21.4588, Calls: Austronesian, Historical Ling/Japan

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Subject: 21.4588, Calls: Austronesian, Historical Ling/Japan

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Date: 15-Nov-2010
From: Robert Mailhammer [Robert.Mailhammer at asu.edu]
Subject: Etymology and Reconstruction: Australia and the Pacific

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Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2010 12:24:41
From: Robert Mailhammer [Robert.Mailhammer at asu.edu]
Subject: Etymology and Reconstruction: Australia and the Pacific

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Full Title: Etymology and Reconstruction: Australia and the Pacific 

Date: 25-Jul-2011 - 30-Jul-2011
Location: Osaka, Japan 
Contact Person: Robert Mailhammer
Meeting Email: Robert.Mailhammer at asu.edu

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics 

Language Family(ies): Austronesian 

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2011 

Meeting Description:

Etymology and Reconstruction in the Languages of Australia and the Pacific

Session at ICHL 20, Osaka, Japan, 25-30 July 2011

Research in the history in the languages of Australia and the Pacific has been on the rise in recent years also as a result of increasingly reliable databases. In particular, for Australian languages it has become clear that the tools and methods of historical linguistics, in particular the comparative method, are far from useless, and that in fact great advances have been made in reconstructing and subgrouping Australian languages earlier (see e.g. Bowern and Koch 2004 and Evans 2003 for a critical discussion). And the history of Austronesian and Oceanic languages has made giant steps forward in etymological research (see especially Ross, Pawley and Osmond 1998-). The comparative study of the Papuan languages has also begun in earnest in recent years (Pawley 2005a, 2005b). The result of this research has also cast more light on the cultural and linguistic prehistory of the languages of Australia of the Pacific (see e.g. Mailhammer forthc.a). At the same time, the paucity of data and the gigantic time depth (e.g. in the case of Australian languages, see Mailhammer forthc.b) has continued to pose challenges for research. 

Call for Papers:

This conference session would like to invite papers addressing issues in etymology and reconstruction in the languages of Australia and the Pacific. 

Among the questions to be investigated could be the following:
- Classical etymological research, including toponyms (see e.g. Hercus & Koch 2009 on Aboriginal place names in Australia) 
- In what way etymology can elucidate cultural history
- Etymology/reconstruction and its particular significance to issues of subgrouping and Urheimat (cf. e.g. Anthony 1995 on the Urheimat of Proto-Indo-European based on etymologies of wheeled vehicles)
- What the reconstruction of key elements can reveal about proto-phonology, -morphology, or -semantics

Abstracts for the session 'Etymology and Reconstruction in the Languages of Australia and the Pacific' of no more than 300 words to be submitted to ICHL directly (see http://www.ichl2011.com/call_for_papers.html#papers).


15 January 2011

Please contact the organisers for more information:

Robert.Mailhammer at asu.edu
Harold.Koch at anu.edu.au


Anthony, David W. 1995. Horse, wagon & chariot: Indo-European languages and archaeology. Antiquity, 69, 554-565.
Bowern, Claire, and Koch, Harold eds. 2004. Australian languages: classification and the comparative method. Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 249. Amsterdam / Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
Evans, Nicholas ed. 2003. The non-Pama-Nyungan languages of northern Australia: comparative studies of the continent's most linguistically complex region. 
Pacific Linguistics 552. Canberra: Australian National University. Hercus, Luise and Koch, Harold eds. 2009. Aboriginal placenames: naming and re-naming the Australian landscape. Aboriginal history monograph 19. Canberra: ANU E-Press.
Pawley, Andrew. 2005. Papuan languages. In The encyclopedia of language and linguistics, ed. Keith Brown, 162-171. Oxford: Elsevier.
Pawley, Andrew. 2005. The Trans New Guinea family. In The encyclopedia of language and linguistics, ed. Keith Brown, 17-22. Oxford: Elsevier.
Mailhammer, Robert. ed. forthc. a Sprung from a common source? Studies on lexical and structural etymology. Research in language change. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
Mailhammer, Robert. forthc. b. Diversity vs. uniformity: Europe before the arrival of the Indo-European languages: a comparison with prehistoric 
Australia. In: Linguistic Roots of Europe, ed. Robert Mailhammer and Theo Vennemann. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press.
Ross, Malcolm, Pawley, Andrew and Osmond, Meredith. 1998-. The Lexicon of Proto Oceanic. 3 vols, Canberra: Pacific Linguistics/ANU E-pres

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