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SEMINAR: Linguistics Seminar

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Today's date is Sunday, August 19, 2018
Linguistics Seminar : Developments in the grammatical analysis of Central Australian languages 1890-1910 Other events...
A number of grammatical descriptions of Arandic varieties from Central Australia appeared between 1890 and 1910. These reflect a variety of theoretical approaches to grammar which were emerging from German philology and linguistics in the early twentieth century. Far from being ahistorical, linguistic descriptions are informed by their theoretical roots and the context of their development, which can influence how we understand a given language. In this talk, I will consider the historical context of the grammars of Central Australian languages.

I compare Carl Strehlow’s Aranda grammar (1908; 1910) with Hermann Kempe’s grammar of 1891. Planert’s (1907) grammar was contemporary with Strehlow’s linguistic works and clearly influenced by Kempe’s earlier analyses. The dispute between Planert and Strehlow in the pages of the Zeitschrift für Ethnologie (Strehlow 1908; Planert 1908) throws the differences into sharp relief. Strehlow’s grammars effectively avoid some of the limitations of those of his predecessors. I will show that Strehlow’s training in translation and philology facilitated his understanding of the grammatical categories of Central Australian languages.
Speaker(s) David Moore
Location SSCI:2.63 Seminar Room
Contact Maïa Ponsonnet <maia.ponsonnet@uwa.edu.au>
Start Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:00
End Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:00
Submitted by Karen Eichorn <karen.eichorn@uwa.edu.au>
Last Updated Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:10
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