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26 October 2022 14:00-15:30

Transdisciplinary Dialogues Series: Endangered Tribal Languages in India (1)

The endangerment of tribal languages is a salient issue, with some linguists estimating that between 50% and 90% of current spoken language systems will be severely endangered or dead by the year 2100. But as well as intrinsic loss, endangered languages often provide an index for wider issues of cultural, political and economic marginalization of some of the world’s most vulnerable populations. A transdisciplinary approach, inspired by principles of integral ecology, can contribute to deeper analysis of this important contemporary frontier issue.

The LSRI is hosting a seminar series to bring into dialogue academics from the University of Oxford and the North Eastern Institute of Language and Culture (NEILAC) to explore the multi-faceted issues of endangered languages.

Seminar 1: Exploring ethical frameworks for valuing endangered languages

Overview: To what degree can we say that endangered languages have intrinsic value in today’s global economy? What is the purpose of preserving and curating them? How might we determine the value of languages spoken by fewer than 10,000 people in the world? This seminar will address these questions by means of comparison with the ethics of animal conservation and the conservation of “charismatic” species such as polar bears and orangutans.

Speakers: Dr Vijay D’Souza (NEILAC), Ambika Aiyadurai (Indian Institute of Technology, Ahmedabad), Dr Sarah Ogilvie (University of Oxford).

Chair: Dr Tim Howles (LSRI, University of Oxford)

The details of all speakers can be found here.