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Full Title: Endangered Languages Beyond Boundaries

Short Title: FEL XVII
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Start Date: 01-Oct-2013 - 04-Oct-2013
Contact: Mary Jane Norris
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: FEL XVII
Endangered Languages Beyond Boundaries: Community Connections, Collaborative Approaches, and Cross-Disciplinary Research
Ottawa, Canada, October 2013

The 17th Conference of the Foundation for Endangered Languages (FEL) will be held October 1-4 at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

Efforts world wide to preserve, maintain, and revitalize endangered languages often encounter limited resources and funding. This points to the need for collaborative approaches and for the pooling of resources, whether on a local, national, or international scale. Such cooperative ventures extend beyond the constraints of boundaries, whether these involve linguistic or ethnic identities, geography, jurisdictions, community size, type and location (urban, rural, isolated), political or social considerations, language status (official or unofficial, dominant or minority), familial and generational ties, academic disciplines, or institutional or group affiliations.

Possible conference excursions and activities include:
- A pre-conference excursion (visit to Aboriginal community) Tuesday, October 1
- A reception Tuesday evening October 1
- A banquet Thursday October 3
- A post-conference two-day weekend trip October 5 and 6.

For more details about the conference please visit the FEL webpage at http://www.ogmios.org.
Linguistic Subfield: Anthropological Linguistics; Language Documentation; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 24.3402

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