Margit Bowler’s Invited Talk at Stanford

Margit Bowler, a 4th year graduate student doing fieldwork in semantics in Walpri, was invited to give a talk at the Stanford Department of Linguistics on November 4th.

margitA short description of the talk follows:

“In this talk, I evaluate the status of degrees in Warlpiri (Pama-Nyungan, Australia). I present Warlpiri data collected following Beck, et al.’s 2009 questionnaire, and show that Warlpiri lacks degrees as a primitive in its semantic ontology. I follow analyses of other degree-less languages (Washo, Bochnak 2013 and Fijian, Pearson 2009) in accounting for some potentially problematic data.

In addition to discussing degrees, I’ll also talk briefly about my fieldwork experience in central Australia, methodologies I used in collecting my degree data, and show some photos from my fieldwork site.”

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The dangers of being a fieldworker!

Third-year student Margit Bowler is currently out in the Australian bush doing fieldwork on Warlpiri. She reports on a ‘minor’ incident involving a car blowing up below (see picture):

Kaboom, the car blew up! I’m completely fine (and so is everyone else who was in the car); I was just extremely tired the next day from walking 15km before the rescue party found me. I didn’t get home til 2 am!

Glad to hear that you’re safe, Margit! The blown-out car

Summer Happenings III: Fieldwork

A number of department members were out in the field this summer. Here are some field reports:

Sozen Ozkan writes:

This summer, I started working on Turoyo which is a North-western Neo-Aramaic language spoken in Tur-Abdin area of Mardin in Eastern Turkey. Ktobhonoyo is the written language of the Syriac community in Turkey and Turoyo still remains to be a spoken vernacular of the area with a population of 3000 speakers.  I was in contact with several native speakers and conducted elicitation sessions for six weeks. I gathered data mainly on the tense and agreement system of the language.

Ann Bailey collected data from bilinguals in Valencia, Spain and the Basque country.  Here are some of the picturesque views from the Basque country:

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Margit Bowler recently left for the field in Central Australia, where she’ll be continuing her work on Warlpiri in Yuendumu.