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I am currently Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics & TESOL at the University of Texas at Arlington, where I recently completed a term as Department Head. In 2014, I will serve as Director of the 2014 Institute on Collaborative Language Research (CoLang/InField), supported by the National Science Foundation (BCS grant#1263939). among others. Since 2011, I am also Co-Director of the Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop, also supported by the NSF (BCS#1065068). My research focuses on documenting and revitalizing Native American languages and studying their phonology, especially Tohono O'odham, Chickasaw, Choctaw and others in the Southwest. Collaborative work on with the Chickasaw Language Revitalization Program has been recently awarded nearly $100,000, with half of that the UT Arlington portion (NSF BCS grant #1263699). Overall, I have garnered external funding for these and other research activities in the amount of $340,311. I also teach language documentation and revitalization at summer institutes and short workshops, including AILDI (2013), InField/CoLang (2012, 2014) and ONLA (since 2009). For more on my work and collaborations with Native American communities, click here.

University of Arizona
PhD
Linguistics
University of Arizona
MA
Linguistics
Loyola University New Orleans
BA
August 2012
Ongoing
Professor
Linguistics & TESOL, College of Liberal Arts, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Office of the President, The University of Texas at Arlington
June 2013
June 2013
Instructor, American Indian Language Development Institute, University of Arizona. Instructor for 'Creating Linguistic Products for Native American Languages'
University of Arizona, American Indian Language Development Institute
June 2012
June 2012
Co-instructor for 'Orthographies' and 'Language Activism'
CoLang (Institute on Collaborative Language Research, formerly InField). University of Kansas.
September 2011
June 2012
Professor & Chair
Linguistics & TESOL, College of Liberal Arts, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Office of the President, The University of Texas at Arlington
May 2012
May 2012
Instructor for 'Phonetics' (Level 1).
Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop, University of Oklahoma
August 2008
August 2011
Associate Professor and Chair
Linguistics & TESOL, College of Liberal Arts, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Office of the President, The University of Texas at Arlington
June 2010
June 2010
Co-instructor for 'Accessing archival materials for community-based language documentation and revitalization'
InField Institute on Field Linguistics and Language Documentation, University of Oregon
May 2010
May 2010
Instructor for 'Phonetics'
Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop, University of Oklahoma
August 2004
July 2008
Associate Professor and Director of Linguistics
Department of English, Texas Tech University
August 2001
May 2004
Assistant Professor and Director of Linguistics
Department of English, Texas Tech University
August 1998
May 2002
Assist Professor
Linguistics, College of Arts and Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo
August 1997
May 1998
Lecturer
Linguistics and English, San José State University
August 1996
May 1997
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Linguistics, University of Pittsburgh
May 2013
Ongoing
Professional
American Indian Language Development Institute
May 2013
Ongoing
Professional
'Orthographies' and 'Language Activism' Summer 2012, University of Kansas.
May 2013
Ongoing
Professional
Native American Languages Lab
January 2013
Ongoing
Professional
CoLang (Institute on Collaborative Language Research, formerly InField), Onsite at UT Arlington
January 2012
January 2012
Professional
"Activism." CoLang (formerly InField). University of Kansas
January 2005
January 2005
Professional
"Accessing Archives." InField: Institute for Field Training and Language Documentation. University of Oregon
November 2012

An article in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education talks about the 2012 Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop.

Claiming one’s ancestral tongue has its merits, Dr. Fitzgerald said, “There are studies that show there is significant, [positive] educational impact for underrepresented groups when their educational experience includes a component of their heritage language,” she said. “One of our goals — in a social justice context — is to … allow Native American children to express their traditions, their heritage in the same setting where there are other students.”

July 2012

An article in Lawrence Journal-World talks about the 2012 Institute on Collaborative Language Research (CoLang 2012) and the institute upcoming in the summer of 2014, CoLang 2014, to be hosted by UT Arlington under Fitzgerald's direction.

July 2012

National Native News carried a radio story by Susan Shannon (KGOU) about the 2012 OKBOL Breath of Life Workshop, a project co-directed by Fitzgerald. It aired June 7 and features one of the UT Arlington students, who mentored the Natchez attendees, in this clip.

May 2012

Reports on the 2012 Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop, research and outreach activity with Oklahoma Native American tribes for which Fitzgerald is Co-Director.

December 2011

The 2011 President's Report brought attention to Fitzgerald and her use of service-learning in the classroom.

November 2011

UT Arlington Magazine featured my research on Native American langauges in the feature on 'Focus on the Faculty' feature.

July 2011
In episode a 20 July 2011 episode of Think, Krys Boyd interviewed Colleen Fitzgerald and Mary Linn (University of Oklahoma) about the Oklahoma Breath of Life Project, Native American languages, and language endangerment.
July 2011

Indian Country Today ran an article, "Native American Language Program Gets Funded for Another Year," about Breath of Life language revitalization efforts funded by the NSF Grant that Colleen Fitzgerald is co-PI on.

July 2011

On July 20, 2011, Krys Boyd interviewed Dr. Mary Linn and me on the state of Native American languages and our work with communities.  The podcast can be listened to at this link.

June 2011

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram ran an article by Diane Smith, "UTA helps Native Americans learn to save own languages," discussing the Breath of Life workshops for Oklahoma Native American languages that Colleen Fitzgerald is helping spearhead.

"We are growing field linguists," said Colleen Fitzgerald, associate professor and chairwoman of UT Arlington's Linguistics Department. "We are transferring knowledge to community members so they can teach their own languages."

The article was picked up by the AP and received nation-wide distribution.

June 2011

Darla Slipke's "American Indian language program receives $90K grant" (10 June 2011) discusses the impact that the Oklahoma Breath of Life project is having among speakers of Native American languages.

October 1999

This article was picked up by UPI and Associated Press and approximately 50 newspapers across the country ran it, as far west as Seattle, WA, as far east as Greenwich, Connecticut, as well as numerous other states and multiple news venues across the state of Texas.

The Oklahoman ran a story on the Breath of Life Workshops.
UT Arlington ran a press release on the NSF funded 2012 Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop.
Houston radio station program, 'People of Earth,' did an interview with me on the Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop and the state of Native American languages. The program focuses on Native American issues; the link leads to the archived podcast, with the interview starting about 20 minutes in.
One of many sites that picked up the National Science Foundation press release on the 2011 Documenting Endnagered Languages Grants, which included our joint project, "Collaborative Research: Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop and Documentation Project" with Dr. Mary Linn of U of Oklahoma.
"NEH and NSF award $3.9 million to preserve languages threatened with extinction" - includes coverage of our 2012 Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop grant, funded under the Documenting Endangered Languages Initiative.
Linguists and tribe members work to restore native languages: The NSF-funded 2012 Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop.
NATIVE AMERICAN LANGUAGES, INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES, LANGUAGE REVITALIZATION AND DOCUMENTATION, FIELD LINGUISTICS, PHONOLOGY, SERVICE-LEARNING

I am currently Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics & TESOL at the University of Texas at Arlington, where I recently completed a term as Department Head. In 2014, I will serve as Director of the 2014 Institute on Collaborative Language Research (CoLang/InField), supported by the National Science Foundation (BCS grant#1263939). among others. Since 2011, I am also Co-Director of the Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop, also supported by the NSF (BCS#1065068). My research focuses on documenting and revitalizing Native American languages and studying their phonology, especially Tohono O'odham, Chickasaw, Choctaw and others in the Southwest. Overall, I have garnered external funding for these and other research activities in the amount of $282,312. I also teach language documentation and revitalization at summer institutes and short workshops, including AILDI (2013), InField/CoLang (2012, 2014) and ONLA (since 2009). For more on my work and collaborations with Native American communities, click here.

