Endangered Languages Week 2010
School of Oriental and African Studies
22 - 27 February 2010
This page last updated: 10 February 2010.
There are approximately 7,000
languages spoken today but more than half of them are under
threat from larger languages.
Languages Week 2010 presents a variety of talks, displays, discussions, films, lectures and workshops. This year's theme is sustainability: can the world's languages be sustained, and if so, which ones, and how? And can the now-vigorous activities in documenting and supporting languages continue long enough to make a difference?
- Meet an Endangered Language - a series
of short presentations on several endangered languages, where you can learn about where they are
spoken, why they are threatened, and experience their culture
- as well as learn some basic words and phrases
- Meet a fieldworker- short informal sessions where you can hear about the practical and human issues in doing fieldwork in locations such as such as Algeria, Iran, Tanzania, and the Solomon Islands.
- Films - a day of international films on
- Open Day- visit the Brunei Gallery to see a variety of displays, demonstrations, software, posters, and books from organisations involved in endangered languages activities
- Annual Public Lecture- Lenore Grenoble Switch or Shift: Code-Mixing, Contact-Induced Change and Attrition
- Endangered Languages, Endangered Knowledge & Sustainability: a full day workshop
- A debate on the realities of language preservation.
Most events are free
of charge and open to anyone who is interested in endangered