Description

The 6th International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation (ICLDC), Connecting Communities, Languages & Technology, will be held February 28-March 3, 2019, at the Hawaiʻi Imin International Conference Center on the campus of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. The 6th ICLDC is hosted by the Department of Linguistics and the National Foreign Language Resource Center at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and is generously supported with funding from the National Science Foundation.

The conference program will feature three Keynote talks, Talk Story sessions, Workshops, papers, and posters. New for 2019 is the Technology Showcase, a networking opportunity which will bring together technology developers and language community members. An optional Hilo Field Study (on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi) to visit Hawaiian language revitalization programs in action will take place immediately after the conference (March 4-5, 2019).


Over the past two decades endangered language documentation and conservation has (re)emerged as a distinct subfield of linguistics with its own methodology and theoretical underpinnings. This reemergence has occurred in parallel with a dramatic technological evolution which has put advanced computing tools in the hands of language documenters and those striving to reclaim and maintain endangered languages. Moreover, technology is also changing traditional user roles, blurring the lines between linguist, speaker, and activist by providing increased access to information. Digital tools have the power to greatly accelerate the language work, but the digital realm also brings new challenges for endangered languages, which sometimes struggle to thrive in a digitally-mediated world.

At ICLDC 2019 we propose to initiate a dialogue which will lead to improved connections between communities, languages, and technologies. We specifically aim to bring together three groups which have not always worked closely together, namely: linguists, language communities, and technology developers.  

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Call for paper

Important Dates

Draft paper submission deadline:2018-08-31

Draft paper acceptance notification:2018-10-01

Call for paper description

Conference Theme: Connecting Communities, Languages & Technology

Over the past two decades endangered language documentation and conservation has (re)emerged as a distinct subfield of linguistics with its own methodology and theoretical underpinnings. This reemergence has occurred in parallel with a dramatic technological evolution which has put advanced computing tools in the hands of language documenters and those striving to reclaim and maintain endangered languages. Moreover, technology is also changing traditional user roles, blurring the lines between linguist, speaker, and activist by providing increased access to information. Digital tools have the power to greatly accelerate the language work, but the digital realm also brings new challenges for endangered languages, which sometimes struggle to thrive in a digitally-mediated world.

At ICLDC 2019 we propose to initiate a dialogue which will lead to improved connections between communities, languages, and technologies. We specifically aim to bring together three groups which have not always worked closely together, namely: linguists, language communities, and technology developers.  

Following a format introduced at the ICLDC 2017, we are including a 90-minute block on Thursday, Friday and Saturday to be dedicated to two alternative conference activities: Workshops and Talk Story discussions. 
 We also introduce a new conference event, the Technology Showcase, which will bring together technology developers and community members to explore new applications of language technology. Finally, we welcome proposals for regular paper and poster presentations as well. 

Please note the differing deadlines and guidelines for the Workshops and Talk Story proposals (June 30)  the Paper, Poster, and Technology Showcase proposals  (August 31). 

Author guidelines

Papers will be allowed 20 minutes for presentation with 10 minutes of question time.

Posters will be on display throughout the day of presentation. Poster presentations will run during the lunch. Poster presentations are recommended for authors who wish to present smaller, more specific topics, or descriptions of particular projects.

Technology Showcase.  A new feature to be introduced at ICLDC 2019 is the Technology Showcase, which is a networking event for developers, linguists, and community members involved in creating,  repurposing, or otherwise utilizing a wide-variety of technologies for language work to interact in an informal, hands-on session. During this 2-3 hour event on Friday, March 1, developers will be given space to exhibit their tools and products, and conference participants will have the opportunity to freely circulate and interact with the technologies and developers. The Technology Showcase will provide an opportunity for face-to-face contact and hopefully lead to productive collaborations—both between developers and communities, and also between developers and between communities who might not be aware of others working on similar efforts. We are soliciting developers (broadly defined) to submit proposals that outline the tool that they have developed, which include but are not limited to software, apps, web technologies, repurposed uses of software, novel scripts. 

Committee

ICLDC Executive Committee
Gary Holton, co-Chair (Linguistics, UH Mānoa)
Bradley McDonnell, co-Chair (Linguistics, UH Mānoa)
Jim Yoshioka, coordinator (NFLRC, UH Mānoa) 


ICLDC Advisory Committee
Andrea Berez-Kroeker
Shobhana Cheliah
Chris Cox
Larry Kimura
Alexis Palmer
Michael Rießler
Nick Thieberger

ICLDC Student Steering Committee
To be announced

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Contact information

  • icldc@hawaii.edu

Sponsored By

  • the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa

Supported By

  • National Science Foundation
    Department of Linguistics, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
    National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC), University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
    College of Languages, Linguistics & Literature, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
    Ka Haka 'Ula O Ke'elikōlani College of Hawaiian Language, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo