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Colleen   Fitzgerald

(703) 292-4381
(703) 292-9068
W 13149
Program Officer

Program Responsibilities:
Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL)
Documenting Endangered Languages - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DEL-DDRIG)


Colleen Fitzgerald is the Program Director for Documenting Endangered Languages, a joint funding initiative between the NSF and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is a rotator from the University of Texas at Arlington, where she is Professor of Linguistics and directs the Native American Languages Lab.

Her expertise includes phonology (especially prosody and the verbal arts), morphology, Native American languages, and language documentation and revitalization, with much of her recent work funded by the National Science Foundation, and various other grants.  Her work with Native American tribes in documenting and revitalizing their languages is now in its third decade.  Recent projects include co-directing the Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop from 2011 to 2014, a collaboration with the Chickasaw Language Revitalization Program, and training in various venues focused on Native Americans and other citizen scientists. Her publications consist of more than 20 refereed articles and book chapters, especially on Native American languages, including their phonology. Research methods in many projects draw on participatory and community-based research approaches. 

In 2014, Dr. Fitzgerald served as the Director of CoLang 2014, the Institute on Collaborative Research, the fourth iteration to date of this international training venue for language documentation and revitalization, which creates the next generation of scholars and language activists documenting and revitalizing endangered and minority languages worldwide. Strongly committed to public outreach, she is engaged in advocating for endangered language research and science in various publication venues, as well as developing social media campaigns and innovative public programming such as a Native American languages film festival and an Endangered Languages Week.