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LINGUIST List 18.2434

Fri Aug 17 2007

FYI: Society for the History of Linguistics in Pacific

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        1.    William McGregor, Society for the History of Linguistics in Pacific

Message 1: Society for the History of Linguistics in Pacific
Date: 17-Aug-2007
From: William McGregor <linwmghum.au.dk>
Subject: Society for the History of Linguistics in Pacific
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We propose to establish a society for the study of the history of
linguistics in the Pacific region, with the above title, abbreviated SHLP.
The purpose of this society is to foster and advance the study of the
history of linguistic research in the world’s most linguistically diverse
region, the Pacific (embracing the region falling within the scope of
Pacific Linguistics). SHLP is concerned with the history of all aspects of
linguistics - documentary, descriptive, theoretical, and applications - and
its relation to other disciplines. The aims of the society include:

* to awaken the interest and further the awareness of linguists in the
history of their discipline, with a particular focus on the Pacific region;
* to give the history of linguistics both within the subject and outside it
– in disciplines such as history, anthropology, archeology – a higher
profile in the Pacific region and internationally;
* to encourage the production of critical editions of important historical
documents and historically aware metadocumentary resources;
* to stimulate the investigation of indigenous and post-colonial traditions
in linguistics;
* to encourage awareness of the principles and practices of linguistic
* to serve as an interdisciplinary forum for dialogue within the
international community of historians of linguistics.

The main activities of the society will be:

* organization of biennial conferences, the first to be held in conjunction
with ALS2008;
* establishment of a newsletter and electronic forum for exchange of ideas
and information.

Membership of the society is open to those interested in Pacific region
history, especially linguists, historians, archaeologists, anthropologists,
educators, and speakers of languages of the region. Please send expressions
of interest to the planning committee (see below) at

The planning committee aims to establish an interim organization by the end
of 2007, and will communicate information directly to all those who have
expressed interest.

Thanking you in advance, the Planning Committee:

Hilary Carey (Newcastle, Hilary.Careynewcastle.edu.au)
William B. McGregor (Aarhus, linwmghum.au.dk)
David Moore (Alice Springs, moored03bigpond.com.au)

Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics; General Linguistics; History of Linguistics; Language Documentation

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