LINGUIST List 14.2124

Mon Aug 11 2003

Calls: General Ling/Algonquian; General Ling/Oceanic

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  1. pankihtamwa, Revitalizing Algonquian Languages
  2. lynch_j, 6th International Conference on Oceanic Linguistics

Message 1: Revitalizing Algonquian Languages

Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2003 12:32:01 +0000
From: pankihtamwa <>
Subject: Revitalizing Algonquian Languages

Revitalizing Algonquian Languages: Sharing Effective Language Renewal
Practices II

Date: 18-Feb-2004 - 20-Feb-2004
Location: Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States of America
Contact: Charlene Jones
Contact Email: 

Linguistic Sub-field: General Linguistics 
Subject Language Family: Algonquian
Call Deadline: 15-Oct-2003

Meeting Description:

A second conference on ''Revitalizing Algonquian Languages Conference:
Sharing Effective Language Renewal Practices'' will be held February
18-20, 2004, at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center,
Mashantucket, Connecticut. Papers are invited in the areas of
Algonquian linguistic preservation, revitalization, education
programs, and innovational technologies. Papers are invited in the
areas of Algonquian linguistic preservation, revitalization, education
programs, and innovational technologies.

Types of Presentations:

Workshops (2 hours): Intensive sessions in which participants learn
and practice native language teaching methods, develop classroom
teaching materials, or do other hands-on type activities.

Papers (45 minutes): A description and/or discussion of something the
presenter(s) is doing or have done related to indigenous/tribal
languages. Presenters are encouraged to use handouts and audio-visual
aids and to present a summary of the paper rather than a prepared

Demonstrations (45 minutes): Presentation of a specific teaching or
testing technique. Presenters are encouraged to use handouts and
audio-visual aids.

Panel Discussions (2 hours): Panel presentations provide a forum for a
group to discuss issues related to the maintenance and renewal of
Algonquian languages.

Conference proceedings will be published. 

All presenters are required to register for the conference. For a copy
of the registration form, e-mail <> or phone
860-396-2052. Please include: registration form, academic affiliation
or area of research, tribal affiliation, title of presentation, a one
page abstract and a summary for advertising purposes.
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Message 2: 6th International Conference on Oceanic Linguistics

Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2003 17:48:36 +0000
From: lynch_j <>
Subject: 6th International Conference on Oceanic Linguistics

6th International Conference on Oceanic Linguistics 
Short Title: COOL6

Date: 04-Jul-2004 - 09-Jul-2004
Location: Port Vila, Vanuatu
Contact: John Lynch
Contact Email: 
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Sub-field: General Linguistics 
Subject Language Family: Oceanic

Meeting Description:

Papers may be presented on any area to do with individual Oceanic
languages or groups of languages, such as:
- phonological and grammatical descriptive studies
- historical-comparative studies
- lexicography
- sociolinguistic studies
- translation, teaching of Pacific languages, and other applied

In addition, papers may also be presented in the following areas:
- pidgin and creole languages of the Oceanic area
- languages of the East Papuan Phylum (as agreed at COOL5, East
Papuanists will have a "home" at COOL)
- Pacific varieties of metropolitan languages

Due to a number of problems, the 6th International Conference on
Oceanic Linguistics (COOL6) cannot be held at the Hilo Campus of the
University of Hawai'i, and has been relocated to the Emalus Campus of
the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Port Vila, Vanuatu. The
dates remain the same: Sunday 4 - Friday 9 July.

