SOAS University of London

Department of Linguistics

The 8th Australianists in Europe workshop


Date: 24 September 2016Time: 9:30 AM

Finishes: 25 September 2016Time: 1:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 4426

Type of Event: Workshop

We are pleased to announce the 8th Australianists in Europe workshop which will take place at SOAS in London* on 24 and 25 September 2016. In the spirit of previous workshops in this series, the purpose is to provide a venue for the presentation and discussion of current research on Australian languages in a friendly informal environment.


SATURDAY 24 SEPTEMBER, 09:00-17:00
09:30 Murrinhpatha verbs and models of morphology
Rachel Nordlinger and John Mansfield (U Melbourne)
10:00 Imparting the basics of Murrinhpatha classificatory kinship
Joe Blythe (Macquarie University), Lucinda Davidson (University of Melbourne) and Bill Forshaw (University of Melbourne)
10:30 COFFEE
11:00 Mawng gender as a flexible macro-system: variation and coherence in systems of nominal classification
Ruth Singer (U Melbourne)
11:30 Binominal and other types of nominal word-formation in Australian languages: The case of Gurindji
Steve Pepper (U Oslo)
12:00 The status of determining elements in Australian languages
Dana Louagie (KU Leuven)
12:30-14:30 LUNCH
14:30 Requesting information or mobilizing response: the prosody of sentence final tags in Jaminjung
Candide Simard (SOAS)
15:00 Information structure and constituent order in Jaminjung/Ngaliwurru
Eva Schultze-Berndt (U Manchester)
15:30 COFFEE
16:00 A discourse analysis of the Ungarinyin definite subject marker)
Stef Spronck (KU Leuven)
16:30 Spatial frames of reference in Iwaidja: an overview
Cris Edmonds-Wathen (Umeå University)
SUNDAY 25 SEPTEMBER, 10:00-13:00
10:00 Quantifying complexity across multiple variables in a situation of language contact
Xia Hua, Felicity Meakins and Lindell Bromham (U Queensland)
10:30 ‘New’ code-switching and long-term multilingualism at Maningrida (Arnhem Land)
Jill Vaughan (NTNU) and Margaret Carew (Batchelor Institute)
11:00 COFFEE
11:30 Language contact on Groote Eylandt: the influence of English on Enindhilyakwa
Marie-Elaine van Egmond (Greifswald University)
12:00 Some preliminary thoughts on the tense-aspect system of Anindhilyakwa
James Bednall (ANU & U. Paris-Diderot) and Patrick Caudal (Paris-Diderot)
12:30 Loss of pronominal clitics: language contact scenarios
Patrick McConvell (Australian National University)
13:00 Closing remarks

Registration and fees

All participants will need to register. Registration is via the SOAS online store: online registration

Fee £20

Participants will have to arrange their own travel and accommodation. Useful Information about accommodation and transport can be found here.

*(considered to be in Europe for our purposes…)

Organiser: Candide Simard (SOAS) and Prof Eva Schultze-Berndt (University of Manchester)

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Contact Tel: 020 7898 4582