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9. Forthcoming Meetings

Conference on the Reclamation of Tribal Languages
From the Linguist List
Date: 20-Feb-2008 - 22-Feb-2008
Location: Mashantucket, CT, USA
Contact Person: Deborah Gregoire
Meeting Email: LanguageConference mptn. org
Web Site:

This biennial Native - sponsored conference supports the reclamation and preservation of indigenous languages worldwide with predomi-nant focus on Native North American languages. The 2008 meeting will address the following themes: Instructional Techniques, Linguis-tics in the Context of Preservation and Reconstruction, Technologi-cal Innovations, and Artistic Application of Language. The Call for Papers is closed however proposals welcome for two Roundtables: Community Language Project Policy Development, and Dictionary Development. Most of participants' expenses paid. Submit 2-3 para-graphs for Roundtable consideration to Language Conference: Con-ference or call (860) 396-6104 or 396-2052.

Please include contact information. Conference URL

http://www.MPTNLanguageConference. org up and running soon.

The Call for Papers is closed but we are still accepting proposals for the Roundtables (Dictionary Development, and Community Lan-guage Project Policy Development).

This will be the fourth biennial Conference on the Reclamation of Indigenous Languages hosted by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. Our conference series serves to bring together those who work to maintain and reclaim the indigenous languages of Native North America. We believe that our ancestral languages can and should be spoken in our communities and we continuously seek and support efforts toward this end. The conference planning committee, in their selection of presenters strives to balance linguistic research, instructional techniques, technological innovations and most recently, indigenous languages in the context of the visual, written and per-forming arts.

We invite you to share your work and in so doing, further efforts to reclaim, perpetuate and celebrate Native North America's unique and precious languages of heritage.

Conference Topics:

A. Instructional Techniques, such as those that focus on producing first andsecond language speakers, workbooks, CDs, computer-interactive programs, videos, TPR, the Silent Way, Immersion Nests, etc.

B. Artistic Application of Language, such as storytelling, performing artists,authors and playwrights for all age groups, visual artists, etc.

C. Linguistics in the Context of Language Preservation and Recon-struction, such as historical linguistics of Native - North America, preferably but not limited to Algonquian languages and those of Southern New England. Papers addressing methodologies and sources used in preservation and reclamation projects as well as place-names' analyses sought. D. Technological Innovations in the areas of language documenta-tion, databases and dictionary software, educational and instructional software, etc.

Roundtable 1: Dictionary Development, participants and moderator sought for this session Roundtable 2: Language Project Policies and Protocol, participants and moderator sought for this session

Session Specifics:

Additional questions may be sent to or

dgregoire (phone: 860-396-2052). A URL entitled ''Conference on the Reclamation of Indigenous Languages'' will be accessible by by end of September 2007.

If you are not planning to submit an abstract but would like to receive information on conference registration please send your contact in-formation via e-mail to <> or mail to Language Conference Team, PO Box 3060, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, CT 06338. Registration forms will also be available via the conference Web page in September.

Second International Conference on Language Development, Language Revitalization and Multilingual Education in Ethnic Minority Communities

1-3 July, 2008 and 4 July, 2008

Bangkok, Thailand


Over the past decade, ethnolinguistic communities, supported by governments and NGOs in several countries of Asia and the Pacific, have begun implementing mother tongue-based multilingual educa-tion programs. Also during that time, a number of NGOs and univer-sities have begun supporting ethnolinguistic communities in their efforts to develop, revitalize and maintain their heritage languages.

In spite of these efforts, the purposes and benefits of language devel-opment, language revitalization and multilingual education are still not widely understood or accepted. Many efforts remain weak and do not build on what has been learned through research and experi-ences elsewhere. More information is needed about what is involved in planning, implementing and sustaining strong language develop-ment and multilingual education programs.


This conference is meant to address those information needs. Its purposes are to: Raise awareness about the purposes and benefits of mother tongue-based multilingual education (MT-Based MLE) programs,

Share information about good practices in language development, language revitalization and MT-Based MLE in ethnolinguistic com-munities, especially from the people who are actively engaged in such programs,

Develop and expand networks of individuals and organizations en-gaged in these efforts. Tracks

The conference will include the following tracks (all focusing on languages in multilingual settings):

1. Language development and language revitalization of non-dominant languages Topics include indigenous people’s efforts to revitalize and sustain their heritage languages and cultures; linguistic and sociolinguistic research; orthography development and orthography testing; preser-vation of oral literature and development of written literature in pre-viously unwritten languages.

Language and language-in-education policy and policy implementa-tion

Topics include the role of ethnic or indigenous (non-dominant) lan-guages in society and education; language and language-in-education policies and their implementation in multilingual contexts; comparisons of policies across nations; the ways that languages are promoted by written and unwritten policies and practices and the factors that support or hinder the use of local languages in society and education.

Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual education (MT-Based MLE)

Topics include planning, implementing, evaluating and sustaining MT-Based MLE for children and adults in formal and non-formal education systems, including case studies and good practices in pre-liminary research, advocacy and mobilization for MT-Based MLE at local, district, national and international levels; developing teaching and learning materials; teacher recruitment and training;, research and evaluation.

Community efforts to preserve their intangible cultural heritage

Topics include community-centered efforts to analyze and maintain oral literature, traditional dance and music and traditional medi-cines. Theoretical links between folk and traditional arts revitaliza-tion and language development are especially relevant. This topic also will include ethnographic studies of informal music education practices, as well as case studies demonstrating the integration of traditional music and arts into formal educational settings.

Information and communication technology that support MT-Based MLE

Topics include using appropriate ICT tools to develop, produce and communicate information and relevant materials in the Mother Tongue.

Types of sessions

Plenary sessions

Parallel sessions

Policy sessions (specifically for policy makers)

General overview

The international conference will be 3 days from 1-3 July 2008. Following the 3-day conference, 4 July 2008; there will be a one day symposium on Planning Research and Evaluation Studies of Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education Programs. The purpose of this symposium will be to produce clear principles and guidelines for developing longitudinal evaluation studies of MLE programs that can be adapted to a variety of country situations.

Venue: Royal River Hotel, Bangkok

Supporting agencies: SIL International, UNESCO, UNICEF, SEAMEO, Mahidol University, CARE International and Save chil-dern UK.

For more information, please contact