The Australian National University

 

ANU Historical Linguistics
Seminar Series


The Centre for Research on Language Change runs at least two series of seminars annually. Previous series have been very successful. See below for details of past and current seminars.

Time: Tuesdays 11am–12.30pm

Place: HC Coombs Building, Seminar Room B

 

Note: Speakers please supply a definitive title and abstract at least one week before the seminar. If you wish to have your handout or full transcript of your seminar made available on the web (so that members, who cannot attend the seminars, are informed of your fascinating research!), please send an electronic version (RTF or PDF format) to the webmaster: crlc@anu.edu.au .
For seminar offers, mailing list additions, etc. contact:

Co-ordinator Rachel Hendery
email: rachel.hendery_AT_anu.edu.au
phone: 6125 2899

 

Seminar Series 2010

Date

Speaker

Topic

Abstract

3 Mar

Jutta Besold

(Griffith University)

“Kinship systems of the Port Curtis Coral Coast region of Queensland”

Abstract

24 Mar

Mark Donohue

(Linguistics, RSPAS, ANU)

“External pressure prompts language change”

Abstract

7 Apr

Andrew Pawley

(Linguistics, RSPAS, ANU)

“Polynesian paradoxes: subgroups, wave models and the dialect geography of Proto Polynesian”

Abstract

14 Apr

Paul Sidwell

(Linguistics, RSPAS, ANU)

“The Austroasiatic Central Riverine Hypothesis”

Abstract

19 May

Patrick McConvell

(AIATSIS)

“Proto-Mirndi and the origin of subsections”

Abstract

24 July

Natalie Weber

(Rice University)

“Comparative reconstruction of Marrngu”

Abstract

7 Oct

Isobel Marr

(School of Language Studies, ANU)

“Researching Contact in the History of English”

Abstract

25 Nov

Robert Mailhammer

(Linguistics, RSPAS, ANU)

“Pre-Indo-European Europe and the spread of Indo-European: state of the art and current discussions”

Abstract

9 Dec

Rachel Hendery


(School of Language Studies, ANU)

“What 19th-century Leicestershire dialect and Polynesian L2 English have in common: Multiple sources for some linguistic features on Palmerston Island”

Abstract

16 Dec

Malcolm Ross

(Linguistics, RSPAS, ANU)

“Western Oceanic revisited: interpreting shared innovations”

Abstract

 

 

Seminar Series 2009

Date

Speaker

Topic

Abstract

3 Mar

Tony Jeffries

(Griffith University)

“Kinship systems of the Port Curtis Coral Coast region of Queensland”

Abstract

24 Mar

Mark Donohue

(Linguistics, RSPAS, ANU)

“External pressure prompts language change”

Abstract

7 Apr

Andrew Pawley

(Linguistics, RSPAS, ANU)

“Polynesian paradoxes: subgroups, wave models and the dialect geography of Proto Polynesian”

Abstract

14 Apr

Paul Sidwell

(Linguistics, RSPAS, ANU)

“The Austroasiatic Central Riverine Hypothesis”

Abstract

19 May

Patrick McConvell

(AIATSIS)

“Proto-Mirndi and the origin of subsections”

Abstract

24 July

Natalie Weber

(Rice University)

“Comparative reconstruction of Marrngu”

Abstract

7 Oct

Isobel Marr

(School of Language Studies, ANU)

“Researching Contact in the History of English”

Abstract

25 Nov

Robert Mailhammer

(Linguistics, RSPAS, ANU)

“Pre-Indo-European Europe and the spread of Indo-European: state of the art and current discussions”

Abstract

9 Dec

Rachel Hendery


(School of Language Studies, ANU)

“What 19th-century Leicestershire dialect and Polynesian L2 English have in common: Multiple sources for some linguistic features on Palmerston Island”

Abstract

16 Dec

Malcolm Ross

(Linguistics, RSPAS, ANU)

“Western Oceanic revisited: interpreting shared innovations”

Abstract

 

 

Seminar Series 2008

Date

Speaker

Topic

Abstract

26 August

Professor Dany Adone

(University of Cologne)

“Grammaticalisation in Kriol”

16 September

Professor Joan M. Maling

(National Science Foundation, USA)

“How ambiguous can morphology get? Evidence from a syntactic change in progress”

 

 

