Summer School 2016

2nd Summer School of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language

When: 1-5 December 2016

Where: Queen's College, University of Melbourne

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Summer School 2016 program

2016 Summer School program

 Summer School 2016 information

2016 Summer School information

Confirmation of registration has been emailed to all registrants. Please see below preparation required before commencement of the summer school for each course.

Morning course options


Many languages – one brain: an introduction to neurotypology

Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky & Matthias Schlesewsky (University of South Australia)

No preparation required.


Language contact

Jeff Siegel (University of New England) & Stefan Pfänder (University of Freiburg)

Preliminary readings which provide some useful background for the course:

  • Blommaert, Jan, James Collins, & Stef Slembrouck. 2005. Spaces of multilingualism. Language & Communication 25, 197–216.
  • Lipski, John M. 2010. Spanish and Portuguese in contact. In The Handbook of Language Contact, edited by Raymond Hickey, 550-580. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Mair, Christian & Stefan Pfänder. 2013. Vernacular and multilingual writing in mediated spaces: web-forums for post-colonial communities of practice. In Space in Language and Linguistics: Geographical, Interactional, and Cognitive Perspectives, edited by Peter Auer, Martin Hilpert, Anja Stukenbrock & Benedikt Szmrecsany, 529-556. Berlin: de Gruyter.
  • Mesthrie, Rajend. 2013. World Englishes, second language acquisition, and language contact. In The Oxford Handbook of World Englishes, edited by Markku Filppula, Juhani Klemola & Devyani Sharma. Oxford: Oxford University Press. published online in 2015 at
  • Siegel, Jeff. 2003. Substrate influence in creoles and the role of transfer in second language acquisition. Studies in Second Language Acquisition 25 (2), 185-209.
  • Winford, Donald. 2008. Processes of creole formation and related contact-induced language change. Journal of Language Contact, THEMA 2, 124-145.

Advanced readings which cover some of the same ground as the course, and will be useful for digesting the material during and/or after:

  • Babel, Anna & Stefan Pfänder. 2014. Doing copying: Why typology doesn't matter to language speakers. In Congruence in Contact-induced Language Change: Language Families, Typological Resemblance, and Perceived Similarity, edited by Juliane Besters-Dilger, Cynthia Dermarkar, Stefan Pfänder & Achim Rabus, 239-257. Berlin: De Gruyter.
  • Jennings, William & Stefan Pfänder. 2015. French Guianese Creole. Journal of Language Contact 8 (1), 36-69.
  • Sebba, Mark. 2012. Writing switching in British Creole. In Language Mixing and Code-Switching in Writing. Approaches to Mixed-language Written Discourse, edited by Mark Sebba, Shahrzad Mahootian & Carla Jonsson, 89-105. London: Routledge.
  • Siegel, Jeff. 2012. Two kinds of functional transfer in language contact. Journal of Language Contact 5 (2), 187-215.
  • Siegel, Jeff. 2015. The role of substrate transfer in the development of grammatical morphology in language contact varieties. Word Structure 8 (2), 160-183.
  • Siegel, Jeff. 2016. Contact-induced grammatical change in Melanesia: Who were the agents of change? Australian Journal of Linguistics 36 (3), 406-428.

Sociophonetics and forensic speech science (Thursday/Friday)

Viktoria Papp (University of Canterbury)

Participants should download the freely available Praat from and install it on the laptop they will use during the course.

Referentiality and argument structure in discourse (Monday/Tuesday)

Stefan Schnell (University of Melbourne)

Participants must read:

  • Ariel, Mira. 2000. The development of person agreement markers: from pronouns to higher accessibility markers. In Usage-based models of language edited by Michael Barlow & Suzanne Kemmer, 197-260. Stanford: CSLI Publications.
  • Arnold, Jennifer E., Elsi Kaiser, Jason M. Kahn, and Lucy Kyoungsook Kim. 2013. Information structure: Linguistic, cognitive, and processing approaches. Wiley Interdisciplinary Review of the Cognitive Sciences 4.4, 403-421.
  • Haig, Geoffrey & Stefan Schnell. 2016. The discourse basis of ergativity revisited. Language 92.3, 591-618. DOI: 10.1353/lan.2016.0049
  • Haig, Geoffrey & Stefan Schnell. 2016. The discourse basis of ergativity revisited. Online appendices. DOI: 10.1353/lan.2016.0044

Participants must familiarise themselves with:

Afternoon course options Thursday/Friday


Canonical Typology

Greville Corbett (University of Surrey)

There are no requirements, but there is plenty of reading which would be helpful (before or after the course). The items are roughly in the order of the topics covered: 

