The California Language Archive gets a new website

May 26, 2022

The California Language Archive’s (CLA) new website was unveiled this week!. Professor Andrew Garrett (Director) praised the hard work of Ronald Sprouse (IT Specialist), Zachary O'Hagan (Manager), and Anna Björklund (graduate student assistant), who were tasked with the project.

“The CLA website is oriented around people and their stories,” said Garrett. The launch comes just in time for the Breath of Life Archival Institute that UC Berkeley hosted in May 2022 in collaboration with the Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival.” Twenty-five of California's Indigenous languages will be represented by individuals and groups of teachers, activists, and learners using CLA and Bancroft Library materials to reclaim their languages, aided by linguists from the linguistics department and elsewhere in California and the US. The website features a new blog, project spotlights, and collection spotlights.

The California Language Archive is a physical and digital archive for materials related to the Indigenous languages of the Americas, housed in the Survey of California and Other Indian Languages in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley. The “Survey” also supports the documentation, maintenance, reclamation, and revitalization of these languages. You can learn more about their mission, and consider giving, here.