LINGUIST List 9.1823

Tue Dec 22 1998

FYI: Endangered Lang, Feedback Wanted, Semitic Ling

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  1. whalen, Addendum, Endangered Language Fund
  2. JoAnne Marie, Feedback wanted
  3. Uri Horesh, Symposium -- Semitic Linguistics

Message 1: Addendum, Endangered Language Fund

Date: Mon, 21 Dec 1998 09:08:01 -0500
From: whalen <>
Subject: Addendum, Endangered Language Fund

 In the original posting, the rather important information of the day 
of our annual meeting was omitted. Here is the complete information:

 The Endangered Language Fund is a US nonprofit organization
dedicated to helping maintain endangered languages, documenting
endangered languages for linguistic science, and disseminating the
results of both efforts to the scholarly community and the native
language community. Our annual meeting will take place in conjunction
with the Linguistic Society of America on Friday, January 8th, 
1999, in Los Angeles. It will begin at 8 a.m. in the LaBrea room of 
the Westin Bonaventure Hotel (404 S. Figueroa St.). If you will be at 
the LSA,please come join us.

The Endangered Language Fund
Dept. of Linguistics
Yale University
P. O. Box 208236
New Haven, CT 06520-8236 USA
Tel: 203-432-2450
FAX: 203-432-4087
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Message 2: Feedback wanted

Date: Tue, 22 Dec 1998 04:24:28 +0100
From: JoAnne Marie <>
Subject: Feedback wanted

I would very much appreciate feedback from your readers on the new phonetic
writing system described on my web site (in signature). Thank you in
advance, JoAnne Marie
JoAnne Marie,
CV, Phonetics and Poetry on:
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Message 3: Symposium -- Semitic Linguistics

Date: Tue, 22 Dec 98 15:10:58 -0000
From: Uri Horesh <>
Subject: Symposium -- Semitic Linguistics

Semitic Linguistics: The State of the Art at the Turn of the Twenty-First 

Israel Oriental Studies (IOS) is an annual devoted to the study of the 
Near East in various disciplines. Appearing under the auspices of the 
Faculty of Humanities at Tel Aviv University, it began publication in 1971, 
and quickly earned a reputation for its contribution to scholarship, with 
major concentrations in the study of Near Eastern languages, philology, 
history and religions. 
For the year 2000, the editorial board of IOS have planned an ambitious 
project, and volume 20 of this annual will be devoted to the state of the 
art of Semitic linguistics at the turn of the 21st century. What we would 
like to convey are the achievements, the drawbacks and the desiderata in the 
wide and diverse field of Semitic linguistics, i.e., to emphasize progress,
conservatism and current gaps in research. 

While languages and language families are the main concern of Semitic 
linguistics in general, we thought it would be preferable to adopt a 
different point of view, and to present our interest in the various languages 
in this family from a variety of angles. Thus, aside from commonly studied 
issues such as comparative linguistics, typology and genetics, or scripts, we 
should like to shed light from the point of view of Semitic linguistics on 
more general topics like dialectology, the study of rare or extinct languages,
 geographical linguistics, languages in contact, the relationship between 
linguistics and other disciplines, child language and first language 
acquisition, and others. Some topics may be dealt with by more than a single 
author, and be combined later into a set of articles in a single category. 

Special attention will be paid to the impact of the advances in general 
linguistics on the study of Semitic languages and on Semitic linguistics, 
as well as to the actual and potential impact of Semitic linguistics on the 
general study of language. 

As a first step towards the publication of this volume, we are planning a 
preparatory symposium. This will provide an opportunity for contributors to 
the volume, many of whom are involved in large research projects, to offer 
oral presentations in the investigated areas and to discuss matters of mutual 
interest. Special emphasis will be drawn on pinpointing desiderata and on 
raising suggestions for future research and possible international cooperation. The planned symposium will be the basis upon which the written contributions 
and the setup of the IOS volume will emerge. 

The symposium will take place on January 11-13, 1999, at 496 Gilman Hall, 
Tel Aviv University.

