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Endangered Languages Week 2013 - Celebrating our Sounds, Signs and Songs

Endangered Languages Week 2013
Various speakers

Date: 20 May 2013Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 28 May 2013Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College BuildingsRoom: Various rooms

Type of Event: Conference

Monday 20 May

ELDP Africa day

A day of activities on language documentation in Africa by alumni, grantees, collaborators and friends of the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme

9:30am-5pm, Room G03 (43 Gordon Square)

Workshop: New data, methods, and approaches to African language documentation

9:30am-2pm, Room G03 (43 Gordon Square)

Keynote by Felix Ameka: How linguists endanger languages

Room G03 (43 Gordon Square), 2:30am-4.00 pm

Book Launch: Friederike Lüpke & Anne Storch: Repertoires and choices in African languages

Room G03 (43 Gordon Square), 4:00am-4.30 pm

Film Trailer Showing: The Confluence of Agnack Agnack Kanraxël (Senegal) by Remigiusz and Anna Sowa

Room G03 (43 Gordon Square), 4:30am-5.00 pm

Tuesday 21 May

ELAR Archive Open Day

Displays and demonstrations 12-4:30pm Room 346

  • Historical recording equipment (Bernard Howard)
  • Tibetan collections and Tibetan scripts (Andrew Clark)
  • Children documenting language and culture: games and toys in Ikakumo
  • William Dawes digital manuscript (David Nathan, with SOAS Library Special Collections)
  • The ELAR quiz (prize draw 4pm)
Debate: "We should save endangered languages" 2-3pm, Room B111 (Brunei Gallery)

Public debate between teams consisting of year 8 students from Bow School, London, and SOAS students and staff

Seminar: Negotiating authority, constructing solidarity: the use of multilingual repertoires in a Cape Town primary school

Caroline Kerfoot; Centre for Research on Bilingualism, Stockholm University, Sweden 3:30-5pm, Room 4418

Wednesday 22 May

Film Day: Films on/in endangered languages


Seminar: Endangered Languages and Technology: How can indigenous communities and academics use Silicon Valley for their own needs?

Sarah Ogilvie; Amazon Corporation 1-2pm, Room 4421

Seminar: ‘The Bones of Songs’: Exploring the Connections between Kam Minority Music and Language

Catherine Ingram; Department of Music, SOAS 4:30-6:30pm, Room 4418

Thursday 23 May

Workshop: The problem of accounting for TAME and related expressions in the context of language documentation and description

Henrik Bergqvist; Stockholm University 12-3pm, Room FG01 (Faber Building)

Seminar: Game changers? Multilingual learners in a Cape Flats primary school (South Africa)

Caroline Kerfoot; Centre for Research on Bilingualism, Stockholm University, Sweden 5-6pm, Room 4421
This is a joint seminar with the Centre for African Studies

Friday 24 - Saturday 25 May

Conference: APLL6 Conference on Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics

10am-5pm, location: see conference web page

Tuesday 28 May

Seminar: And still they speak Dieri. Language revitalisation in northern South Australia

Peter Austin; Linguistics, SOAS

Seminar: The importance of language documentation and corpora for sign languages

Kearsy Cormier (Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre, UCL), Adam Schembri (La Trobe University, Melbourne) & Jordan Fenlon (Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre, UCL) 3:30-5pm, Room 4418
BSL interpreters will be present at this event

Closing event: TBA


Further details can be found on the HRELP Website

Organiser: Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project