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What is CoLang?

The Institute on Collaborative Language Research, or CoLang, is an international institute which creates multi-dimensional networks and provides quality training for anyone interested in language work, including language activists, teachers, linguists, and students from all types of communities. CoLang workshops provide hands-on skills in language reclamation, documentation, and related fields as practiced in collaborative, community-based contexts. Learn more

CoLang 2024 (June 3 to 28) 

Arizona State University (ASU) and the O’odham-Piipaash Language Program (OPLP) of the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC), one of several federally recognized tribes in the greater Phoenix area, have joined forces to co-host CoLang 2024 in Arizona. Located in the northern Sonoran desert, and adjacent to the city of Phoenix, ASU and SRPMIC are close neighbors. As such, the theme for CoLang 2024 is “Creating Partnerships, Honoring Neighbors, Building Capacity”. Our theme can be seen as a step in the evolution of CoLang, whereby language workers from a variety of backgrounds can meet and build their capacities in a setting that was shaped by a truly collaborative vision between a traditional institution of higher learning and a tribal-run language program -- one that is facing many of the familiar challenges in documenting and revitalizing their languages that language communities around the world face. Both organizations bring unique resources, scholars, expertise, and opportunities to the Institute that we believe will make for a special learning experience. Learn more.

Emmon Bach Fund and CoLang Student Fellowships

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The Emmon Bach fellowship covers tuition for CoLang 2024 workshops and practicum as well as lodging and a meal plan (weekdays only), plus limited additional funds to help defray the cost of travel. There will be one successful candidate for this award and the awardee is expected to attend the full CoLang 2024, including both the workshops and the practicum.
Applying for the Emmon Bach Fellowship requires filling out the application form, uploading the required 750-word statement of purpose for attending CoLang, and providing two letters of recommendation.

The application deadline is April 1, 2024 at 11:59 PM (MST). This deadline applies to all parts of the application: completing this form, uploading the essay, and providing the required two reference letters.
If you have any questions about the application process or requirements, or CoLang 2024, please email

The Role of LSA

Since 2015, the LSA has served as a co-sponsor of CoLang. As a co-sponsor, the LSA provides financial underwriting for student fellowships, in-kind promotional support, and contributes to the scholarly content of the Institute. The CoLang Charter (currently under revision) provides information about the mission, goals, and objectives of the Institute.

LSA Representative to the CoLang Advisory Circle: Spike Gildea, University of Oregon


Previous CoLang Institutes

2022: University of Montana
2020: University of Montana (cancelled due to COVID-19)
2018: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
2016: University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK
2014: University of Texas, Arlington
2012: University of Kansas
2010: University of Oregon
2008: University of California, Santa Barbara