LINGUIST List 26.3137

Fri Jul 03 2015

Calls: Anthropological Ling, Lang Documentation/Canada

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 03-Jul-2015
From: Heather Bliss <>
Subject: Language in the Present
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Full Title: Language in the Present
Short Title: LiP

Date: 26-Sep-2015 - 27-Sep-2015
Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
Contact Person: Heather Bliss
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Language Documentation

Call Deadline: 27-Jul-2015

Meeting Description:

In this workshop we seek to highlight the diversity and vitality of Indigenous languages. ''Language in the Present'' focuses on contemporary expressions of Indigenous languages in conversation, personal stories, and song. The aim is to bring together linguists and language activists to explore the methods, applications, and impacts of documenting these modes of linguistic expression. From the perspective of language activism, language in its live and lively forms can connect Indigenous people to their heritage and their communities. Documenting everyday forms of communication, besides supporting language teaching and learning, reinforces Indigenous languages' enduring relevance in today's world. From a linguist's viewpoint, conversations, personal stories, and songs dramatically enrich the record for linguistic analysis and theorizing beyond more usual sources in the formal language of traditional narratives and decontextualized words or sentences. For all, the workshop celebrates the centrality of Indigenous vernacular language for sharing life and ways of being in the present.

The workshop will be framed around three panel discussions on methods and values in documenting (1) conversation, (2) personal stories, and (3) song. The list of invited panelists can be found on the workshop website. The workshop will open with a plenary talk by Dr. Larry Kimura of the University of Hawaii Hilo, and features a presentation by the First Peoples' Cultural Council of British Columbia. There will be an evening program celebrating contemporary expression and language in the present, with performances by Indigenous storytellers and singers.

Proceedings from the workshop will be published as a Special Publication by Language Documentation and Conservation.

2nd Call for Papers:

Extended deadline: July 27, 2015

Abstracts are invited for oral presentations and posters related to the theme of documenting conversation, personal stories, and song in Indigenous languages.

We welcome proposals for posters or 20-minute oral presentations. Please send your abstract in pdf format (maximum 500 words, excluding references) to:

Submission emails should include the following information for identification: (1) name(s) of author(s); (2) university, tribal, or other affiliation(s); (3) contact email address; (4) preference for oral or poster presentation.

Revised deadline for submissions: July 27, 2015

More information can be found at:

Questions and inquiries should be sent to:

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