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Melbourne LIP

Melbourne Linguistics in the Pub (LIP) is a monthly gathering of language activists and linguists  sponsored by the Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity. All are welcome. Visit RNLD's Facebook group Follow RNLD group on Facebook for details of the next LIP.

You can also catch up on LIP discussions by reading Lauren Gawne or Ruth Singer's recaps of LIP sessions on the Endangered Languages and Cultures blog. Links can be found below next to the relevant month.

Contact LIP organisers Ruth Singer (University of Melbourne) or Andrew Tanner (RNLD) with any questions: 


2019 LIP Topics   

August 27 2019 Using new media to document indigenous multimodal communicative traditions
May 9 2019 Maintaining minority languages: what does it actually mean to transmit a language to the next generation?
April 10 2019 Second dialect acquisition
February 20 2019 The International Year of Indigenous Languages - making the most of the opportunity


2018 LIP Topics   

November 14 2018 Co-authoring and co-presenting research by linguists and community members: reflections on collaborations
October 16 2018 Where does this sentence come from? Citing linguistic data
September 26 2018 The role of ultrasound in linguistic description, theory and application
August 7 2018 Language policies in the High North: Making Indigenous language choices in globalised academia
June 13 2018 Approaches to language revitalisation research
May 8 2018 How linguists can support community-led language revitalisation
April 11 2018 Where to now for Australian English sociolinguistics?
March 20 2018 Language in the Headlines

2017 LIP Topics    

October 4 2017 Creating books in language
June 13 2017 Are Australia’s Community Languages worth studying? - Recap here
May 10 2017 Typologist or not? At the interface of language description and typology - Recap here
April 5 2017 Why researching languages in the family is complicated and how it can be the most entertaining thing - Recap here
March 1 2017 Promoting language diversity in the field - Recap here


2016 LIP Topics    

November 29 2016 Storytelling and Language Revitalisation  
November 8 2016 Including children in language documentation and revitalization   
August 2016 Ethics in linguistic fieldwork
July 2016 The challenge that language variation poses to language description - Recap here
June 2016 Social Media and Language Documentation - Recap here
May 2016 Promoting linguistic tools and data to other disciplines
April 2016 Writing a corpus-based grammar of a previously undescribed language
March 2016 Guiding language consultants’ individual projects: Negotiating organizational issues in the field - Recap here


2015 LIP Topics    

December 2015
Linguistics Trivia Night
November 2015
Here to help? – balancing research aims and community-oriented efforts in the field
October 2015
Lexical and grammatical meaning, and grammaticalisation 
September 2015
'New mathematical methods' in linguistics constitute the greatest intellectual fraud in the discipline since Chomsky
July 2015 Language in education in multilingual contexts: beyond 'mother tongue' education  - Recap here
June 2015 Translation in language documentation and revitalisation - Recap here
May 2015 Literacy in the field: how do the communities we work with use vernacular literacy? - Recap here
April 2015 Elicitation methods - Recap here
March 2015 Has the study of Australian languages been at the expense of work on Australian English variation? - Recap here
February 2015 Grammar writing - Recap here


2014 LIP Topics    

December 2014 Linguistics Trivia night 
October 2014 Issues in the documentation of newer language varieties - Recap here
September 2014 Descriptive linguistics and the variety of data types 
July 2014 Sharing the load? Problems with the 'lone depositor' model for the archiving of materials in endangered language archives - Recap here
June 2014 Crowd sourcing and endangered language documentation projects - Recap here
April 2014 Children in language documentation
March 2014 Open access and intimate fieldwork - Recap here
February 2014 Supporting community researchers in the field


2013 LIP Topics

December 2013 Recording cultural events - Recap here
October 2013 Getting our message across to the media: how to raise awareness about endangered languages
August 2013 LIP/Puliima crossover event - Getting the message across: talking to the media about Indigenous languages
August 2013 Reclaiming indigenous languages through linguistics
July 2013 Useful and interesting websites and apps about endangered languages - Recap here
June 2013 Useful software for language documentation work
May 2013 Special interdisciplinary LIP - Fieldwork across disciplines: what can we learn from each other?
May 2013 Models of community engagement in language documentation - Recap here
April 2013 Things you can do with outputs from language documentation projects - part 2 - Recap here
March 2013 Things you can do with outputs from language documentation projects - Recap here


2012 LIP Topics

November 2012 Urban fieldwork - Recap here
October 2012 Researching child language in the field - Recap here
September 2012 Crowd-sourcing in Language Documentation - Recap here
August 2012 The distinction between language documentation and language description - Recap here
July 2012 Zombie linguistics
June 2012 Technology: friend or foe? - Recap here
May 2012 More than just being there? The place of participant observation in linguistic fieldwork - Recap here
April 2012 Social Variation and Language Documentation - Recap here
March 2012 Best and worst practice in Language Documentation - Recap here
February 2012 Social Variation and Language Documentation


2011 LIP Topics

December 2011 Setting up your own Linguistics in the Pub
November 2011 Documenting child language - Recap here
October 2011 Linguistics in the media - Recap here
September 2011 Using video in language documentation
August 2011 Open access and its implications for linguistic research
July 2011 Philology in Language Documentation and Description
June 2011 Ethnobiology in Language Documentation
May 2011 Language standardisation, literacy and language endangerment
April 2011 Elicitation techniques and fieldwork stimuli: show and tell
March 2011 Visual art and language documentation


2010 LIP Topics

December 2010 Language endangerment and contact languages
November 2010 The benefits of collaboration between linguists and musicologists
October 2010 Informed Consent
September 2010 Dictionaries and language documentation
August 2010 InField: how can this format of integrated training work in other locations?
July 2010 No LIP this month. RNLD is going on the road to InField 2010
June 2010 How can we support language maintenance and revitalisation activities?
May 2010 What should a good descriptive grammar include?
April 2010 RCLT draft fieldwork manual
March 2010 Addressing the ground of language endangerment (Eira 2007)
February 2010 Mother Language Day events
January 2010 Is there really that much difference between language documentation and language description?


2009 LIP Topics

November 2009 The role of SIL in language documentation