Native Languages of the Southwest at UT Arlington
From CoLang 2014

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


Indigenous Languages Documentation and Revitalization Seminar

This seminar held as part of the 42nd Annual Symposium on the American Indian held at Northeastern State University, April 7-12, 2014.

Talking Dictionaries for Indigenous Languages

What goes in a dictionary? How can community members come up with new words in your language? How can dictionaries be used to help learners and set up language lessons for teaching? The workshop will focus on learning a free dictionary-making software (FLEx- Fieldworks Language Explorer). A number of tribes have used FLEx to create online dictionaries with audio and pictures or to create bilingual stories. Local languages will be used in the training materials for the workshop. We will also be bringing UT Arlington's Native American Languages Lab mobile laptops, for participants to work with the software and create dictionaries and teaching materials onsite.

If using any of the PDFs provided here, please make sure to cite the author and title, with the following information:
Author Name. 2014. "Presentation title." Presentation at the Seminar on Indigenous Language Documentation and Revitalization. Northeastern State University. Tahlequah, OK. April 10-11, 2014.

Workshop schedule (printable file)

All sessions in the Morgan Room, located in NSU's University Center on the Third Floor Thursday, April 10, evening session, 6 pm – 7:30 pm

Colleen M. Fitzgerald, The University of Texas at Arlington: "Revitalization and more for Oklahoma Languages"
Roy Boney, Jr., Cherokee Nation: "Developing Cherokee Vocabulary for Technology"
Joshua D. Hinson, Chickasaw Nation: "Anompa Himitta' Chickasaw Neologisms"

Friday, April 11, Morning session 8 am – 12 pm; and Afternoon session 1 pm - 4 pm

Morning session: Introductions and a sample of Dictionary projects from Session Presenters
"Teaching Choctaw as a Second Language: What goes into a Student’s Dictionary?" Jack Martin, College of William and Mary
"Exploring Meaning for Cherokee Words": Durbin Feeling, Cherokee Nation
Discussion on Dictionary and Lexicon Apps and Online Tools: Joshua Hinson, Chickasaw Language Revitalization Program; Brad Montgomery-Anderson, Northeastern State University and others
Dictionary software training: Colleen Fitzgerald, University of Texas at Arlington, with the teaching team
Afternoon session

Finish software training
Learn to edit your Sound Files
Develop a student dictionary or themed lesson to create a take-home product for your language teaching
Sharing of final products
Resources handout packet