ICOL Lecture by Wesley Y. Leonard: Toward a Native American Linguistics

Wesley Leonard / Courtesy photo

The Interdisciplinary Committee on Linguistics at Arizona State University presents Wesley Y. Leonard, Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and assistant professor of ethnic studies at the University of California, Riverside, in the talk "Toward a Native American Linguistics."

Despite increasing support for Native American community needs and values in linguistic research, members of these communities continue to experience marginalization when linguists operate with colonial logics in research, teaching, and service. For example, linguistic analysis often isolates, fragments, and describes language in ways that are alienating to community members for whom language is not an object that exists separately from culture or peoplehood. Using Native American needs and views of language as a baseline, Leonard proposes "Native American Linguistics" as a decolonial framework to address such limitations and discuss broader implications of this approach.

About the speaker

Supported by a PhD in Linguistics and experience in community language programs, Wesley Y. Leonard researches Native American language reclamation and builds capacity to support reclamation initiatives. A recent collaborative project that he co-chairs, Natives4Linguistics, promotes Indigenous needs and intellectual tools as ways of doing linguistic science.

ICOL events are hosted with the support of the Department of English.

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Katie Bernstein
Friday, Sep. 13, 2019, 1:30-3 p.m.
Ross-Blakley Hall (RBHL)
Tempe campus
Free of charge and open to the public