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European Network of Amerindian Linguistics (ENAL)

We proudly announce the publication of  "Amerindiana: Neue Perspektiven auf die indigenen Sprachen Amerikas" in February 2012. The book is a collection of contributions from the inauguratory session of ENAL (European Network for Amerindian Linguistics).

Publisher's website | September 26, 2011 | by Heather Scofield

“Ich nuu’apag’apü uruskwa’èi.”

Translated on the pages of a digital dictionary downloaded to the computer desktops of government workers for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, the sentence means, “The Ute language is disappearing.”

Experts and tribal leaders say culture is a critical component of American Indian life, affecting tribes’ interactions with government, family, the environment and their neighbors. But some say the practices and teachings of their heritage are fading within the Ute Nation’s tribal membership, and it could have painful effects for both the tribes and their neighboring communities.

read more » | September 23, 2011 | by Antonia Zerbisias

Bear Country is now Sioux territory. That’s because the classic cartoon The Berenstain Bears is being dubbed into the endangered Lakota language and running on public TV in North and South Dakota. Mathó Waúnsila Thiwáhe — which translates to The Compassionate Bear Family — is the first animated series to be translated into a native American language in the U.S.

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La Sociedad Argentina de Lingüística y el Instituto de Formación Docente Continua- San Luis convocan al XIII Congreso Nacional de Lingüística que se llevará a cabo en San Luis, entre el 27 y el 30 de marzo de 2012, en “la Caja de los Trebejos” del Hotel Potrero de los Funes.

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April 2-4, 2012, the Annual Conference will be held at the University of Sterling. The deadline for abstract submission is October 7th, 2011.

For more information, visit the Official conference website.

From February 28 ‒ March 2, 2012, the Seventh International Congress on Missionary Linguistics will be held in Bremen, Germany.

The general topic of the conference is "Impacts of Colonial Thinking on Intercultural, Transcultural and Translational Processes and the Influence of the Missionized Other in Missionary Linguistics".

The deadline for submission of abstracts is October 1st, 2011.

For more information, visit the Official conference website.

From July 15-20, 2012, The 54th International Congress of Americanists will take place in Vienna, Austria.

The conference will be held under the general heading "Building Dialogues in the Americas".

The deadline for the submission of papers will be August 31, 2011.

For more information visit the Official conference website.

Rose, F. (2011). Grammaire de l'émérillon teko, une langue tupi–guarani de Guyane française. Langues et Sociétés d'Amérique traditionnelle, 10. Louvain: Peeters.

Over the last two decades, Amazonian linguistics has greatly expanded. Many languages have recently been described and are providing typologists with new data. Within this dynamic current, this book presents a first description of the Grammar of Emérillon Teko, a Tupi Guarani language of French Guiana. Emérillon is an endangered Amazonian language with an oral tradition. Spontaneous texts recorded from speakers in the field constitute the corpus used for this study. The analysis was conducted within a functional typological approach. It aims at comparing the Emérillon language, on the one hand, with recent typological studies and, on the other, with studies of the other Tupi Guarani languages. The study focuses on morphology and syntax, from nominal phrases to complex sentences, with other areas such as phonology and discourse being also considered. In a typological perspective, most interesting are the cases of a hierarchical cross referencing system, still little discussed in the typological literature, possessive nominal predicates using verbal morphology, and gerund constructions being at the origin of verb serialization. In a comparative perspective, this language seems to be an innovative member of the Tupi Guarani family, for instance with the loss of the absolutive cross referencing system in dependent clauses. Finally, in an areal perspective, the Emérillon language constitutes by a number of traits a representative member of Amazonian languages.

Dear all,


We are pleased to inform you that the next Americanist Meeting will take place in Leipzig, on June 24-25, 2011. The topic of the meeting is Word Formation in South American Languages and we invite papers dealing with this topic (see attachment).


Abstracts should be sent to Femmy Admiraal ( before May 1st. We hope to accept all papers, but in case we need to make a selection, you will be notified about the acceptance of your paper by May 15th. 


Please feel free to forward this message to anyone who might be interested, and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact one of the organizers.



Swintha Danielsen, Katja Hannß and Femmy Admiraal

Pressestelle Universität Bremen | 29.10.2009 11:58 | Eberhard Scholz

Beim Bremer Sprachen-Festival im September und Oktober 2009 sind drei neue internationale sprachwissenschaftliche Organisationen aus der Taufe gehoben worden. Sie befassen sich mit der Etnosprache der Marianen-Inseln, mit den indigenen Sprachen Amerikas oder den Indianersprachen sowie mit wenig verbreiteten Sprachen.

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