STEMMING THE TIDE OF LANGUAGE LOSS
The Language Conservancy serves language communities not only in the mainland United States, but also in Alaska, Canada, and as far away as Australia. The scope of the endangered language crisis spans the globe—as do our efforts at reversing the decline through revitalization.
We’ve refined an exciting new method for recovering languages faster than ever before, Rapid Word Collection. Instead of traveling to and visiting with elder speakers one at a time, we gather together all the remaining speakers of a language for an intensive retreat that builds community. Category by category, we collaborate to record the words of their language. Using the power of association that drives human memory, speakers work with linguists to come up with every related word in a specific field.
The Language Conservancy continues to expand our catalog of curricular materials for indigenous languages. We offer over 300 print and digital products that help Native Americans and First Nations peoples speak their indigenous languages every day. Our programs support over 30 language communities of more than 650,000 indigenous people. TLC, our partners, and the countless individuals who support our efforts empower the language revitalization movement. Together we continue to pave the way for an even brighter future for indigenous languages.