2013
Revisiting Tohono O'odham High Vowels.  The Persistence of Language: Constructing the Past and Confronting the Present in the Voices of Jane H. Hill. John Benjamins Press. Shannon Bischoff, Debbie Cole, Amy Fountain, and Mizuki Miyashita, editors. Pp. 128-151.
Book Chapter
Published
2013
"'Ilittibaatoksali' 'We are working together': Perspectives on Our Chickasaw Tribal-Academic Collaboration," in Norris, Mary Jane, Erik Anonby, Marie-Odile Junker, Nicholas Ostler & Donna Patrick (eds.), FEL XVII (Ottawa, 2013) Endangered Languages Beyond Boundaries: Community Connections, Collaborative Approaches, and Cross-Disciplinary Research, 53-60. Bath, England: The Foundation for Endangered Languages. With Joshua D. Hinson.
Conference Proceeding
Published
2013
"Training Communities, Training Graduate Students: The 2012 Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop," Language Documentation & Conservation.  7, 252-73. With Mary S. Linn. 
Journal Article
Published
2012
Fitzgerald, Colleen M., Phillip Miguel and Stella Tucker. 2012. Contemporary Storytelling in Tohono O'odham. In David Kozak (ed.), Inside Dazzling Mountains: Contemporary Translations of Southwest Native Verbal Arts. Pp. 391-406. Lincoln, NE.: University of Nebraska Press.  http://www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/product/Inside-Dazzling-Mountains,674981.aspx  
Book Chapter
Published
2012
Fitzgerald, Colleen M. 2012. Prosodic Inconsistency in Tohono O'odham. International Journal of American Linguistics 78:4, 435-463.
Journal Article
Published
2010
Fitzgerald, Colleen M. 2010. Language Documentation in the Tohono O'odham Community. In Louanna Furbee and Lenore Grenoble (ed.), Language Documentation: Theory, Practice and Values, 231-240. Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
Book Chapter
Published
2010
Fitzgerald, Colleen M. 2010. Developing a Service-Learning Curriculum for Linguistics. Language and Linguistics Compass. 4:4, 204–218.
Journal Article
Published
2009
Fitzgerald, Colleen M. 2009. Language and Community: Using Service-Learning to Reconfigure the Multicultural Classroom. Language & Education 23(3). 217-231.
Journal Article
Published
2007
Fitzgerald, Colleen M. 2007. Indigenous Languages and Spanish in the U.S.: How Can/Do Linguists Serve Communities?. Southwest Journal of Linguistics 26(1). 1-14.
Journal Article
Published
2007
Fitzgerald, Colleen M. 2007. An Optimality Treatment of Syntactic Inversions in English Verse. Language Sciences 29(2-3). 203-217.
Journal Article
Published
2007
Fitzgerald, Colleen M. 2007. Developing Language Partnerships with the Tohono Oodham Nation. Working Together for Endangered Languages: Research Challenges and Social Impacts. FEL Proceedings XI ed. by Maya Khemlani David, Nicholas Ostler, and Caesar Dealwis, 39-46. Bath, England: The Foundation for Endangered Languages.
Conference Proceeding
Published
2006
Fitzgerald, Colleen M. 2006. Iambic Meter in Somali. In Elan Dresher and Nila Friedberg (ed.), Formal Approaches to Poetry, 193-207. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
Book Chapter
Published
2006
Fitzgerald, Colleen M. 2006. More on Phonological Variation in Tigrinya. The XVth International Conference on Ethiopian Studies ed. by Siegbert Uhlig, 763-8. Wiesbaden, Germany: Harrassowitz Verlag.
Conference Proceeding
Published
2003
Fitzgerald, Colleen M. 2003. Word Order and Discourse Genre in Tohono O'odham. In A. Carnie, H. Harley, and M. Willie (ed.), Formal Approaches to Function in Grammar: In Honor of Eloise Jelinek, 179-189. Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
Book Chapter
Published
2003
Fitzgerald, Colleen M. 2003. How Prosodically Consistent is Tohono O'odham? Studies in Uto-Aztecan: Working Papers in Endangered and Less Familiar Languages. Studies in Uto-Aztecan: Working Papers in Endangered and Less Familiar Languages ed. by L. Barragan and J. Haugen, 55-74. Cambridge, Ma: MITWPL.
Conference Proceeding
Published
2002
Fitzgerald, Colleen M. 2002. Tohono O'odham Stress in a Single Ranking. Phonology 19(2). 253-271.
Journal Article
Published
2002
Fitzgerald, Colleen M. 2002. Vowel Harmony in Buchan Scots English. English Language and Linguistics 6(1). 61-79.
Journal Article
Published
2001
Fitzgerald, Colleen M. 2001. The morpheme-to-stress principle in Tohono O'odham. Linguistics 39(5). 941-972.
Journal Article
Published
2000
Fitzgerald, Colleen M. 2000. Vowel Hiatus and Faithfulness in Tohono O'odham Reduplication. Linguistic Inquiry 31(4). 713-722.
Journal Article
Published
1999
Fitzgerald, Colleen M. 1999. Loanwords and Stress in Tohono O'odham. Anthropological Linguistics 41(2). 1-33.
Journal Article
Published
1999
Fitzgerald, Colleen M. 1999. A Reanalysis of Bidirectionality in Auca. Proceedings of Western Conference on Linguistics, 106-118.
Conference Proceeding
Published
1998
Fitzgerald, Colleen M. 1998. The Meter of Tohono O'odham Songs. International Journal of American Linguistics 64(1). 1-36.
Journal Article
Published
1998
Fitzgerald, Colleen M. 1998. Destressing in the Clitic Group. Proceedings of the Eastern States Conference on Linguistics '97, 46-57. Ithaca.
Conference Proceeding
Published
1997
Fitzgerald, Colleen M. 1997. Degenerate Feet and Morphology in Tohono O'odham. Proceedings of the Fifteenth Annual West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics ed. by , B. Agbayani and S.-W. Tang, 129-143. Stanford: CSLI.
Conference Proceeding
Published
1995
Fitzgerald, Colleen M. 1995. The Meter of Tohono O'odham Songs. Coyote Papers ed. by C. Fitzgerald and A. Heiberg, eds, 1-27. Tucson, Arizona: University of Arizona.
Conference Proceeding
Published
1994
Fitzgerald, Colleen M. 1994. Prosody drives the Syntax. Proceedings of the Twentieth Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistic Society ed. by S. Gahl, A. Dolbey, and C. Johnson, 173-183. Berkeley: Berkeley Linguistics Society.
Conference Proceeding
Published
January 2014

"Expressing Potential and Ability in Chickasaw." Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages, Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America.  Minneapolis, MN.  With Joshua D. Hinson.

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October 2013
2013. "'Ilittibaatoksali' 'We are working together': Perspectives on Our Chickasaw Tribal-Academic Collaboration." Endangered Languages Beyond Boundaries: Community Connections, Collaborative Approaches, and Cross-Disciplinary Research:
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October 2013

"'Ilittibaatoksali' 'We are working together': Perspectives on Our Chickasaw Tribal-Academic Collaboration."  Foundation for Endangered Languages  XVII Conference, Ottawa, Canada. Carleton University.  With Joshua D. Hinson.

