how technological advances affect minority languages of Papua New Guinea and Amazonia’
  • 2 November Dr Anna Hayes ‘The Belt and Road Initiative comes to Papua New Guinea: Opportunity or tangled web?’
  • 16 November Prof Roianne West ‘After the Apology: Privileging Indigenist Nursing and Midwifery Educational Research’
  • 30 November Prof Stephen Torre ‘Culture, Storytelling, and Trauma Recovery in Larissa Behrendt’s After Story
  • 7 December Christoph Holz ‘Sequential number word formation and language games in New Ireland

The series is organized jointly by Professor Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald and Professor R. M. W. Dixon. The series is advertised on CQU Yarning (Facebook). For further information, including recordings of past seminars and zoom link, please contact Alexandra Aikhenvald, a.aikhenvald@cqu.edu.au or 0400305315.

New books published and forthcoming

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald. Forthcoming. A guide to gender and classifiers. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, ed. Forthcoming (2022). Classifiers in cross-linguistic perspective. Special issue of Asian Languages and Linguistics 3:2.

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, ed. Forthcoming. The Oxford Handbook of evidentiality. Paperback revision with minor changes. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, Robert L. Bradshaw, Luca Ciucci and Pema Wangdi (eds). Forthcoming 2023. Celebrating Indigenous Voice: legends and narratives in languages of the Tropics. Berlin: De Gruyter.

Alexander Andrason and Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, eds. 2022. The rise and fall of serial verbs. A special issue of Stellenbosch Working Papers in Linguistics.

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

Sarvasy, Hannah S. and Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald. Forthcoming. Clause-chaining in the languages of the world. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Congratulations to Dr Junwei Bai (Abe), on the publication of his book:

A Typological Study of Evidentiality in Qiangic Languages, Leiden, Brill, 2022 (series Brill Research Perspectives in Linguistics)

Abstract: As an intriguing but little understood language group within the Tibeto-Burman family, Qiangic languages are widely reported to have evidentiality, the grammatical means of expressing information source. How does this category function in this language group? Does it show any common features across these languages? And does it have any unique properties? Drawing on data from over a dozen languages and dialects, and cast within an informative typological framework, this study is the first attempt to answer these questions. It is found that evidentiality in Qiangic languages can be classified into three broad types. The study further demonstrates that modern systems cannot be inherited from Proto-Qiangic, and it also reveals certain features of the reported evidential that seem to be typologically rare.

Alexandra (Sasha) Aikhenvald

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News from the University of Technology Sydney

Laura Smith-Khan has been awarded the 2022 Max Crawford Medal: https://humanities.org.au/news/winner-of-prestigious-max-crawford-medal-announced/ . The award goes to an outstanding early-career scholar whose research and published work have made an exceptional contribution to the understanding of their discipline by the general public.

Laura Smith-Khan & Alexandra Grey

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News from La Trobe University

The 2022 Forum on Englishes in Australia was held at our Bundoora campus and online on October 7th. The recordings of talks will soon be up on the website until the end of 2022. Thanks to the organising committee Casey Ford, Olga Maxwell, Jean Mulder, Cara Penry Williams and James Walker for bringing together a great day of talks. 

Lauren Gawne will be on parental leave for 2023. 

Lauren Gawne

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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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