Naomi Palosaari

Project Director

My research interests include documentation of endangered languages (specifically American Indian languages), phonology, morphology, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, and language typology. A primary focus of my research has been on the use of linguistic data and field research to inform phonological, sociolinguistic, and historical studies in linguistics along with pedagogical applications in language communities. In conjunction with my research, I provided instruction on recording techniques and audio digitization at the Center for American Indian Languages at the University of Utah for several years and collaborated with American Indian community members in the creation of language learning materials and in language teaching. As an ongoing project I am developing language learning booklets and resources for the Mocho' community in Chiapas, Mexico, with the collaboration of many individual researchers and student interns at various levels of involvement. More recently, I have become interested in the uses of mapping in language documentation.

I completed my PhD in linguistics from the University of Utah in May 2011 and my MA in linguistics at Wayne State University in 2005. My dissertation was a fieldwork-based grammatical description of the phonology and morphology of Mocho', a Mayan language of southern Mexico, supervised by Prof. Lyle Campbell. For my MA essay I did fieldwork on Walpole Island, Ontario, on variation and change in Nishnaabemwin (Ottawa), supervised by Prof. Martha Ratliff. I have also participated in minor research projects on Waray-Waray, North Saami, Khakas, Quechua, Dena'ina, Shoshone, and Navajo and worked with Dena'ina, Shoshone, and Mocho' language communities.

Although my current position at ILIT does not involve teaching, I have taught linguistics courses at Eastern Michigan University, Metropolitan State College of Denver, and the University of Utah; including courses on semantics, the history of English, introduction to linguistics, linguistics for educators, languages of the world, linguistic diversity in the United States, and linguistic field methods (co-taught with Lyle Campbell). Prior to entering graduate school I taught ESL in Korea and elementary school in the United States. I grew up in the great state of Arizona.