The Cairns Institute Language and Culture Research Centre Title: Unserdeutsch / Rabaul Creole German: Genesis and Diaspora Presenter: Dr Craig Volker, Professor of Languages, Faculty of Languages and School of Graduate Studies, Gifu Shotoku Gakuen University, Japan Date: Wednesday, April 4th 2012 Time: 4.00 pm – 5.00pm Location: A21.001 (Cairns), video-linked to DA009-002 (Townsville) RSVP: Elena.Rhind@jcu.edu.au

When 04 April 2012
Where Location: A21.001 (Cairns), video-linked to DA009-002 (Townsville)
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The Cairns Institute and Language and Culture Research Centre

 Title:  Unserdeutsch / Rabaul Creole German: Genesis and Diaspora

Presenter: Dr Craig Volker, Professor of Languages, Faculty of Languages and School of Graduate Studies, Gifu Shotoku Gakuen University, Japan 

 Date: Wednesday, April 4th 2012

Time: 4.00 pm – 5.00pm

Location: A21.001 (Cairns), video-linked to DA009-002 (Townsville)

RSVP: Elena.Rhind@jcu.edu.au        

About the Seminar:

Although 19th century Germany colonised colonies scattered through Africa, China, and the Pacific, and Germans have settled in many other areas over the past three centuries, the only attested example of a German-based creole language is Rabaul Creole German or “Unserdeutsch”. Created by mixed-race children taken by the Vunapope Catholic Mission, it became a badge of identity for the small Vunapope mixed-race community and a tool for survival under Japanese occupation. Today it is spoken by only a few older persons, most of whom live in Queensland.

About the Presenter:

Dr Craig Volker is a major expert in languages and cultures of New Ireland, PNG. His  PhD from the University of Hawa'i (1994) was published in 1998, under the title The Nalik language of New Ireland, Papua New Guinea. Berkeley Models of Grammars Series. New York: Peter Lang Publishing. This is the major resource on an indigenous language of New Ireland to date. He is also the author of four books and over twenty scholarly articles. Dr Craig is the general editor of the Oxford Papua New Guinea Dictionary of Tok Pisin (2008, Melbourne, Oxford University Press). His specialist fields of expertise cover Oceanic languages and cultures, pidgin and creole studies, language documentation, and second language learning and acquistiion. His further areas of expertise include planning and teaching the South Pacific Studies and cross-cultural communication, and working on implementing education programmes in PNG. His other research interests include Brazilian immigrant communities in Japan.