SOAS University of London

Department of Linguistics, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Endangered Languages Week

Every year the Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project presents a major outreach event -Endangered Languages Week- to raise awareness about endangered languages and cultures. This year's theme is Language, Performance, Culture.

Endangered Languages Week 20-28th May 2013

Endangered Languages Week 2013 will be held at SOAS, University of London, from 20th to 28th May and will include a variety of workshops, talks, films, demonstrations, a debate, and more. Events include:

  • ELDP workshop on technology and African languages
  • APLL6 conference on Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics
 Talks and seminars:
  • Caroline Kerfoot (Stockholm University): ‘Multilingualism as epistemic resource: rethinking ‘languages’ in educational policy’ and ‘Game changers? Multilingual learners in a Cape Flats primary school, South Africa’
  • Kearsey Cormier (DCAL, University College London) on Sign languages
  • Henrik Bergqvist (Stockholm University):‘The problem of accounting for TAME and related expressions in the context of language documentation and description'
  • Catherine Ingram (Music, SOAS) on music and language documentation
  • Sarah Ogilvie (Amazon Corporation) on web technologies and endangered languages
  • Peter Austin (SOAS): ‘And still they speak Dieri. Language revitalisation in northern South Australia’
 ELAR Open Day, including:
  • Archive demonstration
  • High school students’ debate on language endangerment (with Language Landscape)
  • Dawes manuscript & digitisation demonstration (with SOAS Library Special Collections)
  • Display of historical recording equipment
  • Tibetan scripts & ELAR collections demonstration
  • ELAR Quiz
Film Day: films on/in endangered languages


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All events are free of charge and open to anyone who is interested in languages.

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