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Full Title: Linguistic Society of Papua New Guinea 2014 Annual Meeting

Location: Madang, Papua New Guinea
Start Date: 17-Sep-2014 - 19-Sep-2014
Contact: Craig Alan Volker
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: The 2014 annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of Papua New Guinea will be held at Divine Word University in Madang, Papua New Guinea 17-19 September.

The day preceding the conference will be Papua New Guinea Independence Day, which Madang celebrates with the Madang Show near the Divine Word University campus. Conference participants will be welcome to come a few days early to enjoy this colourful celebration of indigenous Madang culture.

The people of Madang are well known in Papua New Guinea for their friendliness and hospitality to newcomers. Madang Town is a well known tourist destination in Madang, with accommodation of various standards of comfort. Conference organisers are trying to arrange special accommodation discounts for participants. For further details or assistance with accommodation please contact stapungu@dwu.ac.pg with the subject heading “LSPNG 2014 accommodation”.

Madang is connected by three airlines (Air Niugini, Airlines PNG and the new discount airline Travelair) to the international airport in Port Moresby (POM) and, for visitors arriving overland from Jayapura, Indonesia, to Vanimo airport (VAI) in northwestern PNG. International participants needing assistance making bookings can contact the DWU travel agent, Global Travel (dealedona@dwu.ac.pg).

Conference fee: PNG K150 regular, PNG K50 students

For more information contact: cvolker@dwu.ac.pg
Linguistic Subfield: Historical Linguistics; Language Documentation; Sociolinguistics; General Linguistics
LL Issue: 25.650

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