  • Greenberg, Joseph H. 1963. Some universals of grammar with particular reference to the order of meaningful elements. In: Joseph H. Greenberg (ed) Universals of Language, 73 113. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. [Paperback edition 1966.]
  • WALS: Martin Haspelmath, Matthew S. Dryer, David Gil & Bernard Comrie (eds) The World Atlas of Language Structures. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Online at: Dip in to whatever looks interesting.
  • Corbett, Greville G. 2006. Agreement. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Chapter 1 and references there, also Chapter 4.]
  • Keenan, Edward & Bernard Comrie. 1977. Noun phrase accessibility and universal grammar. Linguistic Inquiry 8.63-99. [Reprinted in Edward L. Keenan. 1987. Universal Grammar: 15 Essays, 3-45. London: Croom Helm.] A classic.
  • GGC. 2010. Implicational hierarchies. In: Jae Jung Song (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Language Typology, 190-205. Oxford: Oxford University Press. An introduction.
  • GGC. 2007. Canonical typology, suppletion and possible words. Language 83.8-42. 
  • Take a look at the Surrey Morphology Group databases at:  (select ‘web resources’).
  • Brown, Dunstan & Marina Chumakina. 2013. What there might be and what there is: an introduction to Canonical Typology. In Dunstan Brown, Marina Chumakina & Greville G. Corbett (eds) Canonical Morphology and Syntax, 1-19. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Bond, Oliver. 2013. A base for canonical negation. In Dunstan Brown, Marina Chumakina & Greville G. Corbett (eds) Canonical Morphology and Syntax, 20-47. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Forker, Diana. 2016. Conceptualization in current approaches of language typology. Acta Linguistica Hafniensia 48.70 84.
  • GGC. 2011. The penumbra of morphosyntactic feature systems. Morphology 21.445-480. doi:10.1007/s11525-010-9171-4.  [Preprint available on my University webpage.]
  • GGC. 2015. Morphosyntactic complexity: a typology of lexical splits. Language 91.145-193. DOI: 10.1353/lan.2015.0003. Available online.
  • Stump, Gregory. 2016. Inflectional Paradigms: Content and form at the syntax-morphology interface. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • If you run out of reading material, please check the Canonical Typology bibliography at:
  • And finally, do enjoy the Mian and Kilivila collection, at:

Statistical corpus analysis

Danielle Barth (Australian National University)

Before the course:

  • Participants should have R and the following R packages installed on their laptops and ready to go: data.table, party, splitstackshape & ggplot2.
  • Participants should run the code provided to double-check that the installation worked.
  • Participants should read these articles about classification trees and random forests: Strobl et al., 2009 and Tagliamonte & Baayen, 2012.
  • Participants should do the data.table tutorial found at: (REQUIRED)

and explore the other data.table resources found at: (STRONGLY ENCOURAGED).

I will not be using RStudio during the course, but participants are welcome to use it if that is their normal preference.


Word structure in Australian languages

Brett Baker (University of Melbourne) & Mark Harvey (University of Newcastle)

Participants should read:

Afternoon course options Sunday/Monday


Agent-based modelling and the evolution of language

Matt Spike (Australian National University)

Before the course:

Here are some readings which will give you an idea of the kinds of things we'll be looking at in class. I DO NOT EXPECT YOU TO READ ALL OF THEM!

  • The one I'd really recommend everyone read is Skyrms, chapters 1, 7 & 8 which I've collated here. This gives you an idea of how we can start using very simple models to answer rather difficult questions. In fact, I recommend the whole book (if you have time and can get your hands on it), but these chapters are most relevant for the course.

The other readings are more supplementary, but give you an idea of how agent-based models have been used to attack various problems in linguistics:

  • Reali, Chater & Christiansen (2014) looks at Trudgill's ideas about community structure and language complexity, and is a reasonably simple model.
  • Baxter Blythe Croft McKane (2009) also looks at Trudgill, this time looking vat language change. This is *not* a particularly simple model, so don't get bogged down in any of the technical/mathsy details (unless you want to), but apart from the scary l0oking bits this is a nice, clear paper.
  • Wedel (2012) is decent example of an 'exemplar' model: these propose bottom-up, phonetic explanations for the emergence and preservation of phonological categories.
  • Mitchell (2009) is really supplemental: we will probably talk about networks at some point, and this is a primer on networks in theory and application.

Mixed models statistics

Seamus Donnelly (Australian National University)

Participants should have some experience with R and should have both R and R Studio installed.


Papuan languages

Don Daniels, Nick Evans & others (Australian National University)

Before the course starts participants should read:

Participants should also review the course syllabus and related readings:

Saturday hands-on course options


Hands-on EEG

Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky and Matthias Schlesewsky (University of South Australia)

No preparation required.


Making acquisition data part of fieldwork

Jill Wigglesworth & Barb Kelly (University of Melbourne)

Participants should read:

  • Kelly, B., W. Forshaw, R. Nordlinger and G. Wigglesworth.  2015. Linguistic diversity in first language acquisition research: Moving beyond the challenges.  First Language, 35(4-5), 286-304.

Acoustic phonetics for non-phoneticians

Debbie Loakes (University of Melbourne)

Participants should download the freely available Praat from beforehand if they would like to follow along in a hands-on manner. This is recommended for better learning, but please note that I will also have a demonstration projected to the room so this is not essential.

If anybody enrolled in the class would like to have their own data used in the session, please email me some samples at Please make sure permissions allow for sharing with others, because sound files will be played and shared with other course participants in advance.

Social activities

Thursday 1 December

Public Lecture: The Australian Accent: Origins and EvolutionAssociate Professor Felicity Cox (Macquarie University)

Kathleen Fitzpatrick Theatre, Arts West

Friday 2 December

Summer School social: Dinner and Barefoot Bowls

Melbourne Bowls Club, Flagstaff Gardens

Sunday 4 December

Libation perambulation

Carlton and Fitzroy

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