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An evening of Pacific food and languages, 19 April

Australian National University

Date: 12 April 2018

The Niu Oceania Cultural Centre (NOCC) is putting on an evening of pacific food and languages. Come and learn about the history of Oceanic languages, and try some authentic pacific food!

Date: 19th of April

Time: 18.00

Place: HC Coombs Building Tea room

Speakers: Andrew Pawley, Malcolm Ross & Meredith Osmond

Chefs: NOCC

Oceanic languages are part of the Austronesian language family. The spread of Austronesian languages and speakers over 4,000 years ago in the Indo-Pacific region represent one of the most remarkable chapters in human history. The outcome was the largest spread of a well-establish language family (before western colonisation). The Austronesian language family stretches all the way from Madagascar to Rapa Nui (Easter Island). In their work, CHL-linguists Osmond, Pawley & Ross focus on the Oceanic branch of Austronesian languages, which is a genealogical group consists of languages spoken all the way from Western Papua to Hawai'i, Aotearoa and Rapa Nui. On this evening, they will talk about the history of Oceanic languages and address words for food stuff in particular. Pawley, Ross & Osmond conduct exciting research in the "The Oceanic Lexicon project" where they try to reconstruct the language and culture of people who lived in the pacific 3,000 years ago! You can read more about this project on their website:

After the talk, there will be a pacific food tasting prepared by the NOCC-crew. So, you will first learn about words for food and food preparation, and then you can try said food! The Niu Oceania Cultural Centre (NOCC) is a local Canberra-based community group who work to teach, disseminate, preserve and enable students to learn the languages, arts, cultures and values of Oceania. 

This event is open to everyone interested in the Pacific, in particular students & staff at ANU and members of the Pacific Islander community here in ACT. Please spread this information to others who may be interested.

Please RSVP before the 16th of April if you are keen on the food tasting. You can RSVP either by contacting 

or attending the Facebook-event:

The event is sponsored by the Centre of Excellence for Language Dynamics at ANU (CoEDL), CHL and the Pacific Institute at ANU.

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  • The University of Queensland
  • Australian National University
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