The Oklahoma Working Papers in Indigenous Languages

The publication focuses on issues related to Oklahoma Native languages and other indigenous languages of the Americas, but welcoming research done on any endangered indigenous language. We welcome research on all topics related to Native American languages, especially documentary and descriptive linguistics, language revitalization, community-based collaboration, endangered language teaching and curriculum development, language acquisition, language maintenance, sociolinguistics, discourse and corpus linguistics, language typology and universals, language variation and change, language contact, musicology and ethnopoetics, and language ideologies.

All papers are published in online format only as a free-access publication. All papers are reviewed by faculty and graduate students in linguistic anthropology at OU. As a working paper, publication here does not preclude later publication elsewhere of revised versions of these papers.

Submissions to be included in the 2017 issue must be submitted by September 4th, 2016.

OWPIL Vol. 2 (2016)

Oklahoma Working Papers in Indigenous Languages | Vol. 2 | 2016 | Full

Joshua D. Hinson | Lokoshat Chakwihiliꞌ Afama: Gourd Encounters a Possum | Article

Faun Rice | A Responsibility to Understand: Language, Art, and Patterns of Interpretation and Representation in Colonial Contexts | Article

Devin Moore | Relative Clauses in Coahuitlán Totonac | Article

Submission Process

OWPIL accepts only electronic submissions, which must be emailed to the editors at The body of the email must contain the following information:

  • Title of paper
  • Author name(s)
  • Author affiliation(s)
  • Author contact information

All submissions must also attach the following items as separate files to the email:

  • A copy of the paper in one of the following formats:
    • Word 97/2000/XP/2003 (.doc)
    • Word 2007/2010 (.docx)
    • Rich Text Format (.rtf)
  • A copy of the paper as a PDF (.pdf)

Style Guidelines

The following are some basic style guidelines to follow when preparing your paper:

· The first page of your document should include the heading, followed by an abstract of about 100-200 words, followed by a list of 5–7 keywords (place after the abstract: Keywords: X, Y … ), followed by the beginning of your article.

· The heading should be formatted as follows:

Title (bold and centered, 14 point)
[skip a line]
Name (centered)
[skip a line]
Affiliation (centered)

· There is no predefined page limit, though we expect most contributions will not exceed 25 pages (not including references and appendices).

· Subheadings should be flush left. Subheading 1: bold. Subheading 2:italic. Subheading 3: same as normal text. Do not go below subheading 3. There is no line between the subheading and the next paragraph.

· Tab all new paragraphs.

· Use footnotes, not endnotes.

· Follow LSA style for references, glosses, and translations,

· Papers should be single spaced and left-aligned.

· Numbering: leave pages unnumbered.

· Use a single space after all punctuation, not two spaces.

· Font: 12 pt. Times New Roman for text and subheadings (heading is in 14 pt.).

· Margins: 1” all around.

OWPIL Vol. 1 (2014)

Oklahoma Working Papers in Indigenous Languages | Vol. 1 | 2014 | Full 

Warren Queton | Cáuigú Pòlá:yòp: Towards Using Kiowa Rabbit Songs in Language Revitalization | Article

Juliet Morgan | Dèènáá Bìč'èèčéé Bìčìƛ'á̧á̧: A Plains Apache Text | Article

Igor Vinogradov | Aspect Switching in Tzotzil (Mayan) Narratives | Article

Daniel Valle | Focus Marking in Kakataibo (Panoan) | Article