Symposium on Languages and Linguistics in honour of Jane Simpson

Symposium on Languages and Linguistics in honour of Jane Simpson

This symposium consists of 2 days of talks that reflect the cohesion and range of Professor Jane Simpson's research and applied research interests. They centre around Australian languages, and related to those, the areas of historical linguistics, morphosyntax, semantics, the lexicon, and language acquisition and education, among others. They also reflect her active support of education in, and renewal of, endangered languages.

This in-person and online event will run over two days and feature 15-minute talks from local, national and international speakers. Each talk is followed by 5 minutes for discussion. Audience members are welcome to attend all or parts of the event.

Local attendees are very welcome to join us in person on the ANU Campus.

All talks will also be presented online. Zoom details provided below.


Thursday. June 30

9.15am Welcome

9.30am Harvey, Mark Pre-stopping and initial dropping: Boundary marking in Australian languages

10am Koch, Harold The versatile suffix -karra in Pama-Nyungan languages

10.30am Rumsey, Alan Adventures in distributed exponence 

11am Morning tea - provided

11.30am Baker, Brett Portmanteaux distinguish NPN from PN languages

12noon Bednall, James Co-opting semantic case to express grammatical relations in Anindilyakwa

12.30pm Laughren, Mary Tracking a first person singular Subject pronoun innovation in Pama-Nyungan: from the Gulf of Carpentaria to the Western Australian coast

1pm Lunch

2pm Mansfield, John Explaining morphosyntactic structure with inter-predictability

2.30pm Thieberger, Nick Avoiding semantic trespass and etyma-larceny. Collaborative lexicography for under-resourced languages, an example from Vanuatu

3pm Wilmoth, Nordlinger, Garrido & Kidd Word order flexibility in Pitjantjatjara, across genres and generations

3.30pm Afternoon tea - provided

4pm TBA

4.30pm Vollmer, Maria The mysterious clitic =ju/=ji in Warlpiri: Topic marker, definiteness marker or something else?

5pm Austin, Peter K.Argument coding and clause linkage in Australian Aboriginal languages

Evening. Dinner at the Polish Club, Turner - all welcome!
(If you're thinking of coming to the Polish Club on Thursday night, we have a sign-up sheet so that we have an idea of numbers for COVID-safety -

Join Zoom Meeting, Thursday:

Meeting ID: 875 4988 0463

Password: 353954


Friday, July 1

9.30am Dixon, Sally The variable expression of possession in Alyawarr Children’s language repertoires

10am Gill, Meakins & Mushin Lexical borrowing between Garrwa and Yanyuwa

10.30am Green & Carew Teaching vernacular literacy through phonics in the NT

11am Morning tea - provided

11.30am Blythe, Joe Are you my mother? Learning to discern who’s who within a universal kinship system

12noon Gale, Cole & Giles Ngurunderi's Two Wives: A study in duality in Ngarrindjeri linguistics and cosmology

12.30pm Nash, David Where strange words fit: Channelling Alice Duncan-Kemp

1pm Lunch

2pm Arka, Wayan Language documentation, COVID-19 and capacity-building in Indonesiaː challenges and opportunities

2.30pm Yarjis, Zhong Word structure and word-formation in Western Yugur 

3pm Angelo, Norman & Seymour A Dharug perspective on the heterogeneous language ecology of Sydney

3.30pm Afternoon tea - provided

4pm Turpin, Myfany The moon travels east: aspects of Kaytetye astronomy

4.30pm Merlan, Francesca Jane Simpson and endangered languages

Join Zoom Meeting, Friday

Meeting ID: 846 5887 4531

Password: 070104

Date & time

Thu 30 Jun 2022, 9.15am – Fri 01 Jul 2022, 5pm


Hedley Bull Theatre 2, ANU Campus & on Zoom


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