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Category:   E-Conf
Subject:   Call for Registration: FEL X Mysore - VITAL VOICES: Endangered Languages & Multilingualism
From:   Nicholas Ostler
Email:   nostler_(on)_chibcha.demon.co.uk
Date received:   18 Aug 2006
Deadline:   10 Sep 2006
Start date:   25 Oct 2006

The Foundation for Endangered Languages: Tenth Conference in association with the Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore, India. 25-27 October 2006. Registration is now open, through downloadable forms which can be found at http://www.ogmios.org and at http://www.ciil.org/Main/Announcement/Abstracts/Registration.htm For most, there is *10 0iscount* for registration (with payment) *by 10 September*. Details of the programme, including abstracts of accepted papers, and the deal offered to attendees, including visits to linguistic sites at CIIL, and local excursions, can found at http://www.ciil.org/Main/Announcement/Abstracts The Foundation for Endangered Languages, in association with the Central Institute of Indian Languages, will hold its annual 2006 conference in India, home of more than a thousand languages and dialects, and a consciously multilingual policy stance by the Government of India. Although many of these languages enjoy political and economic patronage, others are struggling to survive. Among these strugglers are the languages of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, where communities are not only tiny, but also some of the most anciently independent tribes on the planet. The viability of many such small languages is threatened. This year's conference concerns the effects of multilingualism on smaller languages. A crucial question for this conference is how far poorly-conceived language planning policies may actually contribute to environmental imbalance and instability, dangers that are often very little understood. As we understand the effort to revitalize languages, this is no more than the support they need to develop in the face of new demands, including the increased bi- and multi-lingualism coming from globalization, urbanization and language contact. `*Vital Voices'* refers to the growing awareness that the survival and development of endangered languages are necessary for humanity's future, however endangered they may look amidst the statistics generated for policy in our globalized economy. The programme will include a keynote lecture by Professor Lachman Khubchandani: LANGUAGES THREATENED IN A PLURAL FRAMEWORK: Dialectics of Speech Variation and Globalization Different sessions, with some 30 talks over three days, will focus on: Outlining the Danger Development and Changes Effects of Contact Roles for Religion Literacy Choices & Documentation Extreme Endangerment Majority-Minority Relationships Emerging Complexity Cooperation with Neighbour Languages Community Response for Language Support The Conference Venue The *Central Institute of Indian Languages*, Mysore, (CIIL) was set up by the Government of India in July 1969. It is a large institute with seven regional centers spread all over India, and is engaged in research and training in Indian languages other than English and Hindi. It helps to evolve and implement India's language policy and coordinate the development of Indian languages.* Mysore *is a city in the Southern Indian <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India> state of Karnataka <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karnataka>. The former capital of the princely state of Mysore, ruled by the Wodeyar dynasty since the 14th century, it is now the administrative seat of Mysore District <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mysore_District>, the second largest in Karnataka, 135 km <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilometre> from Bangalore <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangalore>, the state capital. The city is known for its palaces and many other attractions. One of these is the Brindavan Gardens laid out beside the Krishnarajasagar dam (19km), particularly beautiful at night. There are also the Royal Palace, the Chamundi Hills, Srirangapatnam Temple, Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary, Oriental Research Institute, and Museums of Folklore, and of Art and Archeology. The conference dates (25-27 October) will allow participants, if they wish, to witness Diwali (the festival of lights) on 23 October before coming to Mysore. A language-related excursion is planned for 28-29 October after the conference. Transport *Bus*: Mysore has inter-city and sub-urban public bus transportation. *Rail*: Mysore is connected to Bangalore <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangalore> to the northeast via Mandya <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandya>, and to Hassan <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hassan> to the northwest, to Chamarajanagar <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamarajanagar> via Nanjangud <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanjangud> to the southeast. *Air*: The nearest accessible airport is at Bangalore <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangalore>. -- Foundation for Endangered Languages Registered Charity: England and Wales 1070616 172 Bailbrook Lane, Bath BA1 7AA, England +44-1225-852865 nostler_(on)_chibcha.demon.co.uk http://www.ogmios.org _______________________________________________ Elsnet-list mailing list Elsnet-list_(on)_elsnet.org http://mailman.elsnet.org/mailman/listinfo/elsnet-list

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