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Wed Jan 31 2007

Confs: Typology/Indionesia

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        1.    Antoinette Schapper, Fifth International East Nusantara Conference


Message 1: Fifth International East Nusantara Conference
Date: 25-Jan-2007
From: Antoinette Schapper <a_schapperhotmail.com>
Subject: Fifth International East Nusantara Conference


Fifth International East Nusantara Conference
Short Title: ENUS V

Date: 01-Aug-2007 - 03-Aug-2007
Location: Kupang, Indonesia
Contact: Gary Holton
Contact Email: gary.holtongmail.com
Meeting URL: http://www.uaf.edu/linguist/enus

Linguistic Field(s): Typology

Meeting Description:

The fifth East Nusantara Conference will be held in Kupang, Indonesia,
1-3 August 2007. This year's conference is sponsored by Universitas
Nusa Cendana (UNDANA), with addtional support from the local Kupang
community. A diverse range of Indonesia and foreign researchers and
educators will attend. We anticipate a lively and informal discussion
of current issues in East Nusantara language and culture research,
both theoretical and applied. For the purposes of this conference the
East Nusantara region is taken to include eastern Indonesia (east of
Bali) and Timor L'este, and Austronesian as well as non-Austronesian
languages.

To date four International Conferences for East Nusantara Linguistics
have been held: three in Leiden (1998, 2001, 2005), and one at the
Australian National University in Canberra (2000). As with previous
conferences the aim of ENUS remains to bring together linguists,
anthropologists, ethnographers, musicologists, and others who work in
the East Nusantara region to share the results of their research with
each other. The expanded focus of this fifth conference opens up an
even broader range of possibilities for cross-disciplinary discussion.

Themes

1. Deixis and directional systems
Spatial deixis, as embodied in sometimes elaborate directional
systems, is an important feature of many East Nusantara languages,
however, the precise nature of these systems can be quite varied. Many
languages contrast a seaward/landward distinction with an up/down
coast direction, while other languages have a single directional
contrasting with the seaward/landward distinction. The lexical
categories across which directional systems operate can vary
considerably as well, including adverbs, demonstrative pronouns,
deictic determiners, and/or directional verbs. Within this theme we
invite both papers which address directional systems within particular
languages as well as papers which examine the typology of directional
systems in one or more East Nusantara languages.

2. Evidentiality
Evidentiality, or the grammatical encoding of epistimology, has
received more attention among languages which require explicit marking
of epistemic value (cf. Chafe 1986, Aikhenvald & Dixon 2003).
While such heavily grammaticized systems appear to be rare in East
Nusantara, epistemic devices such as hearsay markers have been
reported in many East Nusantara languages. Within this theme we
welcome papers which examine the nature of evidential systems within
particular languages as well as papers which examine the issue from a
wider typological perspective.

3. (Timor)-Alor-Pantar languages
The first few years of this century has seen a surge in interest in
the this under-documented-documented group of non-Austronesian
languages. Although assumed to belong to the Trans New Guinea family,
little internal or external comparative evidence has so far been
available with which to test this hypothesis. As more data become
available we are now able to better address both internal structural
characteristics and external genetic relationships. Within this theme
we welcome both papers addressing specific TAP languages as well as
papers addressing typological or genetic relationships.

Related Conferences

Those attending ENUS may wish to combine the trip with attendance at
two related conferences, to be held immediately following ENUS in
Manokwari, Papua.

-International Symposium on Malay and Indonesia Linguistics (ISMIL), 6-8
August http://email.eva.mpg.de/~gil/ismil/11/index.html

-Papua Languages Workshop, 8-10 August
http://email.eva.mpg.de/~gil/wlp/index.html

Those wishing to travel from Kupang to Manokwari immediately following
ENUS should make travel arrangements as soon as possible. Information
on travel to Manokwari from Makasar, Bali, and Jakarta is available on
the ISMIL website. From Kupang travellers will generally have to
overnight in either Bali or Makasar. There are basically two options:
(i) fly to Denpasar late Friday, 4 August, then connect to Manokwari
the following day; or (ii) fly to Makasar on TransNusa, departing
14.45 on Friday, again connecting to Manokwari (via Makasar) the
following day.

Website: http://www.undana.ac.id OR http://www.uaf.edu/linguist/enus
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