LANGUAGE & LINGUISTICS IN MELANESIA

Journal of the Linguistic Society of Papua New Guinea ISSN: 0023-1959

LSPNG 2013 Conference in Port Moresby

The 2013 International Conference of the Linguistic Society of Papua New Guinea, hosted by the University of Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby, will take place at the Waigaini Main Lecture Theater (MLT) from the 24th to the 25th of September, 2013.

To view / download the Conference Program, please click HERE

Professor Bernard Comrie's Seminar on WALS May 29, 2013

Faculty and students of the Linguistics & Modern Languages Department, SHSS, UPNG, had a rare treat on Wednesday, the 29th of May, 2013 - a public lecture by the world-renowned typological linguist, Professor Bernard Comrie. In his lecture, Dr. Comrie explained how the detailed work carried out by linguists in Papua New Guinea on the country's indigenous languages has contributed to the overall understanding of Language as a human ability, and gave interesting details on the geographical distribution of linguistic phenomena in general. 

The focus of Dr. Comrie’s presentation, however, was on the World Atlas of Language Structures (WALS) - a fascinating and truly ambitious project he had initiated eight years ago in the department for Evolutionary Anthropology at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, Germany. It was particularly interesting for many inspired researchers at UPNG to learn about how this extraordinary free-access database can help identify those features of New Guinea languages which have a widespread distribution across the languages of the world versus those that are unique to Papua New Guinea.

A video of Dr. Comrie's lecture will soon be available on our Videos page.

To access the PPT of Dr. Comrie's public lecture at UPNG, please click HERE

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