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Victor Golla

Victor Golla (1939–2021) was a linguist and a leading expert on the indigenous languages of California and Oregon, especially the Pacific Coast Athabaskan subgroup of the Athabaskan language family and the languages of the region that belong to the Penutian phylum. He was emeritus professor of anthropology and Native American Studies at Humboldt State University and lived in Trinidad, California.

Victor Golla
Born1939
Died2021 (aged 81–82)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationLinguist
Spouse(s)Ellen Golla
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley
Academic work
Main interestsIndigenous languages of California and Oregon
Notable worksCalifornia Indian Languages (2011)

Golla was born in Santa Rosa, California, and grew up in the small town of Mt. Shasta, in the far north of the state, where his father was a funeral director and deputy coroner of Siskiyou County. The family moved to the San Francisco Bay area in 1952, and Golla attended high school in Oakland. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 1960 and received his Ph.D. in linguistics from the same institution in 1970.

Golla taught briefly at the University of Alberta (assistant professor of linguistics, 1966–1967) and Columbia University (instructor in anthropology, 1967–1968), and then settled in Washington, D.C. for two decades, teaching in the anthropology department at George Washington University (1968–1988) and conducting research on the extensive archival documentation of American Indian languages that is housed in the National Anthropological Archives at the Smithsonian Institution. In 1988, he was invited to join the faculty of Humboldt State University, in Arcata, California, as professor of Native American Studies and director of the Center for Indian Community Development.

In 1981 Golla helped found the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA), and subsequently served for 25 years as the Society's secretary-treasurer and editor of its quarterly SSILA Newsletter (1982 to 2007). SSILA established the Victor Golla Prize in his honor, to recognize Americanist linguists who show "a significant history of both linguistic scholarship and service to the scholarly community".

In addition to his work at Humboldt, Golla held a series of visiting appointments at UC Davis (professor of anthropology 1996–1997; research associate in anthropology, 1997–2006), and from 2001 co-principal investigator of the J. P. Harrington Database Project. He also served as a linguistic consultant to the Hoopa Valley Tribe, where he was responsible for creating the Hupa Practical Alphabet and a number of pedagogical and reference materials, including an English-Hupa bilingual dictionary (1996a).

He was the author of several scholarly books and numerous articles on American Indian languages, including three grammars of Hupa (1970, 1986a, 1996b) and a 1000-page compendium of the Hupa lexical and grammatical materials collected in 1927 by Edward Sapir (Sapir & Golla 2001). His last major publication, California Indian Languages (2011), was awarded the 2013 Leonard Bloomfield Book Award by the Linguistic Society of America for being the recently published book "which makes the most outstanding contribution to the development of our understanding of language and linguistics".

In 2015 Golla was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In selecting Golla, the society cited his "influential research on Native American linguistics and ethnography" and his "outstanding service to the profession."

Golla died at his home in Trinidad, California, in April 2021 of advanced Parkinson's disease and a stroke.

