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9. Forthcoming Meetings

10th Linguapax Congress: Lang. Diversity, Sustainability and Peace, Barcelona, 20-3 May 2004

The need to preserve the languages of the world and counter the processes of language shift that are taking place worldwide has become a major concern shared by researchers, scholars and leaders of many language communities.

The congress will be in the framework of the Universal Forum of Cultures - Barcelona 2004. Working sessions will be of two types. On the one hand, the keynote communications, that will give a general overview on the three main axes of the congress (language diversity, sustainability and peace) and the possible interrelations among them, taking into account the new cultural, social, political and economic factors stemming from an increasing globalization process. On the other hand, the five parallel workshops that will be held in the afternoon sessions will have a more specific approach to linguistic diversity and its relation to language policy and planning. Working languages will be Catalan, English, French and Spanish.

Linguapax was born as a UNESCO initiative to bring a linguistic solution to specific issues in the area of peace research, defence of human rights and promotion of education for democracy by using innovative methods for language teaching. This philosophy is now embodied in the Linguapax Institute, an international NGO based in Barcelona, aimed at promoting peace through the respect of linguistic diversity and the promotion of plurilingual education. The Universal Forum of Cultures – Barcelona 2004 that will take place from May 9 to September 26 2004 is an international event intended to offer a new and creative space for reflection and ex-perimentation in relation to the main social and cultural conflicts that humanity is faced with at the outset of the twenty-first century. The convergence of proposals and objectives of these two initiatives have motivated the joint organization of this international congress.

Invited Speakers:
o David Crystal, Univ. Wales, Bangor
o Bernard Comrie, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
o Nancy Hornberger, Univ. Pennsylvania.
o Suzanne Romaine, Univ. Oxford
o Albert Bastardas, Univ. Barcelona
o Fernand de Varennes, Murdoch University, Australia
o Miquel Siguan, Univ. Barcelona.
o Jean-Jacques Van Vlasselaer (Carleton University, Canada)
o Anne Marie Beukes (RAU University, South Africa)
o David A. Klaus (Independent consultant)
o Joan Argenter (Inst. Catalan Studies, UNESCO Chair Langs & Education)
o Anvita Abbi (Jawaharlal Nehru University, India)
o Esteban Emilio Mosonyi (National Univ. Venezuela)
o Jorge Pocaterra (Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, Venezuela)
o Lachman Khubchandani (Pune Centre for Communication Studies, India)
o François Grin (Univ. Geneva)
o Elana Shohamy (Univ. Tel Aviv).
o Miquel Strubell (Open Univ. Catalonia, Europa Diversa)
o Susana Cuevas (National Institute of Anthropology and History, Mexico)
o Niamh Nic Shuibhne (Univ. Edinburgh)
o Denis Cunningham (FIPLV, World Federation of Modern Languages Associations, Australia)
o Nicholas Ostler (Foundation for Endangered Languages)
o E. Annamalai (Terralingua)

Plenary sessions
Introductory Speech
1. Language Diversity
2. Sustainability
3. Peace
1. Positive models of language policy and planning
2. Case studies of language revitalization and standardisation
3. Evaluation on the current sociolinguistic research. New trends and paradigms
4. Language law and language rights
5. Agents in favour of language diversity (NGO, IGO, civil society organizations) Linguapax Awards
this year to Joshua Fishman and Fernand de Varennes.
For more details:

4th SALTMIL Workshop on Minority Langs. Lisbon, 24 May 2004

The 4th International Workshop of the ISCA Special Interest Group on Speech and Language Technology for Minority Languages (ISCA SIG-SALTMIL) will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, on May 24, 2004, in 2004 International Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC).

The workshop, “First Steps for Language Documentation of Minority Languages: Computational Linguistic Tools for Morphology, Lexicon and Corpus Compilation,” is intended to continue the series of SALTMIL/LREC workshops on computational language resources for minority languages that was held in Granada (1998), Athens (2000), and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (2002). The Lisbon 2004 workshop aims to share information on tools and best practices so that isolated researchers need not start from scratch. An important aspect will be the forming of personal contacts, which can minimize duplication of effort. Information on sources of funding for minority languages will also be presented, and there will be discussion on the strategic priorities that need to be addressed in this area.

