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LINGUIST List 19.3400

Fri Nov 07 2008

Confs: Applied Linguistics, Language Documentation, Sociolinguistics/USA

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        1.    Eveline Yang, Minority Language in Today’s Global Society


Message 1: Minority Language in Today’s Global Society
Date: 04-Nov-2008
From: Eveline Yang <eventstrace.org>
Subject: Minority Language in Today’s Global Society
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Minority Language in Today's Global Society

Date: 22-Nov-2008 - 22-Nov-2008
Location: New York, NY, USA
Contact: Eveline Yang
Contact Email: eventstrace.org
Meeting URL: http://www.trace.org/pressroom_lecture_series.html

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Documentation; Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

Trace Foundation's first lecture series is entitled Minority Language in Today's
Global Society. The lecture events in the series will bring together speakers
from diverse national and disciplinary backgrounds to examine and share
experiences on the selected topics at hand, with a special comparative focus on
Tibetan language communities in China. Each event will be organized around
different topics such as mother-tongue language use policies and practices,
minority language in the internet age, language endangerment and preservation,
mother-tongue education models and practices, language diversity and
biodiversity, language standardization, linguistics research, and more. The
lectures are free and open to the public. A series publication will be produced
and distributed.

Speakers:

Peter K. Austin, Director and Professor, Endangered Languages Academic Program,
School of Oriental and African Studies

Pema Bhum, Director, Latse Contemporary Tibetan Cultural Library

Fernand de Varennes, Acting Dean and Professor, School of Law, Murdoch University

Jia Luo, Visiting Scholar, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, University
of Toronto

Manlha Kyi, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong

Schedule:

9:00-10:00 a.m.
Check-in/Breakfast

10:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Morning Session

12:15-1:00 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)

1:15-5:30 p.m.
Afternoon Session

5:30-7:00 p.m.
Reception

Place:

Trace Foundation & Latse Contemporary Tibetan Cultural Library
132 Perry Street, 2B, New York, NY 10014

Contact:
eventstrace.org,
telephone: (212) 367-7380,
fax: (212) 367-7383

Registration requested. To register, please download the registration form here:
http://www.trace.org/pressroom_lecture_series_1.html
You may email or fax completed forms to us. You may also call us with your name,
contact email, affiliation, and mailing address.

Many recent reports cited by UNESCO and other agencies estimate that up to 90%
of the world's languages will be lost in the next 100 years if current trends
continue. The vast majority of these languages will be those of minorities,
indigenous, and marginalized peoples. The UN has recognized the significance and
urgency of language use by declaring 2008 the Year of Languages. Efforts to
reverse this trend will require the support and cooperation of actors at all
levels: from the UN, to national governments, to local communities, and the
individual. So what does this matter to us in an increasingly globalized world?
How and why does language loss happen? How can international legal and policy
instruments protect and support language vitality and diversity?

According to recent Chinese government statistics, Tibetan language speakers
comprise 0.4% of the Chinese population. Tibetan language use is protected and
supported under Chinese national and local laws and policy initiatives. How are
these laws and policies interpreted and implemented? What are the implications
for Tibetan language use in China, now and in the future? What can international
and Chinese standards and practices learn from each other?

These are just some of the questions and issues we will attempt to explore
during this introductory event to the series. Each speaker will present a paper,
followed by a discussion with fellow speakers, and a chance to take questions
and comments from the audience. The event will conclude with a reception.
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