Linguist

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I’m Ashleigh M. Surma, and I am a second-year PhD student in Linguistics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in American Indian Studies at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota.

My research interests include the investigation, documentation, and revitalization of languages spoken by Indigenous Peoples and First Nations on Turtle Island (North America).

I have engaged in language work with speakers of northern Dene (Athabaskan) languages, including Dene Dháh, Hän, Tłı̨chǫ Yatıì, and Sahtúgot’ıné, as well as Siouan languages, including Lakota and Nakota.


I also serve as the Web Production Editor for Language Documentation & Conservation, a peer-reviewed and open access journal sponsored by the National Foreign Language Resource Center.


Please feel free to download the most current version of my curriculum vitae.

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