Upcoming training

From 10th to 114th June 2023 I will be participating in the Language Documentation Summer School (LDSS 2023) at the L’Orientale University in Naples. I will be contributing the following course components:

1. What is linguistic fieldwork? Goals and outcomes

  • what is fieldwork? why do we do it? where do we do it? 
  • defining description/documentation/revitalisation
  • overview of types of approaches to fieldwork (library, office, mud hut, online, collaboration in cyberspace)

2. Fieldwork data and research methods

  • what counts as data? ideologies versus performances, role of metadata
  • overview of research methodology and methods
  • elicitation, judgements, experiments, narratives, conversations, participant observations
  • corpus management hints

3. Ethics and rights in field-based research

  • ethics principles, informed consent
  • legal frameworks, GDPR and other rules
  • rights — copyright, moral rights, access and use licences
  • relationships in the field and after, reciprocity

Early bird registration in the summer school is open until 15th June 2023, and regular registration until 30th June 2023.

Website developments in 2023

Since the beginning of this year, I have added quite a bit of new material to this website, including project descriptions, as well as reorganising, adding, and correcting links to downloadable materials. Here are the new developments since January:

  • 2023-01-28 added published paper “Making 2,180 pages more useful: the Dieri dictionary of J.G. Reuther” link
  • 2023-01-28 added presentation on “Going back to the field after many decades: experiences in South and Western Australia” link;
  • 2023-03-20 edited and updated details of my Diyari language project;
  • 2023-04-22 added presentation on “Language and culture revitalisation: ‘official’ models and support vs. local needs – experiences in South Australia” link;
  • 2023-05-13 added Dieri (Diyari) language podcasts link to the homepage.

Feedback or comments on any part of the website are always welcome via the Contact page.

Recent website developments

In the last couple of months, I have added quite a bit of new material to this website, including project descriptions, as well as adding and correcting lots of links to downloadable materials. Here are the new developments:

  • 2022-11-02 added new project descriptions;
  • 2022-01-02 added a presentation given at SOAS on “Overview of tools and techniques for language documentation, description and revitalisation” link;
  • 2022-10-24 added several download links to Books page;
  • 2022-10-23 added a presentation given at University of Helsinki on “Remarks on the current academic publishing landscape” link;
  • 2022-09-20 added two new published papers to journal articles;
  • 2022-09-20 updated the page for EL Publishing and added details of a forthcoming eBook.

Feedback or comments on any part of the website are always welcome via the Contact page.

A bit of reorganisation

Today I reorganised and restructured the section of my personal website that deals with Websites and Blogs:

  • websites I have been involved in creating now have their own Websites page;
  • blogs I contribute to now have their own Blogs page;
  • I have created a separate listing of the 170 blog posts I wrote between February 2007 and November 2012 for the Transient Languages and Cultures blog that later become the Endangered Languages and Cultures blog.

As always, comments and feedback on any of these new sections are welcome.

Diyari grammar second edition v2.10

Today I uploaded version 2.10 of the second edition of my Grammar of Diyari, South Australia — it is downloadable here. This version includes two sample glossed texts, additional comparative remarks on related languages, and typographic and formatting corrections.

Malyangapa project

I am currently working on a project on the Malyangapa language which was traditionally spoken in far western New South Wales and eastern South Australia. This work is based on materials collected by Stephen A. Wurm in 1957 together with some older sources and data collected by Jeremy Beckett and Luise Hercus. You can read more about the project here.