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9. Forthcoming Meetings

Indian Village Europe - 1999
Kulturzentrum Schloss Schönau a.d. Triesting, Kirchengasse 16, A2525 Schönau Austria

This will run from early May to mid October, and feature a variety of cultural performances by diverse Native American tribes.

Gordon Bronitsky, PhD, Bronitsky and Associates
3551 South Monaco Parkway, Suite 195, Denver, CO 80237
+1-303-504-4143 FAX +1-303-504-4297

European Office
Horst Eilers, MA, Bronitsky and Associates
Via Masone, 3, 24121 Bergamo Italy
Telephone/FAX: +39 35236554

Minority Languages And Regional Economic Activity (18 - 20 June 1999)

VENUE: European Centre for Minority Issues, Flensburg (Germany)
TOPIC: Conference on European minority languages and their use in regional economic activity
CONTACT: European Centre for Minority Issues, Schiffbrücke 12, D-24939 Flens-burg, Germany, fax 0049-14-114969, E-mail: info(at),

Minority Identities Today (19 - 21 June 1999)

VENUE: University of Aberdeen (Scotland/UK)
TOPIC: The conference deals with sociolinguistic, literary and cultural aspects of minority identities today, with particular focus on the Northern Arc of Eu-rope from Ireland to Russia

CONTACT: Dr. Barbara A. Fennell, Dept of English, University of Aberdeen, King’s College, Aberdeen AB24 2UB, Scotland, United Kingdom, tel. +44-1224- 272490, fax 272624, E-mail: b.a.fennell(at)

Developing Classroom Materials for Less Commonly Taught Languages: June 21-25, 1999

1999 Summer Institutes for Language Teachers Sponsored by the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (Carla) at the University of Minnesota

This series of summer institutes offered for second language teachers by the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) connects research with practice and is part of CARLA's ongoing mission to share what has been learned with language teachers and their second language learners. Each of the week-long institutes is a highly interactive blend of theory and practical application taught by faculty and staff at the University of Minnesota. The institutes will be held at the University of Minnesota on the Minneapolis campus. The cost of each institute is $275 for registrations received by May 15, 1999 ($300 after that date).

Graduate-level credits are available at an additional cost. For more information see the CARLA website at .

This summer institute will provide LCTL teachers with practical tools and hands-on experience in developing a wide range of materials that will fit the needs of LCTL students and will improve their ability to use the language for communicative purposes. The institute will be grounded in the latest research on effective language pedagogy and second language acquisition and will focus on proficiency-oriented approaches to teaching.

Utilizing the text and materials that participants bring to the institute as a base, participants will:

*Find out about the latest research on second language acquisition and its implications for LCTL material development;

*Create new materials for teaching;

*Extend and improve materials currently available for LCTLs (such as outdated textbooks);

*Adapt materials and activities from other languages;

*Integrate authentic texts and visual elements into LCTL materials;

*Incorporate current, authentic resources available on the Internet into LCTL materials;

*Learn how to use a variety of computer-based materials and activities in the LCTL classroom.

Program schedule 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Each day, institute participants will engage in an interactive program that features lectures and discussion of pedagogical principles and practices and hands-on work with materials in small groups and in the computer lab.

Key Topics include:

Day 1
* Principles of Materials Design

Day 2
* Exploiting and Adapting Authentic Materials: What to Change, What to Keep

Day 3
* Computer-based Materials: Using Existing Materials and Creating Your Own
* The Virtual Picture Album and Other Visual Resources

Day 4
* Internet Resources: Using E-mail and the World Wide Web

Day 5
* Putting It All Together: Creating Integrated Skills Packets

Note: A Special Opportunity
for LCTL Teachers!!!

This summer institute is supported with special funding to encourage LCTL teachers to attend. After the institute (by Dec. 15, 1999), a rebate of $125 will be sent to -participants who submit curricular material suitable for inclusion on the CARLA LCTL website. Thus, the cost for the institute would be only $150 for those who register by May 15, 1999. Contact Louis Janus at: lctl(at) for more information about this rebate.


