Call for Proposals: 1st International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation (Honolulu, Hawaii - March 12-14, 2009)

Nick Thieberger thien at UNIMELB.EDU.AU
Thu Jul 3 06:01:12 UTC 2008

1st International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation:
Supporting Small Languages Together. Honolulu, Hawai'i, March 12-14, 2009

The 1st International Conference on Language Documentation and
Conservation (ICLDC) will be held at the Hawaii Imin International
Conference Center, on the east side of the University of Hawaii at Manoa
campus, from March 12th-14th, 2009. There will also be an optional
opportunity to visit Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawai'i, in an extension
of the conference that will focus on the Hawaiian language revitalization
program, March 16th-17th.

It has been a decade since Himmelmann's article on language documentation
appeared and focused the field into thinking in terms of creating a
lasting record of a language that could be used by speakers as well as by
academics. This conference aims to assess what has been achieved in the
past decade and what the practice of language documentation within
linguistics has been and can be. It has become apparent that there is too
much for a linguist alone to achieve and that language documentation
requires collaboration. This conference will focus on the theme of
collaboration in language documentation and revitalization and will
include sessions on interdisciplinary topics.


We welcome abstracts on the issue of a retrospective on language
documentation - an assessment after a decade, and on topics related to
collaborative language documentation and conservation which may include:

- Community-based documentation/conservation initiatives
- Community viewpoints on documentation
- Issues in building language documentation in collaborative teams
- Interdisciplinary fieldwork
- Collaboration for mobilization of language data
- Technology in documentation - methods and pitfalls
- Graduate students and documentation
- Topics in areal language documentation
- Training in documentation methods - beyond the university
- Teaching/learning small languages
- Language revitalization
- Language archiving
- Balancing documentation and language learning

This is not an exhaustive list and individual papers and/or colloquia on
topics outside these remits are warmly welcomed.


Abstracts should be submitted in English, but presentations can be in any
language. We particularly welcome presentations in languages of the

ABSTRACTS ARE DUE BY SEPTEMBER 15th, 2008 with notification of acceptance
by October 17th 2008.

Abstracts will be SUBMITTED ONLINE via the conference webpage (available
July 2008).

We ask for ABSTRACTS OF 400 WORDS for online publication so that
conference participants can have a good idea of the content of your paper
and a 50 WORD SUMMARY for inclusion in the conference program.

Selected papers from the conference will be invited to submit to the
journal Language Documentation & Conservation for publication.


PAPERS will be allowed 20 minutes with 10 minutes of question time.
POSTERS will be on display throughout the conference. Poster presentations
will run during the lunch breaks.
COLLOQUIA (themed sets of sessions) associated with the theme of the
conference are also welcome.


* Nikolaus Himmelmann, University of Munster
* Leanne Hinton, UC Berkeley
* Paul Newman, Indiana University, University of Michigan
* Phil Cash Cash, University of Arizona

Helen Aristar-Dry (LinguistList, Eastern Michigan University)
Peter Austin (SOAS)
Linda Barwick (Music, University of Sydney)
Phil Cash Cash (University of Arizona)
Nicholas Evans (Linguistics, Australian National University)
Margaret Florey (Linguistics, Monash University)
Carol Genetti (Linguistics, University of California, Santa Barbara)
Spike Gildea (University of Oregon)
Colette Grinevald (University of Lyon)
Nikolaus Himmelmann (Institut fur Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft
Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat Munster)
Leanne Hinton (UC Berkeley)
Gary Holton (Alaska Native Language Center)
Anna Margetts (Linguistics, Monash University)
Will McClatchey (Botany, University of Hawai'i)
Claire Moyse-Faurie (LACITO, CNRS)
Ulrike Mosel (Seminar fur Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Universitat Kiel)
Paul Newman (Indiana University, University of Michigan)
Yuko Otsuka (Linguistics, University of Hawai'i)
Keren D. Rice (University of Toronto)
Norvin Richards (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Further details will be published on the conference website:

Enquiries to: ICLDC at

 N           National Foreign Language Resource Center
  F          University of Hawai'i
   L         1859 East-West Road, #106
    R        Honolulu HI 96822
     C       voice: (808) 956-9424, fax: (808) 956-5983
             email: nflrc at
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