Seminar Series 2007

Date

Speaker

Topic

Abstract

30 Mar

Erich Round

(Yale University)

“Reconstructing Tangkic truncation and augmentation”

Abstract

17 Apr

William Steed

(SLS, ANU)

“Aspects of Chu Tone Sandhi”

Abstract

24 Apr

Felicity Meakins

(University of Melbourne)

“Alternational Code-switching and mixed language genesis”

Abstract

20 Nov

Yaron Matras

(University of Manchester,
& RCLT, La Trobe)

“Toward an integrated theory of grammatical borrowing”

Abstract

 

 

Seminar Series 2, 2006

Date

Speaker

Topic

Abstract

25 Jul

Adrian Clynes, Alex Henry and Maslin Jukin

(Universiti Brunei Darussalam)

“The evolution of the Brunei Malay Wedding Invitation: from a British model to a Bruneian one”

Abstract

1 Aug

Frank Lichtenberk

(University of Auckland)

“Attributive possessive constructions and the relational - non-relational noun distinction in Oceanic languages and in English”

Abstract

4 Aug (Special Slot)

Russell Gray

(University of Auckland)

“Out of Taiwan? Genes, languages and the peopling of the Pacific”

Abstract

8 Aug

Dianne Jonas

(Harvard University)

“The Scots language in Shetland - A diachronic perspective”

Abstract

15 Aug

Erma Vassiliou

(Visiting Fellow, ANU)

“Romance NPs with Greek Morphology in Medieval Cypriot”

Abstract

22 Aug

Bill McGregor

(Aarhus University)

“Grammaticalisation of verbs into temporal and modal markers in Australian languages”

Abstract

12 Sep

Phil Rose

(SLS, Arts, ANU)

“Zooming-in on Oujiang Wu: tonal homogeneity and acoustic reconstruction in a small subgroup of Chinese dialects”

Abstract

26 Sep

Jennifer Hendriks

(SLS, Arts, ANU)

“The possessive doubling construction Jan zn boek in Dutch: its origins and implications for developments in other Germanic languages”

Abstract

22 Nov

Patrick McConvell

(AIATSIS)

“Lenition and the identification of loanwords in Gurindji ”

Abstract

 

 

Seminar Series 1, 2006, Summary

Date

Speaker

Topic

Abstract

2 May

Sander Adelaar

(University of Melbourne)

“A multidisciplinary perspective on the settlement of Madagascar”

Abstract

30 May

Maarten Mous

(Leiden University)

“Reconstructing sociolinguistic situations: Test case East Africa”

Abstract

Slides

6 June

Rachel Hendery

(School of Languages, ANU)

“When discourse elements become relative clause markers”

Abstract

 

 

Seminar Series 3, 2005, Summary

Date

Speaker

Topic

Abstract

8 Nov.

Jacinta Smallhorn

(Linguistics, RSPAS)

“Comparative reconstruction of Proto-Binandere”

Abstract

15 Nov.

Patrick McConvell

(AIATSIS)

“The Archaeolinguistics of Migration: Hunter-Gatherers and Farmers”

Abstract

22 Nov.

Peter Trudgill

(University of Fribourg)

“Dialect archaeology and predicting the past”

Abstract

6 Dec.

Matthew Toulmin

(Linguistics, RSPAS)

“Reconstructing in a dialect continuum: sorting out chronology of changes in Kamota, Rajbanshi and North Bengali”

Abstract

 

 

Seminar Series 2, 2005

Date

Speaker

Topic

Abstract

19 July

Claire Bowern and Barry Alpher

(Rice University)

“Yolngu Matha subgrouping”

Abstract

26 July

Peter Bakker

(University of Aarhus, Visiting Fellow at La Trobe)

“Borrowing of verbs in Michif”

Abstract

11 Aug.

Jay Jasanoff

(Harvard University)

“Reduplicated preterites in Germanic”

Abstract

16 Aug.

Russell Gray

(Auckland University)

“How old is the European language family? Progress or more moths to the flame?”

