Grants for 2003
John Bowden (A.N.U.) and his Associate
John Hajek (University of Melbourne) were granted A$110,000
over three years on their project:
Project Description: Both Austronesian and Papuan languages from eastern East Timor have undergone substantial changes which have presumably resulted from communal bilingualism in both sorts of languages. The project aims to document and explain these changes. Language contact has traditionally been a neglected area in historical linguistics and the East Timor situation will provide valuable material for a general theory of language change. Book length grammars of an Austronesian and a Papuan language, further grammatical sketches, and a number of papers on language contact will be produced as a result of the project.
Congratulations to Alice Harris, whose project Diachronic Morphology in Cross-Linguistic Perspective (effective August 1, 2002) was awarded funding by the National Science Foundation (U.S.A.), BCS-0215523.
Gillian Wigglesworth (University of Melbourne)
& Jane Simpson (University of Sydney) (also involving
Patrick McConvell of AIATSIS/CRLC).
This project will involve case studies of three Aboriginal communities designed to address the following questions: RQ1: what kind of language input do indigenous Australian Aboriginal children receive from traditional indigenous languages, Kriol and varieties of English, and from code-switching involving these languages as used by adults and older children? RQ2: what effect does this have on the childrens language acquisition and how the input is reflected in their productive output? RQ3: what are the processes of language shift, maintenance and change which may be hypothesised to result from this multilingual environment, as evidenced by the childrens input and output and the degree to which this reflects transmission of the target languages, the loss of traditional languages, or the emergence of new mixed languages? To address the complexity of these questions, this project brings together people with expertise in three different, but related, fields: Central Australian languages (Simpson, Charola and Moses), first language acquisition (Wigglesworth), and historical change and language maintenance (Simpson). They will collect the data for the study by identifying the kinds of interactions young children are involved in, the language they use at different ages, and the breadth and variety of language the children are hearing.
Congratulations Luisa, who has been awarded an Italian Government Grant to be taken up at the University of Pavia in January, 2003. Luisas nine month project is to study language contact in a multilingual Alpine valley in Italy.
The Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada have awarded funding to Mireille Tremblay (Principal Investigator), Monique Dufresne (Co-researcher), and Fernande Dupuis (Co-researcher) for their research project on the evolution of prefixes and particles in French (2001-2004):
Préverbes, particules et grammaticalisation: Évolution des systèmes aspectuels dans lhistoire du français.
Notre projet porte sur la grammaticalisation des prépositions dans lhistoire du français. Lancien français dispose de deux systèmes pour modifier la valeur aspectuelle dun verbe: le système des préfixes et celui des particules (arrière, avant, sus, aval, etc.). Notre projet entend fournir une description exhaustive de ces deux systèmes dans une perspective synchronique et diachronique.
Søren Wichmann was awarded a research grant providing full salary for the period March 1, 2002 February 29th, 2004 from the Carlsberg Foundation in support of the project The Comparative Phonology of the Mayan Languages in the Light of Recent Epigraphic Research (ANS-0121/20). Congratulations!
Stephen Moreys thesis The Tai languages of Assama Grammar and Texts (Monash University, Melbourne) has been examined and accepted with minor alterations (correction of typographical errors). This thesis is in the form of a printed book and a CD. The CD includes not only the word document of the thesis, but also links to sound files for the language examples (over 500), and links to the texts in the Tai languages from which the language examples have come.
Stephen has also been offered a postdoctoral fellowship at the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology, LaTrobe University, Melbourne, which he will take up in mid 2003.
This new project for archiving audiovisual materials on endangered cultures of the Pacific region is a joint initiative between the Australian National University, the University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney. It was recently successful in securing an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage - Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) grant to set up the archive. The need for an archive has become more and more pressing in recent times: old recordings deteriorate, and materials originally recorded with now obsolescent equipment are getting harder and harder to even play back. Even cassette tapes that were first recorded in the 1970s have mostly now reached then end of their useful lifeand how many newsletter readers are able to listen to the old wire and wax recordings that are sometimes still lying around? The archive will be a boon for linguistic research in the future, with potential uses for comparative linguistics and also research into processes of language change. A web site for the project, which will include all of the metadata descriptions of archived materials will be based at the A.N.U. Enquiries from people at the A.N.U. who are interested in the new archive can be directed to John Bowden (John.Bowden@anu.edu.au).
