Archive for the ‘Vanuatu’ Category

Workshop on Vanuatu Languages

16 February 2011

While Papua New Guinea and Mexico are commonly cited for their linguadiversity, the island nation Vanuatu has more languages per capita than any other country in the world, about 2200 speakers per language (assuming one speaker per language).

To discuss issues about Vanuatuan languages, a workshop will convene between October 21 and 23 this year at the Kioloa Coastal Campus of Australian National University, about two and-a-half hours outside of Canberra.

An invitation has been issued for talks 30 minutes in length. People wanting to present should contact the organizers as soon as possible. Invitations will then be sent to prospective presenters with a final submission deadline of March 15.

This workshop has been added to the Conferences and Calendar pages on this blog.

This blog post is based on the announcement on the Linguist List. According to Wikipedia, there are approximately 2000 speakers per language in Vanuatu.

Book: Endangered Austronesian, Papuan and Australian Aboriginal languages

23 January 2011

Edited by Gunter Senft, “Endangered Austronesian, Papuan and Australian Aboriginal languages” is a 227-page anthology on documentation, revitalization and archiving. It was published in 2010.

The monographs include:

Endangered Oceanic Languages

  • Gabriele Cablitz – Marquesas
  • Ingjerd Hoëm – loss and gain
  • Gunter Senft – the Kilivila language
  • Darrell Tryon – Vanuatu

Māori Revitalization

  • Winifred Crombie
  • Diane Johnson
  • Sophie Nock


  • Margaret Florey and Michael Ewing – Maluku
  • Jakelin Troy and Michael Walsh – southeast Australian languages


  • David Blundell
  • Nick Thieberger, Peter Wittenburg and Paul Trilsbeek

Full title: Endangered Austronesian, Papuan and Australian Aboriginal languages: essays on language documentation, archiving and revitalization

Ordering information: Pacific Linguistics Publishers

ISBN 9780858836235

Price: AUD $60/66

This article based on information on the Pacific Linguistics Publishers page.