Rumsey Symposium - Language and the anthropology of communication in Honour of Alan Rumsey

Alan Rumsey

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Thursday 15 August 2019


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The ARC Centre Of Excellence For The Dynamics of Language presents a Symposium for the soon to be Emeritus Prof Alan Rumsey.

Invited speaker: Tony Woodbury, University of Texas Austin

The program is available to download here. (PDF)

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11.00am-11.30am - Introductory Remarks: Simon Haberle and Nick Evans (ANU)

11.30am-12.30pm - Relating a language's lexico-grammatical genius to its speakers' ideology, aesthetics, sociality, and history: Inspirations from the work of Alan Rumsey: Tony Woodbury (UT Austin)

12.30pm-2.00pm - Lunch (Catered, Register)

2.00pm-2.30pm - Clearing the air: A Meakambut practice of initiating a quarrel upon arrival: Darja Hoenigman (Université de Paris)

2.30pm-3.00pm - Structure in transformation: Reflections on the influence of Alan Rumsey’s scholarship: Debra McDougall (UM)

3.00pm-3.30pm - Coffee Break

3.30pm-4.00pm - Grammar, Poetics and Social Relations: Chicago to Sahul: Francesca Merlan (ANU)

4.00pm-4.30pm - Aspects of religious language: Ian Keen (ANU)

4.30pm-5.00pm - Understanding and not-understanding among sign language users in the New Guinea Highlands: Lauren Reed (ANU)

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