18.336, Confs: Typology/Indionesia

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Subject: 18.336, Confs: Typology/Indionesia

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Date: 25-Jan-2007
From: Antoinette Schapper < a_schapper at hotmail.com >
Subject: Fifth International East Nusantara Conference 

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Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2007 13:24:44
From: Antoinette Schapper < a_schapper at hotmail.com >
Subject:  Fifth International East Nusantara Conference 

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Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2007 13:25:15
From: Antoinette Schapper < a_schapper at hotmail.com >
Subject:  Fifth International East Nusantara Conference 

Fifth International East Nusantara Conference 
Short Title: ENUS V 

Date: 01-Aug-2007 - 03-Aug-2007 
Location: Kupang, Indonesia 
Contact: Gary Holton 
Contact Email: gary.holton at gmail.com 
Meeting URL: http://www.uaf.edu/linguist/enus 

Linguistic Field(s): Typology 

Meeting Description: 

The fifth East Nusantara Conference will be held in Kupang, Indonesia, 
1-3 August 2007. This year's conference is sponsored by Universitas 
Nusa Cendana (UNDANA), with addtional support from the local Kupang 
community. A diverse range of Indonesia and foreign researchers and 
educators will attend. We anticipate a lively and informal discussion 
of  current issues in East Nusantara language and culture research, 
both theoretical and applied. For the purposes of this conference the 
East Nusantara region is taken to include eastern Indonesia (east of 
Bali) and Timor L'este, and Austronesian as well as non-Austronesian 

To date four International Conferences for East Nusantara Linguistics 
have been held: three in Leiden (1998, 2001, 2005), and one at the 
Australian National University in Canberra (2000). As with previous 
conferences the aim of ENUS remains to bring together linguists, 
anthropologists, ethnographers, musicologists, and others who work in 
the East Nusantara region to share the results of their research with 
each other. The expanded focus of this fifth conference opens up an 
even broader range of possibilities for cross-disciplinary discussion. 


1. Deixis and directional systems 
Spatial deixis, as embodied in sometimes elaborate directional 
systems, is an important feature of many East Nusantara languages, 
however, the precise nature of these systems can be quite varied. Many 
languages contrast a seaward/landward distinction with an up/down 
coast direction, while other languages have a single directional 
contrasting with the seaward/landward distinction. The lexical 
categories across which directional systems operate can vary 
considerably as well, including adverbs, demonstrative pronouns, 
deictic determiners, and/or directional verbs. Within this theme we 
invite both papers which address directional systems within particular 
languages as well as papers which examine the typology of directional 
systems in one or more East Nusantara languages. 

2. Evidentiality 
Evidentiality, or the grammatical encoding of epistimology, has 
received more attention among languages which require explicit marking 
of epistemic value (cf. Chafe 1986, Aikhenvald & Dixon 2003). 
While such heavily grammaticized systems appear to be rare in East 
Nusantara, epistemic devices such as hearsay markers have been 
reported in many East Nusantara languages. Within this theme we 
welcome papers which examine the nature of evidential systems within 
particular languages as well as papers which examine the issue from a 
wider typological perspective. 

3. (Timor)-Alor-Pantar languages 
The first few years of this century has seen a surge in interest in 
the this under-documented-documented group of non-Austronesian 
languages. Although assumed to belong to the Trans New Guinea family, 
little internal or external comparative evidence has so far been 
available with which to test this hypothesis. As more data become 
available we are now able to better address both internal structural 
characteristics and external genetic relationships. Within this theme 
we welcome both papers addressing specific TAP languages as well as 
papers addressing typological or genetic relationships. 

Related Conferences

Those attending ENUS may wish to combine the trip with attendance at 
two related conferences, to be held immediately following ENUS in 
Manokwari, Papua. 

-International Symposium on Malay and Indonesia Linguistics (ISMIL), 6-8  
 August http://email.eva.mpg.de/~gil/ismil/11/index.html 

-Papua Languages Workshop, 8-10 August 

Those wishing to travel from Kupang to Manokwari immediately following 
ENUS should make travel arrangements as soon as possible. Information 
on travel to Manokwari from Makasar, Bali, and Jakarta is available on 
the ISMIL website. From Kupang travellers will generally have to 
overnight in either Bali or Makasar. There are basically two options: 
(i) fly to Denpasar late Friday, 4 August, then connect to Manokwari 
the following day; or (ii) fly to Makasar on TransNusa, departing 
14.45 on Friday, again connecting to Manokwari (via Makasar) the 
following day.

Website: http://www.undana.ac.id OR http://www.uaf.edu/linguist/enus

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