Final Call for Proposals: 4th International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation, Honolulu, Feb 26-Mar 1 2015 (submission deadline - August 31, 2014)
National Foreign Language Resource Center
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Sat Aug 16 05:51:40 UTC 2014
4TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
ON LANGUAGE DOCUMENTATION & CONSERVATION (ICLDC)
CALL FOR PROPOSALS:
General papers, posters, and electronic posters
*** Please read carefully as some information has changed since our last
*Proposal submission deadline - August 31, 2014*
The *4th International Conference on Language Documentation and
Conservation (ICLDC)*, “Enriching Theory, Practice, & Application,” will be
held *February 26-March 1, 2015*, at the *Ala Moana Hotel* in *Honolulu,
Hawai‘i*. The conference is hosted by the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
and is supported in part by the US National Science Foundation.
The program for this 3 ½ day conference will feature two keynote talks, an
integrated series of Master Classes on the documentation of linguistic
structures, and a series of Sponsored Special Sessions on pedagogy in
language conservation. An optional Hilo Field Study (on the Big Island of
Hawai‘i) to visit Hawaiian language revitalization programs in action will
immediately follow the conference.
The theme of the 4th ICLDC, “Enriching Theory, Practice, and Application,”
highlights the need to strengthen the links between language documentation
(practice), deep understanding of grammatical structure (theory), and
methods for teaching endangered languages (application). At this
conference, we intend to focus on language documentation as the
investigation of grammar and linguistic structure on the one hand, and the
development of that investigation into sound pedagogy for endangered
languages on the other. We hope you will join us.
For more information and links to past conferences, visit our conference
*1) CALL FOR PROPOSALS: GENERAL CONFERENCE PAPERS, POSTERS, AND ELECTRONIC
*Proposal deadline: August 31, 2014*
We especially welcome abstracts that address the conference theme,
“Enriching Theory, Practice, & Application.” Discipline-wide reflection on
the relationship between the documentation of linguistic structure and
language pedagogy is crucial if the proper documentation and conservation
of endangered languages is to be effective. Our aim here is two-fold: to
create citizen scientists who can reflect on their language for the purpose
of teaching and documenting without being hindered by metalanguage, and to
enrich the contributions of linguists to linguistic theory and description
We are also seeking abstracts on the science of documentation and
revitalization. Documentation is usually portrayed as a means of collecting
language data, and revitalization is generally seen primarily as a kind of
applied work directly benefiting communities. However, each of those
domains is a genuine area of research, and we welcome presentations that
treat documentation and revitalization not merely as activities, but also
as domains requiring discussion, clarification, and theorization in their
In addition to the topics above, we warmly welcome abstracts on other
subjects in language documentation and conservation, which may include but
are not limited to:
- Archiving matters
- All aspects of pedagogy in language conservation
- Community experiences of revitalization
- Data management
- Ethical issues
- Language planning
- Lexicography and grammar design
- Methods of assessing ethnolinguistic vitality
- Orthography design
- Teaching/learning small languages
- Technology in documentation – methods and pitfalls
- Topics in areal language documentation
- Training in documentation methods – beyond the university
- Assessing success in documentation and revitalization strategies
*Papers* will be allowed 20 minutes for presentation with 10 minutes of
*Posters* will be on display throughout the day of presentation. Poster
presentations will run during the early afternoon. Poster presentations are
recommended for authors who wish to present smaller, more specific topics,
or descriptions of particular projects.
*Electronic posters (e-posters) *are opportunities for presentations of
software, websites, and other computer-based projects, in an environment
that allows face-to-face interaction with the audience. Similar to a
traditional poster session, e-poster presenters will use their own laptop
computers to display their projects while the audience walks around,
watching demonstrations and asking questions. E-poster sessions will take
place in the early afternoon in a room with tables and internet access.
*2) ABSTRACT SUBMISSION*
*Rules for submission in all categories:*
- Abstracts should be submitted in English, but presentations can be in
any language. We particularly welcome presentations in languages of the
- Authors may submit no more than one individual and one co-authored
proposal, or no more than two co-authored proposals. *In no case may an
author submit more than one individually-authored proposal.*
- Proposals for general papers, posters, and electronic posters are *due
by August 31, 2014*, with notification of acceptance by October 1, 2014.
