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.

12 May 2019

2 x Postdoctoral positions available: language documentation, language archiving, linked methods, language typology.

Deadline: 12 May 2019

Pending on final approval by the Ministery of Education and Research (BMFB), the Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS) in Berlin invites applications for two three year postdoc position in the areas of language documentation, language typology, language archiving and linked methods, for a project on the development of criteria and standards for the curation of annotated audiovisual language data.

These positions are in collaboration with ELDP and partners at the Universität Hamburg, the Universität zu Köln, the Institut für Deutsche Sprache (Mannheim).

More information on the positions can be found on Linguist List:

1) Postdoc position - 100%

2) Postdoc position - 50%

July 4-5, 2019

LAPI 2019 - Endangered Languages and Language Varities in the Iberian Peninsula. The Interdisciplinary Centre for Social and Language Documentation (CIDLeS), with SWLI and the project FRONTESPO, invites scholars working on minority and endangered languages in the Iberian Peninsula to join us at the 2nd International Symposium on Endangered languages and language varieties in the Iberian Peninsula. Registration is open until June 10.

Call for abstracts: The deadline for abstract submission is March 31, 2019.

April 14-23, 2019

ELDP and Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee University have jointly organised the "International Workshop on the Documentation of Endangered Languages and Cultures" with special reference to Jharkhand. The workshop will take place at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee University campus, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India.

April 6-7, 2019

Mandana Seyfeddinipur will be running a workshop on Iranian languages in the diaspora with Don Stilo. This is in collaboration with Daniel Kaufman and the Endangered Language Alliance.

April 5, 2019

Mandana Seyfeddinipur will present a lecture at New York University entitled "When gestures talk: multimodality and the negotiated nature of language use".

April 4, 2019

Mandana Seyfeddinipur will be holding a workshop at Columbia University with Gayatri Spivak to discuss NGO work and language skills.

March 8, 2019

Mandana Seyfeddinipur will give a keynote at Giornata della ricerca (1): Focus on endangered languages and linguistics in Asia, a symposium at Ca' Foscari University of Venice. More information and full programme can be found here.

April 14-23, 2019

ELDP and Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee University have jointly organised the "International Workshop on the Documentation of Endangered Languages and Cultures" with special reference to Jharkhand. The workshop is scheduled from 14-23 April 2019 at the Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee University campus, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India.

May 22-24, 2019

Mandana Seyfeddinipur will be representing ELDP and ELAR as a plenary speaker at the International Conference on Minority Languages (ICML XVII). The conference will take place in Ljouwert/ Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, from 22-24 May 2019. More information can be found here.

November 14-16, 2018

The SOAS World Languages Institute (UK), Mercator Research Centre, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Social and Language Documentation and the Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS) cordially invite scholars, community organisations and community members to join the International Conference on BIG Cities, Small LANGUAGES that will take place in Berlin, Germany, November 14-16 2018, at the ZAS in Berlin, Germany.

October 19-20, 2018

International Symposium of Endangered Iranian Languages
Right after our Fall School in Berlin, ELDP will be present at ISEIL2018. The theme will be "Language Islands and Language Contact in Iran", allowing for rich and concentrated dialogues to take place among scholars coming from different disciplinary backgrounds. Visit the ISEIL website for more information.

October 10-17, 2018

Training in Language Documentation with a focus on the MENA region, Berlin, Germany
ELDP, in collaboration with Zentrum fuer Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, will deliver a week-long programme on theory and methods on modern language documentation in the Middle East and Northern Africa. More information: here

October 15, 2018

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