I am pleased to announce the launch of the UK Austronesian Research Group
(UKARG); to announce the first seminar in our series; and to call for papers
for a one day workshop on Austronesian linguistics to be held in May.
Please circulate this message to any of your colleagues you think may be
In response to an increasing level of research activity in Austronesian
languages and linguistics in the UK, UKARG has been launched with the intention
of bringing together scholars working in this field, to hold regular seminars
and workshops, and generally promote research into Austronesian languages and
Although the group is based in the UK, it is envisaged that researchers from
elsewhere in Europe and beyond will also participate.
UKARG meetings will be held in various locations around the UK. The group has
been convened by Dr Bill Palmer of the University of Surrey, and is
co-sponsored by the Surrey Morphology Group, University of Surrey, and by the
Department of Linguistics, School of Oriental and African Studies.
2. Website and mailing list
If you would like to be on the UKARG mailing list to receive details of
upcoming events, please contact Bill Palmer at [log in to unmask]
<mailto:[log in to unmask]> .
A UKARG website announcing forthcoming events and listing Austronesian scholars
will be announced shortly. If you would like to be represented on the UKARG
people page, please contact Bill Palmer at [log in to unmask]
<mailto:[log in to unmask]> with details of your affiliation and areas
3. Seminar series
The UKARG seminar series will involve monthly talks by researchers working in
Austronesian. These will be about 40 minutes in length with about 15 minutes
discussion afterwards, and will typically take place on the second Friday of
each month. If you would like to present a talk in this series, or know of a
researcher working in some area of Austronesian linguistics who will be
visiting the UK or nearby and may be interested in presenting a talk, please
contact Bill Palmer at [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]
4. Inaugural UKARG seminar in April
The first seminar in the UKARG series will be held on Friday 8 April at 4.30pm,
at the University of Surrey, Guildford:
Dr Beth Evans, University of Manchester
Recovering prehistory in the Solomon Islands: a
linguistic perspective. (abstract attached)
The talk will take place in Room 33MS03 at the University of Surrey. The room
is on the 2nd floor (level 03) of building 16 on the campus map, which can be
viewed at http://portal.surrey.ac.
Information about getting to the University of Surrey can be viewed at
The talk will be preceded by coffee at 4pm. It would be helpful if you could
let Bill Palmer know at [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]
uk> if you plan to attend this talk.
Note: This talk coincides with the end of a separate one day workshop at Surrey
on Daghestanian lexicology & typology. All UKARG visitors are welcome to also
attend the Daghestanian workshop, and to come to dinner afterwards. The
workshop begins with coffee at 9.30, with talks running from 10am to 4pm.
Speakers include Peter Austin, Andrew Spencer, Marina Chumakina, Anna Kibort,
Greville Corbett, Aleksandr Kibrik, Dzhalil Samedov, and Sandro Kodzasov.
Combined afternoon coffee for workshop participants and UKARG visitors will be
held from 4 to 4.30.
5. May workshop on Austronesian languages and linguistics - first call for
UKARG will hold a one-day workshop on Austronesian languages and linguistics in
May. All are welcome.
Date: Friday20th May
Location: St Catherine's College Oxford
Keynote speaker: Professor Malcolm Ross, Research School of Pacific and
Asian Studies, ANU
Formosan languages and linguistic
typology. (abstract attached)
I would like to call for papers from all who would like to present a talk in
the workshop. Presentations may deal with any area of Austronesian language and
linguistics. Each paper will be 30 minutes long, followed by 10 minutes for
If you would like to present a talk at the workshop, please send a title and
abstract to Bill Palmer at [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]
ac.uk> as soon as possible.
This workshop should be an interesting and stimulating event. I look forward to
seeing you there, and to your participation in UKARG in general. The group has
the potential to be a useful and successful forum, and I look forward to your
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