June 8, 2013

Call for proposals: Workshops on Language Documentation, Maintenance, and Revitalization

Call for proposals: Workshops on Language Documentation, Maintenance, and Revitalization
Deadline for receipt of proposals: July 15, 2013
Selection of proposals: August 30, 2013

To be held as part of:
2014 Institute on Collaborative Language Research (CoLang/InField)
Institute on Field Linguistics and Language Documentation
University of Texas at Arlington
June 16th – June 27th, 2014

The organizers of CoLang are soliciting proposals for workshops in language documentation, language maintenance, and language revitalization to be held as part of the fourth CoLang/InField, Institute on Collaborative Language Research. The CoLang/InField training institutes take place in summers alternating with the Linguistic Society of America's Institute. The participant audience at CoLang 2014 will include Indigenous community members, practicing linguists, graduate and undergraduate students in linguistics and anthropology, archivists, and language activists with an interest in documenting, maintaining, or revitalizing their languages.

Previous workshops have been hosted by the University of Kansas, the University of Oregon and the University of California, Santa Barbara. Past participants have gone on to great success in developing documentation and revitalization projects, generating funding, and presenting results at major international venues like the Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting, the Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the Americas, and the International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation.

The 2014 Institute will take place at The University of Texas at Arlington from June 16 to June 27, 2014. CoLang 2014 will offer courses that address technological training, interdisciplinary collaborations with the sciences, developing collaborative community language projects, and pedagogical/teaching applications. Several foundation courses in linguistics are also offered. The current list of planned courses is online at http://www.uta.edu/faculty/cmfitz/swnal/projects/CoLang/CoLang2014-courselistv1.htm. These courses are already assigned instructors.

In keeping with CoLang as a training venue that promotes exposure to cutting-edge techniques and innovative approaches in language documentation and revitalization, proposals for new workshop topics are being solicited. Workshops should not duplicate currently planned courses. At CoLang 2014, there will be two instruction formats for workshop offerings : 4-day courses (6 hours total) and 2-hour workshops (2 hours total). We estimate accepting approximately five new workshops of each type (ten accepted workshops from this solicitation, five in 4-day format, five in 2-hour format).

The proposal should be a maximum of 2 pages in length, and should include: topic, rationale for including it as part of CoLang, proposed length (2-hour or 4-day), a brief description of workshop content (general lesson plan , target audience, and level, e.g., beginning, intermediate, advanced), how it would be taught (balance of theory, examples, hands-on exercises), and what experience qualifies you to teach it. We encourage students and language activists to apply. For an example of workshop titles and descriptions from a previous institute, go to http://linguistics.uoregon.edu/infield2010/workshops/index.php

Travel and room and board will be covered for instructors, and a modest honorarium provided.

Questions should be directed to Colleen Fitzgerald, Director of the 2014 Institute on Collaborative Research at cmfitz at uta dot edu. Completed proposals should be submitted as a PDF to uta2014institute at gmail dot com.

CoLang/InField is partially funded by the National Science Foundation.

Fitzgerald, C. Call for proposals: Workshops on Language Documentation, Maintenance, and Revitalization. ENDANGERED-LANGUAGES-L listserv (ENDANGERED-LANGUAGES-L@LISTSERV.LINGUISTLIST.ORG, 6 Jun 2013).

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