Research

NILI faculty and staff research

The research of the faculty and staff of the Northwest Indian Language Institute bridges the gap between theory and application. Our research expertise is recognized nationally and internationally for its breadth and scope, grounded in collaborative experience, with an eye towards practical applications for the communities with whom we work.

Selected Recent Publications

2018

Dwyer, Arienne, Ofelia Zapada, Jordan Lachler, Janne Underriner. 2018. Training Institutes for Language Revitalization. In Handbook of Language Revitalization. eds. Leanne Hinton, Leena Huss & Gerald Roche. pp.61-70. New York: Routledge.

Gildea, Spike and Joana Jansen. 2018. The development of referential hierarchy effects in Sahaptin. In Typological Hierarchies in Synchrony and Diachrony, eds. Sonia Cristofaro & Fernando Zúñiga. Typological Studies in Language 121, 129-190. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Jacob, Michelle M., Emily West Hartlerode, Jennifer R. O’Neal, Janne Underriner, Joana Jansen, & Kelly M. LaChance. 2018. Placing Indigenous traditional ecological knowledge at the center of our research and teaching. Journal of Folklore and Education 5(2).

Jacob, Michelle M., Leilani Sabzalian, Joana Jansen, Tary Tobin, Claudia Vincent & Kelly LaChance. 2018. The Gift of education: How Indigenous knowledges can transform the future of public education. International Journal of Multicultural Education 20(1): 157-185.

Underriner, Janne & Joana Jansen. 2018. The Role of Institutions of Higher Education in Teaching Indigenous Languages: Ichishkíin and Chinuk Wawa. Language & Linguistics Compass 12(9). https://doi.org/10.1111/lnc3.12276. wileyonlinelibrary.com/journal/lnc3. John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Earlier

Beavert, Virginia. 2017. The Gift of Knowledge Ttnuwit Atawish Nch’inch’imami. Janne Underriner editor. Seattle: University of Washington Press.

Jansen, J., Underriner, J. & Jacob, R. (2013). Revitalizing languages through place-based language curriculum. In Mihas, E., Perley, B., Rei-Doval, G. & Wheatley, K. (eds.) Responses to language endangerment: In honor of Mickey Noonan. (pp. 221-242). Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Jansen, J. (2012). Ditransitive alignment in Yakima Sahaptin. Linguistic Discovery, 10 (3), 37-54.

Accepted for publication

Jacob, Michelle M., Virginia Beavert, Regan Anderson, Leilani Sabzalian, & Joana Jansen. Accepted for publication. The Importance of Ichishkíin in advancing Indigenous feminist education. Feminist Studies.

Jansen, Joana, Valerie Switzler & Janne Underriner. Accepted for publication. Language revitalization and vitality: Schools and communities working together. In On Indian Ground: The Northwest, edited by Stephany RunningHawk Johnson & Michelle Jacob. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

2017-2018 Presentations

2018

Blackhorn, Hobie, Michelle Jacob, Joana Jansen & Stephany RunningHawk Johnson. 2018. Why Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge is Important for STEM. Presented at the 4th Biannual Network Gender and STEM Conference, University of Oregon, August 1.

Elliott, Robert. 2018. The Power of Place. Fulbright Language Teaching Assistants (FLTA) orientation workshop. University of Oregon, Eugene, OR. May 17.

Elliott, Robert & Jeff Magoto. 2018. Jumpstarting your Place Based Lesson with Google Maps” Half day workshop. Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO), Urbana-Champaign, IL. June 1.

Hall, Jaeci, Carson Viles & Jerome Viles. 2018. Nuu-da’ Mv-ne’. Dene Languages Conference, Smith River, CA. June 1.

Viles, Carson & Jerome Viles. 2018. Archives in Revitalization. University of Oregon Native American Strategies Research Colloquium. Eugene, OR. October 17.

Viles, Carson and Jerome Viles. 2018. Nuu-da’ Mv-ne’: Developing a Digital Archive for Oregon Dene Materials. Breath of Life, UC Berkeley, CA. June 3-9.

2017

Anderson Regan, Joana Jansen and Janne Underriner. 2017. Camas at the center: An Integrative model of documentation and revitalization. Presented at the 5th International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation, University of Hawai‘i Manoa, March 2.

Elliott, Robert. 2017. Jumpstarting your Place Based Lesson with Google Maps Half day workshop. Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO), Flagstaff , AZ. May 17.

Elliott, Robert. 2017. Native Language Teacher Education: Two Models for Online Collaborative Learning. Tenth International Conference Language Teacher Education (NHLRC), UCLA, Los Angeles. February 2.