  • Golla, Victor (1970). Hupa Grammar. Doctoral dissertation, University of California, Berkeley.
  • Golla, Victor (1976). Tututni (Oregon Athapaskan). International Journal of American Linguistics 42:217-227.
  • Golla, Victor & Shirley Silver, editors (1978). Northern California Texts. IJAL-Native American Texts Series 2(2). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Krauss, Michael E. & Victor Golla (1981). Athabaskan Languages of the Subarctic. In Handbook of North American Indians, volume 6:Subarctic (June Helm, editor), pp. 67–85. Washington: Smithsonian Institution.
  • Golla, Victor (1984). The Sapir-Kroeber Correspondence. Letters Between Edward Sapir and A. L. Kroeber, 1905-1925. Survey of California and Other Indian Languages, Report 6. Berkeley: Department of Linguistics, University of California.
  • Golla, Victor (1986a). A Short Practical Grammar of Hupa. Hoopa: Hupa Language Project, Hoopa Valley Tribe.
  • Whistler, Kenneth W. & Victor Golla (1986b). Proto-Yokuts Reconsidered. International Journal of American Linguistics 52: 317-358
  • Golla, Victor (1987). Sapir, Kroeber, and North American Linguistic Classification. In New Perspectives on Edward Sapir in Language, Culture and Personality (W. Cowan et al., editors), pp. 17–38. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
  • Golla, Victor, editor (1994). John P. Harrington and His Legacy. Special Issue, Anthropological Linguistics (volume 33.4, March 1984).
  • Golla, Victor (1996a). Hupa Language Dictionary, Second Edition. Arcata: Center for Indian Community Development, Humboldt State University and Hoopa Valley Tribe.
  • Golla, Victor (1996b). Sketch of Hupa, an Athapaskan Language. Handbook of North American Indians, volume 17, Languages (Ives Goddard, editor), pp. 364–389. Washington: Smithsonian Institution.
  • DeLancey, Scott & Victor Golla (1997). Penutian: Retrospect and Prospect. International Journal of American Linguistics 63:171-201
  • Sapir, Edward & Victor Golla (2001). Hupa Texts, with Notes and Lexicon. In: The Collected Works of Edward Sapir, volume 14, Northwest California Linguistics (Victor Golla & Sean O’Neill, editors), pp. 19–1011. Berlin & New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Golla, Victor (2003). Ishi's Language. In: Ishi in Three Centuries (Karl Kroeber & Clifton Kroeber, editors), pp. 208–225. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.
  • Golla, Victor & Juliette Blevins (2005). A New Mission Indian Manuscript from the San Francisco Bay Area. Boletíin, California Mission Studies Association 22:33-61.
  • Golla, Victor (2007a). North America. In: Encyclopedia of the World’s Endangered Languages (Christopher Moseley, editor), pp. 1–96. London & New York: Routledge.
  • Golla, Victor (2007b). Linguistic Prehistory. In: California Prehistory. Colonization, Culture and Complexity (Terry L. Jones & Kathryn A. Klar, editors), pp. 71–82. Lanham (Maryland): Altamira Press.
  • Golla, Victor, with Lyle Campbell, Ives Goddard & Marianne Mithun (2008). North America. In: Atlas of the World’s Languages, second revised edition (R .E. Asher & Christopher Moseley, editors). London & New York: Routledge.
  • Golla, Victor (2011). California Indian Languages Berkeley, Los Angeles and London: University of California Press.
  1. "Victor Golla Prize". SSILA. RetrievedJune 27, 2021.
  2. Golla, Victor (2011). California Indian Languages. University of California Press. ISBN 9780520266674.
  3. Garrett, Andrew. "Presentation of the Leonard Bloomfield Book Award". Linguistic Society of America.
  4. "Linguistics Scholar Elected to Prominent Fellowship". Humboldt State Now. November 24, 2015. Retrieved2017-11-18.
  5. Golla, Victor (1984). "The Sapir-Kroeber Correspondence". escholarship.org. RetrievedJune 27, 2021.
  6. Golla, Victor (1996). "Hupa Language Dictionary Second Edition". Humboldt Digital Scholar. RetrievedJune 27, 2021.

