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CELC Conferences

Tenth Cambridge Conference on Language Endangerment

Language Endangerment and Revitalisation: The decade ahead 

July 12th 2024 


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 / Trinity College, University of Cambridge) 

Call for Papers 

After an enforced hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Cambridge Conference on Language Endangerment is now back for 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? How has the pandemic affected our field and endangered language communities? What, if any, is the lasting impact of Covid-19?  

Abstracts of 200 words maximum to be submitted via email to the organisers by March 4th 2024. 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 

We regret that we cannot offer the possibility of virtual participation at the conference.


To register for the conference, click here

The standard fee is £25 with a reduced fee of £20 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.  

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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