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The First North American Conference on the Kurdish Language

The conference will bring linguists, students, and scholars from the United States, Canada, and Europe to address research on Kurdish studies

Friday, November 05, 2010
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Collins Conference room
UCLA James West Alumni Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Speakers include:
Yonar Sabar, UCLA
Jaffer Sheyholislami, Carleton University
Christian Sinclair, University of Arizona
Shayee Khanaka, UC Berkeley
Rashid Karadaghi, Author
Ali Ashuri, Author, poet, and critic
Muhamad Tawfiq Ali, Linguist, translator, critic
Gregory  Scarborough, field researcher
Alexandra Jaffe, California State University, Long Beach
Susan Barwari, UCLA
Hashem Ahmadzadeh,  University of Exeter
Opengin Ergin, L’Université de Paris -Sorbonne Nouvelle
Norman Léonard, San Diego State University
Siyar Ozsoy, University of Texas, Austin
Salih Akin, Rounen University, France
Amir Sharifi, California State University, Long Beach

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.

Sponsored by the Kurdish American Education Society (KAES), a non-profit cultural organization in Los Angles.  Co-sponsors include UCLA The Center for Language, Interaction, and Culture, UCLA Center for World Languages, UCLA Program in Indo-European Studies, Anthropology Department of the California State University, Long Beach, Linguistics Department of the California State University, Long Beach, Ketab Corporation, Vision Marketing Communications.

To RSVP please e-mail:

JohannaRomero, Center for Near Easter Studies

Download file: KurdishConf.pdf

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