The following is a list of newly appointed Members and Affiliates to the CRLC during 2002. For a complete list of the current CRLC Members click here.
Professor Peter Austin, Foundation Chair in
Linguistics, University of Melbourne
Assoc. Prof. Nick Evans, Assocate Professor
and Reader, Department of Linguistics & Applied Linguistics, University
Dr. Anthony Paul Grant, West Yorkshire, England
Ms. Susan Love, PhD Student, Linguistics Department,
Dr. Daniel Martín, Lecturer Spanish,
School of Language Studies and International Education, University
Ms. Luisa Miceli, Visiting Fellow, School of
Language Studies, ANU; PhD Stduent, Dept. of Linguistics, University
of Western Australia
Mr. Stephen Morey, (PhD Student), Monash University,
Professor Gunter Senft, Max Planck Institute
for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen
Mr. Ross Slater, PhD Student, School of Language
Assoc. Professor Søren Wichmann, Dept.
of General and Applied Linguistics, University of Copenhagen
Dr Catharina Williams-van Klinken, Language
Director, Peace Corps, Dili, East Timor; Honorary Fellow Department
of Linguistics, University of Melbourne
Dr Debra Ziegeler,School of English and Linguistics,
University of Manchester
Dr Ghil'ad Zuckermann, Gulbenkian Research
Fellow, Churchill College; Research Fellow Dept. of Linguistics, University
There were numerous papers presented by CRLC members at the 9th International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics (9ICAL), organised by the Department of Linguistics, Research School for Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, Canberra (Jan. 8-11, 2002). Abstracts (except for Ritsuko's) can be read at http://rspas.anu.edu.au/linguistics/ANConfs/9ICAL-ABSTRACTS.htm
And the following paper was presented at the 5th International Conference Of Oceanic Languages (COOL5) [abstracts], organised by the Department of Linguistics, Research School for Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, Canberra (Jan. 14-16, 2002):
Anthony Grant On the problems inherent in substantiating a linguistic area: the case of the Western Micronesian Sprachbund, Conference on Linguistic Areas, Convergence and Language Change, University of Manchester, UK, 22-23 November, 2002. [view the abstract]
Alice Harris gave two plenary addresses Methods in Cross-Linguistic Research on Universals of Morphosyntactic Change and Words Inside Words at the Linguistic Association of Finlands symposium Approaches to Historical Syntax (September, 2002)
Pascale Jacq gave a paper in absentia (read by Paul Sidwell) entitled Orientation origins: where do Jru' cardinal directions come from? given at the12th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society, Northern Illinois University, De Kalb (17th May 2002).
Harold Koch Placenames of Indigenous origin in the ACT and south-eastern NSW, paper presented at the Australian Placenames: an interdisciplinary colloquium, Australian National University, 5th December, 2002.
Søren Wichmann had a busy year round the world with many guest lectures and conference papers:
Paul Sidwell also gave various papers, courses and guest lectures in between 3 field trips to Southeast Asia:
Series 2, 2002, November:
Series 1, 2002, March-May:
In the second semester of 2002, Harold Koch and Patrick McConvell ran the Study of a Language Family (LING3008) course. This course aimed to give an overview of the history, data, methods, and results of the historical-comparative study of the indigenous languages of Australia, with a view to giving a reliable sketch of what can be known about the historical relations between these languages. The field of Australian historical linguistics has suffered from:
with the consequence that the field does not appear to outsiders to offer a coherent picture of the historical situation or a very full description of any proto-language of significant time depth.
We attempted, by a combination of overviews of particular domains within the field and case studies, to give particpants a clear idea of the results already achieved, current issues, opportunities for future discovery, and especially what we consider to be sound methodology.
We supplied a Reading Brick of nearly 400 pages, including a number of newly published or still unpublished articles.
