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



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AILDI 2013 LING 497B/597B: Workshop in Linguistics
"Creating Linguistic Products for Native American Languages"

Instructor: Colleen Fitzgerald
Schedule: Mondays-Fridays, 1:00-4:30 p.m
Dates: June 3-28, 2013
Instructor Web Page:

Additional resources, courtesy of UT Arlington's Native American Languages Lab, including a number of Dell laptops which can be checked out during the AILDI course, per arrangement with me:

Full Syllabus in PDF

Other Tools. Resources for Stimuli and Elicitation Tools for Your Language (pictures and video kits)

Course Description. Talking dictionaries, teaching grammars, bilingual stories with audio in your language, 501 Verbs of your languages: these are some of the ways you can deploy linguistically-driven projects into your language program. As part of the course, all participants will identify the linguistic and related cultural resources for their languages, as well as learn some of the software and stimuli tools out there to assist you in developing such projects. In particular, we will spend time learning a free dictionary-making software (FLEx – Fieldworks Language Explorer) that a number of tribes have used to create online dictionaries with audio and pictures or to create text collections of their stories in bilingual format. We will also look at some of the ways these projects can be creatively deployed, such as in a 'word of the day' format, social media, learning or teaching grammars. Additionally, we will consider how tools for documenting your language can be done in a way to promote revitalization, for example, as a way to collect language patterns from an elder or as a prop to organize a Master-Apprentice session. Each participant will try out each of these different product possibilities for their own language as in-class assignments, as well as choose one to create a product of their choice for their language by the end of the class. Participants will complete a microteaching lesson, ideally centered around the same topic. Ultimately, the goal of this course is for you to find a way to draw from linguistics in a way that is useful for your language and its revitalization.

Microteaching at AILDI


⚫Hinton, Leanne and William F. Weigel. 2002. A Dictionary for Whom? In Making Dictionaries: Preserving Indigenous Languages of the Americas. Ed. by William Frawley, Kenneth C. Hill, and Pamela Munro. University of California Press. Berkeley, CA. Pp. 155 – 170.
⚫Mithun, Marianne, 2005. Grammars and the community. Studies in Language 30:2, 281-306.
⚫Munro, Pamela. 2005.
⚫From parts of speech to the grammar.
Studies in Language 30:2, 307–349.
⚫Handbook for FLEx Handouts from UT Arlington

⚫Fieldworks Language Explorer – latest stable release is 7.2.7; download the "SE Full" version (FW727_SE_A.exe): direct link:

Helpful Online Resources:
⚫Munro, Pam. 2006. The Joy of grammar: Intro to grammatical analysis. Presented at the Breath of Life workshop, Berkeley CA.
⚫Story-builder: Picture cards for language learning
⚫CARLA Center for Advanced Researched in Language Acquisition, University of Minnesota.

Assessing Language Resources:
These surveys were developed by and appear courtesy of Dr. Shannon Bischoff; see his website on Language Archiving for a fuller set of resources.
Language Presence Survey
Questions for Preliminary Language Resource Assessment (with sample data)

More resources as available.