Australia: Not to lose you, my language

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Wed Mar 11 21:04:43 UTC 2009

Not to lose you, my language

Not to lose you, my language
Short Title: NLYML

Date: 16-Apr-2009 - 17-Apr-2009
Location: Cairns, North Queensland, Australia
Contact: Alexandra (Sasha) Aikhenvald
Contact Email:
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics

Meeting Description:

The aim of this Inaugural Workshop is to announce the foundation and the range
of activities of the Language and Culture Research Group within the new Cairns
Institute at James Cook University. It is oriented towards linguists,
anthropologists and other social scientists, together with representatives from
indigenous communities of Far North Queensland. The Inaugural Workshop is
focused on endangered languages and their cultures all over the world, with an
additional focus on languages of Australia.

Language and Culture Research Group
The Cairns Institute, James Cook University
Inaugural Workshop

Not to lose you, my language

Cairns Campus, 16-17 April 2009, room E2.113/113A

Thursday 16 April
Afternoon session. Chair: Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald
14.00 Acknowledgement - Traditional Owners
Opening: Professor Colin Ryan, Interim Director of the Cairns Institute
14.10 Ernie Grant (Dyirbal Elder, Echo Creek Cultural Centre) and R.
M. W. Dixon
Guygun ngaygu guwal: Poor fellow my language
15.10 Coffee break
15.30 Rosita Henry (JCU)
Language and performance: A case study on the Djabugay renaissance
16.15 Mike Wood (JCU)
Initiating God's Word into the Kamula's recent past
17.00 Finish

Friday 17 April
Morning session. Chair: Valda Wallace
9.00 Nicholas Evans (ANU)
What we bury when last speakers die: the languages of the Wellesley Islands
and what they can tell us
10.15 Coffee break
11.15 Luo Yongxian (University of Melbourne)
Government policies towards minority groups and their languages in China:
views from within
11.30 Yvonne Cadet-James (JCU)
The Gugu-Badhun project

12.30 Light lunch provided for all participants and auditors

Afternoon session. Chair: R. M. W. Dixon
14.00 Kate Burridge (Monash University)
Horses and buggies in the age of broadband - the survival of Pennsylvania
German in the 21st century
15.15 Coffee
15.45 Alexandra Y.Aikhenvald
The Magic of names
17.00 Finish

To enable us to plan how many lunches to provide on Friday 17 April, it would
be useful if you could let us know if you would be attending. RSVP to Mandy
Brock ( or (07) 40421718) by 10 April 2009.

Organizing committee:
Alexandra (Sasha) Y. Aikhenvald
(, (07) 4042 1117
R. M. W. (Bob) Dixon
Mandy Brock

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