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

CoLang 2014: Institute on Collaborative Language Research



Pedagogical Grammars


Location: Trimble Hall 115
Week 1: Monday, June 16-Thursday, June 19
Week 2: Monday, June 23-Thursday, June 26
Period 4: 4:00-5:30 pm

This workshop discusses the development, purpose, composition and use of pedagogical grammars. We focus on pedagogical grammars for minority and endangered languages. Topics include: grammars and the speech community; typology of grammars; writing grammars; how the language determines what to include; including/writing culture into a grammar; consideration of issues of planning, use, function; examining differences between different types of grammars. In addition, we look at these topics from several perspectives: that of a pedagogical grammar writer, that of an endangered language teacher, and that of a language program consultant. Speech communities are increasingly looking for linguists who are aware of and able to contribute to language teaching and learning goals, and who can collaborate with community members in meeting these goals. Language community members want to learn how to use, understand, and teach their language, and a pedagogical grammar is written with those goals in mind. The input of community members is key to developing an accessible and culturally appropriate grammar. The workshop is geared towards linguists and speech community members who are planning to write or are writing a grammar, or reworking a theoretical grammar into a pedagogical grammar.

Files & Links

Pedagogical Grammars Day 1
What is a Reference Grammar


Georgian: A Learner's Grammar
Swahili Learner's Reference Grammar
Thai Grammar
First Course in Osage
Kanza Reader


Catching Language
Grammars and the community
Reference grammars for speakers of minority languages
A typology of good grammars
Writing a Non-technical Grammar of Mangga Buang


Mary Linn - Click here to view her biography.
Laura C. Robinson - Click here to view her biography.