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February 2015

Topic      Grammar writing

Date       Tuesday 24 February 2015

Time       6:00 - 8:00pm

Venue     Upstairs room, Prince Alfred Hotel, 191 Grattan St, Carlton (corner of Bouverie St), ph ‪(03) 9347-3033‬‎

Food and drinks available at the venue.

Contact   Ruth Singer if you have any questions



Language descriptions, particularly descriptive grammars often form a part of language documentation projects. The recent special LDC publication (Toshihide and Rice (eds.) 2014) discusses topics in grammaticography, particularly aimed at those undertaking their first major project with an undescribed language. In the volume, Mosel (2014) discusses how combining language documentation and corpus-based methods in the analysis of an undescribed language helped her account for language internal variation and filtered through to how she presented her grammatical description, making a potentially more reusable and verifiable document.

Previously Linguistics in the Pub has discussed what a good descriptive grammar should include (May 2010). As it has been a while, February's LIP will again focus on grammaticography. Namely, how we go about and present descriptive grammars and whether our methods should or could change?

All readings open access

Key reading:

Mosel, U. 2014. 'Corpus linguistic and documentary approaches in writing a grammar of a previously undescribed language'. LD&C Special Publication 8: The Art and Practice of Grammar Writing.

Further readings:

Toshihide and Rice (eds.) 2014. LD&C Special Publication 8: The Art and Practice of Grammar Writing.

Nordhoff, S. 2012 (ed.). LD&C Special Publication 4: Electronic Grammaticography.

LIP is LIP is an occasional gathering of language activists and linguists in Melbourne and is coordinated by Ruth Singer (Melbourne Uni), Harriet Sheppard, Jonathan Schlossberg, Alan Ray and Jonathon Lum (Monash Uni). All are welcome. Those in other parts of Australia and the world who can't make it to the Melbourne LIPs are encouraged to organise a local gathering to discuss this topic and support language activities in your area.