Building community

We value conversations and engagement with our friends, alumnae / alumni, and colleagues. There are many ways to get involved:

We look forward to meeting you, or renewing an acquaintance!

Contributing to Cal Linguistics

Your contributions can make a big difference. Because our annual guaranteed operating budget is minimal, we depend on gifts and unpredictable sources of income for much of what we do. You can help support us in many ways:

  • In the annual BigGive, we encourage our community to make small donations — or large ones! — to sustain our academic operations, including research by faculty and students, undergraduate education, and programs to rethink the role of language research in the modern world.
  • California Language Archive (CLA) and Survey of California and Other Indian Languages (SCOIL). Your support will secure invaluable cultural heritage material — including paper records and sound recordings — with long-term archiving and digital preservation. The CLA makes language documentation accessible to researchers and indigeneous communities, while SCOIL sponsors a range of programs that effectively repatriate knowledge about the indigenous languages of California (and elsewhere in North, Central, and South America) to their communities.
  • PhonLab. Research in phonetics, phonology, and psychology addresses fundamental questions about human speech, cognition, and language through empirical research from a variety of perspectives. The PhonLab supports physical studies of aerodynamic and articulatory factors in speech production, behavioral and neural imaging studies of speech perception, and linguistic studies of synchronic and diachronic language sound patterns.
  • Script Encoding Initiative. The SEI is devoted to encoding scripts and script elements not yet supported in Unicode (a universal computing standard for text representation). This helps promote native-language education, universal literacy, and cultural preservation, and removes linguistic barriers to participation in the technological advancements of computing. 
  • Undergraduate research. Your gift could help sustain the Linguistic Research Apprentice Practicum, a program that pairs talented undergraduate students with graduate student mentors who guide their work on individual research projects.
To make a donation, please visit give.berkeley.edu. You can dedicate your gift to a specific activity, or give to the Linguistics Annual Fund.