Tid: Onsdag 23 maj 15:00 - 17:00
Plats: C389, Södra huset, Frescati

Peter Austin från SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), London gästar oss under Erasmus -programmet mellan 21 - 24 maj 2012.

Peter Austin innehar Rausingprofessuren i fältlingvistik och är föreståndare för Endangered Languages Academic Programme. Hans forskningsintressen spänner över teoretisk, deskriptiv och tillämpad lingvistik, han har forskat om flera språk i fr.a Australien och Indonesien och är en ledande expert inom språkdokumentationen.

Abstract
Language documentation (or documentary linguistics) developed in the mid-1990s as a subfield of linguistics concerned with “concerned with the methods, tools, and theoretical underpinnings for compiling a representative and lasting multipurpose record of a natural language or one of its varieties” (Himmelmann 1998). It has developed over the last decade in large part in response to the urgent need to make an enduring record of the world’s many endangered languages and the wish to support speakers of these languages in their desire to maintain them, fuelled also by developments in information, media, and archiving technologies.
Language documentation faces a number of challenges, which will be outlined and discussed in this presentation: corpus taming, ILG blindness, archivism, standardisation stupidity, and sustainability.

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