Author Event: Ghil’ad Zuckermann, Thursday 17 May 2012

Sleeping Beauties Awake: Towards the Establishment of Revival Linguistics

The Friends of the University of Adelaide Library invite you to an author
event with Ghil’ad Zuckermann on Thursday 17 May. 

Language revival is becoming increasingly relevant as people seek to recover their lost heritage. Linguists and revivalists worldwide have much to learn from Hebrew’s remarkable, hybridic modern-day rebirth, argues Professor Ghil’ad Zuckermann, Chair of Endangered Languages at the University of Adelaide.

Professor Zuckermann will explain the process of reviving a “Sleeping Beauty” language, such as Hebrew, the South Australian Aboriginal Kaurna, and Hawaiian, and the influences that come into play, resulting in a hybrid that combines the revivalists’ and documenters’ mother tongues and the target tongue.

Siobhan Owen, Celtic singer & harpist, will play before and after the talk.

: Thursday 17 May at 6 for 6:30pm.
Bookings: by Tuesday 15 May to Robina Weir (phone: 8313 4064)
Venue: Ira Raymond Exhibition Room, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide
Gold coin admission, open to the public

Seating is limited.

Paul Wilkins
Deputy University Librarian
Barr Smith Library

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