Siri Tuttle

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Siri Tuttle

Alaska Native Language Center
Dene Languages

sgtuttle@alaska.edu | 907-474-5708

Brooks 425

Siri Tuttle serves as director of the Alaska Native Language Center and has worked with the Alaska Native Language Archive to preserve and provide access to a vast collection of manuscripts and recordings documenting Alaska's rich linguistic history. She 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 Universität Berlin. Her present projects involve description and language revitalization in Ahtna and Lower Tanana.

  • Dene (Athabascan) Phonology, Phonetics, Morphology, Song Traditions
  • Individual study of heritage language

  • Introduction to Dene/Athabascan Grammar
  • Graduate Phonology  and Phonetics
  • Nature of Language

Speech and Song in Interior Dene (Athabascan) Communities

  • Athabascan languages
  • Acoustic phonetics, phonology, morphology
  • Interfaces: phonology-morphology, phonetics-morphology, syntax-morphology
  • Documentation and description
  • Reference materials for less commonly taught languages

  • Masters in Applied Linguistics
  • Cross Cultural Studies
  • Indigenous Ph.D.

Anna Berge

Anna Berge

Alaska Native Language Archive

amberge@alaska.edu | 907-474-5351

Brooks 421

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.

I specialize in the documentation, description, and history of the Eskimo-Aleut languages, especially in the areas of morphosyntax, discourse, typology, and prehistoric language contact.  I have worked with communities in Russia, Alaska, Eastern Canada, and Greenland, although my focus has been on Unangam Tunuu. As it is Unangam Tunuu is currently highly endangered, my work has included being actively engaged in language maintenance and revitalization activities, and on the long-term archival preservation of the results of documentation.  

Key specialties:  Documentation and description, Eskimo-Aleut, language contact in prehistory, morphosyntax and typology, language maintenance and revitalization, language archiving.

I teach classes in the following subjects at both undergraduate and graduate levels:  Morphology, Semantics, Field Methods, Community Language Documentation Language Contact, Language Contact in Prehistory (focusing on the North Pacific Coast), Eskimo-Aleut Linguistics, Unangax̂ Language and Culture, and Documentation and Archives

Language Contact in Prehistory along the North Pacific Coast

My current focus is in understanding the nature of the historical development of Unangam Tunuu, its divergence from the Eskimoan branch of the family, and the factors that encouraged this divergence.  This work is highly multidisciplinary, and involves results from the fields of linguistics, archaeology, genetics, paleo-environmental studies, and ethnohistory, and the geographical area that includes the current homelands of the Unangan, Sugpiat, Dena’ina, Eyak, and Tlingit. 


Subsistence Terms in Unangam Tunuu (Aleut), Language Dispersal Beyond Farming

Coordination in Pribilof Islands Unangam Tunuu, Linguistic Discovery

Hans Egede Oqaluppalaarutaa:  Hans Egede’s Story, Proceedings of the 14th Inuit Studies Conference 

Insubordination in Aleut. Dynamics of Insubordination

Divine Inspiration.  Revue Amerindia

Polysynthesis in Aleut (Unangam Tunuu).  Linguistic Typology of the North 3

Object Reduction in Aleut.  Asian and African Languages and Linguistics 7: Transitivity and Its Related Phenomena

Coordination in Pribilof Islands Unangam Tunuu. Linguistic Discovery.

Adequacy in DocumentationLanguage Documentation:  Practice and Values

Unexpected Non-Anaphoric Marking in Aleut.  Rara & Rarissima: Documenting the fringes of linguistic diversity

Re-evaluating the Linguistic Reconstruction of Proto-Eskimo-Aleut.  Journal of Historical Linguistics

Reexamining the Linguistic Prehistory of Aleut (Unangam Tunuu). Digging For Words: Archaeolinguistic Case Studies from the XV Nordic TAG Conference Held at the University of Copenhagen

Subsistence Terms in Unangam Tunuu (Aleut)Language Dispersal Beyond Farming

Origins of Linguistic Diversity in the Aleutian Islands.  Human Biology





How the Atkans Talk (Niigugis Mataliin Tununxtazangis)

Pribilof Anĝaĝigan Tuningin / The Way We Talk in the Pribilofs

Topic and discourse structure in West Greenlandic agreement constructions


Walkie Charles

Walkie Charles

Associate Professor
Alaska Native Languages

swcharles@alaska.edu | 907-474-7170

Brooks 107A

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.


Patrick Marlow

Associate Professor

pemarlow@alaska.edu | 907-474-7447

Brooks 306F

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).

Hishinlai' Peter

Hishinlai' Peter

Alaska Native Languages

hrpeter@alaska.edu | 907-474-7875

Brooks 107

Hishinlai’ M.Ed. di’ii ts’à’ jùk Ph.D. geenjit ch’adantł’oo. Jìi kwaii geenjit gineech’ałtthat -- nats’àhts’à’ diiginjìk geech’oorahtan, nats’àhts’à’ diiginjìk gooraa’ee, ginjik ch’izhii gooraa’ee, nats’àhts’à’ adagineech’arahtthat, ts’à’ nats’à’ diilak nąįį deegee’yà’. Hishinlai’ Dinjii Zhuh nąįį Alaska ts’à’ Canada nahkat gwats’an goovaa tr’agwah’yà’.

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.