Call for Workshop Proposals

Call for proposals: Workshops on Language Documentation, Maintenance, and
Deadline for receipt of proposals: June 1, 2017
Selection of proposals: August 30, 2017

To be held as part of:

2018 Institute on Collaborative Language Research (CoLang)

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida
June 18th – July 20th, 2018
We are soliciting proposals for workshops in language documentation, language maintenance, and language revitalization to be held as part of the fourth CoLang, Institute on Collaborative Language Research. The CoLang training institutes take place in summers alternating with the Linguistic Society of America’s Institute. The participant audience at CoLang 2018 will include Indigenous community members, practicing linguists, graduate and undergraduate students in linguistics and anthropology, archivists, and language activists with an interest in documenting, maintaining, or revitalizing their languages.

Previous institutes have been hosted by University of Kansas; University of Oregon; University of California, Santa Barbara; University of Texas, Arlington; and University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Past participants have gone on to great success in developing documentation and revitalization projects, generating funding, and presenting results at major international venues like the Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting, the Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the Americas, and the International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation.

The 2018 Institute will take place at University of Florida from June 18 to July 20, 2018. CoLang 2018 will offer courses that address technological training, interdisciplinary collaborations with the sciences, developing collaborative community language projects, and pedagogical/teaching applications. Several foundation courses in linguistics are 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 to cutting-edge techniques and innovative approaches in language documentation and revitalization, proposals for new workshop topics are being solicited. Workshops should not duplicate currently planned courses.

The proposal should be a maximum of 2 pages in length, and should include: topic, rationale for including it as part of CoLang, a brief description of workshop content (general lesson plan, target audience, and level, e.g., beginning, intermediate, advanced), how it would be taught (balance of theory, examples, hands-on exercises), and what experience qualifies you to teach it. We encourage students and language activists to apply. For an example of workshop titles and descriptions from a previous institute, go to

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

Questions should be directed to George Aaron Broadwell, Co-Director of the 2018 Institute on Collaborative Research at Completed proposals should be submitted as a PDF to


CoLang 2018 is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (BCS-1664464), the Linguistic Society of America, and the University of Florida.