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Mizuki Miyashita

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Mizuki Miyashita

Associate Professor
Social Sciences 212 406-243-5164
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By appointment

Dr. Mizuki Miyashita is an Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Montana. She earned a Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of Arizona (2002). Her specialization is sound pattern analysis in Native American languages. Her dissertation concentrates on syllable analysis of Tohono O’odham (formerly known as Papago, an endangered indigenous language spoken in Southwestern Arizona and Northern Mexico). She has presented and published several articles in phonology and Native American languages. Her current research interest is Blackfoot phonology. Her research in Blackfoot aims to contribute both to linguistics research and language revitalization.


Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Arizona, 2002.   Dissertation: "Tohono O'odham Syllable Weight: Descriptive, Theoretical and Applied Aspects"   Committee: Mike Hammond (chair), Jane Hill, and Ofelia Zepeda. M.A. in Linguistics, University of Arizona, 1998. B.A. in Linguistics, University of Arizona, 1995.

Selected Publications

To appear. Timothy Vance, Mizuki Miyashita, and Mark Irwin. "Rendaku in Japanese Dialects that Retain Prenasalization." S. Nam, J. Jun and H. Ko (eds.), Japanese/Korean Linguistics. Vo21. Standard: CSLI Publications. 2013    Timothy J. Vance, Mizuki Miyashita, Mark Irwin, and Richard Jordan. 2013. Benibana to Kahoku-cho Hogen. (Safflowers and the Kahoku-cho Dialect.) In Ajia no hitobito no shizenkan o tadoru. (Tracing Asian Views of Nature.) Kibe, Nobuko, Kazuhiko Komatsu, and Yo-ichiro Sato (eds.) Tokyo: Bensei Press.  185-192. 2013. Mizuki Miyashita and Annabelle Chatsis. “Collaborative Development of Blackfoot Language Courses.” Language Documentation & Conservation. Vol. 7, pp302-330. 2013. Shannon Bischoff, Deborah Cole, Amy Fountain, and Mizuki Miyashita (eds). The persistence of language: Constructing and confronting the past and present in the voices of Jane H. Hill. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 440pp 2013. Annabelle Chatsis, Mizuki Miyashita, and Deborah Cole. "A documentary ethnography of a Blackfoot language course: Patterns of Variationism and Standard in the organization of diversity." In The Persistence of Language: Constructing and confronting the past and present in the voices of Jane H. Hill. Bischoff, et al. (eds.) Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 257-290. 2011. Mizuki Miyashita.  "Diphthongs in Tohono O'odham." Anthropological Linguistics. 53:4 323-342. 2011. Mizuki Miyashita.  "Five Blackfoot Lullabies." Proceedings of The American Philosophical Society. 155:3 276-293. 2011. Min Chen and Mizuki Miyashita.  "Audio Classification for Blackfoot Language Analysis." Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). 2009. Kyoko Masuda and Mizuki Miyashita.  "Acquisition of English /r/ and /l/: A Longitudinal Study of Japanese. Learners of English." Sophia Linguistica 57. 225-282. 2009. Mizuki Miyashita and Shirlee Crow Shoe.  "Blackfoot Lullabies and Language Revitalization." Indigenous Language Revitalization: Encouragement, Guidance & Lessons Learned. (Ed.) J. Reyhner. Northern Arizona University. 183-190. 2006. Debbie Cole and Mizuki Miyashita. “The Function of Pauses in Metrical Studies: Acoustic Evidence from Japanese Verse”. In Formal Approaches to Poetry. Elan Dresher and Nila Friedberg, eds. Mouton de Gruyter. 173-192. 2006. Tsuyoshi Ono and Mizuki Miyashita.  "The development of the final particle ha in Yamagata Japanese." Canadian Review of East Asian Studies. Vol. 2, No. 1. 65-74. 2006. Mizuki Miyashita.  "Tohono O’odham" In Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd Edition. Online version. Elsevier. 2000. Mizuki Miyashita. "Sequential Grounding and Consonant-Vowel Interaction." Coyote Papers: Working Papers in Linguistics from A-Z, 122-134. 2000. Mizuki Miyashita. “Less Stress, Less Pressure, Less Voice.” In Proceedings of Southwest Workshop on Optimality Theory Conference 4, eds. by Jessica Maye and Mizuki Miyashita. Linguistics Circle, The University of Arizona. 43-55.

Current Courses

Courses I Teach LING 270S: Introduction to Linguistics LING 375X: Endangered Languages LING 471/571: Phonetics-Phonology LING 489/589: Morphology LING 570: Graduate Seminar: Blackfoot Linguistics Other Courses I Have Taught  LING 470: Introduction to Linguistic Analysis LING 473: Language and Culture LING 477: Bilingualism LING 570: Graduate Seminar: Language Preservation LING 570: Graduate Seminar: Second Language Phonology LING 570: Graduater Seminar: Advanced Phonology

Research Interests

Blackfoot Linguistics I have been studying the Blackfoot language spoken in Alberta, Canada and Montana, US. My interest is to investigate prosody of the language as well as to promote the use of the language assisting the Piegan Institute and the Language Culture Division at the Blackfeet Community College. Phonology in a Yamagata Dialect of Japanese I am interested in phonetics, phonology, and morphology in a Yamagata dialect of Japanese particularly spoken in Kahoku-cho (Yachi), Yamagata-ken. Currently, I am researching on Rendaku in this dialect as a member of the group directed by Dr. Timothy Vance at National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (INJAL). I also collaborate with Dr. Mark Irwin at the Yamagata University in developing the Rendaku Database.

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