Margaret Field, Ph.D.

American Indian Studies
San Diego State University

Office: AL-331
To leave a phone message, call: 619-594-6991

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Courses Taught

  • Introduction to American Indian Heritage
  • American Indian Oral Tradition
  • American Indian Languages
  • Perspectives on American Indian Identity
  • California Indian People
  • Linguistic Anthropology



2009   Native American Language Ideologies: Language Beliefs, Practices, and Struggles in Indian Country. Paul Kroskrity and Margaret Field. University Arizona Press.

Select Articles

2013   Kumeyaay Oral Tradition, Cultural Identity, and Language Revitalization. Oral Tradition. Vol 27.2.

2013   "American Indian Oral Literature, Cultural Identity and Language Revitalization: Some Considerations for Researchers." In Oral Literature in the Digital Age: Archiving Orality and Connecting with Communities. Mark Turin, Claire Wheeler, & Eleanor Wilkenson eds., Cambridge: Open Book Publishers.

2012   "Rabbit & Frog." Juan Meza Cuero, Amy Miller & Margaret Field. In Inside Dazzling Mountains, David Kozak, Ed. University of Nevada Press.

2011   Kumeyaay Language Variation, Group Identity, and the Land. International Journal of American Linguistics, Vol 78 (4) 557-573.

2011   "Kumeyaay Stories: Bridges Between the Oral Tradition and Contemporary Classroom Practice." In Kroskrity, P. (Ed.) Telling Stories in the Face of Danger. University Arizona Press.

2009   Metaphor, Mythology, and a Navajo Verb: The Role of Cultural Constructs in the Lexicography of Endangered Languages. Anthropological Linguistics. Vol 51 (3-4).

2002   The Dual Role of Metonymy in Navajo Prayer. Anthropological Linguistics.

2001   Triadic Directives in Navajo Language Socialization. Language In Society. 30 (2): 249-264.

1998   Politeness and Indirection in Navajo Directives. Journal of Southwest Linguistics. 17(2):23-34.

1997   The Role of Factive Predicates in the Indexicalization of Stance: a Discourse Perspective. Journal of Pragmatics. 27:799-814.