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


Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop

Registration is now open for the Breath of Life, Silent No More Workshop (2012) at the Breath of Life website.

UT Arlington researchers will play a significant role in conducting a Breath of Life (BOL) workshop on the University of Oklahoma campus in May 2012. BOL workshops, first started in 1996 in California, are designed to help members of Native American tribes whose traditional languages have no fluent mother-tongues speakers left to revive their languages. The 2010 Oklahoma BOL workshop had participants from the Natchez, Osage, and Otoe-Missouria tribes, and included topics such as language use in the home and community, learning grammar, and extracting language materials from archives.

The 2012 workshop in Oklahoma is being sponsored by an NSF grant received by Dr. Mary Linn (U Oklahoma) and Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald (UT Arlington). It is expected that from three to ten heritage language communities will be represented at the workshop. Dr. Fitzgerald and a team of UT Arlington graduate students in linguistics will lead the databasing portion of the workshop, which will instruct tribal members on inputting their language data into linguistic software packages that facilitate the creation and use of lexicons and textual corpora. Database shells for several heritage language communities of Oklahoma are currently being created at UT Arlington in preparation for the workshop. As the workshop approaches, there will be opportunities for additional students to participate in and support activities of this workshop.