[Mihalic] RE: Approach by Oxford University Press
rayofarrell at hotmail.com
Wed Dec 24 00:16:19 EST 2003
>From: "Ray O'Farrell" <rayofarrell at hotmail.com>
>To: JohnEllissenBurton at hotmail.com, Mihalic at anu.edu.au
>CC: pmuhlhau at hotmail.com, ndegroot at online.net.pg, pgesch at dwu.ac.pg,
>Irene.Sawczak at oup.com
>Subject: [Mihalic] RE: Approach by Oxford University Press
>Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2003 21:43:02 +1100
>Dear John et al
>Thank you for this email. It represents Oxford's position quite well and
>I'd like to add the following points:
>First: I want to underscore that fact that Oxford University Press is not
>in the business of plagiarism. We do not publish someone's work without
>their agreement and anyone whose work is reproduced by the Press will be
>credited and acknowledged in a proper manner.
>Second: Oxford has a long histroy of publishing for PNG, and we have long
>felt that it is time for the Press to publish an Oxford Dictionary of Tok
>Pisin, and indeed, time for Tok Pisin to have a modern Dictionary as a
>standard reference for the language.
>Third: it is unusual for a compiler of manuscript not to want that
>intellectual property made available to a wide audience through the
>publication of a book. Whatever concerns you have, may I please ask that
>you air them fully and frankly with me.
>Fourth: my next visit to PNG is planned for March. Irene Sawczak from
>Oxford, will join me on that trip. We fly to Moresby on Sunday 21 March,
>and the draft itinerary is to spend the nights of Sun, Mon and Tues in
>Moresby, Wed night in Goroka, Thurs night in Lae, Fri night in Madang, Sat
>night in Moresby, and fly back to Australia on Sunday 28 March. We would be
>very pleased to meet whoever may be in Moresby, Goroka, Lae or Madang while
>we are there,
>My best wishes to everyone for a safe and peaceful Christmas and New Year.
>Oxford University Press
>Representative agent: PNG and The Pacific
>>From: "John Burton" <JohnEllissenBurton at hotmail.om>
>>To: <Mihalic at anu.edu.au>
>>CC: "'Ray O'Farrell'"
>><rayofarrell at hotmail.com>,<ndegroot at online.net.pg>,<Irene.Sawczak at oup.com>,<pmuhlhau at hotmail.com>,<pgesch at dwu.ac.pg>
>>Subject: Approach by Oxford University Press
>>Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2003 09:56:46 +1000
>>Don Niles of the Institute of PNG Studies recently met the regional
>>representative for Oxford University Press, Ray Farrell, in Port
>>Moresby, and has put him in touch with me. The substance of (brief)
>>discussions so far is that Oxford is interested in publishing two Tok
>>Pisin dictionaries in the near future.
>>* a Tok Pisin Study Dictionary - a 'learner's style work matching other
>>dictionaries in Oxford's Study Dictionary series
>>* the Revised Mihalic - our project, a longer and more comprehensive
>>I will forward future correspondence to the list. My concerns so far are
>>that the efforts of all contributors are protected and acknowledged.
>>This particularly applies to the suppliers of specialised lists,
>>concordances and the like, and the previous collaborator with Mihalic,
>>Peter Mühlhäusler, who was very anxious at the outset that we did not
>>plagiarise his marked-up manuscript dating to c1979.
>>I have given an assurance to Mühlhäusler that we would protect his and
>>his wife's work and one means of doing so has been to advise him that
>>his publications are comprehensive enough that we have our work cut out
>>consulting them and that only when we have exhausted them, and of course
>>given source attibution in the usual way, will we turn to the
>>Although there are issues to resolve, I am very pleased that Oxford has
>>made this approach. I have advised that we are plodding rather than
>>rushing along, but that we conceive of trying to organise a conference
>>at Divine Word University, Mihalic last home in PNG, as the next step
>>after completing a first pass of the (old) headwords.
>>What does everybody think?
>>Pat Gesch - any comments?
>>Peter Mühlhäusler - any comments?
>>All the best for the festive season
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