Workshop on language documentation: multilingual settings and technological advances

Uppsala University
24–25 October 2019

The workshop will provide a forum for discussing issues related to language documentation in multilingual settings and recent technological advances. This includes challenges of carrying out documentation of multilingual settings as well as contributions of recent technological advances in data collection and efficient data processing.

Invited speakers:

  • Heriberto Avelino, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, México

  • Henrik Bergqvist, Stockholm University

  • Colette Grinevald, Université Lyon

  • Helene Fatima Idriss, University of Khartoum

  • Friederike Lüpke, University of Helsinki

The themes of the workshop revolve around language documentation and:

  • Challenges and contributions of multilingual data;

  • Managing the interplay between field data and theory;

  • Integrating sociolinguistic variables in the description of lesser-documented languages;

  • From fluent speakers to rememberers: sociolinguistic profiling of speakers;

  • Digital dictionary development of lesser-documented languages;

  • Technological support for language documentation;

  • Linguistic fieldwork and interdisciplinary research collaborations (e.g. anthropology, ethnobiology, geography, musicology, information and communications technology);

  • Community-based language documentation.


The workshop will be held in Blåsenhus (How to get to Blåsenhus) in rooms 13:028 & 13:029 (Thursday) and 13:029 & 13:132 (Friday).

All rooms are equipped with a projector (VGA and HDMI connections) and audio equipment. Please bring your own device to present with.


An up-to-date version of the schedule will be kept here


A publication will be generated based on the contributions of those authors who are willing. A proposal for a special issue will be submitted to LD&C. When we adhere to the proposed schedule, we should end up with a published work by the nd of 2020.

Proposed key datas:

  • first draft submitted: 2020•03•20
  • review back: 2020•05•29
  • revisions due: 2020•07•15
  • final collection to publisher: 2020•10•01

If you are interested in contributing to the volume and able to keep to the proposed key dates, but have not already indicated yout interest, please be in touch with Robert Borges – robert.borges(at)

Practical Information


Find out more about Uppsala and Uppsala University.

Getting to Uppsala

If you are coming from outside, the most common way to get to Uppsala is by train or bus. Here are links to the two main operators SJ and UL.

A more expensive option is to take a taxi. Some companies offer fixed price between Arlanda and Uppsala – ask for a price before you accept a ride.

If you are coming by car, directions can be found here.

Traveling within Uppsala

Uppsala is relatively small and, depending on where you stay, almost everything will be within short walking distance. A city map can be found here.

UL also runs a number of bus lines within the city. Check your destination on their website. Tickets can usually be bought from vending machines at the bus stop or on the bus itself.

Where to stay

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