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Cambridge Endangered Languages and Cultures Group (CELC)

Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


The Tenth Cambridge Conference on Language Endangerment

Tenth Cambridge Conference on Language Endangerment

Language Endangerment and Revitalisation: The decade ahead

June 30th 2020


Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT​


  • Mari Jones (French Section, Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages & Linguistics / Peterhouse, University of Cambridge)
  • Oliver Mayeux (French Section, Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages & Linguistics, University of Cambridge)

Call for Papers

The Cambridge Conference on Language Endangerment is now in its tenth year. Themes it has explored within language endangerment include: language policy and planning, language documentation, the role of new technologies, orthography development, the role of schools, new speakers, revitalisation strategies and language change. On this tenth anniversary of the conference, we invite participants to consider these themes and the way in which they will develop over the coming decade. What challenges lie ahead for endangered language communities, activists and academics engaged in reversing language shift? What theoretical frameworks are proving most successful in terms of the analysis of the linguistic structure of endangered languages? How will changing attitudes amongst speakers affect the success of language revitalisation? How will policy-makers shape language legislation and respond to the concerns of endangered language speech communities? Has the potential of new technologies been effectively engaged to support the documentation, description and revitalisation of endangered languages or has the role of these technologies been overplayed?

Abstracts of 200 words maximum to be submitted via email to the organisers by April 10th 2020. Please include in the abstract document your name and your affiliation as you would like to see them in the programme.  

Paper format: 20 minutes + 10 minutes for questions


Please click here to register and book your place online

The standard fee is £45 with a reduced fee of £30 for students (proof of student status will need to be presented). This includes lunches and refreshments at the conference and a wine reception in the Scholars' Garden at Peterhouse. This year, we also invite delegates to attend a 10th Anniversary Conference Dinner in the dining hall at Peterhouse for an additional cost of £45 (please note that unfortunately we are unable to offer a student concession for the dinner).

Please note that all bookings and payment have to be made via this website. We regret that there is no provision for delegates to pay on the day.  Bookings that are not accompanied by payment will not be registered on the system.


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