Abstract

23 Aug.

Harold Koch

(SLS Fac. Arts)

“Divergent regularity in word-initial truncation in the Arandic languages”

Abstract

30 Aug.

Jutta Besold

(SLS, Fac. Arts)

“Language Recovery of NSW South Coast Indigenous Languages - Philology, Analysis and Application to Community Reclamation”

Abstract

6 Sept.

Malcolm Ross

(Linguistics, RSPAS)

“Negative verbal clause constructions in Puyuma ”

Abstract

20 Sept

Stefan Engelberg

(University of Wuppertal)

“German language contact in Micronesia and Polynesia”

Abstract

 

 

Seminar Series 1, 2005, Summary

Date

Speaker

Topic

Abstract

22 Mar.

Malcolm Ross

(Linguistics, RSPAS)

“Towards a reconstruction of the history of tone in languages of the Trans New Guinea family”

Abstract

5 Apr.

Bevan Barrett

(SLS, Fac. Arts)

“Beyond the reconstruction of Proto-Maric: the search for higher level genetic relationships among the languages of Queensland”

Abstract

12 Apr.

Andrew Pawley

(Linguistics, RSPAS)

“Where and when was Proto Oceanic spoken? Linguistic and archaeological evidence”

Abstract

26 Apr.

Peter Hill

(SLS, Fac. Arts)

“Post-1989 lexical changes in Slavonic languages”

Abstract

 

Seminar Series 2, 2004, Summary

Date

Speaker

Topic

Abstract

15 Oct.

Victor Friedman

(University of Chicago and Research Centre for Linguistic Typology)

“Salads of Fruit and Mountains of Tongues: Comparative Perspectives on the Balkans and the Caucasus”

Abstract

22 Oct.

Andrew Pawley

(Dept. Linguistics, RSPAS, ANU)

"The meaning(s) of Proto Oceanic *panua. An exercise in lexical semantics"

Abstract

29 Oct.

Stefan Elders

(Universität Bayreuth and Research Centre for Linguistic Typology)

"Verbal derivative suffixes in Mundang and their cognates: a case study in morphological evidence in comparative Niger-Congo"

Abstract

5 Nov.

Paul Sidwell

(Dept. Linguistics, RSPAS, ANU)

"The Early Mainland Austronesian Complex (EMAC) hypothesis - Moken/Moklen and Aceh.-Chamic"

Abstract

19 Nov.

Bevan Barrett

(School of Language Studies, Arts, ANU)

"Innovations and the Maric languages of Central Queensland"

Abstract

26 Nov.

Rachel Hendery

(School of Language Studies, Arts, ANU )

"Towards a diachronic typology of relative clauses"

Abstract

3 Dec.

Alan Rumsey

(Dept. Anthropology, RSPAS, ANU)

"Some arguments for genetic relatedness among the Worrorran languages of the northern Kimberly region of Western Australia".

Abstract

 
Seminar Series 1, 2004, Summary

Date

Speaker

Topic

Abstract

26 Mar.

Andrew Pawley
(Dept. Linguistics, RSPAS, ANU)

“On the history of the Papuan-speaking populations of Near Oceania: What can linguistics add to the evidence of archaeology and other historical disciplines?”

Abstract

7 Apr.

Kim Schulte
(University of Exeter)

“On Frequency and Finiteness: a universal path from pragmatics to syntax?”

Abstract

23 Apr.

Patrick McConvell
(AIATSIS)

“Mood swings and downward migration in South Slavic and Ngumpin-Yapa (Pama-Nyungan)”

Abstract

21 May Harold Koch
(School of Language Studies, Arts, ANU)
“Languages in contact in the Canberra region in the 19th century. Towards a description of the local Aboriginal language”

Abstract

26 May Barry J. Blake & Gavan Breen
(Presented by Barry Blake, La Trobe University)
“The relationship between Yalarnnga and Kalkutungu”

Abstract

28 May Francesca Merlan & Pascale Jacq
(Dept. Anthropology, RSPAS & School of Language Studies, Arts, ANU)
“Comparative Issues in Endophora and Exophora: Jawoyn (southern Arnhem Land) and wider implications”

Abstract

4 Jun. Paul Sidwell
(Dept. Linguistics, RSPAS, ANU)
“Mon-Khmer Creaky voice: ancient relic or structural tendency? A discussion of the evidence from Bahnaric, Katuic and Vietic”

Abstract

11 Jun. Bethwyn Evans
(Dept. Linguistics, RSPAS, ANU)
“Recovering linguistic prehistory in the Solomon Islands: the use of complementary methods”

