LINGUIST List 27.1926

Wed Apr 27 2016

Calls: Papuan, Austronesian Languages,Gen Ling/Indonesia

Editor for this issue: Amanda Foster <>

Date: 26-Apr-2016
From: David Gil <>
Subject: Workshop on the Languages of Papua 4
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Full Title: Workshop on the Languages of Papua 4
Short Title: WLP4

Date: 23-Jan-2017 - 26-Jan-2017
Location: Manokwari, West Papua, Indonesia
Contact Person: David Gil
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Malay; Pijin; Tok Pisin

Language Family(ies): Austronesian; East Papuan; West Papuan

Call Deadline: 01-Sep-2016

Meeting Description:

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:

Papers are invited dealing with the ''Papuan'' (ie. non-Austronesian) languages spoken in eastern Indonesia, the greater New Guinea region, and the Solomon Islands. Equally welcome are papers concerned with the Austronesian languages spoken in the same areas, including the contact varieties of Malay, as well as Tok Pisin and Solomon Islands Pidgin. Papers may be in any of the subfields of linguistics, and may represent variegated approaches and diverse theoretical persuasions. Papers are to be delivered in English.

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

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