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    Build and Broaden: Bridging Critical Research Collaborations for Faculty Success in Texas MSIs - Being a Resilient Researcher at Mid-Career Webinar Series (Spring 2021)
    (2021) Araiza, Isabel; Epley Sanders, Jennifer; Ramirez, Michael; Fitzgerald, Colleen
    The state of Texas has more minority-serving institutions (MSI) than any state other than California. The state's pressing priorities mimic many at the national level, such as a need for greater inclusion at all levels of the scientific enterprise. While the National Science Foundation (NSF) has identified many effective strategies to demystify the grants process, funding rates at MSIs still lag behind other institutions with fewer students of color, including in the social, behavioral, and economic (SBE) sciences. In turn, this means MSI students have fewer opportunities to participate in research or to acquire cutting edge scientific techniques, the kinds of experiences that increase options for career paths and advanced education. This grant funds three mini-conferences for MSI faculty in Texas, with a focus on participation by faculty of color, women faculty, and mid-career faculty. The mini-conferences will feature presentations by former NSF staff and other faculty who bring expertise in navigating different career pathways, including at MSIs. Through the events, faculty at MSIs will learn more about NSF grant proposals and research collaborations and will have access to on-site mentorship and collaboration opportunities. The conference organizers also plan to collect survey data on the career pathways of participating faculty in the SBE sciences at these institutions, with an eye towards better understanding how to support research capacity, especially for collaborations. As a result, a larger pool of faculty at MSIs will share an understanding of NSF proposals and fellow SBE researchers in the region. Increased attention to SBE research and funding in the state of Texas will advance fundamental knowledge in the SBE disciplines, highlighting the value of SBE research in a state which receives roughly 90% of its funding in the non-SBE disciplines, according to figures from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
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    Preparing Grant Proposals for NSF's Dynamic Linguistic Infrastructure/NEH's Documenting Endangered Languages Program
    (2020) Fitzgerald, Colleen
    Preparing Grant Proposals for NSF's Dynamic Linguistic Infrastructure/NEH's Documenting Endangered Languages Program This webinar series, starting September 8, 2020 will offer training to members of Native American groups in order to help increase submissions and successful awards in the language sciences for projects led by Native American principal investigators, especially those based at Native American institutions. Join us for a series of presentations about the process of preparing and submitting a grant to the joint program, National Science Foundation's Dynamic Linguistic Infrastructure/National Endowment for the Humanities' Documenting Endangered Languages (DLI-DEL).
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    Motivating the Documentation of the Verbal Arts: Arguments from Theory and Practice
    (Language Documentation & Conservation, 2017-02-06) Fitzgerald, Colleen
    For language documentation to be sufficiently extensive to cover a given community’s language practices (cf. Himmelmann 1998), then including verbal arts is essential to ensure the richness of that comprehensive record. The verbal arts span the creative and artistic uses of a given language by speakers, such as storytelling, songs, puns and poetry. In this paper, I demonstrate the significance of verbal arts documentation in three other ways. Drawing from Indigenous language community contexts in the United States, I describe how the verbal arts are relevant to linguistic theory, revitalization and training. First, the influence by verbal arts on phonological theory is attested, affirming that the collection and analysis of verbal arts data plays a significant role in the phonological analysis of a given language and in theories of phonology. Second, the verbal arts generate extremely useful examples in training models for language work, since such examples can be used to cultivate phonological awareness in learners and teachers. Third, the verbal arts provide culturally meaningful materials for language revitalization.
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    Morphology in the Muskogean languages
    (Language and Linguistics Compass, 2016-12-29) Fitzgerald, Colleen
    The indigenous languages of the Americas exemplify a number of uncommon typological patterns, especially in their morphology. Here, that rich morphology is illustrated via the Muskogean languages of the southeastern United States. Muskogean languages are agglutinative, but even more interesting and uncommon patterns emerge in an analysis of their morphology. These include subtractive morphology, suppletion, infixation, ablaut, and the use of suprasegmentals. These morphological patterns present considerable complexity. Inflected verbs in narratives and conversation often reflect more than one of the morphological processes. This morphological complexity also demonstrates characteristics of being nonlinear, of being prosodic yet not aligning with neat prosodic boundaries, of not having direct correspondence between grammatical categories and surface segments or suprasegmentals, or having more than one of those characteristics. Six of the seven Muskogean languages are still currently spoken by fluent first language speakers, and many of the tribal nations who represent these languages are involved in ongoing documentation and revitalization efforts, often in partnership with linguists. Thus, despite their highly endangered status, excellent existing documentation and new questions in research create an opportunity to collect even more intricate inflected forms that will enrich models of morphology and morphological theory while having broader impacts, like supporting tribal language revitalization.