Sunday, July 31, 2005

Dryer: Order of Adposition and Noun Phrase

contains data from several Australian languages

Evans: Complex events, propositional overlay, and the special status of reciprocal clauses

Indigenous Placenames

Focus on Bardi

Saturday, July 30, 2005

n.b.

As you can see, I'm back with regular internet access, and here are some updates. Sorry about any duplicates, I don't always remember what's here.

On the back of the tongue: dorsal sounds in Australian languages

link goes to abstract

clausetypes

Link goes to pdf. Matthew Dryer's article on clause types for the second edition of the Shopen volume on typology and syntactic description

The nothing that is, the zero that isn't

Link goes to abstract. Blackwell Synergy: Studia Linguistica, Vol 57, Issue 2, pp. 75-119: Bill McGregor.

Universals, their biolation and the notion of phonologically peculariar languages

includes Diyari.

The violability of backness in retroflex consonants

Involves an analysis of Walmajarri.

`Syntactic ergativity' in Dyirbal and Balinese

Link goes to abstract

Butcher: fortis/lenis revisted one more time.

subscription to "Clinical linguistics and phonetics" required; link goes to abstract.

Keywords: phonetics, fortis/lenis, Burarra

What ambivalent segments can tell us about the universality of distinctive features

Jeff Mielke. Includes data from Pama-Nyungan languages

Friday, July 29, 2005

Ruth Singer

Ruther Singer's web page has a number of mss on Maung, conference handouts and links.

Pausing strategies and prosodic boundaries in Dalabon

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Wiradjuri

[Crosspsted from ILAT]
Learning an old language

Thursday, 7 July 2005
http://forbes.yourguide.com.au/detail.asp?class=news&subclass=local&category=general%20news&story_id=406746&y=2005&m=7

Children living along the Lachlan will soon be speaking Wiradjuri again.
Forbes North Public School and Yoorana Gunya Family Violence Healing
Centre have received an $83,000 grant to teach the regional Aboriginal
language.

The school will employ four Aboriginal tutors who will be trained to
teach the language and then help teachers in the classroom.

Their experience will be developed into teaching resources and published
for the other schools in the region.

Teacher Michele Herbert, whose classes have learned Wiradjuri for the
past three years, said she and her students loved the language.

"The kids love learning the songs," she said.

Performances in Wiradjuri were a highlight of last week's school NAIDOC
celebrations as was labelling body parts with their Aboriginal names.

Mrs Herbert said the programme would not only keep the Wiradjuri
language alive in Forbes, it would provide the children with the skills
to learn a second language at a young age.

"It is also building higher self-esteem and tolerance in all students,"
she said.

"I think reviving the Aboriginal culture is going to make stronger links
between all communities in our region.

"We are building positive relationships between the Aboriginal community
and the school - and the whole community."

It also remains a relevant language for the school to teach, given 30
per cent of students are Aboriginal.

"A lot of people use Aboriginal words around this region," Mrs Herbert
said.

"A lot of place names, for example, are culturally significant."

The Wiradjuri unit Mrs Herbert developed for use in her own classes is
already due to be published on the Board of Studies website for other
schools to use as a resource.

There is potential for the joint programme to expand to a three-year
project if it is successful this year.

Dryer: Order of Adposition and Noun Phrase
Evans: Complex events, propositional overlay, and the special status of reciprocal clauses
Indigenous Placenames
n.b.
On the back of the tongue: dorsal sounds in Australian languages
clausetypes
The nothing that is, the zero that isn't
Universals, their biolation and the notion of phonologically peculariar languages
The violability of backness in retroflex consonants
`Syntactic ergativity' in Dyirbal and Balinese
Butcher: fortis/lenis revisted one more time.
What ambivalent segments can tell us about the universality of distinctive features
Ruth Singer
Pausing strategies and prosodic boundaries in Dalabon
Wiradjuri