Other
June 2013
2013. 'How to Work With Linguists.'Re-visiting the Status of Indigenous Languages, AILDI National Conference, June 17-18, 2013. University of Arizona. (With A. Flores and S. Penfield.)
Invited
June 2013
2013. 'Creating Linguistic Products.' Re-visiting the Status of Indigenous Languages, AILDI National Conference, June 17-18, 2013. University of Arizona.
Invited
April 2013
2013. "Prosodic Documentation in Native American Languages: Methodologies and Techniques," Oklahoma Workshop on Native American Languages. Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
Uncategorized
February 2013
2013. "Training Communities, Training Graduate Students: The 2012 Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop," 3rd International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation, University of Hawai'i, Honolulu, Hawai'i. (With M. Linn.)
Uncategorized
January 2013
2013. "Giving Life to Languages and Data Via the 2012 Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop," Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages, Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. Boston, MA (With M. Linn.)
Uncategorized
January 2013
2013. "501 Verbs of Chickasaw: Verb 1," Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages, Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. Boston, MA. (With J. Hinson)
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2011 "First Steps for Designing Class Reflections," Panel on Helping Students Reflect on Service-Learning Experiences. (Invited panelist.) Conference on Service-Learning for Sustainability and Social Justice. Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX.
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2012 "A Practical Guide to Using Mathiot's O'odham Dictionary," Culture Teacher Gathering 2012. Tohono O'odham Nation, Tucson Arizona. (With P. Miguel.)
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2002 "Enforcer, Victim, or Ostrich: What role will you play in the online classroom?" Conference on Ethical Issues in the Electronic Classroom: Developing and Using Responsible Use Policies, Binghamton, New York.
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2002 "When native speakers have no intuitions, can syllables exist? (Or: Are there syllables in Tigrinya?)" Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto Phonology Workshop, McGill University,Montreal, Canada.
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2003 "Rhythmic Control in Tohono O'odham," From Representations to Constraints, CNRS and Université de Toulouse-Le Mirail.Toulouse, France.
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2006 "Indigenous Languages and Spanish in the U.S.: How Can/Do Linguists Serve Communities?" Presidential Address, Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest. Laredo, Texas.
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2007 "A Win Win Situation: University collaborations lead to reliable volunteers (with college students as ESL tutors." Texas Association of Adult Literacy Councils, Austin, Texas. With Carol Keeney.
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2009 "Language Activism and Revitalization in the Tohono O'odham Community," Keynote address, UTA Student Conference in Linguistics.Arlington, Texas.
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2010 Prosodic Documentation of Tohono O'odham. Keynote address, Oklahoma Workshop on Native American Languages. Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, OK.
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2011 "Pre-Planning Your Grant," Invited Panel on Grants. UTA Student Conference in Linguistics and TESOL. (Invited panelist.)
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2011 "Revitalizing Native American Languages through Service-Learning," Conference on Service-Learning for Sustainability and Social Justice. Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX. (Invited talk.)
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2012 "Breathing new life into Tohono O'odham documentation: The Mathiot Dictionary Project," Invited panelist, Joint SSILA-LSA session, Beyond Documentation to Revitalization. Panel at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. Portla
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2002 "Covert Quantity Sensitivity in Tohono O'odham," Texas Linguistic Society.
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2002 " Syntactic Inversions in English Meter: Implications for Optimality Theory," 2002 Toulouse Conference on English Phonology, Toulouse, France.
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2002 "Prosodic inconsistency in Tohono O'odham distributive reduplication," Western Conference on Linguistics.
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2002 "Distributive Reduplication in Tohono O'odham," Thirty-first Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest.
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2002 "Metrical Consistency in Two Poetic Genres of Tohono O'odham," Organized Session on Diachronic Poetics, Annual Meeting of the Modern Language Association.
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2003 "Rhythmic Control in Tohono O'odham," Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas.
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2003 "More on Phonological Variation in Tigrinya," 15th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies, Universität Hamburg, Germany.
Uncategorized
2004 "How many reduplications are there in Tohono O'odham?"
Uncategorized
2004 "Language change and Motion Verbs in Tohono O'odham," Thirty-third Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest.
Uncategorized
2005 "Documenting the Documentation: the Case of O'odham," First Annual Conference on Endangered Languages and Cultures of Native America, University of Utah.
Uncategorized
2005 "Language Documentation in the Tohono O'odham Community," Conference on Language Documentation: Theory, Practice, and Values, 2005 LSA Linguistic Institute, MIT/Harvard.
Uncategorized
2006 "The importance of legacy documentation to the Tohono O'odham, " Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas. With Daniel Lopez.
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2006 "Student ESL Internships as a Model for Teaching Multiculturalism," 5th Annual Texas National Association for Multicultural Education Conference. With M. Crabtree, J. Hoover, N. Jahnke, K. Jones, J. Kelly and S. Sellers.
Uncategorized
2007 "Texas Talk: Regional and rural dialects as diversity tools in nondiverse classrooms," Panel presentation on Conflicts over Contemporary Language Issues: Pedagogical Approaches to Defusing the Undergraduate Linguistic Classroom.
Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America.
Uncategorized
2007 "Learning and Unlearning Language Ideology in a Service-Learning Course," American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference. With F. Benavidez, K. Jones and C. Wong.
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2007 "Anglo and Latino Language Attitudes in the Southwest: Evidence from Service-learning," With F. Benavidez, K. Jones and C. Wong. Conference on Hispanics in the Southwest, Texas Tech University.
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2007 "Interdisciplinary Approaches to Teaching Language Revitalization," Third Annual Conference on Endangered Languages and Cultures of Native America, Center for American Indian Languages, University of Utah.
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2007 "Orthography, Phonology, and Dialect Variation in an Endangered Language Community: Issues in Standardization among the Tohono O'odham," Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest, Denver, Colorado.
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2007 "Developing Language Partnerships with the Tohono O'odham Nation," Working Together for Endangered Languages: Research Challenges and Social Impacts, the Eleventh Conference of the Foundation for Endangered Languages. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Uncategorized
2008 "Language and Community: Using a Service-Learning Pedagogy," in the Organized Session on "Strategies for Undergraduate Linguistic Pedagogy. Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting. Chicago,IL.
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2008 "Prosodies in Tohono O'odham Reduplication," Friends of Uto-Aztecan Conference. University of Tucson and UNAM, Tucson, Arizona.
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2009 "Pathways for Accessing Legacy Materials in Tohono O'odham," 1st International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation, University of Hawai'i, Honolulu, Hawai'i.
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2009 "Finding and using legacy/archival materials for community projects," Oklahoma Workshop on Native American Languages. Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, OK.
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2009 "Proliferating Prosodies in Tohono O'odham Reduplication(s)," Seventeenth Manchester Phonology Meeting, University of Manchester, England.
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2010 "Developing Language Empowerment Projects with Diverse Communities," Invited Panel Talk, Cultivating Socially Minded Linguists: Service Learning and Engaged Scholarship in Linguistics and Education.
Panel at the American Dialect Society Conference, Baltimore, MD. Organizers: Anne Charity Hudley and Christine Mallinson.
Uncategorized
2010 "The Contrast System in Tohono O'odham Stops." With Cynthia Kilpatrick. Poster to be presented at the 12th Conference on Laboratory Phonology, University of New Mexico. July 8-10, 2010.
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2010 "Legacy materials and the phonetic investigation of Tohono O'odham stops," Oklahoma Workshop on Native American Languages. Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma. With Cynthia Kilpatrick, Namrata Dubey, Nathan Eversole, and Stephen Georg
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2010 "Service-Learning and Indigenous Languages - Theory and Practice in the Oklahoma Tribal Context," 4th International Indigenous Conference. University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.
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2010 "Tapping the Potential: Service-Learning with Oklahoma Communities in a Language Revitalization Class," 17th Annual Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium. University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.
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2011 "Tohono O'odham Prosodic Phrasing: A view from Narrative," Oklahoma Workshop on Native American Languages. Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma. (With L. McLain Pierce.)
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2011 "Investigating Connected Speech from Tohono O'odham Digitized Legacy Data," Conference on Sustainable data from digital research: Humanities perspectives on digital scholarship. Paradisec Conference hosted by the University of Melbourne, Australia.
