Hän Revitalization Project
The Hän language is extremely endangered, with only six remaining speakers.
Hän is a Dene language spoken in Alaska and the Yukon Territory. I have been working on Hän since 2016 with Alaska-based language consultants. My work involves documentation, revitalization, and theoretical research.
In 2021, the Hän Revitalization Project received a $2000 grant from Native Languages of the Americas.
Me with Ruth Ridley, the youngest remaining speaker of Hän.
The Hän Revitalization Project
Since 2016, Blake Lehman (PhD Candidate, UCLA) and I have been documenting Hän, working with the few remaining speakers, to create a clear record of the language in order to preserve the culture for future generations.
I am now heading a team that is working with the Eagle tribe to create materials for those trying to learn the language, including:
a five chapter textbook for beginner language learners
traditional stories of various reading levels
audio files of stories
videos with bilingual subtitles describing cultural customs
We are partnering with the Eagle Village Tribal Council, Eagle Chief Karma Ulvi, the Doyon Foundation, and the Alaska Native Language Archive to design these materials and make them accessible to the public.
Enjoy pictures of our first printed materials (hover over pictures and click <> to scroll). Below the carousel are PDF copies of all of our current materials.
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Meet The Team
Primary Language Consultant
UCLA PhD Candidate in Semantics
Slides: Revitalizing a Pronominal System
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