From: Felix Ameka <f.k.amekalet.leidenuniv.nl>
Subject: Documentary Linguistics in West Africa School
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Documentary Linguistics in West Africa School
Date: 16-Jul-2008 - 27-Jul-2008
Location: Winneba, Ghana
Contact: Felix Ameka
Contact Email: f.k.amekalet.leidenuniv.nl
Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Summer School on Documentary Linguistics in West Africa
University of Education, Winneba, Ghana
16-27 July 2008.
A 10-day summer school on language documentation will be held (16-27 July 2008)
prior to the 26th West African Languages Congress (WALC) of the West African
Linguistics Society (WALS/SLAO) at the University of Education, Winneba, Ghana,
28th July to 3nd August 2008. The theme of the Congress is "Language
Documentation in Support of West African Languages".
The goal of the Summer School is to provide training for linguists and graduate
students in the West African region in language documentation theory and practice.
Pending final approval, the 2008 Summer School on Documentary Linguistics in
West Africa will be sponsored by the Endangered Languages Documentation
Programme (ELDP) of the Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project (HRELP), SOAS,
The maximum number of participants is 30 and they will be selected so that each
country in the region will be represented.
How to apply:
Applicants must reside and study/work in West Africa.
They should have a minimum of BA or its equivalent involving some linguistic
They should have some fieldwork experience or have concrete plans for doing
They should be committed to and have a plan for transferring the knowledge they
acquire to others in their universities and countries.
The general lectures will be given in English, hence all participants should be
able to read and understand basic English. Workshops and tutorials may be
offered in French as well, when necessary.
Interested persons should send an application via e-mail or fax to the following
Felix K. Ameka
African Languages and Cultures
Leiden University Centre for Linguistics
P. O. Box 9515
2300 RA Leiden
Tel: + 31 - 71 - 527 2243
Fax; + 31 - 71- 527 7569
Your application must include:
A Personal background Information
Telephone, fax, e-mail
Other West African languages you know:
B Curriculum Vitae and Motivation
1. Give a brief statement of your University studies involving linguistics
(including degrees obtained). Indicate the courses you have followed.
2. What experience do you have in linguistic description (e.g. fieldwork)?
Indicate whether the languages you have worked on, are your first or other language.
3. What experience do you have in language documentation including the use of
4. Which language(s) are you working on or plan to work on?
5. Explain your commitment as well as how you plan to transfer the knowledge you
would acquire to others in your institution and/or country.
6. Provide the name and contact details of your Supervisor or an academic who
would like to serve as a referee for you. Explain why you have nominated this
C Travel information
7. There will be travel bursaries to supplement the travel costs of participants
(mostly by road) from country of residence to Winneba, Ghana. Provide an
estimate of the cost of travel from your residence to Winneba.
Send your application in to the address provided above not later than April
Applications received will be acknowledged immediately.
Decisions on the applications will be made by the Organising Committee and
communicated to the applicants by 15th May 2008.
The resource persons include:
Firmin Ahoua, Universite? de Cocody, Abidjan
Felix Ameka, Leiden University
Bruce Connell, University of York and University of Kent
William Foley, University of Sydney
Dafydd Gibbon, University of Bielefeld
Birgit Hellwig, RCLT, La Trobe, Melbourne
David Nathan, ELAR, SOAS
Sophie Salffner, ELAP, SOAS
Eno-Abasi Urua, University of Uyo
The topics to be covered are:
What is language documentation (including planning a language documentation project)
Ethical and methodological issues in language documentation (including fieldwork)
Techniques and methods of data collection
Transcription and annotation and their tools (Transcriber, Praat, ELAN)
Audio and video recording
Principles of archiving and dissemination: metadata, media, file formats
Ethnography in language documentation
Lexicography and tools (Toolbox)
Grant application writing
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