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LINGUIST List 20.4043

Thu Nov 26 2009

Confs: Language Documentation/Japan

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        1.    Toshihide Nakayama, International Symposium on Grammar Writing

Message 1: International Symposium on Grammar Writing
Date: 25-Nov-2009
From: Toshihide Nakayama <nakayamaaa.tufs.ac.jp>
Subject: International Symposium on Grammar Writing
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International Symposium on Grammar Writing

Date: 08-Dec-2009 - 10-Dec-2009
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Contact: Toshihide Nakayama
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://lingdy.aacore.jp/en/activity/symposium2009.html

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Meeting Description:

This symposium brings together leading scholars in descriptive linguistics to
exchange insights on theoretical, methodological, and practical issues in the
art of grammar writing in the present-day academic and social context. In
particular it deals with issues in the following areas:

1) Grammar writing as an effort to capture workings of human languages
- How successful have grammars been in capturing the way human languages work?
- Role of usage in language description
- Databases appropriate for descriptive grammars

2) Organization of a grammar
- Categories and units in language description
- Phonology in grammar writing
- Role of theory in language description
- Organization and terminology in grammar writing

3) Goals and roles of grammars within wider contexts
- Grammar writing in relation to language documentation and language revitalization
- Grammar writing in relation to typology and theory-making
- Writing a grammar for non-specialists
- Role of grammatical sketches

4) Grammar writing in linguistics
- Promoting grammar writing: academic training and support
- Teachable aspects of the art of grammar writing: theory, methodology,
techniques in grammar writing

Through discussions at the symposium, we will explore ways to assist and
encourage production of insightful and readable grammars and to raise the
profile of grammar writing both within linguistics and in language documentation.

The symposium is organized as an activity of the 'Linguistic Dynamics Science
Research Project' (LingDy). LingDy is a leading project of the Research
Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa (ILCAA), Tokyo
University of Foreign Studies, that endeavors to build an international
collaborative research framework that supports and advances research on
linguistic diversity and endangered languages.

Program

December 8

10:00-10:15 Opening

10:15-13:00 Panel Session 1: Grammar Writing from the Advisor's Perspective
Chair: Andrew Pawley

14:00-15:00 Empirical Foundations for Grammatical Description in the 21st Century
Speaker: Marianne Mithun

15:00-16:00 Corpus-based Grammars of Previously Unresearched Languages
Speaker: Ulrike Mosel

16:30-17:30 Phonology in Grammar Writing
Speaker: Keren Rice


December 9

10:00-11:00 Walking the Line: Finding the Balance in Grammar Writing
Speaker: Carol Genetti

11:00-12:00 Antipolysynthesis: the Descriptive Challenge of Clauses That Are Words
Speaker: Mark Donohue

12:30-13:30 FINE Grammars for Small Languages
Speaker: Kenneth L. Rehg

14:30-17:30 Panel Session 2: Grammar Writing -- Looking into the Future
Chair: Nicholas Evans


December 10

10:00-13:00 Workshop: Grammatical Writing from the Student's Perspective
Chair: Kenneth L. Rehg & Toshihide Nakayama
Presenters: Elena Indjieva, Hiroko Sato, Jake Terrell; Kazuhiro Imanishi, Yuto
Niinaga, Kosei Otsuka, Emiko Tsuji, Noboru Yoshioka

14:00-15:00 Balancing Form and Function in Grammatical Description
Speaker: Thomas Payne

15:00-17:30 Panel Session 3: Balancing Form and Function in Grammatical Description
Chair: Thomas Payne
Panelists: Fuyuki Ebata, Hideo Sawada, Michinori Shimoji


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