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LINGUIST List 18.2162

Tue Jul 17 2007

Calls: General Ling/USA

Editor for this issue: Ania Kubisz <anialinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Teresa Dzilenski, Conference on the Reclamation of Indigenous Languages

Message 1: Conference on the Reclamation of Indigenous Languages
Date: 16-Jul-2007
From: Teresa Dzilenski <tdzilenskimptn.org>
Subject: Conference on the Reclamation of Indigenous Languages
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Full Title: Conference on the Reclamation of Indigenous Languages

Date: 20-Feb-2008 - 22-Feb-2008
Location: Mashantucket, CT (near Ledyard, CT), USA
Contact Person: Deborah Gregoire
Meeting Email: LanguageConferencemptn.org

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 17-Aug-2007

Meeting Description:

Conference focus is on the reclamation and preservation of Native North American
languages. Presentation topics sought in following areas: instructional
techniques; artistic application of language; linguistics in the context of
preservation and reconstruction; and technological innovations. We are seeking
participants and moderators for 2 roundtables: dictionary development and
language project policies and protocol. Most of presenters' expenses paid.
Submit one page abstract indicating topic area and any questions to
LanguageConferencemptn.org. Or call (860)396-6104 or 396-2052; Conference URL
under construction.

This will be the fourth biennial Conference on the Reclamation of Indigenous
Languages hosted by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. Our conference series
serves to bring together those who work to maintain and reclaim the indigenous
languages of Native North America. We believe that our ancestral languages can
and should be spoken in our communities and we continuously seek and support
efforts toward this end. The conference planning committee, in their selection
of presenters strives to balance linguistic research, instructional techniques,
technological innovations and most recently, indigenous languages in the context
of the visual, written and performing arts.

We invite you to share your work and in so doing, further efforts to reclaim,
perpetuate and celebrate Native North America's unique and precious languages of

Conference Topics:

A. Instructional Techniques, such as those that focus on producing first and
second language speakers, workbooks, CDs, computer-interactive programs, videos,
TPR, the Silent Way, Immersion Nests, etc.

B. Artistic Application of Language, such as storytelling, performing artists,
authors and playwrights for all age groups, visual artists, etc.

C. Linguistics in the Context of Language Preservation and Reconstruction, such
as historical linguistics of Native - North America, preferably but not limited
to Algonquian languages and those of Southern New England. Papers addressing
methodologies and sources used in preservation and reclamation projects as well
as place-names' analyses sought.

D. Technological Innovations in the areas of language documentation, databases
and dictionary software, educational and instructional software, etc.

Roundtable 1: Dictionary Development, participants and moderator sought for this

Roundtable 2: Language Project Policies and Protocol, participants and moderator
sought for this session

Session Specifics:

Each presenter will be allotted a one-hour session to include a brief question
and answer period. The roundtable sessions will include a moderator for which
interested presenters will be considered. Presenters' expenses such as travel,
lodging, most meals, and a small honorarium will be provided for.

Submission Guidelines:

Please submit a one-page abstract indicating which conference subject area
described above, or roundtable session, best suits your presentation to
LanguageConferencemptn.org or mail to Language Conference Team, PO Box 3060,
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, Mashantucket, CT 06338.

Final decisions will be made in September (2007); please include detailed
contact information so that we may notify you of your status. If your
presentation is selected we will require a one page bio and/or C.V. and a
photograph, if available, to be included in our program book and promotional

Additional questions may be sent to LanguageConferencemptn.org or
dgregoiremptn.org (phone: 860-396-2052). A URL entitled ''Conference on the
Reclamation of Indigenous Languages'' will be accessible by August 2007.

If you are not planning to submit an abstract but would like to receive
information on conference registration please send your contact information via
e-mail to cseifartmptn.org or mail to Language Conference Team, PO Box 3060,
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, CT 06338. Registration forms will also be
available via the conference Web page in August.

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