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: Breath of Life Workshop

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

The Breath of Life Workshop for California Indian Languages is a biennial workshop held at the University of California, Berkeley. It is designed 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. Read more about this workshop.