Breath of Life

2004 Breath of Life Workshop
2004 Breath of Life Workshop (Photo courtesy of the Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival)

The 2012 Breath of Life Workshop was held from Sunday, June 3 through Saturday, June 9 on the Berkeley campus.

Goals and description

The Breath of Life Workshop is a biennial workshop sponsored by the Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival and the University of California, Berkeley, for California Indians whose languages have no fluent speakers. The goal is for the participants to access, understand, and do research on materials on their languages, and to use them for language revitalization. The participants create language projects based on those materials that they report on publicly at the end of the week. Each language group is assisted by a faculty or graduate student linguistic mentor.

The aims of the Breath of Life workshop are:

  • to guide participants to the university resources available for their use;
  • to help the participants identify and locate the published and unpublished notes and audio recordings made by linguists and anthropologists on their languages;
  • for participants to learn the fundamentals of linguistic analysis, including how to read phonetic writing; and
  • for participants to learn how to use linguistic resources to create language restoration materials.

For more details about Breath of Life, visit the website of the Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival: www.aicls.org.