ROLD, one of ACLC’s (Amsterdam Centre for Language and Communication) research groups, is celebrating its ten years of existence with an international colloquium and a book exhibition, the latter expected from November 21st to December 2nd in the Nina van Leer room at the Special Collections of the UvA Library.
The colloquium (ROLD’s seventh) – with the title “From Greenland to Patagonia” – will be held at several UvA-venues on 24 and 25 november (see programme, albeit provisional) and will also host Pierre Winkler‘s PhD defence (supervisors Olga Fischer and Otto Zwartjes): Missionary pragmalinguistics: Father Diego Luis de Sanvitores’ grammar (1668) within the tradition of Philippine grammars.
Some biographical notes on San Vitores (1627-1672) – a Spanish Jesuit missionary active on the island of Guam – can be found on the Universitat de Barcelona’s blog Poder & Representacions, while several books on the Mariana Islands’ language Chamorro – of which Sanvitores compiled the first grammar (in Latin, 1668) – are available at the UvA Library.
Another ROLD researcher – Anna Pytlowany – has lately received one of the Faculty of Humanities’ finishing grant to complete her doctorate thesis (supervisors Fred Weerman and Otto Zwartjes): What the ‘lost’ manuscripts of Joan Josua Ketelaar can tell us about Dutch Colonial linguistics.
More on Dutch East India Company member Joan Josua Ketelaar’s (1659-1718) Instructie of onderwijsinghe der Hindoustaanse en Persiaanse taalen and Pytlowany work on it, can be read/watched on the website of Utrecht University Library.