The LSA Committee on Endangered Languages and Their Preservation (CELP) is sponsoring an initiative, led by Kate Lindsey ([email protected]) and Jorge Emilio Rosés Labrada ([email protected]), to assist in the digitization, archiving, and processing of endangered language data. The initiative is called HELP for Endangered Legacy Collections, and it will attempt to tackle two concerns within our field: (1) the fact that many senior researchers nearing retirement need assistance in digitizing, archiving and processing their legacy collections of endangered language data and (2) the fact that there is an increasing number of graduate students who wish to undertake work on endangered languages but are not able to collect their own data due to a variety of reasons, e.g., travel restrictions (especially in the wake of the current global pandemic), lack of funding, family obligations, health concerns, and so on.

They are currently soliciting interest from senior researchers with an existing collection or collections in need of archiving and from junior researchers who are interested in joining an archiving project. Upon receipt of survey responses (see links below), they will manually pair up senior and junior researchers. They are looking to host projects that 1) are urgent whether because of the vitality of the language or the state of the data collection, 2) meet the needs of both the senior and junior researchers in terms of opportunities for further research, publication, presentations, etc. and 3) can begin promptly with high priority for both researchers.

The plan is to have two pairs selected by August 15, 2020. After connecting senior and junior researchers, CELP will provide resources and advice to help the projects get started and will remain in regular contact with the teams to address any issues that may arise. At the end of the project, they will follow up with each researcher individually to collect feedback that will help us create better resources and advice for future pairs of researchers.

Senior researcher interest survey: https://forms.gle/b1tgUxC37Q9zbsLq5

Junior researcher interest survey: https://forms.gle/S8BfsQiryhZ6CBz47

HELP for Endangered Legacy Collections Page: https://www.linguisticsociety.org/content/help-endangered-legacy-collections