Internal variation in Samoan and language diversification across the South Pacific

PhD Seminar

Speaker

Hedvig Skirgard

Venue

HC Coombs Grounds, HC Coombs Building (9), Fellows Road, ANU

Date

Thursday, 17 August, 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30

This presentation is my Mid Term Review (MTR) for my PhD project on language diversification and variation in Samoan.

In this talk I will give an overview of variation within Samoan and how it can be related to cross-linguistic variation in the Polynesian group. I will also be discussing language diversification in the South Pacific more generally and different mechanisms underlying language diversification. Central to my project, and to the Wellsprings project, is the linking of micro variation (variation within languages/communities) and macro variation (variation cross-linguistically and between regions and families). This is a challenging enterprise, and I will discuss the possibility of establishing a micro-macro link by drawing on two examples: alienability neutralisation in possessive pronouns and the t/k-switch.

Venue: Engma Room, CoEDL corridor, Coombs Building #9

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