April 8, 2012

“Breath of Life – Silent no more” California Indian Language Restoration Workshop

From http://www.aicls.org

The “Breath of Life – Silent no more” California Indian Language Restoration Workshop will be held this year on June 3-9, at the University of California at Berkeley.
The participants are California Indians whose languages have few or no speakers. The goal will be for the participants to access, understand, and do research on materials on their languages, and to use them for language revitalization. There are several archives at UC Berkeley that together form the greatest collection anywhere of published and unpublished materials on California Indian languages.

The aims of the Breath of Life workshop are:
(a) to guide participants to the university resources available for their use;
(b) to help the participants identify and locate the published and unpublished notes and audio recordings made by linguists and anthropologists on their languages;
(c) for participants to learn the fundamentals of linguistic analysis, including how to read phonetic writing;
(d) for participants to learn ways they can use linguistic materials and publications to create materials for language restoration.

Each language group will also be assisted by a linguistic mentor, who will accompany the group to the archives and can help them learn how to read and analyze linguistic materials. AICLS is looking for around 20 linguistics students, faculty or researchers to mentor the participants.

The application deadline is April 15, 2012.

For more details go to http://www.aicls.org

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