Workshop on Studying Tone Languages in New Guinea: elicitation, analysis, and archiving
Australian National University, Canberra, 4-16 December 2011
Organizers: Mark Donohue (host), Larry Hyman, Steven Bird, Mark Liberman
Participants include: Tony Woodbury, Keith Snider, Bert RemijsenParticipants will work in small groups to refine the description and analysis of the tone system of their selected language. They will contribute to a draft paper on the phonology and phonetics of tone in this language, and will be identified as co-author on a chapter in an edited collection.
The goal of this workshop is to advance the study of New Guinea tone languages, by applying practical wisdom gained from investigating tone languages in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. The workshop extends the work of the Berkeley Tone Workshop, which consolidated a variety of methods for documenting, describing, and analyzing tone languages. It will be held in the context of Canberra LangFest 2011.
Participants will learn how to describe and analyse a tone language through practical experience, working with native speakers from West Papua (Indonesia) and from Papua New Guinea. Workshop sessions will involve:
On most days, the workshop program will be organized as follows:
Australian Linguistics Society, including a plenary presentation by Larry Hyman.
Supported by NSF Project: "Prosodic Systems in New Guinea: Integrating computational and typological approaches to linguistic analysis" (Mark Liberman, Steven Bird, Larry Hyman, Mark Donohue).