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  1. wlm.wetzels, Endangered Languages Research in the Netherlands

Message 1: Endangered Languages Research in the Netherlands

Date: Sun, 16 May 2004 13:20:21 -0400 (EDT)
From: wlm.wetzels <>
Subject: Endangered Languages Research in the Netherlands

Endangered Languages Research in the Netherlands 

Date: 23-Aug-2004 - 28-Aug-2004
Location: Amsterdam/Leiden, Netherlands
Contact: Leo Wetzels
Contact Email: 

Linguistic Sub-field: Language Description 

Meeting Description:

The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) has created
an Endangered Languages Programme, which is sponsoring three
endangered language projects: two in Africa, and one in
South-America. On August 26, 2004, a one-day workshop will be
organized in the Cultural Center of the Vrije Universiteit (Amsterdam,
The Netherlands). Preceding and following the NWO workshop there will
be two conferences: one on African linguistics, and one on Amazonian
linguistics and anthropology.

Endangered Languages Research in the Netherlands, NWO (Netherlands
Organization for Scientific Research) Workshop and VU Symposium
The NWO workshop on the endangered languages program as well as the
conference on languages and cultures of the Andean/Amazonian border
area will be held in the cultural center 'de Griffioen' of the Vrije
Universiteit (VU) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The workshop will offer an opportunity for an exchange of ideas about
the objectives and the importance of endangered languages
documentation, and about more practical problems that researchers
encounter while doing this type of research. A number of national and
international specialists will present their ideas about some relevant
issues related to endangered languages research. Anyone interested in
participating in this workshop is kindly requested to register with
the secretary of the program, Marc Linssen (e-mail
before July 1 2004.

Following the one-day NWO workshop there will be a two-day symposium
on Amazonian Linguistics and Anthropology, the program of which is
presented below.

August 26, 2004, NWO workshop Endangered Languages Program
Morning program:

Opening session R. Smeets (Unesco, Chairman program committee)
Lecture . Dr. M. Mithun (University of Santa Barbara)
 ''Language Death and Language Maintenance''
Lecture P. Newman (Indiana University)
 ''The Endangered Languages Issue is a not Quite so Hopeless Cause:
 Recent Progress vs. Nagging Problems''
Presentation J. Essegbey, E.Dorvlo and F. Ameka
 (Leiden University, The Netherlands)
 ''The languages and Cultural Heritage of the Southern Ghana-Togo
 Mountain Groups''
Presentation A. Amha, M. Seyoum and M. Mous (Leiden University, The
 ''Stemming the Tide: The Dime and Zargulla Languages of South West
Presentation D. Mahecha,J.M.Higuita and L.Wetzels Vrije Universiteit,
 Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
 ''The Puinave and Nukak Languages of Columbia''
Afternoon program:
The aim of the afternoon workshops is to bring researchers together to
discuss a number of issues that field researchers have to deal with
and that center around the involvement of the researcher in activities
for the speech community where the research is carried out. During
each workshop a number of questions are raised and discussed both by a
panel of experts and the audience.

14.00-14.45 Workshop 1:
''Endangered Languages Research and Intellectual Property Rights''
Chair: Leo Wetzels 
Many cultural expressions are considered part of a people's
intellectual property. In this workshop, the motives will be discussed
for deciding which expressions should be considered as aprt of an
individual's or people's intellectual property.
Panel members:
Jerzy Koopman (Utrecht University, The Netherlands) will open the
workshop with a short lecture on Intellectual property law and
cultural expressions
Other panel members:
Jon Landaburu (CELIA, Paris, France)
Marcelo Fiorini (Hofstra University, USA)
Paul Newman (Indiana University, USA)
15.00-15.45 Workshop 2:
Orality and Literacy 
Chair: Felix Ameka
This workshop will discuss the ways in which one can take advantage of
the orality in endangered languages in their documentation. It will
examine the kinds of features in oral performances in traditions and
in everyday discursive practices that get "lost" as these are reduced
to writing. Participants will share experiences in this domain. The
workshop will also explore ways in which modern technologies of
multi-media documentation can be used to minimize the loss of orality
features as communities aspire to alphabetic literacy in their
15.45-16.15. Tea 
16.15-17.00 Workshop 3:
Reading materials
Chair: Maarten Mous
The aim of this workshop is to provide some thoughts and practical
hints for researcher who want to prepare reading materials such as
story books for the language community. Many of us use stories for our
analysis and feel an urge to make such materials available
locally. The reaction of the community members towards such
initiatives is in general very positive and it tends to boost their
self confidence. Questions that will be addressed are very practical,
for example: Should the publication be bilingual or monolingual? If
bilingual how should the two languages be arranged? Do we use
drawings? What is the best font size? What is an appropriate
translation? etc. The workshop is accompanied by a small exhibition of
reading materials.
17.00 - 17.30 Plenary discussion session
17.30 Closing of the workshop followed by a cocktail

