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Linguistic discoveries: The CoEDL Shape of Language Showcase, 7-9 Nov, University of Melbourne


Researchers associated with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language have undertaken documentation of more than 120 languages in our region and beyond. Such documentation efforts increase our understanding of under-described languages, and advance linguistic science by providing a rich array of new data illustrating how language works. In this workshop we celebrate these contributions to linguistic science by showcasing our fieldwork discoveries: what have we learned about language as a result of these extensive documentation efforts?

At our Shape of Language meeting at CoEDLFest in February, we agreed that a worthy goal for our program would be to ensure that our Shape-funded fieldwork contributes to important crosslinguistic databases such as those being developed by the Glottobank research consortium (, for which CoEDL is a major contributor.  A Grambank coding session will be held following the Shape Showcase so that as many of us as possible can learn how to code up our language data for Grambank.  The session will be led by Hedvig Skirgård, who is centrally involved in developing the Grambank database. 


Shape Showcase Wednesday 7 & Thursday 8 November

Grambank coding workshop Friday 9 November 

Venue: The University of Melbourne


Paper submissions are now closed.

Please contact Rachel Nordlinger if you have any questions.

  • Australian Government
  • The University of Queensland
  • Australian National University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Western Sydney University

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