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Plenary Talks

Nicholas Evans, Australian National University
The web of words and the web of life: reconnecting language documentation with ethnobiology

Kālepa Baybayan, Polynesian Voyaging Society
He Lani Ko Luna, A Sky Above: In losing the sight of land, you discover the stars.


The Master Class series

In accordance with the conference theme “Sharing Worlds of Knowledge,” the 3rd ICLDC will feature three afternoons of Master Classes in topics outside of linguistics that as documenters we are likely to encounter in our work. The Master Classes are part of the regular conference program, are included in the conference registration fee and are open to all ICLDC attendees. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Master Classes will be taught by the following experts:

The Master Class series is sponsored by the US National Science Foundation.


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Pre-conference talk (open to the public)

Cultural Diversity in the Temporal Arts: Challenges and Opportunities

Linda Barwick
University of Sydney

Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 12:30-1:30 pm
UH Manoa Center for Korean Studies

The temporal arts (music, dance and the verbal arts) are found in all known human societies and arise from closely intertwined human capacities. Yet they present a dazzling array of diversity worldwide, a diversity that is ever-changing and that continues to develop as new generations of composers and performers emerge and come into contact with each other and with each other’s languages, ideas and modes of social organization. The temporal arts are especially prized by speakers of small and endangered languages, who often stress the importance of documenting and revitalizing their traditions of music, dance and poetry.

This presentation will look at some genres of song that have emerged in Australia and elsewhere in the last century, with particular attention to the multilayered and often oblique language used in songs. What challenges do songs present for musicologists, linguists and other researchers working with communities of speakers of small and endangered languages who wish to document and maintain their temporal arts? What can we learn about cultural diversity from such phenomena? Can we apply these lessons to our efforts to document and maintain cultural diversity in ways that make sense to the holders and inheritors of these traditions?

This event is made possible by the late Dr. Dai Ho Chun through his estate gift, which established the Dai Ho Chun Endowment for Distinguished Lecturers at the UH Manoa Colleges of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Chun was a distinguished and visionary educator. This lecture is also sponsored by the 3rd International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation (ICLDC), where Dr. Barwick will be a featured Master Class presenter on ethnomusicology.

Pre-conference Film Screenings

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27 6:30–8:30 pm St. John Auditorium, Room 11

For conference attendees who will be arriving early, please join us for the screening of two films by presenters at the ICLDC. Both directors will be on hand for discussion afterward. The screenings will be held in the St. John Auditorium on Maile Way near the corner of East-West Road on the UHM campus (across from Moore Hall). The auditorium is located below street level, so please walk down the stairs to find it.

Silvestre Pantaleón, produced and co-directed by Jonathan D. Amith, is a luminescent study of the last man of his village still versed in traditional rope making and other disappearing crafts. The protagonist lives in San Agustín Oapan, a Nahuatl speaking village in central Guerrero, Mexico. Looking for relief from pain and numbness, he visits a card reader and is told that to be cured offerings must be made to the dead, the hearth, the ants, and the river. The film delicately follows Silvestre as he makes rope to raise the money necessary for the ceremony Levantamiento de sombra ('lifting of the shadow'). Silvestre Pantaleón provides an intensely personal portrait of a man facing, in a unique setting, the universal process of aging.

M!a m gu tju, ‘we build a house’ is a short amateur documentary film by the San hunter-gatherers of the Kalahari and a Ph.D student Lee Pratchett. It aims to show the facility with which culturally-sensitive visual stimuli for language documentation can arise from cultural documentation, yielding richer and fuller results for the community and the researcher.

Evening Receptions

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28 • Jefferson Lanai
Join us for pupus (Hawaiian for hors d’oeuvres), drinks, and entertainment.

SATURDAY, MARCH 2 • Jefferson Lanai
Socialize with fellow presenters and attendees over a delicious array of appetizers and beverages while enjoying local entertainment.

Graduate Student Mixer

The student-run Linguistic Society of Hawai‘i will host a student mixer in Chinatown on the evening of Friday, March 1. Click for details.

Special Interest Group Meetings

If your special interest group would like to hold a meeting before, after, or concurrently with the 3rd ICLDC, please contact us no later than December 31, 2012, for assistance with scheduling meeting space on campus.

Recovering Voices program update and exhibition development: A working session

SUNDAY, MARCH 3rd 2:00–4:00 pm Center for Korean Studies

The Smithsonian’s Recovering Voices program aims to enhance public awareness of the crisis of language and knowledge loss. Through innovative research, documentation and revitalization efforts, partnerships with communities, an exhibition and a strong web presence, the project will leverage the Smithsonian’s unique collections and public outreach potential. A major National Museum of Natural History exhibition set for completion in 2015 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 provide an overview of current research directions, outline progress on the exhibition since our meeting at ICLDC in 2011 and solicit feedback for the exhibition. We invite linguists, cultural experts, and community scholars to help us strengthen our exhibition development plans, communicate key messages, and identify opportunities for partnerships. 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. Recovering Voices is a collaboration of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of the American Indian, and the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

Post-conference talk (open to the public)

Landscape in Language: Cross-cultural Variation in Landscape Terms and Concepts

David M. Mark
University of Buffalo, SUNY

Monday, March 4, 2013, 12:30-1:30 pm
UH Manoa Center for Korean Studies

The landscape is important to all cultures. Depending on the definition of “landscape,” it may include the land upon which people walk, dwell, and obtain resources. (Of course, the ocean and other water bodies are very important in some cultures.) But the essence of landscape may be the larger forms and features of the environment, such as hills and valleys, lakes and rivers, forests and grasslands. Unlike the domains of organisms and artifacts, the landscape does not come with obvious categorical discontinuities that characterize “natural kinds.” This means that there is more latitude for different cultures to group landscape forms and features into categories differently. We have coined the term “Ethnophysiography” to refer to an ethnoscience that seeks to document categories and terms for landscape forms and features. Ethnophysiography also examines the role of landscape in culture and spirituality, and topophilia, the sense of attachment to landscape and place. The presentation will draw mainly on ethnographic case studies that the author has conducted with two peoples who dwell in semiarid or desert environments: the Yindjibarndi people of northwestern Australia and the Navajo (Diné) people of the American southwest. An understanding of differences in basic categories for landscape elements should contribute to the development of culturally-appropriate indigenous geographic information systems.

This event is made possible by the late Dr. Dai Ho Chun through his estate gift, which established the Dai Ho Chun Endowment for Distinguished Lecturers at the UH Manoa Colleges of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Chun was a distinguished and visionary educator. This lecture is also sponsored by the 3rd International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation (ICLDC), where Dr. Mark will be a featured Master Class presenter on ethnophysiogeography.


Hawaiian Language Revitalization Field Study: He ‘Ōlelo Ola (A Living Language): Our Language Binds Us To Our Culture (March 4-5)

Registration for the Field Study (which is separate from the main conference registration) will be $175. Check here for the link to the Hilo Field Study website and its 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 Hilo and their hotel, in addition to their flight to and lodging in Honolulu.