August 27/28 Symposium on Languages and Cultures in the
Andean/Amazonian Border


Friday, August 27 
8.15 		Opening of the Symposium

Session I 	Chair Gabriel Antunes

8.30-9.15	Key-note address 	Willem Adelaar (Universiteit Leiden,The
 ''The Importance of Toponymy for 
 Disappearing and Recently Extinguished 
9.15-9.45	Elsa Gomez-Imbert	''Tatuyo and Other Tukanoan Class Systems''
 (CNRS Paris/Un. Toulouse, Le Mirail)
9.45-10.15	Ana Suelly Arruda	''New Observations on The Constitution of
 C�mara Cabral Kok�ma/Om�gua:A Language of the Boundary
 Brazil, Peru, and Colombia''( 

10.15-10.30	Coffee Break

Session II 	Chair 	Dany Mahecha

10.30-11.15 	Key-note address 	Marcelo Fiorini (Hofstra University, USA)
 ''What the Birdman Said: Music, Sentiment,
 and Discourse in Nambikwara'' 
11.15-11.45	Edwin Reesink	 ''Who are the Nambikwara? On Names,
 Partialities and Peoples'' (Un. Fed da
11.45-12.15 	Januacele da Costa	''Do Sistema de Vogais Proto-Nambikwara
 para as L�nguas Nambikwara Modernas''(Un.
 Fed de Alagoas/Vrije Universiteit)
12.15-12.45	Dave Eberhard	 ''Mamaind� Tone; An OT Account of
 Plateauing,Floating Tones, and Toneless
 Syllables in an Amazonian Language'' 

12.45-13.30	Lunch at the Conference Center

Session III	Chair 	Edwin Reesink

13.30-14.15	Key-note address 	Stella Telles (Universidade Federal de
 Pernambuco, Brazil)''Por Onde Andam os
 Adv�rbios - Fam�lia Nambikw�ra''
14.15-14.45	Cristina Borela	 ''O Morfema Referencial: uma Compara��o
 entre as L�nguas Nambikwara do Sul e 
 Nambikwara do Norte'' (Vrije Universiteit)
14.45-15.15	Gabriel Antunes	 ''Marcadores de Posse em Sabane e na 
 Familia Nambikwara''(Vrije Universiteit)
15.15-15.30	Coffee Break

Session IV	Chair	Stella Telles

15.30-16.15	Key-note address 	Jon Landaburu (CNRS/CELIA, Paris, France)
 ''La Modalit� %pist�mique dans Quelques 
 Langues du Sud de la Colombie''
16.15-16.45	Ana Mar�a Ospina 	''Predicates in Yuhup Maku'' (Un. de
16.45-17.15	Patience Epps		''Birth of a Noun Classification System:
 the Case of Hup'' (MPI EvA, Leipzig)
17.15-17.30	Coffee Break

Session V	Chair	Januacele da Costa

17.30-18.00	Valteir Martins	 ''O Sistema Tonal Maku'' (Un. Est. do
 Amazonas /Vrije Universiteit)
18.00-18.30	Silvana Martins	 ''Serializa��o em D�w numa Perspectiva
 Tipol�gica'' (Un. Amazonas /Vrije
18.30-19.00	Jesus Mario Gir�n	''Rasgos Pros�dicos, Vocales y Contraste
 en Puinave'' (CCELA/Vrije Universiteit)
19.00-19.30	Dany Mahecha	 ''Los Nukak: Experiencias y Aprendizajes
 de los Encuentros con Otras Gentes''
 Un. Nac. de Colombia/Vrije Universiteit)
19.30-20.00	Fernando Z��iga	 ''The Discourse-Syntax Interface in
 Northwestern Amazonia.Objective Case in
 East Tucanoan and Maku Languages''
 	(Un. Z�rich/Un. Leipzig)

