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9. Forthcoming Meetings

27th Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum, 24-25 February, 2006

The 27th Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum will be held at the University of Pennsylvania on February 24-25, 2006. The theme is “Educators and Ethnographers Negotiating Ideological and Implementational Spaces.” The Ethnography in Education Research Forum is the largest annual meeting of qualitative researchers in education.

Conference on Endangered Languages and Cultures of Native America: 31 Mar-2 Apr, 2006, Univ. Utah, Salt Lake City

This is the 2nd annual CELCNA conference.

Key points:

Keynote speaker: Victor Golla.

Session in Spanish (ponencias en español): One session will be set aside on Sunday morning, April 2, for papers in Spanish.

The poster session can include also demonstration of tools and toys for language documentation.

Forum discussions will include open discussion sessions dedicated to: (1) Discussion of training for documentation of endangered languages, and employment considerations for students dedicated to work with endangered languages. (2) Databasing and aids for language documentation. (3) Open forum to address matters that arise during the conference.

Accommodations: University Guest House, the official conference hotel – 100 yards from the meeting venue (Officers’ Club) and CAIL (Center for American Indian Languages). To book accommodations, please contact the Guest House directly (mention CELCNA for the conference booking):

University Guest House University of Utah
110 South Fort Douglas Blvd.
Salt Lake City, Utah 84113-5036

Toll free: 1-888-416-4075 (or 801-587-1000), Fax 801-587-1001


(Please make reservations early, since rooms will be held for the conference only until early March.)

Sponsors: The sponsors of this conference are: (1) Center for American Indian Languages (CAIL), University of Utah, (2) Smithsonian Institution Department of Anthropology of the National Museum of Natural History, (3) Department of Linguistics, U of Utah and (4) College of Humanities, University of Utah.

Registration fee: $35. Additional information: for further information contact: Zeb Pischnotte z.pischnotte(at), or for particular questions, write to Lyle Campbell at lyle.campbell(at)

If you need information not easily arranged via e-mail, please call: Tel. 801-587-0720 or 801-581-3341 during business hours (Mountain Standard Time), or Fax 801-585-7351.

Indigenous Languages Workshop, UCSB, April 21-22, 2006

The Linguistics Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara announces its ninth annual Workshop on American Indigenous Languages (WAIL), which provides a forum for the discussion of theoretical and descriptive studies of the indigenous languages of the Americas.

The annual Workshop on American Indigenous Languages (WAIL) at the University of California, Santa Barbara is presented by the Native American Indian Languages study group (NAIL), which has been meeting regularly in Santa Barbara since 1990 to discuss issues relating to Native American language and culture. The workshop is a forum for the discussion of theoretical and descriptive linguistic studies of indigenous languages of the Americas. WAIL is also sponsored by the UCSB Linguistics Department.

Third Oxford–Kobe Linguistics Seminar: Linguistics of Endangered Languages: Kobe, Japan, 2-5 April 2006

The Third Oxford–Kobe Linguistics Seminar, on 'The Linguistics of Endangered Languages', is being organized at the St. Catherine's College (University of Oxford) Kobe Institute, in Kobe, Japan, by Peter Austin (SOAS, University of London), Masayoshi Shibatani (Rice University & Kobe University), and John Charles Smith (University of Oxford), between 2 and 5 April 2006.

The goal of the seminar is to elaborate on the point (often made, but less frequently demonstrated) that the loss of endangered languages means the loss of unique and unusual linguistic features that we would otherwise have no knowledge of, and that the extinction of languages inevitably results in a poorer linguistics and a poorer language and cultural heritage for the world as a whole. The Seminar aims to bring together leading authorities in the field and invites them to summarize their position in 'state of the art' papers, while simultaneously promoting collaboration and scholarly exchange between academic colleagues from Japan and other countries in a relaxed and convivial environment. We invite everyone with an interest in linguistic typology and endangered languages to join us on this occasion. A special welcome is extended to younger scholars and graduate students.

Timetable The Seminar will begin in the late afternoon/early evening on Sunday, 2 April 2006, with Registration and a Welcome Reception. The three days from Monday, 3 April to Wednesday 5 April, inclusive, will be devoted to papers and discussion. It is suggested that participants should arrive during the morning or early afternoon of Sunday, 2 April, and leave on Thursday, 6 April. All papers will be invited plenary lectures and will last 50-55 minutes. The language of the Seminar will be English.

