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UNESCO deems 43% of the world’s 6,000 languages at risk of extinction

This is a call for papers for the conference on Language Endangerment: Methodologies and New Challenges to be held in Cambridge on July 6th 2012. Please contact Mari Jones () or Christopher Connolly () to send in abstracts or ask for more information.

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Call for papers deadline: 15-Mar-2012

Meeting Description:

At a time when UNESCO deems 43% of the world’s 6,000 languages at risk of extinction, the imperative to record and analyse these linguistic varieties while they are still spoken has scarcely been greater. Yet researchers have ostensibly been slow to avail themselves of the opportunities offered by new techologies, from visual and aural archiving, to digitisation of textual resources and electronic mapping, techniques which could have the potential to play an integral role in reversing language shift. However, it is clear that with these new technologies come new challenges for the linguist. The 2nd Cambridge Conference on Language Endangerment invites researchers to bring forward their ideas for tackling these issues: to share experiences from the field, to consider how these new resources might best be applied, as well as the problems that they can bring, to reassess more traditional techniques in light of new technologies and to work with a view towards achieving a practicable synthesis of old and new methodologies. At this critical time, the conference seeks to
ignite the debate as to what, if indeed anything, new technologies have to offer the fields of documentation, revitalization and maintenance, and how the research community might seek to enhance the functionality of these resources in order to advance their application beyond mere superficies.

Call for Papers:

Abstracts (200 words maximum) are due by Thursday 15 March 2012 and should be sent via email to the conference organisers, Mari Jones () and Christopher Connolly ().

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