Linguistics: Different grammaticalization patterns in Mandarin, Cantonese and Thai: A case study of verbs for ‘take’

Different grammaticalization patterns in Mandarin, Cantonese and Thai: A case study of verbs for ‘take’ Prof Kingkarn Thepkanjana Chulalongkorn University, Thailand Verbs for ‘take’ originally occurring in serial verb constructions in the Sinitic languages tend to grammaticalize into object markers. These verbs especially in Mandarin are one of the most popular research topics in Chinese …

Linguistics: Who’s who and what’s what in clinical psychology discourse

Who’s who and what’s what in clinical psychology discourse Presenter: Dragana (Gaga) Stosic This presentation deals with the naming of people, things, activities and characteristics in clinical psychology. When it comes to the language of science, the concepts of ‘technicality’, ‘abstraction’ and ‘grammatical metaphor’ have attracted a considerable amount of attention within the SFL community …

Linguistics: Flag-waving, persuasiveness and putative-reader positioning in journalistic commentary

Flag-waving, persuasiveness and putative-reader positioning in journalistic commentary Dr Peter R. R. White University of New South Wales, Australia In this paper I offer some thoughts on (1) a methodology for tracking positionings of the ‘putative reader’ in ‘monologic’ texts such as journalistic opinion pieces, and (2) how such analyses can be applied to locate …

Linguistics: Negotiating Community: Tenor and Affiliation in English

Negotiating Community: Tenor and Affiliation in English Y. J. Doran This talk overviews a recently renovated model of tenor in Systemic Functional Linguistics. This evolving model, developed with Michele Zappavigna and J. R. Martin, has been built to grasp the rich means through which people relate with each other and the range of voices at …

Linguistics: Attitudinal copulas in Odia and other Indo-Aryan languages

Attitudinal copulas in Odia and other Indo-Aryan languages A/Prof Foong Ha Yap, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen Dr Anindita Sahoo, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras Recent studies have identified some functions associated with copulas, including tense-aspect-mood (TAM) and agreement (AGR). In this talk, we analyse how copula constructions contribute to the expression of speaker …

Linguistics: The story of language documentation and description in India today

The story of language documentation and description in India today Prof Shobhana Chelliah, University of North Texas The last twenty years have seen efforts to support the study of minority and lesser-studied languages of India from varied stakeholders: these include the Indian government, international and Indian non-profit organizations, indigenous and state-level cultural and language committees …

Linguistics: Sociotopography

  Sociotopography: Language, landscape and culture in spatial cognition A/Prof Bill Palmer, University of Newcastle Cross-cultural diversity in linguistic and non-linguistic spatial behaviour is well known (Levinson 2003, Levinson & Wilkins 2006). Much research treats languages as unitary data points (Majid et al 2004). However, a handful of studies have found that individuals within language …

Linguistics: Reading and writing in multiliterate speakers along the Silk Road

Linguistics: Reading and writing in multiliterate speakers along the Silk Road Prof Brendan Weekes, University of Hong Kong   The UN General Assembly has declared 2019 as the Year of Indigenous Languages. According to UNESCO, at least 2500+ spoken languages are currently vulnerable or extinct. A mere ten (Chinese, English, Spanish, Arabic, Hindi, Portuguese, Bengali, …

Linguistics: Language diversification through the lens of rapid intergenerational change

Language diversification through the lens of rapid intergenerational change A/Prof Felicity Meakins University of Queensland Abstract Most cases of language creation occur as languages split and diverge from other languages in processes which are conceptualised in linguistic phylogenies. More rarely, some languages emerge abruptly over the course of one or two generations in language communities …