Concourse: 07/15/17


Saturday, July 15, 2017

International Conference on Endangered & Lesser Known Languages, 21 – 23 February 2018 CIIL, Manasagangotri, Mysuru,



The Scheme for Protection and Preservation of Endangered Languages (SPPEL) was instituted by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India in 2013. The primary objectives of this Scheme are to document and archive the endangered languages of India. The scheme is monitored by Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL). The CIIL has collaborated with several academic institutions across the country for accomplishing this mission. Initially SPPEL has identified 117 languages to document and archive.

ELKL Conference Series 
The Endangered and Lesser Known Languages conference was begun to serve as a platform for academicians, researchers and members of speech communities to deliberate issues relevant to
language endangerment and share their latest findings. This annual conference aims to create interest and awareness in lesser known languages and train young scholars in documenting endangered
languages. The first ELKL conference took place at the University of Lucknow in 2012. The Scheme for Protection and Preservation of Endangered Languages, CIIL, Mysore is happy to announce that the sixth ELKL conference will take place at the Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore from 21-23 February 2018.

The Scheme for Protection and Preservation of Endangered Languages (SPPEL), CIIL and several other like-minded institutions across the globe are also working towards the sustenance of "angerment and language revitalization:policies, planning and practices”minor and lesser known languages. Scholars, policy makers and community members have often expressed anguish for the dwindling future of the endangered languages. Arguably and unfortunately the issue of language revitalization has not attracted the attention it deserves from the researchers and policy makers. Efforts towards language revitalization are inevitable for numerous languages that are on the verge of extinction. Therefore, the theme of the 6th ELKL-2018 is “Language Endangerment and Language Revitalization: Policies, Planning and Practices”. Abstracts are invited for oral and poster presentations on original, unpublished and substantial research relevant to the theme of the conference.

We invite submissions on the following and related sub-themes:
  • Documentation of endangered and lesser-known languages
  • Language ecology
  • Language endangerment scenario
  • Language policy and language planning
  • Language revitalization
  • Community’s participation in language revitalization process
  • Development of script and orthography
  • Mother tongue based multilingual education
  • Technologies for documenting endangered and lesser-known languages
  • Field ethics and case studies
  • Language archiving
  • Language contact, maintenance and shift
  • Linguistic human rights

Abstract Submission guidelines:
Abstracts of 750-1000 words (excluding references and data) in PDF format is to be uploaded by 15th September, 2017 using the EasyChair system at:

Abstracts should be completely anonymous for consideration.
Note: One author can submit a maximum of one single-authored and one co-authored abstract.
Please send your queries if any to:

Important Dates
Abstract submission deadline : 15 September 2017 (Friday)
Notification of acceptance : 1 November 2017 (Wednesday)
Submission of full paper : 15 January 2018 (Monday)

An edited volume of the papers, key note address and plenary sessions of the conference will be published by CIIL. The concerned authors will have to modify their papers by incorporating the feedback, observations, comments and suggestions that come out during the presentation.

Travel & accommodation
Travel allowances may be provided for out-station and invited speakers from India. Participants from other countries and those located within the city of Mysore may kindly arrange travel on their own. TAto eligible outstation participants will be considered as per CIIL guidelines and is subject to the availability of funds. Modest accommodation will be arranged in the CIIL premises, only for outstation participants.
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Contact Info:
Sujoy Sarkar
SPPEL Coordinator
Phone Number: 091 - 9717225610