- We will not be accepting any proposals for panel presentations or
colloquia beyond the Special Sessions on Pedagogy in Language
- Because of limited space, please note that the Abstract Review
Committee may ask that some general abstracts submitted as papers be
presented as posters or electronic posters instead.
- Selected authors will be invited to submit their conference papers to
the journal *Language Documentation & Conservation*
<http://www.nflrc.hawaii.edu/ldc/> for publication.
*How to prepare your proposal:*
- *For proposals for general papers, posters, and electronic posters:* We
ask for abstracts of *no more than 400 words* for online publication so
that conference participants will have a good idea of the content of your
paper, and a* 50-word summary* for inclusion in the conference program.
All abstracts will be submitted to blind peer review by international
experts on the topic.
- *To facilitate blind peer review, please DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR NAME OR
AFFILIATION in your abstract or filename. **Your proposal should only
include your presentation title, abstract, and list of references (if
- *If you are including references/citations to your own work in your
abstract, please be sure to replace your name(s) with "Author".* For
example, if you are Ted Smith and you wrote an article in 2009, which you
are citing in your file (i.e., Smith (2009) ), you would change it to
"Author (2009)." If you are including a list of references at the end,
also make sure to anonymize any of your publications similarly as well.
- Please note that your reference list is *not* counted in your 400-word
abstract maximum, only the main abstract text.
- *Please save your abstract as an MS WORD DOCUMENT or PDF FILE*. MS
Word is preferred. However, if you are using special fonts, special
characters, or diagrams in your abstract, a PDF file is recommended to make
sure it displays as you intend.
- *For a FILE NAME, use an abbreviated version of your title.* For
example, if your presentation title is "Revitalizing Hawaiian for the next
generation: Social media tools," your filename might be
"Revitalizing_Hawaiian.doc" or "Revitalizing_Hawaiian_social_media.pdf"
- *Please follow the guidelines above when preparing your abstract.
Submitted proposals that ignore them may be returned. *
*To submit a general conference proposal (papers, posters, and electronic
posters - deadline August 31, 2014), visit the Call for Proposals section
of the ICLDC 4 website. <http://icldc4.icldc-hawaii.org>*
*Proposal review criteria:*
- *Appropriateness of the topic: *Does the paper/poster address the
themes of the conference?
- *Presentation:* Is the abstract well-written? Does it suggest that the
paper/poster will be well organized and clearly presented?
- *Importance of the topic:* Is this an important topic within the area?
Is the paper/poster likely to make an original contribution to knowledge in
the field? Will it stimulate discussion?
- *Contribution to the discipline: *For talks, does the presentation
make a methodological or theoretical contribution to the discipline? If not
(e.g., project descriptions), could the presentation be submitted as a
poster or electronic poster?
- April 1, 2014: Call for Proposals announced
- May 31, 2014: Proposals for Special Sessions on Pedagogy in Language
Conservation deadline PASSED
- June 30, 2014: Notification of acceptance to Special Sessions
- August 31, 2014: Proposals for general papers, posters, and electronic
- October 1, 2014: Notification of acceptance for general papers,
posters, and electronic posters
- October 1, 2014: Early registration opens
- January 15, 2015: Early registration deadline
- February 26-March 1, 2015: 4th ICLDC
To help defray travel expenses to come and present at the conference,
scholarships of up to US$1,500 will be awarded to the six best abstracts by
(i) students and/or (ii) members of an endangered language community who
are actively working to document their heritage language and who are not
employed by a college or university. If you are eligible and wish to be
considered for a scholarship, please select the appropriate "Yes" button on
the proposal submission form. This is applicable to regular conference
papers only (not the Special Sessions). The scholarships are funded by
support from the National Science Foundation Documenting Endangered
NOTE: Please be advised that these scholarships are considered taxable
income under U.S. tax laws. U.S. citizens and permanent residents can
expect to receive a 1099 form to figure into their annual tax return for
2015. Non-U.S. citizens/residents may have the applicable taxable amount
(typically 30%) deducted from the scholarship check prior to receipt.
Questions? Feel free to contact us at icldc at hawaii.edu
Andrea L. Berez, Victoria Anderson, and Jim Yoshioka
4th ICLDC Executive Committee
*International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation
Email: icldc at hawaii.edu
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