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Joseph Dupris

About Joseph Dupris

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gew ?a seesas Joe Dupris. ni ?a mbosaksaawaskni gi. ewksiknii coy moatt'akkni coy Big Pine Paiute coy Mnicoujou Lakota ?an gi. pk'isap gew Kathy Hill. ptisap gew Joseph Dupris. pq'olip gew Margaret 'Janie' Haddock. pk'aasip gew Gerald 'Pat' Hill. pt'eewip gew Mona Gray, bloksip gew Benjamin Dupris.

I am an enrolled member of the Klamath Tribes and a descendant of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.

I am a 2016 American Indian Alumni Club Scholar. I often work with the American Indian Language Institute.

I am a second year Ph.D. student in the joint Anthropology & Linguistics (ANLI) program. I came to the U of A in 2014 to pursue my Master of Arts degree in the Department of Linguistics, specializing in Native American Linguistics (NAMA). My research, developed through community experience, archival research, and historical resources, examines descriptive and theoretical aspects of maqlaqsyals (Klamath-Modoc) grammar in the traditional Klamath Tribes region of the Upper Klamath Basin in Oregon and northern California.

As a student in the ANLI program, I continuing my work on maqlaqsyals linguistics, while also beginning to explore sociolinguistic and ideological issues that have come to bear on the Upper Klamath Basin. 

In this vein, I plan to examine the influence of political conflict, historical violence and linguistic ideology as it pertains to language shift in the region.

Prior to joining the NAMA program, I attended the University of Washington in Seattle, where I earned my Bachelor of Arts in American Indian Studies with a minor in Environmental Science and Terrestrial Resource Management.




Research Interests


maqlaqsyals (Klamath-Modoc) linguistics, Relatively Free Word Order Languages, Indigeneity, (De)Colonization, linguistics anthropology

Language Teaching


Selected Publications


2015. Dupris, Joseph James. maqlaqsyalank hemyeega. University of Arizona: Tucson, AZ. Thesis

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Contact Information

Joseph Dupris
Graduate Teaching Assistant



M.A. Linguistics -Native American Linguistics and Languages Emphasis

B.A. American Indian Studies (Minor: Environmental Science and & Terrestrial Resource Management)



Courses Taught

Fall 2014 - Spring 2015: Graduate Teaching Assistant for AIS/LING 210 - American Indian Languages, Instructor: Stacey Oberly

Summer 2015: Primary Instructor - AIS LING 210 - American Indian Languages

Sumer 2016: Primary Instructor - LING 527 - Linguistics for Native American Communities

Fall 2016: Graduate Teaching Associate - LING 150 - Language