Announcing The 2006 ALS Conference
7 - 9 July, 2006
The University of Queensland,
St Lucia, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

The 2006 ALS Conference part of LINQ2006, a series of linguistic and applied linguistics meetings to be held at the University of Queensland in July 2006. LINQ2006 includes: ALAA06, ALI, ALS, and PacSLRF conferences.

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Call for Papers

Call for Papers on any area of linguistic research

All Members of the Australian Linguistic Society wishing to present a twenty minute paper followed by 10 minutes discussion at the 2006 ALS Meeting are invited to submit a one page abstract containing the following information:

  • Name(s) of author(s): (to be removed for refereeing purposes)
  • Institutional Affiliation(s) (if any):
  • email address:
  • Title of proposed paper:
  • Keywords:
  • Abstract of proposed paper including list of references where applicable.

All submissions will be anonymously refereed.

Only members of ALS may present a paper at the annual conference. Information about membership of ALS can be found here.

Deadline for submission of abstracts is 13th March 2006. The abstract must be in .pdf and .rtf formats. Abstracts should be submitted electronically as an email attachment with filename:YOURNAME_ALS2006. In the email Subject Line please write "NAME ALS abstract" where NAME is your family or surname.

Send the abstract to

Notification of acceptance: April 3 2006
Accepted abstracts will be posted on the ALS2006 website.

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Keynotes and speakers

The invited plenary speakers are:

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CRLC Workshop 2006: Call for papers

The Centre for Research on Language Change (CRLC)in association with Manchester University will be holding a workshop at the Australian Linguistic Society conference, on Sunday 9th July at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. The theme of the workshop is Grammatical change: theory and description.

View the Program here.

ALS Workshop on Complex predication and the Coverb Construction

Special session on coverbs and complex predicates in ALS: call for papers

Due to popular demand, papers are invited for topics on the theme of complex predication for a special session of the ALS conference. We would particularly welcome papers on coverbs and serial verbs, with special attention paid to the limits of productivity in the system. Abstracts should be submitted in the usual way to the ALS conference committee.

View the Program here.

Workshop Convenors:

Talks are by invitation. The speakers will be:
  • Mengistu Amberber (University of New South Wales)
  • Brett Baker (University of New England)
  • Mark Harvey (University of Newcastle)
  • Mary Laughren (University of Queensland)
  • Bill McGregor (University of Aarhus)
  • Rachel Nordlinger (University of Melbourne)
  • Keren Rice (University of Toronto)
  • Jane Simpson (University of Sydney)
  • Andrew Spencer (University of Essex)
  • 'Peter Svenonius (University of Tromsø)
This workshop is supported by an Australian Research Council Discovery grant to Amberber, Baker and Harvey.

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Registration Details

Registration for ALS-06 is done on-line. You can use Visa, Bankcard or Mastercard credit cards to pay online via a secure server and receive a paid GST Tax invoice as confirmation of payment. Alternately, you can print the Tax Invoice and forward it with your cheque, bank cheque, money order or credit card details by mail. However, we encourage you to use the online registration as this is the most secure method of payment. Overseas bank cheques must be in AUD$ Australian Dollars, drawn on an Australian Bank and free of all charges. Cheques, bank cheques and money orders must be made payable to "The University of Queensland".

Registration costs pay for conference attendance and morning and afternoon teas. All costs include Goods and Services Tax (GST). Go here to register for the conference, and other related events.

Registration information

All prices in the list below are in Australian dollars

  • ALS Member Earlybird Registration (Closes 26 May 2006) $130.00
  • ALS Student Member Earlybird Registration (Closes 26 May 2006) $90.00
  • ALS Member Registration $150.00
  • ALS Student Member Registration $110.00
  • ALS 1 Day Only Fee - Friday July 7 $140.00
  • ALS 1 Day Only Fee - Saturday July 8 $140.00
  • ALS 1 Day Only Fee - Sunday July 9 $140.00
  • Reception ALS Evening Reception July 7 No Charge for Member Registrants - Select if you will be attending
  • Dinner ALS Conference Dinner - Saturday July 8 $50.00

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Titles and Abstracts

The ALS Titles and Abstracts may be viewed here.

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Information about the conference dinner, planned excursions and other activities will be available here.

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For Disabled Delegates

If you have a disability and require assistance in order to attend the conference, please contact us to advise us of your needs.

