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Yupik English in Anchorage

Status Current
Seeking Researchers No
Start Date 06/18/2014
End Date 06/30/2015
Funding Source Undergraduate Research Grant
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Community Partner
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Last Updated 08/18/2014 11:39PM
Keywords yupik, anchorage


  Clare Dannenberg

Student Researchers
  Alyxandra Shroy


Alaska is a place of incredible diversity, with over 20 distinct languages indigenous to the state and dozens upon dozens of others hailing from all corners of the world. Despite the extensive amount of work done in this state on the topic of Alaska Native languages, Alaska Native English varieties have remained almost entirely neglected in the literature. Up to this point, the limited work that has been done has focused solely on rural dialects (often called 'Village English'), but not on varieties found in urban centers. This study will take place in Alaska's largest city, Anchorage, and will center around members of Alaska's largest Native population, the Yupiit. Twelve total participants will be interviewed with the resulting linguistic descriptions compared with other English varieties in the area. The results will provide some initial insights into sociolinguistic patterns going On in Anchorage among different groups, and particularly what does (or does not) differentiate Yup'ik English varieties from others.

SPECIFIC AIMS: This study aims to conduct qualitative pilot research in identifying
salient linguistic features of Yup'ik English as an understudied local dialect in
comparison to other known English varieties spoken in the Anchorage area. This study
will play an important role in laying the groundwork for future research on the topic of
urban Alaska Native dialectology.

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