International Conference: "Language Documentation: Past – Present – Future"

Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover/Germany, June 5-7, 2013

Due to globalization and urbanization, the linguistic diversity of our planet with more than 6500 languages is severely threatened. Scientists estimate that only half of them will survive the end of the 21st century. Since languages encode their speakers' traditions, their knowledge, wisdom and worldview, this language loss leads to a tremendous impoverishment of mankind's intellectual and spiritual culture.

DobeS ("Dokumentation bedrohter Sprachen/Documentation of Endangered Languages") is a program funded by the VolkswagenStiftung aiming to produce and archive documentations of endangered languages. The program started in 2000 with a pilot phase of 8 projects and one technical project at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in the Netherlands. DobeS main phase started in 2002, the last decisions on new projects were made in 2012. Altogether more than 100 projects, including 72 documentation projects of about 100 languages, symposia, workshops and summer schools have been funded totalling more than 28 million Euro.

The international conference "Language Documentation: Past – Present – Future" is organized to celebrate the achievements of the DobeS program. The goal of the conference is to take stock of the state of the art in language documentation and to identify future perspectives for linguists working in this realm.

Program Commitee
  • Prof. Dr. Nick Evans, Australian National University
  • Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Himmelmann, Universität Köln
  • Prof. Dr. Ulrike Mosel, Universität Kiel
  • Dr. Mandana Seyfeddinipur, SOAS London
  • Dr. Vera Szöllösi, VolkswagenStiftung