Dr. K. David Harrison’s Bibliography


(* = refereed)

Solo Authored

2010 The Last Speakers: The Quest to Save the World’s Most Endangered Languages. Washington, DC: National Geographic Books/Random House. (Click here to purchase a copy of “The Last Speakers” on Amazon!)

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2007* When Languages Die: The Extinction of the World’s Languages and the Erosion of Human Knowledge. New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Click here to purchase a copy of “When Languages Die” on Amazon!)

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2002a. Gregory D. S. Anderson and K. David Harrison A Tuvan-English and English-Tuvan Dictionary with Grammatical Notes. München: Lincom Europa. (Click here to purchase a copy of “A Tuvan-English and English-Tuvan Dictionary” on Amazon!)

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2002b. Gregory D. S. Anderson and K. David Harrison. A Grammar of Tuvan. Washington, DC: SCSI Publications.

2002c. K. David Harrison and Gregory D. S. Anderson. Tyva-Angli Anglu-Tyva Söstük. Kyzyl: Tuvknizdat.

1999. Gregory D. S. Anderson and K. David Harrison. Tyvan. Languages of the World Materials 257. München: Lincom Europa. (Click here to purchase a copy of “Tyvan (Languages of the World” on Amazon!)

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2008* Lessons from documented endangered languages (with D. Rood and A. Dwyer). 355 pp. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. (Click here to purchase a copy of “Lessons from documented endangered languages” on Amazon!)

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2008 Book of Peoples of the World: A Guide to Cultures. (with W. Davis). Washington, DC: National Geographic Society. (Click here to purchase a copy of “Book Peoples of the World” on Amazon!)

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Solo Authored

2007* Ethical concerns in documentary linguistics: With Special Attention to Endangered Languages. Anthropology News. 31-32.

2006* A Tuvan hero tale, with commentary, morphemic analysis and translation. Journal of the American Oriental Society. 125(1)1-30.

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

2003* Language endangerment among the Tofa. Cultural Survival Quarterly. April 2003. 53-55.

2001 Nomads’ epic tales from the center of Asia: A Tuvan storyteller. Storytelling Magazine.


2007* Language as an Emergent System. (with E. Raimy) Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal. 77-90.

2006 Language Hotspots: Linking language extinction, biodiversity and the human knowledge base. (with G. Anderson) Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages Occasional Papers, 1.

2006* Ös tili (Middle and Upper Chulym dialects): Towards a comprehensive documentation. (with G. Anderson) Turkic Languages. 10(2) 47-71.


Solo Authored 

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

2006* Ethnography in Documentary Linguistics. In P. Austin (ed.) Language Documentation and Description Vol. 3 London: SOAS.

2004* South Siberian sound symbolism. In E. Vajda (ed.) Languages and Prehistory of Central Siberia Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 199-214.

1997 Albanian special NP clitics. In L. Kaiser (ed.) Yale A-morphous Linguistics Essays.


2009 submitted* Siberian Hunter-Gatherers Speaking the Language of Pastoral Nomads. (with G. Anderson) To appear in R. Rhodes, et al. (eds.) The Languages of Hunter-Gatherers. Cambridge University Press.

2008* Tofa language change and terminal generation speakers. (with G. Anderson) In K. D. Harrison, D. Rood & A. Dwyer (eds.) Lessons from Documented Endangered Languages. London: John Benjamins. 243-270.

2008 Sora. (with G. Anderson) in The Munda Languages. London: Taylor and Francis.

2008 Remo (Bonda). (with G. Anderson) in The Munda Languages. London: Taylor and Francis.

2008 Ho and the other Kherwarian Languages. (with G. Anderson & T. Osada) in The Munda Languages. London: Taylor and Francis. 438-548.

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

2003* Emergent behaviour in phonological pattern change. (with M. Dras). In R. Standish et al (eds.) Artificial Life VIII. 390-393.

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.

2001* Patterns, pervasive patterns, and feature specification. (with A. Kaun) In T. A. Hall (ed.) Studies in Distinctive Feature Theory Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.



2001* Vowel harmony. In P. Strazny (ed.) Encyclopedia of Linguistics Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn.

2001 Tofa. Encyclopedia of the World’s Minorities Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn.

2001 Tuvan. Encyclopedia of the World’s Minorities Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn.

2001 Shor. Encyclopedia of the World’s Minorities Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn


2000 The World’s disappearing & endangered languages. (with D. Whalen) Microsoft Encarta® Online Encyclopedia


2006 Sonority Contour Preferences in Austronesian Languages. (with R. Shorey and K. Merow) online at http://www.sil.org/asia/philippines/ical/papers.html

2005 Pattern and probability in Swahili vowel harmony. (with E. Eisenberg)

2004 Turkic dialect variation and typology. White paper, Center for the Advanced Study of Language (CASL), Univ. of Maryland.


Solo Authored

2006 Sonority Contour Preferences in Philippine Languages. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics. (online)

1999 Vowel harmony and disharmony in Tuvan and Tofa. In Y. Abe, et al (eds.) Proceedings of Generative Linguistics in the Old World (GLOW) in Asia 2. Nagoya, Japan: Nanzan University.

1999 Tuvan Reduplication and Harmony. In Proceedings of the Berkeley Linguistics Society 25(S) Caucasian, Dravidian and Turkic Linguistics.

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

1999 Harmony and underspecification. In S. Smythe (ed.) Proceedings of the 11th Student Conference in linguistics. MIT Working Papers in Linguistics 45. Boston:, MA: MIT.


2006* Tofa language change and last generation speakers. (with G. Anderson) In A. Filtchenko (ed.) Proceedings of 24th Dulson Readings. Tomsk, Russia: TGPU.

2005 Izuchenie tuvinskogo iazyka za rubezhom. [The study of the Tuvan language abroad] (with K.-M. Simchit). In K.-M. Simchit (ed.) Gumanitarnaya nauka Tuvy na styke vekov: Istoriya, problemy i perspektivy razvitia. Kyzyl, Tuva: TIGI. 103-109.

2004 Reduplication in Tuvan: Exponence, readjustment & phonology. (with E. 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* Disparate perception of !Xoo clicks by American English, Isizulu, and Sesotho listeners. (with C. Best, et al). Proceedings of International Congress of Phonetic Sciences 2002.

2002 Agent-Based Modeling of Vowel Harmony Evolution. (with M. Dras & B. Kapicioglu). In M. Hirotani (ed.) Proceedings of the Northeast Linguistic Society (NELS) 32.

2000 Pattern responsive lexicon optimization. (with A. Kaun) In M. Hirotani (ed.) Proceedings of the Northeast Linguistic Society (NELS) 30.


2006 Ös Chomaktary (Middle Chulym tales). (with G. Anderson)

2002* Tyva-angli angli-tyva soÅNstük. (with Gregory Anderson) Republic of Tuva: TGKI.


Solo Authored

Tuvan Verbal Arts: Vanishing Genres of Inner Asian Nomadic Storytelling.


A Grammar of Tofa, A Siberian Turkic Language. (with G. Anderson) Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.


2011 Remo-English Talking Dictionary

2010 Matukar-English Talking Dictionary

2010 Chamacoco Talking Dictionary

2008 The Linguists. By Ironbound Films. This NSF-funded documentary film premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2008, aired on PBS in 2009, and was nominated for an Emmy award in 2010. It showcases Drs. Harrison and Anderson’s work on documenting endangered languages of Siberia, India and Bolivia.

2006 Siletz Dee-ni Talking Dictionary

2006 Tuvan-English, English-Tuvan Online Talking Dictionary

2004 The Vowel Harmony Calculator

2001-2004 Tofa Project archive. Over 140 digital video field recordings of endangered languages, with transcription, annotation & metadata.

2002-2002 Tofa annotated video data.

2002 Tuvan-English Web lexicon. (superseded)



Oklahoma Workshop on Native American Languages (OWNAL), 4/2009

The value and challenges for smaller languages in global context. Univ. of Pennsylvania, 5/2008

Environmentally embedded grammars and how to document them. American Anthropological Association. Washington, DC, 12/2007

Knowledge, Sustainability, and the Survival of Small Languages. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), San Francisco, 2/2007.

Languages are vanishing, as we speak. Modern Language Association. Philadelphia, 12/2006.

Defining documentary linguistics. Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics. Washington, DC, 3/2006.

Mapping Variation: Developing a metadata and ontology taxonomy for sociolinguistic variables. (with W. Rivers et al) Linguistic Society of America, Albuquerque, 1/2006.

Languages are vanishing, as we speak. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Seattle, 2/2004

The Importance of endangered languages to linguistic theory: Vowel harmony. LSA. Chicago, 1/2004

Abstractness in Turkic vowel harmony systems. Linguistic Society of America. Atlanta, 1/2003

The Evolution of vowel harmony: A Model and agent-based simulation. EvoLang. 3/2002

Language endangerment and the language-ecology interface of Siberian reindeer herders. American Anthropological Association. Washington, DC, 12/2001

Altaic vowel harmony: Agree or Align? West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics 25. 3/2001

Epenthesis, harmony and the emergence of ‘reserve’ constraints. LSA. Washington, DC, 1/2001

When the optimal output isn’t: Velar deletion in Siberian Turkic. LSA. Chicago, 1/2000

Harmony, disharmony and underspecification. 2nd Asian G.L.O.W. (Generative Linguistics in the Old World) Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan, 9/1999

Reduplication and the hidden phonology of Tuvan. SCIL 11 at University of Texas, Austin, 5/1999


Linguists, speakers and the media. LSA panel talk, Baltimore, MD. 1/2010 (with G. Anderson)

Ethnographically-informed, community-based documentation of endangered languages. (poster with G. Anderson) Linguistic Society of America, Albuquerque, 1/2006.

Na(t)ive orthographies and language endangerment. (poster with G. Anderson) LSA, 1/2005

Na(t)ive Orthographies: Recent findings from Central Siberia. (with G. Anderson) PAMLA. 11/2004

Harmony as prosody. (with E. Raimy) MOT Phonology symposium. 3/2004

Turkic languages of the Altai-Sayan: A Field Report. (with G. Anderson), LSA. Chicago, 1/2000

Consequences of harmony for underspecification. (with A. Kaun) ZAS—Centre for General Linguistics, Typology and Universals Research, Berlin, Germany. 10/1999


2012—National Geographic, Smithsonian Institution, Yale Univ., ACTFL, Univ. of Central Arkansas, Clark Univ., Boston Aethenium, Colombia Ministry of Culture, Macalester College, Univ. of Minnesota, Univ. of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Univ. of Utah, Zurich International School, Kathmandu Univ. Nepal, Cal. State Univ. Northridge.

2011—Stanford Univ., Cambridge Univ., Northern Virginia Community College, Jamestown Community College, Univ. of Pennsylvania, International Baccalaureate Conference (Melbourne), Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Microsoft.

2010—International Women’s Forum, Guayaquil, Ecuador; Univ. of Toledo; Univ. of North Carolina, Wilmington; Pomona College; Haverford College; Yale Univ.; Princeton Univ.; Univ. Toronto; Texas A & M Univ.; Montgomery College; Microsoft; National Geographic Society; Univ. Arkansas Little Rock; Northern Virginia Community College.

2009—Oklahoma Museum of Natural History; Univ. Texas Arlington; Apple; National Geographic Society; Swarthmore College; Univ. of Pennsylvania Institute for Research in Cognitive Science; Rutgers Univ.; Dickinson College

2008—National Geographic Society; Pop!Tech; Rosetta Stone Inc.; Ohio State Univ.; Purdue Univ.; Univ. Michigan Flint; Univ. of Chicago; Rutgers Univ.; Univ. of Wisconsin at Madison; Univ. of Hyderabad (India); Guahati Univ. (India); Central High School (Philadelphia, PA); New York Public Library; Univ. Penn Cognitive Science Institute

Watch Dr. Harrison’s keynote address from the 2012 ACTFL Convention & World Languages Expo in Philadelphia.

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