Institute on Collaborative Language Research 2016

The Institute on Collaborative Language Research (CoLang) will be held on the campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2016. The institute is designed to provide an opportunity for community language activists and linguists to receive training in community-based language documentation and revitalization. The Institute has previously been convened in California, Oregon, Kansas, and Texas, and attracts a diverse range of participants from across the globe. Instructors include some of the world’s leading experts in language documentation.

The Institute consists of two parts: two weeks of intensive workshops followed by a three-week Practicum in field linguistics in which students work hands-on with speakers of an endangered language. CoLang 2016 will have, but not be limited to, two major themes: languages of Alaska and language archiving.

Application form now available. Deadline January 15. 

Important dates
Jan 15: application deadline
Feb 10: application results announced
May 1: payment/registration deadline

Workshops — June 20-July 1, 2016
choose from a variety of topics to include: audio/video recording, data management, archiving, ethnobiology, language and well-being, language teaching, survey methods, curriculum development

Practica — July 5-23, 2016
These intensive practica in language documentation will meet 6 days per week for 3 weeks. Students and instructors will be housed together on the UAF campus. Participants may choose from the following featured languages:

  • Unangam Tunuu (Aleut) [ISO 693-3: ale], the language of the Aleutian Islands, Alaska.
  • Han (Athabascan) [ISO 693-3: haa], a Dene (Athabascan) language of Eastern Alaska and the Yukon.
  • Miyako (Ryukyuan) [ISO 693-3: mvi], a Ryukyuan language of Southern Japan.

Local arrangements
All courses will take place on the UAF campus. Housing and meals will be available on campus. Tuition and application information will be available in early 2015. Costs will be kept to a minimum, and scholarships will be available.

Want to know more?
CoLang is by nature a collaborative effort and welcomes partnerships with institutions and individuals dedicated to indigenous language documentation and revitalization. Requests for particular workshop offerings are also welcome. Contact colang2016 [at]

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