Linguistics professor Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald is leading UT Arlington graduate students to preserve the Comanche language, thanks to a $106,000 grant from the Administration for Native Americans.
The ANA grant will be delivered to Comanche Nation College for work on Comanche language teaching, revitalization, and documentation. The project, “Numu Tekwapu (“Comanche Language”),” will develop technological support for the Comanche tribal language.
Dr. Fitzgerald and her grad students will work with project director Dr. Todd McDaniels of Comanche National. The two-year project includes summer internships in the areas of technology, metadata archiving and field recordings.
Interested students should contact Dr. Fitzgerald’s office and seek admission into her spring 2010 seminar, “Sustainability and Language Endangerment.” The seminar’s outreach component includes work with various tribes and educational partners in Oklahoma, including Comanche National.