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The 2017 Summer School program offers courses in three streams over four days (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday). Each course consists of four 1.5 hour sessions over the four days. Each course will have the same timeslot each day. 

Daily course schedule 

  • Registration from 8am until 9am
  • Morning tea from 10:30am until 11:00am
  • Lunch from 12:30pm until 2:00pm
  • Afternoon tea from 3:30pm until 4:00pm
  • Social events from 6:00pm


Course: Language change and typological distributions in cross-disciplinary perspective

Instructors: Balthasar Bickel

Course: Tense, aspect & variation

Instructor: Marie-Eve Ritz

Course: Sociolinguistics in the 21st Century 

Instructors: Catherine Travis, James Grama & Simón Gonzales


Course: Australia's deep human past

Instructors: Nick Evans, Peter Hiscock & others

Course: Processing typology & "typologizing" processing

Instructors: Karen Mulak & Alba Tuninetti

Course: Typological universals in diachronic perspective

Instructor: Sonia Cristofaro


Course: African languages & linguistics

Instructors: Hannah Sarvasy, Mengistu Amberber & Rosey Billington

Course: Tibeto-Burman languages in a typological perspective

Instructor: Gwen Hyslop

Course: Language contact & morphology

Instructors: Felicity Meakins & Francesco Gardani


Course: Comparability in comparative grammar and grammar-writing 

Instructor: Martin Haspelmath


Course: Language acquisition from a typological perspective

Instructor: Sabine Stoll


Tuesday schedule

A public lecture by Carmel O'Shannessy will be held on Tuesday 28 November in the evening in the HC Coombs Lecture Theatre.

Wednesday proposed schedule


Parallel workshops:


Open Publication discussion led by Martin Haspelmath, Roxanne Missingham and Susan Butler


Free time or walk up Black Mountain


Pressing Questions in Linguistics

Catered reception to follow 

Thursday schedule

lecture by Amy Perfors will be held on Thursday 30 November in the HC Coombs Lecture Theatre from 5.45pm until 6.45pm.

  • Australian Government
  • The University of Queensland
  • Australian National University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Western Sydney University

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