LINGUIST List 12.833

Sun Mar 25 2001

Calls: Endangered Lang/Media, Tools/Linguistic Theory

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  1. Nicholas Ostler, Endangered Languages & The Media
  2. Sergio Baauw, Tools in Linguistic Theory - Extended deadline

Message 1: Endangered Languages & The Media

Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2001 14:18:10 +0000
From: Nicholas Ostler <>
Subject: Endangered Languages & The Media

 Fifth International Conference
 hosted by the
 Foundation for Endangered Languages

 "Endangered Languages and the Media"

 Agadir, Morocco - 21-24 September 2001


Among the most powerful instruments of the process we have come to 
know as "globalization" are the mass media. Through the medium of the 
written and spoken word, the increasingly concentrated ownership of 
the world�s mass media exercises a strong influence on the hearts and 
minds of all but the very remotest of the world�s languages. The 
pattern of use and control of the world�s press and broadcasting has 
shifted even faster than the speed of shrinkage of the world�s 
minority languages.

What exactly is the relationship between the globalization of the 
media and increased pressure on minority languages? Is there a 
hopeful side, as the cost and technology bases of the media are 
revolutionized? The fifth international conference of the Foundation 
for Endangered Languages aims to pinpoint the processes and seek new 
tactics for coping with them: hoping, at the very least, to channel 
some of the power of the media for the good of small languages.

We hope to find answers to many questions, not all of them obvious.
For example:
what effect does the global availability of satellite broadcasting 
have on the world�s smaller languages?
what is the meaning of a free press if some languages are denied a voice in it?
must the Internet inevitably exclude smaller languages from access to 
the electronic media, or is it ultimately a force for diversity?
is a big fashionable metropolitan language always the guarantee of 
commercial success in the music recording industry?
how can speakers of minority languages get access to training in journalism?
is it the state�s responsibility to subsidize broadcasting in 
minority languages? Why?
what happens when emigrant communities abroad are better served by 
media in their new country than those from their old home?

To seek answers to these and other questions, the Foundation for 
Endangered Languages hereby calls for papers to be presented at its 
fifth conference, 'Endangered Languages and the Media', planned for 
the University of Agadir, Morocco, for 21-24 September 2001.�

It is no coincidence that we choose this venue for the conference, at 
the heart of one of the most promising regions of Morocco in terms of 
economic activity, but also in terms of intellectual activity trying 
to come to terms with the identity crisis that faces most North 
Africans. In Agadir, as in most of Morocco and North Africa, the 
streets echo with a polyphony of local and foreign languages: 
Tashelhit (Southern Amazigh, known as Berber), Darija (Moroccan 
Arabic), as well as Standard Arabic, French, Spanish, English and the 
occasional note of German, Italian or Japanese.

Agadir, on the Atlantic coast of southern Morocco, has great sweeping 
beaches but none of the nondescript high rise blocks of the 
Mediterranean beach resorts. For those interested in wildlife, in 
September the River Sous can provide a rich variety of migrating 
seabirds and waders. The river valley itself is one of the most 
famous ornithological regions in the country. Agadir was first 
settled by Hanno, a Carthaginian explorer on his way south round 
Africa in the 5th century BC. 2000 years later, ca 1500, it was 
re-founded as a Portuguese staging-post for more sustained 
circumnavigation. It came under Moroccan rule around 1536.

We invite contributions not only from the academic disciplines of 
linguistics and media studies, but also from active practitioners in 
the field � those with first-hand experience from which we can learn 
of the world�s threatened languages and their struggle for survival 
and equal status with those of international communication in the 
ether and on the printed page. We have much to learn from each other, 
and we invite you to share your knowledge and experience with us in 
the beautiful setting of an ancient city that has long been at the 
crossroads of communication between Europe and Africa. The conference 
will also provide ample opportunity to explore the surrounding area 
as well.

The Foundation for Endangered Languages is a registered charity in 
England and Wales. FEL conferences, besides being opportunities to 
discuss the issues from a global viewpoint, are working meetings of 
the Foundation, defining our overall policy for future years. 
Participants at the conference therefore, unless offering media 
coverage, need to be members of the Foundation. There are full 
facilities to join on arrival, but all proposers are strongly urged 
to join as soon as possible, and so take full part in the 
Foundation's activities in the lead-up to the conference.

Presentations will last twenty minutes each, with a further ten 
minutes for discussion. Authors will be expected to submit a written 
paper for publication in the Proceedings well in advance of the 
conference. All presentations should be accessible largely in 
English, but use of the languages of interest, for quotation or 
exemplification, may well be appropriate.


