College of Arts and Sciences

Three Rivers Language Center

The Three Rivers Language Center has been established to preserve and revive endangered languages in the lower Great Lakes area and elsewhere. It will do this through documentation and education. The languages involved are primarily Native American languages of the Great Lakes region. In addition, the Center is available to provide services for immigrant communities of Allen County, Indiana.

The Center is organized around three aims: Preservation, documentation, and education.

Preservation and Revival. We believe that the language community itself and members of that language community should be in control of any revival efforts. The Center is available to such communities to provide whatever services that community feels it needs to achieve its end. The specific activities would depend on the needs and desires of the community but could include such things as consultation, workshops, development classroom instructional materials, language camps, audiovisual material, or web-based instruction.

Documentation. Toward the goal of documentation, we are establishing a local archive to be used by researchers, students, Native American communities, educators, and the general public. We propose to collect as much of the published and unpublished material as possible and to add additional material through work with native speakers of these languages.

Education. Our educational efforts will be directed toward the IPFW community, toward Native American communities, and toward the broader community. Our activities may include such things as lectures and displays about local languages and providing accurate information for school curricula and other educational programs.

For more information, see the center's website.

Three Rivers Language Institute
Department of Anthropology
Indiana University - Purdue UniversityFort Wayne
2101 E. Coliseum Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Director: Chad Thompson
Office: Kettler Hall, Room G11
Phone: (260) 481-6272
Fax: (260) 481-6880
E-Mail: thompsoc@ipfw.edu