What we do

On 4 October, 2009, the European Network of Amerindian Linguistics (ENAL) was founded in Bremen/Germany. On occasion of the Amerindian Day which was one of the major events on the programme of the Festival of Languages [http://www.festival.uni-bremen.de], over 40 linguists from Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America met in order to lay the foundation stone of ENAL. ENAL is meant to be the nucleus of a network of like-minded associations of European scholars and colleagues from overseas who specialise in the study of the indigenous languages of the Americas and feel the need of an institutionalised forum to exchange ideas, co-ordinate projects and rely upon when it comes to applying jointly for funding, etc.

The possibilities of a new journal devoted to Amerindian Linguistics will be looked into.

The proceedings of the foundation colloquium of ENAL will be published as an edited volume.

Before the meeting, 65 linguists – including Argentina,Brazil, Canada and Spain – declared that they would join ENAL as soon as it is in working conditions. ENAL invites all those who are interested in Amerindian linguistics and languages to become members of the network.