MARIANNA DIPAOLO portrait
  • Associate Professor, Anthropology Department
  • Research Associate, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Linguistics
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Research Keywords

  • Sociophonetics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Shoshoni
  • Language and the law
  • American Indian languages (Shoshoni)
  • American English
  • Language Maintenance & Revitalization Efforts

Presentations

  • Forced Alignment for Understudied Language Varieties. (Lisa M. Johnson, Marianna Di Paolo, Adrian Bell & Carter Holt) International Conference on Language Documentation & Revitalization (ICLDC-5). Honolulu, HI. March 2-5, 2017. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 03/02/2017.
  • A University-based Youth-focused Revitalization Program. (Marianna Di Paolo & Jennifer Mitchell.) The Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas. Austin, TX. January 5-8, 2017. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 01/06/2017.
  • Presentation on the Shoshoni Language Project. American Indian Resource Center's American Indian Leaders Higher Education Summit. University of Utah. April 2016. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/08/2016.
  • Organizer and Presenter: Shoshoni Language Teacher Education Workshop. (Setting objectives for teaching Shoshoni.) Elko, NV, March 2016. Other, Presented, 03/11/2016.
  • Organizer and Presenter: Shoshoni Language Teacher Education Workshop. (Setting objectives for teaching Shoshoni.) Elko, NV, November 13-14, 2015. Other, Presented, 11/13/2015.
  • Workshop organizer: Towards Best Practices in Sociophonetics, New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 44. October 22-25, 2013. Toronto, Canada. Presenter: "Training Prosodylab-Aligner for Sociophonetic Research on Uncommonly-Studied Language Varieties." (With Lisa M. Johnson, Carter Holt, & Adrian Bell.) . Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/22/2015.
  • Indigenous Language Revitalization in Utah: the present and the future. American Indian Resource Center's American Indian Leaders Higher Education Summit. University of Utah. Salt Lake City, UT. April 10, 2015. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/10/2015.
  • Organizer and Presenter: Shoshoni Language Teacher Education Workshop. (Organizing Your Shoshoni Language Program.) Elko, NV, March 20-21, 2015. Other, Presented, 03/20/2015.
  • Language Revitalization as Rebuilding a Speech Community. (With Lisa Johnson, Sarah Arnoff, Jennifer Mitchel & Derron Borders.) International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation-4 (Icldc-4). February 26-March 1, 2015. Honolulu, HI. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 02/28/2015.
  • A Uto-Aztecan Vowel Shift: Evidence from Takic, Southern Uto-Aztecan, and Numic. 2015. Uto-Aztecan Historical Linguistics at the Centennial Symposium. Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the Americas/Linguistic Society of America annual meetings. Portland, OR. January 8-11, 2015. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 01/08/2015.
  • Di Paolo, M.; Griffith, T.; and Hudson, B.J. Language variation, language revitalization, and traditional games: language & culture and game design. Digital Games Research Association Annual Meeting. Snowbird, Utah. August 6, 2014. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 08/06/2014.
  • Di Paolo, M. 2014. “The Shoshoni Language from Oral Tradition to the Digital Age.” Robert Wood Leigh Lecture. Department of Anthropology. April 2, 2014. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/02/2014.
  • Di Paolo, M. and S. Broncho. 2014. Engaging Young People in their Native Language and Culture. Invited presentation. Language & History Symposium. University of Nevada-Las Vegas. January 17-18, 2014. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 01/18/2014.
  • Alzoubi, A., D. Borders, and M. Di Paolo. 2013. (NG) in Utah English. New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 42. October 17-20, 2013. Pittsburgh, PA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/19/2013.
  • Di Paolo, M. 2013. “Language in its Social Context/Language for Communication.” Conference on Endangered Languages and Cultures of Native America. March 8-9, 2013. Salt Lake City, UT. Conference Paper, Presented, 03/08/2013.
  • Di Paolo, M. 2013. Invited speaker. “An Overview of Utah English.” National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics. February 20, 2013. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/20/2013.
  • Di Paolo, M. 2013. “A Reconsideration of the Uto-Aztecan Vowel Shift from a Sociophonetic Perspective.” Plenary speaker. Phonology Festa. (Joint meeting of the Tokyo Circle of Phonologists (TCP) and the Phonology Association in Kansai (PAIK)). February 16-17, 2013. Ogoto Onsen, Japan. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/17/2013.