• Peter Austin, SOAS, Univ. London, UK
• Peri Bhaskararao, Tokyo Univ. Foreign Studies, Japan
• Claire Bowern, Rice Univ., USA
• Shuanfan Huang, National Taiwan Univ.
• Ritsuko Kikusawa, Nat. Mus. Ethnology, Osaka, Japan
• Friederike Luepke, SOAS, Univ. London, UK
• Martin Maiden, Univ. Oxford, UK
• Elena Maslova, Stanford Univ., USA
• Denny Moore, Museu Goeldi, Belem, Brazil
• Osami Okuda, Sapporo Gakuin Univ., Japan
• Keren Rice, Univ. Toronto, Canada
• Malcolm Ross, Australian National Univ., Australia
• Masayoshi Shibatani, Rice Univ., USA / Kobe Univ., Japan
• Graham Thurgood, California State Univ., Chico, USA
• Tasaku Tsunoda, Univ. Tokyo, Japan
• Roberto Zavala, CIESAS-Sureste, Mexico

Participation: Papers & Poster Session

All papers will be plenary, and will be followed by discussion. As before, we hope to publish a volume of proceedings.

Although the papers at the Seminar will be by invitation only, a period will be set aside for poster presentations.


There will be a registration fee of JPY10,000 (approx. GBP50, EUR75, or USD90) for participants other than organizers and invited speakers. This includes coffee and tea, buffet lunches, and drinks before dinner will be provided at the Institute, but not Dinner after the Welcome Reception and a Conference Dinner (both buffet style).

To register for the Seminar, and/or to obtain more information about the Seminar and the Kobe Institute, please contact the Chief Bursar of the Kobe Institute, Dr Kaizaburo Saito, at:


Postal address: St. Catherine's College (Univ. Oxford) Kobe Institute, 53-1 Maruyama, Gomo-Aza, Nada-ku, Kobe 657-0801 Japan

tel: +81-78-881-2277 fax +81-78-881-2552


A downloadable registration form will be available shortly.

The deadline for registration will be 3 March 2006.

II Congreso por l’Aragonés, Zaragoza et al., 13-15 July 2006

San Chuan de Plan, 17 d’abiento de 2005
Apreziau/ada amigo/a:

Como ya sabrás o pasau 29 de chinero de 2005, zelebremos en Uesca una importán trobada con buena cosa de chen, retepresentando a una ripa d’asoziazions, de bels cuantos lugars y redoladas. Allí s’aprebó o “Manifiesto por la Unidad de la Lengua Aragonesa”, un decumento que ha replegau asabelos de refirmes entre a soziedá aragonesa (espezialmén en l’Alto Aragón).

Tamién se dezidió de reyalizar un Segundo Congreso d’a nuestra luenga, con l’ochetibo de creyar una Academia de l’Aragonés, ta o que se constituyó a comisión organizadera, “Chuntos por l’Aragonés”. Ista Academia ha d’estar una autoridá lingüística que s’encargue d’esfender y beilar per a continidá d’as bariedaz de l’aragonés que encara se charra y de fixar una norma de luenga común, en a que todas as barians se i sientan representadas. Dende ixe inte a comisión ha treballau de firme en a paranza d’ista importán trobada. S’han manteniu buena cosa de reunions y trobadas en diferens puestos de l’Alto Aragón, mirando d’arroclar á fabladors, asoziazions y instituzions arredol d’o proyeuto.

O deseyo de “Chuntos por l’Aragonés”, asinas como d’as asoziazions y coleutibos que forman parte d’ista comisión, ye que en l’Academia se i troben conoxedors de todas as bariedaz bibas d’a luenga, asinas como miembros destacaus en l’estudio, a imbestigazión, a creyazión cultural y lingüistica... Á la finitiba, queremos una Academia representatiba, zientifica, independién y multidisziplinar. Per ixa razón te femos plegar ista carta, con a firme intenzión d’embrecar-te en iste asperanzador prozeso, ta que puedas partizipar-ie. Asperamos contar con a tuya colaborazión.

