Archive for the ‘symposia’ Category

Envisioning Language Revitalization Summit and Symposium

15 June 2011

The Envisioning Language Revitalization Summit at Western Carolina University (US) will be held on June 20 and 21, followed by the Envisioning Language Revitalization Symposium on June 22 and 23. The Summit is invitation-only for administrators, educators and researchers active in language revitalization, and the Symposium is open to the public.

Presenters at the Symposium will include:

More details and contact information are available in the article “Language revitalization to be focus of gatherings at WCU.”

Language Maintenance Symposium in August – AU

10 June 2011

On August 18 and 19, a symposium titled “Strengthening language maintenance through cooperative training strategies” will be held at the University of Melbourne.

In addition to people from Australia, the slate of speakers features people from Canada, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Spain and the US.

A grant from the Maintenance of Indigenous Languages and Records will be supporting the symposium, and the cosponsors are:

US Conference May 16-17

6 May 2011

In cooperation with the Grotto Foundation, the Eni–gikendaasoyang (Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Language Revitalization) at the University of Minnesota Duluth is holding Minnesota Indigenous Language Symposium VI on May 16 and 17.

Topics on the provisional agenda include:

  • Skits based on the popular Ojibwemodaa immersion software for learning Ojibwe (oji)
  • Teaching Dakota (dak) without using English
  • The importance of morphology in learning Ojibwe (the “sound-based method”)
  • Technology and learning
  • Inter-generational learning

Theme: Weaving Indigenous Language Through Family, Education & Community
Dates: September 16-17, 2011
Location: Black Bear Resort & Casino, Carlton, Minnesota
Fees: USD 175, 140 elders, 100 higher education students; USD 200 after May 11

This post was inspired by “Language Symposium in Minnesota to take place May 16th & 17th” on the Spoken First website.

May Calendar

28 April 2011

Here are the events on the calendar for May. Admin note: The perpetual calendar has been updated so each month is now on a different page.

1 – Indonesia – Submission deadline – International Seminar on Language Maintenance and Shift (2011)
1 – Canada – Submission deadline – International Conference on Salish and Neighboring Languages – 46th ICSNL (2011)
9-14 – UK – Endangered Languages Week (2011)
16 – Abstract deadline for Language Documentation and Linguistic Theory 3 (2011)
20-22 – US – 18th Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium (2011)

April calendar items

3 April 2011

Dates from the calendar:

8 – US – submission deadline for 18th Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium (2011)
13-15 – US – South Eastern Conference on Linguistics: SECOL LXXVIII (2011)
15 – Japan – Abstract submission deadline for the Himalayan Languages Symposium (2011)
18 – US – scholarship deadline for NILI Summer Institute 2011
30 – US – Lushootseed Conference

Two Tales of Endangered Language Passion

25 March 2011

As reported in Passion for Preservation, Sadaf Munshi travels from Texas to remote regions of Pakistan every chance she gets, somewhat like Indy Jones to document Burushaski (bsk). Battling floods, closed roads and cultural attitudes against women speaking with men, she documents words, songs and dances.

Burushaski is a language isolate, which means it is not related to any other known language. Most languages are related to other languages. English, for example, is related to the Frisian languages (family) and Dutch as well as to German. Spanish is related to French and Italian. Basque (eus) in Spain and France and Ainu (ain) in northern Japan have not been demonstrated as being related to other languages and so are isolates.

In addition to being an isolate, Burushaski is almost completely unwritten. As Munshi has discovered, words in Burushaski are beginning to be replaced with Urdu words, and there is a concern that if the language is not documented, the language will be absorbed and disappear.

With Munshi’s work, the language will be written and documented for posterity.

The other tale of endangered language passion is that of a teenager, Alexa Little, who lives in a township in Pennsylvania, US. As told in “Shaler teen’s love of languages began with hieroglyphics,” Little became interested in ancient languages as a young child. In high school, she won a scholarship by developing an efficient method for typing Queche (probably Quechua (que)).

When Shaler read about the World Oral Literature Project to document endangered languages, she contacted the director who suggested she raise money to raise awareness. Earning more than USD 200, she then went on to organize a symposium that included linguistic experts from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Cambridge. Students from other high schools attended the event as well.

Shaler plans to become a linguist. It seems she has a bright future in front of her!