[RNLD] Linguistics (and Musicology) in the Pub Wednesday 4th December 2013

Ruth Singer ruth.singer at GMAIL.COM
Sat Nov 23 08:06:01 UTC 2013

Announcement: Linguistics in the Pub Wednesday 4th December 2013


For the final LIP of the year, LIP will coincide with the final day of the
*Research, records and responsibility: Ten years of the Pacific and
Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures* (PARADISEC)
(2-4 December, University of Melbourne)

*Topic: recording cultural events*
All cultural groups have their own calendars of festivities and public
celebrations. These can be religious or traditional ceremonies, major life
milestones or a condoned opportunity for group-wide entertainment. In this
session we'll talk about the documentation of cultural events from a
variety of perspectives. We will discuss the importance of capturing
cultural events in order to provide well-rounded linguistic documentation,
as such events are often rich in ethnographic detail, specialised lexicon
and unique genres of language use. We will discuss the technical challenges
of capturing large, outdoor events in often sub-optimal conditions. We will
also consider what constitutes a successful documentation of such an event,
as well as the need to discuss such documentation closely with the
communities that allow us to be a part of these events.

The discussion will be led by Lauren Gawne and guest participants will be
musicologists Prof. Linda Barwick and Reuben Brown from the University of

Background readings will be available on the RNLD LIP webpage
http://www.rnld.org/MLIP, such as:
Tedlock, Barbara (1991) From Participant Observation to the Observation of
Participation: The Emergence of Narrative Ethnography Journal of
Anthropological Research
Vol. 47, No. 1 (Spring, 1991), pp. 69-94

Time: Wednesday 4th of December, 6-8pm
Venue: Queensberry Hotel
Address: 593 Swanston St
             Corner Swanston and Queensberry streets
             9347 2648

Food and drink available, see

LIP is organised by Ruth Singer and Lauren Gawne, University of Melbourne

Contact  Ruth Singer if you have any questions rsinger at unimelb.edu.au

LIP is an occasional gathering of language activists and linguists in
Melbourne. All are welcome. Those in other parts of Australia and the
world who can't make it to the Melbourne LIPs are encouraged to
organise a local gathering to discuss this topic and support language
activities in your area.
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