53rd Conference of the Linguistic Society of Papua New Guinea from September 21-22, 2021, at the SIL headquarters in Ukarumpa EHP

A feature on the Linguistic Society of Papua New Guinea by The National Newspaper earlier this year

“A a hybrid conference, with virtual and in-person attendance and presentations. Joining us virtually as the plenary speaker will be Lise Dobrin, professor at the University of Virginia, USA. Dr Dobrin is a professor of Anthropological Linguistics and inspires us to examine the sociolinguistic and anthropological contexts of languages and their speakers.

LSPNG 2021 aims to provide a venue for an exchange of ideas on the value of indigenous languages in Melanesia. To do this, we want to encourage the documentation and description of under-represented languages, as well as the linguistics and sociolinguistics of creoles like Tok Pisin. Papers are invited which deal with the details of languages spoken in the South Pacific, papers on the sociolinguistics, linguistics, multi-lingualism, anthropology, literacy and education, ethnomusicology or applied linguistics of these languages. Papuan and Austronesian languages interact in dramatic linguistic diversity in PNG, from firmly established to highly endangered.”

Learn about the work of the Summer Institute of Linguistics

Here is a link to the Journal of the Linguistic Society of Papua New Guinea

Published by Ples Singsing

Ples Singsing is envisioned to be a new platform for Papua Niuginian expressions of creativity, ingenuity and originality in art and culture. We deliberately highlight these two very broad themes as they can encompass the diverse subjects, from technology, medicine and architecture to linguistics, music, fishing, gardening et cetera. Papua Niuginian ways of thinking, living, believing, communicating, dying and so on can cover the gamut of academic, journalistic or opinionated writing and we believe that unless we give ourselves a platform to talk about and discuss these things in an open, free and non-exclusively academic space that they may remain the fodder for academics, journalists and other types of writers alone. New social media platforms have given every individual a personal space to share their feelings and ideas openly, sometimes without immediate censure. The Ples Singsing writer’s blog would like to provide another more structured platform for Papua Niuginian expressions in written, visual and audio formats while also providing some regulation of the type and content of materials to be shared publicly.

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