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Thu Feb 10 2011

Calls: Language Documentation/Australia

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        1.     Nick Evans , Australian Linguistic Society 2011

Message 1: Australian Linguistic Society 2011
Date: 07-Feb-2011
From: Nick Evans <als.2011anu.edu.au>
Subject: Australian Linguistic Society 2011
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Full Title: Australian Linguistic Society 2011
Short Title: ALS 2011

Date: 02-Dec-2011 - 04-Dec-2011
Location: Canberra, ACT, Australia
Contact Person: Nick Evans
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.als.asn.au/

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Call Deadline: 30-May-2011

Meeting Description:

The 2011 annual meeting of the Australian Linguistic Society will be held in Canberra from Friday 2 - Sunday 4 December 2011.

To date, plenary speakers include:

- Katherine Demuth
- Janet Fletcher
- Birgit Hellwig

The conference is being planned in close association with the joint annual conferences of the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia and the Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand, with a joint ALAA-ALANZ-ALS day on Friday 2 December. This joint day will especially highlight issues in Language and the Law, with Diana Eades as the plenary speaker.

The conference will be followed by Graduate Master Classes from 5-9 December. These Master classes will be held at the ANU coastal campus at Kioloa and will be presented by Fiona Jordan and Joan Bresnan. One workshop will run in the mornings and the other will run in the afternoons. Students can elect to go to either or both (details to be announced in later circulars).

Call for Papers:

Especially welcome are proposals for papers and workshops focusing on the Indigenous languages of Australia and the region, including creoles and non-standard English(es), and issues in language maintenance, revival and pedagogy. It is intended that a strand devoted to language(s) and Indigenous issues will run through the two conferences with sessions of interest to Indigenous people working with languages, linguists and various other professionals such as educators and lawyers.

Abstracts are invited for presentations at the 2011 annual meeting of the Australian Linguistic Society. The conference will be held in Canberra from Friday 2 - Sunday 4 December 2011.

Note that only ALS members are eligible to present at an ALS conference. Non-members may have an abstract or workshop proposal accepted on the understanding that they take up a year's membership by the beginning of the conference.

Presentation Formats:

We invite proposals for papers, workshops, and posters.


30 minute timeslot, consisting of a 20 minute lecture-style presentation followed by 10 minutes for questions/responses. Abstracts for papers should be no more than 200 words, with up to 100 more words for references and examples.


Proposals for workshops on specific topics are invited. These proposals should be no more than 300 words. The convenor of a workshop will be responsible for the structure of the workshop and for accepting abstracts. Abstracts not accepted for a workshop will be sent on to the Program Committee for consideration in the general sessions. Besides the information on the name of the proposed workshop and the name(s) of the convenor(s), proposals for workshops should include information on:

- Who will be the convenor responsible for sending out abstracts to be assessed
- Who will be the convenor responsible for liaising with the ALS Program Committee
- How long the proposed workshop is expected to be (e.g. half day or full day)


Posters consist of display of material on a poster. Posters will be displayed throughout the conference with scheduled opportunities for the presenters to discuss the material with interested individuals. Your poster submission should describe the content of the poster in no more than 200 words. Your poster should be no more than two A1 sheets and should be planned to include opportunities to discuss the material with interested individuals.

Assessment of Submissions:

Abstracts will be blind-reviewed by at least two independent experts selected by the ALS Program Committee. Reviewers will be asked to assess abstracts using the following criteria:

1. Does the abstract make clear whether the analysis in the full paper is/will be grounded theoretically or empirically or both?
2. Does the abstract provide evidence that the full paper will have a clear line of argument and/or a clear and specific focus?
3. Does the abstract situate its problem/issue in a wider theoretical and/or empirical context including relevant literature, and does it indicate how the content of the paper is significant for Linguistic enquiry?
4. In the case of a more theoretically-grounded paper, does the abstract include a brief but revealing description of how the analysis presented in the paper improves our understanding of some linguistic phenomenon? In the case of a more empirically-grounded paper, is the methodology (to be) used to examine the issue/problem, as well as the importance of the empirical study to some area of linguistic theory, made clear?
5. Does the proposed paper appear to be feasible in the time allowed?
6. Is the abstract clear and well written?

How to Submit:

Submissions will be made electronically through the ALS 2011 Conference Website. Details of this website and how to submit an abstract through it will be sent out to ALS members in the near future and provided on the ALS website (www.als.asn.au/).

Proposals for workshops should be sent directly to Cynthia Allen (cynthia.allenanu.edu.au) as Chair of the Program Committee by Thursday 31 March 2011.

Final date for submission of abstracts is Monday 30 May 2011. Notification of the acceptance/rejection of abstracts will be made by Friday 15 July.

Notification concerning workshop proposals will be made by Monday 18 April.

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