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Raina Heaton

Raina Heaton

Assistant Professor of Native American Studies
Assistant Curator of the Native American Languages Collection at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History

Copeland Hall Room 203
(405) 325-3308
rainaheaton@ou.edu

Education

Ph.D.   Linguistics, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
M.A.    Linguistics, Tulane University
B.S.     Linguistics, Tulane University

 

Personal Statement

I am a linguist interested in documenting and describing endangered languages, and I concurrently work with language communities on projects related to language research and language revitalization. I also study rarer syntactic phenomena, primarily the structure and function of antipassives and their relationship to ergativity. My fieldwork to date has centered on the indigenous languages of the Americas, particularly Mayan languages, and I continue to work with the Tunica-Biloxi tribe to revitalize Tunica, an awakening language.

 

Areas of Interest and Expertise

  • Language documentation
  • Language conservation and revitalization
  • Language endangerment
  • Morphosyntax
  • Typology
  • Language variation and change
  • Language acquisition
  • Ergativity
  • Mayan languages and linguistics
  • Language isolates of the southeastern US

Recent Courses Taught

NAS 4970/5970-900   Introduction to language documentation and revitalization

NAS 4970/5970-001   Methods of language documentation

 

Selected Research and Creative Activity

Heaton, Raina and Igor Xoyón. Collaborative research and assessment in Kaqchikel. In Perspectives on Language and Linguistics: Community-Based Research, ed. by Shannon Bischoff and Carmen Jany, 171-185. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Heaton, Raina and Bryn Hauk. Triage: Setting priorities for endangered language research. In Cataloguing the Endangered Languages of the World, ed. by Lyle Campbell and Anna Belew.

Heaton, Raina and Sean Simpson. How the Catalogue of Endangered Languages serves communities whose languages are at risk. In Cataloguing the Endangered Languages of the World, ed. by Lyle Campbell and Anna Belew.

Heaton, Raina. Regional overview: Near East and Central Asia. In Cataloguing the Endangered Languages of the World, ed. by Lyle Campbell and Anna Belew.

Heaton, Raina. Language isolates of Mesoamerica and Northern Mexico. In Language Isolates, ed. by Lyle Campbell, 229-259. London: Routledge.

 

Heaton, Raina. Active-stative agreement in Tunica. Anthropological Linguistics 58(3):299-326.

Heaton, Raina and Patricia Anderson. When animals become humans: Grammatical gender in Tunica. International Journal of American Linguistics 83(2):341-363.

Maxwell, Judith, Patricia Anderson and Raina Heaton. Tunica language reawakening. The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe: Its People & Culture, 2nd edition, 45-48.

 

Heaton, Raina and Igor Xoyón. Assessing language acquisition in the Kaqchikel program at Nimaläj Kaqchikel Amaq’. Language Documentation & Conservation 10:497-521.

Heaton, Raina. Variation and change: the case of movement verbs in Kaqchikel. International Journal of American Linguistics 82(3):317-352.

Heaton, Raina, Kamil Deen and William O’Grady. An investigation of relativization in Kaqchikel Maya. Lingua 170:35-46.

 

Selected Grants

Bilinski Dissertation Fellowship

 

Selected Conference Presentations

Heaton, Raina. Antipassives in cross-linguistic perspective. The 92nd annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA). Salt Lake City, UT.

Heaton, Raina. Variation and change in the distribution of *-(V)n and *-(V)w in Kaqchikel. Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA). Salt Lake City, UT.

 

Heaton, Raina. A featural description of antipassive-type structures. The 12th conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT). Canberra, Australia.

Heaton, Raina. Towards a unified account of variability in Kaqchikel focus constructions. Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA). Austin, TX.

 

Heaton, Raina. Multiple antipassives, with special reference to Mayan. The 49th annual meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europeae (SLE). Naples, Italy.

Heaton, Raina and Q’aq’awitz (Igor) Xoyón. Collaborative research and assessment in Kaqchikel. The 90thmeeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA). Washington DC. (poster presentation).

Heaton, Raina. How many ‘antipassives’ are there? Towards a functional typology of antipassive-type constructions in Kaqchikel. Society for the    Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA).Washington DC.

Heaton, Raina and Judith Maxwell. A reevaluation of the perfect in Kaqchikel.  Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA). Washington DC.

Current Projects

  • A typology of antipassives
  • Online access for the Native American Languages archive
  • Tunica Language Project
  • Comparative Language Input Project
  • An investigation of variability in syntactic ergativity in Kaqchikel