Dear MLE friends.
The Foundation for Endangered Languages (FEL) in collaboration with CIIL
brought out an interesting publication titled: "Vital Voices: Endangered
Languages and Multilingualism". Below you can read more about the content.
The distributor for India is CIIL. You can contact CIIL through S.B. Biswas
Karsten van Riezen
Education Consultant, SIL Int.
SIL, South Asia Group.
From: Nicholas Ostler [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 01 September 2007 19:36
Subject: FEL Info: Vital Voices: Endangered Languages and Multilingualism -
FEL X Proceedings
The Foundation held its tenth conference in Mysore, India in October 2006,
in collaboration with the Central Institute for Indian Languages.
It concerned the effects of multilingualism on smaller languages. A crucial
question was how far poorly-conceived language planning policies may
actually contribute to environmental imbalance and instability, dangers that
are often very little understood. Endangered languages need support to
develop in the face of new demands, including the increased
bi- and multi-lingualism coming from globalization, urbanization and
The title 'Vital Voices' underlines our contention that the survival and
development of endangered languages are necessary for humanity's future,
however endangered they may look amidst the statistics generated for policy
in our globalized economy.
The proceedings of the conference are now available, in a joint edition with
CIIL, entitled "Vital Voices: Endangered Languages and Multilingualism" and
edited by R. Elangaiyan, R. McKenna Brown, Nicholas Ostler and Mahendra K.
It is an 196-page volume, and the contents look like this:
U.N. Singh Foreword
R. Elangaiyan, McKenna Brown, Nicholas Ostler, M.K. Verma Preface,
Map of Language Locations by Page Number Index of Authors Note on Spelling
of Clicks Index of Languages and Families
Section 1 Keynote Address
Lachman Khubchandani Languages Threatened in a Plural Framework –
Dialectics of Speech Variation & Globalization
Section 2 Outlining the Danger
Basantarani Haobam Multilingualism Endangered
Section 3 Extreme Endangerment
Hugo C. Cardoso Challenges to Indo-Portuguese across India
Paul Monaghan Wirangu and Gugada – The survival chances of two
neighbouring Australian languages
Section 4 Effects of Contact
Umberto Ansaldo & Lisa Lim Globalization as a means to empowerment for
minority voices Malay in Sri Lanka
Chaithra Puttaswamy Contact and Convergence in Malto
Elena Benedicto Language loss to a non-existent enemy – The case of the
Section 5 Roles of Religion & Documentation
Begoña Echeverria Speaking in tongues, saving souls – Religion in the
'resurrection' and death of endangered languages
David A. Hough Beyond Linguistic documentation – Giving New Breath to
Abhishek Avtans & Anvita Abbi Language documentation in Andamans –
Highs and Lows
Section 6 Literacy & Revitalization
Inam Ullah Future of Torwali – Speaking migrants in the urban areas of
Stephen Morey Small languages in a polylingual situation – The case of
Sipos, Maria On the possibilities of revitalising the Synya dialect of
Section 7 Majority-Minority relationship
R. Elangaiyan Strategies proposed for arresting language endangerment in
Ronald P. Schaefer and Francis O. Egbokhare On Profiles of Use for
Majority Languages in Southern Nigeria
Section 8 Development & Changes
Victoria June Stockton Carving Both Sides – Globalization in Education
Reform and Language Politics
Maya Khemlani David Language Maintenance or Language Shift? A
sociolinguistic study of the Temuan in urban Kuala Lumpur
Kemmonye C. Monaka & Gregory. H. Kamwendo Linguistic minorities and
marginalization in Botswana
Section 9 Cooperation with Neighbour Languages
Khadim Hussain Bahria Language Shift in the Minority Swat Kohistani
Community – The Case of Ushojo
Hakim Elnazarov Multilingualism in Pamir – Challenges of Preservation
Section 10 Emerging Complexity & Community Language Support
Yankee Modi The complexity and emergence of Hindi as Lingua Franca in
Nina Dobrushina Multilingualism in Archi – Communication,
self-identification and social prestige
Kavita rastogi Challenges and Responses to the Survival of a Tribal
Christine Schreyer Re-orientations in Language Planning – A
"language-as-cultural-resource" model from a Canadian First Nation
Udaya Narayana Singh The Sense of Danger – Some Reflections on Language
Honorary, Full and Light members (as well as institutional subscribers) need
do nothing, since their copies are already in the post. Other members may
buy at 17 pounds sterling ($35 US, 25 euro) apiece(including surface postage
and packing). For air-mail dispatch, please add 7.50 pounds/$15.00/10 euro.
Non-members (outside South Asia) add 3 pounds, $5, 5 euros per volume.
[Within South Asia, non-members should contact CIIL for prices, quoting ISBN
81-7342-17-0: contact S.B. Biswas <firstname.lastname@example.org>.]
You can pay by
- a cheque (in pounds sterling) payable to "Foundation for Endangered
- a check (in US $) payable to "Nicholas Ostler".
- proof of having sent an equivalent sum in your own currency to the
society's account, "Foundation for Endangered Languages", Account no:
50073456, The Cooperative Bank (Sort code: 08-90-02), 16 St.
Stephen's Street, Bristol BS1 1JR, England.
- or by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, EuroCard), enclosing Card number,
Expiry date (month | year), Name (as on card), and Address (as on card).
To expedite delivery, please send orders to the address below.
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9 Westdene Crescent, Caversham Heights, Reading RG4 7HD, England
Chairman, Foundation for Endangered Languages Registered Charity: England
and Wales 1070616
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