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Category:   E-CFP
Subject:   Call for Abstracts: FEL X - VITAL VOICES: Endangered Languages & Multilingualism
From:   Nicholas Ostler
Email:   nostler_(on)_chibcha.demon.co.uk
Date received:   23 Mar 2006
Deadline:   18 Apr 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. 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. Some Issues for the Conference: We hope to discuss these issues in terms of actual language situations presented by our participants. · Are minority languages threatened, or strengthened, through bilingualism or multilingualism with other languages? Is it essential for the survival of a small language to sustain a minimum-sized core group of language-dominant speakers? · What factors beside the prospect of competitive economic benefits can sustain language use in a community (and indeed re-orient the language planners)? · Is bilingual language planning important for families based on cross-cultural/linguistic marriages? More generally, what role is there for language planners in the future of a small language or dialect? Is language survival helped or hindered by a flexible policy in recognizing what languages are actually in use? · How significant are social networks for sustaining 'vital voices'? Does the context of a consciously multilingual society foster use of smaller languages? Is code-switching as common in small minority communities and tribes as it is in the elites? · How compatible is western-style formal education with traditional language use? Are there other models for transmission? · Are the prospects of minority languages affected by the metropolitan languages through which they may be known to a wider world? · Does a language's vitality benefit if it is not closely related, or structurally similar, to its neighbours? · Is language documentation the only feasible outside response to the needs of vital but vanishing voices? · How can modern -- often cheap -- technology benefit the smallest languages? '*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 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>. Submission of Abstracts If you would like to take part in our conference, please submit an abstract of your contribution. Abstracts should not exceed 500 words. They may be submitted in either of two ways: by electronic submission, or on paper. Most simply, they should be written in English. Other languages may also be accepted by prior arrangement with the Programme Chair Mahendra Verma mkv1_(on)_york.ac.uk mkv1_(on)_york.ac.uk> or FEL Chair Nicholas Ostler nostler_(on)_chibcha.demon.co.uk> nostler_(on)_chibcha.demon.co.uk> 1) Electronic submission: Electronic submission (*by 18 April 2006*) should be as an attachment in Word, or simply as an email message to mkv1_(on)_york.ac.uk mkv1_(on)_york.ac.uk>, with copies to FEL_(on)_chibcha.demon.co.uk> FEL_(on)_chibcha.demon.co.uk> and mallikarjun_(on)_ciil.stpmy.soft.net mallikarjun_(on)_ciil.stpmy.soft.net>. Please fill in the subject domain as follows: FEL_Abstract The e-mail should also contain, in the following format: NAME : Names of the author(s) AFFILIATION(S): Institution(s) where the author(s) currently work TITLE: Title of the paper EMAIL: Email address of the first author, if any ADDRESS: Postal address of the first author TEL: Telephone number of the first author, if any FAX: Fax number of the first author, if any The name of the first author will be used in all correspondence. Note. The Conference announcement will also be placed on the net by CIIL at www.ciil.org http://www.ciil.org/> with facilities for submission, and a step-by-step method of submission that will automatically send copies of the abstract as above. Dr. B.Mallikarjun of CIIL, Mysore (Tel: +91-821-2345007) will be the local point of contact for participants. 2) Paper abstracts: Three copies should be sent (to arrive *by 18 April 2006*) to: Dr Mahendra Verma Dept of Language and Linguistic Science University of York York YO10 5DD United Kingdom fax +44 1904 432673 This should have a clear short title, but should not bear anything to identify the author(s). On a separate sheet, please include the following information: NAME: Names of the author(s) TITLE: Title of the paper EMAIL: Email address of the first author, if any ADDRESS: Postal address of the first author TEL: Telephone number of the first author, if any FAX: Fax number of the first author, if any The name of the first author will be used in all correspondence. (If possible, please also send an e-mail to Mahendra Verma mkv1_(on)_york.ac.uk mkv1_(on)_york.ac.uk> informing him of the paper submission. This is in case the hard copy does not reach its destination in time. This e-mail should contain the information specified in the above section.) Important Notes for Authors Oral presentations (except for any selected to be keynote addresses) will last twenty minutes each, with a further ten minutes for discussion. Authors will be expected to submit a written paper with the full version of the lecture (up to 8 pages A4), for publication in the proceedings, well in advance of the conference. Further details on the format of text will be specified to the authors. Authors (and other attendees) from outside India will also be required to inform the organizers in advance of the following details: Passport Number, Citizenship, Date and Place of Issue, for all who wish to be present during the conference. Important Dates · Abstract arrival deadline - 18 April 2006 · Committee's decision - 30 April 2006 · Informing authors - 8 May 2006 · Conference Website with all abstracts - 15 May 2006 · In case of acceptance, the full paper needs to be sent by 31 August 2006. · Conference - 25-27 October 2006 URL: http://utrecht.elsnet.org/fel/conf2006.html -- 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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