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8. Places to Go - On the Net and in the World

Peruvian Congress Website entirely in the Quechua language
To see the website, go to:
Submitted by
Serafín M. Coronel-Molina
Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Languages and Cultures
401 East Pyne Building
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544

AILA Language Policy Research Network

AILA has now approved the establishment of a Research Network on Language Policy. Its website is
The network also hosts a mailing list. For information, visit:

Symposium in Honor of Joshua A. Fishman's Eightieth Birthday

Joshua A. Fishman’s eightieth birthday will be celebrated at the University of Pennsylvania on Sunday, September 10, 2006 with a one-day symposium honoring his pioneering contributions to the study of language and society.

In addition to a keynote by Professor Nkonko Kamwangamalu of Howard University on language policy and practice in post-apartheid South Africa, and a special presentation to Fishman on behalf of Maori people by three Maori representatives, speakers include sociolinguistic greats of Fishman’s generation –Dell Hymes, Courtney Cazden, and William Labov, as well as a distinguished intergenerational panel composed of Shirley Brice Heath, John Baugh, and Kendall King, and a second panel of newly emerging scholars. Scholars from all over the world have already registered to join this celebration of a visionary and inspiring leader.

For more information about the symposium, including how to register and how to submit congratulatory greetings and narratives, visit

28th Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum

In most parts of the world attempts to homogenize education must compete with ever-expanding cultural and linguistic diversity. Standardized educational goals and assessments are becoming dominant as school systems seek to prepare students to participate in broad national and international markets. Yet students and teachers also live their lives in rich and vibrant local communities, which do not conform to standardized knowledges and practices. The 28th Ethnography in Education Research Forum seeks to explore directions for education in these trying times. What are the implications of educational standardization for the value of local knowledges in education? How can ethnographers put local knowledges and practices back on national and international agendas?

The Ethnography in Education Research Forum invites papers that explore these issues by ethnographically documenting grassroots responses to varying levels of educational policy, describing teacher-researcher collaboration in the development of equitable educational practices, making theoretical and methodological connections between the study of societal level phenomena and local processes, bringing to light covert responses to overt policy decisions, and critically examining relationships between academic and public interests.

E-MELD School of Best Practices in Digital Language Documentation

This site promotes best practices in digitizing language data. Computer programs commonly used in field research, such as word processors and spreadsheets, produce files that are often unreadable after only a few years. Physical media like cassette tapes deteriorate even when carefully stored. This site suggests how you might collect, convert and store your data in robust digital formats.

Native Languages of the Americas: Preserving and promoting American Indian languages

This is a compendium of online materials about more than 800 indigenous languages of the Western Hemisphere and the people that speak them.

The Native American Language Center at the University of California, Davis

The Center has a dual function: to encourage linguistic research on American Indian languages, and to foster the intergenerational transfer of language knowledge in Native American communities. The overall aim of the Center is to develop a sustained and productive relationship between American Indian linguistic scholarship and the needs and aspirations of Native American people. The Center encourages the active participation of scholars and students, both native and non-native, in the task of language preservation and revitalization, while also providing the resources and support for the training of a new and engaged generation of linguists.

Virtual Livonia

Uldis Balodis, a Latvian linguist working in the USA, has for many years now been running a highly informative web-site dedicated to the highly endangered Livonian language, formerly spoken by a community of fisherfolk on the coast of Kurzeme in western Latvia. The language is now in imminent danger of being the next European language to perish, with only a handful of first-language speakers left. But intensive revival efforts are under way, as documented on his site