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2011 "Service-Learning and Community-based Research with Indigenous Language Communities," Dialogue with Diversity: Linguistic fieldwork in Urban Settings Towards a Research Plan.
Research Centre for Linguistic Typology Workshop, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.
Uncategorized
2012 "Narrative and Prosodic Phrasing in Tohono O'odham," Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages, Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. Portland, OR. (With L. Pierce.)
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2012 "Previewing FLEx Databases for the 2012 Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop," Oklahoma Workshop on Native American Languages. Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
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2012 "Elicitation Techniques for Prosodic Documentation of Native American Languages," 2012 Workshop on American Indigenous Languages. University of California, Santa Barbara.
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2012 'Ilittibatoksali 'We work together': Perspectives on Tribal-Academic Collaborations,' Oklahoma Native Language Association Conference. Tahlequah, OK. October, 30-31, 2012. (With J. Hinson)
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2012 "The 2012 Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop: Projects and Progress," Oklahoma Native Language Association Conference. Tahlequah, OK. October, 30-31, 2012. (With M. Linn)
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2013 "Giving Life to Languages and Data Via the 2012 Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop," Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages, Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. Portland, OR. (With M. Linn.)
Uncategorized
2013 "501 Verbs of Chickasaw: Verb 1," Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages, Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. Portland, OR. (With J. Hinson)
Uncategorized
2013 "Training Communities, Training Graduate Students: The 2012 Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop," 3rd International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation, University of Hawai'i, Honolulu, Hawai'i. (With M. Linn.)
Uncategorized
2010 "The Contrast System in Tohono O'odham Stops,"
12th Conference on Laboratory Phonology, University of New Mexico.  July 8-10, 2010. (With C. Kilpatrick and N. Dubey.)
Uncategorized
2010 "Intensive Student Engagement: Service-Learning with Indigenous Language Communities,"
Engaging Students: The Process & Product of Effective Active Learning, The University of Texas at Arlington, October 8, 2010.  (With A. Lober McKeever, L. McLain Pierce, S. Cooper.)
Uncategorized
2011 "Community-Based Approaches to Student Training: Service-Learning in a Language Revitalization Course,"
Poster presented at the 2nd International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation, University of Hawai'i, Honolulu, Hawai'i. 2011.
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2011 Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. Pittsburgh, PA. (With S. Penfield.)
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2011 "Narrative and Prosodic Phrasing in Tohono O'odham,"
 Poster presented at the DFW Metroplex Conference.  Denton, TX.  (With L. McLain Pierce.)
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2011 "The Science of Documenting Endangered Languages,"
Poster presented as part of "Documenting Endangered Languages: NSF-NEH Del Projects in Honor of the20th Anniversary of the LSA Panel on Endangered Languages" Panel sponsored by the Committee on Endangered Languages and Their Preservation,
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September 2013 -
Ongoing
Collaborative Research: Documentation and Analysis of the Chickasaw Verb
$47,999
September 2010 -
Ongoing
"Collaborative Research: Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop and Documentation Project"
$57,395
June 2013 -
May 2015
2014 Institute on Collaborative Language Research (CoLang/InField) (BCS grant #1263939)
$169,177
August 2013 -
May 2014
Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Sustainability and Indigenous Language Documentation
$4,426
January 2009 -
January 2010
I Engage Grant for LING 6390 Linguistics Seminar: Sustainability and Language Endangerment
$1,500
January 2008 -
January 2009
Workshop on Video as a Research Tool in the Humanities
$3,500
September 2007 -
August 2008
Tohono O'odham Morphology (declined, due to moving to UTA)
$50,400
September 2006 -
May 2007
Arts and Humanities Competition
$7,500
September 2003 -
August 2004
Research Enhancement Fund
$3,084
June 2002 -
June 2003
Library Resident Research Fellowship
$2,000
June 2000 -
July 2001
Faculty Development Grant, Educational Technology
$7,561
May 2000 -
June 2000
Phillips Fund for Native American Studies
$1,740
May 1993 -
June 1994
Phillips Fund for Native American Studies
$1,600
Ongoing
Topics in Fur Phonology and Morphology.
Doctoral
Ongoing
Title TBA (on Choctaw phonology).
Doctoral
December 2011
The Segments and Tones of Soyaltepec Mazatec
Doctoral
Spring 2015
LING 3330 - PHONETICS AND PHONOLOGY
Office Hours (also by appointment)
DayStartEnd
Tuesday11:00AM12:00PM
Phonetics is the study of speech sounds from a physical perspective (such as articulatory or acoustic), while phonology focuses on the patterning of speech sounds in particular languages from a more abstract or cognitive perspective.  This course introduces both phonetics and phonology at the undergraduate level. Students will acquire the fundamentals of phonetic and phonological description and analysis.  To accompany this theoretical and practical grounding, there will be some introduction to the tools of recording and software for speech analysis, which will give students some preliminary skills in doing phonetic and phonological research on their own in a relatively controlled environment .  Students will emerge from the class with some amount of each the following:  the tools to do preliminary sound analysis; the conceptual background to take more advanced phonology classes like LING 4301; and familiarity with basic research skills. 
Last Updated on January 20, 2015, 10:01 pm
Spring 2015
LING 4360 - NON-WESTERN LINGUISTIC STRUCTURES
Office Hours (also by appointment)
DayStartEnd
Tuesday11:00AM12:00PM
This course is on Non-Western Linguistic Structures.  We will focus on Native American languages, with most attention being paid to the indigenous languages of the United States and Canada.  These languages are grammatically rich, typically possessing extraordinarily characteristics of typological interest.  The first half of the semester will look at various structural properties, the second half will focus more on specific languages.  Topics in the second half of the semester may be adjusted based on student interests.
Last Updated on January 20, 2015, 10:02 pm
Spring 2015
LING 5360 - NON-WESTERN LINGUISTIC STRUCTURES
Office Hours (also by appointment)
DayStartEnd
Tuesday11:00AM12:00PM
This course is on Non-Western Linguistic Structures.  We will focus on Native American languages, with most attention being paid to the indigenous languages of the United States and Canada.  These languages are grammatically rich, typically possessing extraordinarily characteristics of typological interest.  The first half of the semester will look at various structural properties, the second half will focus more on specific languages.  Topics in the second half of the semester may be adjusted based on student interests.
Last Updated on January 20, 2015, 10:03 pm
Fall 2014
LING 4301 - Phonological Theory 1
Office Hours (also by appointment)
DayStartEnd
Tuesday11:00AM12:15PM
LING 4301 covers the study of the principles that govern sound systems in human languages.  Students will work with sound patterns from a wide variety of the world’s languages.  Course readings will introduce the fundamentals of the different areas of phonological phenomena, and course assignments will require hands-on application of the descriptive and theoretical tools in working with sound pattern data.  Lectures will further develop this approach of description, analysis, and argumentation for phonological data.  As the semester progresses, students will be expected to engage higher-level questions about what phonological models are expected to explain and to talk about data in an increasingly sophisticated and prose-based manner. Developing clear prose and argumentation to present descriptions, generalizations, and analyses are all necessities in this course.  Students will develop an original research project in phonological analysis, which will be presented as a poster in class sessions.
Last Updated on August 21, 2014, 3:08 pm
Summer 2014
LING 5362 - Language Documentation
There is an urgent need worldwide to respond to the global crisis of endangered languages.  Experts estimate that as many as half of the world’s 6,000-7,000 languages may cease to have fluent speakers by the end of this century.  In response, many linguists and language communities are working vigorously to document threatened languages while fluent speakers still exist.  “Documenting” a language means to create a full set of all the language practices of a community. This means audio recording, video recording, cataloguing recording info in a manner that makes it useful to others, transcribing audio and video, and archiving collected materials.  Due to a unique opportunity at UTA this summer, students enrolling in this course will be able to participate in portions of CoLang 2014.  Weeks 2 and 3 of the summer course will involve participating in Data Management and Archiving and two other CoLang workshops (full list here: http://www.uta.edu/faculty/cmfitz/swnal/projects/CoLang/courses/ ), giving students the chance to sit in workshops taught by internationally known scholars and indigenous community members.  Students will also spend the time preceding CoLang learning key documentation software, FLEx and ELAN.  Course requirements will involve attendance; assisting at CoLang activities; working on a documentation project; and possibly a final presentation.  Depending on scheduling, some of our class meetings may allow us to invite guest lectures from instructors teaching at CoLang 2014.  In terms of the documentation project assignment, the professor has a number of existing projects that students can work on as their class project. These include projects working on materials for the following Native American languages:  Chickasaw, Cherokee, Tohono O’odham, Choctaw and possibly Sauk.   For students looking for fall 2014 options in further exploring these topics, we have a partnership with the Cherokee Language Program and just collected considerable materials relating Cherokee traditional ecological knowledge (ethnobotany — indigenous knowledge systems of plants and their uses).  We expect to do work with this Cherokee project in the fall.   Because CoLang as a training venue encourages people from all backgrounds: linguists, anthropologists, community members with no experience in language work, biologists, musicians, etc., this offering of LING 4362/5362 will waive the LING 3311/5300 requirement.  Courses at CoLang include ethnobotany, song documentation, introduction to linguistics, technology classes and much more, so there are a wide range of potential options, allowing students a valuable experience in the discipline when they enroll in this course. Full information about all the activities of CoLang 2014 are online at http://tinyurl.com/colang2014 . NOTE: This course will count for ESS (Minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies) credit if the student chooses the Ethnobotany 1 & 2 or the Ethnobiology 1&2 CoLang workshop sequences to attend, and if the student’s final project work is on a project that relates to traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) as approved by the instructor.  Note: instructor has several ongoing projects on TEK where students can contribute.
