Pedagogical Grammar Development

Joana Jansen
Rose Mary Miller
Janne Underriner

Course days, time, and location:
6/22, 6/23, & 6/24
3:30 - 5:15
Willamette, Room 112

Course Information:
This workshop discusses the development, purpose, composition and use of pedagogical grammars. We focus on pedagogical grammars for minority and endangered languages. Topics include: grammars and the speech community; typology of grammars; writing grammars; how the language determines what to include; including/writing culture into a grammar; consideration of issues of planning, use, function; examining differences between theoretical and pedagogical grammars. In addition, we look at these topics from several perspectives: that of a pedagogical grammar writer, that of an endangered language teacher, and that of a language program consultant.

Speech communities are increasingly looking for linguists who are aware of and able to contribute to language teaching and learning goals, and who can collaborate with community members in meeting these goals. Language community members want to learn how to use, learn, and teach their language, and a pedagogical grammar is written with those goals in mind. The input of community members is key to developing an accessible and culturally appropriate grammar. The workshop is geared towards linguists and speech community members who are planning to write or are writing a grammar, or reworking a theoretical grammar into a pedagogical grammar.

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Instructor(s) Bio:
Joana Jansen is currently working with Virginia Beavert and other Yakama Tribal members on a grammar of Yakama Sahaptin while completing a Ph D. in Linguistics at the University of Oregon. One of her goals is to make the grammar useful to a variety of users.

Rose Mary Miller is a teacher of Yakama Sahaptin and Native Advocate at Toppenish High School, and a member of the Yakama Nation. She has taught middle and high school students for 20 years. She also is a student of her language, and has been studying with Tribal Elders with the goal of keeping the Yakama language and culture alive and in the minds and hearts of her students.  She was involved in developing the district’s Palatisha Miyanaashma Indian Education Project, which worked with members of the Yakama Nation, school district, and local community to integrate a Yakama Culture-Based Framework.

Janne Underriner is the director of the Northwest Indian Language Institute. She has been active with language preservation issues in the Northwest since 1996 when she began working with Elders in the Klamath Tribes’ language project. Underriner assists tribes in developing language programs and writing curriculum, assessment and teaching materials. Her languages of research are Klamath, Tolowa and Chinuk Wawa. She developed and teaches the UO Linguistics course “Community and Theoretical Issues in Developing Pedagogical Grammars.”

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