Territory acknowledgment

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.”

-U.S. Department of Arts and Culture

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 NumberCourse TitleInstructor(s)
122Introduction to PhonologyLaura Downing
150Field MethodsPamela Munro
160Introduction to Language TypologyBernard Comrie
161Introduction to Historical LinguisticsLyle Campbell
241Advanced PsycholinguisticsFernanda Ferreira
312Experimental SyntaxElaine Francis, Savithry Namboodiripad
315Integrative Models of Morphological OrganizationFarrell Ackerman, James Blevins
353Digital Methods in Language DocumentationAndrea Berez-Kroeker, Colleen Fitzgerald
356Pidgins and CreolesMarlyse Baptista
357Amazonian Languages: Diversity, Typology, Historical Change and Language ContactMartin Kohlberger, Katherine Bolaños
359Global Ethnolinguistic Conflict: An Internet Encyclopedia ProjectStanley Dubinsky, Michael A. Gavin
372The Indigenous California Linguistic LandscapeMarianne Mithun
373The Structure of Tashlhiyt BerberMohamed Lahrouchi
377The Phonology and Grammar of Southern Pomo (peq) NarrativesNeil Alexander Walker


Lectures, Workshops and Symposia: 

June 21-23Workshop 5th Workshop on Sound ChangeUC Davis Conference Center Ballroom
June 26Workshop Priming Methods in Word RecognitionClassroom B
June 27Lecture Sapir Professor: John Baugh
(Washington University in St. Louis)
UC Davis Rock Hall
June 29 & 30Symposia Documenting Language in DiasporaUC Davis Student Community Center, Multi-Purpose Room
June 29 & 30Symposia Historical-Comparative Linguistics for Language RevitalizationUC Davis Conference Center Ballroom
July 6 & 7Symposia Dene Language ConferenceUC Davis Conference Center, Ballroom C
July 9Lecture Hale Professor: Pamela Munro
(UC Los Angeles)
Conference Center, Ballrooms ABC
July 13 & 14Symposia SSILA Summer Meeting 2019 - Broader Impacts Related to Digital ResourcesUC Davis Conference Center, Ballroom B
July 16Lecture Hermann and Klara H Collitz Professor: Bernard Comrie (UC Santa Barbara)Conference Center, Ballrooms ABC
July 17Workshop #LingWiki WorkshopClassroom 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)
Classroom D

You can click here for more information on the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages.