CoLang 2020 Workshops

Workshop Proposals

Call for workshop proposals closed as of Friday, May 31 2019.

Two-week workshops

List of workshop titles is subject to change.

Updated 6/17/2019.

BASICS

Introduction to Linguistics for Language Activists 1

Facilitators: Megan Lukaniec (Wendat, University of Victoria) & Patricia Shaw (University of British Columbia) 
  • What is linguistics?
  • What can linguistics teach me to help me maintain/revitalize my language?
  • (Recommended to take both 1 & 2 as a series)

Introduction to Linguistics for Language Activists 2

Facilitators: Crystal Richardson (Karuk) & Patricia Shaw (University of British Columbia) 
  • What is linguistics?
  • What can linguistics teach me to help me maintain/revitalize my language?
  • (Recommended to take both 1 & 2 as a series)

Orthography and Writing Systems

Facilitators: Keren Rice (University of Toronto) & Kathryn Pewenofkit Briner (Comanche)

 

Dictionary Building (Lexicography)

Facilitators: Ewa Czaykowska-Higgins (University of Victoria) & Susan Gehr (Karuk, College of the Redwoods)
  • What is a dictionary?
  • What kinds of dictionaries are there?
  • How are dictionaries used in language work?
  • How do I build a dictionary?
  • How do I create a good dictionary definition?
  • Who in the community needs to be involved in the dictionary building process?

Writing What is Recorded (Transcription)

Facilitators: Naakil.aan Hans Chester (Tlingit) & Alice Taff (University of Alaska Southeast)
  • How do I write/transcribe what is recorded?
  • What kinds of letters or symbols should I use?
  • What are methods and trainings for different types of transcription?  

Project Planning

Facilitators: Margaret Florey (Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity) & Kevin Martens Wong (Kristang)
  • What are the steps involved when planning a language project?

Grant Writing for Language Activists and Linguists

Facilitators: Jenny Davis (Chickasaw, University of Illinois) & Margaret Florey (Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity)
  • How can I write a successful grant proposal?
  • Where and to which programs should I send my proposal?

COMMUNITY LANGUAGE WORK

Language Reclamation

Facilitators: Wesley Leonard (Miami, University of California Riverside) & Megan Lukaniec (Wendat, University of Victoria)
  • What is language reclamation?

Language Activism

Facilitators: Jenny Davis (Chickasaw, University of Illinois) & Sarah Shulist (Queens University)
  • What skills do I need for language activism?
  • How can these skills be transferred more widely at the community and grassroots level?

Life in Communities

Facilitators: Spike Gildea (University of Oregon), Adrienne Tsikewa (Zuni, University of California Santa Barbara) & Leroy Morgan (Navajo)
  • What kinds of questions and issues are there for:
  • non-Indigenous linguists in language communities,
  • Indigenous scholars in their own communities, and
  • Indigenous scholars in other communities?

Blurring the Lines

Facilitators: Ewa Czaykowska-Higgins (University of Victoria) & Jean-Luc Pierite (Tunica-Biloxi)
  • What is community-based research?
  • Why collaborate?
  • How can we design projects together?
  • What guidance can we provide to each other?

Survey Methods

Facilitators: Tyler Peterson (Arizona State University) & TBA
  • How can my community develop a language survey?

Community Language Archives

Facilitators: Andrea Berez-Kroeker (University of Hawai'i at Mānoa) & Susan Gehr (Karuk, College of the Redwoods)
  • What are community archives and what are they good for?
  • What are key aspects to consider when creating an archive?
  • How can I be involved in community archives, as a creator, donor, or researcher? 

INTERDISCIPLINARITY

Ways of Knowing: Language and Ethnosciences

Facilitators: Jean-Luc Pierite (Tunica-Biloxi) & Seunghun Lee (International Christian University)
  • What are ethnosciences?

Documenting the Language of Landscape

Facilitators: Emiliana Cruz (Chatino, CIESAS-DF) & Carolyn O'Meara (National Autonomous University of Mexico)
  • How do I document the landscape domain from a linguistic perspective?
  • How do I incorporate a community mapping project as part of my language documentation agenda?
  • What are the kinds of places that receive toponyms in the language I am documenting?
  • How is this different or similar to the types of places registered on official maps of the area?

Navigating Consent, Rights, Intellectual Property, and Traditional Knowledge

Facilitators: Susan Smythe Kung (University of Texas Austin) & Camille Callison (Tahltan, University of Manitoba)

 

Managing Language Materials for Archiving

Facilitators: Susan Smythe Kung (University of Texas Austin), Jaime Perez Gonzalez (Mayan, University of Texas Austin) & Ryan Sullivant (University of Texas Austin)
  • How do I manage my materials while I collect them? How should I be organizing them?
  • What is a language archive? How is it different from file-hosting services like DropBox or Google Drive?
  • Why isn't my website/YouTube channel considered an archive?
  • What can I expect an archive to do for me and my collection?
  • What sort of contextual, administrative, and/or technical information (metadata) do I need to collect when I collect language materials?
  • Does everything that I collect go into an archive? How do I decide what I should put into an archive?
  • What do I need to do to prepare my materials for an archive?
  • Can (and do) people use anything they find in an archive?

Documenting Conversation

Facilitators: Naakil.aan Hans Chester (Tlingit), Alice Taff (University of Alaska Southeast)
  • How do I get people to talk in their language?
  • How do I make the best quality recording? 

LANGUAGE TEACHING

Teaching Indigenous Languages: Pronunciation 

Facilitators: TBA

 

Teaching Indigenous Languages: Communicative Language for Second Language Learners

Facilitators: Naatosi Fish (Blackfeet, University of Montana) & Tracy Hirata-Edds (University of Kansas)

 

Immersion Methods

Facilitators: Sheilah Nicholas (Hopi, University of Arizona) & TBA

 

Understanding the Rules of Language for Language Teaching (Pedagogical Grammar)

Facilitators: TBA

 

TECHNOLOGY

Audio Recording from Zero (Audio 1)

Facilitators: Yoshi Ono (University of Alberta) & TBA
  • How do I start audio recording?

Audio Documentation (Audio 2)

Facilitators: Yoshi Ono (University of Alberta) & TBA
  • How do I make better recordings for language documentation?

Video Basics

Facilitators: TBA

 

Advanced Video

Facilitators: Mosiah Bluecloud (Kickapoo) & Phil Cash Cash (Nez Perce)

 

FLEx

Facilitators: Mosiah Bluecloud (Kickapoo) & Aaron Broadwell (University of Florida)

 

ELAN 1

Facilitators: Andrea Berez-Kroeker (University of Hawai'i at Mānoa) & Ha'a Williams-Solomon (Hawai'ian)
  • What is ELAN and why do we use it?
  • What are "time-aligned annotations" and why are they important for language reclamation and documentation?
  • How do I build a transcript of a recording of my language showing different kinds of useful information, including translations and parts of speech in ELAN?

ELAN 2

Facilitators: Christopher Cox (Carleton University) & X̱ʼunei Lance Twitchell (Tlingit, University of Alaska Southeast)
  • How do I add subtitles to video using ELAN?
  • How do I transfer ELAN files to FLEx?

SayMore

Facilitators: Melvatha Chee (Navajo, University of Alberta) & Ryan Henke (University of Hawai'i at Mānoa)
  • What, and who, is SayMore for?
  • How could SayMore be useful for my work?
  • What are the benefits/limitations of SayMore?

Praat

Facilitators: Sonya Bird (University of Victoria) & Rae Anne Claxton