The course attracted only two enrolled undergraduate students, but was attended regularly by about a dozen auditorsgraduate students and members of staffassociated with the CRLC.
In 2003 the ANU Program in Linguistics is offering a number of courses dealing with Historical Linguistics and Language Change:
Plenary panel: Theory, history, models: tools to reconstruct the past:
Alpher, Barry. 2002. Can Lexicostatistics Contribute an Absolute Time-Scale to Discussions of Continuity of Occupation in Native Title Determinations? In: Language in Native Title. Edited by John Henderson & David Nash, pp.259-290. Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press.
Bowden, John. 2002. The impact of Malay on Taba: a type of incipient language death or the incipient death of a language type? In David and Maya Bradley, eds. Language endangerment and language maintenance, pp.114-143. London: Curzon Press.
Campbell, Lyle C. & Alice C. Harris. 2002. Syntactic Reconstruction and Demythologizing Myths and the Prehistory of Grammars Journal of Linguistics, 38.3:599-618.
Diller, A. 2001a. Grammaticalization and Thai Syntactic Change. In: Essays in Tai Linguistics. Edited by M.R. Kalaya Tingsabadh and Arthur S. Abramson, pp.139-175. Chulalongkorn University Press.
Diller, A. 2001b. Thai Grammar and Grammaticality. In: Indigenous Grammars Across Cultures. Edited by Hannes Kniffka, pp.219-244, Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.
Grant, Anthony. 2002 El chabacanoi zamboangueño, lengua criolla mezclada, PAPIIA 12 (2): 7-40.
Harris, Alice C. 2002. Endoclitics and the Origins of Udi Morphosyntas. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp.xvi,299.
Harris, Alice C. 2002. On the Origins of Circumfixes in Kartvelian. In: Philologie, Typologie und Sprachstruktur: Festschrift für Winfried Boeder zum 65.Geburtstag. Edited by Wolfram Bublitz, Manfred von Roncador, and Heinz Vater, pp305-322. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.
Lacadena, Alfonso & Søren Wichmann. 2002. The distribution of Lowland Maya languages in the Classic period In: La organización social entre los mayas. Memoria de la Tercera Mesa Redonda de Palenque, Vol. II, red. V. Tiesler, R. Cobos and M. Green Robertson, pp.275-314. México D.F.: Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, y Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán.
Lynch, John, Malcolm Ross & Terry Crowley. 2002. The Oceanic Languages. London: Curzon Press.
McConvell, Patrick. 2002. Linguistic Stratigraphy and Native Title: The Case of Ethnonyms. In: Language in Native Title. Edited by John Henderson & David Nash, pp.259-290. Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press.
Nash, David. 2002. Historical Linguistic Geography of South-East Western Australia. In: Language in Native Title. Edited by John Henderson & David Nash, pp.205-230. Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press.
Sidwell, Paul & Vitaly Shevoroshkin. (eds.)2002. Anatolian Languages. Melbourne: Association for the History of Language.
Sidwell, Paul & Vitaly Shevoroshkin. (eds.)2002. Languages and their Speakers in Ancient Eurasia: Dedicated to Professor Aharon Dolgopolsky on his 70th birthday. Melbourne: Association for the History of Language.
Sidwell, Paul. 2002. Classification of the Bahnaric Languages: a comprehensive review Mon-Khmer Studies, Vol.32:. Mahidol University, Thailand.
Wichmann, Søren. 2002. Questioning the grid: a new distinction among the syllabic signs of the Maya hieroglyphic script? Mexicon, 24.5:98-106.
Wichmann, Søren. 2002. Advances in the correlation of linguistic families and prehistoric farming areas: a possible solution ot Bellwood's dilemma Published at the web-site of the ARCLINGII conference: http://crlc.anu.edu.au/arcling2/wichmann.htm
Wichmann, Søren. 2002. Hieroglyphic evidence for the historical configuration of Eastern Ch'olan Research Reports on Ancient Maya Writing, 51. Washington, D.C.: Centre for Maya Research.
Wouk, Fay & Malcolm Ross. (eds). 2002. The Historical and typological development of western Austronesian voice systems. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
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