Navajo Gets Help from UMASS Professor

Professor Margaret “Peggy” Speas of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst is doing all she can to help Navajo, a language with several tens of thousands of speakers, but few younger speakers (around 5% of speakers). She learned about Navajo in graduate school studying under the famous Ken Hale. She founded a non-profit for Navajo, the NLA: Navajo Language Academy, which holds workshops every summer to figure more out about Navajo linguistics, train new teachers, expand teaching to other universities, and hold an archive of Navajo linguistic information. If you’re a linguist, a great way to learn more about Navajo is by reading the Coyote Papers, working papers on Native languages published by University of Arizona that tend to focus on Navajo.

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