Nilotic Workshops . . . . . . . . . .
Between 2002-2004, the Nilotic Research Network convened three to four workshops in order to
share current work in progress and stimulate further research and
collaboration. Discussion of a workshop schedule and time frame was
initiated at the 8th Nilo-Saharan Conference in
Workshop 1: Lexical Semantics
Approximately 20 researchers participated from
, Sudan , Uganda , Kenya , Germany , Netherlands , Canada . USA
1. Research overview. Workshop participants introduced their research histories and interests, to give an understanding of the status of research across the family. This will facilitate learning about new and younger researchers to the field.
2. Issues and approaches in lexical and cognitive semantics. Introductory lecture by Suzanne Kemmer (
), focusing on lexical semantic parameters. Rice University
3. Lexical Semantics in Nilotic: Work papers were presented on semantic domains and lexical semantics of cultural and linguistic interest in Nilotic and Nilo-Saharan languages, followed by group discussion. Domains included life-stage terms, social relations, death vocabulary, disease, healing, medicine, human personality concepts, movement verbs, color and design terms, domains of borrowing, etc.
Workshop 2: Issues
in Nilotic Lexicography and Text Databases
1. Identification of Nilotic language features which have implications for the format and technical aspects of lexicography databases
2. Comparative lexicography, text, and other databases
3. Issues in construction of searchable databases
4. Discussion of future workshops
Various Nilotic researchers met at the World Congress of African Linguistics 4/ Annual Conference on African Linguistics 34,
Workshop 3: Khartoum, Sudan
A third workshop was held as convened during the Ninth Nilo-Saharan Conference, January 2004.
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This page last updated June 2005, by Doris L. Payne