MIT Indigenous Language Initiative


Language Loss

History of Projects in Department

Recent Dissertations

Proposed Requirements

Advisory Board

Endangered Language Resource Center


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77 Massachusetts Ave., 32-D808
Cambridge, MA  02139

Norvin Richards
Professor of Linguistics


The Department of Linguistics and Philosophy is in the process of creating a Master’s program in linguistics for speakers of threatened languages. Graduates of the program will be able to use their linguistic knowledge to help their communities keep their languages alive. In addition, the MIT Indigenous Language Initiative will offer expanded opportunities for MIT students and faculty to become involved in indigenous and endangered languages through work with native speaker linguists in the SM program and also with outside groups.

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Lardil Revitalization Project