Dallas International Academic Forum: April 28

Descriptive vs. expressive reduplication in Kimaragang and beyond Dr. Paul Kroeger, Dallas International Thursday, April 28, 12:20-1:15, “Brown Bag Lunch” Mahler 7 This talk describes “expressive” (or “affective”) uses of reduplication in Kimaragang (a Philippine-type language of northern Borneo); that is, the use of reduplication to express the speaker’s feelings or attitudes rather than to […]

Educational Strategies in East Timor

Dallas International ACADEMIC FORUM       All are welcome: Tuesday, March 29, 12:20-1:15, Note change from THURSday to TUESday “Brown Bag Lunch” Mahler 7 Dr. Steve Walter, Dallas International & SIL “School Transplantation, Multilingual Education, and other Educational Strategies in East Timor” In the newly independent country of E. Timor, multiple experimental educational programs are currently underway, […]

Troubleshooting the Ngbugu Tone and Vowel System

Dallas International Academic Forum, Thursday, April 7, 2016 12:20 – 1:15 Mahler 5/7.  Ken Olson, PhD Despite having an established orthography for 20 years, the Ngbugu people of Central African Republic reported significant reading difficulties. To address this, an assessment of the Ngbugu phonological system and extant orthography was carried out during a workshop in […]

Language Genesis in Nicaragua

The Sociolinguistics of an Emerging Deaf Community Dallas International Academic Forum, Thursday, March 10, 2016 12:20 – 1:15 Mahler 5/7.  Beth Gray This presentation will focus on the emergence of a new signed language among Deaf people in Nicaragua, highlighting the sociolinguistic factors that impact language genesis, shift, and use.

The syllabary used by the Kickapoo in Mexico

Dallas International ACADEMIC FORUM   Thursday, Febrary 25, 12:20-1:15, “Brown Bag Lunch” Mahler 7, Pete Unseth The Kickapoo living in northern Mexico have claimed to use the Cherokee syllabary created by Sequoyah. The presentation will present evidence showing that it is actually an obscure script known as the “Great Lakes Algonquian Syllabary”. This evidence is then […]

Helping Communities Incorporate Their Own Language, Culture, Art Forms and Values into Relevant Teaching Materials

Dallas International ACADEMIC FORUM Thursday, February 11, 12:20-1:15, “Brown Bag Lunch” Mahler 7 Mary Saurman and Liz Braun Foerster, Mainland Southeast Asia “Helping Communities Incorporate Their Own Language, Culture, Art Forms and Values into Relevant Teaching Materials” This is based on a case study of the Lahusi community in Northern Thailand, one of many communities […]

Academic Forum: The Nelc Dance of Nedr Island

Dallas International ACADEMIC FORUM Thursday, January 28, 12:20-1:15 “Brown Bag Lunch” Mahler 7 Adam Walker will present on “The Nelc Dance of Nedr Island” Some Initial Thoughts on the Dance, Its Cultural Import, and Spiritual Significance Dance is an art form which, like any other, can be used to glorify God or for less noble […]

Academic Forum – Banana Fiber Weaving

The final Dallas International Academic Forum of the fall semester will be presented by Kim Beebe Wells on Thursday, Dec. 17 at 12:20 in Mahler 5/7. Kim accompanied Brenda Boerger to the Solomon Islands on a trip to do language and culture documentation.  Her presentation is on the resurrection of the art of Banana Fiber Weaving, a […]

Society for Ethnomusicology Conference

Dr. Brian Schrag and Dr. Neil R. Coulter, of the Center for Excellence in World Arts, will each be chairing panel sessions at the upcoming Annual Conference of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), held in Austin, Texas. Schrag chairs a panel titled “Repossessing Practices: Heritage, Nation, Worship,” and Coulter chairs the panel “Crossing Identities: Indigeneity […]

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Pius W. Akumbu

Fulbright Visiting Scholar from Cameroon, Pius W Akumbu, will give a lecture on Babanki Literacy Classes and Community-Based Language Research. Wednesday, December 2, 2015, Time: 12:20-1:15 PM, Place: Mahler Building, Room 5/7, 7500 W. Camp Wisdom Rd. Dr. Pius W. Akumbu teaches in the Department of Linguistics, University of Buea and is currently a visiting […]