Every five years the Permanent International Committee of Linguists (CIPL) organises a world congress for linguists. And every five years the Committee faces the challenge of presenting a programme at the highest possible level. The CIPL Executive Committee decided for the Congress planned for 2003 in Prague to focus on four major topics which play an important role in today's linguistic debate: 1. Typology, 2. Endangered Languages, 3. Methodology and Linguistics (including fieldwork) and 4. Language and the mind. Leading experts have introduced the four themes in their plenary lectures in the course of the congress, which served as a basis for the articles presented in the current volume. This book should be a welcome tool for all linguists wishing to find their way quickly in current developments. A CD-Rom containing the full proceedings of the Prague Congress is included.
1. Preface; 2. Evidentiality: Problems and challenges (by Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y.); 3. Towards a less 'syntactic' morphology and a more 'morphological' syntax (by Anderson, Stephen R.); 4. Linguistic universals and particular (by Bach, Emmon); 5. Language planning and language policies: Issues and prospects (by Bamgbose, Ayo); 6. Computational lexicons and corpora: Complementary components in human language technology (by Calzolari, Nicoletta); 7. Historical linguistics: The state of the art (by Campbell, Lyle); 8. Coherent fieldwork (by Everett, Daniel L.); 9. State of the art in Computational Linguistics (by Ferrari, Giacomo); 10. State-of-the-art paper: Lexicology and lexicography: Milestones in metalexicography (by Gouws, Rufus H.); 11. Pragmatics: State of the art (by Harnish, Robert M.); 12. Phonological dialectics: A short history of generative phonology (by Hulst, Harry van der); 13. Types of languages and the simple pattern of the core of language (by Sgall, Petr); 14. Attempt at the revival of Warrungu ( Australia): Its cultural and scientific significance (by Tsunoda, Tasaku); 15. The future of creolistics (by Versteegh, Kees); 16. How the study of endangered languages will revolutionize linguistics (by Whalen, Douglas)
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