Partner Organizations

Puna Reo Pihaena

Mo'orea, French Polynesia

Puna Reo Pihaena

Research in the South Pacific

In June and July 2010, Maria Polinsky and Eric Postdam (University of Florida) did field work in Mo'orea, French Polynesia, where they were stationed at the Richard B. Gump South Pacific Research Station. Their main focus has been on cross-clausal dependencies in Tahitian and they hope to return to Mo'orea next summer.

They made contacts with the educators at the Tahitian immersion school Puna Reo Pihaena (or Puna Reo Piha'e'ina, photos below). Next summer, they plan to explore the differences between the Tahitian spoken by older generations and the Tahitian spoken by young adults and children, many of whom are heritage speakers.

Nos recherches dans la Polynésie française

En juin et juillet 2010 Maria Polinsky et Eric Potsdam ont effectué des recherches sur la langue tahitienne à l’ile de Moorea en Polynésie française. Leur équipe était basée au centre de recherches scientifiques de Berkeley. La but de leurs recherches est la structure et grammaire des énoncés complexes en tahitien. Ils espèrent revenir à Moorea l’an prochain et ils vont ajouter un autre élément à leur programme, l’exploration des changements linguistiques dans la langue courante des ados et enfants.

Maria et Eric ont eu la grande chance de faire la connaissance des éducateurs à Puna Reo de Moorea. Leurs rendez-vous avec Mme Rurua et Mrs. Maurice, Dom, Teva'e et avec des étudiants de la colonie sont montrés dans les photos sur le site.

 

Surrey Morphology Group

From competing theories to fieldwork:

This project on agreement in Archi started at the Surrey Morphology Group, University of Surrey, in January 2012.

The project is structured around a cycle of working seminars. The contributors are the typology/fieldwork team (Brown, Chumakina, Corbett), giving a clear account of the Archi material, and the three syntax experts, who are invited to give an analysis of the Archi constructions within their theory: Robert Borsley (Essex), Maria Polinsky (Harvard), and Louisa Sadler (Essex).

The project has had three seminars (the introductory seminar, and two seminars dedicated to a specific agreement problem). The Archi materials and the syntactic accounts are available on the WIKI website, which is structured in the following way: an Archi agreement problem and three strands of syntactic accounts, an LFG framework analysis, a Minimalist framework analysis, and an HPSG framework analysis.

The Surrey group invites you to participate in the project via the project's WIKI: http://fahs-wiki.soh.surrey.ac.uk/groups/fromcompetingtheoriestofieldwor...

 

Wuqu' Kawoq

Santiago Sacatapéquez, Guatemala

Wuqu' Kawoq

For more on the work of Wuqu' Kawoq, the Maya Health Alliance, please see: http://www.wuqukawoq.org/ 

 

NAMUS

Moscow, Russia

Namus

English

In January 2011, Maria Polinsky gave a presentation on the Lab's ongoing work at Namus, a school that teaches the main languages of Dagestan to the children of Dagestani families living in Moscow. She attended several classes (including an Avar class), met with the director, Ms. Parsixat Murtazalieva, as well as teachers, parents, sponsors (including Dr. Abduxibirov), and students. At the end of her visit, she was treated to a wonderful concert where Namusӳ students performed traditional dances and songs. We are looking forward to many more years of contact and collaboration between the Polinsky Lab and Namus.

Russian

В январе M.C. Полинская побывала в Москве и выступила с докладом о работе лаборатории в московском центре«Намус»—уникальном учебном заведении, где дети дагестанцев, живуяих в столице, могут изучать родной язык и культуру. Мария встретилась с директором центра Муртазалиевой Парсихат Магомедовнoй, учителями, учащимися, родителями, видными московскими дагестанцами (в том числе доктором М.А. Абдулхибировым, получила прекрасную возможность побывать на уроке аварского языка и своими глазами увидела прекрасный концерт, в котором ученики школы исполнили народные песни и танцы. Ученики, преподаватели и родители преподнесли ей необыкновенные подарки, которые она с благодарностью увезла с собой в Бостон. Мы надеемся, что эта встреча—начало долголетнего сотрудничества между нашей лабораторией и центром «Намус».

Avar

Полинская Мария Семеновна январь моц1алъ Москваялда йик1ана. Гьений гьей щвана Г1урус-Дагъистаналъул культура ва лъай кьеялъул Расул Х1амзатовасул ц1аралда бугеб «Намус» абураб, ай, къанаг1ат гурони дандч1валареб Москваялда ругел лъималазда рахьдал мац1ал ва г1адатал малъулеб централде. Гьеб централда унеб бук1ана «Мац1- г1адамасул рух1ги ц1арги» абураб темаялда конференция. Гьений жиндирго лабораториялъул х1алт1ул бицун к1алъазе яхъана Мария. Гьей дандч1вана гьеб школалъул директор Муртазаг1алиева Парсих1ат Мух1амадовнагун, учительзабигун, эбел- эменгун, лъималгун ва Москваялда ругел церет1урал дагъистаниялгун, гьединго медицинаялъул г1елмабазул доктор Абдухабиров Мух1амадгун. Жеги гьелъие рес щвана маг1арул мац1алъул дарсиде ине, лъималаз ах1улел халкъиял куч1дузухъ ва кьурдухъ балагьизе.