LINGUIST List 27.798

Thu Feb 11 2016

Confs: Anthropological Ling, Computational Ling, Genetic Classification, Language Doc, Text/Corpus Ling/Brazil

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 11-Feb-2016
From: Filomena Sandalo <>
Subject: Putting Fieldwork on Indigenous Languages to New Uses
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Putting Fieldwork on Indigenous Languages to New Uses
Short Title: PFILNU2016

Date: 21-Mar-2016 - 06-Apr-2016
Location: University of Campinas/Campinas, Brazil
Contact: Filomena Sandalo
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Genetic Classification; Language Documentation; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Meeting Description:

Putting Fieldwork on Indigenous Languages to New Uses is a São Paulo School on Advanced Sciences, supported by the São Paulo State Research Foundation (FAPESP), and will be held from March 21 to April 6, at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil.

Flight tickets will be provided to the selected students.

The purpose of this school is twofold: (i) to introduce early career researchers to the latest developments in data collection and linguistic research on native languages, and (ii) to pave the way for new uses of linguistic fieldwork, with mutual benefits for both linguists and the indigenous populations. Drawing on the vast experience of the researchers of the several partner institutions in documentation, corpus linguistics and formal linguistic theory, we will present/discuss possibilities not previously pursued: extensive comparison across native languages to build taxonomies and phylogenetic models of transmission, oral corpora and a new objective and unbiased grammatical terminology, reflecting the speakers' original intuitions and potentially revealing truly universal building blocks of language and cognition. All these new tools should feed into literacy projects for the local communities, raising their own meta-linguistic and cultural awareness (in a non-intrusive way).

We expect students form several universities of Brazil, Argentina, Great-Britain, Australia and United States to attend, resulting in about 100 students.

Languages and cultures of Brazil
Introduction to phylogetic methods in Linguistics
How to work on digital oral corpora syntactic annotation Corpus Ling/Brazil
Experimental and computational methods in Phonology and Morphology
Music, Language, and Documentation in Australia
Experimenting semantics, number and language

Visit the website for details.

Note that Myfany Turpin's class has been cancelled.

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