Plenary Session

Discussion of the experience of UNESCO, foundations and societies of preservation of endangered languages, academic and other institutions and organizations operating in the filed of preservation of and development of endangered languages of peoples of Siberia

  1. Tishkov, Valeriy Alexandrovich (Moscow) Speech of welcome to the round table participants
  2. Moreva, Liubava Mikhailovna (UNESCO, Moscow) Speech of welcome to the round table participants
  3. Kurilova, Irina Sergeevna (Moscow) The work of the Association of Indigenous Peoples of the Far North, Siberia and the Far East of Russian Federation on preservation of endangered languages
  4. Vakhtin, Nikolay Borisovich (St.-Petersburg) Criteria of classification of languages as endangered and probable errors in interpretation of linguistic situations
  5. Alpatov, Vladimir Mikhailovich (Moscow) What should we do with Russia’s numerically small languages? [text]

    …At the time of perestroika … many people in all Russia began to think that only the “totalitarian regime” prevented from the normal functioning of the not numerous languages and the change of the state system could lead to the “reviving” of them. “Reviving” was usually realized as the acquisition of the language function which had not existed or had existed after the revolution…

  6. Petrov, Aleksandr Aleksandrovich (St.-Petersburg) Institute of Peoples of the North of RSPU named after A.I. Hertzen as a russian national training center for students from the regions of the North, Siberia and Far East of Russian Federation (based on working experience) [text]
  7. Pakendorf Brigitte (Leipzig) The Linguistics Department at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and the study of Siberian languages [text]

    …The Department of Linguistics is interested in two main areas of research: one is historical linguistics, with a focus on language contact and its outcomes, including the study of creoles and pidgins. Furthermore, some researchers at the department are exploring new ways of establishing genealogical relationships between languages and language families…

  8. Golovko, Evgeniy Vasilievich (St. Petersburg) On experience of endangered languages studies in the Institute of Linguistic Research, Russian Academy of Sciences [text]

    …In the report a brief description of history of studies of languages of peoples of the North in Petersburg-Leningrad-Petersburg is provided. The attention is focused on the experience of researchers of the Institute of Linguistic Studies, RAS. The principles of field work, the means of documentation of materials, methods of selection of language material in different periods are briefly described. As it is noted, changing language situation in the North dictated the search of new approaches to the work on documentation of so called endangered languages…

  9. Kuzmin, Mihail Nikolaevich, Nasilov, Dmitriy Mikhailovich, Artemenko, Olga Ivanovna (Moscow) Native languages of indigenous numerically small peoples of the North in the context of educational system reform [text]

    …The basis and sources of the said language crisis can be traced back to the period of the 20-ies of the XX-th century – the starting point of the socialist construction which according to modern views is considered as a particular state-monopoly stage of modernization. Its actual content was the inter-civilization transition from a traditional agrarian society (which in case of Northern peoples preserved an appropriating character) to the modern one…

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