Committee on Endangered Languages and Their Preservation (CELP)
Established in 1992.
The Committee on Endangered Languages and their Preservation (CELP) calls attention to the rapid loss of language diversity worldwide and encourages the documentation and study of endangered languages.
The work of the Committee includes but is not limited to the following:
- Promotes strategies for use by individuals, institutions, and communities to assist and support the maintenance and revitalization of language varieties in language communities at risk of, or currently experiencing, significant language or dialect loss.
- Assists institutions to offer training and degree programs oriented to the preparation of grammars and dictionaries of threatened and poorly documented languages, as well as to the documentation and study of naturally occurring speech of all kinds in communities whose traditional linguistic variety is threatened.
- Advocates for language diversity and the respect of all languages and their users.
- Promotes ethical practices of collaboration and partnership with members of endangered language communities by exploring shared interests and mutually beneficial projects.
- Coordinates activities with other organizations, including the Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA), the Permanent International Commitee/Comité International Permanent des Linguistes (CIPL), the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA), the Consortium of Indigenous Language Associations (CILO), the Consortium for Training in Language Documentation and Conservation (CTLDC), and the Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity (RNLD).
At least 6 members, serving three-year terms.
Committee Structure, 2016
- Senior Co-chair: Shobhana Chelliah, University of North Texas
- Junior Co-chair: Andrea Berez-Kroeker, University of Hawaii
- Executive Committee Liaison: Natalie Schilling
- Staff Liaison: David Robinson
- Sub-committee Structure
- Complete list of members
- Get updates from CELP on Facebook or Twitter (@LSA_CELP).
- Follow or contribute to our CELP Discussion Blog
- Thanks to generous support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, ATALM now has scholarship funds to help tribal members who are engaged in language programs attend the conference. Applicants who partner with archives, libraries, or museums receive priority. Applicants may request funding for conference registration fees, shared lodging, and a travel stipend. June 15 is the deadline for applying, with announcements made on or before July 1. Scholarship applications are available at http://atalm.formstack.com/forms/language_scholarship
- A very important press release from the LSA: a new Congressional Bill aims to cut NSF funding for social science research by a dramatic 45%. This would of course negatively impact Linguistics and DEL programs, along with other programs with interdisciplinary overlap and the dissertation improvement grants. The LSA (and the Consortium of Social Science Associations) strongly oppose this move. There are steps that you can take right now to voice your own opposition. One is to send a message to your Congressional representative. You can find out more about this here
- In February 2015 the LSA passed, by an overwhelming majority, a resolution opposing the use of Native American-themed mascots in sports. Read more about this resolution here
- The LSA will offer a Webinar on linguistics and human rights, March 20 2015, 12pm-1pm ET. This event is free and open to all interested individuals. More information and registration information can be found here
- Information and updates relevant to funding on initiatives that support the CELP charge
- Information and updates from archives and repositories
- June 2016: "Training Local Heritage Researchers," by Gary Holton (click on the link above)