Bill Johnston is an Assistant Professor in the English as a Second Language program at the University of Minnesota and specializes in language teaching methods and materials and teacher development for ESL and LCTLs. He is the Conference Chair of the "Research and Practice in Language Teacher Education" conference to be held at the University of Minnesota this May. Louis Janus is the Network Coordinator of the NLRC-funded LCTL Project at CARLA and is a Norwegian teacher. He has authored software, reference materials, and a workbook for elementary Norwegian. Nancy Stenson is an Associate Professor of Linguistics and faculty coordinator of the NLRC-funded LCTL Project at CARLA. She has taught Irish since 1979 and team-teaches a course in technology and language learning at the University of Minnesota.

Other Courses:
Meeting the Challenges of Immersion Education: Teachers as Resources. June 14-18, 1999 Using Technology in the Second Language Classroom. June 15-19, 1999
Culture as the Core: Integrating Culture into Second Language Classrooms. June 21-25, 1999
Improving Language Learning: a Practical Course in Strategies-Based Instruction. July 12-16, 1999
Developing Proficiency-Oriented Assessments for the Second Language Classroom. July 19-23, 1999

For more information or a brochure contact:

The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition
Phone: (612) 626-8600
FAX: (612) 624-7514
E-mail: carla(at)

1999 Linguistic Institute: Language and Consciousness (June 25-27)

A workshop and symposium on Language and Consciousness will be held June 25-27, 1999, at the LSA Summer Institute at the University of Illinois. The workshop will consist of fifteen hours lecturing and discussion format. For orientation about it, please consult the web page of the LSA Summer Institute at:

During the workshop two evening sessions will be dedicated to a symposium on consciousness and language.

Maxim Stamenov, Ph.D.
Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study
in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Meijboomlaan 1
2242 PR Wassenaar
The Netherlands
E-mail: stamenov(at)

1999 Linguistic Institute: Endangered Languages workshop (July 17-18)

This is a CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS to the two-day endangered languages workshop scheduled to take place this coming (northern hemisphere) summer, at the 1999 LSA Linguistic Institute at UIUC. The workshop is entitled:

Language Maintenance and Death: Reports from the Field and Strategies for the New Millennium

I am a lecturer in the Department of Linguistics at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. I am looking for colleagues from around the world who may be able to be at the institute, and who would be interested in presenting work or participating in discussions at this workshop. While my own dissertation work and experience has been on Phuthi, a tiny endangered, unwritten south-eastern Bantu language spoken in scattered parts of southern Lesotho and central South Africa, I am keen to engage colleagues working in ANY linguistic region of the globe.

For an initial blurb on what this workshop is about, the gentle reader could take a look at:

The general thinking (based on discussions with several interested linguists) is that a useful format would be to focus on feedback from different geographical areas (where endangered languages are found), each report being from a linguist who is familiar with the particular situation.

But, importantly, this feedback would specifically attempt to address itself to some of the Big Questions, such as (a subset of) the following:

1. WHAT are we linguists in fact preserving?
2. What do communities WANT us to preserve?
3. How best to assist communities with tools of their own for preservation ad revitalisation work?
4. How best to equip Linguistics students for the job at hand?
5. What responsibilities might/should the universities (and Linguistics Departments) commit to in support of endangered languages initiatives?
6. How can a thoughtful, just, equitable process be put in place for re-evaluating the performance criteria applied in the promotion/tenure assessment of linguists and other academics who devote significant time to communities working towards revitalising an endangered language?

The intention is explicitly that reports presented at this workshop will give rise to focused discussions. Discussion time is planned at the end of each presentation (possibly at the end of a panel presentation). This in part depends on the final structure of the workshop (see below).

The intention is furthermore to include one or more speakers of endangered languages who have worked with linguists from within communities, since these speakers will bring important insights to the discussion.



