CDLD 2014

CIDLeS Summer School 2014: Community-driven Language Documentation

Your sunny and friendly language documentation summer school in Southwest Europe!

Date and venue

August 18th – 23th | The Summer School will take place in Minde, Portugal.

About the Summer School

The field of language documentation has matured over the last 15 years. With several funding initiatives running out, community-driven language documentation ensures sustainable documentation.

This summer school is designed to encourage community-driven interdisciplinary language documentation. It will bring together speakers of endangered languages, local language workers, students and researchers of linguistics and related fields. The summer school is intended to be a space for engagement and exchange between community members, language workers and students and provide an environment for learning about each other’s interests and requirements.The curriculum is developed to be in accordance with the needs and interests of the speech communities. It aims at empowering the speech communities to participate in the definition and implementation of research projects and sensitise students of linguistic for the needs of the communities. Thus, the major goal of this summer school is to introduce the participants into the theory and methods of language documentation. The goal is to acquire the knowledge and competence to conduct one’s own documentation projects with regard to endangered language.

This summer school is part of a larger event. The week before “Community-driven Language Documentation” there will be another one-week summer school on Coding for Language Communities.

Topics of lectures and courses

  • Audio and video recording and processing
  • Annotations (transcription, translation, GRAID)
  • Lexicography
  • Ethnobotany
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Language maintenance and revitalization

Invited lecturers

Ana Maria Pinto Carvalho (Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, Portugal)
Bruce Birch (The Australian National University, Australia)
Dorothee Beermann (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim)
Heather Ayn Todd (School of Oriental and African Studies, London)
Iain Foreman (Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Spain) 
Iren Hartmann (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig)
Paul Trilsbeek (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen)
Robert Leavitt (Speaking Place, USA)
Tasaku Tsunoda (The National Institute of Japanese Languages and Linguistics, Japan)
Ulrike Mosel (University of Kiel)

See the programme >>>


Participants have to apply by filling out the application form providing information on their background and interest in the area of language documentation and revitalization.

Deadline for application is May 31st, 2014.  The number of participants is limited to 30. Admission will be based on the track record and a motivational statement that is part of the application form.


The summer school costs 250 Euros for the whole week. The fee includes summer school materials, all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and a place to sleep. Depending on availability, the beds will be in a shared room for 2-4 people. You can pay by bank transfer or Paypal (including credit cards). You will receive more details in a confirmation mail, as soon as we processed your application.

We plan to provide scholarships for students to participate in the summer school. The scholarship will cover the fee of 250 Euros and travel costs up to 1.000 Euros. We still do not know if the scholarship will be available, and when. If you need a scholarship then you may already fill in and send the application form and specifically describe why you need a scholarship in the application form.

Organizing team

  • Dorothee Beermann
  • Peter Bouda
  • Vera Ferreira
  • Rita Pedro
  • Felix Rau
  • Ingrid Scholz

Important dates

Deadline for applications: May 31st, 2014
Notification of acceptance: June 15th, 2014
Deadline for fee payment: July 15th, 2014 

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