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The 2nd International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation (ICLDC), "Strategies for Moving Forward," will be held February 11-13, 2011, at the Hawai‘i Imin International Conference Center on the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa campus. Two days of optional technical training workshops will precede the conference (Feb. 9-10). An optional Hilo Field Study (on the Big Island of Hawai'i) to visit Hawaiian language revitalization programs in action will immediately follow the conference (Feb. 14-15).

The 1st ICLDC, with its theme “Supporting Small Languages Together," underscored the need for communities, linguists, and other academics to work in close collaboration. The theme of the 2nd ICLDC is “Strategies for Moving Forward." We aim to build on the strong momentum created at the 1st ICLDC and to discuss research and revitalization approaches yielding rich, accessible records which can benefit both the field of language documentation and speech communities. We hope you will join us.

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Two special announcements:

  • Mark your calendars! The 3rd ICLDC is tentatively scheduled for February 28-March 3, 2013, to be held on the campus of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa in Honolulu. The theme of the 3rd ICLDC is 'Sharing Worlds of Knowledge,' which highlights the interdisciplinary nature of language documentation, as language encodes knowledge from diverse areas of life. We hope you will join us. More information on deadlines, local information, and registration will be released in the coming months. Keep an eye on our Facebook or Twitter page!
  • At long last, audio recordings of presentations at the 2nd ICLDC Conference are now available at: http://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/handle/10125/19397. Try browsing them by title or author. Please note that the collection here represents only recordings that recorded well and that we received permissions for. Enjoy!






Plenary talks

Strategies for moving ahead: Linguistic and community goals
Keren D. Rice, University of Toronto

Language management and minority language maintenance in Indonesia: Strategic issues
Wayan Arka, Australian National University/Udayana University

A journey of beginnings: The Hawaiian language revitalization efforts, 1970's forward
Larry Kimura, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo


Invited Colloquia

Colloquium on Dictionaries and Endangered Languages: Technology, Revitalization, and Collaboration (Organizer: Sarah Ogilvie)

The Use of Film in Language Documentation (Organizers: Rozenn Milin and Melissa Bisagni)

Grammaticography (Organizer: Sebastian Nordhoff)
(Sponsored by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig)


Optional pre-conference technical workshops (February 9-10)

Organized by Nicholas Thieberger, the optional pre-conference workshops will provide technical training for language documentation.


Film Screening: Short Films in and about Endangered Languages
Thursday, February 10 • 6:30-9:30 p.m. • Center for Korean Studies

This free screening in the Korean Studies Center will include short films from Canada, Brazil, Tonga, Australia, Norway, and Wales. Selected by Rozenn Milin (Sorosoro Foundaton) and Melissa Bisagni (Smithsonian Institution), the films represent a small glimpse into the possibilities offered by film to support and represent endangered languages.


Evening Receptions

FRIDAY, FEB. 11 • 5:30-7:30 p.m. • JEFFERSON LANAI
Join us for pupus (Hawaiian for hors d’oeuvres), drinks, entertainment by the local musical group MaŻnoa Voices, and welcoming speeches. MaŻnoa Voices plays traditional acoustic Hawaiian music. In 2007, they won first place at Ka Himeni Ana, a traditional Hawaiian music competition held annually.

SATURDAY, FEB. 12 • 5:30-7:30 p.m. • JEFFERSON LANAI
Socialize with fellow presenters and attendees over a delicious array of appetizers and beverages while enjoying Balinese gamelan music and dance performances. Segara Madu, the University of Hawai‘i Gamelan Ensemble and the Hawai‘i Gamelan Society proudly bring you this traditional performance from Indonesia. Gamelan is an indigenous “orchestra” of gongs and struck slabs and this one will be accompanied by traditional dance.


Recovering Voices Exhibition Development: A Working Session
Sunday, February 13 • 2:30-5 p.m. • Center for Korean Studies

Recovering Voices, a new initiative of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of the American Indian and the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, aims to enhance public awareness about the crisis of language and knowledge loss. Through innovative research, documentation and revitalization efforts, partnerships with communities, three exhibitions and a strong web presence, the project will leverage the Smithsonian’s unique collections and public outreach potential. At NMNH, a major exhibition set for completion in 2014 will galvanize the museum’s 7 million annual visitors around the project’s central theme: Preventing global language loss is crucial to sustaining systems of Indigenous knowledge and cultural identity in communities around the world. In this working session, members from the Recovering Voices core team will present initial plans and solicit feedback for the exhibition. By involving outside linguists, cultural experts and community scholars in our exhibition development process, we hope to strengthen our plans and identify opportunities for new partnerships to help us communicate key messages. Join us! Come with your compelling stories from the field and creative ideas for powerful visitor experiences to help bring this vital story to life.


Living Hawaiian Language: To Know The World Through The Hawaiian Language (February 14-15)

Registration for the field trip (which is separate from the main conference registration) will be $175. Visit the Hilo Field Study website for more information or the online registration form.

NOTE: For those unfamiliar with Hawai‘i, the conference will be in Honolulu on the island of O‘ahu.  The Field Study will be in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. Those planning to attend the optional Field Study will need to arrange their interisland flight to and their hotel in Hilo, in addition to their flight to and lodging in Honolulu.

Also, the website is (appropriately) in Hawaiian and English. To view the English translation of the section tabs, just mouse over them.



Conference sponsors

UH Department of Linguistics
UH National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC)
UH Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS)
UH National Resource Center - East Asia (NRCEA)
UH Center for Pacific Islands Studies (CPIS)
UH College of Languages, LInguistics, & Literature (LLL)
Ka Haka 'Ula O Ke'elikōlani College of Hawaiian Language (UH Hilo campus)
National Science Foundation
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig

Advisory committee

Helen Aristar-Dry (LinguistList, Eastern Michigan University)
Peter Austin (SOAS, London)
Linda Barwick (University of Sydney)
Steven Bird (University of Melbourne)
Phil Cash Cash (University of Arizona)
Lise Dobrin (University of Virginia)
Arienne Dwyer (University of Kansas)
Margaret Florey (Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity)
Carol Genetti (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Spike Gildea (University of Oregon)
Jeff Good (SUNY Buffalo)
Joseph Grimes (SIL International)
Colette Grinevald (University of Lyon)
Nikolaus Himmelmann (Institut für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster)
Leanne Hinton (University of California, Berkeley)
Gary Holton (Alaska Native Language Center)
Will McClatchey (University of Hawai'i)
Marianne Mithun (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Claire Moyse-Faurie (LACITO, CNRS)
Toshihide Nakayama (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
Keren D. Rice (University of Toronto)
Norvin Richards (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)


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