Linguistic Students Tackle Language Project

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In April, Professor Colleen Fitzgerald (Linguistics & TESOL) took six students to Tahlequah, Okla., to participant in the Symposium on the American Indian at Northeastern State University.

The trip allowed students to work with Cherokee language and traditional knowledge experts in town for the annual Cherokee Language Consortium. Students participated in hands on language revitalization activities, assisting Native American community members with learning dictionary software, and collecting language data and ethnobotany and other information as part of a UTA Sustainability Committee faculty grant for “Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Sustainability and Indigenous Language Documentation.”

Fitzgerald presented a talk on Native American language revitalization in Oklahoma and led a training on FLEx dictionary making software that drew in participants from the Seminole, Muscogee (Creek), Natchez, Mohawk, Cherokee, and other language communities.

Pictures of the trip are available online.

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