Foundation for Endangered Languages
9. Forthcoming Meetings
Archiving Language Materials in Web-Accessible DBs - Ethical Challenges: 22 April 2001, U. Texas at Austin.
In recent years, the emergence of new technology and standards has made it possible to easily access electronic versions of textual and audio materials stored in digital databases, using web browsers and free internet-downloadable software. This has created an opportunity for applying this new technology to the archiving, dissemination, and analysis of linguistic materials. Language archives using this web-based technology are now being launched, and it is necessary to consider the ethical implications of these new preservation and dissemination centers.
The purpose of this colloquium is to advance the discussion of the ethical issues raised by these new language archives. The organizers are especially interested in the ethical challenges raised by the use of web-accessible archives for indigenous and endangered languages, but presentations focused on other languages are also welcome.
This, a parasession of the 9th annual Symposium About Language and Society - Austin (SALSA). Sunday, April 22nd, 2001, will be held at 1 pm - 5 pm at the University of Texas at Austin. For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org . (Abstracts were due by Friday, March 23, 2001.)
Registration for SALSA is required of colloquium participants; for more information, visit http://www.utexas.edu/students/salsa .
Deictic Systems & Quantification In Languages Spoken In Europe & North & Central Asia, May 22-25, 2001
The international symposium will take place at the Udmurt State University, in Izhevsk, Russia, on May 22-25, 2001. Izhevsk is the capital of the Udmurt Republic in Russia.
The languages spoken in Europe and North and Central Asia belong to several major language families. The Indo-European, Uralic and Turkic languages are the largest language families in Europe and North and Central Asia. In addition, Tungusic languages and the Palaeo-Siberian languages belong to the indigenous languages of the area. In Central Asia, the area overlaps with the area of the Mongolic languages, and in the Southeast, the Sinitic languages. In the South, the area also borders on the languages spoken in the Caucasus, and the western part of the main area of the Semitic languages is located on the border of the languages spoken in Southern Europe. During the course of history, this area has been a meeting place of numerous cultural and linguistic strands. In most cases, this large area is multi-cultural and multilingual, and many people living in the area know, in addition to their native language, some other languages spoken in the area.
The most important goal of the symposium is to gather information on the deictic systems and quantification in languages spoken in the area. Among these languages, the Indo-European languages are best known, but most of the languages spoken in the eastern part of this large area are poorly known even among linguists. The new research work would provide material for research work on the contacts among these languages and on the study of the universals of language. One of the goals of the symposium is understanding the areal distribution of deictic systems and quantification. For that reason, papers on the languages bordering on the area are also welcome in the symposium. When collecting new information about these languages, it also is possible to gather new information for cross-linguistic studies.
The elements of the deictic systems of language are located in several sub-systems of languages. The most typical elements belonging to the deictic systems can be found in the following groups:
· The pronominal systems: personal pronouns, demonstrative pronouns, adverbs and adjectives; anaphoric elements;
Conference on Indigenous Bilingual Education: Guatemala, July 25-27, 2001
The First Hemispheric Conference on Indigenous Bilingual Education will be held in Guatemala City, Guatemala, July 25-27, 2001. The Conference is intended to create a dialogue among policy-makers, practitioners, and researchers from countries throughout the Americas where multi- cultural and multilingual issues impact upon society and the education system. Its primary purpose is to promote a sustainable exchange of pedagogical experiences, methodologies, and policies that yield the structures, programs, and materials needed to support effective bilingual and intercultural education in our hemisphere.
Sponsored by World Learning, with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Guatemalan Ministry of Education, the Conference will facilitate a sustainable exchange of ideas, information, and approaches relating to the development of bilingual and intercultural education throughout the Americas. Among the core areas of dialogue will be:
· The educational context of indigenous people of the hemisphere
The conference will include various programs designed to inaugurate regional collaboration and partnerships among individuals and organiza- tions in North, Central, and South America. Additional highlights of the conference will be a meeting of the Indigenous Parliament of America and a marketplace offering indigenous and bilingual education materials and resources from each of the participating countries.
For additional information or to register for the conference, visit the website at:
To participate in the workshops as a presenter of innovative methods, materials, or policies, contact:
In the United States:
Linguistic Perspectives on Endangered Languages: Univ. Helsinki, Aug 29 – Sept 1, 2001.
This symposium of The Linguistic Association of Finland will bring together linguists interested in questions relating to endangered languages. We invite papers addressing general linguistic questions as well as papers taking the viewpoint of one (or more) particular language(s). Themes include documentation of endangered languages, standardization of language corpora, and the possible effects of endangerment on the grammar of a language. Other topics relating to language endangerment are also welcome.
• lectures by invited speakers
Registration deadline and fees:
E-mail: email@example.com URL: http://www.ling.helsinki.fi/sky/el.html.
Language and Society on the Threshold of a New Millenium: Moscow, 23-26 Oct. 2001
International conference organized by Research Center of Ethnic and Language Relations of the Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences, and Institute of Foreign Languages
The President of the Organizing Committee is Prof. Vida Mikhal’chenko. Topics will include:
· Social linguistics: theory, methods and basic notions
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Organisation: Olivier ENGELAERE, Agence Régionale du Patrimoine, de la Langue et de la Culture de Picardie
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