By Andries W. Coetzee
Sep 15, 2012
Carmel O'Shannessy had a busy conference and workshop schedule this summer. Early in May, she first presented a poster as part of the Racing Language, Languaging Race symposium at Stanford University’s Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Language. Carmel's presentation was titled "Light Warlpiri - language maintenance and identity in Northern Australia". In this presentation, Carmel reports the results of her research on how a new code, known as "Light Warlpiri", developed from the code-switching between English and Warlpiri in the remote Warlpiri community of Lajamanu in Northern Australia. Carmel's research over the past decade plus has focused on the unique and complex linguistic situation in this community. The full abstract of Carmel's presentation is available here.
In June, Carmel gave an invited presentation at the symposium on "Code-switching at the crossroads between structural and socio-linguistic perspectives”, held at the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Freiburg. Carmel's presentation was titled "Structural innovation and retention of codeswitching patterns in Light Warlpiri, a new mixed language in northern Australia". In the presentation, Carmel traces the development of tense-mood-aspect categories in the verbal auxiliary system of Light Warlpiri, showing that the Light Warlpiri system has innovative forms that cannot be traced directly to either of its input sources (English and Warlpiri). The full text of the abstract is available here.