Selected Publications

2014 Linguistic and audio-video collections in ethnobiology. (with Karim Sariahmed) In Salick, Jan, Katie Konchar, and Mark Nesbitt (eds.) Curating biocultural collections: a handbook. Chicago: Kew Publishing.

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Sept. 21, 2010 The Last Speakers: The Quest to Save the World's Most Endangered Languages.
Washington, DC: National Geographic Books.

2009 Literacy, orality and the extinction of languages. In B. Jabor (ed.) Encontro Internacional de Educação: Arte e Analfabetismo Funcional. Rio de Janeiro: Casa Daros.

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2008 Book of the Peoples of the World: A Guide to Cultures. (co-edited with Wade Davis). Washington, DC: National Geographic Society.

2007 Language Hotspots Map (with Gregory Anderson) National Geographic Magazine. (October 2007) 18. Visit the interactive map at

2008 Tofa language change and terminal generation speakers. (with Gregory Anderson) In K. David Harrison, David Rood & Arienne Dwyer (Eds.) Lessons from Documented Endangered Languages. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

2008 Remo (Bonda). (with Gregory Anderson). In Gregory Anderson (Ed.) The Munda Languages. London: Taylor & Francis.

2008 Sora. (with Gregory Anderson). The Munda Languages.

2008 Ho and the other Kherwarian Languages. (with Gregory Anderson & Toshiki Osada) The Munda Languages.

2007 When Languages Die: The Extinction of the World's Languages and the Erosion of Human Knowledge. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2007 Language as an Emergent System. (with Eric Raimy) Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal.

2007 Ethical concerns in Documentary Linguistics: With Special Attention to Language Endangerment. Anthropology News. (Sept. 2007) 31-32

2006 Na(t)ive orthographies and endangered language documentation. (with Gregory Anderson) Linguistic Discovery. 4(1)

2006 Ös tili (Middle and Upper Chulym Dialects): Towards a comprehensive documentation. (with Gregory Anderson) Turkic Languages. 10(1) 47-71.

2006 Ethnography in Documentary Linguistics. In Peter Austin (Ed.) Language Documentation and Description Vol 3. 22-41. London: SOAS.

2005 Izuchenie tuvinskogo iazyka za rubezhom. (with Simchit, Kyzyl-Maadyr). In K.-M. Simchit (ed.) Gumanitarnaya nauka Tuvy na styke vekov: Istoriya, problemy i perspektivy razvitia. Kyzyl, Tuva: TIGI. 103-109.

2005 A Tuvan hero tale, with commentary, morphemic analysis and translation. Journal of the American Oriental Society. 125(1) 1-30.

(submitted 2005) 'Natural' and obsolescent change in Tofa. (with Gregory Anderson). In I. Nevskaya (Ed.) Historical, areal and typological aspects of South-Siberian Turkic.

2004 South Siberian sound symbolism. In Edward Vajda (Ed.), Languages and Prehistory of Central Siberia. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 199-214.

2004 Shaman and Bear: Siberian prehistory in two Middle Chulym texts. (with Gregory Anderson). In Edward Vajda (Ed.) Languages and Prehistory of Central Siberia. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 179-198.

2004 Reduplication in Tuvan: Exponence, Readjustment and Phonology. (with Eric Raimy) In A. Csirmaz, Y. Lee, and M. A. Walter (eds.) MIT Working Papers in Linguistics (46). Proceedings of the Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics (WAFL) 1.

2003 Tuvan Dictionary. (with Gregory Anderson)
Click to access Tuvan-English, English-Tuvan Talking Dictionary online.

2003 Language Endangerement among the Tofa. Cultural Survival Quarterly. Fall 2003. 53-55. (uncorrected proof pdf)

2003 Emergent Behaviour in Phonological Pattern Change. (with Mark Dras) In R. Standish et al (Eds.) Artificial Life VIII. 390-393.

2003 Middle Chulym: Theoretical aspects, recent fieldwork & current state. (with Gregory Anderson) Turkic Languages 7(2) 245-256.

2003 Vowels and Vowel Harmony in Namangan Tatar. (with A. Kaun) In D. Holisky & K. Tuite (eds.) Current trends in Caucasian, East European & Inner Asian Linguistics. London: John Benjamins. 193-206.

2002 Tofa. In Encyclopedia of the World's Minorities. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn.

2002 Agent-Based Modeling of the Evolution of Vowel Harmony. (with Mark Dras & Berk Kapicioglu) Proceedings of NELS 32.

2002 Tyva-angli angli-tyva söstük. [Tuvan-English English Tuvan Dictionary] (with Gregory Anderson) Kyzyl, Republic of Tuva: TGKI.

2001 Patterns, pervasive patterns, and feature specification. (with Abigail Kaun) In T. Alan Hall (Ed.) Distinctive Feature Theory.211-236. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

2001 Vowel harmony. In Philip Strazny (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Linguistics. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn.

2000 Topics in the Phonology and Morphology of Tuvan.
Doctoral Dissertation, Yale University.
(Dissertation advisor Prof. Stephen Anderson, faculty readers Louis Goldstein and Abigail Kaun)

1999 Tuvan reduplication and harmony. Proceedings of the Berkeley Linguistics Society 25(S) Caucasian, Dravidian and Turkic Linguistics.

1999 Tyvan (with Gregory Anderson) Lincom Europa.

1999 Pattern responsive lexicon optimization. (with Abigail Kaun)
Proceedings of the North East Linguistics Society 30.

1999 Naming practices and ethnic identity in Tuva.
Proceedings of the Chicago Linguistics Society 35(2): The Panels.

1999 Vowel harmony and disharmony in Tuvan and Tofa.
Proceedings of 2nd Asian G.L.O.W.