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multycol_chameleon_home“The first Research Centre in the World devoted exclusively to the study of language change across language families”


What is the CRLC?

The CRLC promotes, coordinates and sponsors research on all aspects of language change and on the history of particular languages and language families.

The Centre is a focus for all research in this field at the Australian National University (ANU), combining interests of researchers in the School of Language Studies and the School of Archaeology and Anthropology in the College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) as well as the School of Culture, History and Language in the College of Asia and the Pacific.

We seek to actively promote the formulation of cross-campus and inter-university projects and seek appropriate funding for them, support directly selected projects or aspects of them, organise seminars, lectures and conferences, publish appropriate works and publicise the interests and achievements of historical linguistics at the ANU.

The CRLC is uniquely devoted to research on language change across language families. Scholars connected with the Centre will play a role in defining the discipline on a world scale.



The Chameleon Newsletter

latest edition, January 2012 (pdf)



Studies in Language Change Series

The CRLC publishes the monograph series Studies in Language Change previously produced by Pacific Linguistics and now a subseries of de Gruyter Mouton. Information on the series is available at

© Chameleon mascot and CRLC logo are copyright of the CRLC, designed by Pascale Jacq. The Greek character Delta and the chameleon symbolise change, and the chameleon's flicking tongue stands for linguistics/language change.


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This document last modified: 19th December, 2011
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