LFG Conference Proceedings, 2010

The most recent proceedings of the LFG conference (LFG10) has several papers involving Australian languages:

  • Brett Baker, Kate Horrack, Rachel Nordlinger and Louisa Sadler
    Putting it All Together: Agreement, Incorporation, Coordination and External Possession in Wubuy (Australia)
    Abstract, Pages 64-84
  • Melanie Seiss and Rachel Nordlinger
    Applicativizing Complex Predicates: A Case Study from Murrinh-Patha
    Abstract, Pages 416-43

Sociolinguistics: NWAV Asia-Pacific

http://nwavap.du.ac.in/ has information about a conference on the sociolinguistics of indigenoun/minority languages in New Dehli.

Call For Papers

The annual North American meeting of New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) has a long and influential history of bringing together scholars researching language variation and change. Likewise, European conference series have provided opportunities for scholars working on this paradigm in Europe (e.g., ICLaVE). We believe that it is now time to develop a related conference series focused on the Asia-Pacific region. After all, the Asia- Pacific region includes some of the world’s most sociolinguistically complex societies, many of which are being studied by local and international sociolinguists. We therefore invite you to join us in inaugurating a new regional conference, NWAV ASIA-PACIFIC, to serve as an “Asian branch” of NWAV.

The first meeting of NWAV ASIA-PACIFIC will be held at the University of Delhi, India, February 23-26, 2011. We are happy to announce that William Labov has kindly agreed to be the keynote speaker. The research that this conference endeavors to bring together will be firmly based on empirical data with an emphasis on quantitative analysis of variation and change. We welcome abstract submissions for 20-minute conference talks on a wide range of topics in language variation and change across the Asia-Pacific region, including speech communities, multilingualism, urbanization and migration, sociophonetics, individual variation and style-shifting in complex speech communities, language contact, variation in minority languages, dialect variation and change, dialect contact, variation in acquisition, language change across the lifespan, perceptual dialectology, and other related topics such as technological resources for sociolinguistic research.

Considering the diverse opportunities and research challenges in the ever-increasing, multilingual spaces of Asia, we believe that such a forum is not only highly relevant but urgently needed. We’re taking this first step in the series with the hope that others will join us in helping to make this conference a regular event at other Asian- Pacific locations in the future. We hope to see you in India for this inaugural meeting of NWAV ASIA-PACIFIC!

* One-page abstracts should be submitted online by August 8, 2010 on the conference website: Notifications about acceptance will be sent in early September.


I am pleased to invite you to come along to AIATSIS for our 2009 Seminar
Series, which will take place between February – June. The first seminar
is on Monday 2 February.

The theme of this year’s Series is ‘Giving an Account of Ourselves:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Philosophy, Knowledge and View”
and the free seminars will be held on Mondays between 12.30 – 2pm in the
Mabo Room at AIATSIS.

This seminar series is being presented by Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander people for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The
seminars are free and open to all members of the public – Indigenous and
non-Indigenous.  The seminar series, in acknowledging the intellectual
heritage and strength of Indigenous Australian’s society, is also a
celebratory expression.  The speakers in this series come from all
States and Territories of Australia.

Click here for the full seminar program and to register your interest:

I also attach a PDF of the program – we’d be grateful if you could
circulate this to all you feel may be interested in coming along.

We really hope to see you.

Cheers Suzi

Suzi Clark
Director, Public Affairs and Marketing
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
Acton Peninsula, Lawson Crescent
Acton ACT 2601
Tel: 02 6261 4254
Worldwide knowledge and understanding of Australian Indigenous cultures,
past and present.

Call for papers: Language Documentation

Conference on Language Documentation and Linguistic Theory: 75 years of Linguistics at SOAS, 5 years of the Endangered Languages Project

7-8th December 2007
School of Oriental and African Studies, London

In 2007 the Department of Linguistics at School of Oriental and African Studies celebrates its 75th anniversary. Founded in 1932 as the first department of general linguistics in Britain, the research carried out by linguistics within the department has made a significant and lasting impact on the fields of language documentation and description and linguistic theory.

This conference commemorates both the 75 year tradition of linguistics within the School and the 5th anniversary of the Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project, comprising the Endangered Languages Academic Programme (ELAP), the Endangered Languages Archive (ELAR), and the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP).

The conference aims to bring together researchers working on linguistic theory and language documentation and description, with a particular focus on innovative work on underdescribed or endangered languages, especially those of Asia and Africa. Our goal is to provide a forum to discuss the ways that linguists and others, especially community members, can respond to the current challenges to linguistic diversity and build on experiences of the past.

1. implications of language documentation and description for linguistic theory
2. implications of linguistic theory for language documentation and description
3. experiences of language documentation and description and linguistic theory at SOAS
4. new techniques and opportunities for documenting and describing languages
5. community-oriented outcomes of endangered languages research

Abstracts are invited for 20-minute talks (plus 10 minutes of discussion) on any of the themes identified above. Submissions are limited to one individual and one joint abstract per author.

Abstracts should take the form of a PDF document, submitted by email and limited to one page (using 2.5cm margins on all sides and 12pt Times font) including references, and a further one page of examples and data. Any non-standard fonts should be embedded in the PDF document. Authors should submit two versions of their abstract, one with their name and affiliation included and a second without these details.

Abstract submissions should be sent electronically to abstract@hrelp.org. The deadline for abstract submissions is 17th August 2007. Acceptance will be notified by 30th August 2007 and a PDF comprising a 5-10 page outline of the paper to be presented (including examples and references) will be due on 19th November 2007. We will print all the outlines of accepted papers in a book that will be given to registrants at the conference.

Important dates:

Deadline for abstract submission: 17th August 2007
Notification of acceptance: 30th August 2007
‘Early bird’ registration deadline: 8th October 2007
Deadline for submission of 5-10 page outlines/Final registration deadline: 19th November 2007
Conference: 7-8th December 2007

Conference fees:

Early bird registration (by 8th October 2007)
– full £ 45
– student/unwaged £ 25

Registration (19th November 2007)
– full £ 60
– student/unwaged £ 35

Registration includes conference pack (including a book of paper outlines), morning/afternoon teas.

Conference dinner 7th December 2007 £ 25

Further details and conference registration forms will be available in August at http://www.soas.ac.uk/departments/departmentinfo.cfm?navid=892.

All other enquiries should be directed to Jacqui Freeman: conference@hrelp.org.

Prof Peter K. Austin
Marit Rausing Chair in Field Linguistics
Director, Endangered Languages Academic Program
Department of Linguistics, SOAS
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG
United Kingdom

web: http://www.hrelp.org/aboutus/staff/index.php?cd=pa