[lg policy] CfP: Language Endangerment: Methodologies and New Challenges (Cambridge, UK, 6 Jul 2012)

Damien Hall D.Hall at KENT.AC.UK
Tue Jan 10 12:50:16 UTC 2012

With apologies for cross-postings, I am forwarding this message from Mari Jones and Christopher Connolly (both U. Cambridge). Please address any questions to them! Their addresses are in the body of the CfP.


Language Endangerment: Methodologies and New Challenges

University of Cambridge

6th July 2012

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<mailto:mcj11 at cam.ac.uk?subject=Call%20for%20Papers%3A%20Language%20Endangerment> (mcj11 at cam.ac.uk<mailto:mcj11 at cam.ac.uk>) and Christopher Connolly<mailto:cpc37 at cam.ac.uk?subject=Call%20for%20Papers%3A%20Language%20Endangerment> (cpc37 at cam.ac.uk<mailto:cpc37 at cam.ac.uk>). The subject-line should be 'Call for Papers: Language Endangerment'. Contact 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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