O “II Congreso por l’Aragonés” se zelebrará os diyas 13, 14 y 15 de chulio de 2006, con sesions en Zaragoza y en diferens localidaz de l’Alto Aragón. Dica o 31 de chinero puez formalizar a inscripzión en o Congreso plenando y nimbiando a fuella d’inscripzión, que puez descargar dende l'enlaze que tiens en o cobaxo, a o trestallo postal 181, 22080 Uesca, u l’e-mail: segundocongreso(at)

Por atro costau, os partizipans en o congreso podrán proposar a os primers miembros de l’Academia entre os diyas 1 de febrero y 15 de marzo de 2006, queremos que iste prozeso siga lo más ubierto posible por ixo insistimos en que ye muito importán l’alportazión que i puedas fer.

Grazias per a tuya atenzión. Quedamos a la tuya disposizión ta si quiers que te ixamplemos a informazión que te’n damos. Amás tamién somos ubiertos a que colabores, en la mida en que puedas, en a organizazión y paranza d’un congreso tan importán t’o futuro d’a luenga nuestra.

Un fuerte abrazo

Manuel Castán Espot Presidén Comisión Organizadera "Chuntos por l’Aragonés"

Fernando Sánchez Pitarch Secretario Comisión Organizadera "Chuntos por l’Aragonés"

Resource-Scarce Language Engineering, 31 Jul - 4 Aug, 2006, Málaga, Spain


organized as part of the European Summer School on Logic, Language and Information ESSLLI 2006 31 July - 11 August, 2006 in Málaga

Workshop Organizer:
Edward Garrett egarrett(at)

Workshop Purpose:
This workshop will bring together scientists from academia and industry, as well as advanced PhD students, to present and discuss research on the theoretical and practical challenges of engineering resource-scarce languages. We intend to provide an inclusive forum for exchanging ideas on a broad range of topics in areas represented by ESSLLI, including basic text processing, speech analysis, and machine translation.

Workshop Topics:
Seen through one lens, "resource-scarce languages" are languages for which few digital resources exist; and thus, languages whose computerization poses unique challenges. Through another lens, "resource-scarce languages" are languages with limited financial, political, and legal resources, languages that lack the clout or global importance of the world's major languages.

In spite of these challenges, resource-scarce languages and their speakers are not being ignored. Individuals, governments, and companies alike are busy developing technologies and tools to support such languages. They are driven by a variety of motivations - from the desire among academics and community activists to preserve or revitalize endangered or threatened languages - to the desire by governments to promote minority languages - to the need by other governments to detect hostile chatter in diverse tongues - to the strategy of some companies to enhance their stature in emerging markets such as China and South America.

Recognizing the above trend, this workshop will serve as a forum for the discussion of academic and industrial research on resource- scarce language engineering. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

• multilingual text processing and the Unicode Standard
• machine translation and speech recognition with minimal training data
• rapid portability of existing language technologies to new languages
• the use of multilingual resources for monolingual annotation
• the annotation of new language data on the basis of knowledge of related languages
• coping with data of inconsistent or uneven quality or coverage

In addition, there will be a shared task on a specific resource- scarce language - Tibetan (details to be announced separately).

Submission Details: Authors are invited to submit a paper describing completed work in the area of the workshop. Each submission will be read by at least two members of the program committee, and will be evaluated according to its scientific merit, its relevance to the workshop, and the degree to which its ideas are expressed fully yet concisely. Submissions of any length will be accepted, but acceptable formats are limited to postscript and pdf. Papers sent in other formats will be subject to immediate disposal. Please send your submission electronically to by the deadline listed below. Accepted papers will appear in the workshop proceedings published by ESSLLI.

Workshop Format:
This workshop is part of ESSLLI and is open to all ESSLLI participants. It will consist of five 90-minute sessions held over five consecutive days in the first week of ESSLLI. There will be at least 2-3 slots for paper presentation and discussion plus one invited talk per session. On the first day the workshop organizer will give a general introduction to the topic.

