Faculty, Affiliates & Graduate Students
Linguistics Program Chair, Associate Professor of Linguistics
Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997
Specialization: Language Policy and Planning, Language Revitalization, The academy’s place in community language work, Linguistic Survivance and Decolonization
MF: 2:00pm-3:00pm and by appointment
Patrick Marlow serves as the program director for the Linguistics program. 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 (w/Alexie2005-2008), Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education (w/ Siekmann 2006-2009), and Preparing Teachers of Yup'ik Language and Culture (w/ Siekmann 2008-2011), Computer Assisted Language Learning for Alaska Native Languages (w/ Siekmann & Martelle) 2012-2016.
Marlow, P. & Siekmann, S. (Eds.) (2013). Communities of Practice: An Alaskan Native Model for Language Teaching and Learning. University of Arizona Press.
Current Research Projects
Ryan, Siekmann, Marlow
A qualitative multiple case study investigation into the motivations, attitudes and practices of two families successfully raising bilingual children. Activity Systems Analysis is used to investigate the importance of present action as it relates to the past (e.g., ties to family, place) and the future (e.g., children’s choice and agency).
This changes everything! It isn’t sloppy language.
Discourses of English Learner and Dialect in Alaskan K-12 settings
Marlow, Whitehead Martelle, Webster
A qualitative investigation into the efficacy of graduate course work in addressing a deficit orientation to the identification of speakers of Alaskan Regional Englishes. Throughout the course, teachers engaged in linguistic analysis through collaborative discovery learning projects on Alaska Regional Englishes (ARE) with the explicit goals of discovering (a) the linguistic principle that all dialects (including ARE) are equally valid, rule governed and expressive, (b) the harmful effects of the commonly expressed belief that students “don’t have either language”, and (c) the privileged nature of Standardized American English (SAE) in school-based curricula.
Associate Professor of Linguistics & Anthropology
Ph.D. University of California Santa Barbara, 2004
Specializations: Linguistic anthropology, sociolinguistics, semiotics, discourse analysis, morphosyntax, stance, ritual language, mood and modality, linguistic typology, Mayan linguistics, Indigenous languages of North America.
Monday 1:00-2:30 pm
Thursday 9:00-11:00 am
and by appointment
As a linguistic anthropologist I am animated by thinking about language as a cultural
resource. I liken my training and outlook to a “toolbox” that allows me to investigate
cultural formations in a way that gets beyond what can be unearthed by interviews
and participant observation. Using language as a lens—and discourse analysis as a
tool—illuminates how the form of an utterance or speech event can “say” and “do” in
ways that are meaningful beyond its content. I also believe that semiotics, one of
the frameworks in my arsenal, has much to offer cultural anthropologists and archeologists.
I am enthusiastic about working with students whose interests are not only firmly
centered in linguistic anthropology, but also those who seek advising on research
design, field methods and interpretation of things ranging from grammatical structures,
narratives and interviews to the semiotic use of space and material culture.
In my own research I use my methodological and conceptual toolkit to investigate core issues of anthropological and ethnographic interest: personhood, subjectivity, kinship, ritual, religion and morality. I explore these things in my primary fieldsite in highland Guatemala, where I have done extensive research with two ethnolinguistic groups, the K'iche' and Sakapultek Maya. I have also pursued research with North American evangelicals and US conservative talk radio. I draw from my research in my teaching and have offered courses on linguistic anthropology, sociolinguistics, the language of religion and ritual, discourse analysis, the cultural construction of the self, and political media.
- Linguistic Anthropology
- Anthropology of Christianity
- Discourse Analysis
- Self and Subjectivity
- Ethnography of Moralities
- Indigenous Languages and Cultures
- Mesoamerica and the United States
- Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)
- Utilizing authentic online materials in a task-based approach
- Facilitating communicative tasks in electronic environments
- Applications to indigenous language maintenance and revitalization
- Web-based Distance Learning of foreign language and teacher education
- Second Life, wikis and video
- Sociocultural Theory and Second Language Learning
- Peer scaffolding
- Dynamic assessment
- Teacher Education
- Distance Teacher Education
- Teacher attitudes and beliefs about technology in language teaching and learning
- Research methods
- Individual and pair learning processes
- discourse analysis as a tool to understand distance education
- peer scaffolding and mediation in distance education settings
- Theories of Second Language Acquisition
- Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
- Second Language Curriculum and Materials Development
- Critical Theory in Second Language Contexts
- Sociocultural Theory and Second Language Learning
- Theories and Methods of Teaching Second/Foreign Languages
- Introduction to Second Language Acquisition
- ESOL2 Reading and Critical Literacy
- Web Design
- Telecommunications in Education
- Nature of Language
- Theories of Second Language Acquisition
- Methods of Teaching Second/Foreign Languages
- ESOL 1 Curriculum and Pedagogy of ESOL
- ESOL 2 Reading and Critical Literacy
- Foreign Language Methods
- Beginning German 1
- Beginning German 2
- Intermediate German 1
- Intermediate German 2
- German Conversation and Composition
English as a Second Language
- Computer Skills Elective – Levels 3 and 4 (intermediate and high intermediate)
- Strategies for Learning – Level 2 (low intermediate)
Chair of PhD committees
- Hishinlai’ “Kathy Sikorski” (estimated graduation date Spring 2010)
- Walkie Charles (estimated graduation date Fall 2009)
- Dynamic Assessment in a Yup'ik L2 Intermediate Adult Classroom
- Chisato Murakami (estimated graduation date Fall 2010)
- Metacognition in Kanji Reading
Chair of M.A./M.Ed. Committees
- Carrie Aldrich (graduated Fall 2007)
- Tutor Strategies in face-to-face and distance tutorial sessions: Tutor and student perceptions
- Kathy Sikorski (graduated Fall 2008)
- An Indigenous Classroom: Assisting and Provoking Language Performance
- Aric Bills (estimated graduation date Fall 2008)
- An Electronic Dictionary of Aleut
- Ginny Schlichting (estimated graduation date Spring 2009)
- Needs Assessment of Fairbanks Adult English Language Learners
- Cathy Moses (estimated graduation date Fall 2009)
- Focus on Form in the Yup’ik Immersion Classroom
- Anastasia Holmberg (estimated graduation date Fall 2009)
- Bidialectalism: Teachers as Government Agents or Social Agents?
