CoLang 2014: Institute on Collaborative Language Research
CoLang 2014, the 2014 Institute on Collaborative Language Research (formerly InField) will occur in June and July 2014, hosted by The University of Texas at Arlington, with Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald as Director. CoLang 2014 is funded by a National Science Foundation grant, BCS#1263939 and by various units at UT Arlington. National Science Foundation The theme of CoLang 2014 is Native American languages, but participants and instructors from countries all over the world are expected to attend. Linguistic Society of America The Linguistic Society of America is also an official sponsor of CoLang 2014. (For full list of sponsors, click here.)
CoLang offers an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students, practicing linguists, and indigenous community members to develop and refine skills and approaches to language documentation and revitalization. The Institute is designed to provide an opportunity for a diverse range of participants to become trained in a wide range of skills in community-centered language documentation.
The institute consists of two parts: the Workshops - two weeks of intensive workshops on practices, principals and models of language documentation and revitalization, followed by a four-week field methods course, working with speakers of select indigenous languages applying hands-on techniques in language documentation. Participants may choose to enroll only in the two-week Workshops. Field methods languages include Alabama (a Muskogean language spoken here in Texas), Innu (or Cree, spoken in Canada), Apoala Mixtec (an Oto-Manguean language coming from Mexico, with its highly diverse linguistic environment), and an African language to be determined.