20.30 		Conference dinner in the center of Amsterdam

Saturday, August 28

Morning program 
Session I	Chair	Jesus Mario Gir�n

8.00-8.30	Maria Sueli Aguiar	''L�nguas Pano Brasileiras'' (Un. Fed. de
8.30-9.00	Erik Levin		''A Reanalysis of the Aymara Verb''
 (Un. Chicago)
9.00-9.30	Jeanette Sakel		''The Complex Structure of Verbs in
 Mosetenan'' (Un. Manchester)
9.30-10.00	Rafael Fischer		''Clause Linkage in Cof�n (A'ngae), a 
 Language of the Ecuadorian-Colombian
 Border Region'' (Un. Amsterdam)

10.00-10.15	Coffee Break

Session II	Chair	Cristina Borela

10.15-10.45	Maria do Socorro 	''Jabuti, uma L�ngua Ind�gena Brasileira
 Amea�ada de Extin��o em um Contexto
 Multil�ng�e (Un. Fed. de Goi�s)''
10.45-11.15	M.F. Patte		''Normalisation et Langues en Danger''
 (CNRS CELIA, Paris)
11.15-11.45	Daniele Marcelle	''Uma An�lise Recente do Padr�o da 
 Grannier	 Consoante Dupla do Xerente:Uma 
 Contribui��o para a Vitaliza��o da
 L�ngua'' (Un. de Bras�lia)
11.45-12.15	Silvia Lucia		''Um estudo tipol�gico socioling��stico
 Bigonjal Braggio dos Xerente:Quest�es de Vitaliza��o''(Un.
 Fed. de Goi�s)

12.15-13.00	 Lunch at the Conference Center

13.00-13.45	 Key-note address 	Aryon Rodrigues (Un. de Bras�lia, Brazil)
 ''Tup� languages in Rond�nia and in 
 Eastern Bolivia''

13.45	Closing of the Symposium

Afternoon program
In the afternoon, a program will be offered that especially addresses
a non-specialized public interested in the problem of disappearing
languages or curious to know about it. Among other themes, attention
will be given to the UNESCO's decision to declare the oral and graphic
expressions of the Waj�pi Indians as a ''Masterpiece of the Oral and
Intangible Heritage of Humanity''. Since, for the larger public, the
importance of Euro~patrimonialisation' of intellectual
activity/tradition is poorly understood, an effort is being made to
bring to Amsterdam a member of the Waj�pi people and an outside
specialist of the Waj�pi culture, in order to explain the cultural,
mythological and social significance of the Waj�pi painting (including
body painting) tradition.
Participants to the workshop, the symposium or the Saturday-afternoon
program will NOT be asked to pay any registration fee. However, since
for matters of organization we must know how many persons we may count
on, we kindly request those that wish to attend (part of) the
presentations to notify Leo Wetzels by e-mail until July 15th 2004:
The deadline for the submission of abstracts has expired on April
16th, 2004
We encourage participants to also attend the NWO Endangered Languages
Research workshop on the 26th of August (see above). Please register
separately for this event with the secretary of the Endangered
languages Program, Marc Linssen (e-mail before July 1,
Suitable addresses for accommodation in Amsterdam can be found at the
following web
Under the heading 'Special Hotels', you find a clickable web-page, with the addresses of a number of relatively
cheap and very decent hotels in Amsterdam and the Amsterdam region.
On the web-page below you will encounter a city map of Amsterdam:
Click on the field 'city map' at the bottom of the list that you find
in the upper right corner. The conference center is not on the map,
but it is close to the VrijeUniversiteit (VU). On the city map you
find a search engine. Fill in under 'straat': De Boelelaan ; under
'Huisnr.': 1105. This is the address of the VU. Type 'enter'. The
location of the VU will appear on the map. If you type next the name
of the street and the street number of the hotel you are interested
in, you can estimate the distance of your hotel to the Vrije
Universiteit. The conference center is about 10 minutes southwards
from the VU, by tram 5, or express tram (Metro) 51 (Station
'Uilenstede'). Both trains also cross the city in different
ways. Consequently, the best location of the hotel of your choice is
on the tram line 5 or the express tram line 51. On the next web-page
you find a public transportation map:
On this map you see a number of small yellow fields. The center of
Amsterdam corresponds to the field number 5700 (the part of the city
that is located on the waterfront). You click on these fields in order
to zoom in. The Vrije Universiteit is in field 4714, located two
fields down from zone 5700 and one to the left. By clicking up and
down on the transportation map you can easily check if your hotel is
close to one of the tramlines 5 or 51. Please let us know if you need
any help. For any supplementary information, do not hesitate to
contact any of the members of the conference committee:
Gabriel Antunes
Cristina Borella
Leo Wetzels
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