Abstract

18 Jun. Matthew Toulmin
(School of Language Studies, Arts, ANU)
“From linguistic to socio-linguistic reconstruction: a study of the ‘Kamata’ or ‘Rajbanshi’ lects of north Bengal”

Abstract

25 Jun. Patrick McConvell
(AIATSIS)
“Catastrophic change in current English: Emergent Double-be’s and Free-be’s”

Abstract

 
Seminar Series 3, 2003, Summary

Date

Speaker

Topic

Abstract

26 Nov.

Anna Zalizniak
(Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences)

“A "Catalogue of Semantic Parallels": towards a Typology of Semantic Change”
ROOM CHANGE: Baldessin Precinct Building Rm W1.21

Abstract

19 Dec.

 

(to be announced)

 

(to be announced)

Patrick McConvell and Mary Laughren
(presented by Patrick) (AIATSIS)

“Comparative and diachronic syntax of Ngumpin-Yapa (Australia): mood, negation and clitic placement”

Abstract

 
Seminar Series 2, 2003, Summary

Date

Speaker

Topic

Abstract

5 Sept

Bethwyn Evans
(Dept. Linguistics, RSPAS, ANU)

“The value of applied phonology in morphological reconstruction”

Abstract

12 Sept

Harold Koch
(School of Language Studies, Arts, ANU)

Particles and proto-paradigms: extending the catchment area for the reconstruction of pronominal inflection

Abstract

19 Sept

Kate Laffan
(School of Language Studies, Arts, ANU)

Getting to the core of the Proto Wakka-Kabic case system

Abstract

17 Oct Claire Bowern (Department of Linguistics, Harvard University) Devolution of noun incorporation Abstract

 

Seminar Series 1, 2003, Summary

Date

Speaker

Topic

Abstract

30 April

Evershed Amuzu
(School of Language Studies, Arts, ANU)

“Beyond surface grammatical structures: A language-production based grammatical analysis of mixed constitutents in Ewe-English Codeswitching”

Abstract

7 May

Cynthia Allen
(School of Language Studies, Arts, ANU)

Our this fascinating construction: investigating the interaction of determiners and possessives in the history of English

Abstract

14 May

Paul Sidwell
(Linguistics, RSPAS, ANU)

“Looking for Su': the adventures, surprises and rewards of finding a language when you don't really know where it is, or who speaks it”

Abstract

21 May

Andrew Pawley
(Linguistics, RSPAS, ANU)

“Inanimate he and she in the history of English”

Abstract

28 May

Harold Koch & Pascale Jacq
(School of Language Studies, Arts, ANU)

“Towards the reconstruction of Pama-Nyungan verb inflection”
ROOM CHANGE: BPB Rm W1.07.

Abstract

4 June

Malcolm Ross
(Linguistics, RSPAS, ANU)

“Possession in Oceanic”

Abstract

18 June

Helen McLagan
(School of Language Studies, Arts, ANU)

“Of White Body and Fair Face Men”: placement of adnominal genitive phrases in Old English.
Master of Linguistics sub-thesis project

Abstract

16 July

Angela Terrill
(MPI for Psycholinguistics
Nijmegen, The Netherlands)

“Testing Punctuated Equlibrium in the Solomon Islands”

TIME CHANGE: Wed. 2pm-2.30pm
ROOM CHANGE: BPB Rm W1.07.

Abstract

 

Seminar Series 2, 2002, Summary

Date

Speaker

Topic

Abstract

6 Nov.

Paul Sidwell
(Linguistics, RSPAS, ANU)

“Identifying the language(s) of the Mon-Khmer strata in Chamic”

Abstract

13 Nov.

Phil Rose
(School of Language Studies, Arts, ANU)

Bayesian inference and historical linguistics

Abstract

20 Nov.

Daniel Martín
(School of Languages and International Education, University of Canberra)

“The demographic dimension of Migrant Language Maintenance and Shift: Some conclusions based on the Australian case”

Abstract

27 Nov.

Laura Daniliuc
(PhD Student, School of Language Studies, Arts, ANU)

“On Latin Deponent Verbs”

Abstract

 

Seminar Series 1, 2002, Summary

Date

Speaker

Topic

Abstract

27 March

Michael Dunn
(School of Language Studies, Arts)

“Chukchi-Russian language contact in the mind of the bilingual”

Abstract

3 April

Malcolm Ross
(Dept. Linguistics, RSPAS)

Constructions: continuity and contact

Abstract

10 April

Andrew Pawley
(Visiting Fellow, Linguistics, RSPAS)

“On grammatical categories and grammaticisation in Oceanic languages: synchronic and diachronic perspectives”

Abstract

17 April

Laura Daniliuc
(PhD Student, School of Language Studies, Arts)

“Auxiliary selection in diachrony: Case studies from the Romance languages”

ROOM CHANGE: Rm 107.

