We should take a moment to acknowledge the land on which we are gathered for the LSA Summer Institute. For thousands of years, this land has been the home of Patwin people, including the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation today. The Patwin people have remained committed to the stewardship of this land over many centuries. It has been cherished and protected, as elders have instructed the young through generations. We are honored and grateful to be gathered here today on their traditional lands.
“Acknowledgment by itself is a small gesture. It becomes meaningful when coupled with authentic relationships and informed action. But this beginning can be an opening to greater public consciousness of Native sovereignty and cultural rights, a step toward equitable relationship and reconciliation.”
The acknowledgment was prepared in consultation with local Indigenous communities and is the recommended and preferred statement to read at the LSA Institute. We acknowledge and thank the Patwin People, whose stories, traditions and spiritualities were tied to this land, for allowing us to live and breathe on their lands. The 2019 LSA Institute recognizes that raising awareness is just the first step to inspire people to think about the impacts of our actions, what they have become for us to be here, and how we could learn from them. We also realize that honoring the truth fosters a sense of responsibility for all of us to learn more about the people whose lands we live on, wherever we come from. The Institute is committed to creating a warm and respectful learning environment, acceptive of diversity, and inclusive of Indigenous ways of knowing and being.
The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages to draw attention to the critical loss of indigenous languages and the urgent need to preserve, revitalize, and promote them at the national and international levels.
The 2019 LSA Institute will highlight the importance of indigenous and endangered languages in expressing diverse cultural identities, communicating unique perspectives on the world, and sustaining linguistic communities. The Institute will offer several courses (listed below), events (including the lectures, workshops, and symposia listed below), and social gatherings that bring indigenous and endangered languages and the scholars who work on them to the forefront.
Course Number Course Title Instructor(s)
122 Introduction to Phonology Laura Downing
150 Field Methods Pamela Munro
160 Introduction to Language Typology Bernard Comrie
161 Introduction to Historical Linguistics Lyle Campbell
241 Advanced Psycholinguistics Fernanda Ferreira
312 Experimental Syntax Elaine Francis, Savithry Namboodiripad
315 Integrative Models of Morphological Organization Farrell Ackerman, James Blevins
353 Digital Methods in Language Documentation Andrea Berez-Kroeker, Colleen Fitzgerald
356 Pidgins and Creoles Marlyse Baptista
357 Amazonian Languages: Diversity, Typology, Historical Change and Language Contact Martin Kohlberger, Katherine Bolaños
359 Global Ethnolinguistic Conflict: An Internet Encyclopedia Project Stanley Dubinsky, Michael A. Gavin
372 The Indigenous California Linguistic Landscape Marianne Mithun
373 The Structure of Tashlhiyt Berber Mohamed Lahrouchi
377 The Phonology and Grammar of Southern Pomo (peq) Narratives Neil Alexander Walker
Lectures, Workshops and Symposia:
Date Event Location
June 21-23 Workshop 5th Workshop on Sound Change UC Davis Conference Center Ballroom
June 26 Workshop Priming Methods in Word Recognition Classroom B
June 27 Lecture Sapir Professor: John Baugh
(Washington University in St. Louis)
UC Davis Rock Hall
June 29 & 30 Symposia Documenting Language in Diaspora UC Davis Student Community Center, Multi-Purpose Room
June 29 & 30 Symposia Historical-Comparative Linguistics for Language Revitalization UC Davis Conference Center Ballroom
July 6 & 7 Symposia Dene Language Conference UC Davis Conference Center, Ballroom C
July 9 Lecture Hale Professor: Pamela Munro
(UC Los Angeles)
Conference Center, Ballrooms ABC
July 13 & 14 Symposia SSILA Summer Meeting 2019 - Broader Impacts Related to Digital Resources UC Davis Conference Center, Ballroom B
July 16 Lecture Hermann and Klara H Collitz Professor: Bernard Comrie (UC Santa Barbara) Conference Center, Ballrooms ABC
July 17 Workshop #LingWiki Workshop Classroom E
July 17 Building Language Technology Across the World's Languages
Transcription Acceleration with Elpis: Easily Building Your Own Speech-to-Text Models (hands-on training)
You can click here for more information on the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages.