Oscar Alexie

Assistant Professor of Yup'ik Eskimo
907-543-4580, lfofa@uaf.edu

Oscar Alexie teaches Yup'ik language at the UAF Kuskokwim Campus.

Sophie Alexie

Instructor of Yup'ik Eskimo
907-543-4534, lfsaa@uaf.edu

Sophie Alexie teaches Yup'ik language at the UAF Kuskokwim Campus.

Anna Berge

Associate Professor
421 Brooks, 907-474-5351

Anna Berge received her PhD in Linguistics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997. She has specialized in West Greenlandic and Unangam Tunuu (Aleut) and does theoretical and descriptive work in syntax and discourse. She is currently working on comparative Eskimo-Aleut linguistics, Aleut language documentation, and Aleut language learning materials.

Ronald H. Brower Sr.

107 Brooks, 907-474-6606

Mr. Brower was involved in the development of the North Slope Borough and the North Slope Borough Commission on Iupiat History, Language and Culture, and he served as president of the Ukpeaġvik Iupiat Corporation. He served as an archeology facilitator for the Alaska Office of History and Archaeology. Mr. Brower was the founding director of the Iupiat Heritage Center museum.

He worked with the Inuit Elders International Conference from Greenland from 1979 to 1998 and served on the Inuit Circumpolar Conference executive council from 1998 to 2006. He teaches Iupiaq Language at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Walkie Charles

Assistant Professor
107A Brooks, 907-474-7170

Walkie Charles received his PhD in Applied Linguistics in 2011. His interests include Dynamic Assessment, Sociocultural Theory, and Yugtun (Yup'ik Eskimo) Language teaching and learning. Since Walkie began teaching Yugtun at UAF, he has been involved in the Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education (SLATE) Program, through which he earned his doctorate. His dissertation was titled Dynamic Assessment in a Yugtun L2 Intermediate Adult Classroom.

Dawn Durtsche

Administrative Generalist IV
415 Brooks, 907-474-7874

Dawn is a lifelong Alaskan resident returning to the Center after getting her start as an employee at UAF in 2001. Dawn is also a graduate from UAF with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1997. She enjoys paper crafts, mosaics, baking, movies, reading, and visiting with family and friends.

Perry Gilmore

Affliate Faculty
pgilmore@u.arizona.edu, 520-621-1311

Perry Gilmore, Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania 1982), a sociolinguist and educational anthropologist, is professor emerita at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and professor of Language, Reading and Culture (LRC) and Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) faculty at the University of Arizona. She has conducted communication, language, and literacy research in a wide variety of urban and rural settings in the United States, Russia, Africa and Australia. Interest in language and communication has led her to explore a wide range of questions on the origin, nature, and development of interaction and communication, including: field studies of non-human primate communication in the West Indies and East Africa, pidginization and creolization of languages, social aspects of literacy acquisition, and Indigenous language and culture regenesis.

She is the author of numerous ethnographic studies and co-editor of several major ethnography collections, including Children In and Out of School: Ethnography and Education, The Acquisition of Literacy: Ethnographic Perspectives, and Indigenous Epistemologies and Education: Self-Determination, Anthropology and Human Rights. Gilmore is a past president of the Council on Anthropology and Education.

Gary Holton

Professor of Linguistics
306B Brooks, 907-474-6585

Gary Holton serves as director of the Alaska Native Language Archive, working to preserve and provide access to a vast collection of manuscripts and recordings documenting Alaska's rich linguistic history. He serves on the advisory board of the Open Language Archives Community and is actively involved in issues relating to the documentation and archiving of endangered languages, both within Alaska and around the world.

As a documentary linguist, Gary has conducted firsthand fieldwork with two Athabascan languages, Tanacross and Dena'ina, and with Papuan languages in eastern Indonesia. His publications include a grammar of the Tobelo language, dictionaries of Western Pantar and Tanacross, and numerous papers describing the structure of these languages. He is also actively involved in geolinguistic research and is leading a project to revise the Alaska Native Languages map.

Gary holds a B.S. degree from UAF and a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. [UAF faculty Web page]

Lawrence Kaplan

Professor and Director
425 Brooks, 907-474-6582

Lawrence Kaplan is professor of Linguistics and currently serves as director of the Alaska Native Language Center. He teaches courses in Linguistics, such as Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology, Historical Linguistics, and Language Policy and Planning, and also works as a linguist with the Inupiaq Eskimo language, which is spoken in northern Alaska.

Kaplan is compiling dictionaries of Inupiaq as well as working on texts and grammatical explanations for the language. He is also involved with training Inupiaq language and culture instructors and works with programs in Native Language Education that offer degrees intended to prepare Native language teachers from Alaska and Yukon Territory in Canada.

Alex Jaker

Postdoctoral Fellow
306A Brooks

Alex Jaker received his PhD from Stanford in 2012, and has worked since 2005 with the Goyatiko Language Center in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. His work centers on the phonology of two Northern Dene languages, Weledeh (Dogrib) and Taltsot'in (Yellowknife, Chipewyan), spoken by the Yellowknives Dene First Nation. He is here for 2 years under the NSF Polar Postdoc Program, working under the supervision of Dr. Siri Tuttle. His current projects include 1) a set of phonetic studies on the acoustic correlates of stress and tone, 2) a book of verb paradigms, and 3) an intermediate-level reader for young people, containing stories about animals, in both of the Yellowknives Dene languages. [Personal website]

James Kari

Professor Emeritus

James Kari retired from ANLC in 1997 but continues to work on several Alaska Native language projects. In the past thirty-five years he has done extensive linguistic work in many Athabascan languages, including Ahtna, Dena'ina, Koyukon, Deg Hit'an, Holikachuk, Tanana, and Upper Tanana.

Jim's books include: editor, Koyukon Athabaskan Dictionary by Jules Jett and Eliza Jones; author, Dena’ina Topical Dictionary; and co-author, Shem Pete's Alaska: The Territory of the Upper Cook Inlet Dena'ina.

In addition, he was a co-editor of The Dene-Yeniseian Connection, a special edition of the Anthropological Papers of the University of Alaska.

ANLC Publications by James Kari

Curriculum vitae

Jeff Leer

Professor Emeritus

Jeff Leer's commitment to Alaska Native languages began at age seven when he started to study Tlingit in his hometown, Juneau. In 1973 he became a linguist and teacher at ANLC, and in 1991 he completed his Ph.D. dissertation, The Schetic Categories of the Tlingit Verb, at the University of Chicago. He learned to speak both Tlingit and Alutiiq, and he has done extensive linguistic work in other languages, as well as in the field of comparative Athabascan-Eyak-Tlingit.

Patrick E. Marlow

Associate Professor
306F Brooks, 907-474-7446

Patrick Marlow received his Ph.D. in Linguistics in 1997. His interests include Historical Linguistics, Language Policy and Planning, and Language Education. Since coming to Alaska he has been principal investigator or Co-PI on several U.S. Department of Education grants focusing on language education, teacher training and language revitalization, including: Denaqenage' Career Ladder Program (1998-2003; 2001-2006), Yupiit Nakmiin Qaneryaraat (2005-2008), Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education (2006-2009), and Preparing Teachers of Yup'ik Language and Culture (2008-2011).

John Ritter

Affiliate Faculty

John Ritter is the founding director of the Yukon Native Language Centre in Whitehorse. John, a native of West Virginia, attended Michigan State University, where he received a B.S. degree in Engineering and a B.A. degree in Languages and Literature. He then completed four years of graduate work in Linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Moving to Canada in the early 1970s to study the Gwich'in language, he spent three years in Fort McPherson, Northwest Territories, where he worked closely with the late William Nersyoo Sr. John documents and describes Yukon aboriginal languages, and he participates in the training of Native language instructors and specialists. He is particularly interested in place names and serves on the Yukon Geographical Place Names Board.

Hishinlai' Peter

107 Brooks, 907-474-7875

Hishinlai’ M.Ed. di’ii ts’’ jk Ph.D. geenjit ch’adantł’oo. Ji kwaii geenjit gineech’ałtthat -- nats’hts’’ diiginjk geech’oorahtan, nats’hts’’ diiginjk gooraa’ee, ginjik ch’izhii gooraa’ee, nats’hts’’ adagineech’arahtthat, ts’’ nats’’ diilak nąįį deegee’y’. Hishinlai’ Dinjii Zhuh nąįį Alaska ts’’ Canada nahkat gwats’an goovaa tr’agwah’y’.

Hishinlai’ received her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction in 2008 and is currently ABD. Her research and interests are on Indigenous language learning and teaching, second language acquisition, self identity, sociocultural theory, and activity theory. She has worked extensively with Indigenous groups (Athabascan, Haida, Tlingit, Alutiiq, and Aleut) throughout Alaska and Canada.

Siri Tuttle

Associate Professor
419 Brooks, 907-474-5708

Siri Tuttle is an Athabascan languages specialist with special interests in prosody -- tone, stress, and intonation. Her dissertation research on the Tanana language was done here in Fairbanks. Since receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1998, Siri has studied San Carlos and Jicarilla Apache data at the Phonetics Laboratory at UCLA and pursued questions in Navajo, Kaska, Ahtna, and Galice Athabascan at the Technische Universitt Berlin. Her present projects involve description and language revitalization in Ahtna and Lower Tanana. [UAF Faculty Web Page]

Steve Jacobson

Professor Emeritus

Leon Unruh

427 Brooks, 907-474-6577

Leon Unruh handles production of printed and electronic materials at ANLC. He came to ANLC in 2009 after three decades of newspaper editing in Kansas, Texas, and Alaska and two decades of freelance book editing in a variety of academic and business disciplines. He earned his bachelor's degree in journalism at the University of Kansas and is writing a history of his hometown. He is a co-author of Final Destinations: A Travel Guide for Remarkable Cemeteries in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana (2000). His most recent book is a novel set in Alaska and Kansas: Dog of the Afterworld (2013).

Alaska Native Language Center

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