International Conference on Endangered and Lesser Known Languages

Country: India

City: Mysore

Abstr. due: 15.09.2017

Dates: 21.02.16 — 23.02.18

Area Of Sciences: Humanities;

Organizing comittee e-mail: sppel2013@gmail.com

Organizers: Central Institute of Indian Languages Department of Higher Education, Language Bureau Ministry of Human Resource Development

 

The Endangered and Lesser Known Languages conference was begun to serve as a platform for academicians, researchers and members of speech communities to deliberate issues relevant to language endangerment and share their latest findings. This annual conference aims to create interest and awareness in lesser known languages and train young scholars in documenting endangered languages. The first ELKL conference took place at the University of Lucknow in 2012. The Scheme for Protection and Preservation of Endangered Languages which is monitored by Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL) is happy to announce that the sixth ELKL conference will take place at the Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore from 21-23 February 2018.

 

Galvanized by the grim situation of lesser known languages in the country, the Scheme for Protection and Preservation of Endangered Languages (SPPEL) was instituted by Ministry of Human Resource Development (Government of India) in 2013. The sole objective of the Scheme is to document and archive the country’s languages that have become endangered or likely to be endangered in the near future. The scheme is monitored by Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL) located in Mysuru, Karnataka. The CIIL has collaborated with various universities and institutes across India for this mission.

At the moment, the languages which are spoken by less than 10,000 speakers or languages which are not linguistically studied earlier are chiefly considered to be documented in this Government of India scheme. Presently, 117 languages have been listed for the documentation. Documentation in the form of grammar, dictionary and ethno-linguistic profiles of about 500 lesser known languages are estimated to be accomplished in the coming years.

Conference Web-Site: http://www.sppel.org/