Current Projects

Chickasaw Language Collaboration

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Our collaboration dates to 2010, catalyzed by a service-learning trip that year, with UT Arlington students and Fitzgerald  visiting Joshua Hinson and the Chickasaw Language Revitalization.  Service-learning has formed the foundation of this community-based research

The Chickasaw Model (Fitzgerald and Hinson 2013)

collaboration (Fitzgerald and Hinson 2013).  More recently, this work has been funded by the National Science Foundation (grants to Fitzgerald, BCS-1263699 and to Hinson, BCS-1263698) to document and analyze the Chickasaw verb.  Some of those techniques focus on narratives as outlined in a recent paper.

Attention to how this documentation functions to support revitalization is also a key question under investigation in this work. The model used is shown, where revitalization plays a key role in building off linguistic analyses and integrating documentation.  One way has been through Chickasaw Listening Workshops, where collection of narratives and other data is mobilized in group settings with both learners and fluent speakers. Other results from this project include a publication on “Morphology in the Muskogean Languages.”

Pronunciation and Revitalization for Indigenous Languages

Second language pronunciation is an under-researched topic, and it is even less understood in terms of learners acquiring (endangered) indigenous languages.  From practice to theory to pedagogy, here are some projects addressing questions in this area of research:

Mobilizing language documentation into language reclamation and restoration is a key part of this research agenda.

Sustainability in Language Documentation and Revitalization

Tremendous amounts of time, energy and funding have been devoted to language documentation and revitalization, especially since the early 1990s clarion call raising awareness about the crisis of language endangerment.  What is working? Are there elements that successful models have in common? Some of these questions are being looked at in the following work:

Linguistic Theories and Analysis

Research in this area has focused on Tohono O’odham (a Uto-Aztecan language), and Chickasaw and related Muskogean languages.