9.11.12 -- There will be an endangered language fair in NYC at the end of the month: http://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2012/09/29/small-and-endangered-language-fair?pref=node_type_search%2Fevents
The goal of the Rutgers Understudied Languages Group (RULGr) is to promote the study of languages whose documentation and analysis has been historically neglected. Such languages are typically minority and indigenous languages, which often have been displaced or threatened by culturally dominant languages such as English, Spanish, French, and Russian. The scope of the group (as per the knowledge of its members) includes languages of North America, South America, Africa, and Asia. Because these languages are threatened, their documentation and analysis is especially important if linguists are to know the full diversity of human languages. Understudied languages often differ in striking and fascinating ways from more commonly spoken. Many of these languages are spoken by fewer than 1000 people; UNESCO reports that that 96% of the world’s languages are spoken by just 4% of the world’s population, that 90% of the world’s languages are not represented on the internet, that one language disappears on average every two weeks, and that 80% of African languages have no official orthography. RULGr seeks to encourage research on and analysis of such languages, which can have interesting implications for linguistic theory. RULGr meets on a semi-regular basis, usually in conjunction with ST@R, RORG, or SuRGe.
No events are currently scheduled. If you'd like to present something, or have a suggestion for future speakers, please email Ryan (rdenzerk) or Hope (hmcmanus) at their Eden email accounts.
4/1/11: Amy Rose Deal will be leading discussion about her paper "Modals without Scales" at 10am in the Linguistics department basement (room 001).
1/27/11: Will Bennett and Sophie Salffner from SOAS (at university of London) will be leading an instructional workshop on how to do palatography, and its usefulness in linguistic fieldwork, on Thursday, January 27th at 4:30pm in the Linguistics Department basement (room 001).
12/8/10 (in conjunction with SuRGe): Ryan Denzer-King will be presenting a talk entitled "The Semantics of Blackfoot Subobviative Marking" at 4:30pm in room 108 in the Linguistics Department (18 Seminary Pl).
11/19/10: Seth Cable will be presenting about Tlingit (Na-Dene, Alaska) at 10am in the Linguistics Department basement (room 001).
11/17/10: Ryan Denzer-King will be presenting a talk entitled "Adaptation of Labials in Coastal Tlingit Loanwords" at 4:30pm in room 108 in the Linguistics Department (18 Seminary Pl).
Ryan Denzer-King - rdenzerk -at- eden -dot- rutgers -dot- edu