LINGUIST List 16.810

Thu Mar 17 2005

Confs: General Ling/Reykjavik, Iceland

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        1.    Matthew Whelpton, Dialogue of Cultures

Message 1: Dialogue of Cultures

Date: 16-Mar-2005
From: Matthew Whelpton <>
Subject: Dialogue of Cultures

Dialogue of Cultures

Date: 13-Apr-2005 - 15-Apr-2005
Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Contact: Lara Solnes
Contact Email:
Meeting URL: http://www.vigdis.hi/doc

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Meeting Description:

The first woman worldwide to be elected Head of State in a national election,
Her Excellency Mme Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, President of the Republic of Iceland
1980-1996, currently UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Languages, will celebrate
her 75th birthday on 15 April 2005.

The Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages at the University of
Iceland, Reykjavik, and the Rector of the University of Iceland, supported by
the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education, Science of Culture
and the City of Reykjavík have decided to mark the occasion by organizing a
large scale International Conference on the theme 'Dialogue of Cultures', to be
held on 13-15 April in Reykjavik, Iceland.

The Conference will provide a unique forum for discussions relating to cultural
and linguistic diversity and its economic, political, social, cultural and
technological ramifications. Eminent figures and distinguished scholars on the
international scene, covering a range of backgrounds and cultural perspectives,
will present their views on issues relating to globalisation versus
multipolarity, issues which are already coming to define the landscape of the
21st Century.

Conference workshop of special interest to linguists worldwide:

Language and cultural diversity. Digital documentation for endangered languages.

Keynote speaker: Professor David Crystal
The aim of the workshop is to discuss the impact of globalization on minority
languages and how modern technology can be a tool in documenting these languages
and in spreading awareness about them. The workshop brings together well-known
specialists from USA, Japan, Germany, England, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland.
Linguistic situations in different regions - the Americas, the Pacific Rim,
South Asia, Africa and Scandinavia will be highlighted in the various
presentations. This will be followed by presentations which will take up issues
that arise while applying technology developed using primarily Western literate
languages to primarily oral languages.

Other speakers:Jens Allwood, Göteborg University; Peter Austin, University of
London; Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, University of Roskilde; Kristján Árnason,
University of Iceland; Steve Fassberg, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Michael
Krauss, University of Alaska, Fairbanks; Leanne Hinton, Berkeley University;
Nicholas Ostler, Foundation for Endangered Languages; Matthias Brenzinger,
Universität zu Köln; Michael Noonan, University of Wisconsin; Udaya Narayana
Singh, Central Institute of Indian Languages; Osahito Miyaoka, Osaka Gakuin
University; Susan Hockey, Professor Emeritus, David Nathan, University of
London; Lars Borin, Göteborg University; Eiríkur Rögnvaldsson, University of
Iceland; Trond Trosterud, University of Tromsø.

For further information, please don't hesitate to contact Lara Solnes,

For travel and registration, please see www.vigdis.hi/doc or conference



Language and cultural diversity.
Digital documentation for endangered languages

Sponsored by the Nordic Council of Ministers

Workshop language: English

Organizer: Auður Hauksdóttir, Chair of The Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of
Foreign Languages, Professor Jens Allwood, Göteborg University and Anju Saxena,
Associate Professor, Uppsala University.
Keynote speaker: Professor David Crystal
Section one: Endangered languages
Workshop leader: Professor Jens Allwood, Göteborg University
Jens Allwood, Göteborg University
Title: Iceland - A Home for the languages of the world.
Peter Austin, University of London
Title: Language endangerment (in particular Indonesia)
Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, University of Roskilde
Title: Endangered languages and (lack of) linguistic human rights.

Kristján Árnason, University of Iceland
Title: Why is Icelandic not among the endangered languages?

Steve Fassberg, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Michael Krauss, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Title: Mass language extinction -- why care?

Leanne Hinton, Berkeley University
Title: American Indian language diversity, decline and revitalization: The new
roles of linguistic archives.

Nicholas Ostler, Foundation for Endangered Languages
Title: Language Survival in the Americas: where the Spanish and Portuguese
Empires have been.

Matthias Brenzinger, Universität zu Köln
Title: Language Endangerment on the African Continent: The future of language
Michael Noonan, University of Wisconsin
Title: Language documentation and language endangerment in Nepal.
Udaya Narayana Singh, Central Institute of Indian Languages
Title: Voices in the Darkness looking for possible Interlocutors: An Appraisal
of the South Asian Scenario.
Osahito Miyaoka, Osaka Gakuin University
Title: Endangered Languages of the North Pacific Rim.

Section 2: Digital documentation
Workshop leader: Professor Höskuldur Þráinsson, University of Iceland

Susan Hockey, Professor Emeritus
Title: The Documentation of Electronic Linguistic Resources.

Anju Saxena, Uppsala University
Title: Linguistic and socio-cultural information in digital documentation.

David Nathan, University of London.
Title: Multimedia: a confluence of linguistic rights, documentation, and
resource management.

Lars Borin, Göteborg University
Title: One in the bush: Low-density language technology.

Eiríkur Rögnvaldsson, University of Iceland
The status and prospects of Icelandic Language Technology.

Trond Trosterud, University of Tromsø.
Title: Language technology for endangered languages: Sámi as a case study.

For further information, please contact: Lára Sólnes, or Sigfríður
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