Amy Fountain

About Amy Fountain

My training is in Anthropology and Linguistics (Ph.D. UA, Anthropology and Linguistics Joint Program 1998).  I have been at the University of Arizona in one capacity or other - most involving undergraduate teaching -  since 1986, and have also taught at Pima Community College.  In addition to my teaching commitments, which are my primary obligation and interest, I serve on several University committees including Faculty Senate, University Hearing Board, the University-Wide General Education Committee, and others.

My research interests are in language endangerment, documentation and revitalization, language rights, repatriation of language materials to indigenous communities.  Within these areas of study, my interests revolve around:

  • Native American languages generally,
  • Arizona languages, more specifically,
  • Diné Bizaad (Navajo language), intensely,
  • Couer d'Alene language, documentationally.  See the Couer d'Alene Online Language Resource Center (http://lasrv01.ipfw.edu/COLRC/), a resource developed in collaboration with the Coeur D'Alene Language Program and supported by the National Science Foundation,
  • Low-cost, grass-roots development of electronic resources for use in language revitalization and language repatriation programs.

I am also interested in the study of the sound systems of languages (Phonology), particularly at the level of syllable structure and rhythm (Prosodic Phonology), and the study of the word buliding systems of languages (Morphology), particularly as they relate to the prosodic and phonological systems.

As are we all, I'm interested to better understand the language use around me, including linguistic attitudes and sociolinguistic patterns found among the students, faculty and staff at the University of Arizona. 

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Research Interests

 

 

Selected Publications

(in press) “Engaging Broader Audiences”. Coauthored with Cecile McKee (lead author), Elly Zimmer and Hui-Yu Huang. Linguistics Compass.

(2014) “A bibliography of Coeur d’Alene with commentary”. Coauthored with Shannon Bischoff, John Ivens and Audra Vincent. In Papers for the International Conference on Salish and Neighboring Languages 49, University of British Columbia Working Papers in Linguistics 37, Natalie Weber, Emily Sadlier-Brown and Erin Gruntly (eds). 1-15.

(2013) “Creating grass roots digital Coeur d’Alene resources: the COLRC”. Coauthored with Shannon Bischoff, Ivy Doak, Audra Vincent and John W. Ivens. Northwest Journal of Linguistics. 7. 1-23.

(2013) “Persistence of Language: Constructing and confronting the past in the voices of Jane H. Hill”. Edited volume. Co-editors: Shannon Bischoff, Amy Fountain, Mizuki Miyashita, and Deborah Cole. J. Benjamins.

(2009) “Cues to perception of reduced flaps.” Natasha Warner, Amy Fountain, and Ben Tucker. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 125 (5). 3317-3327.

(2008) “Introduction to Navajo Language Studies” Coyote Papers: Working Papers in Linguistics, Linguistic Theory at the University of Arizona.  M. Hulden and S. Bischoff, eds. Volume 16:9-34.  University of Arizona, Tucson AZ.

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Contact Information

Amy Fountain
Associate Professor, NTE
Telephone: (520) 626-1498
Office: Douglass 224

Degree(s)

Ph.D.  University of Arizona, Anthropology and Linguistics 1998

M.A.  University of Arizona, Communication. 1988

B.S. Speech with a Major in Theatre, Northwestern University. 1986

Dissertation Title

An Optimality Theoretic Account of Navajo Prefixal Syllables

Courses Taught

LING 150A1 LANGUAGE

LING195A LINGUISTICS (Freshman Colloquium, Arizona Assurance Program)

LING/PSYC 201 INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTICS

LING/AIS 210 AMERICAN INDIAN LANGUAGES

LING/PHIL 211 MEANING IN LANGUAGE & SOCIETY

LING 315 INTRODUCTION TO PHONOLOGY

LING 320 LANGUAGE AND SOCIAL ISSUES

LING/ENGL 322 STRUCTURE & MEANING OF WORDS 

LING 445A/545A STRUCTURE OF NON WESTERN LANGUAGES

LING 498 SENIOR CAPSTONE

LING 500 LINGUISTICS FOR NON MAJORS

LING 597A DESCRIPTIVE LINGUISTICS FOR NATIVE AMERICAN LANGUAGES

HNRS195H Freshman Colloquia

ENGL620 CULTURAL DIMENSIONS OF SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION