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Full Title: 4th Cambridge Conference on Language Endangerment

Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Start Date: 04-Jul-2014 - 04-Jul-2014
Contact: Mari Jones
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www.mml.cam.ac.uk/news/fourth-cambridge-conference-language-endangerment
Meeting Description: Orthography Development for Language Maintenance and Revitalization

Developing an orthography is often seen as a key component of language revitalization. The ability to encode an endangered variety and to set it down as a permanent record can enhance its status and prestige. In speech communities that are fragmented dialectally or geographically, a common writing system may help create a sense of unified identity. In other cases, it may help keep a language alive by facilitating teaching and learning. Despite these clear advantages, when a language is endangered, creating an orthography can also bring challenges.

The standard fee is £30 with a reduced fee of £20 for students (proof of student status will need to be presented). This includes lunch and refreshments.
Linguistic Subfield: Discipline of Linguistics; Language Documentation; Sociolinguistics; Writing Systems
LL Issue: 24.4498

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