[RNLD] PhD on language revitalization

Lameen Souag lameen at gmail.com
Tue Jun 20 05:59:34 EDT 2017

Dear Tim,

My 2-year-old son rather enjoys a game (in Arabic, made by a company called
Frank) that I think qualifies on all these points.  Basically, it consists
of a set of 2-piece puzzles, with the letter on one piece and a picture of
something beginning with it on the other.  The game is, for each piece, to
find its opposite number and put the two together, while saying the name of
the letter and of the item in the picture.  It's surely possible to make
the rules of the game more sophisticated, but for a 2-year-old this is
plenty!  Of course, for best results one of the players needs to know the
letters already, which I imagine is an issue in this case.  But if the
pictures are sufficiently unambiguous that might not be absolutely

Best wishes

On 19 June 2017 at 15:58, Brookes, Tim <brookes at champlain.edu> wrote:

> Dear Julia, Ghil'ad, and other members of this list:
> I'm delighted to hear (as, I'm sure, is David) both your institutions
> offer a PhD in language revitalization--a shining and somewhat rare
> illustration of the academic world moving beyond studying such issues to
> the point where you are equipping your graduates with the capacity to
> contribute to valuable change.
> Along those lines, I'm in the process of designing a series of children's
> games that aim to provide fun while teaching children in
> indigenous/minority communities the basics of their own writing systems,
> starting with Mro, Marma and Chakma children at three mother-tongue schools
> in the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh.
> I would love to hear from any of the members of this list, your colleagues
> or your students, if you have any suggestions--or, indeed, you'd like to
> warn me against possible pitfalls, especially if you've had the invaluable
> experience of having fallen into them yourselves!
> As you'd imagine, the main criteria are that the games:
> * involve as little capital expenditure as possible;
> * be as durable as possible;
> * have sufficient flexibility that the children might adapt them or even
> invent their own ways of playing them;
> * function in areas where there is no electricity, and
> * are sufficiently self-sustaining that they work even if children have
> little or no exposure to their own writing system under other everyday
> circumstances.
> Thanks for your help, and best wishes to you all in your valuable work.
> Tim Brookes
> Founder, the Endangered Alphabets Project
> www.endangeredalphabets.com
> https://www.facebook.com/tim.brookes.92
> On Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 5:49 AM, Julia Sallabank <js72 at soas.ac.uk> wrote:
>> Dear David
>> You're welcome to apply for a PhD at SOAS, University of London, where we
>> specialise in language documentation, description and revitalisation. We
>> have some scholarships for PhD or MA+PhD studies: see
>> https://www.soas.ac.uk/registry/scholarships/economic-and-
>> social-research-council-esrc-studentships.html
>> For funding for a description-based study see
>> http://www.eldp.net/en/apply/grant+types/   (NB ELDP grants cover
>> fieldwork costs only, not fees, and exclude language revitalisation).
>> The deadline for PhD applications for entry in October is 30 June, but if
>> you're interested in a scholarship you would have to wait until the
>> following academic year.
>> As with the University of Adelaide, we would expect you to have a
>> fully-developed research proposal before applying, but we're happy to
>> discuss draft proposals with applicants.
>> Best wishes
>> Julia
>> On 19 June 2017 at 08:43, David Valls <davidvalls at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Dear members,
>>> I assisted at the First International Conference on Revitalization of
>>> Indigenous and Minoritized Languages in Barcelona.
>>> I hold a BA on linguistics (University Barcelona), and a MA on
>>> linguistics (University Leiden).
>>> As a Catalan native speaker and as linguist I’ve been always very
>>> interested in language revitalization, language contact, as well as I'm
>>> interested in language description.
>>> http://www.academia.edu/23400897/A_grammar_sketch_of_the_Bugis_language
>>> <https://mailtrack.io/trace/link/7570b458e1d5448948ae3fd44d9a04085a0c72e6?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.academia.edu%2F23400897%2FA_grammar_sketch_of_the_Bugis_language&userId=59615&signature=a71c72f7349444ac>
>>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-8jwR9Cj68
>>> <https://mailtrack.io/trace/link/a4a98e8edacaa51d3fe1ef6b8edf811e30e616ae?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D7-8jwR9Cj68&userId=59615&signature=a9cec0402b9521c7>
>>> (w/ English subtitles)
>>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCRm6RzxTZ0
>>> <https://mailtrack.io/trace/link/b6f7f40a5dabb3a51c9b2715837ce9f846655b16?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DsCRm6RzxTZ0&userId=59615&signature=f5642d1dbd454066>
>>>  (w/ English subtitles)
>>> My aim would be to work, by taking preferably a PhD, on a realistic
>>> language revitalization process and project. As a Catalan and linguist I
>>> can bring all my experience and expertise.
>>> So, I am looking for someone to help me out on this task (i.e. tutor,
>>> university, and a comunity willing to recover its language and give it a
>>> push).
>>> All the best,
>>> David Valls
>>> ​​
>>>   <https://mailtrack.io/> Enviat amb Mailtrack
>>> <https://mailtrack.io/install?source=signature&lang=ca&referral=davidvalls@gmail.com&idSignature=25>
>> --
>> Dr. Julia Sallabank
>> Reader in Language Policy and Revitalisation,
>> SOAS, University of London,
>> London WC1H 0XG, UK
>> Tel. +44 (0)20 7898 4326 <+44%2020%207898%204326>
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