Native Languages of the Southwest at UT Arlington
From the 2012 Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop; the Alabama group, with UT Arlington Linguistics &Student Lori McLain Pierce

Department of Linguistics & TESOL | The University of Texas at Arlington


Click here for the schedule of upcoming workshops and other events.

UT Arlington's Native American Association Celebrates its 20th Anniversary Powwow on February 28th, and we celebrate with an Indigenous Language Contest! Click here for details.

We are also part of a global social media campaign to celebrate International Mother Language Day, which falls on February 21, by tweeting in your mother tongue. Learn how to join in here.

2015 Workshops! Find out more about our currently scheduled workshops, at the Chickasaw Community Center - Chickasaw Language Focus (Friday February 7, 10 am - 2 pm in Ada, OK; free) and at Northeastern State University's Symposium on the American Indian, Indigenous Language Documentation & Revitalization Seminar (free and open to all April 16-17 in Tahlequah, OK).

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 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.


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