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

 

For more details visit http://www.hrelp.org/

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

Previous Events in this series

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

Various speakers

Endangered Languages Week 2013 presents a variety of workshops, talks, films, demonstrations, debate, and more. All events are free of charge and open to anyone who is interested in languages.

20 May 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, Various rooms, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sign Language workshop

Ulrike Zeshan and her team (International Institute for Sign Languages and Deaf Studies (iSLanDs))

This year’s workshop will be about sign language documentation. Linguists working on spoken languages will learn about how to begin documenting a sign language they discover in their field site. The work shop will be taught by Ulrike Zeshan and her team from the International Institute for Sign Languages and Deaf Studies (iSLanDs).

11 May 2012, Brunei Gallery, B202, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Website Launch of Language Landscape

Linguistics students will launch their Language Landscape website
10 May 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, Russell Room , 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Writing Panare - Portrait of a Linguist Fieldwork / Firekeepers

The list of films is confirmed below

We will show films from the collection of the International Festival of Ethnographic Film (RAI), sponsored by The Royal Anthropological Institute, The Department of Anthropology, University College London (UCL), and InSight Education.

10 May 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The Films of Bob Holman

Introduced by Bob Holman

Pioneer poet/moviemaker Bob Holman, twice winner of awards from the Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin and recipient of the International Public Television Award will screen some of his new documentary series, "On the Road with Bob Holman".

10 May 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Maori Songs followed by an evening with Bob Holman (and Friends)

Bob Holman (Poet)

Perhaps best known as a leader of the spoken word poetry movement, including slam and hiphop poetries,  Bob Holman's work these days is taking him to Addis Ababa, Bamako, Jerusalem, Wales and Australia on the trail of the poetry of Endangered Languages.

9 May 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Open Day

The programme is listed below

Visit the Russell Room and R201 (SOAS main building) to see a variety of displays, demonstrations, software, posters, and books from organisations involved in endangered languages activities.

9 May 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, Russell Room / R201, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Exhibition: at the intersection of language and culture

The programme is listed below

An interactive exhibition  where we showcase the work of fieldworkers from places like Australia, Vanuatu and Burma.

3 May 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, Russell Room, 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Ritual Scissors Dance

Performed by: Jose Navarro (Pishtaco) & Jose Fernandez (Cory Cente)
1 May 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, Russell Room, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM