Saturday, August 20, 2005

Cornell: Conference on Language and Poverty in October, 2005

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Mark Rauterkus said...

Cornell Conference on Language and Poverty

October 14-16, 2005

This conference, organized by the linguistics department at Cornell University, has two central objectives:

(1) to highlight the complex interconnections of language and poverty for a general audience, and

(2) to promote exchange among scholars of language and of culture and poverty as well as community-based language activists on work with endangered languages in impoverished communities.

Day one pursues the first objective of outreach and general education; days two and three are primarily devoted to the second and more specialized effort.
Distinguished scholars and community workers from around the world will be joined by commentators drawn from a wide range of departments and programs at Cornell.

There is no registration fee but those planning to participate are asked to register at so that we can plan
for refreshments and the conference dinner on Saturday. Some scholarship support is still available to defray travel and accommodations costs for those
who do not hold regular academic appointments or have access to travel funding.

Graduate students and people working in their own communities on language revival and maintenance projects are strongly encouraged to apply for this
support through our website. Preference will be given to applications received
by Friday, September 9, 2005. There is also limited crash space available; you may request crash space when you register online for the conference, or by sending a message to Wayne Harbert at Please do so as soon as possible but preferably no later than Friday, September 30, 2005 if you would like somewhere to put your sleeping bag. A list of local hotels is available on the conference website.

Day 1, Friday, October 14, 2005

Poverty as a Factor in Language Maintenance and Language Death

Keynote speaker: Leanne Hinton
Commentator: Kathryn S. March

Panel Discussion by Herman Batibo, Matthias Brenzinger, and Ofelia Zepeda on the effect of access to resources on the maintenance of minority languages.

Commentator: TBA

Language and Access to Resources

Keynote Speaker: John Baugh
Commentator: Stephen L. Morgan

Panel Discussion by Neville Alexander, Ofelia Garcia, and Ajit
Mohanty on the relation between the languages people speak or
do not speak and their economic status.
Commentator: Ravi Kanbur

Day 2, Saturday, October 15, 2005

Workshop on Community-Based Language Maintenance Programs,
with Nora Marks Dauenhauer, Richard Dauenhauer, and TBA.
Commentator: Audra Simpson

Workshop on the Role of the Linguist in Language Maintenance
and Revitalization: Documentation Training and Materials Development, with Lenore Grenoble, Norvin Richards and Keren Rice
Commentator: Amanda Miller

Minority Languages in Economic and Social Context
Keynote Speaker: Suzanne Romaine
Commentator: Benedict Anderson

Panel Discussion with Bruce Mannheim and Peter Whiteley on the
implications of political economy, social structure, and culture
for language in an age of globalization.
Commentator: David Wippman

Day 3, Sunday morning, October 16, 2005 (concluding by 1:00pm)

Workshop on Technology as a Tool in Language Modelling, Documentation and Preservation, with Helen Aristar-Dry and
Ian Maddieson.
Commentator: Mark Turin

Workshop on Funding for Language Documentation and Revitalization Initiatives, with Arienne Dwyer, Barry Supple and Doug Whalen

The conference is funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and Cornell University's Poverty, Inequality and Development Initiative.

The conference organizers,

Wayne Harbert

Sally McConnell-Ginet

Amanda Miller

John Whitman