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02 November 2022 14:00-15:30

Transdisciplinary Dialogues Series: Endangered Tribal Languages in India (2)

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 2: Multidimensional poverty and endangered languages and cultures

Overview: UN SDG 1 aims to “end poverty in all its forms everywhere”. To what degree does the disappearance of minority spoken languages provide an index for material poverty and related factors? And to what degree might the conservation and flourishing of endangered languages contribute to the broader task of ending poverty and material exclusion around the world?

Speakers: Dr Vijay D'Souza (NEILAC), Fanni Kovesdi (OPHI, University of Oxford)

Chair: Dr Séverine Deneulin (LSRI, University of Oxford)

The details of all speakers can be found here.