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7. Forthcoming Meetings

Linguistic Issues In Australian Native Title Claims, 2 Oct. 1999, University of Perth, (Australia)
Linguistic evidence has played an increasingly important rôle in Australian native title claims, as highlighted in recent judgements. This workshop will provide an opportunity to draw together the linguistic issues arising in the various claims. It will be of interest to linguists, anthropologists, lawyers and others involved in native title claims. The workshop will be held as part of the 1999 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society but is open to non-members
CONTACT: John Henderson, fax +61-8-93802870

Uluru: La Terra Del Sogno. Mondi E Dimensioni Parallele Nella Mitologia Degli Aborigeni Australiani, Institute of Anthropology. 15 Oct. 99, Firenze Italy

Via del Proconsolo 12, Florence (Italy)
fax +39-55-677070, E-mail: eumeswil(at)
Heritage Languages in America: 14-16 Oct. 1999, Long Beach, California

The United States has an unprecedented need for individuals with highly developed competencies in English as well in other languages. However, we have placed little value on the largely untapped linguistic resource that we have the speakers of non-English languages (heritage language speakers) who live in this country. The Heritage Languages Initiative is a national effort to strengthen our educational and social institutions so that these resources can be developed. California State University at Long Beach (CSULB), the National Foreign Language Center (NFLC), and the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) invite you to participate in the inaugural conference of the Heritage Languages Initiative.

The Heritage Languages in America conference will be held October 14-16, 1999, in Long Beach, California. Representatives from heritage language communities and schools, pre K-12 heritage language educators, college and university faculty, researchers, and organizations and businesses that employ professional staff with language expertise will participate in the conference, as will distinguished researchers Russell Campbell, Lily Wong Fillmore, Joshua Fishman, Mary McGroarty, Cecilia Pino, Ana Roca, Fabian Samaniego, Guadalupe Valdis, and Amda Walqui.

Participants will have the unprecedented opportunity to help shape the development of the heritage language field by articulating a national agenda on the preservation and cultivation of heritage languages as rich national resources. This work will be facilitated by task forces that will be established at the conference to address issues that include articulation across programs, teacher preparation, materials development, instructional strategies, assessment, and public advocacy.

Proposals are being accepted for poster sessions. If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact Scott McGinnis of the National Foreign Language Center at heritage(at)

Additional information about the Heritage Languages in America conference (conference program, registration form, information about the Heritage Languages Initiative, and other resources) may be found at CAL's Web site:

To receive a conference brochure and registration form by mail, contact Lara Atella at heritage(at) or by telephone at +1 202-667-8100.

Joy Kreeft Peyton
Center for Applied Linguistics
4646 40th Street NW
Washington, DC 20016-1859
phone: 202-362-0700 ext. 245
fax: 202-363-7204
e-mail: joy(at)

Diaspora, Community And Identity 20-23 October 1999, Honolulu, Hawai’i

This is the twenty-fourth Annual University of Hawai‘i Pacific Islands Studies Conference. It focuses on the expanding diasporic communities of Pacific Islanders in New Zealand, Australia, the United States, and else-where, as well as the complex flows of people, goods, and ideas that link them to their homelands Special attention is paid to the following themes: capital, labor, and class; culture, ideas, and boundaries; biography, re-presentation, and identity
Tisha Hickson, E-mail: ctisha(at)

Language Endangerment and Language Maintenance: an Active Approach. La Trobe Univ., Melbourne, Australia. 29-30 November 1999

The symposium will start with a panel discussion on issues and strategies in the area of language endangerment, with David Bradley as well as Alexandra Aikhenvald (Australian National University; from 2000 La Trobe University), Michael Clyne (Monash University), Bob Dixon (Australian National University; from 2000 La Trobe University), Peter Mühlhäusler (Adelaide University) and Steven Wurm (Australian National University) and conclude with a general discussion on this topic.

