Following on from Part 1 of our Spring recap, here’s the second part of our roundup, featuring language documentation training in India and some of our upcoming events during 2019. From 14-23 April, Mandana traveled to Ranchi, India, to deliver language documentation training with Felix Rau (University of Cologne) and ELDP grantee Alex Garcia (Universitat de Barcelona). The “International Workshop on the Documentation of Endangered Languages and Cultures” was organised by
2019 has already proven to be a very busy year here at ELAR and ELDP! To keep you up to date with what we’ve been up to, here is Part 1 of our Spring round-up. To kick off 2019, Mandana Seyfeddinipur visited UNESCO, Paris, in January to attend the celebration of the UN’s International Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL2019). The global launch event gathered a variety of attendees, including indigenous
A team from the Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia (RILCA) at Mahidol University, Thailand, visited ELAR from 18-24 March for key training in digitisation, data management and archiving. ELAR is collaborating with the RILCA team to set up a digital archive for the long-term preservation and dissemination of indigenous linguistic materials and cultural heritage in Thailand. The RILCA team includes Principle Investigator Siripen Ungsitipoonporn and digital archivist/researcher Buachut Watyam,
ELAR is collaborating with the Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia (RILCA) at Mahidol University, Thailand to set up a digital archive for the long-term preservation and dissemination of indigenous linguistic materials and cultural heritage in Thailand. The small-scale digital archive will focus on developing measures to preserve cultural heritage and linguistic diversity by local scholars and community themselves, building capacity at a local level. The project will
To celebrate International Mother Language Day on 21 February, SOAS World Languages Institute and ELAR organised Language Fest with SOAS staff, students and friends showcasing their work on languages. 2019 is also the UN’s International Year of Indigenous Languages, raising awareness and promoting and ensuring access to indigenous languages. Visitors listened to flash talks throughout the day, learning about languages like Manchu, Tamil and Gikuyu. Mandana Seyfeddinipur and Gema Zamora
ELDP held a one-week long fall school on theory and methods in modern language documentation focusing on the MENA region from October 10th through 17th. The school was held in collaboration with and hosted by the Zentrum fuer Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS) in Berlin, Germany. The school provided training in theory and methods of modern language documentation to students and scholars who are working on endangered languages and are living in the MENA
What a busy autumn we’re having at ELAR! We started September with our anual training for ELDP grantees here in London. We had the opportunity to meet a wide range of excellent researchers from all around the world. Some of them had received ELDP grants to carry out fieldwork for their PhDs, while others are already experienced researchers wanting to deepen their knowledge in the latest tools for language documentation.
Communities in Control: Learning tools and strategies for multilingual endangered language communities
The Mercator Research Centre, SOAS World Languages Institute, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Social and Language Documentation and the Foundation for Endangered Languages cordially invite scholars, community organisations and community members working on the revitalization of endangered languages, its documentation and archiving to join the International Conference on “Communities in Control” that will take place in Alcanena, Portugal, on October 19-21 2017. This conference is organised together with the Foundation of
See below for contributions by SOAS students and visitors to our Language Fest held to celebrate International Mother Language Day (February 21).
On February 21st, 2017, students, staff, community members and researchers came together to celebrate International Mother Language day at SOAS in the Paul Webley Wing, Senate House. This event showcased not only the linguistic and cultural diversity of our school, but also some of the great work being produced in the areas of language teaching and Linguistics at SOAS. In addition to the contributions of students and staff, we collaborated