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Collection ID LSNG11
Title Languages of Southern New Guinea: Idi
Description Recordings of the Idi language spoken in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea

The Wellsprings of Linguistic Diversity was a five year Laureate project awarded by the Australian Research Council to Professor Nicholas Evans within the School of Culture, History and Language in the College of Asia and the Pacific, at the Australian National University. The project ran from 2014 to 2019.

The project sought to address fundamental questions of linguistic diversity and disparity through an analysis of linguistic variation and change. The project addressed a crucial missing step in existing linguistic research by addressing the question of what drives linguistic diversification so much faster in some societies than in others. It did so by undertaking intensive, matched case studies of speech communities across Australia and the Pacific, allowing researchers to detect variations in languages as they occur and compare the amounts and types of variation found in different sorts of settings, with a particular focus on small-scale multilingual speech communities. It aimed to generate an integrated model of language variation and change, building in interactions between social and linguistic processes. The research findings offered insights into the enormous diversity of human experience, vital for fields as diverse as cognitive science, human evolutionary biology, anthropology and archaeology.
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Nicholas Evans
Operator Julia Colleen Miller
Originating university Australian National University
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DOI 10.26278/5df25616741c2
Cite as Nicholas Evans (collector), 1985. Languages of Southern New Guinea: Idi. Collection LSNG11 at [Open Access].
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Edit access Julia Colleen Miller
Shubo Li
Data access conditions Open (subject to agreeing to PDSC access conditions)
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Items in Collection (8)

Item Title Actions
23AugMensStories 23 August Men's Stories View
IdiCassettes 1985 Idi Cassettes View
IdiDescription Idi Description View
PlantNames Idi Plant Names View
SpeakerMetadata Speakers Metadata View
TransFlyBirds Idi Transfly Bird Names View
Wake Idi interview with Wake View
Welcome Idi Welcome Message to Volker View

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