Language Documentation for Beginners [Workshop]


What do linguists do? What goes into the documentation of language structure and style? Why is language documentation important for humankind? Learn about these issues and more at this workshop which seeks to equip non-academics with the basic skills needed to carry out language documentation on their own.

Academics Dr Michael Yoshitaka "Mitcho" Erlewine and Dr Mário Pinharanda Nunes will take participants through the basics of documenting and preserving endangered languages like Kristang and Kristang’s sister creole in Macau, Maquísta. Registration required.

The first 15 people to register will receive a deck of Kristang flash cards, Bista di Kristang ('A Glimpse of Kristang') developed by Kodrah Kristang!

Note: One person will be entitled to only
one deck for all events — if you are part of the early bird sign-ups for multiple Festa di Papia Kristang events, you will still only receive only one deck of flashcards.



Mário Pinharanda Nunes completed his PhD in Linguistics at the University of Macau in 2011. He is a trained foreign language teacher and has taught Portuguese in Asia for the last 20 years in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Macau. Since joining the University of Macau in 2003 his research interest has primarily been the Portuguese-based creole of Macau called Makista (or Patuá), which he compares with Kristang. His work in this field has been presented at conferences and published in academic journals and book chapters. He is currently heading a documentation project for Makista, sponsored by the University of Macau.

Michael Yoshitaka “Mitcho” Erlewine is an Assistant Professor in Linguistics at the National University of Singapore. He studies the rules used by different languages when organizing sentences and the mapping between sentence structure and meaning. Much of his work is based on fieldwork on understudied and endangered languages. He recently taught a class at NUS where students conducted original research on the structure of Kristang and contributed to its documentation
Sat May 20, 2017
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM SGT
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Discovery Room, Asian Civilisations Museum
Venue Address
1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555 Singapore
Nearest MRT: Raffles Place. Take Exit H. The Asian Civilisations Museum is a scenic 5 minute walk away, along the river and across Cavenagh Bridge.
Kristang Language Festival ('Festa di Papia Kristang')

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