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Department of Linguistics

Seminars, Conferences and Events

The Department of Linguistics at SOAS is host to a range of academic events and seminars throughout the year. In addition to the Departmental Seminars that run at regular intervals during term time, there are also regular special events, workshops and conferences. Details of future and previous events in the Department of Linguistics can be accessed via the calendar below, or through links to the left.

In addition to the events held at SOAS, other events of interest to linguists regularly take place at other institutions in London. Details can be found on the London Linguistics Circle page.

The Linguistics Departmental Seminar Series is a forum for speakers to present their work to an audience of fellow academics and students of Linguistics. These seminars are open to members of SOAS and the wider academic community.

Meetings are normally held on Tuesdays at 3.30pm, in the SOAS Main Building.

Please contact Rachel Watson (rw44@soas.ac.uk) the convenor of the seminar series, if you have any queries.

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  • Film Documentary Screening: 'Beltzean Mintzo'
  • Garabide Elkartea is a Basque NGO working on development through endangered languages and revitalisation of endangered languages. They work with indigenous communities in Latin America, and they have just launched this documentary on the health of Quechua, Mapudungun, Nahuatl, Kaqchiqul, Nasa, Maya Nakat and Aymara.

  • PAW - Diversity & Endangerment in the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve: The case of the Paniya language
  • Cristina Muru
  • The PAW (Plants. Animals. Words) group is an interdisciplinary research initiative focusing on the topics of ethnobiology and linguistics, in relation to language documentation and other field-based research. Their aim is to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration by creating spaces for open dialogue across different disciplines, and to reflect on the best ways to conduct research in the future. The group has a strong emphasis on ethical considerations and engagement with communities.

  • Basque song workshop
  • Ander and Imanol Zabaleta, and Ane Pedruzo
  • The Basque Country has a large oral tradition and singing is always fun. If you want to sing easy traditional songs with us, come along and don't be out of tune!