- Renee Green (estimated graduation date Fall 2009)
- The Hooper Bay Yup’ik Eskimo Immersion Program
- Carol Oulton (estimated graduation date Fall 2009)
- Singing and focus on form in the Yup’ik Immersion Classroom
- Theresa Prince (estimated graduation date Fall 2009)
- Elders in the classroom
- Sheila Wallace (estimated graduation date Fall 2009)
- Curriculum Mapping: A Tool for Authentic Second-Language Teaching, Learning and Assessment
- Erin Kavanaugh (estimated graduation date Fall 2009)
- The Use of Blogs to Increase Writing performance
- Emily Stribling (estimated graduation date Spring 2010)
- Improving Literacy through Technology
- Sally Samson (estimated graduation date Fall 2009)
- Eskimo Dancing: An Introduction to Writing
- Joanne Sundown (estimated graduation date Fall 2009)
- Multicultural Literature
- Mae Pitka (estimated graduation date Fall 2009)
- Using Culturally Relevant Materials to Improve Reading Fluency and Comprehension
Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, 2019
Education - Human Development & Psychology
Specializations:Language and literacy development, Second Language Acquisition, Language assessment
Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 am-11:00am and by appointment
- Ryan, È. (2021) French vocabulary development of early-elementary students in a dual language immersion
program: The role of out-of-school input and output.
International Journal of Bilingualism.
- Ryan, È. (2021) The impact of home literacy on bilingual vocabulary development.
Bilingual Research Journal, 44(1), 108-123.
- Ryan, È. (2020) Parents’ investment in a French-English dual language immersion program in the United
Journal of Language, Identity & Education.
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
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.
- Studies in Inuit Linguistics: In Honor of Michael Fortescue
- Comparative Eskimo Dictionary with Aleut Cognates (Alaska Native Language Center Research Paper no. 9)
- Inupiaq in the Schools
- Phonological Issues in North Alaskan Inupiaq (Alaska Native Language Center Research Papers no. 6)
- Yupik Eskimo Prosodic Systems: Descriptive and Comparative Studies (Alaska Native Language Center Research Papers no. 7)
- North Slope Literacy Manual
- Qawiaraq Inupiaq Literacy Manual
- Iñupiaq Phrases and Conversations
- Kobuk Inupiaq Literacy Manual
- Suva Una (What's It Doing?) (Kobuk Dialect)
Professor of Linguistics
Specializations: Dene (Athabascan) Phonology, Phonetics, Morphology, Song Traditions, Individual study of heritage language
Siri Tuttle served 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.
- Vowels and Vocables in Lower Tanana Athabascan (TAA) - Journal of Phonetic Society of Japan
- Comparative and Superlative Constructions in Alaskan Athabascan Languages - Linguistic Discovery
- Lower Tanana Athabascan Language Lessons
- Benhti Kokht'ana Kenaga' (Minto Lower Tanana Athabascan Pocket Dictionary)
- Proceedings of the 2003 Athabaskan Languages Conference (Working Papers in Alaska Native Languages 3)
- Working Papers in Athabaskan Languages (Working Papers in Alaska Native Languages 4)
- Proceedings of the 2006 Dene (Athabaskan) Languages Conference (Working Papers in Alaska Native Languages 6)
- Proceedings of the 2007 Athabaskan Languages Conference (Working Papers in Alaska Native Languages 7)
- Working Papers in Athabaskan Languages 2009
- Working Papers in Athabaskan Languages 2010
- Yenida'a Tah, Tsu'utsaede, K'adiide / Mythical Times, Ancient Times, Recent Times: An Anthology of Ahtna Narratives
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
- 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 Documentation. Language 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