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9. Forthcoming Meetings

Gullah: A Linguistic Legacy of Africans in America: 3 Nov 2000, Washington DC A Conference on the 50th Anniversary of “Africanisms in the Gullah Dialect”

Paul D. Fallon, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Linguistics and English
Dept. of English
248 Locke Hall
Howard University
2441 6th St., NW
Washington, DC 20059, USA
+1 (202) 806-6708 (fax)
+1 (202) 806-6730 (dept.)
+1 (202) 806-5611 (office), +1 (202) 806-5611 (office) Multilinguae Congress: San Sebastian / Donostia, Spain. 8-9 November 2000 8th November · Welcome and presentation – GAIA
· Tapani Salminen- The current status of European minority and regional languages.
· Elin Haf Gruffydd Jones- Mercator Centre. Linguistic Diversity and the Internet: the role of machine translation.
· Guido Mensching. The internet as a Rescue Tool of Endangered Languages. The Sardinian.
· Luís Mª Alvarez Ihardun. Reading and writing applications for minority language learning.
· Lyn Pemberton. Children as Authors of Bilingual Multimedia Books.
· Caroline Philips. Ecommerce and Basque language promotion.
· Donncha O´Croinin. Use of the World Wide Web as the Save-Net for Endagered Languages
· Round Table.
· Sara Scardoni. Verona, Vicenza, Trento and the multimedia jointly promoting the survival of the Cimbri.
· Xabier Artola. Natural language processing: current projects and research at the IXA group.

9th November
· Peter-Wiens Plautdiestsch – Russian German Mennonites Around the World Join Efforts in the Web to Save their Mother Tongue.
· Alastair Macphail / Caroline Loup. The role of the EC in the support of European Minority languages.
· Lluis de Yzaguirre. Minority languages Engineering. A Catalanian view point.
· Bertrand-Roman Menciassi. Dart Project Description.
· François Grin. Languaje planning, public policy and costs.
· Pilar Diez Eusko Ikaskuntza. The role of language Promotional bodies in the Basque Country.
· Jon Patrick. Regeneration of Integrated Language Reference Resources for Multiple Modes of Publication.

Jokin Garatea +34 943 316666;

Endangered Languages of the Pacific Rim: Kyoto, Japan 24-25 Nov 2000

Ten lectures/presentations are scheduled;

(1) to make the audience aware of the language situations throughout the world and of the serious nature of language endangerment,

(2) to point out reasons for documenting threatened languages,

(3) to formulate effective methodologies for documenting and describing those languages,

(4) to find ways to address ethical issues when working in endangered language communities,

(5) to devise ways to develop cooperative projects with the people of the endangered language community, and

(6) to stimulate the audience to formulate strategies for maintaining and revitalizing endangered languages, both top-down and bottom-up.

Nov.23 (Thu.) Registration, Reception

Nov.24 (Fri.)
General Chairperson : Akira Yamamoto (USA)
Opening Remarks : Osahito Miyaoka

· Michael E. Krauss (USA) — Mass Language Extinction and Documentation: The Race against Time

· Barbara F. Grimes (USA) — Global Language Viability

· Willem F. H. Adelaar (Netherlands) — Descriptive Linguistics and the Standardization of Newly Described Languages

· Matthias Brenzinger(Germany) — Language Endangerment through Marginalization and Globalization

· Stephen A. Wurm (Australia) — Ways and Methods for Maintaining and Re-invigorating Endangered Languages

Nov,25 (Sat.)

· David Bradley (Australia) — Language Attitudes: The Key Factor in Language Maintenance

· Victor Golla (USA) — What Does It Mean for a Language to Survive?: Some Thoughts on the (Not-so-simple) Future of Small Languages

· Yukio Uemura (Japan) — Endangered Languages in Japan

· Bernard Comrie (Germany) — General Comments

Closing Remarks — Osamu Sakiyama

Business Meeting and Sectional Meetings

1. South Pacific Rim — Norio Shibata

2. North Pacific Rim (including AINU) — Fubito Endo

3. East and Southeast Asia — Takumi Ikeda

4. Japan — Katsumi Sibuya

5. Africa — Osamu Hieda

Documentation, Description, and Ethical Issues — Tasaku Tsunoda

· Terrence Kaufman (USA) — Two Models for Large-scale Linguistic Documentation

· Colette Grinevald (France) — Encounters at the Brink: Linguistic Fieldwork among Speakers of Endangered Languages

Osahito Miyaoka

TEL: +81-6-6381-8434



Web-Based Language Documentation (Philadelphia, Dec. 12-15)

Steven Bird ( 20 Oct 00:

This is a further call for participation in a workshop on Web-Based Language Documentation and Description that will be held in Philadelphia, December 12-15, 2000, hosted by the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science, University of Pennsylvania. The organizers are Steven Bird (U of Penn) and Gary Simons (SIL International).

