Affiliate projects

CoEDL Team collaborate on Language Contact

Book cover of Loss and RenewalMouton de Gruyter have just published a new volume edited by Felicity Meakins and Carmel O’Shannessy Loss and Renewal: Australian Languages Since Colonisation.

The volume features papers by CoEDL Director Nick Evans, AI Ilana Mushin, three CoEDL postdocs including John Mansfield, Sophie Nichols and Greg Dickson and many other CoEDL members.

This edited volume is the first dedicated to language contact in Australia since colonisation, marking a new era of linguistic work, and contributing new data to theoretical discussions on contact languages and language contact processes. It provides explanations for contemporary contact processes in Australia and much-needed descriptions of contact languages, including pidgins, creoles, mixed languages, contact varieties of English, and restructured Indigenous languages. Analyses of complex and dynamic processes are informed by rich sociolinguistic description.

 The Semantics of Nouns edited by CoEDL affiliate Zhengdao Ye

  • Title: The Semantics of Nouns edited by CoEDL affiliate Zhengdao Ye

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company


The volume brings together the latest research on the semantics of nouns in both familiar and less well-documented languages, including English, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, the Papuan language Koromu, the Dravidian language Solega, and Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara from Australia. It shows how detailed analysis of meaning, anchored in a cross-linguistic and cross-domain perspective, can lead to unexpected insights into the common and particular ways in which speakers of different languages conceptualize, categorize, and order the world around them. This unique volume brings together a new generation of semanticists from across the globe, and will be of interest to researchers in linguistics, psychology, anthropology, biology, and philosophy.

 Insubordination edited by Nicholas Evans and Honoré Watanabe

  • Title: Insubordination edited by Nicholas Evans and Honoré Watanabe

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company


Long marginalised as uncomfortable exceptions, insubordinated clause phenomena turn out to be surprisingly widespread, and provide a vital empirical testing ground for various central theoretical issues in current linguistics – the interplay of langue and parole, the emergence of structure, the question of where productive syntactic rules give way to constructions, the role of prosody in language change, and the question of how far grammars are produced by isolated speakers as opposed to being collaboratively constructed in dialogue. This volume – the first book-length treatment on the topic – assembles studies of languages on all continents, by scholars, including CoEDL affiliates, who bring a range of approaches to bear on the topic, from historical linguistics to corpus studies to typology to conversational analysis.

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

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