Intersections of Language and Nature: Conservation, Documentation, and Access 2019

Pittsburgh, United States
6 - 8 September 2019
The conference ended on 08 September 2019

Important Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline
15th July 2019
Early Bird Deadline
15th July 2019
Abstract Acceptance Notification
31st July 2019

About ILN2019

In the UN International Year of Indigenous Languages we invite you to join us in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 6th and 7th to explore Intersections of Language and Nature: Conservation, Documentation, and Access. The two-day symposium brings together scholars from indigenous communities, conservation practice, the arts, and academia to address the parallel threats facing linguistic and biological diversity and explore opportunities for collaboration.


Biodiversity, Endangered languages, Ornithology, Language documentation, Conservation, Ethnobiology, Anthropology, Linguistics, Indigenous languages, Traditional ecological knowledge

Call for Papers


Participants are invited to submit abstracts for poster sessions on any aspect of the intersections of nature and language.  

 If you are interested in taking part in the poster sessions, please send an abstract of no more than 500 words to JNCLOWRI@pitt.edu before 11:59pm EDT July 15th.  

Notification of acceptance will be sent to the authors by July 31st.


  • How are intersections of language and nature relevant to conservation of species and languages?

  • How does traditional ecological knowledge contribute to the conservation of nature and language?

  • How can we better engage communities as stewards of their local cultures and environments?

  • How can we improve our understanding of both global language and species distribution?

  • How can technology enhance language and species documentation?

  • How can we better recognize and collaborate with local knowledge holders?

  • How can we make knowledge and resources more widely accessible?

  • How do we communicate back to the global community that there are locally meaningful practices of conservation in action and how do we protect that space?

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