SAIL 2015 Program

FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2015

8:15     Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00     Welcome Remarks: James Winebrake, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts

                                              Uli Linke, Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Session One: Language Documentation, Description & Theory

9:15     Randi Moore (University at Buffalo, SUNY): Documenting Landscape Use in Spatial Reference in Diidxa za (Isthmus Zapotec)
9:45     Connie Dickinson (Universidad Regional Amazónica IKIAM): Documentation Materials and Linguistic Analysis—A study of the “conjunct/disjunct” system in Tsafiki

 10:15 - 11:15     Plenary Talk One 

Jürgen Bohnemeyer (University at Buffalo, SUNY): Elicitation with Verbal and Nonverbal Stimuli in Language Documentation

Session Two: Media & Technology in Language Revitalization

11:20   Isabel Marte, Zach Rivera, and Wilson Silva (Rochester Institute of Technology): Telling Traditional Stories Using Non-Traditional Methods: Digital Animation of Desano Narratives

11:40   Edwin Ko (Georgetown University), Elodie Paquette (Boston University), Eugene Buckley (University of Pennsylvania) and Catherine O'Connor (Boston University): Using Mobile Apps as a Small Step Toward Revitalization

12:00   Brian Peltier (Wikwemikong Heritage Organization): Anishinaabemowin App

12:30 - 12:30     Lunch

1:00 - 2:00        Plenary Talk Two

Monica Macaulay (University of Wisconsin, Madison): Endangered Languages: What Linguists Can and Can’t Do

Linguists come to the endangered language table with a variety of skills.  Some are trained in specific technologies and methodologies for language revitalization and reclamation, but every linguist’s background is different and every community has different needs.  This talk looks at some of the skills academically trained linguists (whether they are members of the community in question or not) may have, notes some of the programs that help us with those skills, considers how to match needs and abilities, and calls for more collaboration across academic fields in this undertaking.

Session Three: Media & Technology in Language Documentation

2:00    Edwin Ko (Georgetown University) and Catherine O’ConnorEthan RimdziusElodie Paquette (Boston University): Making Field Recordings Useful: Online Tools for Accessing a Corpus of Recordings

2:30    Evgeny Golovko (St. Petersburg Institute for Linguistic Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences): Tools and Techniques from the Early 20th Century: The Extinct Aleut Language of Attu on Wax Cylinders 

3:15 - 4:15     Plenary Talk Three

Cathleen Ashworth (Rochester Institute of Technology) and Peter Jemison (Ganondagan State Historic Site)Creative Cultural Collision: Art Direction for an Authentic Native American Animation

Iroquois Creation Story is a 16 minute film that combines animation, live action dance, and traditional Iroquois music to tell the ancient story of how our world came to be according to the Haudenosaunee people. We will present a lecture on the development of this film; how we took an oral story that is richly detailed with many characters and actions, and developed it into an animated film. The animated characters are also voiced by Iroquois actors, and incorporate the Iroquois language. We will show clips in progress, from the film.

Session Four: Language Documentation & Revitalization

4:30     Wallace Chafe (University of California, Santa Barbara): The Music of Seneca Words

When people read or write Seneca, they usually limit themselves to written vowels and consonants. But those vowels and consonants are accompanied by patters of pitch, loudness, and timing, which Seneca assigs to words and sentences in complex ways, some of which will be described and illustrated in this talk.

5:00     Jodi Lynn Maracle (University at Buffalo, SUNY): I Am Not A Linguist: Language Revitalization in (non-Academic) Action

5:30     Erich Fox Tree (Wilfrid Laurier University): Proving Your Language is “Language”: Overcoming the Colonialist Mythologies Faced by        Indigenous Signed Languages

6:00 - 7:00     Keynote Address

Keren Rice (University of Toronto): Technology in Documentation, Technology in Revitalization: What are the goals?

Ongoing developments in technology have changed the world of language revitalization and language documentation in many ways over the past few decades. In this talk, I review some of the changes that technology has allowed for in language documentation and in language revitalization. I focus in particular on language revitalization, starting with thinking about the goals of what we call language revitalization, and I pose a number of questions. What does technology mean? What are its roles in language revitalization? What factors are important in determining the type of technology that is appropriate for a particular community at a particular time? These include factors such as needs, expertise, costs, maintainance and upkeep, as well as less tangible factors such as validation. I conclude, following many others, that we must not be seduced by technology and see it as the saviour, but must use it carefully and appropriately to the time and place.

                                      7:00     Closing Remarks

                                       7:15 - 9:00     Banquet




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