Language conservation conference held at Manoa

February 20, 2013  |   |  Comments
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The 3rd International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation will be held February 28–March 3, 2013 at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. (photo courtesy of the ICLDC committee)

The 3rd International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation (ICLDC), “Sharing Worlds of Knowledge,” will be held February 28–March 3, 2013, at the Hawaiʻi Imin International Conference Center at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. By popular demand, the 3rd ICLDC will be a full day longer than the previous two conferences.

This year’s conference theme, “Sharing Worlds of Knowledge,” highlights the fact that language encodes knowledge in many subfields of science, art and the humanities. Researchers need to know how to tap into these topics to fully document the unique worldview held by each language community.

The program aims to build on the strong momentum created by the 1st and 2nd ICLDCs to discuss research and revitalization approaches yielding rich records that can benefit both the field of language documentation and speech communities.

Master classes

The conference program will feature an integrated series of Master Class workshops taught by experts in ethnobotany, ethnogeography, folk taxonomy, oral history, ethnomusicology and kinship systems. The workshops are designed to give conference participants practical information to guide their language documentation efforts.

  • Linda Barwick, University of Sydney—Documenting Ethnomusicology
  • Alex Golub, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa—Documenting Kinship Systems
  • David Mark, University at Buffalo—Ethnophysiogeography: Documenting Categories of Landscape Features
  • Will McClatchey, Botanical Research Institute of Texas—Folk Taxonomy
  • Warren Nishimoto, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa—Documenting Oral History
  • Tamara Ticktin, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa—Ethnobotany

Field study

An optional Hilo field study to visit Hawaiian language revitalization programs in action will immediately follow the conference (March 4–5).

For more on this upcoming event, please visit the program website.

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