The Native American Languages Lab, under the direction of Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald, and hosted by the University of Texas at Arlington, focuses on indigenous languages currently located in the Southwest United States, with an eye to serving communities and their language needs. Support for Native language programs includes onsite technology or linguistic training, database construction and development, and support for grant development. Current and recent funding for the NALL comes from active National Science Foundation grants awarded to Fitzgerald:
- The 2014 Institute on Collaborative Language Research (CoLang/InField; NSF grant#1263939)
- Documentation and Analysis of the Chickasaw Verb (NSF grant #1263699.) in collaboration with Mr. Joshua Hinson of the Chickasaw Language Revitalization Program
- The Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop in collaboration with Dr. Mary Linn of the University of Oklahoma
The Native American Languages Lab plays a role in supporting training and related teaching and service activity, and involving students in community-based language research projects. In “Training Communities, Training Graduate Students: The 2012 Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop,” ways of creating these informal learning opportunities — for students and indigenous community members — are laid out. Language Documentation and Conservation published this article in 2012.
Dr. Fitzgerald has worked with Native American language communities in the American Southwest since 1993, with ongoing research projects in Arizona and Oklahoma. This includes work with the Tohono O’odham and the Chickasaw, among others, as well as serving as co-director of the 2012 Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop (NSF grant#1065068). Service-learning, as outlined in recent publications by Fitzgerald, plays a large role in project development, which helps to meet community language needs and to give students valuable experiences putting their theoretical and technical skills to practice in a meaningful way.