Interested linguists and speakers of endangered languages should submit an abstract (300 words or less) to me by May 15, in which they indicate what language or language area they would like to report on, and what kinds of questions they would like to address. Abstracts will be read by a set of cooperating linguists in three countries (South Africa, Canada and the USA). We will accommodate as many participants as possible. The final program will be released (to Linguist, and on the Institute's website) by May 31. At that point, all abstracts will be circulated by email to all those who have contacted me (participants and others alike), so that the conversation can begin electronically before the workshop actually takes place.

At present, participation in the workshop is anticipated from a number of linguists, including Jose Hualde, Sally Thomason, Ian Maddieson, Amanda Miller-Ockhuizen, Pat Shaw and Keren Rice.

People who may wish to attend but not present should also contact me. Their contribution in discussions could be considerable.

There will be a fee payable at the time of the workshop for all participants (whether presenting or not): $10 for students, $15 for faculty. $7 goes automatically to the host institution (the University of Illinois), and the remaining amount will cover simple refreshments at the coffee breaks, as well as basic paperwork and flyers.

Simon Donnelly

Department of Linguistics
University of the Witwatersrand
P/Bag 3
Wits 2050

phone: +27 - (0)11 - 716-2309
fax: +27 - (0)11 - 716-4199
email: 104simon(at)

The Kaqchikel Mayan Intensive Summer course (June 14-July 23)

This course, jointly sponsored by the Institute of Latin American Studies of the University of Texas at Austin and the Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane will be held again in 1999, from June 14 to July 23. The course begins and ends in Antigua Guatemala, but about three weeks will be spent in the field, principally in the town of Santa Catarina Palopo. As in previous years, mornings are spent in Kaqchikel language activities, afternoons are devoted to interchange of information about Mayan culture, with the participants from the US and other "Western" countries sharing their "book" learning and models and the teachers contributing their life experiences. The study group will be kept small in order to maintain close to a one-to-one teacher-student ratio. Nonetheless, there are both beginner and "intermediate" levels of the class.

For further information contact Judith Maxwell, Anthropology, 1021 Audubon St., Tulane Univ., New Orleans, LA 70118 (e-mail: maxwell(at); or Brian Stross, Anthropology, ETS 1.130, Univ. of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712 (e-mail: bstross(at)

The Second Northwest Indigenous Language Institute, University of Oregon, Eugene, June 21-July 9, 1999

Classes are designed specifically for people working in Tribal language maintenance and revitalization programs, and will carry University of Oregon credit.

Introduction to Language Teaching for Teachers in Native Language Programs (3 credits) Introduction to Linguistics and Northwest Languages for Teachers in Native Language Programs (3 credits)

Workshop on Computer Implementations for Native Language Programs (1 credit) One-day workshops on grant writing, audio-visual production techniques, or other topics.

Depending on enrollment and available staff, we expect to offer one or two more advanced courses, as below.

University of Oregon tuition will be $770 for 7 undergraduate credit hours. Some scholarship aid will be available.

Possible additional courses include:
Morphology and Linguistic Analysis of Northwest Languages
Phonetics for language analysis and teaching
Creating your own linguistic materials, and linguist's materials.
Scott DeLancey +1-541-346-3901, delancey(at)
Janne Underriner +1-541-346-3199, jlu(at) fax +1-541-346-3917

Indigenous Literature of the Americas (Guatemala City, July 27-30)

From Fernando Peñalosa (pelnan(at)

The 2nd Congress of Indigenous Literature of the Americas (el Segundo Congreso de Literatura Indigena de America) will be held in Guatemala City, July 27-30, 1999, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture & Sports of Guatemala and the B'eyb'al Cultural Association.

