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LINGUIST List 21.3982

Sat Oct 09 2010

Calls: General Ling, Kurdish/USA

Editor for this issue: Di Wdzenczny <dilinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Amir Sharifi, North American Conference on the Kurdish Language

Message 1: North American Conference on the Kurdish Language
Date: 06-Oct-2010
From: Amir Sharifi <sharifiamiryahoo.com>
Subject: North American Conference on the Kurdish Language
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Full Title: North American Conference on the Kurdish Language

Date: 05-Nov-2010 - 06-Nov-2010
Location: Los Angeles, USA
Contact Person: Amir sharifi
Meeting Email: sharifiamiryahoo.com
Web Site: http://www.kaes.us

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Kurdish, Central (ckb)
Kurdish, Northern (kmr)
Kurdish, Southern (sdh)

Call Deadline: 20-Oct-2010

Meeting Description:

The First North American Conference
On the Kurdish Language

The Kurdish American Education Society (KAES), a non-profit cultural
organization in Los Angeles will be hosting the first North American
Conference on the Kurdish Language and Culture on November 5, 2010.
event is co-sponsored by the UCLA G.E. von Grunebaum Center for Near
Eastern Studies (CNES). Our conference will bring to Los Angeles Kurdish
and non-Kurdish linguists, students, and scholars from different parts of the
United States, Canada, and Europe to address a wide spectrum of topics
research on Kurdish studies.

Call For Papers

The primary goal of the conference is to stress the need for reviewing the
existing trends, current challenges, and new linguistic and socio-linguistic
and historical studies, recognize the achievements that scholars and
practitioners have made in their respective fields of research, and open new
possibilities for raising consciousness about and change the state of the
language and its community of speakers.

Conference participants and presenters are from a wide spectrum of
disciplines, including but not limited to applied linguistics, dialectology,
lexicography, sociolinguistics, anthropology, art and language, educational
linguistics, Kurdish as a heritage language, discourse analysis, and
historical linguistics.

The Call for Papers welcomes timely submission of abstracts for papers and
posters to be presented at the event on Nov 5 in Collins Conference room
at the UCLA James West Alumni Center. Some of the emerging conference
topics include: The Influence of Kurdish on the Neo-Aramaic Language,
Kurdish language policy and planning, language and identity, challenges of
developing educational materials in Kurdish, music and cultural rights. The
Conference Committee has already received a range of topic proposals and
themes as listed below.

We urge all those interested in research about theoretical linguistics,
applied linguistics, psycholinguistics, lexicography, educational linguistics,
language minorities, heritage languages, literacy, language and literature,
language and gender to join us in co-sponsoring and contributing to the
success of this conference. We will also use the conference as an occasion
to honor and pay tribute to the memory of Dr.Vera Saeedpour who laid the
foundation for scholarly and academic work on the Kurdish life and culture.
The deadline for abstracts is Oct. 25, 2010. All you need is a title and a
300-word abstract for a 20-minute presentation to be sent via email to:

The sessions are still being organized as papers are coming in, presenters
will be notified if they will be presenting individually or in panels. For
additional information on the conference and registration, please refer to
the KAES website: www.kaes.us ( to be launched soon) or contact Amir
Sharifi: sharifiamiryahoo.com

List of the names of the presenters and their affiliations:
1) Yonar Sabar, scholar, specializing in Neo-Aramaic studies, professor in
the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, University of
California Los Angeles.
2) Jaffer Sheyholislami, Assistant Professor at the School of Linguistics and
Language Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. Areas of research:
language and identity; language of/in media; language policy and planning;
language and power/ideology; genre studies.
3) Christian Sinclair, Assistant Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies
University of Arizona, PhD candidate in Kurdish Studies at the University of
Exeter, specialized in media, language policy, and identity. dle
4)Shayee Khanaka, librarian for Linguistics & Mid Eastern Studies, at UC
Berkely, has an MA in Folklore and a thesis on Kurdish Humor
5) Rashid Karadaghi, Author of the Azadi English-Kurdish Dictionary and
writer on Kurdish affairs
6) Ali Ashuri, author, poet, and critic, specialized in philology and Kurdish
literature; he has taught at San Diego State University
7) Muhamad Tawfiq Ali, applied linguist, translator, critic, member of
Chartered Institute of Linguistics ( MCIL)
8) Gregory Scarborough, field researcher on Kurdish music and cultural
rights, focusing on Kurdish areas in Turkey, director of Cultural
9) Alexandra Jaffe, the incoming editor of Linguistic Anthropology and
formerly the editor of Language and Education, specialized in linguistic
anthropology, language ideology, bilingualism and the status of minority
languages, professor at California State University, Long Beach
10) Hashem Ahmadzadeh Kurdish scholar ,a lecturer in the Kurdish Studies
Center of the University of Exeter, specialized in language in Kurdish novels
11) Opengin Ergin. 2nd year Ph.D. student at L'Université de Paris -
Sorbonne Nouvelle, specializing in Kurdish sociolinguistics.
12) Norman Léonard, the Director of Outreach, Language Acquisition
Resource Center, San Diego State University, President of California
Teachers Association , specialized in community based heritage language
programs and training teachers through California Foreign Language
13) Amir Hasssanpour (via Skype): scholar of Kurdish sociolinguistics and
history, professor at the Department of Near and Middle Eastern
Civilizations, University of Toronto.
14) Michel Chyet ( Via Skype), Library of Congress, author of Kurdish
Dictionary: Kurmanji-English, scholar and researcher, author of a thorn
bush sprang between them': studies on Mem u Zin.
15) Hisyar Ozsoy, fellow at the Social and Cultural Anthropology
Department, University of Texas, Austin, specialized in research on state
formation, nationalism, neo-liberalism,multiculturalism and transformations of
Kurdish politics.
16) Salih Akin, lecturer in general linguistics at Rounen University, France.
He specializes in linguistic and sociolinguistic description of Kurdish
language, the representation of foreigners
17) Dilan Roshani ( Via Skype), specialized in computational linguistics and
scholarly network and construction of websites on Kurds and Kurdistan,
architect, manager and director of the Kurdish encyclopedia of Kurdistan,
Kurdistanica, the inventor of the Kurdish Unified Alphabet, called 'yekgirtú'.
18) Amir Sharifi, lecturer, Department of Linguistics, California State
university, Long Beach, applied linguist, translator, specializing in literacy
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