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Cambridge Language Sciences

Interdisciplinary Research Centre

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.

Call for papers

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?  


  • 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) 

Please visit the conference webpage to register and for more information.

Friday, 12 July, 2024 - 09:00 to 18:00
Event location: 
Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road Cambridge CB3 9DT

What we do

Cambridge Language Sciences is an Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge. Our virtual network connects researchers from five schools across the university as well as other world-leading research institutions. Our aim is to strengthen research collaborations and knowledge transfer across disciplines in order to address large-scale multi-disciplinary research challenges relating to language research.