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LINGUIST List 24.298

Thu Jan 17 2013

Summer Schools: Breath of Life Archival Institute for Indigenous Languages/Washington, D.C. USA

Editor for this issue: Caylen Cole-Hazel <caylenlinguistlist.org>

Date: 15-Jan-2013
From: Lisa Conathan <lisa.conathanyale.edu>
Subject: Breath of Life Archival Institute for Indigenous Languages/Washington, D.C. USA
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Breath of Life Archival Institute for Indigenous Languages/District of Columbia, USA

Host Institution: Smithsonian Institution
Website: http://www.endangeredlanguagefund.org/BOL_2013_home.php

Dates: 09-Jun-2013 - 21-Jun-2013
Location: Washington, DC, District of Columbia, USA

Focus: We invite Native Americans and First Nations people who are learning and revitalizing theirlanguages, and graduate students, faculty and other scholars who specialize in Linguistics(preferably in Native American or First Nations languages) to apply to participate in the Breath ofLife Archival Institute for Indigenous Languages (BoL).

Minimum Education Level: No Minimum

Special Qualifications:
Experience with Native American/ First Nations languages, or language revitalization preferred.

BoL is designed to promote active collaboration among people with a wide range of perspectives about language and culture, including technical linguistic knowledge and cultural expertise. Participants will be grouped into research teams based on language. Teams will be made up of linguists and Native community language researchers. Team members will actively work together, mentor one another, and share their expertise throughout the program and beyond. The research teams will explore archives and museum collections at the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution. Morning workshops on linguistics, language teaching and learning, archival research and language revitalization will be held at the National Museum of the American Indian. The two weeks of study will culminate in a research project and presentation that uses archival or museum resources for linguistic research or language teaching. Beyond a general commitment to language learning from archival sources, participants must be willing and able to attend and actively participate in the entire Institute. Aside from truly unforeseen circumstances, it will not be possible to arrive late, leave early, or to skip the required workshops and events (though some workshops will be optional). Participants will stay in the dorms at George Washington University, where they can network and study together in the evenings. BoL will pay for participants’ rooms, and partially subsidize food and travel. The 2013 Breath of Life Institute is funded by the Documenting Endangered Languages Program of the National Science Foundation. Partners include the National Museum of Natural History, The National Museum of the American Indian, the Library of Congress, The Endangered Language Fund and Yale University.

Linguistic Field(s):
-Anthropological Linguistics
-General Linguistics
-Language Acquisition
-Language Documentation

Registration: 15-Jan-2013 to 01-Mar-2013

Contact Person: Lisa Conathan
Email: lisa.conathanyale.edu

Apply on the web: http://www.endangeredlanguagefund.org/BOL_2013_home.php

Registration Instructions:
BoL will accept 60 participants. To find out more and to fill out an application please visit:
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