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Conference Information

Full Title: 9th International Conference on Oceanic Languages

Short Title: COOL9
Location: Newcastle, NSW, Australia
Start Date: 04-Feb-2013 - 08-Feb-2013
Contact: Åshild Næss
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Meeting Description: The 9th International Conference on Oceanic Languages will be held in Newcastle, Australia, hosted by the University of Newcastle’s Faculty of Education and Arts, and the Endangered Languages Documentation, Theory and Application Research Group.

The Oceanic branch of the Austronesian language family includes more than 500 languages spoken throughout Island Melanesia, coastal Papua New Guinea, Polynesia and Micronesia. The languages show a high degree of linguistic diversity and are of considerable wider scientific significance, and many are highly endangered. The COOL conference series is dedicated to research on Oceanic languages and their multifaceted linguistic, social, cultural and historical contexts. It embraces research in all aspects of language within the Oceanic speaking world, including language contact, as well as Papuan languages, pidgins and creoles, and European languages in the Oceaniasphere.

Invited Speakers:

Prof. Maria Polinsky (Harvard) ‘Deriving Ergativity in Oceanic Languages’
Dr Michael Dunn (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics) ‘Patterns and Processes of Language Contact in Oceania’

Themed Sessions:

The conference includes two themed sessions linked to the plenary lectures.

Themed session 1: ‘Formal Perspectives on Oceanic.’ This session examines aspects of Oceanic languages that are significant from the perspective of wider formal theories of language, including issues which pose challenges for formal theories, as well as ways in which formal theoretical approaches cast light on the nature of Oceanic languages. Plenary speaker: Prof. Maria Polinsky (Harvard) ‘Deriving ergativity in Oceanic Languages’.

Themed session 2: ‘Perspectives on Language Contact in the Oceaniasphere.’ This session focuses on all aspects of language contact in the Oceanic-speaking region, including Oceanic-Oceanic contact, Oceanic-Papuan contact, interaction between language contact and genetic affiliation in Oceanic, and contact between Oceanic and/or Papuan languages with pidgins/creoles and metropolitan languages. Papers within all approaches and on all topics ranging from grammatical to sociolinguistic are welcome. Plenary speaker: Dr Michael Dunn (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics) ‘Patterns and Processes of Language Contact in Oceania’.
Linguistic Subfield: General Linguistics
LL Issue: 23.3243

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