SOAS University of London

SOAS World Languages Institute

Fall School on Documentary Linguistics in the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa)


Date: 10 October 2018Time: 12:00 AM

Finishes: 17 October 2018Time: All Day

Venue: Zentrum fuer Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin, Germany

Type of Event: Training

A one week fall school on theory and methods in modern language documentation focusing on the MENA region will be held at the Zentrum fuer Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin, Germany.

The school will provide training in theory and methods of modern language documentation to students and scholars who are working on endangered languages and are living in the MENA region. 

There are 25 places available for the school and all costs will be covered by the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme.

Topics to be covered include

  • Introduction to documentary linguistics
  • The MENA context
  • Language use and multimodality
  • Semantics and lexicography
  • Ethnography
  • Equipment for digital recording
  • Recording techniques (audio & video)
  • Data collection methods
  • Creating digital collections
  • Data management & archiving
  • Software tools for Documentation (e.g., ELAN, Flex)
  • Grant Writing (applying to ELDP)

To be eligible, applicants must fulfil all of the criteria below:

  • Reside and study/work in a MENA region country
  • Minimum of BA or its equivalent involving linguistic training.
  • Some fieldwork experience or have concrete plans for doing documentation work on an endangered language spoken in the MENA region
  • Be committed to and have a plan for transferring the knowledge they acquire to others in their universities and countries

The call for applications is closed.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome no later than 1 May 2018.

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Organising  Committee:

Saloumeh Gholami -
Manfred Krifka -
Mandana Seyfeddinipur -

Organiser: Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft and Endangered Languages Documentation Programme