SSILA Summer Meeting 2019

Broader Impacts Related to Digital Resources

Where: UC Davis Conference Center, Ballroom B (7/13) & Ballroom A (7/14)
Time: July 13 Saturday 9:00am-5:30pm
July 14 Sunday 9:00am-10:30am

: The Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA) is an organisation interested in the study of the languages of the Indigenous peoples of North, Central and South America. SSILA holds annual winter meetings which allow scholars to present on a wide range of topics centred on any aspect of Indigenous American languages. Although most contributions in past meetings have focused on linguistic analysis, there have been increasing calls for researchers to also address the broader impacts of their work.

The social context and collaborative dynamic of linguistic research in the Americas varies enormously across the continent. This in turn means that the social value of every project will be markedly different. Whereas some communities might benefit from support for language reclamation, others might prioritise the training of Indigenous community members in linguistics. Nevertheless, one reality that is shared by most researchers and communities around the globe is the growing importance and potential of digital technologies and resources.

Taking into consideration the theme of the LSA Summer Institute 2019 (“Linguistics in a digital era”), SSILA will hold a summer conference devoted to presentations on broader impacts of linguistic work in the Americas related to digital resources.


SSILA (Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas)

Martin Kohlberger
Leiden University;
University of Texas at Austin

Tania Granadillo
Western University
Mary Linn
Smithsonian Institution