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Workshops and Conferences

ILIT staff members are actively engaged in hosting and organizing national and international workshops and conferences that involve the application of digital technology to linguistics, and particularly to the documentation of endangered languages.


  • March 17-18
    "LL-MAP Workshop with Project Collaborators", Eastern Michigan University. Gary Holton (Alaska Native Language Center) is revising the Alaska Native language map to reflect new work on overlapping isoglosses used to define language boundaries in Alaska. He worked with the LL-MAP team and the director of EMU's IGRE to geo-register his isoglosses and placenames.
  • January 31-February 3
    "GOLDComm Workshop with Collaborators", Eastern Michigan University. This is the first workshop of ILIT's newest project, "Implementing the GOLD Community of Practice: Laying the Foundations for a Linguistics Cyberinfrastructure." Its participants included Scott Farrar (University of Washington), Gary Simon (SIL International) and Damir Cavar (Institute of Croatian Language and Linguistics and Indiana University), who are working with the ILIT team to increase the amount of ontology-aware linguistic data available to the researcher.
  • January 21-22
    " LL-MAP Workshop with Project Collaborators", Eastern Michigan University. This workshop was led by Prof. Arienne Dwyer, an anthropological linguist at the University of Kansas and one of the founding partners of the LL-MAP project. She will discuss the extensive field data she has collected for four documentation projects that focus on languages of Western China: Salar (Turkic), Monguor (Mongolic), Northwest Chinese and Amdo Tibetan. The workshop also features Dr. Yichun Xie, director of EMU's Institute for Geospatial Research & Education (IGRE)and co-principal investigator on the LL-MAP project, who will be demoonstrating how to create maps using ArcMap and how it can be used to integrate Prof. Dywer's data into the LL-MAP system.

  • 2007

    • July 13-15
      "Toward the Interoperability of Language Resources " (TILR), Stanford University, California. Building on two previous summer workshops held in 2006, ILIT and Prof. Arienne Dwyer of the University of Kansas co-organized the TILR workshop held at Stanford University in conjunction with the 2007 LSA Summer Institute. The goal was to work toward resolving the crucial issue of interoperability when developing data management tools for creating sustainable and accessible digital resources for linguistics. Attending the workshop groups and demonstration sessions was an interdisciplinary group of documentary linguists, computational linguists, and language engineers. ILIT Co-Director Helen Aristar-Dry and Associate Manager Michael Appleby gave presentations. The Workshop was funded by the National Science Foundation (BCS 0709680).
    • May 30-June 3
      " 14th Annual Symposium on Stabilizing Indigenous Languages" (SILS), Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Since 1994, SILS has been a national annual forum for educators and activists involved in teaching, documenting, and revitalizing American Indian and other indigenous languages. The 14th symposium was co-organized by ILIT and Dr. Margaret Noori, lecturer at the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University. The symposium was held on the lands of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Nation. ILIT was responsible for many of the organizational responsibilties of the forum, including developing its website. ILIT Directors Anthony Aristar and Helen Aristar-Dry led a roundtable discussion on "Issues in the Creation of Digital Language Resources."
    • February 1-3
      "LL-MAP Workshop with International Collaborators", Eastern Michigan University. All the linguists and map specialists collaborating on ILIT's LL-MAP project met for a two-day workshop to review the prototype website. It was led by ILIT's Helen Aristar-Dry and Anthony Aristar, and included other EMU researchers Verónica Grondona (English), Yichun Xie (IGRE) and Zongyao Sha (IGRE) Researchers from other U.S. and international institutions who are involved in the project are Hans-Jörg Bibiko, Bernard Comrie, Östen Dahl, Arienne Dwyer, David Germano, Gary Simons, Nick Thieberger, and Ljuba Veselinova. At the workshop, these researchers also demonstrated some of their own map projects. Together, the group worked out data upload procedures and other technical and structural solutions to ensure that LL-MAP will be interoperable with existing technologies. LL-MAP is supported by a National Science Foundation Grant (HSD 0527512).
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