12th International Conference of Austronesian Linguistics hosted in Indonesia
(July 2012) The 12th International Conference of Austronesian Linguistics (12-ICAL), co-organized by the Australian National University, MPI-EVA Leipzig and Udayana University was hosted at Udayana’s campus in Bali, Indonesia, 2-6 July. Held every three to four years, this conference draws Austronesianists from around the world.
The wide range of topics covered at this year’s event included detailed studies of linguistic phenomena in specific languages, as well as theoretical studies related to the Austronesian language family and various sub-groupings. Also in view were issues of language endangerment, revitalization and documentation. These SIL linguists gave presentations:
- René van den Berg: “Number, gender and clusivity in Western Oceanic pronouns: typology and diachrony”
- Misriani Balle and Stuart Cameron: “The interplay of non-numeral quantifiers, numerals and number in Helong grammar”
- Jürgen M. Burkhardt: “The historical phonology of the Long Terawan Berawan vowel system”
- Charles E. Grimes: “Quantifying things in the grammar of Dhao in eastern Indonesia”
- Charles E. Grimes, Heronimus Bani and Agustinho Caet: “Quantifying things in the grammars of Amarasi (Indonesia) and Baikeno (Timor Leste)”
- Angela Kluge: “Associative and additive plural constructions in Papuan Malay”
- Paul R. Kroeger: “External vs. internal negation in Indonesian verbal clauses”
- Mark Miller (presented by Paul Kroeger): “A comparative look at the major voice oppositions in the Sama-Bajaw languages and Indonesian/Malay”
- J. Stephen Quakenbush: “Insights into language vitality and endangerment in the Austronesian language family through EGIDS and the Sustainable Use Model for Language Development”
With over twelve hundred languages, Austronesian is the world’s second largest language family (only the Niger-Congo family is larger). The Austronesian family includes languages with millions of speakers, such as Indonesian, Malay and Tagalog. It also includes a multitude of smaller language groups. Many of these ethnolinguistic communities live on the Pacific islands of Melanesia, a region with the highest concentration of languages per square kilometer in the world.
The Linguistic Society of the Philippines and SIL served as co-organizers for 10-ICAL in Palawan, Philippines in 2006. Papers from that conference are available here. Dr. Josephine Daguman of SIL continues as a member of the International Steering Committee. Dr. Quakenbush completes his term of service with the conclusion of 12-ICAL.
Related links of interest
- The 12th International Conference of Austronesian Linguistics
- For more on the languages discussed in SIL presentations: Amarasi, Baikeno, Dhao, Helong, Long Terawan Berawan, Papuan Malay, Sama-Bajaw and Western Oceanic
- Index of the world’s language families in Ethnologue: Languages of the World
- SIL linguistic fieldwork
- “Journal highlights research on social dynamics of language in Melanesia”
- “Pioneering study on endangered language families co-authored by SIL researcher”
- “Austronesian linguistics papers at 11-ICAL”