Summer Session July 6-30,2020

Summer Session to be offered on-line

UPDATE In order to prevent the spread of the corona virus and to ensure the health and safety of our students and instructors, AILDI has made the decision to offer the summer session courses on-line. This will not affect the registration process. We will provide more information soon.

The dates for summer session 2020 have been scheduled for July 6-31.

The theme for AILDI 2020 is Telling Our Language Journey Stories: Documenting the Language Work We Do. Click here for more information on the theme.

Summer 2020 Course Listings: (Due to the courses being on-line, students can register for one course.  You are still welcome to take two courses if you wish.)



Introduction to Linguistics for Native American Communities

This course surveys how the field of linguistics fits into community efforts of language
revitalization. We will be focusing on students’ respective languages for closer study.  We will consider the role of linguistics and linguists in language revitalization and maintenance.

Instructor: Joe Dupris


ENG 477/577: Writing About Our Language Work (3 units)

Studies of and in Native American Literature

Walking with Language

Some have carried it, held it close protected.

Others have pulled it along like a reluctant child.

Still others have waived it like a flag, a signal to others.

And some have filled it with rage

and dare others to come close.

And there are those who find their language

a burdensome shackle.

They continually pick at the lock.

(Zepeda 2008)

A review of literature about Indigenous languages whether it is in scientific literature, creative literature or other genre it becomes noticeable that there are certain voices missing---the voices of the Indigenous language workers. Language workers include a range of people in various roles working in the effort of language and cultural revitalization, teaching, documentation and maintenance. The purpose of this class is to address this phenomenon and to propose a venue for filling in this gap in the literature. The course will offer writing opportunities, skills, methods for beginning to write about the work we do as a language worker. The course will be open to writing and production in a variety of modes for documenting the work on language including essays, personal writing, and writing based on research, photo essays, and story-telling among others. Additionally, the audience for the production (writing) can be for a range of audiences. Writing or production in an Indigenous language is encouraged.

This course is directed at people who are closely affiliated with Indigenous language revitalization, documentation maintenance programs and other similar language projects. This includes language teachers, researchers, language activist, parents, community members, and professionals working closely with such programs.

We will engage in synchronous (weekly live meetings) and asynchronous learning using technology that allows for sharing,  commentary and collaboration.

Instructor: Ofelia Zepeda


TLS 495A/595:   Embodying Our Indigenous Languages Through Dance, Song, and Chant (3 units)

Topics and Issues in Language, Reading, and Culture

Often overlooked as a form of education, dance, song, and chant are for some an entry point to (re)learning and (re)claiming Indigenous languages. This course will demonstrate how dance, song, and chant are embodied practices of language that are deeply embedded traditions in Indigenous cultures. As an introduction, students will engage in language-rich immersion experiences of hula, mele, and oli in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian) that will reveal historical, linguistic, and cultural knowledge. We will also draw upon other Indigenous language experiences and practices that are represented in the class and by guests, and learn how these traditional and contemporary practices not only documents, but contributes to the revitalization and maintenance of our Indigenous languages.

As a community of learners, we will engage in synchronous (weekly live meetings) and asynchronous learning using VoiceThread (technology that allows for collaboration with video, voice, and text commenting). 

Instructor: Candace Kaleimamoowahinekapu Galla (invited)


Language Maintenance, Preservation, and Revitalization

Instructor: Stanley Rodriguez (invited)



Workshop in Language Documentation

Community language workers and linguists tend to have different notions of what constitutes language documentation. This course aims to unpack the following questions:

1.    What is language documentation? How is it defined by both speech communities and linguists?

2.    What are the goals of language documentation?

3.    Who does language documentation benefit?

4.    How can language documentation be made accessible to all interested parties?

5.    What are some current techniques/methods for language documentation?

6.    How does language documentation affect speech communities?

7.    What are the ethical concerns of language documentation?

Concepts that will be addressed are project planning, funding and grant writing, diversity of data collection, data management considerations, archives and language documentation, orthography considerations, history of and current state of linguistic fieldwork,and language research frameworks.  (NOTE: not an exhaustive list.)

Course will be both synchronous and asynchronous. (some "live" meeting times and some use of recorded lectures and presentations) Structure of course will be module based covering a variety of topics. Guest lecturers will be invited. 

Instructor: Adrienne Tsikewa (invited)