The workshop will lay the foundation of an open, web-based infrastructure for collecting, storing and disseminating the primary materials which document and describe human languages.

The deadline for registration is November 1.
For further information visit:

3rd International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB3) Bristol 18-20 April 2001

Keynote speakers
Professor Jim Cummins (Toronto)
Professor Nancy Hornberger (Pennsylvania)
Professor Juergen Meisel (Hamburg)
Dr A.F.J. Dijkstra (Nijmegen)

Address for Correspondence:
3rd International Symposium on Bilingualism
University of the West of England, Bristol
Faculty of Languages and European Studies
Coldharbour Lane Bristol BS16 1QY

Co-ordinator Academic and Administrative Affairs:
Jeanine Treffers-Daller

U. Penn.: Ethnography in Education "Situating Literacies & Learning" 2-3 March 2001
Nancy H. Hornberger, Convenor

The Graduate School of Education and the Center for Urban Ethnography of the University of Pennsylvania are pleased to announce the 22nd Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum. The Forum hosts a diverse selection of workshops convened by researchers, graduate students, and practitioners in the fields of education and anthropology.

Keynote Speakers will include:
Jean Lave, UC Berkeley; Dixie Goswami, Breadloaf Sch., Middlebury Coll.; David Barton Lancaster University; Brian Street King's College, London
Anne Roberti::

MICOLLAC 2001: 2nd Malaysia International Conference on Languages, Literatures and Cultures 17 - 19 April 2001:

Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Theme: Envisioning Continuities and Possibilities

Registration: Deadline January 15th, 2001
Information on registration fees and procedures is provided at the MICOLLAC Web site.

Submission of Conference and Workshop Papers: Deadline for submission of abstracts is November 15, 2000

Possible areas of research or discussion

1. Shifts in theories, approaches, and research related to language, literature and culture

2. Description and discussion of research results and ideological investigation related to language, literature and culture

3. New trends in Literature

4. Language-related developments in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and transmediation

5. New trends and innovations in language acquisition and learning

6. Innovations in meeting learner needs and user expectations

7. Ethnographic studies of language use in communities

8. Language and culture in organization and commercial enterprise

9. Links between thinking and language, literature and culture

NOTE: All papers must be written and presented in English or Malay. If there are special materials that need to be presented in languages other than English or Malay, presenters are responsible for having them translated.
Dr. Mardziah Hayati Abdullah
MICOLLAC 2001 Secretariat
Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication
43400 UPM, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia.

7th Himalayan Languages Symposium, Uppsala Univ. 7-9 Sept 2001

The Himalayan Languages Symposium brings together scholars working on languages and language communities of the greater Himalayan region: north-western and north-eastern India, Nepal, Bhutan and the Tibetan Plateau, northern Burma and Sichuan, and Nuristan, Baltistan and the Burushaski-speaking area in the west.

The Seventh Himalayan Languages Symposium will be held at Uppsala University. We invite abstracts (by 1 February, 2001) for presentations on topics including, but not limited to:
Descriptions of lesser-known languages
Language change and variation
Multilingualism and language contact
Historical-comparative studies
Typological studies
Field reports
Corpus-based analysis
Language death and language preservation
Language policy and language planning
Ethnology and folklore
Himalayan languages and new technologies

Abstracts should be no longer than one page with one-inch margins using at least an 11-point font. Along with the abstract, please enclose a separate page specifying the affiliation, address, and e-mail address of the author(s). Abstracts may be submitted electronically (as an attached file in RTF, postscript, PDF or MS Word format).

For any information related to the HLS-7, please contact:
Anju Saxena, Department of Linguistics, Uppsala University, Box 527, SE-744 51 Uppsala, Sweden

tel. +46-18-471 14 57
fax. +46-18-471 14 16 e-mail: