Clare S. Sandy

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I am a general linguist with a holistic approach and a teaching focus on the sociocultural contexts of language use. My primary theoretical linguistic training is in phonology and morphology. I am also interested in language contact, variation, and change, and what these can reveal about human history.

My research combines fieldwork, corpus data, computational methods, and archival materials. Documentation and description of endangered and understudied languages, and language revitalization, are important to my work.

My recent research focus has been on Karuk, an indigenous language of northern California. I have carried out fieldwork with the last remaining first-language speakers to fill in gaps in the record of the language, and I have worked closely with community language documentarians and teachers to make sure data gathered is relevant for language revitalization as well as for theoretical questions.


Anthropology Department
Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Ave
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Email: csandy at berkeley dot edu