LINGUIST List 24.4498

Mon Nov 11 2013

Calls: Language Documentation, Writing Systems, Socioling, Discipline of Ling/UK

Editor for this issue: Bryn Hauk <>

Date: 11-Nov-2013
From: Mari Jones <>
Subject: 4th Cambridge Conference on Language Endangerment
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Full Title: 4th Cambridge Conference on Language Endangerment
Date: 04-Jul-2014 - 04-Jul-2014 Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom Contact Person: Mari Jones
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:
Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics; Language Documentation; Sociolinguistics; Writing Systems

Call Deadline: 01-Mar-2014

Meeting Description:

Orthography Development for Language Maintenance and Revitalization

Developing an orthography is often seen as a key component of language revitalization. The ability to encode an endangered variety and to set it down as a permanent record can enhance its status and prestige. In speech communities that are fragmented dialectally or geographically, a common writing system may help create a sense of unified identity. In other cases, it may help keep a language alive by facilitating teaching and learning. Despite these clear advantages, when a language is endangered, creating an orthography can also bring challenges.

The standard fee is £30 with a reduced fee of £20 for students (proof of student status will need to be presented). This includes lunch and refreshments.

Call for Papers:

Our conferences invites papers that debate these critical questions. Whose task should this be: that of the linguist or the speech community? Should an orthography be maximally distanced from that of the language of wider communication for ideological reasons, or should its main principles coincide for reasons of learnability? Should alphabets be preferred to logographic systems? Which local variety should be selected as the basis of a common script? Is a polynomic script preferable to a standardized orthography? Can developing an orthography actually create problems for existing native speakers?

Abstracts: (200 words maximum) to be submitted via email to the organisers by March 1, 2014

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