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This is a conference "with a special interest in the Kalasha of the Hindu Kush valleys, Himalayas", to be held at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in Greece, 7-9 November 2008.

More information on the website, and below [reposted from the RNLD list]:

Assistant Professor Elizabeth Mela – Athanasopoulou, the Conference
Convener, and the Conference Organizing Committee, look forward to
welcoming you in Thessaloniki, in November, 2008.

The theme of the Conference is the documentation, description and
revitalization of endangered languages as well as the role of tradition
and culture for the maintenance and promotion of such languages. The
Kalasha language and tradition have been chosen as a case study
regarding both its possible linguistic and cultural links to Ancient
Greece. Moreover, practical suggestions concerning language
documentation processes (e.g. fieldwork projects) and language
revitalization methods (e.g. Dictionary/Grammar formats, textbooks,
etc.) will be most welcome.
The Conference will have two sections, (a) the Linguistics and (b) the
culture and tradition section of endangered languages, with the main
focus on the Kalasha as a case study. Therefore the audience will be
academics from both the linguistics and the Anthropology and Culture

Peter Austin (UK)
Elena Bashir (USA)
Augusto Cacopardo (Italy)
Jan Heegard Petersen (Denmark)

Please send an abstract in Word/PDF format (up to 200 words, plus
bibliography), for a 30-minute paper (20-minute presentation followed by
a 10-minute discussion) with your contact details, via e-mail, by 31 May
2008 to nick_athanas8@hotmail.com and ema@enl.auth.gr
We encourage postgraduate candidates and students who have recently
completed a Master’s or Doctorate, as well as established academics to
present papers. Multiple authored papers are also welcome.
Notification of Acceptance: Papers will be selected by the Conference
Scientific Committee and the speakers will be notified by 30 June 2008
and mailed a registration form and further information.
Publication: All papers will be considered for publication in a volume
of refereed Conference Proceedings and launched by the end of 2009.

Public lectures, book launches, cultural events, trips to archeological
sites, visits to museums, etc.

The conference programme listing all papers and public events will be
available on the website after 30 June 2008.

Early Registration fee before 1st October 2008:
EURO 65 (approximately 96 USD or 49 GBP)
Students: EURO 35

Standard Registration fee after 1st October
EURO 80 (Approximately 118 USD οr 60 GBP)
EURO 40 Students

Registration fee entitlements are: Conference satchel, entrance to all
Conference sessions, Welcome Reception, and morning and afternoon teas
and lunches during the Conference.

Cost of accommodation, Conference Dinner, museum visits and trips are
not included in the registration fee.


E-mail: nick_athanas8 AT hotmail.com
ema AT enl.auth.gr
Telephone : ++30 23330 41727
++30 2310 997451
Mobile: ++30 6972084706
Fax: ++30 2310 997432

Dr. Elizabeth Mela-Athanasopoulou
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Faculty of Philosophy, School of English
Room 308C
54124 Thessaloniki,
Elizabeth Mela-Athanasopoulou ema AT enl.auth.gr

Please circulate this Call for Papers and promote the forthcoming event.

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