A dozen people attended this meeting (click here to see historic photograph). The following decisions were reached:
Organisation: SHLP should continue as an informal organisation, rather than incorporate as a registered society at this stage. We will look into the possibility of affiliation with Henry Sweet Society, Australian Historical Association, and other possible umbrella organisations; Hilary Carey will pay affiliation fee for AHA, Bill McGregor will discuss possibilities of linking with HSS.
Website: This organisation will continue to maintain the current website located at Aarhus University (http://fc.hum.au.dk/~linwmg/SHLP/SHLP.htm). The website should include Links to online resources, other relevant societies, a bibliography, information on recent publications, information on current research, and a timeline for recognition of linguistic categories and phenomena (an initial version has been compiled by David Nash, and Bill McGregor will put on website in some form or other).
Newsletter: SHLP will produce an annual Newsletter, to be made available in electronic form from the website. Peter Newton and Bill McGregor offered to act as editors.
Museum exhibit: Possibility of a museum exhibition was discussed (e.g. with Capetown, Adelaide, Auckland, National Museum of Australia, the planned Århus language museum), that might be both online and physical. A museum might be approached to mount an exhibit under advice SHLP.
Aims and scope of the SHLP: The formulation was slightly edited, and it was decided that the society would have a particular focus on the Pacific region as per the previously displayed map (representing roughly the geographical domain of Pacific Linguistics), though the boundaries would remain fuzzy. A new Google Earth map has been supplied by Paul Sidwell, and is now up on the webpage.
Conferences: It was agreed that conferences would be held every two years, the next in 2010. Perth was suggested as location, and we will look initially into the possibility of running the conference within the AHA conference, to be held at the UWA in September. If these plans fail, we would attempt to independently organise a conference adjacent to the AHA conference, again in UWA. Tentative conference theme: Name and place in the Pacific hemisphere.
Publication: The idea of a series of scholarly editions of important documents in the history of linguistics in the Pacific was mooted, and it was suggested that PL be approached as a possible publisher of such a series. Bill McGregor will look into this before leaving Canberra.
Publication of conference papers: It was agreed that a volume of conference papers should be published. Bill McGregor, David Moore, and Peter Newton agreed to edit the volume, and to explore avenues for publication. The volume need not necessarily be restricted to papers presented at the SHLP conference, and anyone who is interested in contributing should contact the editors via the society yahoo email address (email@example.com). Presenters will be contacted in due course.