Out of a nationwide pool of applicants, Joey Haavik ’17 and Benjamin Allen ’17 recently became two of twelve students accepted into a competitive five-week Linguistics Field School that focuses on the preservation of endangered languages. The summer program will send Haavik to the Federated States of Micronesia and Allen to Oaxaca, Mexico.
Both students will receive intensive training in linguistic field methods, digital recording, data analysis, field ethics, and allied disciplines such as ethnography and ethnobotany. The students will also participate in local community language revitalization projects, where they will work closely with language activists and scholars. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program.