  • Di Paolo, Marianna. 2011. “On Rebuilding a Speech Community” Conference on Endangered Languages of Native America. Salt Lake City, UT. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/23/2011.
  • Marianna Di Paolo. (2010) “Returning to the Texas Bible Belt.”. New Ways of Analyzing Variation 39 (NWAV 39). Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/16/2010.
  • Marianna Di Paolo and Malcah Yaeger-Dror. 2010. Workshop organizer. Towards Best Practices in Sociophonetics. New Ways of Analyzing Variation 39 (NWAV 39). Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/15/2010.
  • Marianna Di Paolo, Raichle Farrelly, Bryan Hudson, Tamrika Khvtisiashvili, Karen Marsh, Jelena Markovic, and Katherine Matsumoto-Gray. (2010) “Shoshoni Language Revitalization Project Panel.”. Conference on the Endangered Languages and Cultures of Native America (CELCNA). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/10/2010.
  • Katherine Matsumoto-Gray, Robert D. Sykes, and Marianna Di Paolo. (2010) “Standardizing Spellings in Shoshoni/Gosiute Texts.”. Poster, Presented, 04/10/2010.
  • Marianna Di Paolo and Robert D. Sykes. (2010) “Acoustic evidence for a vowel shift in Shoshoni.”. Conference on the Endangered Languages and Cultures of Native America (CELCNA). Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/09/2010.
  • Marianna Di Paolo and Robert D. Sykes. (2010) “Acoustic evidence for a vowel shift in Shoshoni.”. Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages Annual Meeting. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 01/10/2010.
  • Di Paolo, Marianna, and Malcah Yaeger-Dror. Workshop organizer. 2009. Towards Best Practices in Sociophonetics. New Ways of Analyzing Variation 38 (NWAV 38). Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/15/2009.
  • Marianna Di Paolo, Fayelynn Ridesatthedoor, and Ruby Ridesatthedoor. (2009) "Goshute Language Program 2009". 2009 Governor’s Summit on Native Americans. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/03/2009.
  • Di Paolo, Marianna, Robert Sykes, and Jennifer Mitchell.“Variation in Shoshoni/Gosiute Vowels.” Invited Session: Variation in Less Commonly Studied Minority Languages. NWAV37. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/16/2008.
  • Di Paolo, Marianna, and Malcah Yaeger-Dror. 2008. Workshop organizer. Towards Best Practices in Sociophonetics, New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 37. Houston, TX. November 2008. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/15/2008.
  • Marianna Di Paolo and Fayelynn Ridesatthedoor. Goshute Language Program. 2008 Governor’s Summit on Native Americans. Vernal, UT. Sept. 24-25. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/24/2008.
  • Di Paolo, Marianna, Xinling Chen, Nancy Garcia, Tamrika Khvtisiashvili, Julia James, Katherine Matsumoto, Neil Olsen, Amber Swanson, and James Sewell. Update on the Wick R. Miller Collection Shoshoni Project. CELCNA March 28-30, 2008. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/28/2008.
  • Di Paolo, Marianna, and Malcah Yaeger-Dror. Workshop organizer: Towards Best Practices in Sociophonetics, New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 36. Philadelphia, PA. October 2007. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/15/2007.
  • Di Paolo, Marianna, and Julia James. “2007 Update on the Wick R. Miller Collection Shoshoni Project.” CELCNA. Salt Lake City, April 14, 2007. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/14/2007.
  • Di Paolo, Marianna. “Applying Sociophonetic Methods to Shoshoni Vowels.” Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting. Anaheim, CA. January 4, 2007. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 01/04/2007.
  • Di Paolo, Marianna, and Malcah Yaeger-Dror. Workshop organizer and presenter: Towards Best Practices in Sociophonetics, New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 35. Columbus, Ohio. November 9, 2006. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/09/2006.
  • Di Paolo, Marianna. “Variation in Shoshoni (ai).” Friends of Uto-Aztecan Conference. August 24. 2006. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 08/24/2006.
  • Di Paolo, Marianna, and Malcah Yaeger-Dror. Workshop organizer and presenter: Best Practices in Sociophonetics, New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 34. NYU, New York City. October 20, 2005. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/20/2005.
  • Di Paolo, Marianna, and Julia James. “Methods for the Preservation and Dissemination of the Gosiute/Shoshoni Materials in the Wick R. Miller Collection.” CELCNA. Salt Lake City,UT. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/08/2005.

Research Groups

  • Lisa Johnson, Graduate Student. Pacific Islander Project. 01/01/2016 - 12/31/2016.
  • Rusty Keele, Graduate Student. Pacific Islander Project. 01/01/2016 - 12/31/2016.
  • Adrian Bell, Other. Pacific Islander Project. 01/01/2016 - 12/31/2016.
  • Sarah Arnoff, Other. Shoshoni Language Project. 01/01/2009 - 12/31/2016.
  • Jennifer Mitchell, Other. Shoshoni Language Project. 01/01/2007 - 12/31/2016.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • The Wick R. Miller Collection: Returning to the Community. PI: Marianna Di Paolo. 01/01/2015 - present. Total project budget to date: $224,777.00
  • The Wick R. Miller Collection: Returning to the Community. PI: Marianna Di Paolo. Barrick Gold Corporation of North America, 01/01/2014 - 12/31/2014. Total project budget to date: $300,860.00
  • The Wick R. Miller Collection: Returning to the Community. PI: Marianna Di Paolo. Barrick Gold Corporation of North America, 01/01/2013 - 12/31/2013. Total project budget to date: $251,778.00
  • The Wick R. Miller Collection: Returning to the Community. PI: Marianna Di Paolo. Cortez Mine/Barrick Corporation, 01/15/2011 - present. Total project budget to date: $111,181.00
  • The Wick R. Miller Collection: Returning to the Community. PI: Marianna Di Paolo. Cortez Mine/Barrick Corporation, 01/15/2010 - present. Total project budget to date: $200,500.00
  • The Wick R. Miller Collection: Returning to the Community. PI: Marianna Di Paolo. Cortez Mine/Barrick Corporation, 01/07/2009 - present. Total project budget to date: $141,342.00
  • The Wick R. Miller Collection: Returning to the Community. PI: Marianna Di Paolo. Cortez Mine/Barrick Corporation, 12/20/2007 - present. Total project budget to date: $161,000.00
  • The Wick R. Miller Collection: Returning to the Community. PI: Marianna Di Paolo. Cortez Mine/Barrick Corporation, 07/01/2007 - present. Total project budget to date: $106,300.00
  • Preserving and Enhancing Accessibility of Gosiute/Shoshoni Materials. PI: Mauricio Mixco. Co-PI(s): Marianna Di Paolo. National Science Foundation, 08/15/2004 - 08/2007. Total project budget to date: $299,954.00
  • SOCIOPHONETICS WORKSHOP. PI: DIPAOLO,MARIANNA. NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION, 02/01/2011 - 01/31/2014. Total project budget to date: $42,490.00

Research/Scholarship Projects

  • Shoshoni Language Project. PI: Marianna Di Paolo. 01/06/2003 - present.

Software Titles

  • Enee! Shoshoni language video game. Release Date: 08/2013. Inventors: Devin Gardner, Cora Burchett, Trent Griffith, and Zeph Fagerson, all of whom worked for the Shoshoni Language Project.

Languages

  • Italian, fluent.
  • Spanish, fluent.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Italy
  • Jordan
    Supervised graduate students working on Arabic, mostly on varieties spoken in Jordan.
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Spain
  • Tonga
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    Published on English dialects and worked on collaborative projects with UK colleagues.

Publications

  • Di Paolo, M. 2015. Speaking Pittsburghese: The Story of a Dialect by Barbara Johnstone Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. 288 pp.. American Anthropologist, 117: 841–842. doi:10.1111/aman.12442. Published, 12/15/2015.
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  • Di Paolo, M. Preface. Speech in the Western States. Vol. 2: The Interior West. Edited by Valerie Fridland, Alicia Wassink, Tyler Kendall, and Betsy Evans. Publication of the American Dialect Society. This is a refereed book chapter. In press, 08/26/2016.
  • D. Elzinga and M. Di Paolo. Shoshoni. 2014. In Di Paolo, M. and A.K. Spears, ed. Languages And Dialects In The U.S.: Focus on Linguistics and Diversity. New York: Routledge. Peer reviewed. Published, 03/2014.
  • A.K. Spears and M. Di Paolo. 2014. Language Contact. In Di Paolo, M. and A.K. Spears, ed. Languages And Dialects In The U.S.: Focus on Linguistics and Diversity. New York: Routledge. Peer reviewed. Published, 03/2014.
  • Di Paolo, M. and A.K. Spears. ed. 2014. Languages And Dialects In The U.S.: Focus on Linguistics and Diversity. New York: Routledge. This book was peer-reviewed in its proposal stage as well as in its full manuscript stage, i.e., each chapter was peer-reviewed as well as the book as a whole. Although it is multi-authored the editors took an active role in shaping each chapter. Published, 03/2014.
  • Di Paolo, M. and A.K. Spears. 2014. Introduction. In Di Paolo, M. and A.K. Spears, ed. Languages And Dialects In The U.S.: Focus on Linguistics and Diversity. New York: Routledge. Peer reviewed. Published, 03/2014.
  • Di Paolo, M. and M. Yeager-Dror. 2011. "Field Methods". Chapter 2: Sociophonetics: a Student’s Guide. Di Paolo, M. and M. Yaeger-Dror, eds. London: Routledge. Published, 01/2011.
  • Di Paolo, M. and M. Yaeger-Dror. 2011. Sociophonetics: a Student’s Guide. London: Routledge. Book/Monograph, Published, 01/2011. Published, 01/2011.
  • Di Paolo, M. and M. Yeager-Dror. 2011. "Introduction". Chapter 1: Sociophonetics: a Student’s Guide. Di Paolo, M. and M. Yaeger-Dror, eds. London: Routledge. Published, 01/2011.
  • Di Paolo, M., M. Yeager-Dror, and A.B. Wassink. 2011. "Analyzing Vowels". Chapter 8: Sociophonetics: a Student’s Guide. Di Paolo, M. and M. Yaeger-Dror, eds. London: Routledge. Published, 01/2011.
  • Faber, A., M. Di Paolo, & C.T. Best. 2010. "The Peripatetic History of ME *E:" In Dennis R. Preston and Nancy Niedzielski, ed., Sociophonetic Reader. Berlin: Mouton Press. Published, 10/2010.
  • Forced Alignment for Understudied Language Varieties. In progress, 02/05/2016.
  • Tongan voiceless vowels. In progress, 08/15/2015.
  • Shoshoni Level 1 Textbook. In progress, 01/12/2015.
  • The Shoshone/Goshute Youth Language Apprenticeship Program: An intensive summer revitalization program. In progress, 10/07/2016.
  • How the World Came to be the Way it Is (working title in English). This volume contains 38 traditional Shoshoni origin stories, transcribed and translated with interlineral glosses, from the Wick R. Miller Collection of recordings dating from the late 1960's-early 1970's. Mauricio Mixco and Di Paolo began the work on these 400+ narratives in 2004 after receiving an NSF grant. A number of native speakers of Shoshoni are collaborators on this book project. Di Paolo met with the University of Utah Press in January 2015 to discuss the publication of this first volume. The Press expressed an interest in publishing. Di Paolo is in the process of writing a formal proposal. Progress in 2015 includes collaborating with Craig Johnson and Lisa Johnson on creating a database to interface directly with a publication format; and with Elwood Mose, revisions of free translation of 36 stories and final drafts of 4 of them. In progress, 01/15/2014.
  • A Reconsideration of the Uto-Aztecan Vowel Shift from a Sociophonetic Perspective. In progress, 08/03/2015.
  • (NG) in Utah English. In progress, 05/31/2013.
  • Pia Toya (Big Mountain) Bilingual/Second Edition. (2017). Wick R. Miller Collection Shoshoni Project Books.. Published, 02/17/2017.
  • Seewate Wahatteman To'inkanna (Twelve) (2017) Wick R. Miller Collection Shoshoni Project Books. This book is the most recent in a series of 15 bilingual Shoshoni-English illustrated books. They are collaborative projects with SYLAP participants, elders, and other Shoshone and Goshute community members. The books are used in language revitalization projects throughout the Great Basin and have had a considerable impact in the regions tribal communities. Published, 02/17/2017.