Post relayed from Facebook – September 21, 2018 at 08:59PM

Dear members of the ALT Community,

This is a friendly reminder. Please read and share widely:

The Association for Linguistic Typology now solicits bids for a conference venue and host for ALT 14, 2021. For ALT14 we especially encourage submissions from outside of Europe, which will host ALT13 in Pavia, and from outside Australia, which hosted ALT12 in Canberra. Below you will find a full list of ALT venues, going back to 1995.

ALT I, 1995, Vitoria-Gasteiz, The Basque Country, Spain
ALTII, 1997, Eugene, Oregon, USA
ALT III, 1999, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
ALT IV, 2001, Santa Barbara, California, USA
ALT V, 2003, Sardinia, Italy
ALT VI, 2005, Padang, Indonesia
ALT, VII, 2007, Paris, France
ALT VIII, 2009, Berkeley, California, USA
ALT IX, 2011, Hong Kong
ALT X, 2013, Leipzig, Germany
ALT XI, 2015, Albuquerque, USA
ALT XII, 2017, Canberra, Australia
ALT XIII, 2019, Pavia, Italy

In order to be included for consideration by ALT’s Executive Committee, please reply to the ALT secretary and conference organizer, Kristine Hildebrandt (, with responses to the following questions:

1. Organizing Committee

Who are proposed members of the local organizing committee? What is the availability of administrative support at the host institution?

2. Location

Describe the availability of conference halls of various sizes. Describe also the availability and accessibility of hotels and student accommodation. Describe also the logistics of venue access, including access by airport/rail and by local public transport. Keep in mind possible conflicts with respect to timing, for example local holidays, events, celebrations, etc. in that location.

3. Timing

Describe the preferred timing, keeping in mind that ALT normally takes place during summer, and describe or justify timing alternatives (for example late summer or early autumn), if available. Please keep in mind the availability of conference halls, hotels etc. at your institution and in your area. Please describe any possible combination and/or conflicts with other workshops or conferences at the proposed time of year (e.g. the LSA Summer Institute in the U.S., and the ICHL).

4. Finances

Please describe any potential funding sources (research councils, university funding, or other sponsors) that can be used towards ALT 13. Describe also options available from your institution for offering scholarships to students and scholars from developing countries.

5. The Role of ALT

The local host institution is the primary organizing force for ALT conferences. As such, the host is expected to have its own decision-making process in place. However, ALT will serve an advisory role in particular matters, including local organizing committee set-up, program committee establishment, facilitating calls for abstracts and award organization, and the ALT business meeting.

Special Note: If you think that your venue might be appropriate, or if you want to begin informal discussions, we strongly encourage you to reach out to ALT Secretary Kristine Hildebrandt ( or to ALT President Jeff Good ( early on. We would still require the full responses to the questions above in order for EC deliberation, but we would certainly welcome working with interested parties on potential ideas.

Please send this information or direct any questions to Kristine Hildebrandt ( by 15 October, 2018. The Executive Committee will consider the applications, with the intention of selecting the venue by early 2019 and announcing the venue at the 2019 Pavia ALT meeting.

Thank you!
September 21, 2018 at 08:59PM
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Post relayed from Facebook – March 12, 2018 at 04:15PM

“Word Hunters: Field linguists on fieldwork” for review

Hi everyone, is there anyone who would like to review the following book for “Linguistic Typology”?

Please drop a message to

All the best,
Masha (Maria) Koptjevskaja Tamm

Word Hunters
Field linguists on fieldwork

Hannah Sarvasy | The Australian National University
Diana Forker | University of Jena

In Word Hunters, eleven distinguished linguists reflect on their career-spanning linguistic fieldwork. Over decades, each has repeatedly stood up to physical, intellectual, interpersonal, intercultural, and sometimes political challenges in the pursuit of scientific knowledge. These scholar-explorers have enlightened the world to the inner workings of languages in remote communities of Africa (West, East, and South), Amazonia, the Arctic, Australia, the Caucasus, Oceania, Siberia, and East Asia. They report some linguistic eureka moments, but also discuss cultural missteps, illness, and the other challenges of pursuing linguistic data in extreme circumstances. They write passionately about language death and their responsibilities to speech communities. The stories included here—the stuff of departmental and family legends—are published publicly for the first time.
[John Benjamins, Studies in Language Companion Series, 194] 2018. vi, 177 pp.
March 12, 2018 at 04:15PM
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“Handbook of Quantifiers in Natural Language” for review in “Linguistic Typology” on offer Hi, is anyone interested in writing a review / review article of “Handbook of Quantifiers in Natural Language” (ed. by Edward Keenan and Denis Paperno, two volumes – 2012 and 2017) for “Linguistic typology”? You can find the information here: and here: Please drop me a message, also at Masha (Maria) Koptjevskaja Tamm

