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Wesley Y. Leonard Wesley Y. Leonard
Assistant Professor

INTS 4017
(951) 827-5659

Professor Leonard received his Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley. His research examines various social factors that are intertwined with Native American language endangerment, documentation, and reclamation. A citizen of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, he focuses in particular on the reclamation of his tribal nation's language, myaamia, which was once mistermed "extinct" but is actually widely used among Miami people. He is especially interested in building capacity for Native American languages in ways that support tribal sovereignty and survivance, and has developed a number of workshops on culturally appropriate application of the analytical tools of Linguistics for language reclamation purposes. His research has appeared in scholarly outlets including the American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Gender and Language, and Language Documentation & Conservation.


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