The Survey of California and Other Indian Languages is a research center in the Department of Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley, supporting the documentation, study, and revitalization of the indigenous languages of California and the Americas. We maintain a major archive of field notes and other documentary materials, accessible in 1311 Dwinelle Hall and catalogued in the California Language Archive; some material is digitized and available online. We also curate the collection of linguistic field recordings from the Berkeley Language Center, many of which can be listened to on the CLA website.

We provide financial and logistical support for students and scholars to conduct field work on American languages, including work space, field equipment, and computing facilities. We publish an occasional series of monographs, Survey Reports. We also sponsor a variety of events, including regular gatherings of the Group in American Indian Languages, the biennial Breath of Life Workshop for California Indian Languages, and occasional workshops on language documentation and revitalization for California Indian communities. Please let us know how we can help you!

Featured: Northern Paiute Language Project

Lucy Telles and her largest basket (Photo courtesy of the San Joaquin Valley Library System)

Northern Paiute is spoken from Mono Lake in eastern California north and west through Nevada, Oregon, and Idaho. Our project focusses on the southernmost variety of Northern Paiute spoken around Mono Lake and to the immediate north (in Bridgeport and Coleville, California and Sweetwater, Nevada). We are collaborating with Paiute elders and younger speakers to develop an online audio dictionary and text corpus. This will serve as a valuable resource to the Paiute and linguistic communities. Read more about this and other projects.