3rd Call for Proposals: 3rd International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation

Nick Thieberger thien at UNIMELB.EDU.AU
Thu Aug 2 21:37:08 UTC 2012

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The 3rd International Conference on Language Documentation and
Conservation (ICLDC), “Sharing Worlds of Knowledge,” will be held
February 28-March 3, 2013, at the Hawai‘i Imin International
Conference Center on the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa campus.

By popular demand, the 3rd ICLDC will be a full day longer than the
previous two conferences. The conference program will feature an
integrated series of Master Class workshops. 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 (March 4-5).

This year’s conference theme, “Sharing Worlds of Knowledge,” intends
to highlight the interdisciplinary nature of language documentation
and the need to share methods for documenting the many aspects of
human knowledge that language encodes. We aim to build on the strong
momentum created by the 1st and 2nd ICLDCs to discuss research and
revitalization approaches yielding rich records that can benefit both
the field of language documentation and speech communities. We hope
you will join us.

For more information, visit our conference website:



We especially welcome abstracts that address the conference theme of
the interdisciplinary nature of language documentation. Language
encodes knowledge from many facets of life: kinship, science,
taxonomy, material culture, spirituality, music, and others. We
encourage presentations on documenting these topics through the lens
of endangered languages.

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 theorization in
their own right.

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
Community experiences of revitalization
Data management
Ethical issues
Language planning
Lexicography and reference 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

Abstract submission

Abstracts should be submitted in English, but presentations can be in
any language. We particularly welcome presentations in languages of
the region discussed. Authors may submit no more than one individual
and one joint (co-authored) proposal.

Abstracts are due by August 31, 2012, with notification of acceptance
by October 1, 2012.

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.

We will only be accepting proposal submissions for papers or posters.
Please note that the Advisory Committee may ask that some abstracts
submitted as conference talks be presented as posters instead.

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

To submit an online proposal, visit our Call for Proposals page:


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.

Presentation formats

Papers will be allowed 20 minutes for presentation with 10 minutes of
question time.

Posters will be on display throughout the conference. Poster
presentations will run during the lunch breaks.

Questions?  Feel free to contact us at icldc at hawaii.edu

3rd ICLDC Organizing Committee

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