J. Ritter

Curriculum Vitae


a. Professional Preparation

Michigan State University Electrical Engineering B.A., 1966
Michigan State University French Language and Literature B.A., 1966
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Linguistics A.B.D., 1970

b. Appointments

Mount Sanford Tribal Council, Chistochina, Alaska
     2002 to Present, Linguistic Consultant, Ahtna Language Program

University of Alaska Fairbanks
     1995 to Present, Affiliate Professor of Alaska Native Languages
     1990 to 1995, Research Associate, Alaska Native Language Center (ANLC)
     Summer 1993, 1990, 1989, 1988, Visiting Faculty, Alaska Native Languages

Yukon Native Language Centre (YNLC) – Whitehorse, Yukon:
     1977 to Present, Founding Director and Senior Linguist
Yukon Flats School District
     1985 to 1987, Linguistic Consultant to Gwich'in Curriculum

c. Selected Publications

i. 5 most closely related to proposed project

(In prep. a)  Canadian Gwich'in Ethno-geography. Documentation and analysis of native
      place names, landscape, and land use by Gwich'in people of Peel River (Teetl'it
     Gwich'in), Upper Porcupine River (Dagoo Gwich'in), Crow Flats (Van Tat Gwich'in)
     and Arctic Red River (Gwichyah Gwich'in). Maps, lists of sites and settlements
      representative travel narratives and genealogical data.
(In prep. c) Tutchone Phonology, Morphology and Lexicography. Basic documentation of
      Northern and Southern Tutchone languages, including dialectology, historical
      phonology and details of synchronic morphological processes.
Compiler and editor: Tanacross Athabascan Languages Lessons by Irene Solomon.
      Whitehorse, Yukon and Fairbanks, Alaska: YNLC and ANLC. 1994.
Compiler and editor: Han Language Lessons (Dawson Dialect) by Percy Henry and Mabel
      Henry. Whitehorse, Yukon: YNLC. 1994.
Compiler and editor: Upper Tanana Language Lessons (Scottie Creek Dialect) by Bessie
      Johns and Doris John. Whitehorse, Yukon: YNLC. 1994.

ii. 5 other significant publications

(In prep. b) Eastern Gwich'in Narratives. Teetl'it Gwich'in (Peel River) texts by William
      Nersyoo, Sr., Andrew Kunnizzi, Sarah Peters and others. Materials gathered in Ft.
      McPherson, N.W.T., 1972 – 1987. Transcriptions, translations, and commentaries.
Compiler and editor: Tanacross Listening Exercises by Irene Solomon, Whitehorse,
     Yukon and Fairbanks, Alaska: TNLC and ANLC. 1994.
Compiler and editor: Han Listening Exercises (Eagle, Alaska Dialect) by Isaac Juneby.
      Whitehorse, Yukon and Fairbanks, Alaska: YNLC and ANLC. 1995.
Review of Athabascan Language Studies: Essays in Honor of Robert W. Young,
      Edited by Eloise Jelinek, S. Midgette, K. Rice and L. Saxon. American Anthropologist 99 (3):            September, 1997.

d. Synergistic activities

Founding Director of the Yukon Native Language Centre (YNLC), Whitehorse, Yukon.
      A research and training facility serving First Nations of the Yukon and neighboring regions of            Alaska, British Columbia, and the Northwest Territories. It is administered by the Council of Yukon First Nations with funds provided by the Government of Yukon.
The YNLC trains and certifies language teachers, conducts on-going research,
develops curricular material for a dozen languages and maintains an extensive
archival collection of narratives, songs, place names and other language materials.
The YNLC represents a longstanding educational collaboration between principal
political groups in the Yukon.

Co-authored Teaching Yukon Native Languages, a Guidebook for Native Language
(1980; second edition, 2003) serving three generations of aboriginal
language teachers in the Yukon, Alaska, British Columbia and the NW Territories.
It represents a collaboration between a trained linguist, a native speaker and
writer of an Athabaskan language, Gertie Tom and an experienced classroom language
teacher, Collyne Bunn. It captures in microcosm the collaborative nature of all the
work, that takes place at the YNLC (www.ynlc.ca).

Since 1987, John has served as chair (or co-chair) of the Yukon Geographical Place-Names
      Board, an independent body established as part of the Land Claims Agreement between
Government of Canada and the Council of Yukon Indians. One of my principal
professional interests is Athabaskan (and Tlingit) toponomy, and a great deal of the
Board’s work involves reviewing aboriginal names for official recognition. Our website,
www.yukonplacenames.ca contains samples of names with sound files of pronunciations
by native speakers.

e. Collaborators and Other Affiliations

(i) Collaborators (recent)
Cynthia Ainsworth, Language Project Director, Mount Sanford Tribal Consortium (MSTC) Chistochina, Alaska; Lena Charley, Ahtna Elder and Language Consultant,
MSTC; Lorraine Allen, Southern Tutchone (Athabaskan) Language Instructor, YNLC;
Doug Hitch, YNLC; Jeffry Leer, ANLC.

(ii) Graduate Advisors.
(iii) Thesis Advisees.


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