15 August 2019 saw many colleagues come together to celebrate the many years of work and adventures of Alan Rumsey.
Alan Rumsey in the field
Professor Tony Woodbury set the scene for the day,
"I want to discuss a problem that I cannot solve, but whose solutions, I think, maybe inspired by the deep, pioneering work of Alan Rumsey over the course of his long, intellectually rich, and emprically wide-ranging career."
Tony Woodbury presenting
The symposium, Language and the anthropology of communication in Honour of Alan Rumsey, program reflected the broad and wide reach that Alan has had over the years:
Relating a language's lexico-grammatical genius to its speakers' ideology, aesthetics, sociality, and history: Inspirations from the work of Alan Rumsey - Tony Woodbury (University of Texas, Austin)
Clearing the air: A Meakambut practice of initiating a quarrel upon arrival - Darja Hoenigman (Université de Paris)
Structure in transformation: Reflections on the influence of Alan Rumsey’s scholarship - Debra McDougall (University of Melbourne)
Grammar, Poetics and Social Relations: Chicago to Sahul - Francesca Merlan (Australian National University)
Aspects of religious language - Ian Keen (Australian National University)
Understanding and not-understanding among sign language users in the New Guinea Highlands - Lauren Reed (Australian National University)
For those who were not able to attend you can hear the day of talks at the CoEDL YouTube playlist.
Alan Rumsey and Francesca Merlan