Consortium for Training
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Thiago Chacon training speakers in the preservation and documentation of Kubeo Upper Rio Negro, a borderlands region that joins Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela in the Northwestern Amazon rainforest has about 30 different ethnic groups that speak more than 20 different languages which belong to 4 different language families. Most of these languages are under threat of extinction. Although their languages differ, the indigenous groups all interact with each other in a large network of interrelated cosmologies, social organization, marriages, festivities, rituals, and commerce. Taken together, these people total 65,000 individuals. One of the languages under threat of extinction is Kubeo, spoken by the Kubeo people.
A report on the Fourth International 3L Summer School 2012: Endangered Languages – From Documentation to Revitalisation The 4th 3L International Summer School was held from July 1, 2012 to July 13, 2012. Hosted by LED-TDR (Langues En Danger-Terrain Documentation Revitalisation), DDL and the ICAR CNRS laboratories, the Summer School was housed at the University Lyon2, in the beautiful city of Lyon in southern France. This was the fourth offering of the 3L Summer School, which is produced by a consortium of programs housed at the University of Lyon, the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. 
Endangered Language Activists Bring the World to Kansas FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Endangered Language Activists Bring the World to Kansas LAWRENCE, KANSAS.  "My grandmother chose not to teach me Kickapoo purposefully. She said, 'You don't need to know that' because her hair was washed with kerosene and her mouth was washed out with lye soap for speaking to her sister in our language. She didn't want that to happen to me," wept JoAnne Grandstaff. The Kickapoo language, a Native American language spoken in Kansas, is fighting for its survival, as are many endangered languages worldwide.
2012 Breath of Life Workshops Two Breath of Life workshops will be held at Sam Noble Museum of Natural History in Oklahoma and the University of Berkeley campus. The Breath of Life workshops are designed to train participants and equip them with techniques on language documentation and revitalization. Minority language speakers of a Native American Tribe or Nation that no longer have active first-language speakers in their community may participate in the Breath of Life workshops. The workshops are a great opportunity for language learning since a wide variety of topics will be covered. It is also an occasion to meet with other people and learn means to revive and document languages.





Two tenure-track positions in Language Documentation, Conservation, and Revitalization at the University of British Columbia (UBC).

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3rd International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation

The 3rd International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation (ICLDC), "Sharing Worlds of Knowledge," will be held February 28-March 3, 2013, at the Hawai'i Imin International Conference Center on the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa campus.

The conference will include a number of events related to training, including those in the following list.

Talks and posters:

Margaret Florey: Developing a regional master-apprentice training network in Australia

Daryn McKenney, Carol Genetti, and Thiago Chacon: How indigenous conceptions shape the work: the case of the Miromaa Language and Technology Centre

Lawrence Kaplan and Gary Holton: Re-centering the Alaska Native Language Center: Challenges and opportunities for language centers in a new linguistic era

Fakhruddin Akhunzada: Foundation for Language Initiatives: A strategy for revitalizing endangered languages and cultures

Christina Eira and Paul Paton: Peetyawan Weeyn: A language planning framework for reviving languages

Nicholas Thieberger and Linda Barwick: A decade of the Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC) (includes discussion of training people to use archives)

Stephanie Locke and Ernest Anip: Sharing linguistic tools with native speakers through the Language Documentation Training Center at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

Colleen Fitzgerald and Mary Linn: Training communities, training graduate students: The 2012 Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop

Emily Gasser: Exchanging words and skills: Language documentation in West Papua.

Jeff Good and Tucker Childs: Beyond the ancestral code: Towards a model for sociolinguistic language documentation

Other events:

Lunch with University of Hawaii Language Documentation Training Center
Master Classes on documenting various aspects of Indigenous knowledge systems

The program can be downloaded below



 The Ellen L. Lutz Indigenous Rights Award Announcement by Cultural Survival

Cultural Survival is seeking nominations for Indigenous individuals who work to further Indigenous rights, protect Indigenous lands, and revitalize Indigenous languages.

The Ellen L. Lutz Indigenous Rights Award will be given to a courageous advocate who is pursuing the rights of Indigenous Peoples' with an Indigenous community. The Award is intended to recognize Indigenous activists for their dedication, passion, and commitment to human rights and their struggle for Indigenous Rights.

Giving this award also recognizes the challenging and often dangerous conditions and situations that activists face in pursuing their work. By conferring public recognition Cultural Survival supports these individuals whose lives may be in harm's way. Rights advocates are often under threat from the governments and corporations whose actions they spotlight. Whether citizen-activists, or human rights lawyers working for a nongovernmental advocacy organization outspoken advocates for the rights of Indigenous communities have been jailed, "disappeared," their families threatened, harmed or killed.

The Cultural Survival Board and generous donors created this award in memory of the late Cultural Survival Executive Director Ellen L. Lutz, who led Cultural Survival from 2004-2010. Ellen's contribution to Cultural Survival was part of a lifetime of human rights work that included positions with the Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution and Human Rights Watch, teaching at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and books on subjects that ranged from consequences of torture to trying heads of state for human rights violations.


The recipient of the ELL Indigenous Rights Award will receive $10,000. The award will be presented in May 2013 at an honoring reception held in New York City at the time of the UN Permanent Forum on the Rights of Indigenous People.

Nomination Process

Nominations for the award may be received from any individual or group from November 20, 2012 to January 31, 2013. Nominations should include a letter about why a person is being nominated, a bio of the nominee, and contact information for the nominee. Please submit nominees to Miranda Vitello at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by mail to her attention at 215 Prospect Street, Cambridge, MA 02139. The recipient will be selected by a panel of distinguished Indigenous human rights leaders in February 2013.

Cultural Survival is a global leader in the fight to protect Indigenous lands, languages, and cultures around the world. In partnership with Indigenous Peoples, we advocate for Indigenous communities whose rights, cultures, and dignity are under threat.

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A correlation between climate and the evolution of language has been uncovered by researchers. To find a relationship between the climate and the evolution of language, one needs to discover an association between the environment and vocal sounds that is consistent throughout the world and present in different languages. And that is precisely what a group of researchers has done.
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Increased international cooperation & regional programs are needed to maximize the effective sharing and use of resources

Many endangered-language communities have the desire to implement language documentation and conservation activities, but have limited access to training and resources

The CTLDC aims to advance training in order to provide members of speech communities, and those that support them, with the skill sets, tools, and expertise to make their efforts maximally effective