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Following on our previous posting.....

The Fifth International East Nusantara Conference (Kupang, Indonesia, 1-3 August 2007) has an important theme for speakers of many endangered languages: Language and Cultural Aspects of Tourism and Sustainable Development. I don't know of work on this for endangered languages (apart from the negative - we can't share our language with outsiders because outsider tourist operators might use it and take business away from us) . So it'll be very interesting to hear the results.

Here's a call for papers from John Haan.

Owing to the overwhelming interest in and support for this conference expressed by Universitas Nusa Cendana (UNDANA) and the local Kupang community, it has been decided to expand the focus of this conference to include applied linguistics, culture, and tourism and economic development. The linguistics portion of the conference will run in parallel with the applied linguistics and tourism/economic development portions.

To date four International Conferences for East Nusantara Linguistics have been held: three in Leiden (1998, 2001, 2005), and one at the Australian National University in Canberra (2000). As with previous conferences the aim of ENUS remains to bring together linguists, anthropologists, ethnographers, musicologists, and others who work in the East Nusantara region to share the results of their research with each other. The expanded focus of this fifth conference opens up an even broader range of possibilities for cross-disciplinary discussion. For the purposes of this conference the East Nusantara region is taken to include eastern Indonesia (east of Bali) and Timor L'este, and Austronesian as well as non-Austronesian languages.


Papers are invited on any topic relating to East Nusantara languages, cultures, language education, tourism and economic development; however, preference will be given to papers which address one or more of the conference sub-themes. Approximately 25 papers expected for each subtheme. Each paper will be allotted 30 minutes for presentation plus 15 minutes for questions. Each thematic to also think about the other themes of the conference in relation to your research language(s), although you will be presenting more formally on one topic only.

Abstracts of no more than one page should be submitted no later than 1 March 2007. Authors will be notified of acceptance by 1 April. Abstract submission via email is strongly encouraged. Papers in either English or Indonesian are welcomed.

Please email abstracts to gary.holton [ AT] gmail.com and hanson2003[AT ] yahoo.com.

*** SUB-THEMES ***

1. East Nusantara Languages and Linguistics

a. Deixis and directional systems
b. Evidentiality
c. (Timor)-Alor-Pantar languages

2. Language Education

a. English Language Teaching (ELT)
b. Local language education programs
c. Bilingual education

3. East Nusa Tenggara Cultural and Tourism Development

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