Victor Golla
Victor Golla Language Watch Edit Victor Golla 1939 2021 was a linguist and a leading expert on the indigenous languages of California and Oregon especially the Pacific Coast Athabaskan subgroup of the Athabaskan language family and the languages of the region that belong to the Penutian phylum He was emeritus professor of anthropology and Native American Studies at Humboldt State University and lived in Trinidad California Victor GollaBorn1939 Santa Rosa California U S Died2021 aged 81 82 Trinidad California U S NationalityAmericanOccupationLinguistSpouse s Ellen GollaAcademic backgroundAlma materUniversity of California BerkeleyAcademic workMain interestsIndigenous languages of California and OregonNotable worksCalifornia Indian Languages 2011 Life and work EditGolla was born in Santa Rosa California and grew up in the small town of Mt Shasta in the far north of the state where his father was a funeral director and deputy coroner of Siskiyou County The family moved to the San Francisco Bay area in 1952 and Golla attended high school in Oakland He graduated from UC Berkeley in 1960 and received his Ph D in linguistics from the same institution in 1970 Golla taught briefly at the University of Alberta assistant professor of linguistics 1966 1967 and Columbia University instructor in anthropology 1967 1968 and then settled in Washington D C for two decades teaching in the anthropology department at George Washington University 1968 1988 and conducting research on the extensive archival documentation of American Indian languages that is housed in the National Anthropological Archives at the Smithsonian Institution In 1988 he was invited to join the faculty of Humboldt State University in Arcata California as professor of Native American Studies and director of the Center for Indian Community Development In 1981 Golla helped found the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas SSILA and subsequently served for 25 years as the Society s secretary treasurer and editor of its quarterly SSILA Newsletter 1982 to 2007 SSILA established the Victor Golla Prize in his honor to recognize Americanist linguists who show a significant history of both linguistic scholarship and service to the scholarly community 1 In addition to his work at Humboldt Golla held a series of visiting appointments at UC Davis professor of anthropology 1996 1997 research associate in anthropology 1997 2006 and from 2001 co principal investigator of the J P Harrington Database Project He also served as a linguistic consultant to the Hoopa Valley Tribe where he was responsible for creating the Hupa Practical Alphabet and a number of pedagogical and reference materials including an English Hupa bilingual dictionary 1996a He was the author of several scholarly books and numerous articles on American Indian languages including three grammars of Hupa 1970 1986a 1996b and a 1000 page compendium of the Hupa lexical and grammatical materials collected in 1927 by Edward Sapir Sapir amp Golla 2001 His last major publication California Indian Languages 2011 2 was awarded the 2013 Leonard Bloomfield Book Award by the Linguistic Society of America for being the recently published book which makes the most outstanding contribution to the development of our understanding of language and linguistics 3 In 2015 Golla was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science AAAS In selecting Golla the society cited his influential research on Native American linguistics and ethnography and his outstanding service to the profession 4 Golla died at his home in Trinidad California in April 2021 of advanced Parkinson s disease and a stroke Major publications EditGolla Victor 1970 Hupa Grammar Doctoral dissertation University of California Berkeley Golla Victor 1976 Tututni Oregon Athapaskan International Journal of American Linguistics 42 217 227 Golla Victor amp Shirley Silver editors 1978 Northern California Texts IJAL Native American Texts Series 2 2 Chicago University of Chicago Press Krauss Michael E amp Victor Golla 1981 Athabaskan Languages of the Subarctic In Handbook of North American Indians volume 6 Subarctic June Helm editor pp 67 85 Washington Smithsonian Institution Golla Victor 1984 The Sapir Kroeber Correspondence Letters Between Edward Sapir and A L Kroeber 1905 1925 Survey of California and Other Indian Languages Report 6 Berkeley Department of Linguistics University of California 5 Golla Victor 1986a A Short Practical Grammar of Hupa Hoopa Hupa Language Project Hoopa Valley Tribe Whistler Kenneth W amp Victor Golla 1986b Proto Yokuts Reconsidered International Journal of American Linguistics 52 317 358 Golla Victor 1987 Sapir Kroeber and North American Linguistic Classification In New Perspectives on Edward Sapir in Language Culture and Personality W Cowan et al editors pp 17 38 Amsterdam and Philadelphia John Benjamins Golla Victor editor 1994 John P Harrington and His Legacy Special Issue Anthropological Linguistics volume 33 4 March 1984 Golla Victor 1996a Hupa Language Dictionary Second Edition Arcata Center for Indian Community Development Humboldt State University and Hoopa Valley Tribe 6 Golla Victor 1996b Sketch of Hupa an Athapaskan Language Handbook of North American Indians volume 17 Languages Ives Goddard editor pp 364 389 Washington Smithsonian Institution DeLancey Scott amp Victor Golla 1997 Penutian Retrospect and Prospect International Journal of American Linguistics 63 171 201 Sapir Edward amp Victor Golla 2001 Hupa Texts with Notes and Lexicon In The Collected Works of Edward Sapir volume 14 Northwest California Linguistics Victor Golla amp Sean O Neill editors pp 19 1011 Berlin amp New York Mouton de Gruyter Golla Victor 2003 Ishi s Language In Ishi in Three Centuries Karl Kroeber amp Clifton Kroeber editors pp 208 225 Lincoln University of Nebraska Press Golla Victor amp Juliette Blevins 2005 A New Mission Indian Manuscript from the San Francisco Bay Area Boletiin California Mission Studies Association 22 33 61 Golla Victor 2007a North America In Encyclopedia of the World s Endangered Languages Christopher Moseley editor pp 1 96 London amp New York Routledge Golla Victor 2007b Linguistic Prehistory In California Prehistory Colonization Culture and Complexity Terry L Jones amp Kathryn A Klar editors pp 71 82 Lanham Maryland Altamira Press Golla Victor with Lyle Campbell Ives Goddard amp Marianne Mithun 2008 North America In Atlas of the World s Languages second revised edition R E Asher amp Christopher Moseley editors London amp New York Routledge Golla Victor 2011 California Indian Languages Berkeley Los Angeles and London University of California Press 2 References Edit Victor Golla Prize SSILA Retrieved June 27 2021 a b Golla Victor 2011 California Indian Languages University of California Press ISBN 9780520266674 Garrett Andrew Presentation of the Leonard Bloomfield Book Award Linguistic Society of America Linguistics Scholar Elected to Prominent Fellowship Humboldt State Now November 24 2015 Retrieved 2017 11 18 Golla Victor 1984 The Sapir Kroeber Correspondence escholarship org Retrieved June 27 2021 Golla Victor 1996 Hupa Language Dictionary Second Edition Humboldt Digital Scholar Retrieved June 27 2021 Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Victor Golla amp oldid 1030754467, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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