Opportunities for Giving to CU Linguistics

Indigenous Languages

The Department of Linguistics hosts the Center for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the West (CSILW), a research team whose focus is the documentation and analysis of Native American languages of the western US and Canada. Members also assist tribes in maintaining, preserving, and revitalizing their languages where possible. Through a grant from the National Science Foundation, CSILW is providing linguistic training to four Lakota students who hope to lead language revitalization efforts on South Dakota reservations. Faculty and doctoral students affiliated with CSILW have conducted research on the Arapaho, Gros Ventre/White Clay, Nez Perce, Lakota, Wichita and Yavapai languages, among others. CSILW supplies language materials (at cost) to the general public and hosts a public-education website on the Arapaho tribe, the original inhabitants of the Boulder area when White settlers arrived. This site supplies extensive audio-visual material and language lessons for use by K-8 teachers in Colorado. Donations to this area will fund student research projects and field trips, digitization of language material and the creation of a web-based distribution system for scholars and teachers worldwide.

   
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