3L Consortium - Lyon, Leiden, London  

International Summer School on
Language Documentation and Description

School of Oriental and African Studies, London

22 June - 3 July 2009

en français

About the 3L Summer School

The Department of Linguistics at the School of Oriental and African Studies is proud to host the second 3L International Summer School on Language Documentation and Description.

This two week summer school aims at introducing the concepts and practices of language documentation and its links to language description for future and novice field linguists. It will draw upon the extensive expertise of the three organizing universities in the 3L Consortium: University of Lyon, Leiden University and the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. It follows on from the success of the first 3L Summer School held in Lyon in 2008.

A summer school lecture
Participants in a lecture at last year's 3L Summer School in Lyon

The school focuses on providing theoretical knowledge necessary to pursue language documentation and description in tandem with offering hands on training in technical areas of language documentation, data management and archiving.

It features courses covering a wide range of topics that include lexicography, data management and archiving, the use of media in language documentation, signed language documentation, linguistic typology and areal linguistics, with a full day dedicated to practical training in using software tools, advanced video and advanced audio documentation.

Summer school conferences

To complement the main summer school programme the Comité International Permanent des Linguistes (CIPL) are running a one-day Conference on the Sociolinguistics of Language Endangerment at SOAS on Saturday 27 June 2009.

In addition, a Student Conference on Language Documentation and Description will take place at SOAS on Friday 3rd July 2009, the last day of the summer school. Participants who wish to present their work at the student conference are invited to submit an abstract through the conference mini-site.

Immediately before the summer school on Wednesday 17 June and Thursday 18 June 2009, SOAS is hosting the 4th Conference on Austronesian on Languages and Linguistics (ALL4), an annual opportunity for researchers working in any area of Austronesian linguistics to present their research to their peers.

3L Consortium

The summer school is organised by the 3L consortium of Lyon, Leiden and London comprising the Africa Latin America Endangered Languages (AALLED) program of the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) of the University of Lyon, the Leiden University Centre of Linguistics, and the Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project in the Department of Linguistics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

The local organising committee consists of:

  • Peter Austin
  • Gerardo Barbera
  • Oliver Bond
  • Edward Garrett
  • Alison Kelly
  • Chaithra Puttaswamy


All enquiries should be directed to Alison Kelly at: 3Lsummerschool@googlemail.com.