Tid: Onsdag 23 maj 10:00 - 12:00
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.


The Sasak language is spoken on the island of Lombok (immediately east of Bali) by around 2.5 million speakers. It shows great internal variation, both geographical and social, with a complex linguistic ecology that includes five ethnolinguistically named ‘dialects’ recognized by native speakers and named for the shibboleth terms for ‘like this-like that’ (eg. Ngenó-ngené, Menó-mené, etc.), and a literary form based on 17th century Javanese. The geographical varieties show variation in phonology, lexicon and morpho-syntax, especially in the areas of clitic pronouns and valence-changing processes, but also in verbal morphology. There is also a system of speech levels where selection among lexical alternatives marks low-mid-high status level of the addressee in relation to the speaker (and a second humble-honorific dimension that expresses the relation between the speaker and some other referent).

This talk will present an overview of the structure and use of Sasak, with multimedia examples drawn from research on Lombok over the past 15 years.

Maria Koptjevskaja-Tamm & Ljuba Veselinova