Language Revitalization

  • The Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshops

Working with communities to support their language revitalization has typically involved mobilizing language documentation, or where possible, documenting that language to support tribal efforts for language restoration and to enable linguists to better understand languages like Tohono O’odham and Chickasaw.  Training is also playing a key role, seen by activities like directing CoLang 2014 and co-directing two iterations of the Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshops. These efforts integrate service and outreach and training to support indigenous language communities engaged in revitalization and conservation of their heritage languages.   This reflects a holistic integration of Fitzgerald’s long-standing research focus on Native American languages, the use of service-learning in the classroom, and service activities in training, documentation, and revitalization for endangered language community members.