SOAS University of London

SOAS to host workshop in Bangkok on preserving indigenous languages

14 October 2014

SOAS, University of London will host a workshop entitled ‘Documenting and preserving indigenous languages: principles, practices and tools’ in Bangkok, Thailand from 8-14 February 2015. The workshop has been organised in collaboration with Mahidol University, based in Bangkok, and is being funded by the British Council.

Both SOAS and Mahidol University take an interdisciplinary approach to the documentation and revitalisation of languages in Asia and throughout the world. This workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners in language documentation and description, language policy/planning and mother tongue-based multilingual education. They will discuss the latest developments in their research – a field which has been pioneered by the Endangered Languages Project in SOAS’ Department of Linguistics since it was established in 2003. The workshop will create a new common ground for initiatives in language documentation, revitalisation and human development.

Topics to be covered in the workshop include the following:

  • how researchers and resource developers can support communities to sustain their linguistic ecologies;
  • language revitalisation, personal/community identity and sustainable human development;
  • production of culturally and pedagogically appropriate linguistic and digital multimedia resources for language valorization, supporting learners and teachers;
  • techniques in digital data collection, management, dissemination and preservation;
  • preservation of traditional knowledge and indigenous paradigms of teaching/learning for mother tongue-based multilingual education; and
  • ethnolinguistic identity, reconciliation and peace building

A fieldtrip to an ethnolinguistic minority community is also planned.

Indigenous languages workshop

Applications are invited from UK-based early career researchers (currently enrolled PhD students or those who have recently completed a PhD) to participate in the workshop.

Applications must be submitted on the downloadable form by email to by 5pm on 7 November 2014.

The British Council will cover return airfares, local transport, visa fees, accommodation and meals during the workshop. Full details can be found at