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LINGUIST List 16.2421

Sun Aug 21 2005

Confs: General Ling/Socioling/Ithaca, New York, USA

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        1.    Sally McConnell-Ginet, Cornell Conference on Language and Poverty

Message 1: Cornell Conference on Language and Poverty
Date: 17-Aug-2005
From: Sally McConnell-Ginet <smg9cornell.edu>
Subject: Cornell Conference on Language and Poverty

Cornell Conference on Language and Poverty

Date: 14-Oct-2005 - 16-Oct-2005
Location: Ithaca, New York, United States of America
Contact: Wayne Harbert
Contact Email: weh2cornell.edu
Meeting URL: http://ling.cornell.edu/language_and_poverty/

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

This conference, organized by the linguistics department at Cornell University,
has two central objectives: (1) to highlight the complex interconnections of
language and poverty for a general audience, and (2) to promote exchange among
scholars of language and of culture and poverty as well as community-based
language activists on work with endangered languages in impoverished
communities. Day one pursues the first objective of outreach and general
education; days two and three are primarily devoted to the second and more
specialized effort. Distinguished scholars and community workers from around
the world will be joined by commentators drawn from a wide range of departments
and programs at Cornell.

There is no registration fee but those planning to participate are asked to
register at http://ling.cornell.edu/language_and_poverty/ so that we can plan
for refreshments and the conference dinner on Saturday. Some scholarship
support is still available to defray travel and accommodations for those who do
not hold regular academic appointments or have access to travel funding.
Graduate students and people working in their own communities on language
revival and maintenance projects are strongly encouraged to apply for this
support through out website. Preference will be given to applications received
by Friday, September 9, 2005. There is also limited crash space available; you
may request crash space when you register online for the conference, or by
sending a message to Wayne Harbert at weh2cornell.edu. Please do so as soon as
possible but preferably no later than Friday, September 30, 2005 if you would
like somewhere to put your sleeping bag. A list of local hotels is available on
the conference website.

Day 1, Friday, October 14, 2005

Poverty as a Factor in Language Maintenance and Language Death

Keynote speaker: Leanne Hinton
Commentator: Kathryn S. March

Panel Discussion by Herman Batibo, Matthias Brenzinger, and Ofelia Zepeda on
the effect of access to resources on the maintenance of minority languages.
Commentator: TBA

Language and Access to Resources

Keynote Speaker: John Baugh
Commentator: Stephen L. Morgan
Panel Discussion by Neville Alexander, Ofelia Garcia and Ajit Mohanty on the
relation between the languages people speak or do not speak and their economic
Commentator: Ravi Kanbur

Day 2, Saturday, October 15, 2005

- Workshop on Community -Based Language Maintenance Programs, with Nora Marks
Dauenhauer and Richard Dauenhauer and TBA
Commentator: Audra Simpson

- Workshop on the Role of the Linguist in Language Maintenance and
Revitalization: Documentation Training and Materials Development, with Lenore
Grenoble, Norvin Richards and Keren Rice
Commentator: Amanda Miller

Minority Languages in Economic and Social Context

Keynote Speaker: Suzanne Romaine
Commentator: Benedict Anderson

Panel Discussion with Bruce Mannheim and Peter Whiteley on the implications of
political economy, social structure and culture for language in an age of
Commentator: TBA

Day 3, Sunday morning, October 16, 2005 (concluding by 1:00pm)

- Workshop on Technology as a Tool in Language Modelling, Documentation and
Preservation, witth Helen Aristar-Dry and Ian Maddieson
Commentator: Mark Turin

- Workshop on Funding for Language Documentation and Revitalization Initiatives,
with Arienne Dwyer, Barry Supple and Doug Whalen

The conference is funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and
Cornell University's Poverty, Inequality and Development (PID) Initiative.

The conference organizers,

Wayne Harbert weh2cornell.edu
Sally McConnell-Ginet smg9cornell.edu
Amanda Miller am332cornell.edu
John Whitman jbw2cornell.edu

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