Last Updated on June 5, 2014, 8:31 pm
Spring 2014
LING 3330 - Ling 3330-001
Office Hours (also by appointment)
DayStartEnd
Tuesday11:00AM12:15PM
Phonetics is the study of speech sounds from a physical perspective (such as articulatory or acoustic), while phonology focuses on the patterning of speech sounds in particular languages from a more abstract or cognitive perspective.  This course introduces both phonetics and phonology at the undergraduate level. Students will acquire the fundamentals of phonetic and phonological description and analysis.  To accompany this theoretical and practical grounding, there will be some introduction to the tools of recording and software for speech analysis, which will give students some preliminary skills in doing phonetic and phonological research on their own.  We will center our instruction on English phonetics and phonology as a vehicle of instruction. However, because your instructor is an expert in the phonology of the Native languages of North America, some of the methods and topics we will use for phonological analysis will center on Native American languages and be incorporated into lectures, readings and assignments. Students will emerge from the class with some amount of each the following:  the tools to do preliminary sound analysis, the theoretical background to take more advanced phonology classes like LING 4320, and a possible research project.  This will be an exciting opportunity for students to learn more about phonetics and phonology via a unique part of the American heritage, the indigenous languages of the United States.
Last Updated on January 14, 2014, 2:48 pm
Spring 2014
LING 6380 - Ling 6380-001
Office Hours (also by appointment)
DayStartEnd
Tuesday11:00AM12:15PM
This course is a continuation of Ling 5380, an investigation into Cherokee.  We will continue to work to learn as much as possible about this language, but now our efforts will be concentrated on developing a set of original research questions into the language, which reflects and responds to both the published on the language (and its relatives in the Iroquoian family), as well as the data collected in work with speakers through the class. Building on skills developed and knowledge obtained in Ling 5380, students will undertake a substantial community-oriented service project and traditional ecological knowledge project, in conjunction with Cherokee Language Program needs this semester.
Last Updated on January 15, 2014, 9:20 pm
Fall 2013
LING 5380 - Ling 5380-001
Office Hours (also by appointment)
DayStartEnd
Tuesday10:00AM12:15PM
This course introduces students to linguistic field methods, via hands-on work with a speaker or speakers of a minority/underdocumented language unknown to the class participants. Simultaneously, students learn and employ best practices for field linguistics and language documentation in the 21st century. These include, but are not limited to: data management and archiving; developing rapport with speakers; working collaboratively and ethically with language communities, including 'giving back'; use of current technologies to annotate, analyze and manage data; becoming familiar with interdisciplinary approaches; and working in a team; collecting, describing and analyzing language data with strong theoretical underpinnings and ideally, potential to contribute back to community efforts in language maintenance and revitalization. Needless to say, we will only scratch the surface in our endeavors, but the overarching goal is to acquire an understanding for and an appreciation of the methods of field linguistics and to equip any student of linguistics interested in working with primary data other than their own native  speaker intuitions  The language for AY 2013-14 will be the Oklahoma variety of Cherokee [chr], a highly endangered language in the Iroquoian family of North America. We will work to learn as much as possible about this language using a combination of approaches, including structuring elicitations, using texts and developing techniques for analyzing and presenting complex linguistic data. The goal is to learn, describe and document the language's grammar: its phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. This is the first semester of a two-semester sequence, with enrollment in LING 6380 Field Methods Seminar continuing work on the same language in the spring; students cannot take LING 6380 without first completing LING 5380.
Last Updated on August 26, 2013, 8:11 pm
Fall 2013
LING 3311 - Ling 3311-065
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Tuesday10:00AM12:15PM
This course introduces students to the field of linguistics, the systematic study of human language. Drawing on data from a range of languages, it will examine the sound patterns of language (phonetics and phonology), words and word formation (morphology), sentence structure (syntax), meaning (semantics), and language in context (pragmatics). Emphasis will be placed on methods of linguistic analysis to solve problems in phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics.  Because your instructor is a field linguist, some of the methods we will use for linguistic analysis will draw from that area of the discipline.
Last Updated on August 22, 2013, 3:44 pm
Spring 2013
LING 5321 - Advanced Phonological Theory
This course builds upon the skills of data description and analysis, argumentation,and the collection and use of data in the context of phonological theory from LING 5320 or its equivalent.
Last Updated on May 3, 2013, 9:26 am
Spring 2012
LING 6380 - Field Methods Seminar
Office Hours (also by appointment)
DayStartEnd
Monday9:30AM10:30AM
This course is a continuation of Ling 5380, an investigation into Choctaw, a severely endangered language ofthe Muskogean family. We will continue to work to learn as much as possible about this language using a combination of approaches, including structuring elicitations, using texts and developing techniques for analyzing and presenting complex linguistic data. The goal is to continue learning, describing and documenting the language's grammar: its phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. Current best practices in language documentation (data management and archiving, linguistic software, ethical considerations and use of appropriate technology) will once again be incorporated into the class. As with Ling 5380, the course will also necessitate additional time commitments (debriefings, individual/small group meetings with speakers, group meta-discussion of data and readings, etc.). Building on skills developed and knowledge obtained in Ling 5380, students will undertake a substantial community-oriented service project this semester. Note: Our work with Choctaw this year is possible due to discussions with the Choctaw Language Program. Our agreement with them requires the vetting and approval of Choctaw data by their Program prior to presenting or publishing anything from this class.
Last Updated on May 3, 2013, 9:26 am
Fall 2011
LING 3330 - PHONETICS AND PHONOLOGY
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Thursday9:45AM10:45AM
Phonetics is the study of speech sounds from a physical perspective (such as articulatory or acoustic), while phonology focuses on the patterning of speech sounds in particular languages from a more abstract or cognitive perspective.This course introduces both phonetics and phonology at the undergraduate level. Students will acquire the fundamentals of phonetic and phonological description and analysis.To accompany this theoretical and practical grounding, there will be some introduction to the tools of recording and software for speech analysis, which will give students some preliminary skills in doing phonetic and phonological research on their own.There will be a final project on the phonetics and phonology of Oklahoma Native American languages. Finally, this course has a service-learning requirement, and so it will serve to satisfy that requirement in the BA Linguistics degree. This will include different options for different students based on interest and skill levels: editing or annotating archival sound files from Native American languages, perhaps participating in a hands-on training session for Oklahoma Native Language teachers, or digitizing sound files for a tribal language project.Students will emerge from the class with some amount of each the following:the tools to do preliminary sound analysis, the theoretical background to take more advanced phonology classes like LING 4320, practical applications of phonetics and phonology for language teaching, and a possible research project.This will be an exciting opportunity for students to learn more about phonetics and phonology via a unique part of the American heritage, the indigenous languages of Oklahoma.
Last Updated on May 3, 2013, 9:26 am
Fall 2011
HONR 3304 - Phonetics and Phonology
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Thursday9:45AM10:45AM
Phonetics is the study of speech sounds from a physical perspective (such as articulatory or acoustic), while phonology focuses on the patterning of speech sounds in particular languages from a more abstract or cognitive perspective.This course introduces both phonetics and phonology at the undergraduate level. Students will acquire the fundamentals of phonetic and phonological description and analysis.To accompany this theoretical and practical grounding, there will be some introduction to the tools of recording and software for speech analysis, which will give students some preliminary skills in doing phonetic and phonological research on their own.There will be a final project on the phonetics and phonology of Oklahoma Native American languages. Finally, this course has a service-learning requirement, and so it will serve to satisfy that requirement in the BA Linguistics degree. This will include different options for different students based on interest and skill levels: editing or annotating archival sound files from Native American languages, perhaps participating in a hands-on training session for Oklahoma Native Language teachers, or digitizing sound files for a tribal language project.Students will emerge from the class with some amount of each the following:the tools to do preliminary sound analysis, the theoretical background to take more advanced phonology classes like LING 4320, practical applications of phonetics and phonology for language teaching, and a possible research project.This will be an exciting opportunity for students to learn more about phonetics and phonology via a unique part of the American heritage, the indigenous languages of Oklahoma.
