The Symposium for American Indian Languages/American Indian Language Development Institute conference. The theme for SAIL this year is “Language is Life” as we celebrate several important milestones including the UNESCO’s designation of 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages, 40 years of language education provided by AILDI and 20 years of the Native American Language and Linguistics Master of Art’s program (NAMA) at the University of Arizona. The conference will feature panels, plenary sessions and hands-on workshops. A poster session will include topics related to language revitalization, maintenance strategies, pedagogy, linguistic analysis and best practices related to language documentation and conservation.
SAIL and AILDI share a commitment to bring together Indigenous communities, scholars, Native speakers, language educators and language activists to exchange experiences, research, practice and resources. The conference welcomes the active participation of all that are interested in the revitalization and preservation of Indigenous languages and cultures.