Map of Native Languages of North America

Endangered Languages

Professors Monica Macaulay and Rand Valentine have devoted their professional lives to the study, documentation, and revitalization of endangered languages, particularly Native American languages from the Algonquian family. Their scholarly and community outreach projects have been featured in multiple news articles and on an episode of Wisconsin Public Television’s University Place.

Professor Macaulay has been involved in linguistic fieldwork and revitalization activities for a number of native languages including Chalcatongo Mixtec, Karuk, Potawatomi, and, since 1998, Menominee. She worked together with the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin to compile dictionaries of Menominee at Beginner (Oskēh-Wāēpeqtah Omāēqnomenēweqnaesen Wēhcekanan – A Beginner’s Dictionary of Menominee) and Intermediate levels (Omāēqnomenēweqnaesen Wēhcekanan – Menominee Dictionary), and also collaborated on Ézhe-bmadzimgek gdebodwéwadmi-zheshmomenan: Potawatomi Dictionary, published by the Forest County Potawatomi Community. She leads the Algonquian Language Lab at UW-Madison – email her directly to inquire about working at the lab.

Professor Valentine teaches Ojibwe language classes at UW-Madison, and is co-editor of the Odawa & Eastern Ojibwe online dictionary together with Mary Ann Naokwegijig-Corbiere. Every summer he serves as faculty for the Indigenous Language Instructor’s Program at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, which certifies students to teach native languages in the Canadian school system.