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The 4th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation (ICLDC), “Enriching Theory, Practice, & Application,” will be held February 26-March 1, 2015, at the Ala Moana Hotel in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. The conference is hosted by the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and is sponsored in part by the US National Science Foundation.

When: 8/31/2014
Where: Ala Moana Hotel
Honolulu, Hawaii 
United States

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General papers, posters, electronic posters
Sponsored Special Sessions on Pedagogy in Language Conservation
Please read carefully as some information has changed since last year.

For more information and links to past conferences, visit our conference


The 4th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation
(ICLDC), “Enriching Theory, Practice, & Application,” will be held February
26-March 1, 2015, at the Ala Moana Hotel in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. The
conference is hosted by the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and is sponsored
in part by the US National Science Foundation.

The program for this 3 ½ day conference will feature two keynote talks, an
integrated series of Master Classes on the documentation of linguistic
structures, and a series of Sponsored Special Sessions on pedagogy in
language conservation. 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.

The theme of the 4th ICLDC, “Enriching Theory, Practice, and Application,”
highlights the need to strengthen the links between language documentation
(practice), deep understanding of grammatical structure (theory), and
methods for teaching endangered languages (application). At this
conference, we intend to focus on language documentation as the
investigation of grammar and linguistic structure on the one hand, and the
development of that investigation into sound pedagogy for endangered
languages on the other. We hope you will join us.

For more information and links to past conferences, visit our conference


Proposal deadline: August 31, 2014

We especially welcome abstracts that address the conference theme,
“Enriching Theory, Practice, & Application.” Discipline-wide reflection on
the relationship between the documentation of grammatical structure and
language pedagogy is crucial if the proper documentation and conservation
of endangered languages is to be effective. Our aim here is two-fold: to
create citizen scientists who can reflect on their language for the purpose
of teaching and documenting without being hindered by metalanguage, and to
enrich the contributions of linguists to linguistic theory and description
via documentation.

We are also seeking abstracts on the science of documentation and
revitalization. Documentation is usually portrayed as a means of collecting
language data, and revitalization is generally seen primarily as a kind of
applied work directly benefiting communities. However, each of those
domains is a genuine area of research, and we welcome presentations that
treat documentation and revitalization not merely as activities, but also
as domains requiring discussion, clarification, and theorization in their
own right.

In addition to the topics above, we warmly welcome abstracts on other
subjects in language documentation and conservation, which may include but
are not limited to:

- Archiving matters
- Community experiences of revitalization
- Data management
- Ethical issues
- Language planning
- Lexicography and grammar design
- Methods of assessing ethnolinguistic vitality
- Orthography design
- Teaching/learning small languages
- Technology in documentation – methods and pitfalls
- Topics in areal language documentation
- Training in documentation methods – beyond the university
- Assessing success in documentation and revitalization strategies

Presentation formats
Papers will be allowed 20 minutes for presentation with 10 minutes of
question time.

Posters will be on display throughout the day of presentation. Poster
presentations will run during the early afternoon. Poster presentations are
recommended for authors who wish to present smaller, more specific topics,
or descriptions of particular projects.

Electronic posters (e-posters) are opportunities for presentations of
software, websites, and other computer-based projects, in an environment
that allows face-to-face interaction with the audience. Similar to a
traditional poster session, e-poster presenters will use their own laptop
computers to display their projects while the audience walks around,
watching demonstrations and asking questions. E-poster sessions will take
place in the early afternoon in a room with tables and internet access.


Proposal deadline: May 31, 2014

Special Session Topics and Format
This year, we are inviting proposals for a series of four Special Sessions
on Pedagogy in Language Conservation. Each session will contain four talks
and will be focused on a theme relating to the notion of pedagogy for
endangered language teaching.

Endangered language teaching in the language community is often informed by
only the most generic of language pedagogies, and language teachers are
often frustrated by the lack of methodologies that go beyond short
conversation, basic vocabulary, and constructions that can be taught by
methods like Total Physical Response (e.g., Asher 1969). Compounding the
problem, these same trained teachers may not have enough linguistic
knowledge of the subject language to develop robust teaching materials and
programs, while linguists with command of linguistic structure may not have
the teaching training required to properly educate students or inform
language teachers.

In the past we have followed the “Ken Hale” model of training endangered
language speakers in linguistics. We have created reference grammars and
pedagogical grammars, and most documentation projects include some
component for creating teaching materials. What is still lacking from the
discipline is a systematic discussion of how to transform documentary
materials like annotated corpora and reference grammars into an effective
pedagogical workflow for endangered languages (e.g., reference grammar to
pedagogical grammar to teaching materials to pedagogical methods to
assessment of teaching programs). There is a disconnect between linguistic
theory and pedagogical theory, and we aim to bridge this gap during these
Special Sessions.

Each Special Session on Pedagogy in Language Conservation will consist of
four 20-minute presentation slots, with each slot to be followed by a 10
minute question period. One Special Session will occur each day of the
conference in the same room and time. A total of four Special Sessions will
be invited to present at the ICLDC.

Successful proposals will be thematically unified on a particular aspect of
pedagogy in language conservation. These may include, but are not limited

- Acquisition: What can L1 and L2 acquisition studies teach us that is
relevant for developing classroom materials and curricula?
- Teaching methods: What language teaching methods and activities can be
brought to endangered language teachers to enhance language learning and
- Understanding and conveying complex grammar: What specific activities
in the classroom could be used to teach higher level constructions (e.g.,
complex clauses, information structure, or particle use)?
- Assessment: How can we properly assess teaching programs for radically
less commonly taught languages?

