Peter K. Austin

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1 The role of data in language documentation is rather different from the way that data is traditionally treated in language description. For description, the main concern is the production of grammars and dictionaries whose primary audience is linguists (Himmelmann 1998, Woodbury 2003). In these products language data serves essentially as exemplification(More)
The expectation of ultimate salvation through technology… inspires an awed deference to the practitioners and their promises of deliverance while diverting attention from more urgent concerns. Thus, unrestrained technological development is allowed to proceed apace, without serious scrutiny…. From within the faith, any and all criticism appear irrelevant,(More)
Although one and two-participant events, as expressed by intransitive and transitive constructions, have been extensively studied from a cross-linguistic perspective, little work has been done on three-participant events and the ways they operate in different languages. Where there is description and analysis it is typically confined to syntactic(More)
The central Australian Aboriginal language Warlpiri has been made famous in the linguistic literature as 'non-configurational' as a result of the analysis of its morphosyntax arising from research by Ken Hale. 1 Hale (1980) proposed that Warlpiri showed no evidence of phrase structure organisation (i.e. no evidence for syntactic categories beyond the word(More)
This paper deals with the case morphology of the Australian language Diyari. Within the framework of Distributed Morphology, an analysis is developed that provides deeper insight into the inflexional paradigm by subanalysis of inflexion markers and the use of impov-erishment rules and readjustment rules. An important question that is adressed is how the(More)
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In the last decade of the 20 th century a new sub-field of linguistics emerged that has come to be known as 'language documentation' or 'documentary linguistics' In this paper we explore how it was defined in the seminal work of Himmelmann (1998) and others, including what were presented as significant characteristics that distinguished language(More)