AIATSIS Special Seminar
12.00 – 3.00pm, Wednesday13th June 2012
The Mabo Room, AIATSIS, Lawson Crescent, Canberra ACT 2601
Professor Ghil’ad Zuckermann
Revival Linguistics: language reclamation, cultural empowerment, intellectual property and Aboriginal well being
This lecture will analyse the ethical, aesthetic and utilitarian benefits of language revival, and will propose the establishment of Revival Linguistics, a new discipline studying comparatively and systematically the universal constraints, global mechanisms and local peculiarities and idiosyncrasies apparent in revival attempts across various sociological backgrounds, all over the world. A branch of both linguistics and applied linguistics, Revival Linguistics combines scientific studies of native language acquisition and foreign language learning (language reclamation is the most extreme case of second language learning).