The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project  The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project

Workshop: Endangered Languages, Endangered Knowledge & Sustainability

Saturday 27 February, 2010, 9.30am-6.00pm
SOAS, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG, UK

Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project
Department of Linguistics
SOAS, London ... location information
Professor Lenore Grenoble

Keynote speaker: Lenore Grenoble

Professor Lenore Grenoble is the Carl Darling Buck Professor at the University of Chicago, where she is a world leader in research on endangered languages, with several influential publications and extensive fieldwork experience. She is an ELDP panel member and is involved in several other major international projects. See Lenore's staff page.


The goal of the workshop is to explore sustainable approaches in our field: sustainability of endangered languages, and sustainability of research (in both theory and practice).

Issues to be discussed include:

  1. how communities can sustain languages and linguistic ecologies
  2. links between language maintenance and sustainable human development
  3. preservation of traditional knowledge and indigenous paradigms of teaching, learning, and research
  4. making the outcomes of our research sustainable
  5. whether sustaining languages and knowledge is something that researchers can contribute to, or is solely the responsibility of communities and speakers

Call for papers

Proposals are invited for papers which present cutting-edge research on the topic outlined above. Each speaker will have 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion, followed by further plenary discussion. Abstracts should be a maximum of 300 words (not including any references) and should be sent to:

Deadline for abstract submission: Friday 15th January 2010.  

Notification of acceptance will be sent by 30th January.

We plan to publish the proceedings of the workshop in our journal Language Documentation and Description.

The workshop is one of the events for Endangered Languages Week 2010.


9:00am-9:30am Registration


Welcome and introductory talk

Friederike Lüpke
Sustaining the Fieldowrker

10:30am-11:00am Break
11:00am-11:30pm Gary Wilson
(University of Northern British Columbia)
Social Change and Language Revitalization in the Isle of Man
11:30pm-12:00pm Muhumza Moses, presented by Annette Islei
(Mountains of the Moon Univesity, Uganda)
Linking Biodiversity and Language Loss in Africa: Toward a holistic framework for community-based conservation in Uganda
12:00pm-12:30pm Liudmila Pravikova
(Pyatigorsk State University, Russia)
Language Identity Change and the Loss of Linguistic Diversity in the North Caucasus
12:30pm-2:00pm Lunch
2:00pm-2:45pm David Nathan
It's about time: skills and sustainability in endangered language fieldwork and documentation

Christine Schreyer
(OBC Okanagan)
Building Language Habitats: connecting Language Planning and Land Planning for Sustainable Future


Lenore Grenoble
(University of Chicago)
On Thin Ice: Language, Culture and Environment in the Arctic





Booking information

To attend the workshop, you need to submit a booking form by Friday 19 February 2010.

The cost is £17.50 for full registration and £12.50 for student/ELAP alumni/staff registration.

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