Following is the schedule for the Symposium:
Sunday, January 10, 1999
Reception for participants 
Address: Prof. Nili Cohen, Rector, Tel Aviv University

Monday, January 11, 1999 
Opening Addresses:
Prof. Marcelo Dascal, Dean, The Lester and Sally Entin Faculty of Humanities 
Dr. Moshe Florentin, Chair, Department of Hebrew and Semitic Languages 
Prof. Shlomo Izre'el, Editor, Israel Oriental Studies, and Coordinator, Section of Semitic Languages 

Morning session (Chair: Stephen A. Kaufman) 

Gideon Goldenberg (Jerusalem) 
Semitic Linguistics and the General Study of Language

Jo Ann Hackett (Cambridge, MA) 
The Study of Partially Documented Languages

11.20-11.50 Coffee break 

Michael Patrick O'Connor (Washington, DC) 
The Study of Extinct Languages

Baruch Podolsky (Tel Aviv) 
The Study of Rare, Dying Out and Extinct Semitic Dialects in the Modern World

13.10-14.40 Lunch break 

Afternoon session (Chair: Geoffrey Khan) 

Peter T. Daniels (New York) 
Writing and Scripts in the Semitic World

John Huehnergard (Cambridge, MA) 
Comparative Semitic Linguistics

16.00-16.30 Coffee break 

Helmut Satzinger (Vienna) 
The Egyptian Connection: Egyptian and the Semitic Languages

Rainer M. Voigt (Berlin) 
The Hamitic Connection: Semitic and Hamito-Semitic 

Tuesday, January 12, 1999 
Morning session (Chair: Rainer M. Voigt) 

Anna G. Belova and Victor Ja. Porkhomovsky (Moscow) 
Joseph L. Malone (New York) in absentia 
The Chomskian School and Semitic Linguistics

10.50-11.20 Coffee break 

Geoffrey Khan (Cambridge, UK) 

Uri Horesh (Tel Aviv) 
TMA (Tense-Mood-Aspect)

Baruch Podolsky (Tel Aviv) 

13.20-14.50 Lunch break 

Afternoon session (Chair: David L. Appleyard) 

Shlomo Raz (Tel Aviv) 
Dialectology: The Ethiopian Languages

Otto Jastrow (Erlangen) 
Dialectology: Arabic

16.10-16.40 Coffee break 

Otto Jastrow (Erlangen) 
Dialectology: Aramaic

Olga Kapeliuk (Jerusalem) 
Languages in Contact: The Contemporary Semitic World 

Wednesday, January 13, 1999 
Morning session (Chair: Jo Ann Hackett) 

Stephen A. Kaufman (Cincinnati) 
Languages in Contact: The Ancient Near East

Bruce Zuckerman (Rolling Hills Estates, CA) 
New Finds in the 20th Century: The Semitic Languages of the Ancient World

10.50-11.20 Coffee break 

David L. Appleyard (London) 
New Finds in the 20th Century: The South Semitic Languages

Edward L. Greenstein (Tel Aviv) 
Advances in Linguistic Study as an Aid for Other Disciplines: The Ancient World

Victor Ja. Porkhomovsky (Moscow) 
Advances in Linguistic Study as an Aid for Other Disciplines: The Ethiopian and South Arabian Languages and Cultures

13.20-14.50 Lunch break 

Afternoon session (Chair: Michael Patrick O'Connor) 

Ruth A. Berman and Dorit D. Ravid (Tel Aviv) 
Insights into Semitics from Research on the Acquisition of Israeli Hebrew and Palestinian Arabic

Yaacov Choueka (Ramat Gan, Israel) 
Computational Linguistics and Semitic Languages: Achievements and Desiderata

16.30-17:00 Coffee break 

Semitic Linguistics: Looking into the 21st Century General Discussion Concluding remarks and business meeting 

* The volume of _Israel Oriental Studies_ will further include a paper not presented at this Symposium: New Finds in the 20th Century: The Modern South Arabian Languages, by Marie-Claude Simeone-Senelle (Meudon, France). 

Information on the Symposium can also be found on the web:
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