We are getting ready for our 2014 Breath of Life Workshop! Look at our photo gallery from 2012 and find out more about the workshops that you could be involved in this year.

Breath of Life 2014

The 2014 Breath of Life will take place Sunday,  May 18 through Friday, May 23, 2014 at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in Norman, Oklahoma.  Check back soon for more updates and registration info.

Oklahoma Breath of Life, Silent No More Workshop

May 18 – 23, 2014

Breath of Life Philosophy

The Oklahoma Breath of Life, Silent No More Workshop is a week long (Sunday through Friday), intensive workshop in linguistics and language renewal. The workshop is especially designed for indigenous people from communities who no longer have any fluent, first language speakers. With motivation from community members, archival documentation, and training in how to use this documentation, these languages can have a new breath of life and can be spoken again.

OKBOL Workshop trains participants how to:

  • find archived language materials
  • read phonetic writing
  • understand how their language works
  • start a database to manage and access their language information
  • begin the process of language and cultural revitalization
  • create fun and interactive teaching materials from old sources


OKBOL 2012 and 2014 are sponsored by a grant from the National Science Foundation, Documenting Endangered Languages. The grant, entitled Collaborative Research: Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop and Documentation Project, was awarded to Mary Linn (Award Abstract #1065510) and Colleen Fitzgerald (Award Abstract #1065068).

Colleen Fitzgerald is Professor of Linguistics at The Department of Linguistics at the University of Texas, Arlington, where she has an active research program in phonology and language revitalization in the Southwest and Oklahoma.

Mary Linn is Associate Curator of Native American Languages at the Sam Noble Museum where she works with Native communities and researchers to care for indigenous language collections and make them accessible. She is also Associate Professor of Linguistic Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma. Her research focuses on language description and revitalization in Oklahoma.

Calendar of Training Events

Getting Here

From Oklahoma City: Follow I-35 South, exit Highway 9 East (exit 108A) to Chautauqua Avenue, turn left and go approximately 1.8 miles North to the museum entrance.

From Dallas: Follow I-35 North, exit Highway 9 East (exit 108A) to Chautauqua Avenue, turn left and go approximately 1.8 miles North to the museum entrance.

Click here for maps and more directions to the museum.


Registration is open for 2014! 

Click here to register for the Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop online.  Or, you can download the registration form, print it off, and mail it back to us.