Alor-Pantar languages: Origins and theoretical impact

Workshop on Alor-Pantar Languages

The Surrey Morphology Group held a one-day dissemination workshop on Alor-Pantar languages, at the British Academy, London, on Saturday, 14 September 2012. The workshop concentrated on topics in the Alor-Pantar languages, a group of about 20 Papuan languages spoken on several islands in eastern Indonesia. We presented results on internal and external genealogical relations, spatial language and plural words, and on the typology of alignment systems in the Alor-Pantar languages.

The research was supported by the European Science Foundation’s EuroBABEL programme (project ‘Alor-Pantar languages: origin and theoretical impact’). Funding came from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) under grant AH/H500251/1, the National Science Foundation (US) under BCS Grant No. 0936887, and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). We thank these funding bodies for their support.


14 September 2012

09.30 - 10.00 Gary Holton and Marian Klamer, 'Introduction'
10.30 - 10.45 Laura Robinson, 'Internal and wider relations of the (Timor-)Alor-Pantar family'
10.45 - 11.15 Break
11.15 - 12.00 Gary Holton, 'Landscape and language'
12.00 - 12.45 Sebastian Fedden and Dunstan Brown, 'Alignment systems'
12.45 - 13.30 Lunch
13.30 - 14.15 Dunstan Brown and Sebastian Fedden, 'Functional verbs'
14.15 - 15.00 Antoinette Schapper and Marian Klamer, 'Plural words'
15.00 - 15.45 Antoinette Schapper, 'Use of elevation terms talking about place'

Project members

Prof Greville G. Corbett
Dr Matthew Baerman
Prof Dunstan Brown
Dr Sebastian Fedden

Period of award:

October 2009 - September 2012


Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) through European Science Foundation-EuroBabel