LINGUIST List 27.1856

Thu Apr 21 2016

Confs: General Ling/UK

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 20-Apr-2016
From: Sarah Dopierala <>
Subject: The Sylheti Language Conference
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The Sylheti Language Conference
Short Title: SLC

Date: 12-May-2016 - 12-May-2016
Location: SOAS, University of London, London, United Kingdom
Contact: Sarah Dopierala
Contact Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Meeting Description:

The Sylheti Language Conference

We are pleased to announce The Sylheti Language Conference which will take place at SOAS, University of London on May 12, 2016.

Sylheti is a language that is spoken in the Sylhet region of Bangladesh as well as by members of the diaspora around the world, including our own London in the United Kingdom. However, its linguistic and indeed cultural value remains, as yet, relatively unexplored.

This one-day conference will be an opportunity for linguists and academics in other disciplines to present and discuss their research on Sylheti in an informal but intellectually stimulating setting. Topics range from Orthography Development, to Phonetics/Phonology, to Morphosyntax, to Sociolinguistics. All paper titles and abstracts are available through the conference website linked below.

We hope that by bringing people together we may encourage dialogue between researchers of this fascinating though often unnoticed language.

The conference is organized by postgraduate students under the auspices of the Department of Linguistics, SOAS. Many of the postgraduate students involved either study Sylheti in lessons offered by the SOAS Sylheti Language Project, or research the language with a native speaker in the Field Methods course offered by the Department of Linguistics.


Registration for The Sylheti Language Conference is now possible online. Please click here: to register for the conference.

Student/ unwaged fee: £6.00.
Standard registration: £10.00.

The conference fee includes lunch and refreshments. Participants will need to arrange their own travel and accommodation. Feel free to contact the organizing committee with any questions at:

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Mark Sebba (Lancaster University) will be speaking on orthography development.

You can find the full Programme here at the Conference Website

We hope you will help make our Sylheti Language Conference a success!

Organizers: Candide Simard, Marie Thaut, Emily Gref, Andriana Koumbarou, Anna Cronin, Anu Bhaskararaman, Breanna Lewis, Caoife Garvey, Daniel Vincent, Eveling Villa, Harry Willoughby, Jean Rohleder, Jonas Lau, Martha Tsutsui, Rebecca Orford, Robert Laub, Sarah Dopierala, Waran Kangeyan, and Zurab Baratashvili.

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