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About Brisbane

Brisbane is a city of around 1.2 million inhabitants on Australia's east coast. It is the capital of the state of Queensland and it enjoys a sub-tropical climate. The beautiful beaches and rainforest hinterland of the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast are about a one hour drive from the city.

The following websites, which are not maintained by the conference organisers, provide some interesting perspectives on the city and surrounds.

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For accommodation options, please check out the University of Queensland Accommodation Services website, in particular:

Alternatively, you could have a look at:

Getting around

Brisbane has a public transport system consisting of buses, trains and ferries -- the City Cats -- which provide a reliable service. To find out more, go to the Brisbane Translink page.

For further details on getting to the University of Queensland's St Lucia campus, click here.

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For Overseas Delegates

The LINQ 2006 site has detailed information about visa requirements for overseas delegates traveling to Australia.

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Proceedings of the 2006 Australian Linguistics Society Conference

All presenters of a paper at the ALS2006 conference are invited to submit their paper for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings to be edited by Mary Laughren & Ilana Mushin. These Proceedings will be hosted by ePrintsUQ

All papers submitted for inclusion in the Proceedings of the ALS2006 conference will be anonymously refereed by a minimum of two referees who will make recommendations to the Editors on papers to be published (with or without revisions) or rejected. The final decision will be with the Editors.

Submission Guidelines:

Papers must retain the same title and reflect the content and the length of the paper delivered at the conference.

The paper proper should be preceded by a short abstract (no more than 12 lines) and a list of keywords. (See for examples from ALS2005 Proceedings.)

Papers should be approximately 2,000-5,000 words in length. They should be written as continuous expository narrative in an article style - not as lists of points as on a typical talk handout or a PowerPoint presentation. Since the papers are to be published in fully refereed academic on-line proceedings, the style and structure of the text should be relatively formal, with numbered sections and subsections.


The style to be used should be the same as that used in current issues of the Australian Journal of Linguistics (a variant of the 'Harvard' (5/6) style). Spelling can vary according to national usage, but should be internally consistent. Papers should be thoroughly checked and proof-read before submission, both by the author and a critical editorial friend.

Footnotes (and not Endnotes) are to be used and consecutively numbered.

Papers should be double spaced (including footnotes).

Font to be used is Times New Roman size 12 in the text and size 10 in the footnotes.

Margins should be 2.5cm on all four sides of A4 paper size.

File Format and Title: All papers must be submitted in camera-ready format. It is recommended that your paper be saved and sent in Rich Text Format with the following pattern of filename:

  • AuthorSurname-AuthorInitials-ALS2006.rtf

For publication the paper will be converted to PDF.

Publication deadline:

Papers to be submitted for the Proceedings of the 2006 Australian Linguistics Society Conference must be emailed to before September 1, 2006.

You can download a PDF copy of these guidelines here.

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Conference Dinner

The ALS Conference dinner will be held at the Kapsali Tavern restaurant at South Bank on Saturday July 8 starting at 7:15.
Web link:

Cost: $50 per person (to be prepaid to ALS Conference Organisers) incl GST. This will include the food and two bottles of red wine and two bottles of white wine per table of 10. Those wanting additional beverages may purchase them from the bar.

4 course menu:

  • Shared Entrée: Assorted Mediterranean Dips (mostly vegetarian) and Cold Antipasto Plate (vegetarian only plates will be served to all tables)
  • A Choice of:
    • Grilled Barramundi Fillet with creamed potato, wok tossed vegetables and a Mediterranean Sauce of tomato, cream, and prawns.
    • Prime Rib Fillet Cooled Medium, served with a mushroom and red wine jus, creamed potato and wok tossed vegetables.M
    • Chicken Souvlaki with Greek Salad, Turkish Bread and Tzatziki.
    • Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli with roasted pumpkin, spinach leaves, pine nuts and cream.
  • A Choice of:
    • Chocolate Mud Cake with Raspberry Coulis
    • Citrus Tart with Kiwi Fruit and Gin Puree
    • Sticky Date Pudding and Butterscotch Sauce
  • Tea or Coffee

Conference delegates will be able to travel from the University of Queensland to Kapsali on Southbank by the CityCat which leaves the campus at 18:06, 18:31 and at 18:56pm

Webinfo Click on "UQ to and from Bretts Wharf timetable 119kb" for a pdf version of the Citycat timetable.

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Further Information

For further information, please email

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