LaVerne Masayesva-Jeanne

LaVerne Masayesva-JeanneAssociate Professor, Emeritus
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Retired - contact the department at (775) 784-6704


Anthropological Linguistics, Educational Linguistics, Second-Language Teaching, Learning and Literacy Issues in Native American Communities


My work in linguistics is primarily on Hopi syntax. I have given numerous workshops in linguistics and language pedagogy for Native American communities. I have taught linguistics and anthropology at Northern Arizona University, New Mexico Highlands University and the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Selected Publications

  • Jeanne, L.M.; K. Hale; and P. Platero. 1977. "Three Cases of Over-Generation." Studies in Formal Syntax, P. Culicover, et al. eds., 379-425. New York: Academic Press.
  • Jeanne, L.M., and C.F., and F.M. Voegelin. 1980. "Hopi Semantics." Handbook of North American Indians, Southwest W. Sturtevant and A. Ortiz eds., 9:581-586. Washington: Smithsonian Institution.
  • Jeanne, L.M. 1982. "Some phonological rules of Hopi." IJAL 48(3): 245-270.
  • Jeanne, L.M.; C. Thompkins; and M. Hausler. 1986. "Young Hopi readers and writers." NABE 2:83-93.
  • Jeanne, L.M., and K. Hale. 1989. "Argument Obviation and Switch Reference in Hopi." General and Amerindian Ethnolinguistics: In Remembrance of Stanley Newman, M.R. Key and H.M. Hoenigswald, eds., 201-211. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Jeanne, L.M.; K. Hale; and P. Pranka. 1990. "On Suppletion, Selection and Agreement." Interdisciplinary Approaches to Language: Essays in Honor of S.Y. Kuroda, C. Georgopoulos and R. Ishihara, eds. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
  • Jeanne, L.M. "Languages." In The Encyclopedia of North American Indians.
  • Jeanne, L.M. "Switch Reference and the Hopi Relative Clause." Anthropological Linguistics.
  • Jeanne, L.M. "An Institutional Response to Language Endangerment: A Proposal for a Native American Language Center." Language.