The conference organising team will consist of staff of the Pacific
Languages Unit who are based in Port Vila, currently:
	John Lynch (
	Robert Early (
	Hannah Vari-Bogiri (

The conference website can be found on the Pacific Languages Unit's


A pre-registration form is attached at the end of this
circular. Please fill it in and email or fax it, or something
resembling it, to the contacts shown on the form by 15 February, 2004
if at all possible. (We know deadlines are meant to be extended, but
we will need some idea of participant numbers by then, and would also
like to be able to provide participants with the abstracts before they

We will be charging a registration fee of 12,500 vatu (7,500 vatu for
full-time students), to be paid when you arrive. This will cover
morning and afternoon tea, reception(s), and other administrative
costs - though not the Conference Dinner, which will be arranged
separately. (The currency is the vatu. Approximate exchange rates as
of today, 7 August, 2002, are: 12,500 vatu = $US 100 = Euro 90 = $Aus
125 = $NZ 175 There is no difficulty with exchanging foreign
currencies at the banks or money exchangers in Port Vila.)

On-site registration for participants will take place in the evening
of Sunday, 4 July, and will be followed by a welcome reception.


Port Vila has direct air links with Sydney, Brisbane, Auckland, Nadi,
Noum´┐Ża and Honiara. Participants travelling from other
countries would be advised to check the most economical and convenient
routing. Air Vanuatu's schedule can be found at:

No visas are required to enter Vanuatu: an outward ticket is
sufficient to gain entry for one month.

Accommodation varies from the reasonably luxurious (and expensive) to
the spartan, with a reasonable middle range. At least for those
travelling from Australia and New Zealand, travel agents will have a
number of package deals which would probably prove more economical
than booking accommodation separately. There is a list of hotels on
the National Tourism Office website (;
we will investigate costs - and special deals - closer to the time of
the conference, and will make that information available.


We propose to run the conference with no parallel sessions if at all
possible. We will try to run sessions on four days of the week (number
of papers permitting), but will try to keep one day free for organised
excursions or sightseeing, relaxation, or whatever on an individual

Our current plan is to have registration followed by a reception in
the evening of Sunday 4 July, leave Wednesday free for relaxation, and
run the conference on the other four days of that week. This may vary
slightly, depending on the number of paper-presenters.

For those who have not been here, Port Vila is situated on the island
of Efate on Vila harbour, surrounded by the South Efate language but
in full view of the Polynesian Outlier Ifira-Mele. The city has a
population of about 30,000 people, and is one of the most picturesque
(and cleanest) in the Pacific. English and French are both spoken,
although the most common language heard around town is Bislama, an
English-lexifier creole. Being a popular tourist destination, there
are numerous restaurants and cafes, as well as tour operators who can
organise trips around the island, boat trips to the small offshore
islands, etc.

July is supposed to be the cool, dry season, with temperatures in the
mid-twenties during the day and dropping to 16 or 18 degrees at night
(for those still using Fahrenheit, this means low sixties to high
seventies). In recent years, however, the dry season has been wetter
than usual. Dress is generally quite informal (though abbreviated
swimwear is appropriate only on beaches).

Vanuatu also boasts of being the kava capital of the world. There are
over 150 kava bars - called nakamal in Bislama - in Port Vila. Vanuatu
kava is prepared much stronger than the Fijian variety, and is
normally drunk in quiet surroundings in the late afternoon and early
evening. The campus has its own nakamal, and first-timers can be
assured of a gentle introduction.

Some useful websites about Vanuatu are the following:
National Tourism Office:
Weather forecasts:


The campus is home not only to the Pacific Languages Unit but also to
the School of Law, the Early Childhood Education program, and the
Distance and Flexible Learning Support Centre. Students come not only
from Vanuatu but from a number of other Pacific countries (Solomon
Is., Fiji, Marshall Is., Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia,
Nauru, Tuvalu, Tonga, Niue, Samoa, Tokelau, Cook Is., etc.)

For more information, see:
Sixth International Conference on Oceanic Linguistics
Emalus Campus, University of the South Pacific
Port Vila, Vanuatu
4 - 9 July, 2004


Title and name:

Institutional affiliation:

Mailing address:


Email address:

Paper title:

Abstract (no more than 150 words, please):

Please either email to one of:
John Lynch (
Robert Early (
Hannah Vari-Bogiri (

or fax to: + 678 22633
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