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Seminar: Humans who Code Grammars: advice to grammar writers regarding typological surveys, 15 June, 3.30pm, ANU

Date: 5 June 2018

Seminar: Humans who Code Grammars: advice to grammar writers regarding typological surveys

Speakers: Naomi Peck, Daniel Prestipino, Rhiannon Schembri, Hedvig Skirgård, Henry Wu and Steph Yam

When: 15 June 2018, 3.30pm-5pm

Where: Bashan room, Baldessin Building, ANU

Abstract:

Grammars and grammar-sketches are important sources of information for typological work, such as grammatical surveys. We have been coding for one such survey, Grambank, for over six months and find that there are ways in which typological coding can inform grammar writing. Our coding experience has been affected by two main difficulties: the quality and readability of publications (accessibility), and the lack of explicit statements of typologically-relevant information (codability). In this presentation, we present advice to those writing grammars regarding ways in which descriptive linguists can take advantage of grammatical typology, and make their work more accessible for typological purposes.

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