Anna Berge

Professor of Linguistics
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 Iñupiat History, Language and Culture, and he served as president of the Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation. He served as an archeology facilitator for the Alaska Office of History and Archaeology. Mr. Brower was the founding director of the Iñupiat 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 Iñupiaq Language at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  


Walkie Charles

Associate 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.



Lawrence Kaplan

Professor Emeritus
306E Brooks, 907-474-6582

Lawrence Kaplan is professor emeritus of Linguistics and director of the Alaska Native Language Center from 2000 to 2018. He has taught 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.


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 Jetté 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).


Hishinlai' Peter

107 Brooks, 907-474-7875

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.


Sarala Puthuval

Collections Manager, Alaska Native Language Archive
109 Rasmuson Library, 907-474-7436

Sarala Puthuval is collections manager of the Alaska Native Language Archive. Her current project is to improve the accessibility and findability of materials in ANLA's vast collection. She received her PhD in Linguistics from the University of Washington Seattle in 2017, specializing in the southern and eastern Mongolian dialects spoken in China, as well as the historical study of language contact, endangerment, and revitalization. She was a Fulbright Scholar at Inner Mongolia University from 2014 to 2015.

Personal website 

Siri Tuttle

Professor of Linguistics, Director of ANLC

425 Brooks, 907-474-5708      

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. [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).


Gary Holton

Affiliate Faculty

As a Professor of Linguistics and Alaska Native Languages, documentary linguist, Gary has conducted firsthand fieldwork Dene (Athabascan) languages of Alaska  and 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. Current projects include research on Alaska Native Place Names and the Alor (Indonesia) Ethnobotany .

Gary holds a B.S. degree from UAF and a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is currently based at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.  

Dr. Alessandro Jaker

Affiliate Faculty

Alessandro Jaker is a phonologist and descriptive linguist, specializing in two Dene (Athabaskan) languages spoken in and around Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada: Wıı̀lıı̀deh Yatıı̀, a dialect of the Tłı̨chǫ (Dogrib) language (ethnologue: DGR) and Tetsǫ́t'ıné Yatıé (Yellowknife), a dialect of the Dëne Sųłıné (Chipewyan) language (ethnologue: CHP). He is currently working on a verb grammar of Tetsǫ́t'ıné, funded by an NSF/NEH Documenting Endangered Languages fellowship, to be published through ANLC.

Alex received his PhD in linguistics from Stanford University in 2012 and was a postdoctoral fellow at ANLC from 2013 to 2015, as part of the NSF Polar Postdoc Program. He currently works with Goyatıkǫ̀ Language Society in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

Dr. André Bourcier

Yukon Native Language Center, Canada

Affiliate Faculty

André Bourcier has been with the Yukon Native Language Centre in Whitehorse, Yukon for 15 years before becoming Acting Director in September 2015. His worked previously many years as a consultant in Linguistics and Language Planning for the Gwich'in and the Inuvialuit of the Northwest Territories.

He received a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Université Laval where his doctoral studies were supported through a Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada scholarship. 


Perry Gilmore

Affliate Faculty

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.

Alice Taff

Affiliate Faculty

Alice Taff works to foster Alaskan language continuity by engaging community members to document language, re-establish situations for language use, and create materials in their languages. Examples of materials are:

Taff earned her PhD in Linguistics from the University of Washington in 1999. She is immediate past president of the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas. Her current research interest is finding links between ancestral Indigenous language use and health.

John Ritter

Yukon Native Language Center, Canada

Affiliate Faculty

John Ritter is the founding director of the Yukon Native Language Centre in Whitehorse. 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.


Alaska Native Language Center
Mailing address
PO Box 757680, Fairbanks, AK 99775
Street address
1736 Tanana Drive, Fairbanks, AK 99775
Email address
Phone:   907-474-7874    |     Fax 907-474-6586

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