Summer 2019 Meeting

July 13–14, 2019

University of California, Davis

Special Session: Broader impacts related to digital resources

The summer meeting of the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA) was held at the LSA 2019 Linguistic Institute at the University of California, Davis.

This meeting included a special session on the broader impact of linguistic work in the Americas. The social context and collaborative dynamic of every project varies enormously across the continent. Whereas some communities might focus efforts on language conservation and reclamation, others might consider linguistic work to take a less central role in achieving community goals. Scholars were encouraged to submit contributions which explored the ways in which they collaborate with speaker communities and other stakeholders, and what broader impacts their work has had, whether positive or negative. To further bring this special session in line with the overall theme of 2019 Institute – linguistics in a digital era – we asked that authors focus on broader impacts related to digital resources.


Location: UC Davis Conference Center, Ballroom B


Historical Linguistics

  • 9:00–9:30: Possible language interference from Xinka on Ch’orti (Maya) verb structure
    • Robin Quizar (Metro State University of Denver)
  • 9:30–10:00: Esselen as a Hokan language
    • David L. Shaul (University of Colorado)
  • 10:00–10:30: The Piipash word for ‘coyote’ as a window into Yuman historical development
    • Jonathan Geary (University of Arizona)
  • 10:30–11:00: Coffee Break

Special Session: Broader Impacts Related to Digital Resources

  • 11:00–11:30: The creation of digital resources in two South American Indigenous communities: Successes and challenges
    • Martin Kohlberger (Leiden University / University of Texas at Austin)
  • 11:30–12:00: Big corpora, big files, big teams, and big impacts in language documentation in Ecuador
    • Simeon Floyd (Universidad San Francisco de Quito)
  • 12:00–12:30: Inuktut language atlas: A collaborative digital project with Inuit language communities
    • Kumiko Murasugi (Carleton University)
  • 12:30–2:00: Lunch Break
  • 2:00–2:30: Documenting Kakua traditional botanical knowledge: Its implications for linguistic studies
    • Katherine Bolaños (Universidad de los Andes)
  • 2:30–3:00: MeTILDA: Pitch movements with standardized F0 perceptual intervals
    • Mizuki Miyashita (University of Montana)
    • Min Chen (University of Washington – Bothell)
    • James Randall (University of Montana)
    • Mitchell Lee (University of Washington – Bothell)
  • 3:00–3:30: Blended learning in a language revitalization context
    • Edwin Ko (University of California, Berkeley)
    • Julie Nee (University of California, Berkeley)
    • Erica Carson Jr. (Redwood Valley Rancheria)
    • Catherine O’Connor (Boston University)
  • 3:30–4:00: Coffee Break


  • 4:00–4:30: Active-stative agreement in Crow
    • Edwin Ko (University of California, Berkeley)
  • 4:30–5:00: Subordination and nominalization in Chukchansi Yokuts
    • John Boyle (California State University, Fresno)
    • Brian Agbayani (California State University, Fresno)



  • 9:00–9:30: Word Paradigm Morphology and Kwakwala inflectional marker in high school
    • Peter Wilson (Carleton University)
  • 9:30–10:00: Strategies for simplifying morphology in Inuktitut child-directed speech
    • Shanley Allen (University of Kaiserslautern)
    • Mary Elliott (Northeastern University)
  • 10:00–10:30: Non-possessibles and possessive classifier systems in indigenous American languages
    • Johanna Nicholas (University of California, Berkeley)
    • Anna Bugaeva (Tokyo University of Science)
  • 10:30–11:00: Coffee Break

Linguistic research, collaboration, and careers in the Americas

  • Emiliana Cruz (CIESAS Mexico) (organizer)
  • Simeon Floyd (USFQ Ecuador) (organizer)
Updated: September 20, 2019 — 3:46 pm