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Doris Ryder of the Jot Language Group collecting delicious borlabi (bush coconuts) for lunch.
Seventh International Conference hosted by the Foundation for Endangered Languages

"Maintaining the Links: Language, Identity and the Land"

Broome, Western Australia, September 22nd - 24th 2003

  • What lies behind the idea, common in indigenous communities, that a language may have an intrinsic link with a place, or a traditional way of life?
  • Are there principles for demarcating functions of different language varieties, such as Local and national languages?
  • Can languages be owned? Do small language communities have a right to restrict access to their language, even if it is severely threatened? Do outsiders have any right to know a small community's language?
  • How have so many widely spoken languages lost their link with their homeland? Are all widespread languages (national, imperial, commercial) cut off from their roots?
  • How can we learn from speakers of indigenous languages about cultural identity, and a sense of place?
  • Can knowledge of the Language of your forebears link you to a place that you have never seen?

To seek answers to these and other questions the Foundation for Endangered Languages invites your support.

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Organizers:

Joseph Blythe, Broome, Western Australia
Nicholas Ostler, FEL, Bath, England
Chris Moseley, BBC Monitoring Service, England
Mahendra Verma, University of York, England
McKenna Brown, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
Karen Johnson-Weiner, SUNY-Potsdam, USA
Louanna Furbee, University of Missouri, USA

For more information contact:

R. McKenna Brown, Virginia Commonwealth University, International Studies Program, Box 843080, Richmond, VA 23284-3080 USA (fax +01804.225.3479). This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


The University of Waikato in New Zealand is hosting the International Conference on Language, Education and Diversity from the 26th to the 29th November 2003.

This international conference focuses on the impact of increased cultural and linguistic diversity, at both national and supranational levels, and its consequences for the theory, policy and practice of language education. As such, the conference will provide an international forum that brings together the latest academic and policy discussions, and promotes critical debate, on the often complex interconnections between diversity and language education.

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Conference Organisers — LED 2003 Conference School of Education Private Bag 3105 University of Waikato, Hamilton New Zealand

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Phone / Fax
64 7 8384500 / 64 7 848 4555 (fax)

For more information visit the website www.led2003.ac.nz