Leanne Hinton of the University of California to present a public lecture on rebuilding languages. Wednesday 7 March 2012

Leanne Hinton, Professor emerita, University of California at Berkeley and Consulting member of the board of Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival, will be presenting a public lecture at the University of Melbourne on Wednesday 7 March. The talk will be co-hosted by the Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity and The University of Melbourne School of Languages and Linguistics.

This paper will focus on two models that have been developed in California for revitalization of moribund languages – the Master-Apprentice Language Learning

Program, and the Breath of Life Workshops for languages without speakers. Both these programs were developed by a Native-run organization, the Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival. In the Master-Apprentice Program, the elderly speakers team up with younger learners, and the teams are taught how to transmit the language from elder to younger through immersion while living their daily lives together. For Breath of Life workshops, Native participants explore the massive language archives at the University of California and learn the fundamentals of linguistics with the goal of utilizing the materials they find their for purposes of language teaching, learning and revitalization. Both these programs have spread both nationally and internationally and found to be highly effective in communities that put them to use.

Leanne is the founder of the Master-Apprentice Language Learning Program, and will talk about ways that the method has been used in North America to rebuild American Indian and Canadian First Nations speaker communities. Leanne will be in Australia to facilitate two intensive Master-Apprentice workshops which will train 36 Aboriginal and TSI people from 27 language groups to become trainers in the MALLP method. This talk will precede those workshops, and Leanne will expand on potential applications for the method in Australia.

Wednesday 7 March
North Lecture Theatre
Old Arts (Building 149)

This is a free public lecture.

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