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  • 13th Native Spirit Festival - Opening Night
  • SOAS World Languages Institute and Native Spirit Foundation
  • We are pleased to announce that SOAS World Languages Institute will be partnering with Native Spirit Foundation for the Opening Night of the 13th Native Spirit Festival which will take place on the evening of Saturday 12 October at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS.

  • Symposium on Music and Language
  • Prof. Linda Barwick (University of Sydney; Leverhulme Visiting Professor, SOAS)
  • To celebrate the UNESCO's International Year of Indigenous Languages, we are proud to present the Symposium on Music and Language, organised by Professor Richard Widess.


  • Persephone: a tool for the automatic phonemic transcription of endangered languages
  • Prof Christopher Cox (Carleton University), Dr Hilaria Cruz (University of Kentucky) and Dr Alexis Michaud (CNRS)
  • This workshop introduces Persephone (/pərˈsɛfəni/), an automatic phoneme transcription tool. The event includes three presentations that showcase the use of Persephone for Sino-Tibetan and Athabaskan languages, and there will also be a hands-on training the following day for linguistics who want to try Persephone on their own data. 

  • Languages in an Open World 2019
  • The SOAS World Languages Institute (UK), Mercator European Research Centre, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Social and Language Documentation, and the Plurilingualism Research Unit – treffpunkt sprachen (AT) cordially invite scholars, community organisations and community members to join the international conference on “Languages in an Open World” that will take place in Graz, Austria, November 20-22 2019, at the ECML in Graz, Austria.