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Full Title: Indigenous Languages: Value to the Community

Short Title: FEL XVIII
Location: Naha, Okinawa, Japan
Start Date: 17-Sep-2014 - 20-Sep-2014
Contact: Nicholas Ostler
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Meeting Description: The Foundation for Endangered Languages' conference theme this year will be
the kinds of value that an indigenous language may bring to its community
and environment. As always, FEL invites abstracts
of papers concerning any language in the world, if they address the
conference theme. We look forward to learning, above all, from each other's

But the conference will also offer a unique opportunity to get acquainted
with the Ryukyuan linguistic world.

The conference will include (courtesy of our local hosts):

- A talk in Okinawan from an activist point of view (by Fija Byron)
- A description of Ryukyuan sociolinguistics (Masahide Ishihara and Tetsuro
- The place of the Ryukyuan languages in the Japonic language family
(Miyara Shinsho)

Shinako Oyakawa (has just founded the first-ever Okinawan language nest)
will also moderate a panel. All material will be made accessible in English
and Japanese, through the interpretation of Gijs van der
Lubbe, Chris Davies and Patrick Heinrich, which will constitute a unique

Conference excursions and activities will include: a pre-conference visit
to Shuri Castle and the prefectural museum on Tuesday 16 September, a
performance of Ryukyuan song and dance on Wednesday afternoon 17 September
followed by a brief reception, a banquet on Friday evening 19 September,
and an excursion guided by Prof. Akamine (University of the Ryukyus) to
Seefa Utaki and the sacred Kudaka Island on Saturday 20 September.

The dates for the conference are: 17-20 Sept 2014. This means it would be
possible to combine it with attendance at the Linguapax Asia's
international symposium in Tokyo on September 13, although this is
under separate management.

Send queries to, or to the Chairman at
Linguistic Subfield: Anthropological Linguistics; Genetic Classification; Historical Linguistics; Language Documentation; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language Family: Ryukyuan
LL Issue: 25.291

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