What is CoLang?
CoLang offers an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students, practicing linguists, and indigenous community members to develop and refine skills and approaches to language documentation and revitalization. The Institute is designed to provide an opportunity for a diverse range of participants to become trained in a wide range of skills in community-centered language documentation.
The institute consists of two parts: the Workshops – two weeks of intensive workshops on practices, principals and models of language documentation and revitalization, followed by a three-week practicum (field methods) course, working with speakers of select indigenous languages applying hands-on techniques in language documentation. Participants may choose to enroll only in the two-week Workshops.
The two parts are integrated, as students who enroll in the field training are required to enroll in the preceding Workshops, thereby receiving an intensive course in documentary best practices before putting these skills to use.
CoLang 2018 is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (BCS-1664464), the Linguistic Society of America, and the University of Florida.