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    Plegados: Bolaño, la contracultura y "la sombra de Lovecraft dormitando en un rincón" y sobre la operación de la poesía o poema arrugado. Superponga uno sobre otro y vea qué pasa: ¿Qué ve?
    Holas, I ; Holas, S ; Alfaro, C ; Acero, N (Universidad de Playa Ancha; Editorial Puntángeles; Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2023)
    Con una propuesta fresca y arriesgada, ¿Qué hay detrás de la ventana? Letra/Imagen/Música/Arte x Roberto Bolaño apela a los sentidos con escritos, fotografías, melodías, ilustraciones y visualidades interactivas (pop up, códigos QR) que desafían al lector con una estética dinámica. Un concierto de escritores, artistas, músicos, guionistas, editores y académicos se reúnen como lectores entusiastas y homenajean la obra de Roberto Bolaño, festejando los setenta años de su nacimiento, veinticinco años de la publicación de su libro clave, Los detectives salvajes, y conmemorando los veinte años de su muerte. Una mixtura de formas se vinculan como nunca antes, distintas expresiones artísticas a base de su obra. El conjunto de voces de todo el orbe es variado y disímil en formato y perspectiva, con fraternidad y admiración, también con parodias y discusiones que posicionan a Roberto Bolaño como un escritor de talla mundial.
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    LFG and Australian languages
    Nordlinger, R ; Dalrymple, M (Language Science Press, 2023)
    Australian languages exhibit many interesting grammatical properties and have featured in LFG-related research since the earliest days of the framework. In this chapter I survey the features of Australian languages that have featured most prominently in work within LFG, and show how they argue strongly for the parallel architecture of LFG and in particular the separation of functional relations at f-structure from phrasal constituency and linearity at c-structure. These morphosyntactic features include non-configurationality and flexible word order, the role of morphology in encoding grammatical relations, case stacking, valence-changing phenomena and complex predicates. I show how the flexibility afforded by LFG’s parallel architecture, which separates c-structure from f-structure with a many-to-many mapping between them, allows for a natural and explanatory account of these properties of Australian languages. In return, the empirical questions prompted by these theoretical analyses and their predictions have led to a more detailed understanding of the intricate grammatical structures of various Australian languages, and explain the appeal of the LFG formalism for fieldworkers engaged in Australian language documentation.
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    Transgressing Literary Norms in Véronique Tadjo’s En compagnie des hommes
    Wimbush, A ; Kačkutė, E ; Averis, K ; Mao, C (Brill, 2020-07-01)
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    Resistance and Rebellion in Gisèle Pineau’s Paroles de terre en larmes
    Wimbush, A ; Connell, L ; Gras, D (Lexington Books, 2022-10)
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    Bembo to Barbetta: Lutes, Lutenists and Luthiers in Cinquecento Padua
    Griffiths, J ; Cassia, C (Libreria Musicale Italiana, 2023)
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    Cifras y letras: el significado de las tablaturas
    Griffiths, J ; Esteve, E ; Griffiths, J ; Rodilla, F (Reichenberger, 2023)
    Until around 1750, more than 70,000 musical works are preserved in alternative notations to the conventional mensural. These tablatures preserve music for more than forty instruments, including the human voice. For the past almost ten years, we have conducted a research project on this alternative notation, in all its variants, from the widely accepted mainstream forms to the more idiosyncratic and little-used experiments. The extensive study has revealed what all these notations have in common. In this paper we explore the nature of tablature, the essence of its graphic system, the contemporary challenges to renewing the associated terminology, the marginalisation of tablature music from our cultural heritage, and the historiographical problems produced by the near-total exclusion of such a large repertoire from musicological thinking. What we have learned through this project is that tablature is much more than a simple notation for "playing by numbers," it is an alternative way of thinking about music and transmitting it. We have also learned the special functions of tablature, what could be written in tablature that was impossible in conventional notation, and the roles played by these tablatures in the social fabric of music, from their use as scores to facilitating the popular transmission of elite repertoires.
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    Vihuela
    Griffiths, J ; Borghetti, V ; Shephard, T (Brepols, 2023-02-28)
    This book collates 100 exhibits with accompanying essays as an imaginary museum dedicated to the musical cultures of Renaissance Europe, at home and in its global horizons.
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    Hypothetically Speaking: Ethics in linguistic fieldwork, a provocation
    MUSGRAVE, S ; Thieberger, N ; Derhemi, E ; Moseley, C (Routledge, 2023-03-06)
    Ethical issues are not always easily resolved. In the case of language documentation work, such issues require careful thought to ensure that all parties to a research process are informed and are able to participate equally, or to the level that they want, in the research process. While there is a considerable literature on ethics and fieldwork, here we present some of the issues in the form of an entertaining hypothetical discussion, presented as part of the social program at a conference of the Australian Linguistic Society with a cast who were given an outline of their roles, but not the scenarios that they would have to address in the course of the event. At the request of cast members, and in keeping with the topic, we did not record the presentation, but do offer the script here in the hope that it provides a less didactic coverage of some ethical issues than may be found elsewhere. We are pleased to be able to offer this chapter in celebration of Nick Ostler’s career and of his support for many language projects around the world. We hope this chapter’s entertainment can live up to Nick’s entertaining conversation in conference presentations and dinners.
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    Community-Led Documentation of Nafsan (Erakor, Vanuatu)
    Krajinovic, A ; Billington, R ; Emil, L ; Kaltapau, G ; Thieberger, N ; Vetulani, Z ; Paroubek, P ; Kubis, M (SPRINGER INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING AG, 2022)
    We focus on a collaboration between community members and visiting linguists in Erakor, Vanuatu, aiming to build the capacity of community-based researchers to undertake and sustain documentation of Nafsan, the local indigenous language. We focus on the technical and procedural skills required to collect, manage, and work with audio and video data, and give an overview of the outcomes of a community-led documentation after initial training. We discuss the benefits and challenges of this type of project from the perspective of the community researchers and the external linguists. We show that community-led documentation such as this project in Erakor, in which data management and archiving are incorporated into the documentation process, has crucial benefits for both the community and the linguists. The two most salient benefits are: a) long-term documentation of linguistic and cultural practices calibrated towards community’s needs, and b) collection of larger quantities of data by community members, and often of better quality and scope than those collected by visiting linguists, which, besides being readily available for research, have a great potential for training and testing emerging language technologies for less-resourced languages, such as Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR).