Who We Are


Neil Alexander Walker


  • Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara
    Thesis: A Grammar of Southern Pomo: An Indigenous Language of California
  • B.A. University of California at Berkeley


Dr. Walker’s interests include clause-combining strategies (especially switch-reference systems), phonetics, historical linguistics, and lexicography. His undergraduate and graduate work in linguistics focused on the documentation of Southern Pomo, the native language of Santa Rosa, CA, which has perhaps one living partial speaker. Dr. Walker’s dissertation was the first descriptive grammar of the language, and he taught Southern Pomo for the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians from 2011-2014. In addition to ongoing work with Southern Pomo, Dr. Walker is currently working on Northeastern Pomo, a related language with no living speakers. Dr. Walker currently teaches monthly Southern Pomo classes for the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians.

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Uldis Balodis

Vice President

  • Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara
    Thesis: Yuki Grammar in its Areal Context with sketches of Huchnom and Coast Yuki
  • B.A. University of Arizona


Dr. Balodis has documented and analyzed threatened languages and those with no speakers in both Northern Europe and the Southwestern United States. In his undergraduate studies he focused on the native languages of Arizona, working with speakers of the Uto-Aztecan Tohono O’odham language along with studying other languages of the state. Over the course of his life he has worked on an ongoing basis on Livonian, an extremely endangered Finnic language native to Latvia. Dr. Balodis wrote the first grammar of Yuki, an indigenous language of California, for his dissertation. He recently finished postdoctoral research in Finland, where he documented the linguistic and cultural knowledge of the Finnic Lutsi community of southeastern Latvia. More information on Dr. Balodis’s present work with the Lutsi community can be found at his project website.


Timothy Henry


  • Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara
    Thesis: A Pedagogical Grammar of Ventureño Chumash: Implementing Grammatical Theory in Grammar Writing
  • B.A. California State University Fullerton


Dr. Henry specializes in Chumashan languages, Mongolic-Turkic languages, Old English, and English dialects. He is also interested in the fields of morphosyntax, morphophonology, historical semantics, and second language learning. Along with his PhD, Dr. Henry also earned an emphasis in applied linguistics, which helped inform his dissertation, the first of its kind, a fusion of theoretical and pedagogical materials for an indigenous language of California: Ventureño Chumash. Dr. Henry recently finished teaching linguistics at Rice University. He currently teaches at California State University, Fullerton.

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Jesse Saba Kirchner


  • Ph.D University of California, Santa Cruz
    Thesis: Minimal Reduplication
  • B.A. University of Arizona


Dr. Saba Kirchner has pursued an interest in morphological exponence and other morphophonological phenomena across several languages. In his research he aims to make meaningful theoretical contributions (particularly within the framework of Optimality Theory), but his work is also informed by close engagement with understudied languages and a commitment to documentation work as a part of linguistic scholarship. Much of his research has focused on Kwak’wala and Dakota. He currently works at Google as an analytical linguist.

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Edmundo Luna


  • Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara
    Thesis: The Semi-Formulaic Nature of Balinese Sociopolitical Discourse
  • B.A. University of California at Berkeley

Dr. Luna specializes in Austronesian languages of western Indonesia, namely Balinese and Indonesian. His thesis focused on the interaction of established ritual language and “ritualized” language (via frequency and routinization) used in periodic meetings of the banjar, the smallest administrative sociopolitical unit in Bali. His current interests include the use of Balinese in online interaction, Balinese spelling reform, and general Balinese language advocacy, all of which he highlighted during his tenure as a Summer Scholar at the School for Advanced Research (SAR) in Santa Fe, NM, in 2011. Dr. Luna taught English Linguistics in Muscat, Oman, and has been teaching English Education at Mokpo National University, South Korea, since 2010.

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