Associate Professor, Linguistics Program, Dept. of Anthropology.
Dr. Mizuki Miyashita is an Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Montana. She earned a Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of Arizona (2002). Her specialization is sound pattern analysis in Native American languages. Her dissertation concentrates on syllable analysis of Tohono O’odham (formerly known as Papago, an endangered indigenous language spoken in Southwestern Arizona and Northern Mexico). She has presented and published several articles in phonology and Native American languages. Her current research interest is Blackfoot phonology. She is working closely with the Piegan Institute, a community-based research program in Browning, Montana. Her research in Blackfoot aims to contribute both to linguistics research and language revitalization.
Field Of Study:
Blackfoot Language and Linguistics
Tohono O'odham Language and Linguistics
Yamagata Japanese Phonology and Morphology
I have been studying the Blackfoot language spoken in Alberta, Canada and Montana, US. My interest is to investigate prosody of the language as well as to promote the use of the language assisting the Piegan Institute and the Language Culture Division at the Blackfeet Community College.
Phonology in a Yamagata Dialect of Japanese
I am interested in phonetics, phonology, and morphology in a Yamagata dialect of Japanese particularly spoken in Kahoku-cho (Yachi), Yamagata-ken.
Currently, I am researching on Rendaku in this dialect as a member of the group directed by Dr. Timothy Vance at National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (INJAL).
I also collaborate with Dr. Mark Irwin at the Yamagata University in developing the Rendaku Database.
Courses I Teach
LING 270S: Introduction to Linguistics
LING 375X: Endangered Languages
LING 471/571: Phonetics-Phonology
LING 489/589: Morphology
LING 570: Graduate Seminar: Blackfoot Linguistics
Other Courses I Have Taught
LING 470: Introduction to Linguistic Analysis
LING 473: Language and Culture
LING 477: Bilingualism
LING 570: Graduate Seminar: Language Preservation
LING 570: Graduate Seminar: Second Language Phonology
LING 570: Graduater Seminar: Advanced Phonology
Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Arizona, 2002.
Dissertation: "Tohono O'odham Syllable Weight: Descriptive, Theoretical and Applied Aspects"
Committee: Mike Hammond (chair), Jane Hill, and Ofelia Zepeda.
M.A. in Linguistics, University of Arizona, 1998.
B.A. in Linguistics, University of Arizona, 1995.
Assistant Professor, 2006-10. Linguistics Program, Dept. of Anthropology, U of Montana.
Adjunct Assistant Professor, 2003-06. Linguistics Program, Dept. of Anthropology, U of Montana.
Visiting Assistant Professor, 2002-03. Dept. of Linguistics, U of Kansas.
Program Coordinator, 2000-02. Teaching Teams Program, U of Arizona.
Graduate Teaching Assistant, 1996-00. Dept. of Linguistics, U of Arizona.
External Grants Awarded
2013 $139,424.00. “Documentation and Analysis of Stress and Prosody in Blackfoot (Algonquian)” National Science Foundation (NSF), Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) Program. [BCS:1251684]
2013 $3,500. Phillips Fund, American Philosophical Society. “Documentation and Investigation of Blackfoot Pitch Accent.” Fieldwork for 2013-2014.
2010 $50,400. Documenting Endangered Languages Fellowship. NSF/NEH/Smithsonian. One year fellowship for 2011-2012. “Blackfoot Documentation: Transcription, Interlinear Analysis, and Electronic Database”
2009 $24,999. “Computer-Based Data Processing and Management for Blackfoot Phonetics and Phonology” with Min Chen, Dept. of Computer Science, U Montana. NEH Digital Humanity Start-up Grant.
2009 $5,000. “Blackfoot Linguistic Transcription and Discourse Analysis.” Research Fellowship. Humanities Montana.
2009 $13,176 for 2009-2011. Native Voice Endowment Grant. “Recording Digital Video Language Materials for Blackfeet Documentation and Revitalization” with Darrell Kipp, Piegan Institute, co-director project and manager. The Endangered Language Fund.
2008 $3,000. Jacobs Research Fund, Whatcom Museum. “Blackfoot Phonology.” Recording Blackfoot conversations for linguistic research.
2007 $2,500. Phillips Fund, American Philosophical Society. “Blackfoot Prosody.” Folksong and nursery rhymes recording project for 2007-2008.
To appear. Timothy Vance, Mizuki Miyashita, and Mark Irwin. "Rendaku in Japanese Dialects that Retain Prenasalization." S. Nam, J. Jun and H. Ko (eds.), Japanese/Korean Linguistics. Vo21. Standard: CSLI Publications.
2013. Shannon Bischoff, Deborah Cole, Amy Fountain, and Mizuki Miyashita (eds). The persistence of language: Constructing and confronting the past and present in the voices of Jane H. Hill. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 440pp
2013. Annabelle Chatsis, Mizuki Miyashita, and Deborah Cole. "A documentary ethnography of a Blackfoot language course: Patterns of Variationism and Standard in the organization of diversity." In The Persistence of Language: Constructing and confronting the past and present in the voices of Jane H. Hill. Bischoff, et al. (eds.) Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 257-290.
2011. Mizuki Miyashita. "Diphthongs in Tohono O'odham." Anthropological Linguistics. 53:4 323-342.
2011. Miyashita, Mizuki. "Five Blackfoot Lullabies." Proceedings of The American Philosophical Society. 155:3 276-293.
2011.Chen, Min and Mizuki Miyashita. "Audio Classification for Blackfoot Language Analysis." Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
2009. Masuda, Kyoko and Mizuki Miyashita. "Acquisition of English /r/ and /l/: A Longitudinal Study of Japanese. Learners of English." Sophia Linguistica 57. 225-282.
2009. Miyashita, Mizuki and Shirlee Crow Shoe. "Blackfoot Lullabies and Language Revitalization." In Indigenous Language Revitalization: Encouragement, Guidance & Lessons Learned. (Ed.) J. Reyhner. Northern Arizona University. 183-190.
2006. Ono, Tsuyoshi and Mizuki Miyashita. “The development of the final particle ha in Yamagata Japanese.” In Canadian Review of East Asian Studies. Vol. 2, No. 1. 65-74.
2006. Miyashita, Mizuki. “Tohono O’odham” In Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd Edition. Online version. Elsevier.