[Elsnet-list] Call for abstracts FEL XII

Tseard de Graaf tdegraaf at fa.knaw.nl
Sat Jan 5 18:26:01 CET 2008

XIIth Conference of the Foundation for Endangered Languages


Call for Abstracts 

The Foundation for Endangered Languages exists to support, enable and assist the documentation, protection and promotion of endangered languages. One of the possibilities to reach this is to bring specialists together during conferences, which have been held every year since 1996, most recently in Barcelona, Spain (2004), Stellenbosch, South Africa (2005), Mysore, India (2006) and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2007).

In 2008 the Foundation will organise its Twelfth Conference in association with the Mercator European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning and the Fryske Akademy. The conference will be organised and sponsored in the framework of the jubilee program KNAW 200, the bicentenary celebration of the foundation of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1808.


Place and Time

Conference Centre 'It Aljemint'

Fryske Akademy

Doelestrjitte 2-4


The Netherlands


Dates: 25-27 September 2008

The United Nations' Year of the Languages will be celebrated in 2008. On the 26th of September 2008 it is the annual European Language Day and these two facts will be taken into account during the conference. 


Theme of the conference:

Endangered Languages and Language Learning


This theme is related to the profile of the Mercator European Research Centre, which gathers and mobilises expertise in the field of language learning at school, at home and through cultural participation in favour of linguistic diversity of Europe. 


Possible topics to be discussed:

1) Language learning in general:

- Successful multilingual regions with endangered languages

- Language learning processes and language transmission in small communities

- Language transmission outside formal educational settings

  (pre-school facilities, cultural settings, distant learning facilities)           

2) Language learning in an educational context:

- Promoting linguistic diversity through multilingual education and teacher training programs

- Language teaching in small indigenous or migrant communities

- Potential of teaching methods for language revitalisation

- Innovation in language learning and teaching strategies

- Case studies on language immersion in endangered language communities 

- The use of electronic tools for language teaching and maintenance

Papers presented at the conference should make reference to actual language situations, and ideally should draw on personal experience. The aim of the conference is to pool experience, to discuss and to learn from it. Possible expected outcomes could be:

- Suggestions for further action and research for the revitalisation of endangered languages;

- Proposals for action programmes aimed at language learning and language transmission;

- Recommendations for a common European approach towards the strengthening of endangered languages to the European Union, the Council of Europe and UNESCO;


Abstract and Paper Submission

In order to present a paper at the conference, authors must submit in advance and abstract of not more than 500 words. They may be submitted in two ways: by electronic submission, and alternatively on paper. They should be written in English. 

1) Electronic submission (by March 1 2008): For electronic submission we use the EasyChair system. The submission URL is http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=felxii2008 <http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=felxii2008> 

Abstracts and later papers in PDF, Microsoft Word or plain text format can be submitted. 

Please follow the instructions carefully. The "ABSTRACT" box on the web form should be used for a one paragraph summary of your paper that will help us assigning papers to reviewers.

2) Paper abstracts: In case you are not able to use the electronic submission system, one single printed copy should be sent (to arrive by 1 March 2008) to:

FEL XII Conference Administration
Foundation for Endangered Languages
172 Bailbrook Lane
Bath BA1 7AA
United Kingdom

This should have a clear short title, but should not bear anything to identify the author(s).
On a separate sheet, enclosed in an envelope, 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.

Oral presentations will last twenty minutes each, with a further ten minutes for discussion. Plenary lectures will last forty-five minutes each. Authors will be expected to submit a written paper with the full version of the lecture for publication in the proceedings well in advance of the conference.

Authors (and other attendees) from outside the European Union who need a visa will also be required to inform the organizers in advance of the following details:

Passport Number, 

Date and Place of Issue 


Important Dates

Abstract arrival deadlines: 1 March 2008 
Committee's decision: 1 April 2008
In case of acceptance, the full paper should be sent by 30 June 2008
Conference:  25-27 September 2008


Web sites


>From 1 January 2008 further information about the FEL XII conference will be available on the following web sites:

www.ogmios.org (Foundation for Endangered Languages)

www.mercator-research.eu (Mercator Research Centre) 


Further information about the conference site can be found at

www.fa.knaw.nl (Fryske Akademy)


Contact persons:


Nicholas Ostler

Foundation for Endangered Languages


Reinier Salverda

Fryske Akademy, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences


Tjeerd de Graaf 

Mercator : European Research Centre on 

Multilingualism and Language Learning 

c/o Fryske Akademy

Doelestrjitte 8

P.O.Box 54

NL-8900 AB, Ljouwert / Leeuwarden

The Netherlands


t: +31 (0) 50-3092218

f: +31 (0) 58 213 1409

e: tdegraaf<at>fa.knaw.nl

w: www.mercator-research.eu/research-projects 

à Endangered Languages

-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: http://stratus.let.uu.nl/pipermail/elsnet-list/attachments/20080105/c4eac545/attachment-0001.htm

More information about the Elsnet-list mailing list