Lyon Summer School in Language Documentation and Description

Vincent Monatte vincent.monatte at UNIV-LYON2.FR
Mon Jan 28 15:17:50 UTC 2008



Summer School on Language Documentation and Description Lyon (France), 23rd
June to 4th of July 2008


Application Deadline: February 15th, 2008


This Summer School will introduce the concepts and practices of language
documentation and description in linguistics.

Language description is the traditional subfield of linguistics concerned
with the analysis of language structures and functions at different levels
of organization (phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicon etc) and is often
aimed at producing grammars and dictionaries.

Language documentation is a new subfield of linguistic inquiry and practice
primarily concerned with the compilation and preservation of primary
linguistic data, and the inter-relationships between primary data and the
various types of analyses based on these data. Language documentation
strengthens the empirical foundations of those branches of linguistics and
related disciplines which draw heavily on data from lesser known speech
communities (eg. linguistic typology, cognitive linguistics,
ethnolinguistics etc.). It significantly improves accountability
(verifiability) of research and seriously addresses issues of access and use
of primary data. Language documentation also serves the needs of language
communities in educational and language revitalization and maintenance
efforts. (Cf. Gippert, Himmelmann & Mosel. 2006. Essentials of language
documentation. Mouton de Gruyter.)


The courses will be taught, in English and French, by specialists in this
emerging discipline: the AALLED (Africa Latin America Endangered
Languages)team in Lyon, the HRELP (Hans Rausing Endangered Languages
Project) team from SOAS (London University) and experts from the Department
of Languages and Cultures of Africa (Leiden University).


> - AUSTIN, P. (HRELP, SOAS London)

> - FERRAGNE, E. (DDL, Lyon)

> - GRINEVALD, C. (DDL, Lyon)

> - GUILLAUME, A. (DDL, Lyon)

> - LÜPKE, F. (HRELP, SOAS London)

> - MANUS, S. (DDL, Lyon)

> - MOUS, M. (Leiden)

> - NATHAN, D. (ELAP, SOAS London)

> - SCHADEBERG, T. (Leiden)

> - van der VEEN, L. (DDL, Lyon)


Complete information and application forms:

Contact: aalled at




Equipe AALLED (Afrique Amérique Latine Langues En Danger)

Laboratoire Dynamique du Langage (DDL ISH CNRS -  UMR 5596)

14 Av. Berthelot - 69007 Lyon FRANCE



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