Group in American Indian Languages

The Group in American Indian Languages (GAIL) is an occasionally meeting series that brings together individuals interested in indigenous languages of the Americas for a potluck dinner and presentation. If you would like to receive periodic emails updating you about our activities, join the Friends of the Survey email list.

Current and upcoming events

Amy Rose Deal presenting on Nez Perce, November 2015
Amy Rose Deal presenting on Nez Perce, November 2015 (photo courtesy of Zachary O'Hagan)


No upcoming events at this time



Past events

November 8, 2017
Group in American Indian Languages


Phil Cash Cash

    September 20, 2017
    Group in American Indian Languages

    Dinner, introductions, and discussion of people's summer fieldwork and activities

      April 12, 2017
      Group in American Indian Languages

      TBA
      Brook Lillehaugen

        February 22, 2017
        Group in American Indian Languages

        Caquinte Information Structure
        Zachary O'Hagan

        The handout from this talk is available here.

          November 16, 2016
          Group in American Indian Languages

          Zapotec language documentation and revitalization in Teotitlán del Valle
          Julia Nee

          The purpose of this talk is to overview a number of language documentation and revitalization activities that have taken place in Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico over the past year. I will discuss the process through which the community’s language committee developed a new orthography for the language, as well as made steps towards the creation of street signs in Zapotec, two activities that have had great practical and symbolic consequences on how speakers view their language. I will consider barriers to progress in the creation of new revitalization materials, as well as a number of ways that these barriers can and have been avoided. I will address ways that I have integrated revitalization work into my overall language documentation project, as well as propose steps for the future.