End of ADS-L Digest - 11 Jan 1995 to 12 Jan 1995 ************************************************ There are 3 messages totalling 159 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. Final Call: Symposium on Language Loss & Public Policy 2. Gullah Bible 3. WOTY ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Fri, 13 Jan 1995 08:29:08 -0700 From: "Garland D. Bills" Subject: Final Call: Symposium on Language Loss & Public Policy FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS Symposium on Language Loss and Public Policy To be held in conjunction with the 1995 Linguistic Institute of the Linguistic Society of America University of New Mexico Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA June 30-July 2, 1995 The Symposium organizers are pleased to report that there has been a very strong response to the initial request for expressions of interest in presenting papers. Consequently, the Symposium will definitely be held as scheduled in spite of the lack of funds to provide travel assistance. Interested persons who were unable to respond earlier are encouraged to meet the January 31, 1995, deadline for receipt of abstracts. As announced previously, the Symposium on Language Loss and Public Policy will bring together scholars from different disciplines to discuss the linguistic, psycholinguistic, sociolinguistic, cultural, and policy aspects of language loss. LANGUAGE LOSS is used here in its broadest sense to subsume three areas of investigation: (1) the ATTRITION of native language skills by individual members of indigenous and immigrant communities; (2) societal SHIFT from the use of the native ethnic language to the use of a dominant official language; and (3) the consequent DEATH of the subordinate language. There are clear interrelationships among these three areas in the societal conditions that give rise to loss, in the linguistic processes involved in loss, in the consequences of loss for individuals and societies, and in the implications for policy intervention. The intent of the Symposium is to have the presenters explore these interrelationships with each other and with other participants in the 1995 Linguistic Institute. The Symposium has two central objectives. The first is to share the accumulated knowledge in the three areas of language loss in order to arrive at a more global understanding of the phenomenon. What are the underlying social and sociopsychological forces that contribute to attrition, shift, and death? What are the relationships among the linguistic processes in loss? What aspects of social causes and linguistic processes appear to be universal and what aspects are language particular? The second central objective is to examine the ecological consequences of language loss and cultural disruption. What are the effects on individuals, communities, and society as a whole? What are the policy implications of this worldwide and rapidly accelerating phenomenon? What kinds of information and resources can be provided to members of the wider community and those concerned with questions of policy? **The deadline for receipt of abstracts is January 31, 1995.** Abstracts should not exceed 500 words. The abstract itself must have a title. Include with the abstract -- and separated from it by at least three lines -- your full name, mailing address, telephone number(s), e-mail address, and the paper title. Abstracts may be submitted by regular mail, FAX, or electronic mail. Selection of papers will be made by anonymous review of abstracts. Submitters will be advised of the acceptance of their abstracts by February 28, 1995. In order to make papers available to other participants in advance of the Symposium, presenters will be asked to submit pre- publication versions of their papers by May 15, 1995. Publication of the proceedings is planned. Publishable versions of the papers will be due at the Symposium. Abstracts and requests for additional information should be directed to: Garland D. Bills Department of Linguistics Telephone: (505) 277-7416 or -0324 University of New Mexico FAX: (505) 277-6355 Albuquerque, NM 87131-1196 E-mail: gbills[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]unm.edu USA Symposium Organizing Committee: Garland D. Bills Eduardo Herna'ndez Cha'vez Alan Hudson