Cambridge Conference on Endangered Languages (reminder)
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Subject: Cambridge Conference on Endangered Languages
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This is a reminder that the call for papers for the First Cambridge
Conference on Language Endangerment will close on November 26th. We
are also attaching a poster - please feel free to distribute it to
your colleagues, students, or further afield.
Mari Jones and Sarah Ogilvie
Language Endangerment: Documentation, Pedagogy, and Revitalization
Friday, 25 March 2011
Location: University of Cambridge
Call for Papers Deadline: abstracts due 26 November, 2010.
On-line Registration opens 1 January 2011.
Dr Mari Jones (Department of French/Peterhouse, University of Cambridge)
Dr Sarah Ogilvie (Department of Linguistics/Lucy Cavendish College,
University of Cambridge)
The First Cambridge International Conference on Language Endangerment
will focus on language documentation, pedagogy, and revitalization.
The following speakers have agreed to give plenary sessions at the
Professor Peter Austin (SOAS, University of London, UK)
Language Revitalization and Pedagogy: a case from eastern Australia
Professor David K. Harrison (Living Tongues Institute for Endangered
Languages, Oregon, USA) Language Extinction: Local and Global
Professor Dr Nikolaus Himmelmann (University of M?nster, Germany) On
Call for Papers
This conference will bring together academics, students, and members
of indigenous communities from around the world to discuss current
theories, methodologies, and practices of language documentation,
Most of the world's languages have diminishing numbers of speakers
and are on the brink of falling silent. Currently around the globe,
scholars are collaborating with members of indigenous communities to
document and describe these endangered languages and cultures.
Mindful that their work will be used by future speech communities to
learn, teach, and revitalize their languages, scholars face new
challenges in the way they gather materials and in the way they
present their findings. This conference will discuss current efforts
to record, collect, and archive endangered languages in writing,
sound, and video that will support future language learners and
Documentation is of critical and immediate importance, and is often
considered one of the main tasks of the field linguist. Future
revitalization efforts may succeed or fail on the basis of the
quality and range of material gathered, and yet the process may be
rapid and dependent on conscious decisions by linguists and language
workers who may be analyzing the form of a language for the first
time, and codifying it in dictionaries and grammars. Written
documentation of course not only aids the process of standardization
but also serves important needs and functions within a community in
support of language maintenance such as providing the basis for
pedagogical materials in schools and helping to create a community's
sense of identity. However, indigenous communities and scholars of
endangered languages are beginning to realise that the rapid and
often artificial nature of this process can have negative effects -
politically, linguistically, and culturally - which feed into issues
relating to education and, ultimately, language revitalization.
In addition to the opportunity of sharing experiences with a network
of linguists, it is hoped that participants will leave the conference
with a new understanding of the topic, innovative ideas for
documentation and pedagogy within their own linguistic contexts, and
a renewed vigour to implement what they have learnt in their own
We welcome abstracts (200 words maximum) for papers (20 minute paper
+ 10 minute discussion) that include, among other topics, discussion
of interdisciplinary approaches and innovative techniques for
collecting raw material, presenting metadata, and archiving language
materials; teaching endangered languages to both children and adults;
and revitalizing language use in homes, schools, and communities.
Abstracts are due by 26 November 2010, and should be sent to:
Dr Mari Jones (mcj11 at cam.ac.uk) and Dr Sarah Ogilvie (svo21 at cam.ac.uk).
The conveners are grateful for the support of The Centre for
Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at the
University of Cambridge.
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