Every Language Matters


On Friday this week (9th December, 4-7pm) the Endangered Languages Project at SOAS is participating in the national ESRC Festival of Social Science going on throughout the UK and aimed at highlighting for the general public the work that is being done in the Social Sciences.

Our event is called Every Language Matters and will “promote a public understanding of the place that languages hold in the lives of individuals and communities around the world, as well as the role of linguistic research in furthering our understanding of language”. We will be showcasing some of the work our staff and students are doing, as well as having hands-on sessions where members of the public can engage with issues in language diversity and language and cultural documentation and preservation.

If you are in London this coming Friday do come by SOAS and have a look at Vanuatu sand drawings, fieldwork in the Kimberleys, mapping the world’s language landscape, and how we are documenting and archiving language diversity.

Post-script: One of the activities we will showcase is Language Landscape, a student-led project to map audio, video or photographic samples of language use around the world. They have just been awarded one of the eight 2012 Google Earth Outreach Developer Grants that were recently announced. The team is very active and you can follow them on Twitter.

Here at Endangered Languages and Cultures, we fully welcome your opinion, questions and comments on any post, and all posts will have an active comments form. However if you have never commented before, your comment may take some time before it is approved. Subsequent comments from you should appear immediately. We will not edit any comments unless asked to, or unless there have been html coding errors, broken links, or formatting errors. We still reserve the right to censor any comment that the administrators deem to be unnecessarily derogatory or offensive, libellous or unhelpful, and we have an active spam filter that may reject your comment if it contains too many links or otherwise fits the description of spam. If this happens erroneously, email the author of the post and let them know. And note that given the huge amount of spam that all WordPress blogs receive on a daily basis (hundreds) it is not possible to sift through them all and find the ham. In addition to the above, we ask that you please observe the Gricean maxims: Be relevant That is, stay reasonably on topic. Be truthful This goes without saying; don’t give us any nonsense. Be concise Say as much as you need to without being unnecessarily long-winded. Be perspicuous This last one needs no explanation. We permit comments and trackbacks on our articles. Anyone may comment. Comments are subject to moderation, filtering, spell checking, editing, and removal without cause or justification. All comments are reviewed by comment spamming software and by the site administrators and may be removed without cause at any time. All information provided is volunteered by you. Any website address provided in the URL will be linked to from your name, if you wish to include such information. We do not collect and save information provided when commenting such as email address and will not use this information except where indicated. This site and its representatives will not be held responsible for errors in any comment submissions. Again, we repeat: We reserve all rights of refusal and deletion of any and all comments and trackbacks.

Leave a Comment