Case study presentations on individual communities will be given by these and other scholars including Barry Blake, Kate Burridge and Maya Bradley (La Trobe University), Margaret Florey (University of Newcastle), Rob Amery (Adelaide University) and others. These case studies will include Australian Aboriginal and migrant communities as well as indigenous and migrant communities in various other countries including Indonesia, Thailand, China, Canada and the Netherlands.

All others who wish to make a presentation (20 minutes plus 10 minutes discussion) should submit a one-page abstract and email or fax address by 1 November; notification of acceptance will be sent by email or fax on 14 November.

Those who wish their presentation to be considered for inclusion in this volume should submit it in hard copy AND on disk or as email attachment in rtf or Word 6 at or before the symposium. Please follow the Pacific Linguistics format which is available from .
If you use any unusual fonts, please provide details and if possible a copy of the font.

This symposium is free and open to the public. Support from the UNESCO CIPSH Endangered Languages programme and the Australian Research Council (A59803475) is very gratefully acknowledged. Koori and other indigenous and NESB participation is most welcome.

All enquiries and abstracts to or Dept Linguistics, La Trobe University, Bundoora VIC 3083, Australia
Phone +613 9479 2338 Fax +613 9479 1520

Please consult our web site on ; the final symposium programme will be on this web site from 14 November.

The Third International Conference on Hani/Akha Culture, 29 December 1999 to 5 January 2000, Jinghong City, Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, China.
Sponsored by the People's Government of Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan, China.

Mr. Cha Ke, Vice Governor of the Prefecture and Mr. A Hai, investigator of the Ethnic Religion Affairs Bureau of the Prefecture are the co-organizers.

1. to encourage traditional Hani (and Akha) culture
2. to promote investigation of this culture
3. to strengthen academic exchange among the different countries

Although the deadline for abstracts to present papers has technically passed, I am told (27 July, Tom Tehan) they are still accepting abstracts in English or Chinese.

Papers on invited on topics such as:
Hani/Akha traditional eco-environment protection, etc.
Hani/Akha traditional education and interaction with formal education.
Hani/Akha history and culture.
Hani/Akha women and children's education.
Hani/Akha language, literacy and customs.
and more.

You can communicate with the conference organizers by fax at: +86-691-2127460

Seventh Annual Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Conference, 11-14 May 2000, Toronto, Canada



For six years now this conference has provided a unique opportunity for people world-wide to come together to work on practical issues, problems, and solutions to the challenges facing all indigenous languages. Elders, other community leaders, front-line workers, researchers, administrators, educators, students, media specialists, and advocates are invited to come and meet fellow workers, and take part in plenary sessions, workshops, and presentations about many kinds action to promote, preserve, and supports indigenous languages. There will be hands-on workshops, descriptions of educational projects of many kinds, demonstrations of materials that have been produced, and talks by experienced leaders in the field.

This year’s theme is “Language Across the Community”, which will emphasize the many ways in which all community members can become involved in indigenous language activities. As always, it is expected that SCHOOL PROGRAMS will play an important part, with discussions and demonstrations related to various roles that the indigenous language can play in the school, such as subject of instruction, immersion programs, dual language programs, cooperation among schools, and so on. Along with this always comes discussion of teacher education and professional development, and materials and activities development. Special issues of administration for schools in which an indigenous language plays a role will come up. We expect to have a whole section of the program devoted to immersion programs.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT is essential, not only to support school programs (recruit teachers, support teachers, involve parents, make materials, link language and culture, and so on) but also create and celebrate real language use in all aspects of life. So, topics like language camps, language in sports and other community recreation, language at work, language in religion and culture, language and the media, and language in community historical and cultural research can be discussed with examples. Adult literacy in the indigenous language, for example, is a growing activity.

SUPPORT RESEARCH will be covered in workshops and talks by people who are making dictionaries, studying effective ways of teaching indigenous languages, linking history and culture to language, planning policies and good administrative practices, and creating centers for language research and promotion. Conference goers can make their own contacts with people they would like to learn more from, and information will be available about organizations which help link people involved with indigenous language work.

