The Australian Linguistic Society (ALS) is an academic association for linguists. It was established in 1967 with the primary goal of furthering interest in and support for linguistics research and teaching in Australia. The Australian Linguistic Society also publishes a peer-reviewed academic journal, the Australian Journal of Linguistics, holds an annual conference, an occasional linguistics institute, and has developed and endorsed several policies and statements relating to language and linguistics.
The specific objectives of the Australian Linguistic Society are:
The official journal of the Australian Linguistic Society is the Australian Journal of Linguistics, a peer-reviewed journal of international standing. The journal is concerned with all branches of linguistics, and has an international scope but with a particular focus on research about Australian Aboriginal languages, varieties of Australian English, and research by Australian linguists. The current editor is Keith Allan. The Society also publishes proceedings from the annual ALS conference. Since 1998, selected refereed proceedings have been made available online.
The inaugural meeting of the Australian Linguistic Society was held in 1967 at the Australian National University. The Society was initially known as the Linguistic Society of Australia but was renamed the Australian Linguistic Society at the 1978 conference. Conferences have been held every year since the inaugural meeting, at different Australian universities. A list of past conferences can be found on the ALS website.
ALS offers several scholarships and awards. These include:
The Australian Linguistic Society has developed and endorsed policies relating to the linguistic rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities; the ethical conduct of linguistic research, and the use of language analysis in relation to questions of national origin in refugee cases.