Arienne Dwyer

Ph.D., University of Washington 1996
Course Relief for Spring 2022.
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Primary office:
Fraser Hall
Room 638
University of Kansas
1415 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045-7590


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 Middle Turkic (Chaghatay) texts from the Jarring Collection, focusing on healing and medicine and on XML technologies ( In addition, she and her research teams continue to enhance a major primary resource on language contact in Inner Asia (Interactive Inner Asia, and another longitudinal corpus of the Central Asian Uyghur language (Uyghur Light Verbs,


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

Teaching Interests

  • Language contact, language documentation, language revitalization, language ideology
  • Digital humanities
  • Historical linguistics
  • Linguistic typology
  • China
  • 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

Research Interests

  • Language contact, language documentation, language technology, language ideology
  • Digital humanities
  • Media archiving
  • China
  • Central Asia
  • Chaghatay
  • Uyghur
  • Wutun
  • Monguor
  • Salar
  • Baonan
  • Kyrgyz
  • Language change and climate change.

Selected Publications

Dwyer, A. M. (2017). Manuscript Technologies, Writing and Reading in Early 20th Century Kashgar. In I. Bellér-Hann, J. Sugawara, & B. Schlyter (Eds.), Kashgar Revisited: The Life and Work of Ambassador Gunnar Jarring (pp. 34-57). Brill. DOI:10.1163/9789004330078_004

Dwyer, A. M. (2016). Bringing Digital Data Management into Methods Courses: Linguistic Anthropology Module. In . (Ed.), Bringing Digital Data Management Training into Methods Courses for Anthropology. Arlington, Va: American Anthropological Association. (Full URL:

Dwyer, A. M., Lloyd-Smith, L. Oths, K. & Perry, G. H. (2016). General Principles and Practices of Digital Data Management. In B. Femenías (Ed.), Bringing Digital Data Management Training into Methods Courses for Anthropology. Arlington, Va: American Anthropological Association.

Dwyer, A. M. (2016). Endangered Turkic languages of China. In S. Eker & &. Çelik Şavk (Eds.), Tehlikedeki Türk Dilleri: Kuramsal ve genel yaklaşımlar / Endangered Turkic Languages: Theoretical and general approaches (Vol. 1, pp. 431–450). Ankara: International Turkic Academy and Astana: International Turkish-Kazakh University.

Rosenblum, B. & Dwyer, A. M. (2016). Co-piloting a digital humanities center: a critical reflection on a libraries-academic partnership. In J. W White & H. Gilbert (Eds.), Laying the Foundation: Digital Humanities in Academic Libraries (pp. 111–126). Purdue University Press.

Engesæth, T. Yakup, M. & Dwyer, A. (2010). Teklimakandin Salam: hazirqi zaman Uyghur tili qollanmisi / Greetings from the Teklimakan: a handbook of Modern Uyghur, Lawrence, Kansas: University of Kansas ScholarWorks.

Courses Recently Taught

  • Discourse Analysis
  • Language Contact
  • Current Linguistic Anthropology

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