NWAV Asia Pacific 5, Brisbane, 1-3 February 2018

NWAV-AP5 will be held at the University of Queensland on 1-3 February 2018. An optional Masterclass with Penny Eckert on 31 January 2018 will be run in conjunction with NWAV-AP5.

The theme of NWAV-AP5 is ‘Language contact and variation’. We invite papers on variation in contact-induced change, the role of variation in language evolution, and variation in contact languages, as well as other quantitative papers on linguistic variation in languages of the Asia-Pacific region.



A one day Masterclass with Penny Eckert on ‘Third Wave Sociolinguistics’ will be held on 31 January 2017 at the University of Queensland. Stay tuned for information on registration, readings and further details.

Call for papers

Please submit a one page abstract (anonymous, 12 point font, inc. references) via Easy Chair by 31 August 2017. Notification of acceptance will be 28 October 2017.


Click here to register for the conference and Masterclass (note that the UQ Payments website is slow)


There will be an optional excursion on the afternoon of 3 February to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and return cruise on the Brisbane River.


Advanced Engineering Building (AEB), University of Queensland


We have reserved a number of twin share rooms at Women’s College (University of Queensland). Women’s College is near the conference venue but out of the action (BYO action!).

There are two places to eat on campus at night time:

Schonell Pizza Café which is a UQ establishment – a pizza menu that hasn’t changed in decades but good cheap pizza and cheap decent beer

Saint Lucy is more expensive but has a great atmosphere and you can watch more active types play tennis while you have a beer. Or you could play tennis. 

Alternative suggested accommodation:

Rydges Southbank is a ferry ride away and near decent restaurants!

Treasury Heritage Hotel is a ferry or bus ride away and in the city

Brisbane City YHA is a cheaper alternative and a bus ride away

Chill Backpackers is also cheaper and you can reach UQ by bus

Eton House Hostel is also a backpackers but has a Brisbane flavour 

You can work out your bus or ferry route to and from the University of Queensland using Translink which also has a downloadable app.


  • Yoshiyuki Asahi (National Institute for Japanese Language)
  • Miriam Meyerhoff (Victoria University)
  • Victoria Rau (National Chung Cheng University)
  • Shobha Satyanath (University of Delhi)
  • James Stanford (Dartmouth College)


  • Felicity Meakins (University of Queensland)
  • Amanda Hamilton (University of Queensland)


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