Papers will be accepted from indigenous writers, preferably those who have published in their native languages, but also from literary critics, academics and researchers from all countries. The principal topics will be:
Indigenous literature of the Americas
Prose, narratives, stories, fiction
Oral tradition, including myths, legends, fables, oral history
Indigenous world view and culture in literature
Form and content of indigenous literature
Methodology and techniques of indigenous literature
Anthropological aspects of indigenous literature
Pubishing and publishers
Libraries, archives, indigeous writers' organizations
Cultural and language politics in the Americas
Schools and literary currents in indigenous literature

For further information contact:
Gaspar Pedro Gonzalez, Coordinador General
Asociacion Cultural B'eyb'al
12 calle 10-27, zona 1, Guatemala, Guatemala, C.A.
tel: 232-1107 y 232-0125
fax: 230-0591 y 232-2023
e-mail: lacade(at)

Linguistic Futures: Language Movements In Comparative Perspective. AAA, Chicago, 17-21 November 1999.

Please contact Tony Berkley at aberkley(at) He writes:

I am organizing a panel for American Anthropological Association 1999, bringing together scholars who have done research on language revival, revitalization, nationalizaion, and standardization movements. These movements are examples of a global trend with diverse national expressions and different legacies of grappling with local realities. They have in common the way they match up an explicitly linguistic frame with an equally explicit socio-political agenda. Conceptualizing these projects as "movements" makes visible their connections with broader social, cultural, and political issues. Although language movements may be conceived and experienced narrowly as "education," participants must negotiate a wider set of tensions between innovation and preservation, the grass-roots and the official, and deliberateness and familiarity. Outcomes are unpredictable, and can be contingent upon the interaction of multiple language ideologies or the management skills of a good teacher. Failures are just as illuminating as successes because both reveal contemporary social process around language.

For the panel I envision a set of case studies by researchers working on language movements in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Pacific, and elswhere. Explicitly comparative presentations are welcomed as well. Relevant work may address questions like: How is deliberateness in language use articulated with other forms of cultural mobilization? How successfully do these movements confront their own economic contexts? Why does the promotion of a collective linguistic past and future often prove socially divisive in the present? What kind of imagined futures do they provide for the marginalized practices they target? Do distinctive forms of linguistic consciousness develop in the crucible of these movements? Are they at odds or in step with other global trends, such as the increasing rhythm and extent of the circulation of messages?

Language movements create a discursive space similar in shape to that created by linguistic anthropology. Perhaps for this reason they have generally been subject to either partisan promotion or theoretical demolition by linguists and anthropologists. I believe that both forms of commentary serve to stifle substantive discussion by discouraging broad intellectual engagement. The goal of this panel would be to find a terrain in between these polarities with the hope of figuring out what we can contribute pragmatically to projects many of us support. A comparative basis may be the key to finding that elusive "critical activist" role.

AAA '99 will be held in Chicago, November 17-21. The theme is "Time at the Millennium." International Conference On 'Cognitive Typology' (April 12-14, 2000) University Antwerp, Belgium

Main Organisers: Jan Nuyts and Johan van der Auwera

The purpose of this conference is to bring together researchers from the field of linguistic typology and from the domain of cognitive approaches to language (broadly defined) to reflect on how the typological and the cognitive enterprises in language research interrelate, what they have to offer each other, and/or how they can join forces in view of their shared goal of achieving an explanatory account of language.

Abstracts are invited for 30-minute presentations (plus 10 minutes discussion time) on any topic contributing to this overall purpose.

Deadline for receiving abstracts:
** November 1, 1999 **

Abstracts should be no longer than 400 words. Please add a full correspondence address and an indication of any special equipment you may need. Send your submission (in plain ASCII format or in RTF format) either (preferentially) via email or (both in hard copy and on an IBM-readable floppy) via regular mail, to the following address:

'Cognitive Typology Conference' p/a Jan Nuyts
University of Antwerp
Linguistics (GER)
Universiteitsplein 1
B-2610 Wilrijk
fax: 0032/3/820.27.62
email: nuyts(at)

You will be notified of whether your submission has been accepted by December 1, 1999.

A selection of the papers presented at the conference will be published by the organizers.

Information regarding the venue of the conference, accommodation, social events (conference dinner on Thursday evening, April 13), and the conference fee and ways of paying it, will be provided in later circulars.