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Grammar Watch rebooted

We’ve rebooted Grammar Watch, updating it from a manually edited list to a database and Zotero group library. This makes it easier to find, read and cite open access grammars. Check it out at Grammar Watch.

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is this an outstanding collection of seminal papers by the outgoing editor of the journal, but it is also an important historical document on the history of our field.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!

ALT online

cropped-logoengraverbenguiat93_b_3.jpgYou can now follow ALT on facebook and twitter. Please use the tag #lingtyp if you are writing about the association or meeting online. There is also a Facebook event you can attend. We will be posting updates about the meeting and association in these channels and via mail to registered attendees. Follow us if you want to be in the loop!

Here is our official website, where you can join as a member and subscribe to our popular mailing list (LINGTYP).

This year, the 12th biennial meeting of the Association for Linguistic Typology will be held at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia from 12th to 14th December. The meeting of 2017 will be hosted by the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL) in Canberra. The website for the 2017 meeting is here.  You can view the programme, register etc. there. You can also follow CoEDL on twitter and Facebook.