Applications open for workshop: Documenting and preserving indigenous languages: principles, practices and tools – Bangkok

Applications are invited from UK-based early career researchers (currently enrolled PhD students or those who have recently completed a PhD) to participate in a workshop on “Documenting and preserving indigenous languages: principles, practices and tools” to be held in Bangkok, Thailand 8-14th March 2014. The workshop is funded by the British Council which will cover return airfares, local transport, visa fees, accommodation and meals during the workshop. Full details can be found at


This workshop, hosted by SOAS and Mahidol University, aims to bring together researchers and practitioners in language documentation and description, language policy/planning and mother tongue-based multilingual education to discuss the latest developments in their research, creating a new common ground for initiatives in language documentation, revitalisation and human development. SOAS and Mahidol are committed to interdisciplinary approaches to the documentation and revitalisation of languages in Asia and throughout the world. Topics to be covered in the workshop include the following:

— how researchers and resource developers can support communities to sustain their linguistic ecologies
— language revitalisation, personal/community identity and sustainable human development
— production of culturally and pedagogically appropriate linguistic and digital multimedia resources for language valorization, supporting learners and teachers
— techniques in digital data collection, management, dissemination and preservation
— preservation of traditional knowledge and indigenous paradigms of teaching/learning for mother tongue-based multilingual education
— ethnolinguistic identity, reconciliation and peace building

A fieldtrip to an ethnolinguistic minority community is planned.


Applications must be submitted on the downloadable form ( by email to 5pm on 7th November 2014.