Saturday, December 31, 2005

Towards portability and interoperability for linguistic annotation

Friday, December 23, 2005

LINGUIST List 16.2752: Language Description, Yugambal: Sharpe

Book announcement for Margaret Sharpe's grammar and texts of Yugambeh-Bundalung.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Clusivity [TSL 63]

Book on inclusive/exclusive distinctions. There don't seem to be any papers on Australian languages but it still might be useful.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Lingua Franca - 17/12/2005: Gut Feelings...

Alice Gaby on Kuuk-Thayorre and body-part emotion terms.

Monday, December 19, 2005

dEadly mOb

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

The 1998 Wentworth Lecture - Questia Online Library

In Wangurri and English

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Yawuru Language Pages

Tuesday, December 06, 2005


If you haven't been to ASEDA recently I highly recommend heading over there and having a look at the recent acquisitions.

Friday, December 02, 2005


The Foundation for Endangered Languages held its ninth conference last month in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Its theme was the marginalisation of languages due to histories of migration, especially in Africa, but also in Siberia and other parts of Europe, Asia and Australia.

Its proceedings are now available, entitled "Creating Outsiders: Endangered Languages, Migration and Marginalisation"
and edited by Nigel Crawhall and Nicholas Ostler
(ISBN 0-9538248-7-X)

It is an 184-page volume, and the contents look like this:

Map of Language Locations by Page Number
Index of Authors
Note on Spelling of Clicks
Index of Languages and Families
Nigel Crawhall, Nicholas Ostler Preface

Section 1 Keynote Address
Rajend Mesthrie Language Endangerment in the Indic and Zanzibari Communities of KwaZulu-Natal

Section 2 Outward Migration and Endangered Languages
Tomasz Wicherkiewicz Diaspora Languages at the Edge of Extinction: Karaim, Tatar and Armenian in Central-Eastern Europe at the End of the 20th Century
Tjeerd de Graaf Dutch in the Steppe? The Plautdiitsch Language of the Siberian Mennonites and their Relation with the Netherlands, Germany and Russia
Evgeniy Golovko The Making of Identity, the Making of a Language: on some Linguistic Consequences of the Russian Colonization in Siberia

Section 3 Inward Migration and Endangered Languages
Laura Bennetts The Marginalisation of Mosuo
Mary E. Kropp Dakubu Role Restriction and Marginalisation in an Urban Context: the Fate of Ga in Accra
Maarten Mous Yaaku and Ma'a: an Endangered Language and the Way Out
Mamadou Lamine Sanogo Survivance linguistique en pays tiefo: le cas de Peni

Section 4 First Peoples
Nigel Crawhall The Story of !Ui : Causality and Language Shift in Africa
Jakelin Troy, Michael Walsh Languages Off Country? Revitalizing the 'Right' Indigenous Languages in the South-East of Australia
Herman M. Batibo Hua: a Critically Endangered Khoesan Language in the Kweneng District of Botswana
Soldier David Naude, Willemen le Roux Endangered Languages, Migration and Marginalisation of the Anikhwe
Kipnyango Seroney Identity, Immigration and Colonial Dominance in Kenya: Terik and Luhya, 1942-1950
Kems C. Monaka, Andy M. Chebanne San Relocation: Endangerment through Development in Botswana

Section 5 Policy, Power and Endangered Languages
Salem Mezhoud Salvation Through Migration: Immigrant Communities as engine rooms for the survival and revival of the Tamazight (Berber) language
William Fierman Kazakh Language: from Semi-Endangerment to Partial Recovery
Mekonnen Gabre-Yohannes Alemu Multilingual Policy of Education for revitalizing Marginalised Indigenous Languages in Ethiopia
Thamar E. Gindin The Hebrew Component and the Israeli Component: "Sandwich Languages" in Israel

Section 6 States and Minorities
Patrick Heinrich Reversing Language Shift on Okinawa Island
Finex Ndhlovu Zimbabwe’s Postcolonial Language Policy Formulation Paradigms 1987-1998: Another Recipe for the Marginalisation of Minority Languages
Maya Khemlani David The Network Theory and Language Maintenance: a Study of Three Communities in Peninsular Malaysia
Galina Dyrkheeva The Buryat Language in Bilingual Environment: Buryat-Russian, Buryat-Chinese, Buryat-Mongol

Section 7 Migrations in History and Prehistory
Brigitte Pakendorf Language Loss vs Retention in connection with Prehistoric Migrations in Siberia: a Linguistic-Genetic Synthesis
Ronald P. Schaefer, Francis Egbokhare and Demola Lewis Marginalisation of Northern Edo Vernaculars
Wilson McLeod Gaelic in Scotland: The Impact of the Highland Clearances

Copies are now available, at 20 pounds sterling ($35 US) apiece
(including surface postage and packing). For air-mail dispatch, please add 7.50 pounds/$12.50.