 Hassan Ouzzate Ibn Zohr University, Agadir, Morocco
 Nicholas Ostler Foundation for Endangered Languages, Bath, England
 Christopher Moseley BBC Monitoring Service, England
 Nigel Birch EPSRC, United Kingdom
 R. McKenna Brown���� Virginia Commonwealth University, USA


Abstracts should not exceed 500 words. They can be submitted in 
either of two ways: (preferably) by electronic submission, but also 
on paper. They should be in English.

A) Electronic submission:

Electronic submission (by 10 April 2001) should be in plain ascii 
text email message, giving the following details:

# NAME : Name of first author
# TITLE: Title of the paper
# EMAIL: E-mail address of the first author
# ADDR: Postal address of the first author
# TEL: Telephone number of the first author, if any
# FAX: Fax number of the first author

and in a separate section

# ABSTR: Abstract of the paper

B) Paper abstracts:

Three copies should be sent, (again, for delivery by 10 April 2001), to:

Christopher Moseley
2 Wanbourne Lane
Oxfordshire RG9 5AH

(fax +44-1491-641922)

This should have a clear short title, but should not bear
anything to identify the author(s).

On a separate sheet, please include the following information:
NAME : Names of the author(s)
TITLE: Title of the paper
EMAIL: Email address of the first author, if any
ADDR: Postal address of the first author
TEL: Telephone number of the first author, if any
FAX: Fax number of the first author, if any

The name of the first author will be used in all correspondence.

If possible, please also send an e-mail to Christopher Moseley at
<> informing him of the hard copy 
submission. This is in case the hard copy does not reach its 
destination. This e-mail should contain the information specified in 
the section below.


Abstract submission deadline April 10
Notification of Committee's decision May 14
Authors submit camera-ready text July 23
Conference Sept 21-24
- --------------------------------------------------------------
 Nicholas Ostler
 Foundation for Endangered Languages
 Registered Charity 1070616

 Batheaston Villa, 172 Bailbrook Lane
 Bath BA1 7AA England
 +44-1225-85-2865 fax +44-1225-85-9258
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Message 2: Tools in Linguistic Theory - Extended deadline

Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2001 10:02:35 +0100
From: Sergio Baauw <>
Subject: Tools in Linguistic Theory - Extended deadline

Conference Announcement
Call for Papers

TiLT 2001

The first conference on Tools in Linguistic Theory will take place at the
Utrecht institute of Linguistics OTS

July 6----July 8 2001

Abstracts are invited for 7 presentations on theoretical syntax.

Deadline for abstract receipt: Monday April 23th, 2001 
Notification of acceptance: Monday May 7th, 2001 

The conference is specifically concerned with foundational issues in
theoretical syntax. The emphasis is on a strong reading of the term
'theoretical': issues directly concerned with the model itself (the
'theory'), and the tools needed to further develop the model. Issues
include the nature of the primitive syntactic objects, and the fundamental
principles governing the combinatorics of these objects (see the statement
of purpose at our web site for more background and details). The format of
the conference is very much workshop-like with ample opportunity for
discussion (during and after presentations) in a setting which facilitates
effective informal interaction. The conference will have 14 presentations. 

7 presentations will be given by invited speakers. Invited speakers will

- Michael Brody
- Chris Collins
- Samuel Epstein
- John Frampton 
- Dominique Sportiche
- Ed Stabler
- Edwin Williams

7 presentations will be selected on the basis of the submitted abstracts. 

Selected presentations will be 45 minutes including discussion (and
interaction during presentation). 

Selected speakers will be offered free meals and lodging during the
conference and may expect to be reimbursed for reasonable travel expenses. 

Authors should limit themselves to one single and one joint abstract. 

Abstracts should be at most two pages long, in a 12 point font with 1-inch
margins. They may be sent either electronically (name, address, affiliation
in the body, the abstract itself anonymous; WordPerfect, PDF, or MSWord
attachments) or by regular mail (1 copy with name, address and affiliation,
5 anonymous copies). E-mailed abstracts should be sent to
Send regular mail to: 

TiLT Organizing Committee 
Utrecht institute of Linguistics OTS 
Trans 10 
3512 JK Utrecht 
The Netherlands 

For further information, please contact the organizers: 
Eric Reuland ( and Michal Starke
(, or consult our web site:
Sergio Baauw 
Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS 
Utrecht University 
Trans 10 
3512 JK Utrecht 
tel: +31 (0)30 2539163 
fax: +31 (0)30 2536000 
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