Sponsorship details
Thanks to generous support from the US National Science Foundation, we are
able to offer sponsorship in the form of travel assistance in the amount of
US$2400 for each selected Special Session. The organizer of each Session
will determine how that sum is to be divided among the speakers and will
inform the ICLDC Executive Committee; depending on each circumstance, funds
will be provided as (partial) flight reimbursements, hotel nights, or per
diem payments (to be determined by the ICLDC Executive Committee).


Rules for submission in all categories:

- Abstracts should be submitted in English, but presentations can be in
any language. We particularly welcome presentations in languages of the
region discussed.
- Authors may submit no more than one individual and one co-authored
proposal (including participation in a Special Session proposal), or no
more than two co-authored proposals. In no case may an author submit more
than one individually-authored proposal.
- Proposals for the sponsored Special Sessions on Pedagogy in Language
Conservation are due by May 31, 2014, with notification of acceptance by
June 30, 2014.
- Proposals for general papers, posters, and electronic posters are due
by August 31, 2014, with notification of acceptance by October 1, 2014.
- Individual authors whose proposals for the Special Sessions are
rejected are welcome to submit their abstracts individually to the call for
general proposals.
- We will not be accepting any proposals for panel presentations or
colloquia beyond the Special Sessions on Pedagogy in Language Conservation.

- Because of limited space, please note that the Abstract Review
Committee may ask that some general abstracts submitted as papers be
presented as posters or electronic posters instead.
- Selected authors will be invited to submit their conference papers to
the journal Language Documentation & Conservation for publication.

How to prepare your proposal:

- For Special Session proposals: Special session organizers must submit
their proposal on behalf of the authors included in the session. We ask the
organizer to prepare an abstract of no more than 400 words for the
Special Session as a whole, and to also submit abstracts of no more than
400 words for each paper in the Session. We also ask for a 50-word
summary of the Special Session and of each paper in the session for
inclusion in the conference program. All abstracts will be submitted to
blind peer review by international experts on the topic.
- For proposals for general papers, posters, and electronic posters: We
ask for abstracts of no more than 400 words for online publication so
that conference participants will have a good idea of the content of your
paper, and a 50-word summary for inclusion in the conference program.
All abstracts will be submitted to blind peer review by international
experts on the topic.
- To facilitate blind peer review, please DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR NAME OR
AFFILIATION in your abstract or filename. Your proposal should only include
your presentation title, abstract, and list of references (if applicable).
- If you are including references/citations to your own work in your
abstract, please be sure to replace your name(s) with "Author". For
example, if you are Ted Smith and you wrote an article in 2009, which you
are citing in your file (i.e., Smith (2009) ), you would change it to
"Author (2009)." If you are including a list of references at the end,
also make sure to anonymize any of your publications similarly as well.
- Please note that your reference list is not counted in your 400-word
abstract maximum, only the main abstract text.
- Please save your abstract as an MS WORD DOCUMENT or PDF FILE. MS Word
is preferred. However, if you are using special fonts, special characters,
or diagrams in your abstract, a PDF file is recommended to make sure it
displays as you intend.
- For a FILE NAME, use an abbreviated version of your title. For
example, if your presentation title is "Revitalizing Hawaiian for the next
generation: Social media tools," your filename might be
"Revitalizing_Hawaiian.doc" or "Revitalizing_Hawaiian_social_media.pdf"

For more information and links to past conferences, visit our conference

Proposal review criteria

- Appropriateness of the Topic: Does the paper/poster address the themes
of the conference or Special Session?
- Presentation: Is the abstract well-written? Does it suggest that the
paper/poster will be well organized and clearly presented?
- Importance of the Topic: Is this an important topic within the area?
Is the paper/poster likely to make an original contribution to knowledge in
the field? Will it stimulate discussion?
- Contribution to the discipline: For talks, does the presentation make
a methodological or theoretical contribution to the discipline? If not
(e.g., project descriptions), could the presentation be submitted as a
poster or electronic poster?


- April 1, 2014: Call for Proposals announced
- May 31, 2014: Proposals for Special Sessions on Pedagogy in Language
Conservation deadline
- June 30, 2014: Notification of acceptance to Special Sessions
- August 31, 2014: Proposals for general papers, posters, and electronic
posters deadline
- October 1, 2014: Notification of acceptance for general papers,
posters, and electronic posters
- October 1, 2014: Early registration opens
- January 15, 2015: Early registration deadline
- February 26-March 1, 2015: 4th ICLDC

To help defray travel expenses to come and present at the conference,
scholarships of up to US$1,500 will be awarded to the six best abstracts by
(i) students and/or (ii) members of an endangered language community who
are actively working to document their heritage language and who are not
employed by a college or university. If you are eligible and wish to be
considered for a scholarship, please select the appropriate "Yes" button on
the proposal submission form. This is applicable to regular conference
papers only (not to the Special Sessions).

NOTE: Please be advised that these scholarships are considered taxable
income under U.S. tax laws. U.S. citizens and permanent residents can
expect to receive a 1099 form to figure into their annual tax return for
2015. Non-U.S. citizens/residents may have the applicable taxable amount
(typically 30%) deducted from the scholarship check prior to receipt.

Questions? Feel free to contact us at

Andrea L. Berez, Victoria Anderson, and Jim Yoshioka
4th ICLDC Executive Committee

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