Conference 2012


Third Conference for Society for the History of Linguistics in the Pacific

5th & 6th July 2012

University of Adelaide


(Roth 1897: Plate VIII)


(C. Strehlow 1907: vol 5: 75)

South Australia has been a centre for the study of the history of linguistics in Australia, with important contributions from missionaries and from researchers at both the university and at the South Australian Museum. It is fitting then that the third conference of the SHLP is to be held in the Department of Linguistics at The University of Adelaide.

SHLP 2012 will take place immediately prior to the AHA Conference, which also has as its venue The University of Adelaide. It is our hope that this timing will facilitate a stronger interaction between linguists and historians. Contributions from historians attending the AHA Conference are particularly welcome, as are those from other disciplinary perspectives which bear on the history of linguistics in the region.

Previous conferences of the society were held in the Australian National University (2008) and the University of Western Australia (2010).

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to:

Bill McGregor: and

Clara Stockigt:


New, 19/02/2012:

The response to our call for papers has been fantastic, and the conference us now set to extend over the two full days -- see the program below; note this implies a change to the timing of the post-conference event. Thanks from Clara and Bill to everyone for their contributions, and we look forward to seeing you in Adelaide in a couple of months.



Post-conference event


Important dates:

Deadline for receipt of abstracts: 1st February 2012

Notification of acceptance: 1st April 2012

Conference date: 5th-6th July 2012


More information will be posted on this website in due course.