NILI 2019 Summer Institute registration now open

We are please to announce that the Northwest Indian Language Institute’s (NILI) 2019 Summer Institute registration is now open! Adult and youth participants wishing to attend this year’s Institute please follow the link to our registration page. If a scholarship is needed, please also fill out our scholarship application! Follow the links to our adult form scholarship form or if you […]

Language: Call for submissions on Indigenous languages

The United Nations has declared 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages. In recognition of this, Language is encouraging submissions dealing with research on any aspect of Indigenous languages. Papers on Indigenous languages have contributed to linguistics in significant ways. Just a few of the many influential Language articles that rely on data from Indigenous languages: Leonard Bloomfield, On sound […]



AILDI celebrates 40 years of providing Indigenous language education with a conference held in conjunction with the annual Symposium for American Indian Languages (SAIL). The SAIL/AILDI conference will be held April 12 &13, 2019 at the University of Arizona, Tucson.

In Memoriam: Wallace (Wally) Chafe

It is with great sadness that the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, announces the passing of our dear friend and colleague Professor Wallace (Wally) Chafe, at the age of 91, on February 3, 2019. An exceptionally deep-thinking and broad-ranging scholar, Professor Chafe produced over 230 books, articles, and other publications […]

2019 Best Student Presentation Award

2019 Best Student Presentation Award

SSILA is pleased to award this year’s Best Student Presentation Award to Daniel W. Hieber (University of California, Santa Barbara) for his presentation, ‘Ergativity in Chitimacha’, delivered at the winter meeting in New York City. Comments from one of the judges follows: Well articulated, very well delivered. Interesting topic. In my opinion, one of the […]

SSILA 2019 Program

The program for the Winter 2019 Meeting of SSILA is now available at the SSILA website! SSILA 2019 is being held currently with the Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting in the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, New York City, from January 3–6. Click here to see the latest version of the SSILA 2019 program. […]

CFP: 22nd Workshop on American Indigenous Languages (WAIL)

Abstract Deadline: February 23, 2019 Meeting Dates: May 10–11, 2019 Keynote Speaker: Pilar Valenzuela (Chapman University) Location: University of California, Santa Barbara Contact: Jesús Olguín Martinez ( The Linguistics Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara announces its 22nd Annual Workshop on American Indigenous Languages (WAIL), which provides a forum for the discussion of theoretical, […]

CFP: Community-based language research across the Americas

Date: January 2–3, 2019 Location: New York, NY Contact Person: Kate Riestenberg Meeting Email: Website: Call Deadline: December 31, 2018 Meeting Description CBLRAA 2019 is a workshop organized in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA). The goal of the workshop is […]