The workshop will feature presentations of existing speech and text databases for minority languages, with particular emphasis on software tools that have been found useful in their development. Topics will include: Linguistic Corpora, Automatic Speech Recognition, Acoustic Modelling, Dictionary Development, Language Modelling, Natural Language Processing, Computational Lexicography, Machine Translation, and Information Retrieval.

The first session of the workshop will consist of invited talks focusing on current methodologies for language documentation and computational linguistic tools available for minority languages. E.g.:
· Dafydd Gibbon (Bielefeld University), “First Steps in Corpus Compilation”
· Xabier Artola (Univ. the Basque Country), “First Steps in Lexicon Resources”
· Bojan Petek (Univ. Ljubljana, Slovenia), “Experiences Defining a Network of Excellence on Portability of Human Language Technologies”
· Kenneth R. Beesley (Xerox [to be confirmed]), “First Steps in Morphology”

The second session will focus on programs and initiatives for supporting minority language documentation. Its main aim is to provide a forum for fostering new contacts among researchers working in this area.

The deadline for abstracts was February 11th. All contributions (including invited papers) will be printed in the proceedings (CD). They also will be on the SALTMIL website ( Fees for the Workshop are 85 Euro if you are not at LREC, or 50 Euro if you are. These fees will include a coffee break and the Proceedings of the Workshop. Registration will be handled by the LREC Secretariat.

For further information on the conference visit

11th Annual Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Conf. Berkeley, 11-13 June, 2004

The 11th annual Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Conference (SILC), “Language is Life,” hosted by the Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival and the Survey of California and Other Indian Languages (Linguistics, UC Berkeley), will be held at Berkeley June 11-13, 2004. The Stabilizing Indigenous Languages steering committee invites interested individuals and groups to give presentations at SILC this year, either in the form of a 15-minute talk (or less), a 1 1/2 hour workshop, or else to join one of our suggested panels, which will be 1 1/2 hours in length. Suggested panels include:



· Master-apprentice programs
· Immersion schools
· Archives and intellectual property rights
· Developing and using new writing systems
· Revitalizing languages without speakers
They will also make time and space for the showing of films on language loss and language revitalization, if you have anything you would like to show. The deadline for presentation submission is May 15, 2004.

For registration and presentation forms, visit or

Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), 23-28 August 2004, Amsterdam/Leiden: African, Endangered Languages, Andean-Amazonian

The NWO's Endangered Languages Programme, is sponsoring three endangered language projects: two in Africa, and one in South-America. On August 26, 2004, a one-day workshop will be organized in the Cultural Center of the Vrije Universiteit (Amsterdam). Before and after the NWO workshop there will be two conferences: one on African linguistics, and one on Amazonian linguistics and anthropology.

Andean Amazonian Linguistics
The NWO workshop on the endangered languages program as well as the conference on languages and cultures of the andean/amazonian border area will be held in the cultural center de Griffioen of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

August 26, 2004, NWO workshop Endangered Languages Program

o Opening session Dr. R. Smeets (Unesco, Chairman program committee)
o Prof. Dr. M. Mithun (Univ. Santa Barbara):Language death and language maintenance o Prof. Dr. P. Newman (Indiana University): The Endangered Languages issue is not quite so hopeless a cause
o Dr. J.A.B.K. Essegbey,. K.G.E. Dorvlo M.Phil and Dr. F.K. Ameka (Leiden University, Netherlands): The languages and cultural heritage of S. Ghana-Togo Mountain Groups
o Dr. A. Amha, M. Seyoum MA and Dr. M. Mous (Leiden University, The Netherlands)
o Stemming the Tide: The Dime and Zargulla languages of South West Ethiopia
o D. Mahecha MA, J.M.G. Higuita MA and Leo Wetzels (Vrije Universiteit,Amsterdam, The Netherlands): The Puinave and Nukak languages of Colombia

Workshops: EL Research & Intellectual Property Rights
Orality and Literacy
Preparing reading materials for the language community

August 27/28 Symposium on Languages and Cultures in the Andean/Amazonian Border

Key-note speakers:
o Willem Adelaar (Leiden University, The Netherlands): The Importance of Toponymy for Disappearing and Recently Extinguished Languages
o Stella Telles(Universidade Federal de Pernambuco,Brazil: Por onde andam os advérbios - família Nambikwára
o Jon Landaburu (CELIA, Paris, France): La modalité épistémique dans quelques langues du sud de la Colombie.
o Marcelo Fiorini ( Hofstra University, USA): What the Birdman Said: Music, Sentiment, and Discourse in Nambikwara.
o Aryon Rodrigues (UFB, Brasília, Brazil):Tupí languages in Rondônia and in eastern Bolivia

In the last afternoon, a program will be offered for the general public. Among other themes, attention will be given to the UNESCO's decision to declare the oral and graphic expressions of the Wajãpi Indians as a ''Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity''. We are trying to bring to Amsterdam a Wajãpi person and an outside specialist in Wajãpi culture, to explain the varied significance of Wajãpi painting (including body painting).

Symposium on Languages and Cultures of the Andean/Amazonian Border Area

The conference on languages and cultures in the Andean/Amazonian Border Area will be held at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, on August 27 and 28, 2004.

Participants will NOT be asked to pay any registration fee. However, since for matters of organization we must know how many persons we may count on, we kindly request those that wish to attend (part of ) the presentations to notify Leo Wetzels by e-mail until July 15th 2004.

Note: Please register separately for NWO Endangered Languages Research workshop with the secretary of the Endangered languages Program, Marc Linssen (e-mail linssen(at) before July 1, 2004.

Conference committee:
Gabriel Antunes g.antunes(at)
Cristina Borella c.borella(at)
Leo Wetzels WLM.Wetzels(at)

Law, Language and Linguistic Diversity, Beijing, 15-18 Sept. 2004

This is the Ninth International Conference of the International Academy of Linguistic Law – in co-operation with the China Univ. Political Science and Law and the Institute of Applied Linguistics, Chinese Ministry of Education.

The Conference will be held at the Beijing Friendship Hotel (No 1, Zhongguancun Nandajie, Haidian District).The working languages are Chinese, English and French.

The Scientific Committee of the Conference is formed by Profs. Li Yuming, Xu Xianming, Wang Jie, Guo Chengwei, Su Jinzhi and Zhou Qingsheng (Beijing) and Profs. Denise Daoust, Angéline Martel, André Braen, Joseph-G. Turi and José Woehrling (Montréal and Ottawa).

Abstracts' deadline was Jan 31, 2004. The registration fee is $250. The fees include documentation, lunches and 1-day tour.

Prof. Guo Chengwei
China Univ. Political Science and Law, 25 Xitucheng Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100088 China E-mail: zfkyc(at)
tel.: 86-010-62229838 (or: 69745577, extension 4962); fax: 86-010-89718283 (or: 62228905).

III Mercator: Linguistic diversity and education: challenges and opportunities, Ljouwert (Fryslân), 25 - 27 Nov 2004

The symposium is organised by Mercator-Education in collaboration with the other two Mercator centres; Mercator-Media and Mercator-Legislation. It will be the third symposium in a row. The first Mercator International Symposium was organised in Aberystwyth on 8-9 April 2003 with as theme: "Shaping an agenda for the global age", and the second Mercator International Symposium in Tarragona on 27-28 February 2004 with theme: "Europe 2004: a new framework for all languages?".

Key issues of the forthcoming symposium will be:
· Comparison of educational systems
· Minority languages and policy
· Information and infrastructure
· Linguistic diversity in the new EU member states
· Media & education
· Mother tongue and 2 other languages

People are encouraged to submit a paper proposal (max. 500 words). Deadline is June 1, 2004. The symposium program committee will send notification of the acceptance of papers before July 1, 2004. Abstracts can be sent to: mercator(at)
More information soon at the website
Mercator-Education, Fryske Akademy
Postbus 54, 8900 AB Leeuwarden Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0)58-2343063