LINGUIST List 26.3443

Thu Jul 30 2015

Calls: Anthropological Ling, General Ling, Lang Documentation, Socioling/Hong Kong

Editor for this issue: Erin Arnold <>

Date: 30-Jul-2015
From: Umberto Ansaldo <>
Subject: Documentary Linguistics - Asian Perspectives
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Full Title: Documentary Linguistics - Asian Perspectives
Short Title: DLAP-1

Date: 06-Apr-2016 - 09-Apr-2016
Location: Hong Kong, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Contact Person: Umberto Ansaldo
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; General Linguistics; Language Documentation; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Aug-2015

Meeting Description:

The field of Language Documentation and Description (LDD) has been growing in recent years in Europe, the Americas, and Australia. It is, however, still in its early stages of development in the Asian region. The Department of Linguistics of The University of Hong Kong is deeply involved in the study, analysis and description of languages of East, South and Southeast Asia (ESSA). This includes larger, smaller and endangered languages, as well as contact languages.

With this conference we want to focus on a documentary approach to languages of the Asian region. We want to discuss and develop new perspectives for the description and documentation of Asian languages and uses of the resulting data and analyses. As part of our drive to develop documentary linguistics at HKU, we will host a 4-day event: the first two days will offer an intensive workshop in LDD training; the latter two days will be dedicated to a symposium on documentary linguistics.

Guest Speakers:

Mr. L.W, Kit, Founder of the Dimen/Dong Eco-workshop, China
Dr. L. Lim, Founder and director of

Venue: Hong Kong University Centennial Campus, Hong Kong

Workshop (6-7 April 2016)

The 2-day workshop will feature 4 modules aimed at graduate students, young practitioners as well as colleagues involved in the development of LDD in the region.

Topics include:

1. Fundamentals of theory and practice in LDD
2. Sociolinguistic fieldwork
3. Roundtable on revitalization
4. Roundtable on teaching and learning of LDD

The workshop will be led by Prof. Peter Austin (SOAS/ HKU) and Prof. Umberto Ansaldo (HKU) with the participation of the following speakers:
Lee Wai-Kit (Founder of Dimen Dong Eco-museum)
Dr. Lisa Lim (HKU)
Prof. Toshihide Nakayama (TUFS)
Dr. Siripen Ungsitipoonporn (Mahidol)
Prof. Sumittra Suraratdecha (Mahidol)

Symposium (8-9 April 2016)

The 2-day symposium focuses on the sharing of experiences, ongoing projects and current developments in the field of documentary linguistics in East, Southeast and South Asia especially. Graduate students and early career documentarists are particularly welcome to share their work.

The events are free of charge. Travel awards of modest amounts will be available for individuals facing financial challenges who wish to attend the workshop and the symposium.

Final Call for Papers:

We invite papers and/or posters on:

1) Documentation of minority languages of the ESSA region
2) Documentary and descriptive works of contact and endangered ecologies worldwide
3) Theoretical and empirical advances in LDD
4) Applied documentation: language support, revitalization, pedagogy, lexicography, app development etc.

Abstracts should be submitted in English, and no more than 300 words in length excluding title and references and should be sent by 15 August 2015 using the Easyabs System at

Notification of Acceptance: October 1, 2015

Organizing Committee:

U. Ansaldo (Chair)
P. Austin
S. Matthews
K. Yakpo

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