Arienne M. Dwyer is a Professor of Linguistic Anthropology and Co-Director of the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Kansas. Her research focuses on language contact and language ideology. She has conducted 20 years of local research with individuals and communities in Inner and Central Asia (on Turkic-Mongolic-Sinitic-Tibetic language contact), and has directed a number of collaborative documentation and archiving projects, including Salar (1991-1993, Fulbright), Kazakh (1993, Fulbright), Uyghur dialectology, language ideology and verb typology (2002-2003, ACLS, 2011-2014, NSF), Salar, Monguor, Baonan and Wutun (2000-2005, 2007-2008 Volkswagen-DOBES), Kyrgyz folklore and language policy (2004 and 2008, respectively, Open Society Institute), and archaic German dialects in Kansas (2005).
Internationally she acts as a consultant on language documentation and multimedia annotation and archiving (IMDI, UNESCO, EMELD), on social science research methods (Open Society Institute, Trace Foundation), has chaired the Linguistic Society of America’s Committee on Endangered Language Preservation (CELP), and has organized conferences and summer schools on language resources and technology, the Digital Tools Summit in Linguistics (DTSL), Towards Interoperability in Language Resources (TILR), and Co-Lang 2012: Institute for Language Research.
She is currently working on a book project entitled, "Camel Spring: Narratives and Metanarratives of the Silk Road". In addition, she and her research teams continue to enhance a major primary resource on language contact in Inner Asia (Interactive Inner Asia, http://iaia.ittc.ku.edu) and another longitudinal corpus of the Central Asian Uyghur language (Uyghur Light Verbs, http://uyghur.ittc.ku.edu)
Ph.D., Chinese and Altaic Linguistics, University of Washington
M.A., Chinese Language and Literature, University of Washington
B.A., Linguistics, University of British Columbia
- Language contact, language documentation, language revitalization, language ideology
- Digital humanities
- Historical linguistics
- Linguistic typology
- Central Asia
- Uyghur language and culture
- Turkic languages
- Chinese languages
Language Contact and variation (areal processes, linguistic creolization, discourse and ideologies)
Digital Humanities, Corpora, Media Archives, cyberinfrastructure: Methods, tools, cultural practices and standards for analyzing data and representing knowledge; XML, Unicode.
China; Chinese Inner Asia (especially Xinjiang and Qinghai); Kyrgyzstan
Language Endangerment and Revitalization; Less-commonly taught language pedagogy
Sinitic, Turkic, and Mongolic languages
Performance, narratology and ethnopoetics
- Language contact, language documentation, language technology, language ideology
- Digital humanities
- Media archiving
- Central Asia
Sperberg-McQueen, C., & Dwyer, A. M (2014). XQuery databases for linguistic resources in the IAIA and UyLVs projects. https://uyghur.ittc.ku.edu/2013/intros/DH2013.xml
Dwyer, A. M. (2014). China's Language Policy Goes Global. World Politics Review. http://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/articles/13760/china-s-language-policy-goes-global
Dwyer, A. M. (2013). Clause Chaining in Salar. In M. Erdal, Y. Koç, & M. Cengiz (Eds.), Dilleri ve Kültürleri Yok Olma Tehlikesine Maruz Türk Toplulukları konulu 4. Uluslararası Türkiyat Araştırmaları Bildirileri (pp. 209-215). Ankara: Hacettepe Üniversitesi Türkiyat Araştırmaları Enstitüsü Yayınları.
Dwyer, A. M. (2013). Tibetan as a dominant Sprachbund language: its interactions with neighboring languages. In Proceedings of the Third International Conference on the Tibetan Language (pp. 258–280). New York: Trace Foundation.
Dwyer, A. (07/19/2013). XQuery databases for the UyLVs and IAIA projects. Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations. Lincoln, NB
Dwyer, Arienne M., (Co-Principal), Schultz, Tanja J., (Co-Principal), Automated Speech Recognition for Uyghur, NSF-IIS 1519164, U.S. National Science Foundation, Information & Intelligent Systems, http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1519164, $27,338, Submitted 11/01/2014 (02/15/2015 - 07/31/2016) . Federal. Status: Funded.