Invited Speakers:
Tom Emerson, Basis Technology Corporation
John Goldsmith, University of Chicago
Rada Mihalcea, University of North Texas
Richard Sproat, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Cathy Wissink, Microsoft Corporation

Workshop Programme Committee:
Deborah Anderson, University of California, Berkeley
Emily Bender, University of Washington
Steven Bird, University of Melbourne
Alan W. Black, Carnegie Mellon University
Sean Fulop, California State University, Fresno
Andrew Hardie, Lancaster University
Baden Hughes, University of Melbourne
William Lewis, University of Washington
Steven Loomis, IBM
Joel Martin, National Research Council, Canada
Mike Maxwell, University of Maryland
Tony McEnery, Lancaster University
Manuela Noske, Microsoft Corporation
Charles Schafer, Johns Hopkins University
Tanja Schultz, Carnegie Mellon University

Important Dates: Submissions: April 7, 2006
Notification : April 28, 2006
Full paper deadline: May 19, 2006
Final program : June 30, 2006
Workshop Dates : July 31 - August 4, 2006

Local Arrangements:
All workshop participants including the presenters will be required to register for ESSLLI. The registration fee for authors presenting a paper will correspond to the early student/workshop speaker registration fee. Moreover, a number of additional fee waiver grants might be made available by the local organizing committee on a competitive basis and workshop participants are eligible to apply for those.

There will be no reimbursement for travel costs or accommodation. Workshop speakers who have difficulty in finding funding should consult the local organizing committee on chances of a grant.

About the workshop:

2006 People's Poetry Gathering: Poetry from the World's Endangered Languages

The Gathering is part of a multi-pronged initiative to document and disseminate some of the world's endangered oral poetry traditions through public programs, publications and the web, spanning the chasm of language.

The People's Poetry Gathering invited poets working in threatened, contested, stateless, and endangered languages to submit work for consideration for:

1) The Poetry Map of the World
Curated by the New York-based People's Poetry Gathering, this website features work by contemporary poets working in non-majority languages. The map focuses on language and cultural areas rather than national boundaries and includes selected poems and song cycles from the traditions from which the poets have emerged.

2) The 2006 People's Poetry Gathering Program Magazine
The magazine will be published by Rattapallax Press ( during the New York festival in May 2006 and will be distributed to the Gathering's audience of 10,000 and Rattapallax's subscribers as well as to communities and academic institutions where endangered languages are spoken.

Examples of languages to be considered were as follows (but not limited to):
• threatened: Welsh, Tibetan, Yiddish
• contested: Australian Aboriginal Kreole, Romani
• stateless: Catalan, Mapuche, Kurdish
• endangered: Ainu, Mohawk, Sami, Haida, Sharda Script, Cucapás

Examples of languages which would NOT be considered are:

• official languages of the United Nations (English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Arabic)
• languages with a high number of speakers and majority status in specific geographic regions (Bengali, Javanese)
• state languages (Norwegian, Korean)
• dialects of majority languages (Spanglish, Franglais)

Should you have questions regarding eligible languages, please email us at.

*Submission Guidelines *
Submit 3-5 poems or 7 pages (or 10 minutes of media) total per poet.

Poems were to be submitted in the original language with an English translation. Poems might be lyric or epic. Song cycles were also considered. Submissions were to be postmarked by 1 Dec 2005, allowing 2-3 months for response. Poets selected will receive 2 copies of the magazine:

People's Poetry Gathering
c/o City Lore
72 East 1st Street
New York, NY 10003, USA.
For information about past gatherings:
2007 Conference of the International Society for Language Studies , Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, 2-4 April, 2007

By Serena D’Agostino
Lehulehu na olelo; ho'okahi na'e mana'o
Many through our languages, but one in our thoughts

In cooperation with:
• Ka Haka 'Ula O Ke'elikolani, College of Hawaiian Language, University of Hawaii at Hilo
• Kula Kaiapuni O Anuenue, Hawaiian Language Immersion School and possibly others.

The 2007 conference of the International Society for Language Studies will feature field experiences related to Hawaiian language and culture, in addition to a full program of international papers on language studies: • Hawaiian Language Studies
• Discourse and Identity
• Policy
• Language in Professional and Workplace Contexts
• Language Teaching Practices and Pedagogy
• Research Methodology
• Teacher Development
• Conceptualizations of Language

Paper proposals accepted from 1 May 2006 See ISLS website for updated conference info>