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Category:   E-Material
Subject:   FEL XII Proceedings: Endangered Languages and Language Learning - new book
Email:   nicholas.ostler_(on)_googlemail.com
Date received:   07 Oct 2008

The Foundation for Endangered Languages held its twelfth conference in Ljouwert (Leeuwarden), Friesland (NL) in September 2008, in collaboration with the Fryske Akademy and MERCATOR. It concerned the problems that arise for endangered languages in language learning. A language is endangered if the rising generation, for whatever reason, is not learning to use it. That is the essence of language endangerment. Language learning is therefore, in the most immediate sense, the central mechanism in any remedy. The topic includes both informal, sometimes almost unnoticed, acquisition of languages, and formal language instruction in the school system or outside it. Transmission may need to occur in small isolated communities, or (more perilously) among minorities within a larger social world that speaks another language. Where language teaching is an established facility, but outside school, this may be in nursery facilities, organized clubs, or - most recently, through distance learning, each with its own distinctive problems. What innovations are possible, given that the teaching and learning of languages is something that has been practised for millennia? The proceedings of the conference are now available, entitled "Endangered Languages and Language Learning", edited by Tjeerd de Graaf, Nicholas Ostler and Reinier Salverda. (ISBN 9780956021007) It is an 237-page volume, and the contents look like this: Index of Authors Map of Language Locations by Page Number Index of Languages Tjeerd de Graaf, Nicholas Ostler and Reinier Salverda Preface: Endangered Languages and Language Learning KEYNOTE 1 Alastair Walker How Can Academic Institutions Help Support an Endangered Language? The Case of North Frisian SECTION 1 LEARNING THE DETAILS Pamela Innes Gaps in Linguistic Analyses and Their Rami?cations for Teaching Endangered Languages Ekaterina Gruzdeva Nivkh Syntax in Educational Perspective Eric Hoekstra and Bouke Slofstra How Majority Languages In?uence Minority Languages: the Linguistic Mechanisms and some Consequences For Language Maintenance through Education Chryso Hadjidemetriou Attempting to Document and Revitalise Kormakiti Maronite Arabic SECTION 2 DIFFERENT APPROACHES IN THE CLASSROOM Lily Okalani Kahn Developing New Yiddish Pedagogical Resources Hashem Ahmadzadeh Dif?culties of Teaching Kurdish in a European University Racquel-Maria Yamada Integrating Documentation and Formal Teaching of Kari'nja: Design and Use of Teaching materials based on documentary materials Yoshiyuki Asahi Endangered Languages and Japanese Language Education in Sakhalin Olga Kazakevich Mother Tongue Classes at School in the context of Selkup, Ket and Evenki Communities KEYNOTE 2 Maya Khemlani David Language Policies - Impact on Language Maintenance and Teaching. Focus on Malaysia, Singapore and The Philippines SECTION 3 SCHOOL CONTEXTS - I Roza Laptander Sociolinguistic Description of the Priuralskij County in the Yamal-Nenetskij Autonomous District Picus Sizhi Ding Learning of Minority Languages in Yunnan, China Leila Dodykhudoeva and Language Immersion in Endangered Pamiri Communities: Vladimir Ivanov Elicitation Strategies in Tutorial Work SECTION 4 SCHOOL CONTEXTS - II Paolo Coluzzi The Presence (or Absence) in Education of Minority and Regional Languages in one European and one Asian Context Dick Smakman and Cassandra Smith-Christmas Gaelic Language Erosion and Revitalisation on the Isle of Skye, Scotland Yamina El Kirat El Allame Bilingualism, Language Teaching, Language Transmission and Language Endangerment: The Case of Amazigh in Morocco Ljubov Radnaeva Language Policy, Endangered Language Research and Teaching Experience in the Russian Federation SECTION 5 INNOVATIVE METHODS Hindrik Sijens How Information and Communication Technology can Help Language Preservation and Education Itziar Idiazabal, Estibaliz Amorrortu Mother Tongue, Language of Immersion. What Can the School Do to Revitalize Minorized Languages? Cecilia Odé Teaching Materials on Language Endangerment: An Interactive E-learning Module on the Internet Erich Kasten Preserving Endangered Languages of Local Speech Variants in Kamchatka Julia Sallabank Motivating Young People to Learn Endangered Languages Eta Nikolaeva and Solveta Logina Winter Schools of the Latgalian Language and Culture in Achinsk Pedagogical College (Krasnoyarsk Region, Russia) KEYNOTE 3 Durk Gorter European Minority Languages: Endangered or Revived? David Nathan and Meili Fang Language Documentation and Pedagogy: Seeking Outcomes and Accountability SECTION 6 MULTILINGUALISM & DIASPORA Marit Vamarasi Where There is no Teacher: Language Instruction in Diaspora Olimpia Rasom Teaching in Multilingual Areas with a Minority Language: Guidelines for a European Training Model Mohana Nambiar and Subramaniam Govindasamy The Learning of Endangered Mother Tongue Languages of Minority, Immigrant Communities in Multilingual Contexts: the Case of Malayalam in Malaysia SESSION 7 POLICY OVERVIEW Piet Hemminga Some Remarks on the Implementation of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in the Netherlands Iulen Urbiola Threats to Language Immersion in Endangered Language Communities: the Case of Navarre Mary Jane Norris and Endangered Aboriginal Languages in Canada: Trends, Patterns Marianne Snider and Vincent Wintermans Prospects in Language Learning: UNESCO and Endangered Languages Cor van der Meer and Alex Riemersma Mercator: Creating a Future for Languages FEL Manifesto ********* Copies are now available, at 20 pounds sterling ($40 US, 30 euro) apiece (including surface postage and packing). For air-mail dispatch, please add 7.50 pounds/$15.00/10 euro. Cheaper prices are available to FEL members, but copies are already on their way to Full, Light, Honorary and Corporate members. You can pay by - a cheque (in pounds sterling) payable to "Foundation for Endangered Languages". - a check (in US $) payable to "Nicholas Ostler". - proof of having sent an equivalent sum in your own currency to the bank account, "Foundation for Endangered Languages", Account no: 50073456, The Cooperative Bank (Sort code: 08-90-02), 16 St. Stephen's Street, Bristol BS1 1JR, England. (IBAN: GB86 CPBK 0890 0250 0734 56; and Bank Identification Code: CPBK GB22) - or by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, EuroCard), enclosing Card number, Expiry date (month | year), Name (as on card), and Address (as on card). To expedite delivery, please send orders to me at the address below. -- Nicholas Ostler Chairman, Foundation for Endangered Languages Registered Charity: England and Wales 1070616 http://www.ogmios.org 172 Bailbrook Lane, Bath, BA1 7AA, England nostler_(at)_chibcha.demon.co.uk _______________________________________________

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