From SummerFest to Southern New Guinea Fest
After the excitement of SummerFest, the Canberra crew has dived straight into PNG, with a series of talks and discussions that intersect with the Wellsprings Project and the Southern New Guinea Project.
"People are having heaps of fun comparing data," says PhD student Tina Gregor, "It's all going really really well".
The week-long series of events, that pundits are already calling Southern New Guinea Fest have featured presentations on middle constructions from Louise Baird ("Middle meanings in Keo"), Wayan Arka ("Middle constructions in Marori" and "Information structure and its morphosyntactic resources in Marori"), Jeff Siegel ("Is Nama a middle marking language?"), Matt Carroll ("Middles vs. Intransitives in Ngkolmpu") and Bruno Olsson ("Squeezed in the middle –Marind object infixes and middle domain").
A whole day was given over to Yamfinder and a scramble for establishing cognates, with an update on the previously unreported Dre language. Later in the week, presentations focused on sounds and structures with Volker Gast ("The vowels of Idi as spoken in Sibidiri" and "A multileval annotation of spoken data"), Emil Mittag ("Verb morphology in Arammba"), Tina Gregor ("A first glance at Yelmek and Maklew"), Dineke Schokkin ("Idi verbs: morphological and periphrastic options"), Nick Evans ("Copulas as topic markers in Nen"), Jeff Siegel ("Preverbal TAM particles in Nama revisited"), and Charlotte van Tongeren ("Suki verbs").
The last day featured Julia Miller ("Data management and archiving"), Nick Evans ("All about: coconuts, all about: discovering variation in Nen"); Nick Evans & Susan Ford ("Update on the Anthropological database"); Eri Kashima, Dineke Schokkin and Mark Ellison ("Acoustic pohentics and microvariation. nambo data, and proposals for neighbouring languages" and Fanny Cottet's pre-thesis submission talk ("How Mbahám spakers balance articulatory force and contrast maintenance".