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Vanuatu Languages Conference, 25-27 July 2018, Port Vila

Date: 19 December 2017

The ARC Centre for Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, and University of the South Pacific are pleased to announce the Vanuatu Languages Conference, which will take place from July 25 - 27, 2018 at the University of the South Pacific in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

This Vanuatu Languages Conference is dedicated to Prof. John Lynch, a pioneer of Vanuatu linguistics. The focus will be on current and emerging areas of linguistic research in Vanuatu. We welcome abstracts related to Vanuatu on the following themes:

  • Description of specific Vanuatu language features
  • Documentation of Vanuatu languages
  • Vernacular literacy and language material creation
  • The intersection of archaeology and linguistics
  • Genetics, population movement, and language change
  • Variation
  • Historical linguistic relationships
  • Language acquisition
  • Building local capacity in language documentation and revitalization 

Abstracts must be submitted by February 28, 2018 via EasyChair [see instructions on the website] and should be no more than 300 words, excluding references and examples/figures. Files must also include the title of the presentation and 3-5 keywords. 

Abstracts should be anonymous and should not indicate author names anywhere in the body of the file. Please submiabstract files in PDF with the following file name: VLC-LASTNAME[of the first author].

 An additional half-day symposium on the same issues will be delivered in Bislama and is aimed at local participation.

 The conference website is here:

 For further information email the VLC 2018 organizers:

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