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16 November 2022 14:00-15:30

Transdisciplinary Dialogues Series: Endangered Tribal Languages in India (4)

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 4: Before languages are endangered: Community, connection, and sacred identities

Overview: As communities lose their native language they often also lose cultural traditions that are tied to that language, such as songs, myths, poetry, remedies, and particular ecological and geological knowledge. Furthermore, the social structure of one’s community is often reflected through speech and language behaviour. This seminar will address the correlation between minority languages and dialects, and the deep structure of human identity and community cohesion.

Speakers: Dr Dolly Kikon (University of Melbourne), Iliyana Angelova (University of Bremen)

Chair: Justin Jones (University of Oxford)

The details of all speakers can be found here.