Celebrating 50 years: 1959 – 2009
One of the key objectives of CAL’s anniversary year was to assemble and disseminate resources that will benefit both research and practice and inform public understanding and greater acceptance of diversity of language and culture.
These initiatives included:
Resource archive: CAL is continuing to expand the online Resource archive. As part of that effort, CAL is beginning to produce PDF versions of out-of- print publications and other resources to be downloaded free from our Web site. This collection of foundational resources will not only provide a lasting record of the work that has been produced but will, more importantly, give access to a wealth of resources that would otherwise be difficult to find. In addition, the collection provides the foundation for an ongoing program of online versions of publications to update a comprehensive library of CAL works.
Linguistic Reporter Collection now available
As part of our resource archive project, CAL has created a public electronic archive of the Linguistic Reporter, our print newsletter published from 1959 to 1982 that reported on news, events, and research at CAL and nationwide in the field of applied linguistics. This archive is a valuable resource for visitors interested in learning about CAL's history and work in accomplishing our mission. Browse the Linguistic Reporter Collection.
A second focus of the resource archive project is the creation of Web pages which provide background, information, and access to resources from selected projects. As part of our preliminary work in this arena, CAL has created two new online archives to present information and resources from the CREDE and ERIC projects. Click on the links in the Spotlight to the right to learn more.
CAL American Dialect Recordings Now Available Online
As part of the Library of Congress American Memory series, the CAL Collection of American English Dialect Recordings has been digitized and is now accessible online. This collection of interviews and other speech recordings, primarily from dialect research and oral history projects, provides a centralized source of North American dialect samples, preserving valuable linguistic resources that might otherwise be lost. The collection was donated by CAL to the Library of Congress in 1986 and has been accessible only by personal visit to the Library since then. Browse the collection.
Contributions received during our anniversary year were used to support the types of projects listed above. CAL is continuing to accept donations to expand the information CAL makes available online and support activities related to our mission. Learn more.
Browse our Web site
From its inception, CAL has ensured that its resources are reliable, relevant, and readily available. The growth of the Internet has allowed us to disseminate these resources even more widely. CAL’s Web site has become a trusted source of information internationally, providing a link into what CAL is learning and doing on issues related to language and culture. Visit the CAL Web site.