CoLang 2016

CoLang 2016

Institute on Collaborative Language Research

Breaking news: Keren Rice named LSA representative to CoLang Advisory Circle [more from LSA website(updated 2015-09-16)

The Institute on Collaborative Language Research (CoLang) will be held on the campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2016. The institute is designed to provide an opportunity for community language activists and linguists to receive training in community-based language documentation and revitalization. The Institute has previously been convened in California, Oregon, Kansas, and Texas, and attracts a diverse range of participants from across the globe. Instructors include some of the world’s leading experts in language documentation.

The Institute consists of two parts: two weeks of intensive workshops followed by a three-week Practicum in field linguistics in which students work hands-on with speakers of an endangered language. CoLang 2016 will have, but not be limited to, two major themes: languages of Alaska and language archiving.

Workshops -- June 20-July 1, 2016

choose from a variety of topics to include: audio/video recording, data management, archiving, ethnobiology, language and well-being, language teaching, survey methods, curriculum development

Practica -- July 5-23, 2016

These intensive practica in language documentation will meet 6 days per week for 3 weeks. Students and instructors will be housed together on the UAF campus. Participants may choose from the following featured languages:

  • Unangam Tunuu (Aleut) [ISO 693-3: ale], the language of the Aleutian Islands, Alaska.
  • Han (Athabascan) [ISO 693-3: haa], a Dene (Athabascan) language of Eastern Alaska and the Yukon.
  • Miyako (Ryukyuan) [ISO 693-3: mvi], a Ryukyuan language of Southern Japan.


Local arrangements

All courses will take place on the UAF campus. Housing and meals will be available on campus. Tuition and application information will be available in early 2015. Costs will be kept to a minimum, and scholarships will be available.

Want to know more?

CoLang is by nature a collaborative effort and welcomes partnerships with institutions and individuals dedicated to indigenous language documentation and revitalization. Requests for particular workshop offerings are also welcome. Contact colang2016 [at]

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Organizing Committee

The organizing committee for CoLang 2016 consists of:

  • Siri Tuttle (co-director)
  • Alice Taff (co-director)
  • Walkie Charles
  • Gary Holton
  • Marsha Hotch
  • Lawrence Kaplan
  • Kathy Sikorski
  • Anna Berge

If you'd like to join us in this effort please let us know.

Course Information


LSA Sponsorship

We are pleased to welcome the Linguistic Society of America as a sponsor of CoLang 2016. LSA will be providing scholarships to support participation in CoLang. More information will be announced soon.

Summer activities and tours

Fairbanks is located in the heart of the Dene (Athabascan) territory. The official name of the hill on which the campus is located is Troth Yeddha', a Minto name meaning literally 'wild potato hill'. The long hours of daylight during the Fairbanks summer invite numerous outdoor activities and and festivals. CoLang participants will have ample opportunity to engage with the local community and experience the subarctic summer.  

Georgeson Botanical Garden

Visit gorgeous and extensive gardens to see the wide variety of plants that grow in this northern climate. Sneak a peak at our famous giant cabbages, beautiful peonies and stately delphiniums. Admission is $3. Call 907-474-1944 for more information, or visit the Georgeson Botanical Garden website.

Self-guided tour, May 31 - Sept. 2, 2011: daily, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Photo by Gail Koepf

UA Museum of the North

The museum’s research collections – 1.4 million artifacts and specimens – represent millions of years of biological diversity and thousands of years of cultural traditions in the North. The collections are organized into 10 disciplines (archaeology, birds, documentary film, earth sciences, ethnology/history, fine arts, fishes/marine invertebrates, insects, mammals, and plants) and serve as a valuable resource for research on climate change, genetics, contaminants and other issues facing Alaska and the circumpolar North. The museum is also the premier repository for artifacts and specimens collected on public lands in Alaska and a leader in northern natural and cultural history research. 


Robert G. White Large Animal Research Station

See muskoxen, caribou and reindeer at the Large Animal Research Station. From Farmers Loop Road, turn onto Ballaine Road, then left on Yankovich Road. The station is on the right, one mile down the road. Viewing is available year-round from the parking area; binoculars are helpful. Call 907-474-7412 for more information, or visit the Large Animal Research Station website.

Guided tours, June 1 - Sept 2, 2011: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.  General admission for tours is $10. Senior citizens are $9 and students are $6. Children 5 and under are free.

Off-campus location

More things to see and do

While you are at UAF, you may be interested in visiting the bookstore, walking through Signers' Hall where the Alaska Constitution was signed, eating lunch at Wood Center or just wandering around. Check out some other things to see and do throughout the year.

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