“Handbook of Quantifiers in Natural Language” for review in “Linguistic Typology” on offer

Hi, is anyone interested in writing a review / review article of “Handbook of Quantifiers in Natural Language” (ed. by Edward Keenan and Denis Paperno, two volumes – 2012 and 2017) for “Linguistic typology”? You can find the information here:
and here:

Please drop me a message, also at

Masha (Maria) Koptjevskaja Tamm
January 14, 2018 at 12:20PM
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From the editor of “Linguistic Typology”: thanks and welcome!

First of all, I would also like to thank everyone for the wonderful ALT meeting in Canberra, and in particular, the incredible ANU team with Nick Evans as the main spider in the web. Organizing a big conference is a huge challenge, I have been there myself, and I can only congratulate the local organizers on having carried out this task in such an outstanding way! It was such a delight to see your solidarity, hospitality and energy! Separate thanks go to Hedvig Skirgård for her wonderful job in securing a great social media presence for the conference. I guess I am allowed to feel very proud of her as her first university teacher in linguistics -J.

Please do remember that ALT has its journal, Linguistic Typology, and we want it to be as vibrant as the Canberra meeting and as the community on the whole. I am counting on numerous submissions in the wake of this conference – regular papers, discussion papers, reports on and reviews of databases and other resources, language profiles and language family portraits, suggestions for special issues etc. Thought-provoking, provocative, high-quality manuscripts, long, short, whatever.  The journal is for the community as readers and writers, and any suggestions on how we can enhance its relevance for the community are more than welcome! Please send them to or

And, as the final word, please read the 21st Anniversary issue of Linguistic Typology “The unabashed typologist: A Frans Plank Schubertiade” found for free here: 10.1515/lingty-2017-1000

Not only is this an outstanding collection of seminal papers by the outgoing editor of the journal, but it is also an important historical document on the history of our field.

A very Merry Christmas to everyone,

Masha (Maria) Koptjevskaja Tamm

Map for ALT 2017 in Canberra

We have put together a map for you with relevant locations marked out, such as conference venues, cafes, restaurants, pharmacies, grocery stores, parks etc. It is available through Google Maps, you can either view it on your computer or smart device.

Follow this link to access the map:
You can also find more information about Canberra at the conference website:

Welcome, we look forward to you coming!

Learn the languages of the Australasia-Pacific region while at ALT!

When you come down under for ALT, be sure to pick up some basic knowledge about the languages of the region. ALT 2017 is offering teach-ins on Papuan, Austronesian and Australian languages on the Monday right before the meeting. Sign up for these classes right away!

(Also, don’t forget that the regular, cheaper, registration is only open until this Sunday, October 1st.)

Here are some helpful maps of the region to wet your appetite !

1) languages of New Guinea grouped into language families (Glottolog)

new guinea

2) Division of Oceania into Near/Remote Oceania or Polynesia/Micronesia/Melanesia (ANU Cartography/CartoGIS)

3) Horton’s famous map of Australian languages from 1994

4) Spread of Austronesian language family (ANU Cartography/CartoGIS)

austronesian fmaily
5) Polynesian languages and their family relations as displayed onto a map (Levison, Ward & Webb 1973)




Practical information on visiting Canberra

If you’re coming for this years ALT here in Canberra, you might have some practical questions. We’ve put up helpful information on the conference website:

There is information on:

  • traveling
  • childcare
  • visas
  • restaurants
  • free bikes (free bikes, yes it’s true! First come first served)
  • buses
  • weather

We hope you find this helpful and are looking forward to welcoming you to Canberra!

ALT 2017 program and abstracts

The program and abstracts for ALT 2017 in Canberra are now up online!

Remember, the regular registration ends October 1. Please register within the next 30 days to avoid late-registration fees. All conference participants have to be members of the Association for Linguistic Typology, so make sure you join before the conference.

If you are attending the conference and have special needs, get in touch with the local organisers (alt12.2017 (snabel-a) gmail . com ). Closed captioning and volunteers for getting around are available.

All the best, we look forward to seeing you in Canberra in December!