PDI Conference on the
Endangered Languages of Pakistan

Important Dates

Following are the key conference related dates for prospective participants:

August 30, 2022Deadline for Submission of Abstracts
September 10, 2022Notification of Acceptance of Abstracts
September 30, 2022Last Date for Submission of Full Paper
October 15, 2022Notification for Acceptance of Full Papers
October 30, 2022Last Date for Conference Registration
November 15, 2022Submission of Final Presentations
November 20, 2022Confirmation of Bookings & Accommodation
November 25, 2022Distribution of Conference Program
December 28, 2022Conference Date

Introduction and Background

An endangered language is a language at the risk of disappearing. Globally, humanity speaks about 7000 languages; however, most of those languages are on the verge of becoming extinct. According to linguists, about 50 % to 90 percent of the existing 7000 languages will be severely endangered or dead by the year 2100. Globally, language endangerment causes include war or genocide, natural disasters, famine and diseases, cultural, political, and economic marginalization, political repression, urbanization, and intermarriages. The language of a particular group/ tribe also becomes endangered when the group/ tribe is pressured to integrate with another more prominent and influential group. Flawed government language policies and planning are also key causes of language endangerment. 

The loss of a language has a significant impact on the communities as well as the society. Language loss means the loss of cultural traditions, songs, myths, poetry, local remedies, ecological and geological knowledge created in the same language, the scientific knowledge, including the knowledge of botany, medicine, philosophy, etc. Besides, the language is a beautiful source of cultural diversity, and its death is undoubtedly a death to the beauty of that diversity. 

Pakistan is a diverse country with many languages spoken in its different parts. Urdu is the country’s national language, while English has emerged as the official language. There is a beautiful diversity of languages in all four provinces of Pakistan. However, it is unfortunate that UNESCO has warned that about 27 languages of Pakistan are facing the danger of being endangered. This is a warning of a significant blow to the more extraordinary beauty of the language diversity of Pakistan. Again, the loss of languages would be a more substantial loss of great folk literature and the culture and traditions associated with those languages. 

Participatory Development Initiatives (PDI) is a nongovernmental organization working in Pakistan for the last two decades. PDI, through its “Endangered Languages Preservation and Revival Program,” is engaged in preserving different aspects of endangered languages, including their folk poetry, folklores, etc. Besides, PDI is also involved in promoting and revival of those languages by finalizing and publishing their alphabet books, promoting the language reading, and writing, finalizing the orthography of the languages, and creating consensus on the agreed scripts for those endangered languages.

PDI is also engaged in advocacy with the provincial and federal governments for declaring all the country’s indigenous languages as national languages of Pakistan, earmarking funds for their promotion, and making primary education compulsory in mother languages in Pakistan. Under its “Endangered Languages Preservation and Revival Program,” PDI has decided to organize a “Conference on the Endangered Languages of Pakistan” on December 28, 2022, in Islamabad. 

PDI Conference on the endangered languages of Pakistan aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers, civil society professionals, and community activists engaged in language preservation to exchange and share their experiences on all aspects of the endangered languages of Pakistan. The conference also aims to collectively develop solid suggestions for the policymakers, civil society, community activists, and other organizations and institutions to strengthen the work on documenting, promoting, and revitalizing the endangered languages of Pakistan. The conference would also provide an opportunity to discuss the most recent innovations, trends in language documentation, preservation and revitalization, concerns, and practical challenges and solutions in preventing the endangerment of languages in Pakistan.

  • Language Planning and Policies in Pakistan and language endangerment
  • Regional mapping of the endangered languages of Pakistan
  • The political economy of language imperialism and the market influenced language shift, education policy, and language endangerment in Pakistan. 
  • Endangered language revitalization in Pakistan: Case studies and best practices
  • Recommendations for language planning and policy change to prevent language endangerment in Pakistan

We particularly encourage the submission of abstracts and full papers that address the conference themes. Each abstract and full paper must be submitted in accordance with the guidelines. Abstracts and full papers must be submitted with the intention that at least one author will register for the conference and that the work will be presented if accepted. Please note that a maximum of two papers can be accepted for presentation per registered delegate.

Authors are invited to submit abstracts of up to 350 words and include up to 5 keywords. We welcome contributions from professionals, academics, and researchers under the conference themes. You will be asked to select a conference theme when submitting your abstract. During the submission process, please indicate whether, upon acceptance, you intend to submit a full paper for double-blind peer review. August 30, 2022, is the closing day for the submission of the abstracts. The Abstract must be submitted in the conference abstract format. Download the form and send us the completed abstract at pdi@pdi.org.pk 

Upon acceptance of your abstract, you will be invited to submit a full paper for double-blind peer review. The full papers should be sent to pdi@pdi.org.pk. September 30, 2022, is the closing day for the submission of the full papers.

Please note that your submitted paper will not be automatically accepted for the conference proceedings. All submitted papers will be rigorously reviewed by academic reviewers who assure that papers meet the high academic standards of peer-reviewed conference proceedings.

The full article should be submitted in word (NOT PDF). To facilitate easier processing, reviewing, and publishing of all submissions. PLEASE follow this checklist:

  • 12-point Times New Roman font.
  • Single-spacing throughout the document.
  • Double-space (instead of indent) to designate a new paragraph or section.
  • Page numbers at the bottom center of each page.
  • Top, bottom, and side margins are no less than 7/8 of an inch or 2.2 cm.
  • Cover page that includes title, authors, affiliations, contact information, and the topic of the submission.
  • Title, authors, and affiliations are reported at the beginning of the body of the paper.
  • Manuscript not to exceed 5,000 words (excluding tables, figures, and references).
  • Manuscripts longer than 5,000 words will be returned for editing.
  • Graphs and visuals can be reproduced electronically.
  • References must adhere to the APA referencing format.

There is no registration fee for the conference. However, the participants must formally register themselves for participation in the conference. October 30, 2022, is the closing day for the registration for the conference. Please download the registration form from the conference website www.pdi.org.pk/events and email the filled registration form as an attachment to  pdi@pdi.org.pk.

Note: All the papers must be in English or Urdu Language 

Due to financial constraints, the conference organizers cannot bear the travel expenses of the presenters/participants from abroad. However, the host organizations would facilitate the guests in booking their flights, etc. The presenters/participants from aboard are requested to find alternative sources for their travel expenses, including requesting their own institutions or other funding agencies/ institutions. 

There are slightly different requirements for Pakistan visas for citizens of different countries. Please visit the website of the Pakistani embassy in your country for the visa process and details of the requirements. The conference host organization would fully facilitate the presents/participants from abroad in acquiring Pakistani visas, including issuing invitation letters, booking flights on behalf of the presenters/participants, etc.

The conference will be held in Islamabad Hotel, and the lodging arrangements for the guests have also been made in the same hotel. Islamabad Hotel in the beautiful city and capital of Pakistan is situated in the Centre of the city, having a superb location near the Parliament House, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government Secretariat, and Diplomatic Enclave. It is close to all major sights and prestigious shopping areas. Islamabad Hotel Contact Details are as under:

G- 6, Civic Center, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: (92-51) 2827311-20 Lines
Tel: (92-51) 2603371-75 Lines
UAN: 111-273-273