Summer School on Documenting Endangered Iranian Languages

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Wed May 16 18:50:02 UTC 2007

Summer School on Documenting Endangered Iranian Languages
University of Kiel, Department of General Linguistics,
August 20-31, 2007.

The Summer School will provide a solid grounding in the theory and practice
of language documentation, with an emphasis on the Iranian languages, but
including other languages spoken across the Middle East and Central Asia.
It will be suitable for undergraduates and graduates in linguistics,
anthropology, ethnology or related fields with at least two years training
in linguistics, and a genuine interest in conducting future research on the
endangered languages and cultures of the region. The course language is

The course is financed by the Volkswagen Foundation's programme for
documenting endangered languages (DoBeS, Dokumentation Bedrohter Sprachen).
Much of the expertise stems from experienced field workers and language
archivists involved in that programme. The courses offered will cover the
fundamentals of language documentation such as recording practice and
equipment, sound processing software, tools for grammar and dictionary
creation, and hands-on practice in linguistic field work. There will also
be seminars and lectures on anthropological topics, working with diaspora
communities, specifics of the Iranian languages, and archiving issues.

Note also that the Second International Conference on Iranian Linguistics
is scheduled for the weekend immediately prior to the Summer School, and
will take place in Hamburg, just one hour´s drive from Kiel - see for details and registration.

Attendance is free of charge, but as the number of places on the course is
restricted we suggest you register as soon as possible. For details of
registration see:

A limited number of stipends are available to participants from Iran and
neighbouring countries to cover travel and accomodation costs. See the
following link for application details:

Direct any enquiries to:

PD Dr. Geoffrey Haig
Seminar für Allgemeine und Vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft
Universität Kiel
24098 Kiel
Tel: ++ 49 (0)431 880 3314 / Fax: ++49(0) 431 880 7405

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