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  • Reflections on Language Documentation 20 Years after Himmelmann 1998 is out!

    From the introduction: "Twenty years ago Himmelmann (1998) envisaged a radical (new?) approach to the science of language, recognizing a fundamental distinction between documentation and description and focusing on the collection of primary data which could be repurposed and serve as an enduring record of endangered languages." (p1)

    "A renewed focus on primary data makes possible a data-driven science of linguistics in which theory is more robustly grounded in primary data, yielding reproducible results ... What this renewed focus does do is lead us to think more carefully about the collection of primary data as an end unto itself. This is the heart of the emerging field of documentary linguistics, as articulated by Himmelmann (1998). Now 20 years later we are able to ask: how has this new field evolved?"

  • Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Preis geht an Uta Reinöhl

    Uta Reinöhl wurde in Anerkennung ihrer herausragenden Leistungen der Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Preis für das Jahr 2019 zuerkannt. Der HML Preis ist der wichtigste Preis für Nachwuchswissenschaftler*innen in Deutschland. Herzlichen Glückwunsch, liebe Uta!

  • Eighth Bonn Applied English Linguistics Conference

    The Eighth Bonn Applied English Linguistics Conference (BAELc8) will take place on June 28th and 29th, 2019 at the Department of English, American and Studies (IAAK), University of Bonn. The focus of this year’s conference will be on language assessment, with emphasis on the role of pragmatics. Papers are invited from all areas of applied linguistics however, with a preference for papers with an empirical approach. The keynote speaker will be Professor Carsten Roever (University of Melbourne), whose talk is titled, "Measuring pragmatic ability: The missing piece in language assessment". The conference is open to all interested, but aimed specifically at postgraduates, PhD students and post-docs. For more information on the conference and submission deadlines, visit the BAEL website or find the conference on Facebook.

  • Interview zu bedrohten Sprachen

    Dr. Claudia Wegener war vertretend für die GBS (Gesellschaft für Bedrohte Sprachen) am 12. Februar zu Gast in der Radiosendung Neugier genügt vom WDR5. Hier kann man sich das Interview noch einmal anhören.

  • Programm der Vielfaltslinguistik steht fest

    Das Programm der dritten Konferenz zur Vielfaltslinguistik 2019 kann ab sofort hier eingesehen werden.

  • Documentation of Taeme

    Catherine Scanlon from the University of California, Santa Barbara is looking for a linguist who can help the Taeme tribe document their language. Taeme is situated in Western Province, Papua New Guinea and part of the Pahoturi River language family. There is already some existing documentation.
    Anyone interested can contact Catherine via e-mail: cscanlon(at)ucsb.edu

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