Research

Generally, my research program examines the role that language ideologies have in the language planning of indigenous and minority speech communities. I have participated in community-based research projects with indigenous communities in Canada, as well as in Papua New Guinea (PNG). My ongoing project with the Taku River Tlingit First Nation examines how a participatory online mapping site, which encourages Tlingit language use, allows the community to further promote their ideologies of stewardship using genres of place, such as place names, to promote stewardship via “performatives of stewardship”. My work with Kala speakers in PNG examines the impacts new literacy can have on language maintenance and language acquisition. I have also conducted research with newly created language communities, such as Na’vi speakers, in order to discover what indigenous and minority communities can learn from created language communities in terms of language learning and revitalization, but also identity strengthening and community-building.