26th Linguistics Symposium 2011

Linguistics Symposium at UW-Milwaukee

In a globalized world where hundreds of languages are expected to become extinct in the 21st century, it is highly relevant to analyze the viability and continuity of threatened languages. The purpose of the 26th Linguistics Symposium is to discuss this impending loss to humankind from a multidisciplinary perspective.

We invite contributions for the assessment of this process from Linguistics, Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, Education, and related fields. Equally welcome is the participation of practitioners in language revitalization efforts.

We wish to combine theoretical and practical perspectives for the analysis of the linguistic and social processes involved in language death, endangerment, documentation and revitalization.

Possible topics include the following:

  • The genetic and areal distribution of endangered languages
  • Structural characteristics of endangered languages
  • Cultural characteristics of endangered language communities
  • Causes of language endangerment
  • Documentation of endangered languages
  • Language revitalization programs and practices
  • Academic ethics and advocacy in language endangerment

Call for papers