Posted by: Vera Ferreira 10 months, 4 weeks ago

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CIDLeS is co-organising a 2-day seminar on "Language documentation, teaching materials and didactics: an opportunity for small and endangered languages?" with the Mercator Research Centre (The Netherlands) and SOAS World Languages Institute (UK). The event, hosted at Mercator Research Centre in Leeuwarden, Netherlands, will take place on the 9th and 10th of December.

This seminar will address the growing need for up-to-date teaching materials and methods for small and endangered languages and how new technologies can be used in maintenance endeavors.

All over the world, efforts to record, describe and document endangered languages are carried out. At the same time communities are actively trying to maintain their languages. However, the two lines of activities are not well aligned to support each other.  For successful language maintenance, the creation of language documentation collection is not enough. The mobilization of documentation collection for education (in a broad sense) is one major element in these endeavors. This will be addressed in this seminar, namely how can language documentation efforts be streamlined with efforts in teaching material development for language maintenance. The seminar will also be used to reflect on how archived data resulting from documentation projects can be used to strengthen revitalization processes.

The following speakers have already confirmed their presence:

  • Mandana Seyfeddinipur (SOAS World Languages Institute, UK)
  • Vera Ferreira (CIDLeS, Portugal)
  • Julia Sallabank (SOAS University of London, UK)
  • Michael Hornsby (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland)
  • Jarmo Lainio (Stockholm University, Sweden)
  • Julia Schulz (Speaking Place, USA)
  • José Pedro Ferreira (CELGA-ILTEC, University of Coimbra, Portugal)
  • Didier Demolin (Université de Sorbonne Nouvelle, France)
  • Anne Pauwels (SOAS University of London, UK)

Online registration available here: https://www.fryske-akademy.nl/_form/mercator-soas/

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