[Tibeto-burman-linguistics] Sixth Cambridge Conference on Language Endangerment

Dr. M.C. Jones mcj11 at cam.ac.uk
Tue Mar 22 16:54:04 UTC 2016

The Sixth Cambridge Conference on Language Endangerment will take place on Wednesday July 6th 2016 at the Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site, University of Cambridge, UK . The theme will be:

Endangered Languages: Curriculum Design and Evaluation

The school is often identified as an important context for the revitalization of endangered languages. Curriculum design and evaluation are therefore key factors in ensuring that such educational initiatives are successful. However, the precise sociocultural and political situation of endangered languages often preclude the simple replication of a curriculum developed for a language of wider communication for use within the endangered language classroom. This conference invites papers that reflect on these issues: How should conventions designed for dominant languages be modified in the endangered language context? To what extent should curriculum design and evaluation be situated within the social and cultural practices of the endangered language speech community? How should the short- and long-term goals of curriculum design and evaluation be assessed in the context of endangered languages? Who is best placed to design and to evaluate the curriculum for endangered languages – the linguist or the community? Are the goals of an endangered language curriculum simply to obtain fluency or should they be broader in scope? How should the approaches used in the design and evaluation of an endangered language curriculum take account of contextual factors? What problems arise for curriculum design and evaluation in multidialectal and/or multinational contexts? What pedagogical materials are necessary for the successful implementation and evaluation of an endangered language curriculum?

Further details, together with the Call for Papers and Registration, are now available at the conference website:


With best wishes,
Mari Jones and Damien Mooney

Dr Mari Jones

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

Tel: 01223 330859

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