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Indigenous Languages and Endangered Cultures conference to take place in Hungary

Indigenous Languages, Endangered Cultures conference will take place in november 28–29th in 2019. Call for conference abstracts is open until September the 18th. 

The United Nations have declared 2019 to be the International Year of Indigenous Languages. To mark this occasion, the Department of Finno-Ugric Studies at the Faculty of Humanities, Eötvös Loránd University is organising an international conference entitled Indigenous Languages, Endangered Cultures, lasting from November 28 to November 29, 2019.

The event is simultaneously part of a programme series called the Estonian Language Year. On the first afternoon of the conference a thematic symposium entitled A hundred years of Estonian language will also be conducted. In addition, the programme features thematic Estonian and Livonian book launches.
Languages play a crucial role not only in everyday communication but also in the maintenance of cultural inheritance together with the unique social identity of their speakers. However, a significant part of the world’s languages are endangered indigenous tongues. The conference focuses on the recent situation and the alarming future questions of indigenous languages. Our aim is to consider the possible linguistic and cultural strategies which could contribute to maintaining the present level of global cultural diversity.

Topics relevant to conference papers or posters should include (but are not restricted to) the following issues:
• Indigenous languages as the guardians of endangered cultures
• Standardisation problems of indigenous languages
• Linguistic and cultural diversity as a global richness of humanity
• Roles of the linguistic and cultural traditions in preserving communities
• The impact of contact-induced language changes on some grammatical categories in indigenous languages (e.g. through the symplifying singular-dual-(trial), and grammatical evidentiality-systems)The conference’s patron is Her Excellency Kristi Karelsohn, the Estonian Ambassador to Hungary in Budapest.

Important data:
Date of the conference: November 28-29, 2019
Length of presentations: 20+5 minutes
Official languages: Hungarian and English, as well as Estonian during the Estonian symposium
Participation fee: 50 EUR; doctoral students: 25 EUR.
The fee includes participation in the conference, a copy of the abstract booklet, coffee breaks between sections as well as lunch and dinner on November 28.Abstracts should be a maximum of 4000 characters in length, including the main references. Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by two experts.

Abstracts need to be submitted here

Official e-mail adress:

Deadline for submission of abstracts: September 18, 2019 24:00

Applicants with accepted (as well as with rejected) papers or posters will be notified by September 27, 2019 at the latest.

Should any conference-related questions arise, the organisers will be happy to answer them.
It is a pleasure to welcome you to Budapest!

Members of the organising committee:
Bereczki András
Pomozi Péter
Pusztay János, head of the organising committee
Timár Bogáta