Workshop on Documenting Minority Languages in Nusa Tenggara Timur Indonesia


Date:  7 - 12 May, 2018

Venue: Universitas Kristen Artha Wacana,

Kupang, Timor Island, Indonesia

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Basic Information


Welcome to the official site of the Workshop on Documenting Minority Languages in Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia. The workshop aims to provide a practical training in language documentation for people from Nusa Tenggara Timor who are taking an interest in their local and regional languages, and have the potential to play a major role in documenting these languages. The documentation task will comprise: recording and annotating a sample, describing basic features of the language in a short report, developing a practical orthography, and publishing a folk story with translation and glossary. The project will partner local people who are not professional linguists (yet) with graduate linguistics students and senior linguists from Indonesia, Europe and the US, and provide additional international research training for graduate students from Europe and the US. Collected materials will be archived at PARADISEC, published locally and uploaded on the internet.

Preliminary Programme


Monday 7th May

Training for linguistic fieldwork 1


Tuesday 8th May

Training for linguistic fieldwork 2


Wednesday 8th May



Thursday 9th May



Friday 10th May



Saturday 11th May

Report writing workshop


Sunday 12th May

Orthography workshop



- A set of language/dialect reports.


- A volume with local folktales (dongeng) printed for the local market, and also to be put online. Target: general audience in Indonesia.


- A wordlist for each of the language/dialects, to be included in the volume with folk tales.


- Clips of local folktales (with Indonesian and/or English subtitles), to be copied unto DVDs and/or uploaded to with links to (project) webpages.


- A set of language materials (recordings with    metadata) to be deposited in a language archive (e.g, PARADISEC)


How to Participate


Click here to apply online.


Travel support is available for participants outside Kupang. Kindly note that travel support is only given to participants coming from within the Nusa Tenggara Timur province.


Note: Lodging in Kupang is not provided. If you are traveling from outside Kupang you will need to arrange your own lodging. Lunch, snacks, and refreshments will be provided for all participants.


Training sessions will be delivered in Indonesian and English.


Participants are encouraged to also participate in the 7th East Nusantara Conference, which will immediately follow the workshop on 14-15 May 2018.



Organization & Sponsors


This workshop is organized by a team of researchers from Leiden University, University of Hawai'i, Universitas Kristen Artha Wacana and Palacký University Olomouc.


The workshop is sponsored by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) grant for the VICI research project ‘Reconstructing the past through languages of the present: the Lesser Sunda Islands’. Project number: 277-70-012, Universitas Kristen Artha Wacana, the Language Documentation Training Center, and the US National Science Foundation (pending)



Marian Klamer, Leiden University


June Jacob, UKAW


Gary Holton, University of Hawai‘i



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