Elliott, Robert & Janne Underriner. 2017. Developing an Online Teacher Training Course for North American Native language teachers. First International Conference on Revitalization of Indigenous and Minoritized Languages, Barcelona Spain, April 19.

Elliott, Robert & Janne Underriner. 2017. Working with Sleeping Languages. Half-day workshop for Sur la revitalization de langues postvernaculaires d’Amérique: Langues d’Oregon de NILI et langue Rama du Nicaragua de Ipilc (LED-TDR Lyon workshop, Sociolinguistics of Endangered Languages Profiles, Post-vernacularity and Revitalization) LED-DDL Lyon, France, April 25.

Jansen, Joana and Janne Underriner. 2017. Speaking up for health: Culture and language as protective factors to wellness. Presented at the Western Conference on Linguistics (WECOL), Boise State University, Boise. October 2.

Jansen, Joana & Janne Underriner. 2017. Ichishkíin and Chinuk Wawa: Teaching local endangered languages at the University of Oregon and Lane Community College. Presented at the Linguistic Society of America’s Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, January 6.

Underriner, Janne. 2017. Culture Place-based Curriculum for Language Revitalization. Pre-conference Workshop. Engaged Humanities: preserving and revitalizing endangered languages and cultural heritage. University of Warsaw Faculty of “Artes Liberales” Poland November 13.

Underriner, Janne & Joana Jansen. 2017. The role of institutions of higher education in teaching Indigenous languages: Ichishkíin and Chinuk Wawa. Celebrating 20 Years of NILI – Local to Global Perspectives on Language Revitalization and Documentation. University of Oregon, Eugene, June 30-July2, 2017.

Underriner, Janne & Robert Elliott. 2017. Ichsihkíin (Sahaptin) culture and language as protective factors. First International Conference on Revitalization of Indigenous and Minoritized Languages, Barcelona Spain, April 21.

Underriner, Janne & Robert Elliott. 2017. The State of Indigenous Languages in the State of Oregon. Half-day workshop for Sur la revitalisation de langues postvernaculaires d’Amérique: Langues d’Oregon de NILI et langue Rama du Nicaragua de Ipilc (LED-TDR Lyon workshop, Sociolinguistics of Endangered Languages Profiles, Post-vernacularity and Revitalization) LED-DDL Lyon, France, April 25.

Underriner, Janne & Robert Elliott. 2017. “The First Languages of Oregon”. Training for Oregon Diversity and Inclusion Conference for state employees. Salem, OR. September 12&13.

Underriner, Janne and Robert Elliott. 2017. An analysis of the actors of an Ichishkíin Language Collaborative Research Project. Engaged Humanities: preserving and revitalizing endangered languages and cultural heritage. University of Warsaw Faculty of “Artes Liberales” Warsaw, Poland. November 15–16, 2017.

Underriner, Janne and Robert Elliott. 2017.Participatory Action Research: 20 Years of Community Partnerships”. Half day pre-conference workshop presented at Engaged Humanities: Preserving and revitalizing endangered languages and cultural heritage conference, University of Warsaw University of Warsaw Faculty of “Artes Liberales”. Warsaw, Poland. November 14.

UO graduate student thesis projects

In addition to our own research, we work with colleagues at UO to develop respectful and inclusive research and data management practices and procedures for projects that are inclusive of tribal partners. We also mentor UO students as they plan and carry out their research projects.

Anderson, Regan. (2015). Reclaiming home domains in a Yakima Ichishkíin language classroom (Master’s thesis, University of Oregon, Eugene, USA).

Brittany Parham’s Thesis

Viles, Carson. (2013). Daa-naa~-yash / Hədiw’ (Honors thesis, University of Oregon, Eugene, USA).

Atkins, Marnie. (2012).  Strategies for an Indigenous self-apprenticeship language learning program (MA thesis, University of Oregon, Eugene, USA).

Bommelyn, Pyuwa. (2011). Dee-ni’ Mee-ne’ Wee-ya’ Lhetlh-xat: Dee-ni’ home language class (MA thesis, University of Oregon, Eugene, USA).

Walker, Megan. (2014). An online materials portfolio for the adult self-study of Chinuk Wawa (MA thesis, University of Oregon, Eugene, USA).

Jacob, Roger. (2010). Náktkwanint Tiinwítki: Teaching materials to benefit Yakama language learning and natural resource management (MA thesis, University of Oregon, Eugene, USA).

Sheppard, Beth. (2008). Bringing Your Language Home: A Workshop and Materials for Pacific Northwest Families Involved in Language Revitalization (MA thesis, University of Oregon, Eugene, USA).

Other research

You can see more examples of our collaborative work on our Collaborations page.

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