Aikhenvald jcu. Alexandra Y. When Distinguished Professor Sasha Aikhenvald was working in the East Sepik province of New Guinea she was fascinated to discover that the asset most prized by the people of the province was their name. In East Sepik, her name was important and valuable, but when she wanted to enrol in the classics department of Moscow State University in the old Soviet Union, her Jewish surname made her unacceptable.
Instead she chose linguistics for its mathematical rhythms, crossword puzzle complexities and cultural idiosyncrasies. The decision was the catalyst for a prolific body of research that included Berber languages of North Africa and Hebrew but focused on tropical languages, predominantly those of Amazonia, the Papuan languages of New Guinea and Aboriginal Australia.
On the subject of Elsevier and the state of academic publishing, I suggest everyone interested in reading academic papers to look for them from Academia.
Hear hear. Also, academia. Two that I think are particularly good for conlangers, especially historically-oriented ones, are. Your email address will not be published. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
The Manambu Language of East Sepik, Papua New Guinea (Oxford Linguistics)
Email suggestions to conlangery gmail. Today we take some time to suggest a few books that conlangers should check out. Linguistics Books Heine, B. World lexicon of grammaticalization. Cambridge University Press. Bybee, J. The evolution of grammar: Tense, aspect, and modality in the languages of the world.
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