Foundation for Endangered Languages

Home | Manifesto | Membership details | Proceedings | Grant Applications | Newsletter | Links | Bibliography


5. Forthcoming Meetings

Coming up soon are the following:

Canadian Centre For Linguistic Rights, Ottawa, Ontario

Canadian Centre For Linguistic Rights: Towards a Language Agenda: Futurist Outlook on the United Nations. Conference: 25-27 May 1995. This is primarily about the rights of languages in International Fora such as the United nations, and has sessions with the following headings:

Language Policies: United Nations and Alternative Visions
Linguistic and Cultural Standards
Languages: an Important Issue for Development
Language Policies: Looking to the Future.

There also appears, at first sight, to be a heavy emphasis on Canadian linguistic issues.

Further details can be obtained from Helene Laporte, Canadian Centre for Linguistic Rights, Faculty of Law (Common Law), University of Ottawa, 57 Louis-Pasteur Street, P.O. Box 450, Station A, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5

Bilingualism in Wales, Cardiff, Wales

Comhluadar Chaerdydd, 10 June 1995, a one-day conference at the Central Library, Cardiff, entitled: ‘Le Visage Linguistique’ - Bilingualism in Wales.

This will give an Irish perspective on the positive changes in use and status of Welsh that have been achieved since the 1960s: “The Welsh language has emerged from its dungeon into the light of day.” Most of the speakers listed are Welsh, but there will also be a presentation by the Irish Language Board (Bord na Gaeilge). Speakers from Wales will address the conference in Welsh and those from Ireland will use Irish. Simultaneous translation facilities (to English) will be available. Questions and an “Open Forum” will be in English.

Further details can be obtained from Comhluadar Chaerdydd, 116 Stryd Brunswick, Treganna, Caerdydd Wales CF5 1LN (tel. 01222-343251).

LSA Linguistic Institute Events, Albuquerque, New Mexico

This summer, the Linguistic Society of America’s annual Linguistic Institute (i.e. six-week-long movable festival of tutorial courses and conferences) is being hosted by the University of New Mexico, in Albuquerque. The Institute itself runs from 26 June to 4 August. It includes courses on such topics relevant to Language Endangerment as:

Research in L2 Learning at School
Linguistic Techniques for Native Americans
Language Processing in Bilinguals
Intercultural Communication
Societal Bilingualism
Ethnicity as a Social Category in Language



as well as a host of courses on particular languages, particularly Native American ones of the region (Hopi, Athabaskan, Navajo, Kiowa-Tanoan). There are 56 courses in all. There are also over a dozen attached conferences, again mostly on branches of American Indian linguistics (Uto-Aztecan, Hokan-Penutian, Muskogean-Oklahoma, Siouan-Caddoan, Andean, and most generally Indigenous Languages of the Americas 8-9 July).

Further details can be obtained from University of New Mexico, Dept Linguistics, 1995 Linguistic Institute, Humanities Building #526, Albuquerque NM 87131-1196, USA (tel +1-505-277-2032 fax -6355 e-mail linginst(at)carina.;

The above is a gathering of academics; but other related events are more community-oriented:

16th AILDI, Tucson, Arizona

The 16th Annual American Indian Linguistic Language Development Institute (AILDI) will be held at the University of Arizona at Tucson on 5-30 June, with special theme “Tradition and Technology: Weaving the Future of Indigenous Languages”. It offers four weeks of American Indian linguistics, bilingual-bicultural education and culture-based curriculum development, followed by local projects implemented in participants’ home schools and communities.

Further details can be obtained from Karen Francis-Begay, AILDI Coordinator, College of Education, Room 517, Dept. Language, Reading and Culture, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ 85721 (tel +1-520-621-1068/1311)

SILNA, Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Summer Institute of Linguistics for Native Americans (SILNA) will run from 19 June to 7 July at the University of New Mexico, in Albuquerque, overlapping and partly integrated with the Linguistic Institute. It is a course taught by Rebecca Benjamin, intended to provide assistance to native language communities as they explore, discuss and formulate approaches in order to meet the language needs of their communities.

Further details can be obtained from Christine Sims, Chair, Linguistic Institute for Native Americans, Inc., PO Box 11339, Albuquerque NM 87192, USA (tel +1-505-552-9218.

Inauguration of International Clearing House, Tokyo

Putting together reports from Willem Adelaar at Leiden University and Prof. R.H. Robins, I infer that the UNESCO-sponsored CIPSH-CIPL initiative on Endangered Languages will inaugurate its International Clearing House for Endangered Languages at a meeting in Tokyo on 17-21 November 1995. The organization is led by Prof. Tasaku Tsunoda at the Dept Asian and Pacific Linguistics, Institute for Cross-Cultural Studies, Faculty of Letters, University of Tokyo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113.