Frequently asked questions

What is CoLang 2018?

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. Please visit for more information.

When can I register for CoLang 2018?

Registration for CoLang 2018 will open in January 1, 2018 and will close on February 15, 2018. There will be two kinds of workshops offered, two-week Workshops and five-week Workshops.
Two-week Workshops:
Two weeks of intensive workshops on practices, principals and models of language documentation and revitalization.
Five-week Workshops:
The two-week Workshops 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 however, both parts are integrated, as students who enroll in the field training are required to enroll in the preceding two week Workshops, thereby receiving an intensive course in documentary best practices before putting these skills to use.


What are the costs for each type of workshop?

Two-week Workshops: Approx. $1,550.00
Five-week Workshops: Approx. $4,000.00

These amounts include room, board and transportation. Note that both Workshops’ costs do not include airfare. You are responsible for your own transportation to and from Gainesville.

Are there any grants/fellowships/scholarships?

We anticipate that there will be fellowships from the LSA (Linguistic Society of America) and two from the ELF (Endangered Languages Fund) that participants can apply for. For more information, please check CoLang 2018’s website at for updates.

If you are a member of a recognized Native American group, please contact the directors.
George Aaron Broadwell
Brent Henderson
Eric Potsdam
James Essegbey

How do I select the workshops that I want?

Once you are a registered participant of CoLang 2018, you will be able to select the courses that you wish to be a part of, and rank them from first choice to last. Participants will be enrolled in workshops on a first-come first-served basis. Please select all of the workshops that you wish to be a part of, as not all of your first choices may be selected.


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