Andrew McKenzie

Associate Professor, Semantics, Native American Languages
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785-864-2881
409 Blake Hall


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Office Hours:  TH 10:00am-11:30am, F 1:00pm-2:30pm

Andrew McKenzie (PhD UMass Amherst) is an Associate Professor in Linguistics, affiliated with Indigenous Studies.  His research focuses on how linguistic systems resolve unspoken elements of meaning, especially in phenomena like switch-reference and incorporation.  His research also centers on endangered languages of North America, notably the Kiowa language indigenous to Oklahoma.  He currently holds a grant from the NSF/NEH Documenting Endangered Languages program to conduct fieldwork and write a Semantic Reference Grammar of the Kiowa language.  Dr McKenzie serves on the executive committee for the Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA), and sits on the Linguistic Society of America (LSA)’s Committee for Endangered Language Preservation. He also collaborates with the Kiowa Tribe’s Culture and Language Revitalization Program on its language preservation initiatives.


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