Muriel Fisher wins Excellence in Community Linguistics award from the Linguistic Society of America

Muriel Fisher, research scientist Sr. in the Department of Linguistics and Gaelic language teacher has been awarded the "Excellence in Community Linguistics" award from the National Science Foundation. This award recognizes her lifetime commitment to documenting, revitalizing and teaching the Scottish Gaelic language. Muriel, a native speaker of Gaelic from the Island of Skye, has been teaching Gaelic here in Tucson for many years, privately in her Tucson Gaelic Institute, at the Pima Community College and at the University of Arizona. She also spends each summer at the Gaelic College on Skye (Sabhal Mòr Ostaig), teaching in their short courses programs. Since 2008, Muriel has been working with various linguists (Carnie, Hammond, Archangeli, Warner, Ussishkin) in the department of linguistics at the University of Arizona on three National Science Foundation grants to help document the Scottish Gaelic language. She has been a critical participant in elicitation, translation and transcription on a project documenting the syntactic constructions of the language. She has helped to create and design experiments on a variety of unique phonological and phonetic properties of the language including the famous Initial Consonant Mutations. And she has lead teams of faculty and graduate students to Skye to conduct these adventures in fieldwork. We offer Muriel our heartiest congratulations for this prestigious award and thank her for all the work she has done in advancing the field of linguistics and the cause of Scottish Gaelic.

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