International Mother Language Day Feb 21, 2018
Linguistics celebrates UNESCO International Mother Language Day Feb 21
This second annual event has the broad theme of contributing to knowledge and appreciation of languages of cultural identity.
The specific focus this year will be Indigenous and Minority Language Revitalization.
The campus community is warmly invited to the following events:
12:00-2:45 pm Psychology Building Quad:
1:15: Robert Gomez (Tübatulabal Tribal Chair) and Tina Guerrero will speak about their Pahka’anil language revitalization program and language classes in Kern County, California.
1:30: Murat Daslik, Kurdish Dengbiji narrative/song performance in Kurmanji dialect
- CSULB student and faculty posters
- Language-related activities run by the Linguistics Student Association tables from faculty and student club partners in American Indian Studies, RGRLL, Anthropology, American Sign Language and Deaf Linguistics, Asian and Asian American Studies, Africana Studies, Chicano and Latino Studies
11:30-1:20 Multicultural Center (FO-3) Short Research talks
11:30 Dr. Barbara LeMaster (Anthropology, Linguistics, ASLD)
“Whose Mother Tongue?:Irish Sign Language in flux
12:00 Saleem Alfaife (MA grad in Linguistics) A Grammar of Faifi, an endangered minority language of Saudi Arabia
12:30 Dr. Alexandra Jaffe (Linguistics, Anthropology)
The Smithsonian Project on Revitalizing Minority Languages in Europe
4:00-6pm AS 384 Longer presentations
Dr. Wesley Leonard (UC Riverside Ethnic Studies Department). A member of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, whose tribal national language is myaamia, Dr. Leonard focuses on culturally appropriate ways of applying Linguistics for language reclamation purposes that support tribal sovereignty and survivance.
Robert Gomez and Tina Guerrero “Challenging De-Acquisition” Revitalizing Pahka’anil”
Tribal name: Tübatulabal (Pakanapul is the insider term for the tribe)
Language: Pahka’anil (also called Tübatulabal in the literature)