SYNAPSE The CHL trans-disciplinary seminar: Signal and Process: reconstructing language histories in Melanesia

Historical linguistics and the reconstruction of language histories have long played a pivotal role in the cross-disciplinary comprehension of the human past in Oceania.

Innovative Language Education Symposium

The symposium brings together national and international leaders in language education to map out their visions of what constitutes innovative language education today and share and discuss the pressing national and international issues surrounding language education.

It offers participants the opportunity to learn about the latest research in Asian language teaching and hands-on opportunities to learn about developments in language teaching pedagogy.

Innovative Language Education Symposium


Date & time

Thursday 05 September 2019 to Saturday 07 September 2019


Sir Roland Wilson Building 120 McCoy Circuit Canberra, ACT 2600


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

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)

Registrations via EventBrite

Burmese Literature Today

Burmese is the official language of Myanmar, which has a population of 54 million, where around 70% are mother-tongue speakers. Burmese is also the main lingua-franca in the country as well as in Burmese communities worldwide and has a long history of use in literary works and music.

The evolution of preverbal subject–indexing in Western Oceanic

Synchronically, subject markers in Oceanic languages are ambiguous in that, in many a language, they can function both as person-agreement markers and anaphoric pronouns (Siewierska 2004: 121–122). Evans (2008: 385) observes that fitting them in any of the typologically-defined categories of person-number markers remains problematic and that they are better analyzed “in terms of their degree of similarity to or difference from the agreement marker or free pronoun ends of the continuum”.


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