The Institute on Collaborative Language Research

Since 2015, the LSA has served as a long-term sponsor of CoLang, providing continuing support for the foreseeable future of this critical event. As a co-sponsor, the LSA provides financial underwriting for student fellowships, in-kind promotional support, and contributes to the scholarly content of the Institute. The CoLang Charter (currently under revision) provides information about the mission, goals, and objectives of the Institute.

Read more about CoLang on their website.

CoLang 2024

CoLang is an international institute which creates multi-dimensional networks and provides quality training for anyone interested in language work, including language activists, teachers, linguists, and students from all types of communities. CoLang workshops provide hands-on skills in language reclamation, documentation, and related fields as practiced in collaborative, community-based contexts. 

Arizona State University (ASU) and the O’odham-Piipaash Language Program (OPLP) of the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC), one of several federally recognized tribes in the greater Phoenix area, have joined forces to co-host CoLang 2024 in Arizona. Located in the northern Sonoran desert, and adjacent to the city of Phoenix, ASU and SRPMIC are close neighbors. As such, the theme for CoLang 2024 is “Creating Partnerships, Honoring Neighbors, Building Capacity”. Our theme can be seen as a step in the evolution of CoLang, whereby language workers from a variety of backgrounds can meet and build their capacities in a setting that was shaped by a truly collaborative vision between a traditional institution of higher learning and a tribal-run language program -- one that is facing many of the familiar challenges in documenting and revitalizing their languages that language communities around the world face. Both organizations bring unique resources, scholars, expertise, and opportunities to the Institute that we believe will make for a special learning experience.

➤ 2024:  Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community and Arizona State University

The Emmon Bach Fund and CoLang Student Fellowships

The LSA has awarded scholarships for students to attend the CoLang since 2014. Awards include the endowed Emmon Bach Fellowship as well as CoLang scholarships provided from the LSA's general operating budget.

LSA Representative to the CoLang Advisory Circle

  • Keren Rice, University of Toronto

Previous CoLang Institutes (InField)

  • 2022: University of Montana
  • 2020: University of Montana (cancelled due to COVID-19)
  • 2018: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • 2016: University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK
  • 2014: University of Texas, Arlington
  • 2012: University of Kansas
  • 2010: University of Oregon
  • 2008: University of California, Santa Barbara