Last Updated on May 3, 2013, 9:26 am
Fall 2011
LING 5380 - Field Methods
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Thursday9:45AM10:45AM
This course introduces students to linguistic field methods, via hands-on work with a speaker or speakers of a minority/underdocumented language unknown to the class participants. The language for AY 2011-12 will be Choctaw, a severely endangered language in the Muskogean family. We will work to learn as much as possible about this language using a combination of approaches, including structuring elicitations, using texts and developing techniques for analyzing and presenting complex linguistic data. The goal is to learn, describe and document the language's grammar: its phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. Current best practices in language documentation (data management and archiving, linguistic software, ethical considerations and use of appropriate technology) will be incorporated into the class. As is the practice at most departments that offer rigorous training in language documentation and description, the course will also necessitate additional time commitments (individual/small group meetings with speakers, group meta-discussion of data and readings, etc.). The work with our Choctaw speakers this semester will provide enrolled students with sufficient understanding of the language to contribute a substantial service project in the spring semester with LING 6380.This course will thus lay the groundwork for a community-oriented project by the students.Debriefings are scheduled for Tuesdays at 3:30 pm until 4:50 pm in the Linguistics Lab (Trimble 004). Small group sessions will start at the beginning of November; the time slot is tentatively scheduled from 10 am to 11 am on Mondays (location TBA), but that may change in consultation with our speaker(s). This is the first semester of a two-semester sequence, with enrollment in LING 6380 Field Methods Seminar continuing work on the same language in the spring; students cannot take LING 6380 without first completing LING 5380.
Last Updated on May 3, 2013, 9:26 am
Spring 2011
LING 5321 - Advanced Phonological Theory
Office Hours (also by appointment)
DayStartEnd
Tuesday11:00AM12:30PM
Note: this version of syllabus reflects course updates after weather cancellations. This course builds upon the skills of data description and analysis, argumentation, and the collection and use of data in the context of phonological theory from LING 5320 or its equivalent.Students will continue to solidify their ability to apply those skills in conference-style research presentations and papers.At this point, students will become familiar with contemporary models of phonological theory and demonstrate an ability to find phonological problems that have the potential to make empirical and theoretical contributions to the field.These types of contributions go beyond a mere confirmation of a particular model, and instead present data that enrich typological findings by filling a predicted gap, for example; that challenge assumptions of particular (sub-)theories, and that highlight unexpected consequences of data sets for a model's predictions (i.e., are phonologically "interesting" problems).
Last Updated on May 3, 2013, 9:26 am
Summer 2010
LING 5310 - Sociolinguistics
In this course, we will study language in its social context, covering the key areas of sociolinguistic theory, as well as adding a significant component addressing multicultural issues of language use in the United States. Content includes basic concepts in sociolinguistics, as well as topics such as linguistic variation, code switching, language planning and standardization, and pidgins and creoles.
Last Updated on May 3, 2013, 9:26 am
Summer 2010
LING 4317 - Sociolinguistics
In this course, we will study language in its social context, covering the key areas of sociolinguistic theory, as well as adding a significant component addressing multicultural issues of language use in the United States. Content includes basic concepts in sociolinguistics, as well as topics such as linguistic variation, code switching, language planning and standardization, and pidgins and creoles.
Last Updated on May 3, 2013, 9:26 am
Spring 2010
LING 6390 - Linguistics Seminar: Sustainability and Language Endangerment
Office Hours (also by appointment)
DayStartEnd
Wednesday4:30PM5:30PM
Current estimates are that more than half of the world's languages will become extinct during our lifetime. This course looks language endangerment, what it means for a language to become endangered, with a focus on the indigenous languages of North America. The course will also study language revitalization, examining cases where communities are seeking to maintain the number of speakers, or revive the language. This seminar looks the implications of language endangerment, and language revitalization, which is when communities seek to maintain the number of speakers, or revive the language.The students will be required to participate in at least two trips to work on language and linguistics projects in Oklahoma or other Native American contexts, in order to put their theoretical content into practice. Following best practices in engagement scholarship, students will engage in reflective activities before, during, and after these trips, both individually and as a class.
Last Updated on May 3, 2013, 9:26 am
Fall 2009
LING 5320 - Phonological Theory
Office Hours (also by appointment)
DayStartEnd
Thursday11:00AM12:00PM
This course begins the study of the principles that govern sound systems in human languages.Students will work with sound patterns from a wide variety of the world’s languages.Course readings will introduce the fundamentals of the different areas of phonological phenomena, and course assignments will require hands-on application of the descriptive and theoretical tools in working with sound pattern data.Lectures will further develop this approach of description, analysis, and argumentation for phonological data.
Last Updated on May 3, 2013, 9:26 am
Summer 2009
LING 5110 - TESOL PRACTICUM
This course is for those students seeking the TESOL certification; it is a one credit practicum course designed for you to engage in teaching, observation, and reflection in a way that broadens your teaching experience and contributes community service.  Students will engage in focused observation of teachers of English to non-native speaking learners and students will themselves serve as volunteer teachers of English to non-native speaking learners.  This course is set up as an independent study; you will manage your activities and provide documentation of your teaching activities, as well as complete observations and organize materials. This course is graded pass/fail.During this semester, you must meet with me a total of three times, once at the beginning, and two additional times to assess your progress and get feedback on your materials.  These meetings should be set up via email and may be conducted via telephone or in person.  It is the responsibility of the student to initiate contact for these meetings.
Last Updated on May 3, 2013, 9:26 am
Summer 2009
LING 5393 - TESOL TEACHING AND OBSERVATION
    This course is for those students seeking the MA TESOL degree; it is a three credit practicum course designed for you to engage in teaching, observation, and reflection in a way that broadens your teaching experience and contributes community service.  Students will engage in focused observation of teachers of English to non-native speaking learners and students will themselves serve as volunteer teachers of English to non-native speaking learners.  This course is set up as an independent study; you will manage your activities and provide documentation of your teaching activities, as well as complete observations and organize materials. This course is graded pass/fail.
Last Updated on May 3, 2013, 9:26 am
Spring 2009
LING 5321 - Advanced Phonological Theory
Office Hours (also by appointment)
DayStartEnd
Tuesday9:00AM10:45AM
This course builds upon the skills of data description and analysis, argumentation, and the collection and use of data in the context of phonological theory from LING 5320 or its equivalent. Students will continue to solidify their ability to apply those skills in conference-style research presentations and papers. At this point, students will become familiar with contemporary models of phonological theory and demonstrate an ability to find phonological problems that have the potential to make empirical and theoretical contributions to the field. These types of contributions go beyond a mere confirmation of a particular model, and instead present data that enrich typological findings by filling a predicted gap, for example; that challenge assumptions of particular (sub-)theories, and that highlight unexpected consequences of data sets for a model's predictions (i.e., are phonologically "interesting" problems).
Last Updated on May 3, 2013, 9:26 am
Spring 2009
LING 5370 - Survey of Linguistic Theories
 A comparison and contrast of various linguistic theories, with attention to the evolution of generative grammar and Chomskyan syntax, the "linguistics wars" and generative semantics, and phonological theory.
Last Updated on May 3, 2013, 9:26 am
Spring 2008
LING 5320 - Phonological Theory
Office Hours (also by appointment)
DayStartEnd
Tuesday2:00PM5:00PM
  LING 4301/5320 begins the study of the principles that govern sound systems in human languages.  Students will work with sound patterns from a wide variety of the world’s languages.  Course readings will introduce the fundamentals of the different areas of phonological phenomena, and course assignments will require hands-on application of the descriptive and theoretical tools in working with sound pattern data.  Lectures will further develop this approach of description, analysis, and argumentation for phonological data.
Last Updated on May 3, 2013, 9:26 am
Spring 2008
LING 4301 - PHONOLOGICAL THEORY I
Office Hours (also by appointment)
DayStartEnd
Tuesday2:00PM5:00PM
LING 4301/5320 begins the study of the principles that govern sound systems in human languages.  Students will work with sound patterns from a wide variety of the world's languages.  Course readings will introduce the fundamentals of the different areas of phonological phenomena, and course assignments will require hands-on application of the descriptive and theoretical tools in working with sound pattern data.  Lectures will further develop this approach of description, analysis, and argumentation for phonological data.
Last Updated on May 3, 2013, 9:26 am
Work with Native American Community Members

