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The First North American Conference On the Kurdish Language

The Kurdish American Education Society (KAES), a non-profit cultural organization in Los Angles will be hosting the first North American Conference on the Kurdish Language and Culture on November 5, 2010. The event is co-sponsored by the UCLA G.E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies (CNES). Our conference will bring to Los Angeles Kurdish and non-Kurdish linguists, students, and scholars from different parts of the United States, Canada, and Europe to address a wide spectrum of topics and research on Kurdish studies.

The primary goal of the conference is to stress the need for reviewing the existing trends, current challenges, and new linguistic and socio-linguistic and historical studies, recognize the achievements that scholars and practitioners have made in their respective fields of research, and open new possibilities for raising consciousness about and change the state of the language and its community of speakers. 
Conference participants and presenters are from a wide spectrum of disciplines, including but not limited to applied linguistics, dialectology, lexicography, sociolinguistics, anthropology, art and language, educational linguistics, Kurdish as a heritage language, discourse analysis, and historical linguistics.

The Call for Papers welcomes timely submission of abstracts for papers and posters to be presented at the event on Nov 5 in Collins Conference room at the UCLA James West Alumni Center. Some of the emerging conference topics include: The Influence of Kurdish on the Neo-Aramaic Language, Kurdish language policy and planning, language and identity, challenges of developing educational materials in Kurdish, music and cultural rights. The Conference Committee has already received a range of topic proposals and themes as listed below.

We urge all those interested in research about theoretical linguistics, applied linguistics, psycholinguistics, lexicography, educational linguistics, language minorities, heritage languages, literacy, language and literature, language and gender to join us in co-sponsoring and contributing to the success of this conference. We will also use the conference as an occasion to honor and pay tribute to the memory of Dr.Vera Saeedpour who laid the foundation for scholarly and academic work on the Kurdish life and culture.
The deadline for abstracts is Oct. 25, 2010. All you need is a title and a 300-word abstract for a 20-minute presentation to be sent via email to: 

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