Abstract

24 April

Patrick McConvell (AIATSIS) & Kim Akerman
(Museum of Tasmania)

‘“Wommera”: the spread of the multi-purpose spearthrower’

Abstract

1 May

Peter Hill (School of Language Studies, Arts)

Dgan pipl: English is in, but Turkish is cool: Developments in Standard Macedonian in the Post-Independence Era”

Abstract

8 May

Luisa Miceli
(School of Language Studies)

Australian Comparative Linguistics: rethinking the working assumptions

 

Seminar Series 2, 2001, Summary

Date

Speaker

Topic

Abstract

8 Nov.

Andrew Pawley
(Dept. Linguistics, RSPAS)

“Proto-Polynesian *-Cia”

14 Nov.

Jennifer Hendriks
(School of Langiage Studies, Arts)

“On the use and abuse of social history in the history of the Dutch language”

21 Nov.

Lawrence A. Reid
(Visiting Fellow, Linguistics, RSPAS)

“Austric: Is it a real language family or not?”

28 Nov.

Ritsuko Kikusawa
(Visiting Post-doctoral Fellow, Linguistics, RSPAS)

“Taking Advantages of both the Comparative Method and Syntactic Typology: An examination of the development of Indonesian basic sentence structures”

5 Dec.

Mark Dras
(Macquarie University)

“Evolution of Turkic vowel harmony: a computational simulation”

12 Dec.

Patrick McConvell (AIATSIS) & Jane Simpson
(University of Sydney)

“Language change among Central Australian Aboriginal children”

19 Dec.

Bethwyn Evans
(PhD student, Linguistics, RSPAS)

“Proto Oceanic *akin[i]: reconstructing a process of grammaticalisation”

 

Seminar Series 1, 2001, Summary

Date

Speaker

Topic

Abstract

6 June

Paul Sidwell
(Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Linguistics, RSPAS)

“How do we genetically classify morphologically impoverished languages? Lexicostatistics, ‘distinctive vocabulary’, or comparative phonology?” Abstract
13 June

Ritsuko Kikusawa
(Visiting Fellow, Linguistics, RSPAS)

“Determining the cognacy of two ‘similar’ grammatical forms: A case study” Abstract
27 June

Harold Koch
(Linguistics, Arts)

“Morphological reconstruction as an etymological method: lessons from reconstructing Proto-Arandic” Abstract
4 July

Patrick McConvell
(AIATSIS & Visiting Fellow, Linguistics, Arts) and Mike Smith
(National Museum of Australia)

A Miller’s tale: the archaeo-linguistic stratigraphy of seed-grinding in Australia Abstract
11 July

Claire Bowern
(PhD student, Harvard University & Visiting Fellow, Linguistics, Arts)

“Nyulnyulan pronouns and pronoun-like things” Abstract
18 July

Evershed Amuzu
(PhD student, Linguistics, Arts)

“Code-Switching among Ewe-English bilinguals” Abstract
25 July

Laura Daniliuc
(PhD student, Linguistics, Arts)

“History of the compound perfect tense in the Romance languages” Abstract
1 August

Anna Wierzbicka
(Linguistics, Arts)

“Right and wrong: a study in historical semantics and historical pragmatics” Abstract
8 August

Jerold Edmondson
(University of Texas, Arlington; Visiting Fellow Faculty of Asian Studies, ANU)

“Borrowing, Shift, and Convergence: Some cases of Asian Tone in Contact” Abstract
12-18 August
15th International Conference on Historical Linguistics (ICHL), Melbourne
22 August

Brian Joseph
(Ohio State University; Visiting Fellow Research Centre for Linguistic Typology, La Trobe University)

“On the nature of Analogical Change: Regularization/ Simplification/ Optimization or Not?” Abstract
29 August

Nick Riemer
(Centre for Cross-Cultural Research)

“Meaning changes in verbs: The case of strike Abstract

 

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