A series of interdisciplinary workshops funded by
The National Science Foundation (NSF)
Political instability and violence create an environment for language loss and resulting in social instability. The purpose of the Political Instability and Language Endangerment (LEPI) conference and workshops are to develop a thorough understanding of how political instability and violence break apart communities and erode their ability to pass down their written and spoken word. This interdisciplinary conference will bring together experts from political science, linguistics, and other fields to develop a global and comprehensive account of the intersection of politics and language endangerment.
Led by an interdisciplinary team of linguists and political scientists integrate knowledge from both disciplines and to produce new strategies for interdisciplinary research. The dominant paradigm for understanding the causes of language endangerment takes into consideration local social and economic factors. The potential for a more comprehensive understanding is possible through the perspective of political science, which takes into account the role of violence, power, and resources in societies and across institutions of governance.
LEPI events investigate causes for language change including national language policies; instability due to war and other forms of conflict; economically forced immigration.