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


O'odham Language

Various projects by Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald have focused on the phonology and morphology of O’odham.  More recently, she has been working on legacy documentation, especially archival material, and on language documentation and revitalization.  Current projects involve finishing an electronic version of Madeleine Mathiot’s 1973 dictionary (A Dictionary of Papago Usage) and compiling a text database from unpublished materials collected in a dialect survey by Drs. Ofelia Zepeda and Jane Hill in the 1980s. She has two papers on O’odham that are to appear in 2012:  one on Prosodic Inconsistency in Tohono O’odham (IJAL 2012) and the other on verbal arts and contemporary storytelling (in an edited collection in 2012, with P. Miguel).

Student work and faculty-student collaborations on O'odham include:

Fitzgerald, Colleen, and Phillip Miguel. "A Practical Guide to Using Mathiot's O'odham Dictionary," Culture Teacher Gathering 2012. Tohono O'odham Nation, Tucson, Arizona. [click to download slides as PDF]

Fitzgerald, Colleen, and Lori Pierce. 2011. Tohono O'odham Prosodic Phrasing: A view from Narrative. Oklahoma Workshop on Native American Linguistics (OWNAL). Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, OK. 16 April 2011.

Kilpatrick, Cynthia, Colleen Fitzgerald, and Namrata Dubey. 2010. The Contrast System in Tohono O'odham Stops. 12th Conference on Laboratory Phonology, University of New Mexico. 8-10 July 2010.

Kilpatrick, Cynthia, Colleen Fitzgerald, Namrata Dubey, Nathan Eversole and Stephen George. 2010. Legacy materials and the phonetic investigation of Tohono O’odham stops. OWNAL. Tahlequah, Oklahoma, 18 April 2010.

Choi, Yujeong. 2009. Evidentials in Tohono O'odham: A prelimary study. 1st DFW Metroplex Linguistics Conference. Arlington, TX, 7 November 2009.