Language Research and Creative Projects
- Blackfoot Research
- Blackfoot Lullabies
- Connected Speech Transcripts
- Blackfoot Prosody
- MeTILDA and Pitch Art
- Collaborative Language Planning Project
- Blackfoot Language Group
- Research in other languages
I believe that science exists not only to satisfy our curiosity but also to better our lives. As a science, linguistics finds its ideal when research outcomes come back to benefit society. The connection between theoretical linguistics and applied linguistics is still weaker than it should be. My projects in Blackfoot Research address this issue by conducting community-based research (CBR).
In the past, I led The Blackfoot Language Group (BLG). The aim of the BLG was to produce materials for Blackfoot language teaching and learning. BLG members were undergraduate and graduate student volunteers. The BLG peojects were most active from 2007 to 2013. Projects conducted includes:
- picture books
- animated picture books
- audio-vocaburaly (no-longer available)
I am a co-founder of The Collaborative Language Planning Project (CLPP). CLPP aims to enhance communication among language activists, language teachers, students, and researchers from Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in the state of Montana. Collaborative partners include representatives from the tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) in Montana as well as language activists, teachers and researchers from the independent community language programs. CLPP enriches language revitalization efforts among Indigenous communities, enhances teachers and activists’ training experiences, and encourages collaboration among partners. The photo posted here is myself (right) discussing with Susan Penfield (left), co-director of CLPP, at the second CLPP meeting held in May 2019. Initial development of CLPP is supported by the National Science Foundation's Documenting Endangered Languages program [BSC1800617; BCS1800820].