Models of language documentation and revitalization: What models of language maintenance and revitalization work?

Carol Genetti

Course Information:
This workshop is designed to showcase a variety of approaches taken by different communities to maintain or revitalize their languages. Each day a presentation will be given by one or more practitioners who will present either a community-oriented approach to language maintenance and revitalization or models and techniques that have been applied in a number of communities. As the presenters represent speech communities from across the world, we hope that this workshop will bring us all to a deeper understanding of the wide range of contexts in which language maintenance and revitalization work is taking place and the importance of that context to a community’s selection of appropriate goals and techniques for the task. To focus the presentations, each presenter has been given a set of questions to consider as they prepare their presentations. These cover a range of issues including literacy, contexts of language use, historical factors leading to language contraction, social organizations, resources, goals, methods, training, approaches, successes and community organization.

Schedule of Presentations:
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Monday, June 21 Crystal Richardson, Emilio Tripp
Karuk – Northern California
Tuesday, June 22 Kennedy Bosiré
Ekegusii – Kenya
Wednesday, June 23 Jack Buckskin, Robert Amery
Kaurna – Australia
Thursday, June 24 Mait Ó Brádaigh
Irish – Europe
Monday, June 28 Daryn McKenny
Gamilaraay and Wiradjuri – Australia
Tuesday, June 29 TBA
Kwakw’ala – British Columbia
Wednesday, June 30 Lalnunthangi Changte
Mizo – NE India
Thursday, July 1 Tony Johnson, Janne Underrinner
Chinook Wawa – Oregon
Friday, July 2 TBA
Kari’nja – Surinam














Instructor(s) Bio:
Carol Genetti (Professor of Linguistics and Associate Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts, University of California Santa Barbara) has years of field experience in Nepal and, more recently, in northern Italy; based on her fieldwork, she has published an award-winning reference grammar of Dolakha Newar, has authored numerous articles and edited collections, and is Editor of the online journal Himalayan Linguistics. She was the Director of the first InField at UC Santa Barbara in 2008, is Co-Director (with Margaret Florey) of the Consortium on Training in Language Documentation and Conservation, and in 2011 will Chair the Committee on Endangered Languages and their Preservation of the Linguistic Society of America.

                                              Updated June 12, 2010 at 7:44 pm