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LINGUIST List 22.3941

Sat Oct 08 2011

Confs: Language Documentation/UK

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        1.     Mari Jones , Language Endangerment: Methodologies and New Challenges

Message 1: Language Endangerment: Methodologies and New Challenges
Date: 06-Oct-2011
From: Mari Jones <mcj11cam.ac.uk>
Subject: Language Endangerment: Methodologies and New Challenges
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Language Endangerment: Methodologies and New Challenges

Date: 06-Jul-2012 - 06-Jul-2012
Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Contact: Mari Jones
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/1688/

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Meeting Description:

At a time when UNESCO deems 43% of the world's 6,000 languages at risk of extinction, the imperative to record and analyse these linguistic varieties while they are still spoken has scarcely been greater. Yet researchers have ostensibly been slow to avail themselves of the opportunities offered by new technologies, from visual and aural archiving, to digitisation of textual resources and electronic mapping, techniques which could have the potential to play an integral role in reversing language shift. However, it is clear that with these new technologies come new challenges for the linguist. The 2nd Cambridge Conference on Language Endangerment invites researchers to bring forward their ideas for tackling these issues: to share experiences from the field, to consider how these new resources might best be applied, as well as the problems that they can bring, to reassess more traditional techniques in light of new technologies and to work with a view towards achieving a practicable synthesis of old and new methodologies. At this critical time, the conference seeks to ignite the debate as to what, if indeed anything, new technologies have to offer the fields of documentation, revitalization and maintenance, and how the research community might seek to enhance the functionality of these resources in order to advance their application beyond mere superficies.

The conference will include the following plenary sessions:

Tjeerd de Graaf (Frisian Academy, The Netherlands): The Use of Sound Archives for the Documentation and Maintenance of Siberian Endangered Languages and Cultures

Nicholas Ostler (The Foundation for Endangered Languages): Endangered Languages in the New Multi-lingual Order: Per Genus et Differentiam

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