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Full Title: Dene (Athabaskan) Languages Conference

Short Title: D(A)LC
Location: Tsuu T'ina First Nation (Calgary, Alberta), Canada
Start Date: 12-Jun-2013 - 14-Jun-2013
Contact: Andrea Wilhelm
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://deneconference2013.wordpress.com/
Meeting Description: The Dene (Athabaskan) Languages Conference is the annual meeting of researchers, teachers and activists interested in the languages of the Na-Dene language family and the cultures of the people that speak them.

The theme of this year’s conference ‘Dene Drum and Discourse’, expresses the idea that language is intimately connected with the social and cultural setting in which it is used. In many Dene communities, drumming represents a practice in which language, culture, and social interaction come together. It is here that the sharing of language and culture between generations has often been most successful. The conference will feature performances by drum groups who come from all over the territory where Na-Dene languages are spoken. As well as reflecting the Dene culture of drumming, the conference welcomes contributions on language maintenance and revitalization, and linguistic studies on the Na-Dene languages.
Linguistic Subfield: Language Documentation
Subject Language Family: Na-Dene
LL Issue: 24.1541

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