Sunday, December 30, 2012

Endangered Words, and Signs of Revival

Australex 2013

Professor Ghil‘ad Zuckermann is organizing (with Dr Julia Miller) Australex 2013 to be held at Adelaide on 25-27 July 2013, with the theme ‘Endangered Words, and Signs of Revival'. Australex 2013 will feature scholarly and emotional celebrations, marking
(1) Professor Peter Mühlhäusler's 20-year scholarship at the University of Adelaide,
(2) Dr Luise Hercus's 50-year work on Aboriginal languages, and
(3) 175th anniversary of Lutheran Missionaries' lexicography in South Australia.

Original papers may address a wide range of areas associated with lexicography, lexicology, endangered languages, Revival Linguistics, semantics, endangered meanings, extinct concepts, contact linguistics, social empowerment through language, and words, culture and identity. Topics may include dictionaries in Indigenous, minority and other endangered communities, dialectal lexicons, the educational and cultural roles of dictionaries, talknological dictionaries, dictionaries and Native Tongue Title, lexical engineering, and language policy and lexicography. Papers can address controversies such as the ‘Give us authenticity or give us death' argument and the descriptive/prescriptive debate. Other topics may include learners' dictionaries, specialist dictionaries, phraseology, proverbs, onomastics and terminology. All welcome!

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