5-6 December 2019

International Conference on Language Technologies for All (LT4All) - UNESCO Headquarters, Paris

Over 2 days, LT4All will explore the relationship between technologies and languages from a scientific, technical, cultural, linguistic, economical and political perspective. The conference is also within the framework of UNESCO's International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019 and we're pleased to share that our Director Mandana Seyfeddinpur will represent ELDP as part of the Programme Committee.

The expected audience of LT4All includes representatives of UNESCO, international bodies, national and regional governments and administrations, academia, language technology researchers, linguists, industrials, indigenous communities and language policy makers from all over the world. The attendance at the conference is on invitation and the audience will be targeted to a maximum of 400 people.

October 15, 2019

ELDP grant round will open. Information about the application process can be found here.

4-19 October, 2019

ELDP Training in Language Documentation and Grant Writing in Sao Paolo and Belém, Brazil.

14th September 2019

Mandana Seyfeddinipur will give a talk on the question of preserving endangered languages for the Social Humanitarian and Cultural Committee of the Cambridge University International Model United Nations - High School Conference (CUIMUN-HS), a Model UN conference organised by Cambridge University students in September 2019.

August 28 - September 4, 2019 - ELDP Grantee Training

ELDP training session:
One week of training in language documentation theory and practice for ELDP grantees.
New ELDP grantees will be trained in theory and methods in language documentation. Eric Campbell (UCSB) and Natalia Caceres (CNRS Lyon) delivered sessions on lexicography, FLEx and mobilisation of documentary materials. Lissant Bolton (British Museum) taught a session on documenting the knowledge of material culture and introduced the new documentation funding scheme Endangered Material Knowledge Programme housed at the British Museum.

25 June 2019

Mandana Seyfeddinipur, Director of ELDP, will be speaking at the Digital Modern Languages seminar series at King's College London on 25 June 2019.

Mandana's talk, titled "Two Sides of the Same Coin: Why the Digital is Blessing and Curse for Endangered Languages" will explore digital technology and endangered languages.

Find more information and register in advance via this link.

21 May 2019 - Ghanaian scholars funded by AFSOAS for ELDP language documentation training

Two Ghanaian scholars have been supported by American Friends of SOAS (AFSOAS) to attend ELDP language documentation training at SOAS later this year.

Kenneth Bodua-Mango and Ida Sodeke Assem are graduate students who intend to pursue PhDs focusing on the documentation of Animere, a highly endangered Ghana-Togo Mountain language (Kwa; Niger-Congo). It is spoken in the towns of Kecheibi and Kunda in the Nkwanta South district of Ghana’s Oti region. It is estimated to have fewer than 30 speakers.

Kenneth Bodua-Mango is currently a part-time Tutor in Language and Linguistics at the Accra College of Education, Legon.

He graduated from the University of Ghana in 2009 with a BA degree in Linguistics. In 2010, he won a scholarship from the Norwegian Government to pursue an MPhil programme in Linguistics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and graduated in 2012. As part of the programme, he wrote a corpus-based thesis on Coordinators in Safaliba; a Gur (Mabia) language spoken in the Savanah Region of Ghana. From 2015 to 2018, he worked as an Assistant lecturer at the Department of Gur-Gonja Education, University of Education Winneba, teaching General Linguistics and Gonja.

Ida Sodeke Assem holds an MPhil in Applied Linguistics from the University of Education, Winneba, Ghana and a BA (Akan) from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana.

She conducted her undergraduate and masters research on the pragmatics of the Akan language. Ida currently works as a part-time field researcher for Associates for Change, an NGO in Accra, and has served on two of their major fieldworks in 2017 and 2019. She is also an Assistant Lecturer in Communication Studies at the University of Professional Studies, Accra.

AFSOAS is a community group, founded by SOAS alumni based in the US, and aims to create a link between SOAS and its American alumni by developing a professional, academic, career and social network of 3,500+ alumni and friends in the US.

Greg Buie, President of AFSOAS, said, “Since 2012, American Friends of SOAS has provided more than £1 million in support to the university, thanks to the generosity of American alumni and friends. Recognizing that 2019 is the UN International Year of Indigenous Languages, we wanted to support the amazing work of the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme in particular by providing scholarships for two individuals from Ghana to attend an intensive language documentation training program in Fall 2019. These two bright young people will help to document endangered cultural practices and everyday language use among the Animere. We are thrilled to be able to support the noble work of these two young scholars and of the ELDP in general and are grateful to all who made this opportunity possible!”

The Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP) trains grantees in modern language documentation theory, lexicography and dictionary making, everyday language use, as well as software training for linguistic analysis. ELDP also trains grantees in data management and the specific tools that they will need for archiving their materials with the Endangered Languages Archive (ELAR).

ELDP has so far funded over 400 projects around the world and have trained over 200 grantees through annual training sessions and in-country summer schools.