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8. Forthcoming Meetings

International Congress of Linguists (Paris, July 20-25, 1997): parallel session on Endangered Languages.

This parallel session will be chaired by Professor Stephan Wurm, member of the Executive Committee of C.I.P.L. and chair of the Consultative Project Committee on Endangered Languages.

This will take place at Palais des Congrès, Paris (Porte Maillot), France. The general contact for the Congress is:
CIL 16
Bernard Caron
4 ter, route des Gardes - F-92190 Meudon (France)
Tel.: (33-1) 45 07 50 21 ; Fax: (33-1) 45 07 51 12
E-mail: cil16(at)

2nd World Congress of African Linguistics, University of Leipzig, Germany Symposium on Endangered Languages in Africa. Programme: 29.07.-1.08.1997.

This is organized by Matthias Brenzinger, and chaired by Bernd Heine.

Tuesday, July 29 1997
11.00 - 11.30 Opening
11:30 - 12:15 Herman Batibo, Linguistics, University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana, The fate of the Khoisan languages in Botswana

12:15 - 13:00 Kay Williamson, Linguistics, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Endangered languages in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria: Situation and suggestions

14:30 - 15:00 Paul Newman, Institute for the Study of Nigerian Languages and Cultures. Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, Activities of the LSA committee on endangered languages and own fieldwork project proposal

15:00 - 15:30 Bruce Connell, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, England, Moribund languages of the Nigeria-Cameroon borderland

15:30 - 16:00 Nikolai Dobronravin, Saint Petersburg State University, Russia, Kyanga and other dying Mande dialects. Sociolinguistic problems of North-West Nigeria

16:00 - 16:30 Zygmunt Frajzyngier, Linguistics, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA, Endangered languages of Northern Cameroon as a source of new syntactic structures

17:00 - 17:30 Roger Blench, University of Cambridge, England, Factors responsible for language death in Central Nigeria

17:30 - 18:00 Andrew Haruna, University of Bayreuth, Germany, Language death: the case of Buuburè language in southern Bauchi area (northern Nigeria)

18:00 - 18:30 Raimund Kastenholz, Institut für Ethnologie und Afrika-Studien, University of Mainz, Germany, Preliminary findings concerning language shift and language death among Mande blacksmith and leatherworker in the Diaspora

Thursday, July 31 1997

11:00 - 11:30 Richard Hayward, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, England, The endangered languages of Ethiopia: What's at stake for the linguist?

11:30 - 12:00 Aklilu Yilma, Institute of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, A sociolinguistic description of Ongota

12:00 - 12:30 Moges Yigezu, Department of Linguistics, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, On language shift in Ethiopia: The case of Anfillo

12:30 - 13:00 Zelealem Leyew, Department of Linguistics, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, Some structural signs of obsolescence in K'emant

14:30 - 15:00 David Appleyard, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, England, Language death: the case of Qwarenya (Ethiopia)

15:00 - 15:30 Giorgio Banti, Dipartimento di Glottologia, University of Rome La Sapienza, Rome, Italy, Caste (submerged) jargons in the Somali- and Oromo-speaking areas of the horn



15:30 - 16:00 Mauro Tosco, Istituto Universitario Orientale, Napoli, Italy, Language death without language decay

16:00 - 16:30 Sommer, Gabriele, Institut für Afrikanistik, Unversity of Cologne, Germany, Reconstructing the past: The role of endangered languages in historical linguistics

17:00 -17:30 Eberhard Voeltz, Conakry, Guinea, The language minorities of Guinea

17:30 - 18:00 Rainer Voßen, Institut für Afrikanische Sprachwissenschaften University of Frankfurt, Germany, Language decay in Eastern Khoe

18:00 - 18:30 Bernd Heine, Institut für Afrikanistik, University of Cologne, Germany, On language endangerment in Africa

18:30 - 19:00 Close

Friday, August 1 1997

11:00 - 13:00 Round table

Sociolinguistics Symposium 12: University of London March 1998: Colloquium on Maintaining Indigenous Languages, with special reference to Latin America - State Planning vs Grass-roots Initiatives

This is will held at Institute Of Education, University of London, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1, from Thursday 26th March (mid-day) to Saturday 28th March (mid-day) 1998.

(British Sign Language Interpretation available to SS12 participants who request this in advance.)

The symposium will include a colloquium on Maintaining Indigenous Languages, with special reference to Latin America - State Planning vs Grass-roots Initiatives, organized by Jane Freeland (Portsmouth) & Rosaleen Howard-Malverde (Liverpool) contact: jane.freeland(at)

Another of the colloquia will be: Oral Narratives across Contexts & Cultures Shoshana Blum-Kulka (Hebrew University, Jerusalem) & Alexandra Georgakopolou (King's College, London)
contacts:. mskcusb(at) or

The organisers are also discussing further ideas for Colloquia on Gerontolinguistics, on the Sociolinguistics of Sign Languages, on Language & Multimodality, on Academic Literacies, on Language & Sexuality and on Code-mixing and Code-switching. In all cases we are encouraging maximum interactivity, and openness to unsolicited contributions. Contact Ben.Rampton(at)


We intend to complete the programme-planning as far as we can by mid-November 1997, and to let speakers have details at that time. The full programme will then be sent by post to all registered participants, along with local travel details, by January 1998. [The text of this posting is available in printed form from our Conference Office - see below.]

Our website will be established within the next few days, and updated regularly with programme and participant details as they are settled:


The Academic Organising Committee invites offers of papers in any area of sociolinguistics.

Our intention for SS12 is to accept rather fewer papers than at some recent meetings in the series. The offers should indicate clearly if they are for the regular 35-minute slots ('Papers': where presenters will be encouraged to speak for no more than c20 minutes, leaving c15 minutes for questions and discussion), for the shorter 15 minute slots ('Reports' on work in progress), for 'Colloquia' where preliminary contact should have been made with convenors, or for 'Posters', where a specified display space, and if necessary time-slot will be offered. The criteria for selection will be: originality, significance, estimated contribution to conceptual development of the field, lucidity.

All submissions, (except those for the Colloquia, which are needed by 31st July 1997) should arrive at our Conference Office by 31st August 1997 They will be reviewed anonymously by members of the committee during September and October 1997, with the help of Colloquium convenors where appropriate.