Birgit Hellwig visiting: Language Games Club and Child Language Documentation Talk

Language Games

Tomorrow, 18.3.2015, 17:00-19:00, TC2.6/7, University of Essex, we will have a talk about an exciting child language project (see more info below). Birgit Hellwig, our speaker will also be around for a couple of days. Before her talk (12:00-14:00), she will join our Language Games Club to discuss how she can use language games in her project (Social Space, Department of Language and Linguistics).

Child language documentation: A pilot study among the Qaqet Baining of Papua New Guinea

Birgit Hellwig, University of Cologne, Germany

Language documentation aims to create a “comprehensive record of the linguistic practices characteristic of a given speech community” (Himmelmann 1998: 166). In actual practice, our focus tends to be on adult speech practices, and we know little about the contexts in which children become socialised and learn to speak, about the language(s) used with and around children, and about the outputs that are produced by children…

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