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Conference | Symposium

Ethnolinguistic vitality and diversity: Looking back and moving forward

Thursday 29 September 2022 - Friday 30 September 2022
Faculty Club Restaurant, Rapenburg 73


The inauguration of Felix Ameka will commence on Thursday 29th September with a Symposium with the theme Ethnolinguistic vitality and diversity: Looking back and moving forward.

Programme Thursday 29th September

09.30-10.00 Walk-in Tea and coffee  
10.00-10.15 Frieda Steurs, Secretary General, CIPL, Director INT & Lisa Cheng, Director, LUCL Welcome

Mandana Seyfeddinipur

Director, ELDP/ELAR, Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
And after 20 years we have just scratched the surface …
11.00-11.45 Gabriela Paez Baez, Oregon, Director Language Revital-ization Lab & Co-Director, the National Breath of Life Archival Institute for Indigenous Languages Relevance of language revitalization in a diversity of vitality contexts and support strategies
11.45-12.30 Birgit Hellwig, U Cologne, Language Documentation and Psycholinguistics Child language documentation
12.30-14.00 Lunch Instituut voor de Nederlandse Taal (INT) Rapenburg 61, 2311 GJ Leiden
14.00-14.45 Serge Sagna, Manchester U, Multilingualism, Child language acquisition, language policy and planning Language socialisation fosters language maintenance in the Casamance, but minority languages are still seriously threatened
14.45-15.30 Rachel Ayuk Ojong Diba, U Buea & SUNY Buffalo, sociolinguistics, multi-lingualism,  conversational analysis Space: A determining variable in the documentation of multilingualism
15.30-15.45 Tea and coffee break  
15.45-16.30 Anne Pauwels, SOAS & U Melbourne, Multilingualism and language education, language maintenance and language issues in refugee centres Exploring multilingual soundscapes
16.30-17.00 General Discussion: Key issues of the day Instituut voor de Nederlandse Taal (INT) Rapenburg 61, 2311 GJ Leiden
18.00-  Dinner Surakarta, Noordeinde 51 – 53, 2311CB Leiden


Programme Friday 30th September

09.00-09.30 Walk-in Tea and Coffee  
09.30-10.15 James Essegbey, U Florida, language documentation and  description, language contact, pidgins and creoles, orthography development

Writing as a double edged sword: Implications for literacy and vitality

10.15-11.00 Zinnia Mevawalla: U Strath-clyde, Scotland UK, Early  years education, inclusion and equity for children and families, post-colonialism The complexities of early English-language learning in education-focused NGOs in India: Policies, Perspectives and Post-colonialism
11.00-11.15 Tea and coffee break  
11.15-12.00 Deborah Hill, U. Canberra, language documentation and description, language in development and sustainability studies Global concepts and ethnolinguistic diversity: how documentary linguistics can contribute to policies and strategies on gender equity
12.00-12.30 Azeb Amha,  ASC Leiden, language documentation and description & Komla Tsey, Cairns Institute, James Cook U., Education for social sustainability, well-being in marginalized communities and development Book launch Languages, Linguistics and Development Practices, Deborah Hill and Felix K. Ameka (eds.) Palgrave 2022
12.30-13.00 Eline van der Veken  Brill Publishers Retrodigitalisation project Linguistic Bibliography
13.00-14.00 Lunch Instituut voor de Nederlandse Taal (INT) Rapenburg 61, 2311 GJ Leiden
16.00-17.00 Felix K. Ameka, Inaugural Lecture Groot Auditorium Academiegebouw Rapenburg 73


On the 30th of September Felix Ameka will give his inaugural lecture: Turning the tides from language endangerment to ethnolinguistic vitality (register or follow the livestream).

Turning the tide from language endangerment to ethnolinguistic vitality
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