LINGUIST List 24.2817

Wed Jul 10 2013

FYI: Call for proposals: CoLang/InField Workshops

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <>

Date: 03-Jul-2013
From: Colleen Fitzgerald <>
Subject: Call for proposals: CoLang/InField Workshops
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Call for proposals: Workshops on Language Documentation, Maintenance, andRevitalizationDeadline for receipt of proposals: July 15, 2013Selection 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

(please note this web address is case sensitive)

University of Texas at ArlingtonJune 16th – June 27th, 2014

We are soliciting proposals for workshops in language documentation, languagemaintenance, and language revitalization to be held as part of the fourthCoLang/InField, Institute on Collaborative Language Research. TheCoLang/InField training institutes take place in summers alternating with theLinguistic Society of America's Institute. The participant audience at CoLang2014 will include Indigenous community members, practicing linguists, graduateand undergraduate students in linguistics and anthropology, archivists, andlanguage activists with an interest in documenting, maintaining, orrevitalizing their languages.

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

The 2014 Institute will take place at The University of Texas at Arlingtonfrom June 16 to June 27, 2014. CoLang 2014 will offer courses that addresstechnological training, interdisciplinary collaborations with the sciences,developing collaborative community language projects, andpedagogical/teaching applications. Several foundation courses in linguisticsare also offered. The current list of planned courses is online at These courses are already assigned instructors.

In keeping with CoLang as a training venue that promotes exposure tocutting-edge techniques and innovative approaches in language documentationand 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 acceptingapproximately five new workshops of each type (ten accepted workshops fromthis 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-houror 4-day), a brief description of workshop content (general lesson plan ,target audience, and level, e.g., beginning, intermediate, advanced), how itwould be taught (balance of theory, examples, hands-on exercises), and what experience qualifies you to teachit. We encourage students and language activists to apply. For an example ofworkshop titles and descriptions from a previous institute, go to

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

Questions should be directed to Colleen Fitzgerald, Director of the 2014Institute on Collaborative Research at

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

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

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