LINGUIST List 27.850

Tue Feb 16 2016

Calls: Anthropological Ling, Computational Ling, Genetic Classification, Lang Doc, Text/Corpus Ling/Brazil

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 16-Feb-2016
From: Filomena Sandalo <>
Subject: Putting Fieldwork on Indigenous Languages to New Uses
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Full Title: 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 Person: Filomena Sandalo
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

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

Call Deadline: 20-Feb-2016

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.

2nd Call for Papers:

The workshop is mainly directed to postdoctoral researchers and doctoral students. Master's degree students are also invited to apply, although their acceptance is not priority. In order to apply for attendance, an abstract for a poster presentation is requested.

Participants with approved works will be provided flight tickets to the workshop city (Campinas).

We welcome works on indigenous languages in any subfield of linguistics, being it formal or functional, theoretical or experimental. Abstracts will be evaluated by two members of the organizing committee according to the following criteria: relevance of the topic, presence of theoretical orientation, proper research design, results, textual features and contribution to the field.

Abstracts should be no more than 1 page, minimum 12pt size font and 1 inch margins. Abstract submissions should be sent through EasyChair (

Additionally, please submit to our email ( the following documents:

- a letter of intention
- your CV

Submissions deadline: 20 February 2016

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