Professeur des universités, Université Paris Diderot (Paris 7).
Director: Otto Zwartjes
The history of the International Conferences on Missionary Linguistics starts in the year 2002 when Otto Zwartjes founded the OsProMil (Oslo Project on Missionary Linguistics), financed by the Norwegian Research Council “Norges Forskningsråd”, until 2006. The conferences are organised in three continents, Europe, Americas and Asia. Missionary Linguistics: Five books published, (John Benjamins, Series: Studies in the History of Language Sciences) and one special issue of Historiographia Linguistica (Zwartjes & Koerner, eds.), derived from these conferences).
Otto Zwartjes is founder of the ROLD Research group and directed the program between 2006-2017.
Description of the research group
The members of the group investigate older texts (colonial, postcolonial, missionary and non-missionary, word lists of travelers and historians) with the following objectives: historical linguistics, the history of linguistics, linguistic documentation, translation studies and sociocultural analysis. The aim of historical linguistics is to describe older stages of languages as well as (processes of) language change, while the history of linguistics studies early thinking on languages, linguistics typologies and structures and linguistics. Linguistic documentation is a crucial part of both branches. These studies are often interrelated with those of the cultural context in which colonial societies developed. Non-Western languages are our main focus. http://aclc.uva.nl/content/research-groups/revitalizing-older-linguistic-documentation/revitalizing-older-linguistic-documentation.html
Six Meetings were organized at the University of Amsterdam. Selected papers of ROLD meetings are published in the STUF-review (Berlin Akademie Verlag) and in the on-line journal Linguistics in Amsterdam). http://aclc.uva.nl/research/groups/groups/groups/content/folder/revitalizing-older-linguistic-documentation/revitalizing-older-linguistic-documentation.html