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Summer School Announcement: Breath of Life Archival Institute for Indigenous Languages/District of Columbia, USA

Host Institution: Smithsonian Institution
Dates: 9-Jun-2013 to 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
Additional Qualifications: Experience with Native American/ First Nations languages, or language revitalization preferred.
Full Summer School Description: 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, 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, with morning workshops on linguistics, language teaching
and learning, archival research and language revitalization 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.
Course Listings:
Linguistic Subfield: General Linguistics, Language Documentation, Sociolinguistics, Anthropological Linguistics
Subject Language:
Lang family:
Tuition: (USD)
Tuition Explanation: Expenses are partially subsidized by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Participants will need to pay for some meals and incidental expenses.
Registration Dates: 15-Jan-2013 to 1-Mar-2013
Contact person information: Lisa Conathan
Apply online:
Registration Instructions: BoL will accept 60 participants. To find out more and to fill out an application please visit:
Summer School and Training Course Registry main page