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9. Forthcoming Meetings

Power and Powerless: Ideology and Practice in Indigenous Communities 6 Jun - 1 Jul 2005 26th Annual American Indian Language Development Institute

Our 2005 theme, Power and Powerless: Ideology and Practice in Indigenous Communities, will take into consideration the dichotomy that exists among the stake-holders in American Indian language education. Issues of language, identity, values, and education rights and the question of who the decision-makers are for Native American language practices and methods of teaching will be primary consi-derations. The theme will be highlighted with special presentations, guest lectures, films and panels.

The American Indian Language Develop-ment Institute (AILDI) provides a unique educational experience for teachers of Native children. The AILDI format offers native and non-native teachers the oppor-tunity to become researchers, practitioners, bilingual/bicultural curriculum specialists, and especially effective language teachers. The common concern of language loss, revitalization and maintenance brings educators, parents, tribal leaders and com-munity members to this university setting to study methods for teaching Native languages and cultures and to develop material

Linguistic Society of America 2005 Institute - Language Courses 27 Jun - 5 Aug 2005

The Institute is offering courses in many areas of theoretical, experimental, and historical linguistics, including acquisition, computational linguistics, dialectology, language change, morphology, neurolinguistics, phonetics, phonology, pragmatics, psycholinguistics, semantics, and syntax. There will also be classes with a specific language or language-family orientation, including African American English, Algonquian, American Sign Language, Anatolian, Austronesian, Chinese, Gbe, Indo-European, Irish, Japanese, and Salish. All courses will be held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 27 June to 5 August.

E-MELD 2005 Linguistic Ontologies and Data Categories in Morphosyntactic Annotation, 1-3 Jul 2005

Cambridge, Massachusetts

The 2005 E-MELD (Electronic Metastructure for Endangered Languages Data) workshop on digital language documentation, sponso-red by the National Science Foundation, is entitled 'Linguistic Ontologies and Data Categories in Morphosyntactic Annota-tion.' The goal of the workshop is to invite community participation in the develop-ment of GOLD, the General Ontology for Linguistic Description developed by the E-MELD team at U. of Arizona (see detailed description in the Call for Papers). However we welcome participation by all linguists interested in morphosyntactic annotation and/or the use of ontologies in linguistic description.

This workshop will debut our vision for the ''GOLD Community'', an international partnership of institutions and individuals who will build a global infrastructure to make our combined knowledge of the world's languages fully accessible and inter-operable. It is based on the model used for the creation of OLAC, the Open Language Archive Community, and is intended to extend OLAC's scope of interoperability from metadata to data, i.e. the actual content of the linguistic resources discoverable through metadata. The core element of this infrastructure is GOLD, the General Ontology for Linguistic Description, which has been under development for three years by a team of E-MELD researchers who were initially based at the University of Arizona. In addition, standards will be required for linking language resources to GOLD and for making extensions to GOLD that reflect the consensus of specific ''communities of practice'', from a single researcher working on a single language to a network of resear-chers doing large-scale comparative or typological work. Finally, tools and ser-vices will be needed that are based on those standards to enable researchers to create those links and extensions, and to execute queries and searches over the resources made interoperable through their connection to GOLD.

To date, most of the work on GOLD has been on its overall design, and on the characterization of the features used in morphosyntactic annotation, and has been carried out without review by linguists working outside of the E-MELD project. In this workshop, we invite community review of GOLD and nvolvement in the design and creation of the infrastructure needed to make the vision described above a reality. As with OLAC, we envision a follow-up meeting in six months' or a year's time, at which the GOLD Community will be offi-cially ''launched'', with the standards that have been developed up to that point frozen, so that tool builders and service providers will have an opportunity to create tools and services in a stable environment, and come up with recommendations for changes and additions to those standards.

For more information about GOLD, see:

If you use morphological terms, you will be interested to know which ones have been proposed for GOLD. This emerging standard will allow comparison across large sets of languages with specified ways of determi-ning morphological categories. If you have a particularly challenging set of phenomena that you are sure are not yet covered, please bring it to a working group on the onto-logy. If you are concerned about making linguistics more coherent and explicit, please plan to attend a working group. Limited support may be available for work- shop participants selected in advance. Please submit a short description of your work or research interests related to the themes of the workshop.

