CoLang 2024 Practica

Below is a list of practica offerings for CoLang 2024. Practica will be held at Scottsdale Community College located on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian community during the second two weeks of CoLang (June 17 - 28). Participants will each select one practicum from the list below.

Practica selection is open now! Practica selection will be on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be open through Monday 5/27 at 12pm MST. Registered participants: be sure to check your inbox for a link to the selection portal!

Click here to view the schedule for the practica session.

Akimel O'odham

Facilitators: Heidi Harley, Cody Achin, Chester Antone, Diane Cashoya, Malia Garcia + Eleanor Santos-Higgins 

This practicum will focus on linguistic documentation and analysis of O'odham to support the development of pedagogical materials

Description: Through careful discussion and collaboration with speakers of the Akimel O'odham language, we will strive to document grammatical properties of the language of mutual interest, both to inform community language work and advance linguistic theory.

This practicum would be ideal for participants who would like to learn about collaborating with speakers to document and analyze grammatical features of mutual interest. 

CoLang workshop prerequisites and/or recommended experience: Some exposure to basic linguistic concepts such as 'subject', 'transitive', 'stress', 'agreement', 'transcription', etc would be helpful.

Non-CoLang prerequisites and/or recommended experience: Some experience with collaborative goal-setting would be hepful, valuing respectful interactions with expert elder speakers, openness to learning about cross-cultural differences, and a willingness to be patient and helpful to others as we all learn together. 

Required equipment and/or materials: You'll need paper and pencil, and access to a computer for typing up your daily notes and sharing them with the group. Audio recording equipment will be provided and daily audio files will be shared so you can cross-check them with your notes. 

Cook Islands Māori

Facilitators: Rolando Coto-Solano, Angela Wallbank, Courtney Napa, June Punua, Miimetua Niimerota, Rebecca Griffith + Antonia Tangatakino-McIntyre 

This practicum will focus on developing natural language processing tools for Māori language revitalization

Description: We will practice the documentation of conversations in Cook Islands Māori, and the process of turning these into a corpus. We will work with speakers of the language to transcribe conversational data. We will also do phonetic and syntactic analysis - supported by computer tools - to transform this data into a linguistically-annotated corpus.

This workshop is ideal for Linguistics students and community members who want to learn about tools to accelerate the analysis of the languages they are working with. This workshop is also useful for students and community members who want to practice techniques in linguistic documentation.or 

Objectives:

Prerequisites and/or recommended experience: We recommend that participants be comfortable learning new software and computer techniques.

Required equipment and/or materials: Participants will need a laptop computer to perform the work in the class.

Piipaash

Facilitators: Mosiah Bluecloud, Kyrin Green, Isabella Dockerty, Christina Lopez, Aarick Mack + Kelly Washington 

This practicum will focus on group mentor-apprentice methodologies for teaching Piipaash in an immersion setting

Description: This practicum will focus on Group Mentor-Apprentice methodology. Participants will gain the skills necessary to run a GMA program in their own community and the ability to develop and assess GMA activities. Participants will develop these skills through live GMA sessions using the Piipaash language with Piipaash Elder Speakers. 

This practicum is ideal for language workers and linguists interested in a method that has successfully created speakers in indigenous communities. 

Objectives:

CoLang Prerequisites and/or recommended experience: If you have never been involved with a language acquisition method that has created speakers in an indigenous community before, then it is highly recommended that you take the group mentor apprentice workshop in block D of week 2 to understand the theory behind the method. 

Non-CoLang prerequisites and/or recommended experience: Some experience with collaborative goal-setting would be helpful, valuing respectful interactions with expert elder speakers, openness to learning about cross-cultural differences, and a willingness to be patient and helpful to others as we all learn together. 

Required equipment and/or materials: You'll need paper and pencil, and access to a computer for typing up your daily notes and sharing them with the group. Audio recording equipment will be provided and daily audio files will be shared so you can cross-check them with your notes.