Department of Linguistics & TESOL | The University of Texas at Arlington
Native American Languages of the Southwest
The Native American Languages Lab, under the direction of Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald, focuses on indigenous languages currently located in the Southwest United States, with an eye to serving communities and their language needs. Support for Native language programs includes onsite technology or linguistic training, database construction and development, and support for grant development. Current funding for the NALL comes from 3 active NSF grants totalling $284,571, as well as from UT Arlington's Sustainability Committee, with Dr. Fitzgerald as PI. They include:
- The 2014 Institute on Collaborative Language Research (CoLang/InField; NSF grant#1263939)
- Documentation and Analysis of the Chickasaw Verb (NSF grant #1263699.) in collaboration with Mr. Joshua Hinson of the Chickasaw Language Revitalization Program
- The Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop (NSF grant#1065068) in collaboration with Dr. Mary Linn of the University of Oklahoma
The Native American Languages Lab plays a role in supporting training and related teaching and service activity, and involving students in community-based language research projects.
Dr. Fitzgerald has worked with Native American language communities in the American Southwest since 1993, with ongoing research projects in Arizona and Oklahoma. This includes work with the Tohono O'odham and the Chickasaw, among others, as well as serving as co-director of the 2012 Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop (NSF BCS grant # 1065068). Service-learning plays a large role in project development, which helps to meet community language needs and to give students valuable experiences putting their theoretical and technical skills to practice in a meaningful way.
Communities interested in assistance or prospective students should email Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald.