Andre Cramblit andrekar at NCIDC.ORG
Wed Oct 29 16:10:18 UTC 2003

A World of Many Voices: Interfaces in Language Documentation
Short Title: DOBES-Conference

Date: 04-Sep-2004 - 05-Sep-2004
Location: Frankfurt / Main, Germany
Contact: Jost Gippert
Contact Email: gippert at
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Sub-field: Typology, Language Description, General
Linguistics, Computational Linguistics, Anthropological Linguistics
Call Deadline: 01-Feb-2004

Meeting Description:

International conference on language documentation as an
interdisciplinary research area (Linguistics, Anthropology, Speech
Communities, and Technology), organised within the DOBES
(Documentation of Endangered Languages) Programme of the Volkswagen


Interfaces in Language Documentation:
Linguistics, Anthropology, Speech Communities, and Technology

University of Frankfurt / Main
4th - 5th of September, 2004

First Circular

The DOBES (Documentation of Endangered Languages) Programme will
organise a conference on language documentation as an
interdisciplinary research area, pending funding from the Volkswagen
Foundation. The conference will take place in conjunction with a
summer school on the documentation of endangered languages at the same
venue (Frankfurt, Sep. 1-11th 2004).

The organising team consists of Arienne Dwyer, Jost Gippert, Raquel
Guirardello, David Harrison, Ulrike Mosel, Peter Wittenburg (DOBES
members), and Marcel Erdal, Bernd Nothofer, and Rainer Vo├čen (local


The conference will bring together experts in the field of language
documentation and also representatives of endangered speech
communities, and focuses on two themes:
- the impact of language documentation techniques and technologies on
linguistic methodologies and theories, such as new insights from
research on (a) text corpora, (b) spontaneous spoken language, (c)
non-verbal communication, and (d) the joint research of linguists and
- the impact of active cooperation between speech communities and
outside researchers on methods and goals and on power relationships
between participants: (a) conflicts and compromises between the goals
of the linguists and the speech community; (b) innovative cooperative
methodology; (c) the linguists' contribution to language maintenance
and revitalisation.

Researchers who are members of endangered-language communities are
particularly encouraged to submit abstracts.

Accepted papers will be allocated 20 minutes for presentation plus 10
minutes for discussion. To allow for in-depth discussion, conference
sessions will be plenary, and the conference will conclude with a
roundtable discussion. The organisers intend to publish the conference
papers in printed form.

The DEADLINE for abstracts is the 1st of February, 2004.

Please send your one-page abstract (in any format) to Jost Gippert
        (gippert at

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