Summer School 2017

3rd Summer School of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language

When: 27 November-1 December 2017

Where: The Australian National University, Canberra


2017 program

2017 CoEDL Summer School program

2017 information

2017 CoEDL Summer School information

The CoEDL Summer Schools are the flagship educational series of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, open to Australian and international students and researchers. Previous successful CoEDL Summer Schools were held at Western Sydney University (2015) and the University of Melbourne (2016). CoEDL Summer Schools draw on expertise across CoEDL's programs and nodes, other Australian linguistics departments, and our international partners to offer educational enrichment and catalyse new research collaborations. Linguists of all backgrounds and interests are welcome; in previous years CoEDL Summer Schools have attracted diverse cohorts ranging from advanced undergraduate students through to professors.

This year’s CoEDL Summer School, with a general Typology theme, will be held from 27 November through 1 December, 2017, at the Australian National University. The Summer School will feature twelve themed courses, on the state-of-the-art in African and Tibeto-Burman linguistics, processing from a typological perspective, the interface between Australian archeology, genetics, and linguistics, and many more topics. This year, participants can further pick and choose single units within these. 


Registration is closed.


Accommodation bookings are closed.


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. 

There will also be activities on the Wednesday separate to the main courses.

Courses on offer:

Public lecture

There will be a public lecture, "The language creators: Who does what when a new language emerges?" by Carmel O'Shannessy held on the evening of Tuesday 28 November. 

Social events

Monday 27 November - Dinner on campus
John XXIII College, 51 Daley Rd, ANU Campus
Dinner (pay at venue) Approximately $10

Thursday 30 November - Dinner and barefoot bowls + Band
7pm The RUC (Turner Bowling Club), 52 McCaughey St, Turner
To play bowls $20 - $15 pizza & $5 bowls (Pay Social event coordinator)
About a 25 min walk from the ANU to the bowls club (2km or so)
Band is free: Ronny P & the Freeriders
About a 30 min walk from the ANU to the bowls club (2.5km or so)

Friday 1 December - Polish Nosh
7pm Polish White Eagle Club, 38 David St, Turner
Dinner (pay at venue) Approximately $25
About a 30 min walk from the ANU to the bowls club (2km or so)

Travel assistance 

The Centre has some support for students and unwaged people to attend CoEDL events. The aim of the Summer School travel support awards is to support new and emerging researchers. More information is available here. Applications have closed.

Visa information

Visa information for visitors to Australia can be found on the Immigration Department website:

Although visa classes change from time to time so that we cannot guarantee the accuracy or currency of this information, for most conference attendees the most relevant visa category will be 'eVisitor (subclass 651).

We recommend that event participants apply for their visa well in advance of their intended date of travel to Australia. Information about visa processing times is available on the Department’s website:

The Immigration Department has provided the following factsheets to assist you:


For more information contact:

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