2013

"FLEx: Fieldworks Language Explorer Software." American Indian Language Development Institute, University of Arizona. (2 hour workshop and training)

2013

Keynote and presenter, "Immersion for Native Languages." Indigenous Language Documentation and Revitalization Seminar,  Symposium on the American Indian.  Northeastern State University.  April 11-12, 2013. Tahlequah, OK.

2012

"Demonstrating the FLEx Database," Oklahoma Native Language Association Conference.  Tahlequah, OK.  October, 30-31, 2012. (With L. McLain Pierce)

2012

Training for Chickasaw Apprentices and second language learners on Chickasaw phonology. Chickasaw Language Revitalization program. Ada, OK.

2012

FLEx database training for Choctaw Language Program's language teachers.  Durant, OK.

2012

Lead presenter, organizer and workshop facilitator, "The Grammar of Sound: Creating Sound Memories for Teaching Your Language."Language Revitalization Workshop, Symposium on the American Indian.  Northeastern State University.  April 12-13, 2012. Tahlequah, OK.

     -"Making Sound and Culture Work Together in Native American Language Teaching"

     -"Introduction to Phonetics for Native Languages"

     -"Hands-on development of a teaching product for pronunciation lessons"

2012

Training and evaluation for the Sauk Language Department Master-Apprentice program/ANA grant. Stroud, OK.

2011

Team leader, FLEx database Workshop for the Sauk, Chickasaw and Choctaw language programs. Ada, OK.

2011

Presenter, "How can Knowing About Vowels Help Teach Your Language?", "2012 Oklahoma Breath of Life," Oklahoma Native Language Association Conference. Ada, OK.

2011

Team leader and presenter, "Agreement in Tohono O'odham and Chickasaw." Language Revitalization Workshop, Symposium on the American Indian.  Northeastern State University.  April 15, 2011. Tahlequah, OK.

2010

"Making Phonetics Useful in Your Language Classroom," Oklahoma Native Language Association Conference.  Ada, OK.  October, 14-15, 2010.

2010

Instructor, 2010 Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop. University of Oklahoma. May 24-28, 2010.  Norman, OK.

2010

Team Leader, Language Revitalization Workshop, Symposium on the American Indian.  Northeastern State University.  April 15-16, 2010. Tahlequah, OK.

2009

Participant, Language Revitalization, Symposium on the American Indian.  Northeastern State University.  April 16-17, 2009. Tahlequah, OK.

2007

Guest lecture on "Language Endangerment," Tohono O'odham Community College, September 27 and October 2, 2007.

2007

Guest lecture on "Tohono O'odham Dialects," Tohono O'odham Community College, July 11, 2007

2007

Language Workshop, Tohono O'odham Community College, July 8-15, 2007.  (Co-organized with D. Lopez; brought 3 graduate students.)

Training and Community Teaching
July 2013
Ongoing
Service and Outreach to the Community

Community Service

(See above section on Training and Community Teaching for language revitalization and tribal language work)

Grant and other support and assistance for revitalization projects for various Oklahoma tribal groups

Developing departmental partnerships with local service agencies (Catholic Charities of Fort Worth, AISD, LIFT ESL classes at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, World Relief)

Undergraduate tutor internship supervisor, ESL program with Catholic Charities of Fort Worth.  Spring 2009.

ESL/Literacy Service-Learning Initiative, providing approximately 30 ESL tutors (3-4 additional adult ESL classes) per semester to Literacy Lubbock from Spring 2006 to Spring 2008.

Consultant, Media guide for the Lubbock Hawks, National Women's Basketball League franchise January 2005.

"Rhythm in Non-Western Poetry," Lecture for International Month, Texas Tech University.  February 25, 2003.

Consultant, Arizona Native American Online Dictionary Project.  March 2001 – current.  (University of Arizona)

"American English and Its Varieties," July 6, 2001.  Lecture for Fulbright Scholars, International Students.  English Language Institute.  (University at Buffalo)

Community Outreach Events Promoting ESL/Literacy Service-Learning Initiative

Fiestas del Llano, Lubbock Texas.  September 2006

Back to School Fiesta, Texas Tech University.  August 2006.

