Linguistics Fieldwork

The Status of Degrees in Warlpiri.

Wed November 4th 2015, 3:30pm
Margaret Jacks Hall, Greenberg Room (460-126)
Margit Bowler
University of California, Los Angeles


In this talk, I evaluate the status of degrees in Warlpiri (Pama-Nyungan, Australia). I present Warlpiri data collected following Beck, et al.'s 2009 questionnaire, and show that Warlpiri lacks degrees as a primitive in its semantic ontology. I follow analyses of other degree-less languages (Washo, Bochnak 2013 and Fijian, Pearson 2009) in accounting for some potentially problematic data.

In addition to discussing degrees, I'll also talk briefly about my fieldwork experience in central Australia, methodologies I used in collecting my degree data, and show some photos from my fieldwork site.