Slides for class on language documentation

My slides from my recent class on language documentation are now available.

Amalia Skilton to give senior essay presentation

Lab member Amalia Skilton will be presenting the results of her senior thesis work this Thursday, March 29. Flyer is attached.

Pama-Nyungan paper is out

Bowern and Atkinson (2012): Computational phylogenetics and the internal structure of Pama-Nyungan. Language 88(4): pp. 817-845 (DOI: 10.1353/lan.2012.0081)

New paper on Tasmanian

I have a new paper out on Tasmanian languages, published by the Transactions of the Royal Society.

Graduating Seniors

We have several students graduating from the department (and the lab) this year.

Emily Gasser awarded EAPSI Fellowship AND NSF Dissertation Grant

Emily Gasser has been awarded a Dissertation Research Improvement Grant from the NSF and a East Asia & Pacific Summer Institutes fellowship from the NSF and the Royal Society of New Zealand. She will spend two months in the summer of 2012 conducting phylogenetic research with Prof. Russell Gray at the University of Auckland, followed by a semester of fieldwork in West Papua, Indonesia.

Language documentation project videos

I’ve put up the first two videos in a series of short “how-tos” for language documentation. They are aimed at community members, not linguists. Topics to be covered are:

Hannah Haynie joins lab

I am pleased to announce that Hannah Haynie (currently UC Berkeley) will be joining the Dynamics of Hunter-Gatherer Language Change project in the fall. Her area of expertise is North American languages, particularly Sierra Miwok.

New Edition of Linguistic Fieldwork Book

I’ll be preparing a new edition of my fieldwork book over the next year or so. Minimally, I’ll be corrected a bunch of typos and updating the technology recommendations, though they have not aged as much as I thought they might. I will probably also incorporate some of the material that I have used in my classes alongside the book.

Plain language video recording form

I recently prepared this plain language version of Yale's video release form. Yale requires this from people being recorded as part of colloquium presentations, field methods projects, and other projects, where the videos might end up being released (e.g. published on the departmental web site, or on a project page, or used in research). It's separate from the informed consent protocol, as a student and I found recently, when we had prepared a plain language consent script, only to find that we were required to use this form with this precise wording.