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Paper submission

The theme of the conference will be: Endangered Languages and Language Learning and is related to the profile of the Mercator Research Centre, which gathers and mobilises expertise in the field of language learning at school, at home and through cultural participation in favour of linguistic diversity of Europe.


Topics could be:
1) Language learning in general:

  • Successful multilingual regions with endangered languages
  • Language learning processes and language transmission in small communities
  • Language transmission outside formal educational settings (pre-school facilities, cultural settings, distant learning facilities)

2) Language learning in an educational context:

  • Promoting linguistic diversity through multilingual education and teacher training programs
  • Language teaching in small indigenous or migrant communities
  • Potential of teaching methods for language revitalisation
  • Innovation in language learning and teaching strategies
  • Case studies on language immersion in endangered language communities 
  • The use of electronic tools for language teaching and maintenance


Abstract and Paper Submission

Papers presented at the conference should make reference to actual language situations, and ideally should draw on personal experience. The aim of the conference is to pool experience, to discuss and to learn from it. Possible expected outcomes could be:

  • Suggestions for further action and research for the revitalisation of endangered languages
  • Proposals for action programmes aimed at language learning and language transmission
  • Recommendations for a common European approach towards the strengthening of endangered languages to the European Union, the Council of Europe and UNESCO.

In order to present a paper at the conference, authors must submit in advance a short version of not more than 500 words. They may be submitted in two ways: by electronic submission, and alternatively on paper. They should be written in English.


Electronic submission (before March 1, 2008).

For electronic submission we use the EasyChair system. Proposals for papers (max. 500 words, in English) can be submitted in PDF, Microsoft Word or plain text format. Your proposal should be uploaded as a separate file, viz as a "PAPER". Please follow the instructions on the site carefully.

The "ABSTRACT" box on the web form should be used for something different, viz a very short (3-4 English sentences) summary of your proposal that will help us assigning papers to reviewers; they will then review the full proposal you have uploaded.

Authors of accepted papers will receive instructions about format and submission of their final paper in the acceptance letter.

Non-electronic submission

In case you are not able to use the electronic submission system, one single printed copy should be sent (to arrive by 1 March 2008) to:

FEL XII Conference Administration
Foundation for Endangered Languages
172 Bailbrook Lane
Bath BA1 7AA
United Kingdom

This should have a clear short title, but should not bear anything to identify the author(s). On a separate sheet, enclosed in an envelope, please include the following information:

NAME: Names of the author(s)
TITLE: Title of the paper
EMAIL: Email address of the first author, if any
ADDRESS: Postal address of the first author
TEL: Telephone number of the first author, if any
FAX: Fax number of the first author, if any

The name of the first author will be used in all correspondence.

Oral presentations will last twenty minutes each, with a further ten minutes for discussion. Plenary lectures will last forty-five minutes each. Authors will be expected to submit a written paper with the full version of the lecture for publication in the proceedings well in advance of the conference.

Authors (and other attendees) from outside the European Union who need a visa will also be required to inform the organizers in advance of the following details:
Passport Number
Date and Place of Issue

For further information see the visa page of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.