LINGUIST List 29.732

Thu Feb 15 2018

Summer Schools: 2018 Breath of Life Archival Institute for Indigenous California Languages/USA

Editor for this issue: Sarah Robinson <>

Date: 14-Feb-2018
From: Julia Nee <>
Subject: 2018 Breath of Life Archival Institute for Indigenous California Languages
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Host Institution: University of California, Berkeley

Dates: 03-Jun-2018 - 09-Jun-2018
Location: Berkeley, California, USA

Focus: We invite California Indians who are learning and revitalizing their language, and graduate students, faculty, and other scholars who specialize in Linguistics (preferably in California Indian languages) to apply to participate in 2018 Breath of Life Archival Institute for Indigenous California Languages.
Minimum Education Level: No Minimum


Breath of Life is a response to California Indian communities and families who want to revive and strengthen their languages, particularly those for which there are no living first language speakers. By working with the linguistic field notes and other documents and recordings, participants in the workshop can learn how to understand and use these materials for the purposes of language revitalization.

University of California, Berkeley has three major archives which, collectively, house the largest collection of unpublished material on California Indian languages. We give thanks to the foresight of those who shared their knowledge with the linguists, making sure that much was recorded for posterity. Their families can find their language, take it off the dusty shelves of the archives, and turn it back into living speech – giving it the Breath of Life.

The Breath of Life Institute invites California Indians to apply. As community researchers, you will find archival materials on your languages, and learn how to use them for increasing your knowledge of your language and for purposes of language revitalization in your community. You will also be able to network with like-minded people who are trying to save their languages.

Linguistics professors, researchers, and graduate students are invited to apply to be linguistic partners for the community researchers. You will help them find materials in the campus archives, and assist them in developing the linguistic knowledge they need to make best use of them.
Registration: 14-Feb-2018 to 31-Mar-2018
Contact Person: Deborah Morillo

Apply on the web:

Registration Instructions:
Apply as either a community researcher or a linguistic partner through the form on our website.

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