Linguistic Perspectives on Endangered Languages

A SKY symposium

Helsinki, Finland

August 29 - September 1, 2001

Organized by The Linguistic Association of Finland (SKY)

Conference venue: House of Sciences (Tieteiden talo), address Kirkkokatu 6

Wednesday, August 29, 2001
8.00-9.30 Registration
Lobby, ground floor
9.30-9.45 Opening words
room 104
9.45-11.15 William McGregor: Structural changes in language shift/obsolescence: a Kimberley (Australia) perspective
room 104
11.15-11.30 BREAK  
Session I
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11.30-12.00 Shoji: Who is to define language endangerment? -
12.00-12.30 Vakhtin: Language Death Prognosis: A Critique of Judgment -
12.30-13.00 Hallamaa: Knowing the state of endangered languages: A blessing or a curse? -
13.00-14.30 LUNCH
Session II
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14.30-15.30 DEMONSTRATION: Landweer: Indicators of Ethnolinguistic Vitality Germane to the Papua New Guinea Setting DEMONSTRATION: I. Nikolaev: The construction of a full-text database on Balto-Finnic languages and Russian dialects in Northwest Russia
15.30-16.00 COFFEE
Lobby, ground floor
Session III
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16.00-16.30 Ma'alip: Sociolinguistic perspectives of Kristang language in Melaka Mosonyi & Barbella: Situation of the Indigenous Languages of Venezuela in its Current Conjuncture
16.30-17.00 Sakel: Differences in the degree of language endangerment: the case of Mosetén Vonen: Cochlear implantation - another tool for endangering languages?
17.15-19.00 GET-TOGETHER
Lobby, ground floor

Thursday, August 30, 2001
9.00-10.30 Marja-Liisa Olthuis: The Inarisaami language as an endangered language
room 104
10.30-10.45 BREAK
Session IV
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10.45-11.15 - Terrill: Language shift in a language resistant to borrowing: A Solomon Islands case study
11.15-11.45 Furbee & Stanley: Language Death on the American Great Plains: Chiwere Siouan and Speaker Accommodation Rusakov: Romani dialects: Change and stability
11.45-12.15 Elordui: Variability in the grammar of endangered languages: the case of Basque Granqvist: Finnish influence on Romani phonology
12.15-14.00 LUNCH
Session V
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14.00-14.30 Fabre: Kamsá, a poorly documented isolating language spoken in South-Western Colombia -
14.30-15.00 Terraza: Towards a language planning of the endangered languages in Argentina -
15.00-15.30 COFFEE
Lobby, ground floor
Session VI
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15.30-16.00 - -
16.00-16.30 Austin: Karelian since 1991 -
16.30-16.45 BREAK
Session VII
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16.45-17.15 Soosaar: Conscious language renewal as a way to assure future to endangered languages -
17.15-17.45 E.-J. Salminen: Is Udmurt an endangered language? -

Friday, August 31, 2001
Session VIII
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10.00-10.30 Dunn: Chukchi and Russian-speaking Chukchis: A case study of language shift and cognition Leinonen: Komi - an endangered language?
10.30-11.00 Anderson: Switch reference - a newly discovered vanishing category in Tofa Myhill: The Jewish conception of identity and the sanctification and renewal of Hebrew
11.00-11.30 Agranat: Relic of the polypredicative syntax in Votic Rana: Revitalizing Kusunda language in the Himalayas
11.30-13.30 LUNCH
Section IX
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13.30-14.00 Klumpp: Pre- and postshift Kamas McGregor: Sociolinguistic factors leading to language shift
14.00-14.30 Nikolaeva & Milkova: Udihe under Russian Influence: Effects of Endangerment on the Language Grammar Bartens: Creoles as endangered languages: the case of the two creole languages of Colombia
14.30-15.00 COFFEE
Lobby, ground floor
Session X
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15.00-15.30 Gruzdeva: Some effects of language attrition on Nivkh grammar -
15.30-16.00 Riionheimo: Endangered morphology? Luykx: Standardization as a language maintenance/ revitalization strategy
16.00-16.15 BREAK
16.15-17.45 Tapani Salminen: Linguists and language endangerment in north-western Siberia
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19.30 DINNER
restaurant Panimo, Suomenlinna

Saturday, September 1, 2001
9.00-10.30 David Harrison: Nomads on the internet: Documentation, endangered languages and technologies
room 104
10.30-10.45 BREAK
Session XI
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10.45-11.15 Novozhilova: Code switching in contemporary Vepsian language Ward: A template for a CALL program for endangered languages
11.15-11.45 Kazakevitch: Bi- and multilingualism and code-switching among indigenous population of the Turukhansk district -
11.45-12.20 Film show: Turukhansk district
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12.20-14.00 LUNCH
14.00-15.30 Panel discussion
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15.30-15.45 Closing
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