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Thu Feb 09 2012

Calls: General Linguistics/Indonesia

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        1.     David Gil , Workshop on the Languages of Papua 3


Message 1: Workshop on the Languages of Papua 3
Date: 09-Feb-2012
From: David Gil <gileva.mpg.de>
Subject: Workshop on the Languages of Papua 3
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Full Title: Workshop on the Languages of Papua 3
Short Title: WLP3

Date: 11-Feb-2013 - 15-Feb-2013
Location: Jayapura, Papua, Indonesia
Contact Person: David Gil
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://email.eva.mpg.de/~gil/wlp/3/index.html

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Sep-2012

Meeting Description:

*NOTE: This conference has been postponed to a date yet to be determined.*

WLP focuses on the most linguistically diverse part of the world, Melanesia, which straddles countries of Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Melanesia contains around a fifth of the world's 6,000 languages in under 3% of its land area and less than 0.2% of its population. The scope of the workshop includes all languages known as 'Papuan', plus the Austronesian languages that are spoken in the vicinity of Papuan languages in New Guinea plus parts of Indonesia, East Timor and the Solomon Islands.

These languages are astonishingly diverse, barely known to science, and face the threat of extinction without trace in the coming century unless concerted international efforts are made to meet the huge challenge of documenting them. WLP addresses the scientific issues raised by these languages, covering the whole gamut of linguistic questions from phonology to syntax to typology to historical linguistics, as well as topics bordering musicology, anthropology and prehistory; it also includes papers on digital archiving, documentary linguistics, scientific infrastructure and the training of linguists from minority language groups. In addition, WLP addresses various practical issues concerning the cultural and linguistic rights of minority groups in Indonesia, Timor Leste and Papua New Guinea, including language support and maintenance, and, in particular, the need for education programs that allow children to receive part of their schooling in their mother-tongue.

Call for Papers:

Persons wishing to present a paper at the symposium are invited to submit a one-page abstract in electronic form (preferably pdf, but MsWord also acceptable) to David Gil at the following address:

gileva.mpg.de

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 1 September 2012



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