uaf logoThe workshop focuses on how knowledge of the language (both speaking expertise and knowledge of linguistic structure) can inform natural science. Discussion will be facilitated by paper presentations and discussion groups focused on:

Topic 1 - Comparing vocabularies: How does knowledge of indigenous classifications (e.g., land/landforms, ice, water) inform scientific research? This session may be broken up into several subtopics depending on the number of suggestions received.

Topic 2 - What can we learn from Oral Histories?

Topic 3 - Naming systems: Place names and month/season names. Is climate change reflected in such names?

Papers are invited on any of the above mentioned topics. Proposals are especially invited for "mixed" group presentations that include a speaker of a relevant native language. The workshop organizers are open to suggestions as they refine the structure of the workshop. Native language(s), however, must be a significant factor in all discussions.

Please send your 1-page (maximum) abstract as a .doc or .pdf attachment to Olga Lovick. Specify "CLIP-abstract" as the subject of your message. Do not include
your name in the abstract. Instead, include your name and the title of your abstract in the message body of your email. If using special characters, please embed the font(s) used into your .pdf document.

Abstracts are due no later than Monday, 31 March 2008.