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Linguists around the globe actively work with communities to document and revitalize endangered languages. The Committee on Endangered Languages and their Preservation (CELP) promotes interest in this topic through its Facebook account and its discussion blog.
Symposia and Education
CELP regularly addresses methodology and ethics by planning panels at the LSA’s Annual Meeting:
- "Documenting Variation in Endangered Languages" 
- “Utilization of language archives in endangered language research, revitalization, and documentation” 
- "Documenting Conversation" 
- Posters and presentations: "Methodology and Practice in Collaborative Language Research" [2013, co-sponsored with SSILA]
- Screening of We Still Live Here – Âs Nutayuneân; Panel: "From Language Documentation to Language Revitalization" 
- Documenting Endangered Languages: "NSF-NEH DEL Projects in Honor of the 20th Anniversary of the LSA Panel on Endangered Languages" 
- Plenary Symposium: “Documentary Linguistics: Retrospective and Prospective” 
- Panel: "Endangered Languages and Linguistic Theory" 
- Tutorial: "A Field Linguist’s Guide to Making Great Audio and Video Recordings"; Poster Session: "More Challenges and Issues in Endangered Language Fieldwork" [2006, co-sponsored with OLAC]
- Plenary Address: Victor Golla: "The attractions of American Indian languages"; Poster Session: "Challenges and Issues in Endangered Language Fieldwork" 
- Symposium: “Endangered Languages and Linguistic Theory,” screening of a new film on endangered languages 
Members of CELP work closely with the CoLang summer institute to provide undergraduates, graduate students, practicing linguists, and community members access to the latest information on methods in language documentation and revitalization.
In 2006, CELP helped develop a web-based guide for field linguists.
CELP has begun inviting individuals to write field reports raising issues of ethics or methodology and sharing what different communities are doing:
In recent years, CELP has worked with the LSA to issue a number of resolutions, statements, and endorsements:
- U.S. Government Action to Support the Preservation and Revitalization of Native American Languages [4 April 2011]
- Recognizing the Scholarly Merit of Language Documentation [8 January 2010]
- The Need for the Documentation of Linguistic Diversity
- Language Rights
CELP also initiated a letter-writing campaign in 2011 urging President Obama to sign a Draft Executive Order titled "White House Initiative on Native American Language Revitalization." The LSA works closely with the National Humanities Alliance to support humanities advocacy on behalf of funding for language documentation and revitalization.
The LSA promotes work on endangered languages by offering several awards:
- In February 2015 the LSA passed a resolution opposing the use of Native American-themed mascots in sports. Read more about it 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
There are hundreds of other sites and organizations dedicated to documenting and promoting endangered languages. A few of these resources include:
- The NSF-NEH Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) program, and the humanities advocacy work of the National Humanities Alliance.
- Electronic Metastructure for Endangered Languages Data (EMELD)
- The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project
- The Endangered Language Fund
- CoLang (formerly known as InField)
- International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation
- The Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA)
- Teaching Indigenous Languages
- American Indian Language Development Institute
- Indigenous Language Institute (ILI)
Want to know more? Read the LSA’s pamphlet What is an Endangered Language?
Looking for a book on endangered languages? Consider the LSA Book Exchange!