You can pay by
- a cheque (in pounds sterling) payable to "Foundation for Endangered
- a check (in US $) payable to "Nicholas Ostler".
- proof of having sent an equivalent sum in your own currency to the
society’s account, "Foundation for Endangered Languages", Account no:
50073456, The Cooperative Bank (Sort code: 08-90-02), 16 St.
Stephen's Street, Bristol BS1 1JR, England.
- or by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, EuroCard), enclosing Card
number, Expiry date (month | year), Name (as on card), and Address
(as on card).

To expedite delivery, please send orders to the address below.

Christopher Moseley
9 Westdene Crescent, Caversham Heights, Reading RG4 7HD, England

Thursday, December 01, 2005

The Yalu' Story

Yolŋu Baḻandi-waṯaŋumirr, Ganŋgulkpuyguŋu (Yalu' Marŋgithinyaraw, Galiwin'ku)

Link goes to pdf of paper in Yolŋu Matha and English on Yolŋu and ancestral connections.

Morphological and abstract case - Julie Legate

REVISED DRAFT OCT 2005 (This is a draft paper arguing (a) that abstract Case features are realized morphologically according to the Elsewhere Condition; (b) abstract absolutive Case does not exist; in one class of languages, absolutive is nominative Case; in another class, absolutive is a morphological default masking abstract nominative Case on intransitive subjects and abstract accusative Case on transitive objects. I focus mostly on ergative-absolutive languages, with a brief look at Icelandic quirky case for good measure.)

Split absolutive

2005 Split Absolutive In Alana Johns, Diane Massam, and Juvenal Ndayiragije, Ergativity. Kluwer. (link is to prefinal draft) (This is sometimes cited as 2003 Split Ergativity in Warlpiri) by Julie Legate

Two types of nominal split

Link goes to handout of a talk by Julie Anne Legate at NELS 36.

Spreading the Arnhem Word

Link to article from The Australian on the Yolŋu Studies course(s) at Charles Darwin University and a recent award to Michael Christie, Waymanba, Marrnganyin and John Greatorex.

U Western Ontario Research Ethics Guidelines

link goes to pdfː

"The Office of Research Ethics at the University of Western Ontario has recently approved a document giving exemption from ethical review for certain types of language consultation. We invite linguists across Canada to consult this document and to use it as the basis for exemption at their institution if they so choose. This document was written by Claire Gurski, Stephanie Kelly, David Heap and Ileana Paul from the Department of French at UWO and we would like to thank the research group PERL (Practice of Ethics for Research in Linguistics) for their hard work over the summer. A link to the document can be found on the PERL website, as well as other information about our on- going activities: "

(via Heideas)

CRLC - Call for papers

The ANU Centre for Research on Language Change (CRLC) will be holding a workshop at the Australian Linguistic Society conference in July 2006.

The workshop will take place on Sunday 9th July at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.
The theme of the workshop will be Grammatical change: theory and description. We welcome submissions dealing with any of the following:
-- data-based studies of grammatical change in particular languages
-- theoretical aspects of change
-- contact-induced change
-- language-internal change
-- reconstruction of changes

Submissions should include the author's name and affiliation, contact details (including email and postal addresses), the paper's title, and an abstract of no more than 400 words. The final deadline for submissions is 28 February 2006. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 31 March 2006. Please note that the format of the sessions will be 20 minutes for each paper, followed by 10 minutes for questions.

Submissions should be sent electronically to the workshop organisers, Rachel Hendery and Jennifer Hendriks. Please use the email address

Selected papers will be published with Pacific Linguistics as part of the CRLC's publication series, Studies in Language Change.
Please bookmark as further information will be posted on this site as it becomes available.
Towards portability and interoperability for linguistic annotation
LINGUIST List 16.2752: Language Description, Yugambal: Sharpe
Clusivity [TSL 63]
Lingua Franca - 17/12/2005: Gut Feelings...
dEadly mOb
The 1998 Wentworth Lecture - Questia Online Library
Yawuru Language Pages
The Yalu' Story
Yolŋu Baḻandi-waṯaŋumirr, Ganŋgulkpuyguŋu (Yalu' Marŋgithinyaraw, Galiwin'ku)
Morphological and abstract case - Julie Legate
Split absolutive
Two types of nominal split
Spreading the Arnhem Word
U Western Ontario Research Ethics Guidelines
CRLC - Call for papers