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Navajo in the Sea of English
Navajo Language Academy- Irene Silentman
This event is sponsored by the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies and the Native American Student Association, UT Arlington
Wednesday, June 18, 1-2pm
Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center
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Instructor Biography:Irene Silentman (Diné) is Executive Director of the Navajo Language Academy, a non-profit educational organization devoted to the scientific study and promotion of the Navajo language. Silentman was born in Newcomb, New Mexico into Hooghanlání (Many Hogans Clan) born for Tl'ááshchí'í (Red Bottom Clan). Her work with the NLA, a joint effort by professional language teachers and linguists, has led to Navajo linguistics workshops every summer since 1997. A Diné language educator and scholar, Silentman has published in journals such as the Bilingual Research Journal and the Journal of Navajo Education, and is the co-author of Situational Navajo and other publications on Navajo education, including on immersion approaches. She has an M. A. in Linguistics from the University of Arizona. In 2011, New Mexico Gov. Susanna Martinez named her one of the state’s “20 Outstanding New Mexico Women.” In press coverage of this accomplishment, the Navajo Times notes that “[h]er parents, James and the late Nettie J. Silentman, were traditional people who only knew "survival" English but nonetheless encouraged their daughter to get a "white man's" education.” Silentman’s scholarly work and scientific contributions to our understanding of Navajo, a very complex Native American language, combine her traditional upbringing in her language and culture with linguistic expertise.