Learn about the launch of Language Revitalization and Documentation, a new section of the LSA's flagship journal, Language.  The new section will build upon the existing base of knowledge to serve as a new venue for peer-reviewed research articles in language revitalization and documentation. The significance of this vein of research in Language is exemplified by the collection of articles published by Ken Hale and colleagues in this journal in 1992 (Hale et al. 1992), outlining arguments for the importance of linguistic training and assessing language vitality and diversity, all with more relevance than ever nearly three decades later. The inauguration of the section reinforces the commitment of our disciplinary organization to language revitalization and documentation while also ensuring a diversity of voices and scholarship, including those from Indigenous scholars, will advance the language sciences.  Join the Editor of Language, Andries Coetzee, and the founding Associate Editor of Language Revitalization and Documentation, Colleen Fitzgerald for a presentation and moderated information session as the LSA's introduces this new section.

View panelist slides (Fitzgerald).

View a recording of the webinar.

The webinar is open to scholars of all levels and backgrounds to learn more about the new section and gain insight into the kinds of papers that are likely to fit into the section.  Participants may also find this information in a paper by Fitzgerald* that appears in the March 2021 issue of Language, "A Framework for Language Revitalization and Documentation." The paper has been made open access to encourage wide readership to guide prospective authors as they develop manuscripts for submission.

*Fitzgerald, Colleen M. 2021.  "A Framework for Language Revitalization and Documentation." Language 97:1, e1-e11.


Dr. Colleen M. Fitzgerald is Associate Vice President for Research and Professor of English at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Dr. Fitzgerald earned an undergraduate degree in French from Loyola University (New Orleans), followed by master's and doctoral degrees in linguistics at the University of Arizona. Her research investigates both the phonology (sound systems) of Native American languages, and Indigenous language documentation and revitalization, with frequent points of intersection between these themes, drawing frequently from community-based language research models. This work has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Endowment for the Humanities. From 2015-2019, Dr. Fitzgerald served as a Program Director at NSF while on detail from the University of Texas at Arlington, where she was a tenured Full Professor and former Department Chair in the Department of Linguistics and TESOL. During her four-year rotation in NSF's Directorate of Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE), she managed an inter-agency partnership funded jointly with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Dr. Fitzgerald also served on the SBE Communications Team and made significant contributions to communications and outreach for the Directorate and NSF more generally. In her current position at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, she is responsible for a range of endeavors, from designing funding competitions to coaching and supporting faculty grant proposals to fostering the development of interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and transdisciplinary research teams. She is a Fellow of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) and the founding Associate Editor for the new Language Revitalization and Documentation section of the LSA's flagship journal, Language.

Dr. Andries W. Coetzee is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Michigan, where he also holds the positions as Director of the African Studies Center and Senior Advisor (African Engagement) to the Provost. Dr. Coetzee received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Semitic Languages from North-West University in South Africa, before completing a PhD in Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts in 2004. His research focuses on phonetics and phonology, with specific emphasis on variation and the documentation of the complex and changing linguistic landscapes of post-apartheid South Africa. He is an active member of the LSA and has held several leadership positions in the society, including being co-director of the 2013 Linguistic Institute, chair of the program committee (2014-2016), and Editor of Language (2017-2022)