SOAS University of London

Department of Linguistics, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Endangered Languages Week

Endangered Languages Week logo
A week of outreach events

Date: 30 April 2008Time: 11:00 AM

Finishes: 8 May 2008Time: 5:15 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings and Birkbeck

Type of Event: Symposium

What can WE do?

There are approximately 7,000 languages spoken on earth today and half of them are under threat from larger languages and are not being passed on to children. 

Through films, displays, discussions and workshops Endangered Languages Week 2008 looks at what is being done to document, archive and support endangered languages around the world. The theme for the week is “What can WE do?” exploring how researchers, students, members of the public, and language community members can work together to address the challenges of global language and cultural loss.

Events and activities

Activities during the week include:

Speakers during the week will include SOAS staff and Dr Lise Dobrin (USA), Prof Maurizio Gnerre (Italy), Dr David Harrison (USA), Dr Cecelia Ode (Netherlands), Dr Nicholas Ostler (UK), Prof Peter Sutton (Australia) and Dr Ljuba Veselinova (Sweden).

Most of the events are free of charge and open to anyone who is interested in endangered languages. 

Full programme of events

Acknowledgements: Our thanks to Ironbound Films, Final Cut Films, OBE TV, Open Air Radio SOAS, Dr Kim McKenzie, Dr Yih-Ren Lin, and the Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies

Organiser: Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project

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