Contact Person: Naomi Fox fox(at)

The 14th World Congress of Applied Linguistics, 24-29 Jul 2005

Presentations at the World Congress will bring together applied linguists from diverse communities and from varied intellectual traditions to explore the future. The theme of the conference is “The Future is Now” – a future where language is a means to express ideas that were unthinkable, to cross boundaries that seemed to be unbridgeable, and to share our local realities with people who live continents away.

New Directions in American Indian Research: A Gathering of Emerging Scholars 7-8 Oct 2005

Representatives of the First Nations Graduate Circle and the Carolina Indian Circle, organizations of American Indian students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with the support of faculty and the Graduate School, will host "New Directions in American Indian Research: A Gathering of Emerging Scholars," a conference highlighting the research of graduate students and senior-level undergraduate students. The conference is a student initiative specifically targeted toward bringing together members of local Indian and non-Indian communities as well as scholars from across the region and nation.

The conference will highlight research by American Indian scholars as well as non-Indian scholars who are researching topics pertaining to American Indian studies, issues, and communities. The program will include addresses by Dr. Duane Champagne (Chippewa), Professor of Sociology at the University of California-Los Angeles, and Dr. Amanda Cobb (Chickasaw), Professor of American Studies and Director of the Institute for American Indian Research at the University of New Mexico; presentations by other prominent American Indian scholars; and faculty-moderated panels through which students can present and discuss their research with other scholars. We are inviting participants from an array of academic backgrounds, including those in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

Please send a one-page abstract and a ˝-page biography that includes complete contact information (email, mailing, and phone) by June 15, 2005 to the following address:

Lindsey Claire Smith
Graduate Assistant, American Indian Recruitment, The Graduate School
CB#4010, 200 Bynum Hall , UNC
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-4010

The Cornell Conference on Language and Poverty, 14-16 Oct 2005

The Cornell Conference on Language and Poverty will have two central objectives: (1) to highlight the complex interconnections of language and poverty for a general audience, and (2) to promote exchange at both theoretical and practical levels among linguists and scholars of language (including those still being trained in graduate programs) and others (especially those active in community-based programs) on work with endangered languages in impoverished communities. Day one of the conference will pursue the first objective of outreach and general education; day two will be devoted to the second and more specialized effort.

For information on the conference, full program, directions or hotel go to

or contact

Wayne Harbert: weh2(at)
Sally McConnell-Ginet: smg9(at)
Amanda Miller-Ockhuizen: am332(at)
John Whitman: jbw2(at)

IV Mercator International Symposium "Translation of Culture, Culture of Translation: Languages in Film, Television and Literature" Mercator-Media, Aberystwyth 26-28 Oct 2005

Language transfer, which includes, for the purposes of this symposium, subtitling and dubbing of both film and television as well as literary translation, is a multi-faceted phenomenon from the point of view of minority languages. It can be used to disseminate cultures which find themselves outside the audiovisual and literary ‘mainstream’ and to maximise audience or reader numbers for minority cultural products. Moreover, translation into minority languages not only increases the volume of available material in a marginalised language, but may have a wider cultural impact and contribute to the development of the language as a dynamic creative medium. On the other hand, the effect of ‘importing’ cultural references on a large scale may not always be viewed positively.

This symposium will seek contributions to this discussion from those active as practitioners and policy-makers in the audiovisual and literary fields (producers, directors, broadcasters, subtitlers and dubbers, scriptwriters, publishers, authors, translators) as well as those concerned with these issues in an academic context. While the emphasis will be on autochthonous minority languages (that is to say the languages of groups long-established on their current territory and using a language other than the primary official language of their state or a language in some sense socially and/or politically marginalised) connections may be made with issues of concern to smaller state languages, migrant languages and cultural production originating from beyond the metropolitan mainstream. We shall welcome contributions which make those connections. Key areas of discussion will include (but need not be limited to): · The politics of translation
· The effects of ‘global’ culture
· Cultural policy and translation
· Language transfer and cultural transfer
· Translation and language planning
· International partnerships
· Digital technology and the internet
· Sign languages in the audiovisual media
· Learners and fluent speakers as audiences/readers
· Children as audience/readers

Abstracts of approximately 500 words or suggestions for panel discussions should be sent (as Word files or as plain text within the e-mail) to george.jones(at) by 1 June 2005. Notification of acceptance will be sent by 1 July 2005.

Written abstracts/proposals submitted for consideration will be accepted in Welsh, English, German or French. Abstracts in other languages can be considered subject to prior agreement with the organising committee. Full details of registration and programme will shortly appear on the Mercator-Media website