We are pleased to announce that the Institute on Collaborative Language Research (CoLang) will be held at the University of Montana (UM) from June 15th to July 17th in 2020, co-hosted by UM and Chief Dull Knife College (CDKC – a two-year tribal college of the Northern Cheyenne in Montana). LSA members Mizuki Miyashita and Susan Penfield have been appointed Co-Directors for CoLang 2020.

The institute is designed to provide an opportunity for community language activists and linguists to receive training in community-based language documentation and revitalization. CoLang 2020 will consist of two parts: The first two weeks are devoted to focused workshops and organized discussions, providing hands-on training in the latest linguistic technology, interdisciplinary methods, and best practices in ethical community collaborations. Workshops are facilitated by established experts. The following three weeks are dedicated to practica, where students will work directly with speakers of selected endangered languages to learn documentation methods and applications first-hand, integrating the skills acquired during the preceding workshops. CoLang 2020 will have multilateral themes including Language Reclamation, Indigenous Perspectives, Technology, and Interdisciplinarity.

Since 2015, the LSA has been pleased to serve 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 [pdf] provides information about the mission, goals and objectives of the Institute. 

CoLang 2020 is made possible, in part, by grants from the National Science Foundation (award numbers BCS-1836602 and BCS-1836574)