Talk: Parallel variation in two speech communities: a comparison of final /n/ elision in Idi and Ende.
Feeling super grateful to have such a fantastic research collaborator and friend! Dineke and I got to present about our collaborative sociolinguistic fieldwork at ANUs linguistic seminar. Just barely squeezed it in between our field trips!
Today, I enjoyed talking to the Fieldwork Forum about Word Order in Ende.
Title: Sentence structure in Ende: just what the linguist ordered?
Abstract: Ende is a Pahoturi language spoken in southern Papua New Guinea. Speakers of Ende generally smiled and laughed “Yes, that’s okay!” when I scrambled their words into various orders. Is there free word order in Ende or were my experts simply very agreeable? To explore this question, I set aside the elicitations and looked at three types of non-elicited data with varying formality (1) oral texts, (2) written texts, and (3) translated texts. Throughout the talk, we will discuss some challenges of eliciting syntactic judgments, methods for finding order in a handwritten corpus, and the pros and cons of working with elicited, oral, written and translated data.
Note: From 9:30-9:40, as we wait for everyone, I will play some video clips of daily life in a Papuan village.
I was honored to be invited to St. Mark's School for their Gray Colloquium on Sustainability and Citizenship. I led two workshops on Linguistic Diversity & Sustainability. We looked at the great diversity of languages around the world (slides/videos included below) and then played a fun game where half the students were native speakers of a given language, and the other half were linguists. The students had to find one another and elicit the assigned task, then present the results. They had fun!
It was a real privilege to be a part of Dr. Sarah Ogilvie's fantastic new course at Stanford titled "Endangered Languages and Language Revitalization". Not only are the students incredibly engaged and excited by the material, but the discussions are profound, as they draw from their amazingly diverse backgrounds. After we read Himmelmann's 1998 paper on the difference between documentary and descriptive fieldwork, I presented two case studies of very different fieldwork experiences: my work on Chuvash (descriptive) and on Idi (documentary). My slides are included below.
Kate Lynn Lindsey