Foundation for Endangered Languages
6. Reports on Meetings
Revitalizing Algonquian Languages: Sharing Effective Language Renewal Practices - 21-23 February, 2002
Manshantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, Manshantucket, Connecticut, USA
Blair Rudes reports:
The participants represented a broad cross-section of interested parties: native speakers, native and non-native linguists, language educators, instructional technologists, revitalization program administrators, instructors and consultants, spiritualists, tribal government officials, and community members. Unquestionably, the most encouraging aspect of the conference were the presentations on the progress that has been made in revitalizing the previously dormant Mohegan and Miami languages.
At the same time, the most salient feature of the conference was the repeated, heart-felt pleas for cooperation and collaboration among the Algonquian nations in their efforts to revitalize their languages.
Presentations were made by:
Bruce Pearson and Jim Rementer "Language Preservation in Three Communities";
(2) Jim Crews, Lois Quigley, Mary Todd, Yolanda Smith, Laura Grant and Beth MacDonald "Technology as a Language Tool".
Language Endangerment Day at Dept Linguistics, Manchester University, England
Held on Saturday, 25 May 2002, 1-4.30 pm, this meeting aimed to increase the awareness of language endangerment issues and the seriousness of the situation. The Linguistics Department at Manchester University has a strong and broad research record in this area, and apart from a general discussion of language endangerment issues, there were brief talks on specific languages and cultures by members of the Department who have done field work in those areas:
Professor Nigel Vincent, who talked about general issues involved in language endangerment and provide sketches of some specific areas where the threat is particularly strong
Professor Dan Everett, who commutes between Manchester and the Amazon, where he has spent his professional life working on the languages of that region