Dwyer, Arienne M., (Principal), Interactive Inner Asia: documenting an endangered language contact area, $264,220, (05/01/2011 - 07/31/2016) . Original funding $259,220; Supplementary REG funding for Benjamin J Gray, ("Southwestern Kansan Corn Farmers’ Cultural Models of Groundwater and its Use"), Summer 2015, $5,000;No-cost extension in Jan 2015. Federal. Status: Funded.
Dwyer, Arienne M., (Principal), Light verbs in Uyghur, U.S. NSF-Linguistics http://nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1053152Project website: http://uyghur.ittc.ku.edu, $327,960, (01/01/2011 - 12/31/2015) . No-cost extension in Jan 2015; project web page: https://uyghur.ittc.ku.edu/uylvs.html. Federal. Status: Funded.
Dwyer, Arienne M., (Principal), Co-Lang: Institute for Collaborative Language Documentation Training, NSF-BCS 1065469, $190,344, (01/01/2011 - 12/31/2013) . Federal. Status: Funded.
Dwyer, Arienne M., (Collaborator), Aristar, Anthony, (Principal), Dry, Helen, (Principal), Language and Location: A Multimodal Annotation Project (LL-MAP), $18,000, (01/01/2006 - 12/31/2008) . Federal. Status: Funded.
Dwyer, Arienne M., (Principal), Aristar-Dry, Helen, (Co-Principal), Aristar, Anthony, (Co-Principal), Towards Interoperability in Language Resources, NSF-BCS 0709732, NSF-Linguistics, (01/01/2006 - 12/31/2007) . Federal. Status: Funded.
Dwyer, Arienne M., (Principal), Digital Tools Summit in Linguistics, NSF-BCS 0624048, NSF-CISE, NSF-Linguistics, $24,973, - 12/31/2006) . Federal. Status: Funded.
Dwyer, Arienne M., Language Contact and Variation: A Discourse-based Grammar of Monguor, FA 52154-05, NEH-NSF Documenting Endangered Languages program, $40,000, (01/01/2005 - 12/31/2006) . Federal. Status: Funded.
- Dwyer, Arienne M. 2010. Models of Successful Cooperation. In Grenoble, Lenore A. and N. Louanna Furbee, eds. Language Documentation: Practice and Values. Amsterdam: Benjamins, pp. 193–212. Preprint.
- Dwyer, Arienne M. 2008. Bridal Laments in the Turkic World: A Casualty of Modernity? In Herzog, Christoph and Barbara Pusch, eds. Groups, Ideologies and Discourses: Glimpses of the Turkish SpeakingWorld. Istanbuler Texte und Studien 10. Würzburg: Ergon, 131–143. Preprint.
- Engesæth, Tarjei, Mahire Yakup, and Arienne Dwyer. 2009. TeklimakandinSalam: hazirqi zaman Uyghur tili qollanmisi / Greetings from the Teklimakan: a handbook of Modern Uyghur. Lawrence, Kansas: University of Kansas ScholarWorks. ISBN 978-1-936153-03-9. Pdf with streaming audio.
- Dwyer, Arienne M. 2008. Tonogenesis in Southeastern Monguor. In Harrison, K. David, David Rood, and Arienne Dwyer, eds. Lessons from documented endangered languages. Typological Studies in Language 78. Amsterdam: Benjamins, pp. 111–128. Preprint.
- Dwyer, Arienne M. 2007. Salar: a study in Inner Asian areal contact processes, Part I: Phonology. Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz.
- Dwyer, Arienne M. 2005. The Xinjiang Conflict: Uyghur Identity, Language Policy, and Political Discourse. Policy Studies 15. Washington, D.C.: East-West Center Washington.
Courses Recently Taught
- Linguistics in Anthropology
- Language in Culture and Society