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LINGUIST List 20.4042

Thu Nov 26 2009

Confs: Austronesian, Anthropological Ling, General Ling/Australia

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        1.    Mark Donohue, Critical Directions in Comparative Austronesian Studies

Message 1: Critical Directions in Comparative Austronesian Studies
Date: 24-Nov-2009
From: Mark Donohue <mark.donohueanu.edu.au>
Subject: Critical Directions in Comparative Austronesian Studies
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Critical Directions in Comparative Austronesian Studies
Short Title: CDCAS


Date: 27-Jan-2010 - 28-Jan-2010
Location: Canberra, Australia
Contact: Mark Donohue
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://rspas.anu.edu.au/linguistics/ComparativeAustronesian/

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics

Language Family(ies): Austronesian

Meeting Description:

It has been over ten years since the publication of The Austronesians (1995) and even longer since the
ANU conference was held from which that volume emerged. A great deal of research has been done in
archaeology, anthropology, linguistics and genetics since that time, as well as numerous integrationist
studies. It is now appropriate to take stock of what has been discovered and what can be learned from
it. It is essential, however, to begin with the presentation of new evidence.

For that reason, we have proposed this Workshop, scheduled for the 28th and 29th of January, to be
held at the ANU with the aim of bringing together researchers who can present critical evidence, and
who are willing to discuss their findings from different perspectives. At this stage, we are not asking
for definitive papers or summation statements. Rather we hope that the Workshop will provide a forum
for the consideration of what we know, what we think we know, and what we need to focus on for the
development of future research.

We are suggesting a deviation from a 'normal' conference model. We would like talks to be 30 minutes
each, mainly consisting of a clear presentation, suitable to an interdisciplinary audience, of the critical
data that each researcher brings to the discussion. Following this we call for a short disciplinary
interpretation of these data, without attempting to integrate with evidence from other disciplines. Each
talk will end with 5 minutes for clarificatory questions. We shall save general discussion, questions and
answers, and debate for dedicated discussion slots, during which we shall also work towards an
integrated model that combines data from the different disciplines.


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