[lg policy] Fwd: Call for papers Language Endangerment: Methodologies and New Challenges

Julia Sallabank js72 at SOAS.AC.UK
Tue Jan 10 12:12:06 UTC 2012

Please see the CFP below and reply directly to the organisers.

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From: Dr. M.C. Jones <mcj11 at cam.ac.uk>
Date: 10 January 2012 10:42


Language Endangerment: Methodologies and New Challenges

University of Cambridge

6th July 2012

Plenary Speakers: Tjeerd de Graaf: *The Use of Sound Archives for the
Documentation and Maintenance of Siberian Endangered Languages and Cultures*

Nicholas Ostler*: **Endangered languages in the New Multi-lingual Order:
Per Genus et Differentiam*

At a time when UNESCO deems 43% of the world's 6,000 languages at risk of
extinction, the imperative to record and analyse these linguistic varieties
while they are still spoken has scarcely been  greater. Yet researchers
have ostensibly been slow to avail themselves of the opportunities offered
by new techologies, from visual and aural archiving, to digitisation of
textual resources and electronic mapping, techniques which could have the
potential to play an integral role in reversing language shift. However, it
is clear that with these new technologies come new challenges for the
linguist. The Second Cambridge Language Endangerment Conference invites
researchers to bring forward their ideas for tackling these issues: to
share experiences from the field, to consider how these new resources might
best be applied, as well as the problems that they can bring, to reassess
more traditional techniques in light of new technologies and to work with a
view towards achieving a practicable synthesis of old and new
methodologies. At this critical time, our Conference seeks to ignite the
debate as to what, if indeed anything, new technologies have to offer the
fields of documentation, revitalization and maintenance, and how the
research community might seek to enhance the functionality of these
resources in order to advance their application beyond mere superficies.
Abstracts (200 words maximum) are due by *Thursday 15 March 2012* and
should be sent to the conference organisers, Mari
Jones<mcj11 at cam.ac.uk?subject=Call%20for%20Papers%3A%20Language%20Endangerment>
 (mcj11 at cam.ac.uk) and Christopher
Connolly<cpc37 at cam.ac.uk?subject=Call%20for%20Papers%3A%20Language%20Endangerment>
 (cpc37 at cam.ac.uk) Further details may be found on the conference website:


Dr Mari Jones

Reader in French Linguistics and Language Change
Fellow, Director of Studies and Tutor of Peterhouse
Cambridge  CB2 1RD

Tel: 01223 330859
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