Proposal Presentation Deadline: March 31, 2000
Forms to be submitted available from:
Barbara Burnaby, Modern Language Centre, OISE/UT, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 1V6 (416)926-0469: silc(at)
After October, check our website
The Tenth Caucasian Colloquium, Munich, 2-5 August, 2000

The board of the Societas Caucasologica Europa is pleased to announce that the University of Munich shall be hosting the 10th Colloquium, from Wednesday 2nd thru Saturday 5th of August 2000.

1. Submission of abstracts and programme
Scholars working in the field of Caucasian linguistics are invited to submit abstracts for 30 minute presentations, including at least 10 minutes of discussion. The organization committee intends to invite several key note speakers. The committee thinks of opening this meeting of the Societas towards cultural studies related to the Northern Caucasus and Georgia, which should in a first stage be limited to anthropology, literature, history, musicology, mythology and folklore. Contributions in these fields are warmly welcomed. The results of this experiment in extending the topics of this meeting beyond linguistics should be discussed at the business meeting. The business meeting will also have to include a discussion of future activities of the Societas, a proposal for a new venue, a new board, and a discussion of the possibilities for the installment of a journal. Proposals and suggestion with regard to this can be addressed to the secretary.

The home page for the tenth colloquium can be found at:

Abstracts can be submitted in English, German, French or Russian. They should not exceed one page, and should be in at least 12-point type with one-inch (2.5 cm) margins all round. As the abstracts will be subjected to peer review, please send two copies, one containing the author's name and affiliation, one without the author's data. Since abstracts are to be reproduced in the meeting handbook, they should be printed in clear type. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1st February 2000. You will be notified if your paper has been accepted for presentation by 15 March 2000.

2. Conference fee
The conference fee of 80 DM covers the conference folder, the meeting handbook, coffee or tea, and a reception. Additionally, the committee plans to organize a diner party; information on this event will be given in the second circular. Payment of the conference will only be accepted at registration in Munich in German currency. We hope we will be as fortunate as to be able to provide financial support to some 10 colleagues from Russia and Georgia whose abstracts have been accepted.

3. Preliminary registration and accommodation
All those who wish to attend the Colloquium should contact the Secretary Helma van den Berg for a registration form and return it by 1st February 2000. The second and third circular will only be send to those who registered. In order to be able to limit the mailing expenses, you are kindly requested to provide us with your e-mail adress: future circulars will be send by regular mail only to colleagues without an access to e-mail. Abstracts and registration form should be sent to:
SCE10 Programme Committee
Helma van den Berg
Dept. of Comparative Linguistics
University of Leiden
P.O. Box 9515
NL-2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands

The organization committee:
Wolfgang Schulze Helma van den Berg

| Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schulze
| Institut fuer Allgemeine und Indogermanische Sprachwissenschaft
| Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen
| Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
| D-80539 Muenchen
| Tel: +89-21802486 (secr.)
| +89-21805343 (office) NEW ! NEW !
| Fax: +89-21805345
| Email: W.Schulze(at)

World Congress of African Linguistics, 2000, August 21 - 26, 2000 at the Université du Bénin, Lomé, Togo

Organizer: The Standing Committee of the World Congress of African Linguistics and the Local Committee at the Universit du Bénin, Lomé.

General theme: African languages for culture, peace, and socio-economic development in Africa in the third millennium.

Conference subjects: All aspects of the analysis of African languages: phonetics & phonology, tonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and lexicography, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, historical and comparative linguistics, typology, etc.

Please send the title of your paper and an abstract in French and English (approx. 200 words for each version) to:

Dr. Kézi K. Lébikaza
Comité d’Organization du 3ème Congrès Mondial de Linguistique Africaine
Département des Sciences du Langage et de la Communication
Université du Bénin
P.B. 1515 Lomé, TOGO
Email: lebikaza(at)

(Registration fee: 40 000 F CFA (80 $ US)).