Language and Nature: Fourth workshop on Endangered Languages

A one day workshop on Language and Nature.

9.20 Introduction to workshop: Janet Watson, Jon Lovett & Diane Nelson


  • Diane Nelson, University of Leeds: Meadow Mari
  • Jon Lovett, University of Leeds & Deryn Rees-Jones, University of Liverpool: Story telling and complex adaptive systems
  • Janet C.E. Watson, University of Leeds & Leonid Kogan, National Research University, Moscow: What’s the time? Natural measurement of time in Modern South Arabian
  • James Dickins, University of Leeds: Yemen today

11–11.30 TEA/COFFEE


  • Shahina Ghazanfar, Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew; Erik Anonby, Carleton University,Canada; Yusuf Ali Muhammad al-Kumzari; Christina van der Wal Anonby, Leiden University; Ahmad Hassan Ali Salim al-Kumzari; Hasan Suleyman Muhammad alKumzari; Suleyman Muhammad al-Kumzari: Plants and plant names in Kumzari and Arabic of the Musandam Peninsula, Oman
  • Marine Beridze, Tbilisi State University; Lia Bakuradze, Tbilisi State University; Zakharia Pourtskhvanidze, Goethe University Frankfurt: A Georgian Language Island in Iran
  • Rusudan Gersamia, Ilia State University; Sophiko Daraselia, University of Leeds: Laz in Georgia and Turkey: Past and Present 

13.00 – 14.00 LUNCH

14.00 – 14.30

  • Alice Rudge, British Library, London: Language and Nature in Batek, a Northern Aslian language, of the Austroasiatic family
  • 14.30–17.30 Clothworkers North Building LT (Cinema) (2.31) Film and discussion with introduction by Professor Friederike Lüpke, SOAS, London

17.30–17.40 Announcement of Centre for Endangered Languages, Cultures and Ecosystems: Janet Watson, Jon Lovett, Thea Pitman, Diane Nelson.

17.40–19.00 Summary discussion followed by wine reception, LHRI