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9. Forthcoming Meetings

Cornell Conference on Language and Poverty, 14-16 October, 2005

This conference, organized by the linguistics department at Cornell University, USA, has two central objectives: (1) to highlight the complex interconnections of language and poverty for a general audience, and (2) to promote exchange among scholars of language and of culture and poverty as well as community-based language activists on work with endangered languages in impoverished communities. Day one pursues the first objective of outreach and general education; days two and three are primarily devoted to the second and more specialized effort.

There is no registration fee but those planning to participate are asked to register at

Day 1, Friday, October 14, 2005

Poverty as a Factor in Language Maintenance and Language Death

Keynote speaker: Leanne Hinton
Commentator: Kathryn S. March

Panel Discussion by Herman Batibo, Matthias Brenzinger, and Ofelia Zepeda on the effect of access to resources on the maintenance of minority languages. Commentator: TBA

Language and Access to Resources

Keynote Speaker: John Baugh
Commentator: Stephen L. Morgan

Panel Discussion by Neville Alexander, Ofelia Garcia, and Ajit Mohanty on the relation between the languages people speak or do not speak and their economic status. Commentator: Ravi Kanbur

Day 2, Saturday, October 15, 2005

oWorkshop on Community -Based Language Maintenance Programs, with Nora Marks Dauenhauer, Richard Dauenhauer, and TBA.
Commentator: Audra Simpson

oWorkshop on the Role of the Linguist in Language Maintenance and Revitalization: Documentation Training and Materials Development, with Lenore Grenoble, Norvin Richards and Keren Rice
Commentator: Amanda Miller

Minority Languages in Economic and Social Context

Keynote Speaker: Suzanne Romaine
Commentator: Benedict Anderson

Panel Discussion with Bruce Mannheim and Peter Whiteley on the implications of political economy, social structure, and culture for language in an age of globalization. Commentator: David Wippman

Day 3, Sunday morning, October 16, 2005 (concluding by 1:00pm)

o Workshop on Technology as a Tool in Language Modelling, Documentation and Preservation, witth Helen Aristar-Dry and Ian Maddieson.
Commentator: Mark Turin

o Workshop on Funding for Language Documentation and Revitalization Initiatives, with Arienne Dwyer, Barry Supple and Doug Whalen

The conference is funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and Cornell University's Poverty, Inequality and Development Initiative.

Language Law and Language Rights: the Challenges of Enactment and Implementation, Galway, Ireland, 14-17 June 2006

The Tenth International Conference on Language and Law of the International Academy of Linguistic Law will take place (Wednesday-Saturday), in Galway, Ireland in co-operation with Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge (Academy for Irish-medium Studies), the Irish Centre for Human Rights and the Dept. of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. The Conference will be on campus at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

The working languages of the Conference will be Irish, English and French.

The Scientific Committee of the Conference is formed by Prof. Bill Schabas, Dr. Joshua Castellino, Joe Mac Donnacha, Dr. Peadar Ó Flatharta and Dónal Ó Riagáin (Ireland) and Profs. Denise Daoust, Angéline Martel, André Braen, Joseph-G. Turi and José Woehrling (Canada).

For more information concerning registration, accommodation and to send abstracts of proposed papers, please contact directly as soon as possible the Galway Committee: iall-confer at
tel.: +353 91 495217; fax: +353 91 495568.

A copy of each abstract must also be sent to the Canadian Committee at the following address: IALL-AIDL; suite J-4; 6000, chemin Deacon; Montréal (Québec); Canada H3S 2T9. E-mail: academy.all at; website:; tel.: +1(514)345-0718; fax: +1(514) 345-0860.

Abstracts of papers (200-400 words) should be sent before 31 Dec 2005. The topics of the conference shall include:
• Linguistic rights and legislation.
• Language rights in the constitutions of the world
• Language planning & human rights
• The politics of languages and rights
• Linguistics rights as third generation rights
• Multilingualism and linguistic rights - the right to language diversity
• Indigenous languages and minorities' rights
• Linguistic minorities, lesser-use languages, endangered languages and human rights • Language rights before the courts and the law
• Language rights in education
• The language of law
The registration fee (in euros) is €150 for participants registered before 31 Jan 2006 and €200 for participants registered later. The fees for students will be likewise €100, later €150.