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LINGUIST List 21.3077

Tue Jul 27 2010

Calls: Anthro Ling, Historical Ling, Lang Doc/United Kingdom

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        1.    Mari Jones, The First Cambridge Conference on Endangered Languages

Message 1: The First Cambridge Conference on Endangered Languages
Date: 26-Jul-2010
From: Mari Jones <mcj11cam.ac.uk>
Subject: The First Cambridge Conference on Endangered Languages
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Full Title: The First Cambridge Conference on Endangered Languages

Date: 25-Mar-2011 - 25-Mar-2011
Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Mari Jones
Meeting Email: mcj11cam.ac.uk
Web Site: http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/1332/

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Historical Linguistics;
Language Documentation

Call Deadline: 26-Nov-2010

Meeting Description:

Endangered Languages: Documentation, Pedagogy and Revitalization.

This conference will bring together academics, students, and members of
indigenous communities from around the world to discuss current theories,
methodologies, and practices of language documentation, pedagogy,
revitalization.

Most of the world's languages have diminishing numbers of speakers and
are on the brink of falling silent. Currently around the globe, scholars are
collaborating with members of indigenous communities to document and
describe these endangered languages and cultures. Mindful that their work
will be used by future speech communities to learn, teach, and revitalize
their languages, scholars face new challenges in the way they gather
materials and in the way they present their findings. This conference will
discuss current efforts to record, collect, and archive endangered
languages in writing, sound, and video that will support future language
learners and speakers.

Documentation is of critical and immediate importance, and is often
considered one of the main tasks of the field linguist. Future revitalization
efforts may succeed or fail on the basis of the quality and range of material
gathered, and yet the process may be rapid and dependent on conscious
decisions by linguists and language workers who may be analyzing the form
of a language for the first time, and codifying it in dictionaries and
grammars. Written documentation of course not only aids the process of
standardization but also serves important needs and functions within a
community in support of language maintenance such as providing the basis
for pedagogical materials in schools and helping to create a community's
sense of identity. However, indigenous communities and scholars of
endangered languages are beginning to realise that the rapid and often
artificial nature of this process can have negative effects - politically,
linguistically, and culturally - which feed into issues relating to education
and, ultimately, language revitalization.

In addition to the opportunity of sharing experiences with a network of
linguists, it is hoped that participants will leave the conference with a new
understanding of the topic, innovative ideas for documentation and
pedagogy within their own linguistic contexts, and a renewed vigour to
implement what they have learnt in their own language situations.

Call For Papers

We welcome abstracts (200 words maximum) for papers (20 minute paper +
10 minute discussion) that include, among other topics, discussion of
interdisciplinary approaches and innovative techniques for collecting raw
material, presenting metadata, and archiving language materials; teaching
endangered languages to both children and adults; and revitalizing
language use in homes, schools, and communities.

Abstracts are due by 26 November 2010, and should be sent to:
Dr Mari Jones (mcj11cam.ac.uk) and Dr Sarah Ogilvie
(svo21cam.ac.uk).
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