[lg policy] Endangered Languages Conference, October 2017: Communities in Control

Nicholas Ostler nicholas at ostler.net
Wed May 31 16:53:03 EDT 2017

Abstracts are invited for presentations to a conference entitled

Communities in Control
Learning tools and strategies for multilingual endangered language communities

It will take place on October 19th-21st, 2017 at Hotel Aerosol Alcanena,
R. Zeca Afonso, 2380-909 Alcanena, Portugal

The conference (also to be known as FEL XXI Alcanena)
will be presented by four organizations:

  Interdisciplinary Centre for Social and Language Documentation,
Portugal (CIDLeS))

  The Foundation for Endangered Languages

  Mercator Research Centre (Netherlands)

  SOAS World Languages Institute  (within University of London, UK)

Organizing committee:

Vera Ferreira (CIDLeS)
Cor van der Meer (Mercator)
Mandana Seyfeddinipur (SOAS University of London)
Nicholas Ostler (FEL)
Steven Krauwer (CLARIN)


During the last two decades many regional minority and endangered
languages have been documented, a process which has led to the
creation of different archived collections. This has been, however,
mostly, a scholar-driven effort and the concerned language communities
have, themselves, not been involved in it and have not identified with
the documentation projects. Most of the data thus produced, especially
archived material, has, consequently, been too little used by
communities for their own initiatives.

This situation requires an urgent shift in the research model and
archive interfaces. It is extremely important to work directly and in
collaboration with the speech communities but crucially, also, to
empower these communities and provide them with the ability to
participate with their own expertise in the definition and
implementation of research agendas and projects, thus making it
possible for their needs and interests to determine that

Whilst it is understandable that language documentation should follow
the initiatives of scholars as well as communities, revitalisation,
for its part, if it is to be successful, needs to be entirely
community-driven. Revitalisation should be a bottom-up process,
motivated, desired and designed by the community; it must be
integrated into its everyday life and inseparable from it.

This 3-day event aims to focus on community-driven activities.
Abstracts are invited for papers on the following subtopics:

Community-driven revitalization projects
Use of archives for language safeguarding, revitalization and teaching
Connecting communities to archived collections: content, interface, language
Development of linguistic tourism: connecting language revitalization
to local economic development as a way of increasing the status of
local languages

Any abstract should be in English, and up to 500 words in length. The typical presentation should last 20 minutes, with 10  minutes for discussion.
It must include 3 to 5 keywords, and be sent as Word or PDF to

bothinfo at cidles.eu  andn at ostler.net

         by July 15th, 2017.

In the body of the email, but separate from the abstract, please
include the following information:

         author(s), institution(s), phone number(s) e-mail(s).

Accepted authors are expected to submit a paper for the Proceedings in
advance of the conference. They will receive a style-sheet with their
notice of acceptance.

Important dates

Deadline for abstract submission: July 15th, 2017
Notification of acceptance: August 1st, 2017
Deadline for submission of papers (draft): September 15th, 2017
Event dates: October 19th-21st, 2017

For more information, please contactinfo at cidles.eu.

The master website for the event is

Nicholas Ostler

nicholas at ostler.net
+44 (0)7720-889319, (0)1488-208563

Foundation for Endangered Languages

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