Closing the Gaps Coalition Planning Meeting (June 2006) and Presentation (November 1, 2006)

Elected
July 2013
Ongoing
Professional Service

2013

Chair, Activism Subcommittee, Committee on Endangered Languages and Their Preservation, Linguistic Society of America

2013 – 2015

Member, Awards Committee, Linguistic Society of America

2012 – 2014

Member, Nominating Committee, Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the Americas

2011 – 2016

Member, Committee on Endangered Languages and Their Preservation, Linguistic Society of America

2006

President, Linguistic Association of the Southwest

2005

Vice-President/President-Elect and Program Chair, Linguistic Association of the Southwest

2005–2007

Executive Committee, Linguistic Association of the Southwest

Boards

Member of the Advisory Circle, Institute on Collaborative Language Research (CoLang/InField)

Member of the Advisory Scientific Board, Phonologie de l'Anglais Contemporain (PAC)

Advisory Committee, 3rd International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation
 

Reviewing

Presses:  University of California Press, De Gruyter Mouton, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, John Benjamins Press

Journals: Phonology, International Journal of American Linguistics, Linguistic Inquiry, Anthropological   Linguistics, Journal of Linguistics, Language Sciences, English Language and Linguistics, Language and Education, Southwest Journal of Linguistics, Language Documentation and Conservation

Conferences: West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, Western Conference on Linguistics,  Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting, LabPhon, International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation, 18th International Conference of Korean Linguistics (ICKL 2012) and the Xuzhou Conference on Linguistic Sciences, Oklahoma Workshop on Native American Languages

Proceedings: Papers of the Algonquian Conference

Grant Proposals: National Science Foundation (Linguistics; Documenting Endangered Languages)

Faculty Development Proposals (York University, PA; CUNY)

Pre-tenure, tenure, and promotion candidates, external reviewer (various institutions)

Elected
July 2013 -
Ongoing
University Service

Departmental Service

2013

Chair, Graduate Studies Committee (Department of Linguistics, The University of Texas at Arlington)

2010 – 2011

Department of Linguistics & TESOL Graduate Program Review Self-Study (The University of Texas at Arlington)

2008 –  

Department of Linguistics & TESOL Graduate Studies Committee (The University of Texas at Arlington)

2008 – 2011

Faculty Advisor for LINGUA (graduate student linguistics organization; The University of Texas at Arlington)

2008 – 2010

Undergraduate Advisor (The University of Texas at Arlington)

2008 – 2009

Co-Chair of Comprehensive/Diagnostic Exam Committee (The University of Texas at Arlington)

2008 – 2010

Departmental TA Orientation (The University of Texas at Arlington)

2006 – 2007

Member, Executive Committee (Texas Tech University)

2005 – 2007

Member, Merit Committee (Texas Tech University)

2005 – 2007

Member, Ad-hoc Diversity Committee (Texas Tech University)

2005 – 2006

Member, Tenure and Promotion Procedures Committee (Texas Tech University)

2004 – 2005

Chair, Linguistics Search Committee (Texas Tech University)

2004 – 2005

Member, Alumni and Friends Committee (Texas Tech University)

2004 – 2008

Member, Teaching Committee (Texas Tech University)

2003 – 2008

Director of Linguistics (Texas Tech University)

2002 – 2005

Member, Student Recruitment Committee (Texas Tech University)

2001 – 2002

Member, Chinese Linguist Search Committee (University at Buffalo)

2000 – 2002

Chair, Colloquium Committee (University at Buffalo)

1998 – 2001

Coordinator, Departmental TA Orientation (University at Buffalo)

1998 – 2000

Director of Supervised Teaching (University at Buffalo)

1997

LLDSA Scholarship Committee (San José State University)

1997 – 1998

M.A. Comprehensive Exam Grader (San José State University)

1996 – 1997

Undergraduate Advisor (University of Pittsburgh)

1996 – 1997

Coordinated Undergraduate Lunches for Linguistics Majors (University of Pittsburgh)

1992 – 1993

President, Linguistics Circle (University of Arizona)

1992

Graduate Student Faculty Representative (University of Arizona)

College Service

2009 – 2011

Curriculum Committee, College of Liberal Arts (The University of Texas at Arlington)

2009 – 10

Steering Committee, Global Research Institute Festival of Ideas for the College of Liberal Arts (The University of Texas at Arlington)

2009

Federal Appropriations Request (2 proposals; The University of Texas at Arlington)

2008

Proposal team, McDowell Center for Critical Languages. (The University of Texas at Arlington)

2005 - 2006

Mentor, Women Faculty Mentoring Program; College of Arts and Sciences (Texas Tech University)

2003 – 2006

Arts and Sciences Scholarship Committee; College of Arts and Sciences (Texas Tech University)

University Service

2013 –

Faculty Senate (The University of Texas at Arlington)

2011, 2012

Faculty Judge, Academic Celebration of Excellence (The University of Texas at Arlington)

2010 –

Co-Advisor, Native American Student Association (The University of Texas at Arlington)

2010 – 12

Vice Chair, Association of Directors and Chairs (The University of Texas at Arlington)

2010

Faculty Judge, Honors Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (The University of Texas at Arlington)

2009

Faculty Senate (The University of Texas at Arlington)

2008 – 2009

Internal member, Program Review Team, Graduate Program review for Department of Computer Science and Engineering.  (The University of Texas at Arlington)

2007

Invited reviewer, President's Book Award (Texas Tech University)

2005 – 2006

Steering Committee, Annual Women's Studies Conference (Texas Tech University)

2005 – 2007

Faculty participant, Center for Diversity Leadership in Education; College of Education (Texas Tech University)

2004

Invited reviewer, President's Book Award; Texas Tech University

2001 – 2002

Member of the Steering Committee of the Institute for Research and Education on Women and Gender (IREWG); University at Buffalo

2001 – 2002

Software/Hardware Standards 2002 Committee; University at Buffalo

Elected
May - 2013
The ESL/Literacy Service-Learning Initiative (Lubbock, TX)
Developed a community-wide partnership at Texas Tech University, the ESL/Literacy Service-Learning Initiative (http://english.ttu.edu/esl), that created an undergraduate service-learning course where university students earn credit for tutoring ESL in the community by partnering them in teams with graduate students. This contributes three additional ESL classes to the Lubbock area, with nearly 30 students and volunteers tutoring each semester.
Uncategorized
January - 2012
Lead Presenter, Language Revitalization Workshop

Lead Presenter, "The Grammar of Sound: Creating Sound Memories for Teaching Your Language." Language Revitalization Workshop, Symposium on the American Indian. Northeastern State University.  April 12-13, 2012. Tahlequah, OK.2

Uncategorized
January - 2011
Team leader and Presenter, Language Revitalization Workshop

2011, Team Leader and Presenter, "Agreement in Tohono O'odham and Chickasaw." Language Revitalization Workshop, Symposium on the American Indian. Northeastern State University.  April 15, 2011. Tahlequah, OK.

Uncategorized
January - 2011
Presenter, Oklahoma Native Language Association

Titles TBA (one on phonetics and one on the 2012 Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop. Oklahoma Native Language Association Conference. Ada, OK

Uncategorized
January - 2010
Team Leader, Language Revitalization Workshop

2010 Team Leader, Language Revitalization Workshop, Symposium on the American Indian. Northeastern State University. April 15-16, 2010. Tahlequah, OK.

Uncategorized
January - 2010
Instructor, 2010 Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop

2010 Instructor, 'Phonetics,' 2010 Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop. University of Oklahoma. May 24-28, 2010.

Uncategorized
January - 2010
Presenter, Oklahoma Native Language Association

2010 Presenter, "Making Phonetics Useful in Your Language Classroom," Oklahoma Native Language Association Conference.

Uncategorized
January - 2009
Participant, Language Revitalization Workshop

2009 Participant, Language Revitalization, Symposium on the American Indian. Northeastern State University. April 16-17, 2009. Tahlequah, OK.

Uncategorized
July - 2007
Tribal Language Technology Workshop

Conducted a one-week Language Workshop on the reservation with Tohono O'odham community members during July 2007. I brought three graduate students to Tohono O'odham Community College and we spent the week helping to develop materials, to digitize audio and pictures, and to train teachers on using technology tools for their classroom.

Uncategorized
June 2010
Ongoing
Co-Director
Oklahoma Breath of Life, Silent No More Workshop
July 2012
August 2014
Director
2014 Institute on Collaborative Language Research (CoLang/InField)
August 2008
June 2012
Department Chair
Linguistics & TESOL, College of Liberal Arts, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Office of the President, The University of Texas at Arlington
January 2005
July 2008
Director
ESL/Literacy Service-Learning Initiative, Texas Tech University
January 2003
July 2008
Director
Linguistics Program, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences, Texas Tech University