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Lyon Summer School 2008 - Program

  • Overview
  • Conferences
  • Discussion Groups
  • Fieldwork
  • Technology
  • Areal Courses
  • Evening sessions: ICAR-DDL Conference
  • Student Conference
  • Closing Conference - Evaluating the Vitality of Languages
  • Presenters & Lecturers
  • Timetable
  • Costs

This Summer School will introduce the concepts and practices of language documentation and description in linguistics.

Language description is the traditional subfield of linguistics concerned with the analysis of language structures and functions at different levels of organization (phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicon etc) and is often aimed at producing grammars and dictionaries.

Language documentation is a new subfield of linguistic inquiry and practice primarily concerned with the compilation and preservation of primary linguistic data, and the inter-relationships between primary data and the various types of analyses based on these data. Language documentation strengthens the empirical foundations of those branches of linguistics and related disciplines which draw heavily on data from lesser known speech communities (eg. linguistic typology, cognitive linguistics, ethnolinguistics etc.). It significantly improves accountability (verifiability) of research and seriously addresses issues of access and use of primary data. Language documentation also serves the needs of language communities in educational and language revitalization and maintenance efforts. (Cf. Gippert, Himmelmann & Mosel. 2006. ‘Essentials of language documentation’. Mouton de Gruyter.)

The courses will be given by specialists in this emerging discipline: the AALLED (Africa Latin America Endangered Languages) team in Lyon, the ELAP-HRELP (Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project) team from SOAS (London University) and experts from the Department of Languages and Cultures of Africa (LUCL-Leiden University).

A plenary lecture (in English) will take place every morning from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Lecture 0:    Introduction to the Summer School (C. Grinevald)

Lecture 1:    What is language documentation? How does it differ from language description? (P. Austin)

Lecture 2:    Data management. (P. Austin)

Lecture 3:    Archiving: Handling of data. Good practices for data recording, storage, processing and use. Available tools. (D. Nathan)

Lecture 4:    Linguistic Anthropology: Linguistic Practices and their Cultural Context. (L. van der Veen)

Lecture 5:    Methodological and ethical issues of fieldwork. (C. Grinevald)

Lecture 6:    Inventory of Data Collection Methods, Elicitation, participant observation, text corpus, stimuli, Pros and cons, etc. (F. Lüpke)

Lecture 7:    Documenting concepts in Contact. (M. Brenzinger)

The post-lecture discussion groups will take place every day from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., with two English-speaking groups and one French-speaking group.

Their goal is to develop elements of the morning’s lecture, to discuss the issues raised and stimulate conversation. They will be directed by members of the 3L consortium.

The "Fieldwork Methods" workshops will take place every day (except for D5, see the schedule) from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Some of these workshops will include working with a native speaker (probably of a Bantu language). Each workshop will be given twice: once in French, once in English.

FM 1:      Phonology

FM 2:      Tonology

FM 3:      Morphology

FM 4:      Documentation of contextualised linguistic practices

The “Technology” workshops will take place every day (see schedule) from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Each workshop will be given twice : once in French, once in English.

TECH 1:      Field Linguist’s Toolbox Software

TECH 2:      Audio Recording Techniques

TECH 3:      Praat Software

TECH 4a:    Video Recording Techniques

TECH 4b:    Eliciting with Stimuli

Two advanced areal courses on linguistic structures will be taught in the afternoon, one on topics in African (Cushitic) languages, and one on topics in Amerindian (Mayan) languages. Both will be conducted in English.

Evening sessions will be organised and led by members of the 3L consortium.

They will include open discussions on topics related to language documentation and description (including topics proposed by participants in the summer school), film showings related to fieldwork experiences, and the presentation of documentation projects

ICAR-DDL Conference

Download the program (pdf)

On Wednesday 25th of June, from 6 to 8pm, the ICAR-DDL Conference will take place at the "Ecole Normale Supérieur - Lettres et Sciences Humaines". The language of the Conference will be English.

The conference will be a forum for exchanges between the DDL (Dynamique du Langage) Laboratory and the Lyon 3L Summer School 2008, and the ICAR (Interactions, Corpus, Apprentissages, Représentations) Laboratory and the I_DOCORA (Interaction : DOnnées, CORpus, Analyse) Summer School that ICAR is organising from the 23rd to the 27th of June.

Discussions will be led by Colette GRINEVALD (DDL) and Lorenza MONDADA (ICAR)

The “Fieldwork group” from the University of Lyon is in charge of organising the Student Conference which will take place on Saturday the 28th of June in Lyon, following the main theme of the Summer School.

Further information about the organisation and the general topics of the Student Conference is available here. Please note that the Call for Papers is now closed.

The Summer School will close on the 4th of July 2008 with a day-long conference on the topic of

Evaluating the Vitality of Languages

in the context of the UNESCO questionnaire

The morning session will consist of  presentations on situations in various countries in the context of the content of the UNESCO questionnaire, in preparation of the afternoon working session. Presentations will be given by:

  • C. Grinevald and M. Brenzinger
  • M. Bert and J. Costa
  • D. Pellicer
  • J. Freeland
The afternoon session will begin with a presentation by N. Ostler commenting on the morning's presentations, followed by a round table dicussion on the UNESCO questionnaire, with morning speakers, N. Ostler, members of AALLED and the 3L consortium and students of the 3L European Summer School, and moderated by C. Grinevald and M. Brenzinger.

Documents for the day can be accessed here:
    AUSTIN, P. (HRELP, SOAS London)
    BRENZINGER, M. (Cologne)
    CREISSELS, D. (DDL, Lyon)
    FERRAGNE, E. (DDL, Lyon)
    FREELAND, J. (CTS, Southampton)
    GUILLAUME, A. (DDL, Lyon)
    GRINEVALD, C. (DDL, Lyon)
    LÜPKE, F. (HRELP, SOAS London)
    MANUS, S. (DDL, Lyon)
    MONDADA, L. (ICAR, Lyon)
    MOUS, M. (Leiden)
    NATHAN, D. (ELAP, SOAS London)
    OSTLER, N. (FEL, UK)
    PELLICER, D. (ENAH, Mexico)
    van der VEEN, L. (DDL, Lyon)
    VAPNARSKY, V. (EREA-CNRS, Villejuif)

Timetable Week one

Timetable Week two

Download a printable version in pdf format here

Fees include enrolment at the Summer School, acommodation, and morning and midday meals

Fees (in euros)
Students 300
Others (Researchers, Technicians…) 400

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