Fwd: Conf. on Undescribed & Endangered Languages, 29 Sep. 05
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From: Amedeo De Dominicis <dedomini at unitus.it>
Subject: Conference on Undescribed & Endangered Languages
Conference on Undescribed & Endangered Languages
Date: 29-Sep-2005 - 29-Sep-2005
Location: Viterbo, Lazio, Italy
Contact: Amedeo De Dominicis
Contact Email: dedomini at unitus.it
Meeting URL: http://www.obiettivouomoambiente.com/
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
At present, most human languages are spoken by exceedingly few
people. And that majority, the majority of languages, is about to
Ethnologue, the most authoritative source on the languages of the
world, lists just over 6,500 living languages. Population figures are
available for just over 6,000 of them (or 92%). Of these 6,000, 52%
are spoken by fewer than 10,000 people; 28% by fewer than 1,000; and
83% are restricted to single countries, and so are particularly
exposed to the policies of a single government. On the other hand, 10
major languages, each spoken by more than 109 million people, are the
mother tongues of almost half (49%) of the world's population.
This loss of linguistic diversity is weakening the unique
ethnoscientific knowledge hidden in such languages.
>From the scientific point of view, the loss of a knowledge system
also implies another kind of loss. Linguistics, anthropology,
prehistory and psychology lose another precious source of data,
another diverse and unique way the human mind can use to express
itself through a language structure and vocabulary. Particularly,
linguistic theories miss a crucial part of their objects because the
value of endangered or undescribed languages often lies in the
complexity that characterises them and and through which they
challenge linguistic theories.
That is the reason why in the title of this conference we put
together 'undescribed and endangered languages': both cases induce a
loss in linguistic knowledge and in the complexity of linguistic
10:00-10:30 Welcoming Remarks
10:30-11:15 Suzanne Romaine (Merton College, University of Oxford):
Planning for survival- some responses to language endangerment.
11:15-12:00 Ian Maddieson (University of California, Berkeley):
Endangered Languages, Endangered Sounds.
12:00-12:45 Peter Ladefoged (University of California, Los Angeles):
Archiving the sounds of an endangered language.
12:45-13:30 Maurizio Gnerre (Istituto Universitario Orientale,
Napoli): Fading out voices, prosodies and rhythms: a neglected aspect
of language endangerment.
13:30-15:30 Lunch Break
15:30-16:15 Roberto Ajello (Universita' di Pisa): The importance of
having a description of the endangered languages: the case of Gizey
16:15-17:00 Antonino Melis (Universite' de N'Djamena, Tchad): Ham:
une langue et une culture en danger de disparition au Tchad.
17:00-17:45 Amedeo De Dominicis (Universita' della Tuscia, Viterbo):
Tonal patterns of Gizey (Cameroon): first description and language
Languages of the conference: English and French.
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