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Fall 2017

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Structure Of Wamesa


Wamesa is a member of the under-studied South Halmahera-West New Guinea subgroup of the Austronesian language family, with roughly 5000 speakers in West Papua, Indonesia. This course will rely on both primary data, including my fieldnotes and recordings, and published work to look at the phonology, morphology, and syntax of the language. We’ll also look at Wamesa as it compares to its sister languages within SHWNG, and see what it can tell us about linguistic theory. Finally, we’ll take a look at the cultural and political context in which Wamesa is spoken. This course will utilize theoretical tools of linguistic analysis as well as addressing practical skills useful for collecting, organizing, and analyzing raw field data and making it useful for the speech community from which it was collected.

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Swarthmore College Provost Office

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Professor Emily Gasser was awarded a Digital Humanities Curricular Grant from the Provost's Office for use in her fall 2017 course, Structure of Wamesa (LING 067). The course syllabus, assignment instructions, and completed student examples are made freely available here courtesy of the author.

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