SOAS University of London

Department of Linguistics, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

ALL4: 4th Conference on Austronesian Languages and Linguistics

A two day conference of speakers

Date: 17 June 2009Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 18 June 2009Time: 5:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Conference

UKARG is pleased to announce the 4th Conference on Austronesian Languages and Linguistics (ALL4), to be held on Wednesday 17 June and Thursday 18 June 2009 in the Khalili Lecture Theatre at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

Invited speaker: I Wayan Arka (ANU)

Conference details

ALL4 offers a forum for researchers working in any area of Austronesian linguistics to present their research. We welcome contributions relating to any aspect of Austronesian from any perspective, including:

  • formal theoretical issues;
  • typology;
  • descriptive linguistics;
  • documentary linguistics and language endangerment;
  • historical linguistics;
  • lexicology;
  • applied linguistics;
  • discourse.

Papers will be twenty minutes in length plus ten minutes for discussion. 

Submission of abstracts has now closed and successful applicants have been notified of acceptance. A full programme and registration details are available below.


DAY 1 - Wednesday 17th June 2009
Session 1 Chair: Peter Sells
9.00Ileana Paul
University of Western Ontario
Wide-scoping bare nouns in Malagasy
9.30Hazel Pearson
Harvard University
A semantics for the Fijian comparative
10.00Bethwyn Evans
Australian National University
How many foci? The linguistic encoding of focus in Marovo
Session 2 Chair: Oliver Bond
11.00Peter Sells
SOAS, London
Dimensions of syntactic analysis in Toba Batak
11.30Bill Palmer
University of Newcastle
External objects and phrasal incorporation: two apparent typologically unusual phenomena in Oceanic
12.00Justin Nuger
UC Santa Cruz
The position of aspect in the Palauan VP
12.30Suriel Mofu
Oxford University
Biak nominal clauses
Session 3 Chair: Bethwyn Evans
14.30Mary Chambers
SOAS, London
Where am I standing and which way is up? Verbs of motion and orientation in Kubokota men-and-tree games
15.00Shuping Huang & Jenn-Yeu Chen
National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
Topological spatial representations in Isbukun Bunun
15.30Radu Voica
SOAS, London
How far can we go south? Absolute frames of reference and spatial orientation in Blanga
16.00Kerry Hull
Reitaku University
Conceptual proximity and the alienable/inalienable possessive contrast in Polynesian languages
17.00I Wayan Arka
Australian National University
Pivot selection and its puzzle in Indonesian
DAY 2 - Thursday 18th June 2009
Session 1 Chair: Peter Austin
 9.00Berthold Crysmann
Bonn University, Germany
Case and agreement in Nias and the notion of subject
 9.30Jeremy Rafal
CUNY, The Graduate Center
Clitic doubling as a trigger for object shift in Ilokano: Evidence from ellipsis
 10.00David Adger, Daniel Harbour, Oystein Nilsen & 'Oiwi Parker Jones 
Queen Mary, University of London & Oxford University
Obligatory double objects in Hawaiian 
Session 2 Chair: Bill Palmer
 11.00Sebastian Nordhoff
Universiteit van Amsterdam
Multi-verb-constructions in Sri Lanka Malay
 11.30Melanie Owens
Stanford University
Austronesian serial verbs, and serial verb terminology, in the typology of serialization
 12.00David Gil
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
On the position of Mentawai in a typology of Austronesian voice systems
Session 3 Chair: Rados Voica
 14.00Shu-Yi Lin
National Taiwan Normal University
Reconstruction of negative morphemes in Formosan languages
 14.30Peter Budd
SOAS, London
Negation and actuality in the Epi languages of Central Vanuatu
 15.00Oliver Bond & Mary Chambers
SOAS, London
Irreality and negation in the New Georgia linkage
Session 4 Chair: Dunstan Brown
16.00Peter Slomanson
City University of New York
Discourse culture shift and camouflaged diachrony in a Malay contact variety
16.30Thomas Conners
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
Standard vs. peripheral Javanese dialects: Which is the real outlier?
17.00Scott Paauw
University of Rochester
Verbal aspect in the Malay contact varieties of Eastern Indonesia


Registration for ALL4 is now open. The standard registration cost for ALL4 is £20.00, with a concessionary rate of £10 for students/unwaged. 

To register for this event, you must do two things:

  1. Submit your details using the ALL4 online registration form; this will enter your information into our registration database. 
  2. Download a payment form, fill in the payment details, print it out, and then either post or fax it to:
    Alison Kelly
    Department of Linguistics
    School of Oriental and African Studies
    Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
    WC1H 0XG
    Fax: +44 (0)20 7898 4349

Participants will be sent an e-mail to confirm successful registration on receipt of their payment details.


Enquiries should be directed to the organising committee at the conference e-mail address:

Organiser: UK Austronesian Research Group (UKARG)