Foundation for Endangered Languages
9. Forthcoming Meetings
Linguapax: World Congress on Language Policies Barcelona, April 16-20, 2002
Main topics to be discussed
There will also be complementary activities as exhibitions of materials: posters, grammars, dictionaries, didactic tools, multimedia demos, sociolinguistic resources available on the Internet, etc.
Structure of the Congress
The Congress will take place in the World Trade Center of Barcelona situated in the Old Harbor (Port Vell-Moll de Barcelona) of the city . For more information please visit the web site http://www.wtcbarcelona.com
Call for papers
The Scientific Committee of the Congress will review all the papers and will select those to be presented at the workshops.
See more details at the conference web-site:
LREC 2002 Workshop on Resources and Tools in Field Linguistics: 26-27 May 2002, Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain
There is general recognition that many of the world's languages are rapidly losing speakers. This constitutes loss of a rich cultural heritage, a loss which future generations will deeply regret. Considerable efforts have been made to halt this decline and revitalize these languages; but the decline of these languages is now so far advanced that a majority of presently existing languages will become extinct within this century. If this heritage is to be preserved in any sense, then there must be a serious effort towards documenting and archiving linguistic data on these languages, so that reconstruction of the essentials of such languages is possible in posterity, along with the living cultural environment in which they presently function.
The urgency of this task has changed the direction of field linguistics, and imposed on it completely new requirements. The highest priority can no longer be placed upon the simple publication of field-work, even when based on careful, in-depth analysis of linguistic phenomena. To preserve as much as possible of the cultural heritage of these languages, we need instead multimedia recordings, which are accompanied by carefully designed linguistic annotations. And we must utilize for this purpose technologies which guarantee long-term access to all the many facets of the material. In addition, the advent of the World-Wide-Web requires that the archived resources be available in new ways, and in conformance with the most widely adopted emergent standards. If this effort is to be successful, it must also include good relations with the members of the indigenous communities which provide the data, and a close cooperation between linguists and the engineers who provide the technology.
A number of important new initiatives, for example AILLA, DOBES, E-MELD, LACITO, and ASEDA, have begun work along these lines. There also exist other institutions, such as the Max Plank Institute for Psycholinguistics, which began still earlier the task of storing valuable recordings, and their accompanying added linguistic value.
The workshop will be held as a pre-conference workshop of the 3rd International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC), which has expanded its scope to include field linguistics. We expect to have special sessions at the conference dedicated to the special needs and problems of field linguistics. LREC is unique amongst conferences world-wide, in that it brings together experts of diverse expertise, who both create and maintain language resources. The LREC announcement text (www.lrec-conf.org) indicates that the conference has an extended scope and a broad view of what constitutes language resources. In addition, the LREC conference includes exhibitions and training courses, which we expect participants of the proposed workshop would find very useful indeed.
As part of the LREC conference, the primary goal of the workshop is dedicated to structural and technological issues involved in language documentation including its cultural background, and in ways of accessing archived data. Deeper linguistic aspects of the documentation endeavor and its attendant legal and ethical aspects can only be touched briefly. We mention here a few keywords which indicate the scope of the workshop:
· Media Formats
The workshop will be organized so as to provide time for large projects to inform interested researchers about the methods they use and their experiences so far. It will further provide time and space for other projects to describe how they document languages. Panel and discussion sessions will allow interested researchers to raise questions and comment on the methods chosen.
The goals of the workshop are:
(1) To improve our understanding of the methods to be applied when documenting language data, with a special focus on languages which are in danger of becoming extinct; and
Paper Submissions and Proceedings
For current information about the workshop see: www.mpi.nl/lrec
LREC 2002 Workshop on Portability Issues in Human Language Technologies: 1 June 2002, Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain
MOTIVATION AND AIMS
Portability issues in HLT are important in the structuring and acquisition of local language resources. The primary objective of the workshop is to bring together participants from academia and industry to discuss and disseminate the current state of the art in multilingual research and development in the context of cross-language HLT transfer. Major challenges for HLT-portability research will also be discussed.
The workshop will focus on the following topics and languages:
The proposed workshop is intended to continue the series of SALTMIL (ISCA SIG) http://isl.ntftex.uni-lj.si/SALTMIL/ LREC workshops related to the integration of local and global languages ("Language Resources for European Minority Languages" (LREC'98)) as well as the workshop on "Developing Language Resources for Minority Languages: Re-usability and Strategic Priorities" (LREC'00)).
WORKSHOP ORGANIZING AND PROGRAM COMMITTEE
All contributed papers will be printed in the workshop proceedings.
9th annual Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium,Montana State Univ. Conf. Center, Bozeman MN, USA: Jun 9-11 2002.
Information about the symposiums, a registration form, and workshop proposal form can be found at the Teaching Indigenous Languages web site at: http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~jar/TIL.html
Goals of the symposium are to:
Language Awareness: ALA 2002, Umeå University, Sweden, 1-3 July 2002.
The ALA (Association for Language Awarenes) supports and promotes activities across the whole breadth of Language Awareness. It defines Language Awareness as explicit knowledge about language, and conscious perception and sensitivity in language learning, language teaching and language use. Activities are conducted in different areas of Language Awareness, e.g. mother tongue learning, foreign language learning, teacher education, language use in professional settings, and in the community, at a variety of levels across the lifespan (e.g. primary, secondary and tertiary education, professional training and practice, community education programmes).
ARCLING II: Archaeology and Linguistics of Australia: National Museum of Australia and Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies: Canberra, 1-4 October 2002
The last decade has advanced our knowledge of Australian indigenous languages and the archaeological record, and has also seen an upsurge in hypotheses and controversies in prehistory, including linguistic prehistory. The time is ripe to assess the discoveries and theories, and to provide a forum for cross-fertilisation between Australian and world prehistory; and between the different disciplines which contribute to our overall understanding of prehistory. ARCLING II has been planned for 2002 to bring together archaeologists, linguists and others to record progress made and map out the challenges we now face.
The first ARCLING conference was held in Darwin in 1991, bringing together leading archaeologists, linguists and anthropologists from Australia and overseas to share ideas and build foundations for an interdisciplinary approach to the prehistory of Australia, drawing on international work of a similar kind. This resulted in the publication of Archaeology and Linguistics: Aboriginal Australia in Global Perspective edited by PatrickMcConvell and Nicholas Evans, published by Oxford University Press. We call for proposals for papers and for sessions for ARCLING II: see below for details.
Submission of abstracts
This should be a Word or RTF attachment to an email message of between 200 and 500 words. In the message, you may optionally specify if you wish the talk to be part of any of the thematic sessions (topics) already identified, and any equipment you will need for presentation.
Notification of acceptance of papers will take place in March 2002. Abstracts of all papers invited or accepted will be available on the conference web-site from March 2002, and full papers by September 2002. Papers will be 8000 words long maximum.
Contact: Dr. Patrick McConvell, Convener, Planning Committee