Over the past twenty years, the body of work produced has included publications on prosody and meter, and especially describing and analyzing prosodic phenomena of Tohono O’odham, a Uto-Aztecan language of Arizona and Sonora, Mexico. This work draws on a variety of sources for the data, including primary fieldwork with O’odham speakers, archival recordings of the language, dictionary entries, and texts representing a variety of discourse genres, such as traditional songs, contemporary poetry, traditional legends and stories, and autobiographical narrative. This interest has sparked revitalization and training uses of the verbal arts.
Recent talks and publications in this arena include:
- Prosodic inconsistency in Tohono O’odham: rhythm and prosodic morphology offer different perspectives on the role played by quantity, with a split between rhythm and prosodic morphology along quantitative lines (International Journal of American Linguistics paper)
- A detailed examination on the behavior of the three high vowels of Tohono O’odham, drawing data from a range of sources and genres (“Revisiting Tohono O’odham High Vowels” in a John Benjamins volume)
- “The Sounds of Indigenous Language Revitalization,” a plenary on these issues given at the 2017 Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting (video includes powerpoint slides)
- Integrating the verbal arts into language revitalization as a tool for acquiring pronunciation of an indigenous language and supporting teacher training and materials development, as discussed in a forthcoming paper, “Motivating the Documentation of the Verbal Arts: Arguments from Theory and Practice“
More recent projects have focused on Chickasaw, as part of ongoing collaborative work doing revitalization-driven documentation of this Muskogean language in collaboration with Joshua Hinson of the Chickasaw Language Revitalization Program. See Current Projects.