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ELAP Workshop: Issues in Language Revitalisation and Maintenance

Saturday 9 February, 2008

Convenors: Peter K. Austin, Julia Sallabank
Endangered Languages Academic Programme
Department of Linguistics
SOAS, London ... location information


The theme of this workshop is issues in language revitalisation and maintenance. The goal of the workshop is to highlight and discuss theoretical and practical issues in revitalising and maintaining endangered languages, and especially issues of goals, models and methods for revitalisation of threatened languages. Among the issues to be considered will be:

  1. What are the aims/goals of language revitalisation?

  2. What part should teaching play in a revitalisation programme?

  3. What is the role of media and technology in language revitalisation?

  4. Are there limits to the applicability and transferability of models of language revitalisation?

Workshop Programme

9:00am-9:30am Registration
9:30am-10:00am Welcome and introductory talk

Suzanne Romaine (Oxford)
Title TBA

11:00am-11:30am Break

Viv Edwards (Reading)
The Economics of Language Revitalization: Promotion and publishing

12:30pm-2:00pm Lunch
2:00pm-3:00pm Meili Fang (Imperial) and David Nathan (SOAS)
Language Documentation and Pedagogy for Endangered Languages: a Mutual Revitalisation
3:00pm-3:30pm Break
3:30pm-4:30pm Susan Penfield (Arizona)
Revitalization and Language Activism
4:30pm-5:30pm Lenore Grenoble (Chicago)
Language revitalization: Local solutions in the context of global challenges

Booking information

To attend the workshop, you need to submit a booking form by Friday 1 February 2008.

The cost is £12.50 for full registration and £7.50 for student/ELAP alumni/staff registration.

Registration will include a reading pack, tea and coffee and lunch.