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Armik Mirzayan

Armik Mirzayan

Associate Professor


Robert L Slagle Hall 301B

Phone: (605) 677-3159


Teaching Interests:

Linguistics, Phonetics and Phonology, Semantics, Lakota, Quechua, American Indian Languages, Language Structures, Language and Thought, Field Methods, Physics and Astronomy

Research Interests:

Acoustic Phonetics, Phonology, and Language Documentation and Community Work (Lakota, Dakota, Wichita, and Arikara)


  • Ph D, Linguistics, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2010
  • MS, Physics, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1998
  • BS, Physics, University of California, Los Angeles, 1995


  • Teaching and Learning Grant - Lakota Language, Story Telling, and Cultural Event, Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). (2018 - 2019)
  • Teaching and Learning Grant - Lakota Language, Story Telling, and Cultural Event, Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). (2017 - 2018)
  • MLL Department and A&S Travel Grant. (2016 - 2016)
  • A&S Travel Grant. (2014 - 2015)
  • Documenting the Wichita Language in Music, Endangered Language Fund. (2008 - 2009)


Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions of the faculty member or discipline.

  • Mirzayan, Armik. ?ina Sapa Wocekiye taeyanpaha [The Herald of the Black Robe's Church]. In American Indian Newspapers, edited by Lindsay Gulliver. Wiltshire: Adam Mathew Digital, 2018.
  • Mirzayan, Armik, and Waci, Wanbdi. áxkUs wetí'At niinaakaáWI piirataápo'Iš - "Prairie Dog Went to School". Bloomington: The Language Conservancy, 2017.
  • Mirzayan, Armik, and Waci, Wanbdi. Arikara Level 1 Textbook - šuxwaáko' saNIšíni'. Vol. 1. Bloomington, Indiana: MHA Nation and The Language Conservancy, 2016.
  • Scarborough, Rebecca, Zellou, Georgia, Mirzayan, Armik, and Rood, David S.. Phonetic and Phonological Patterns of Nasality in Lakota Vowels. Edited by Amelia Arvaniti and Adrian P. Simpson, 289-309. Vol. 45. Cambridge University Press: Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 2015.
  • Mirzayan, Armik, Laducer-Garrett, Florence, Goodall, Pansy, Meya, Wilhelm, and Manyakina, Yuliya. Arikara Vocab Builder. Online App Stores (Apple and Android), 2015.
  • Mirzayan, Armik. A Preliminary Study of Same-Turn Self-Repair in Wichita. In Lessons from Documented Endangered Languages, edited by K. David Harrison, David S. Rood and Arienne Dwyer, 317-354. Vol. 78. Philadelphia, PA: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2008.

Awards and Honors:

  • Distinguished Faculty Award, USD Tiospaye Student Council, 2016


  • Mirzayan, Armik. Lakota Phonology. Presented at the University of Washington Phonetics Lab Meeting, Seattle, WA. (December 7, 2018)
  • Mirzayan, Armik. Polysynthesis and Noun Incorporation in Indigenous North American Languages. Presented at the Morphology and Syntax Workshop, Boulder, CO. (October 9, 2018)
  • Mirzayan, Armik. A General Overview of Siouan Linguistics. Presented at the Dakota Language Symposium, Sisseton, SD. (June 13, 2016)
  • Mirzayan, Armik, La Mattina, Nicco A.. Some Preliminaries to a Caddoan Linguistics. Presented at the 36th Siouan and Caddoan Languages Conference, Newkirk, Oklahoma. (May 20, 2016)
  • Mirzayan, Armik, Kills Small, Jerome. On translating 'To be or not to be' into Lakota. Presented at the Shakespeare in South Dakota: a symposium exploring the states's Shakespearan past and prsent, Vermillion, SD. (March 19, 2016)
  • Mirzayan, Armik. Acoustic Properties of Glottalization and Aspiration in Cuzco Quechua. Presented at the 50th Conference of the Southwest Council of Latin American Studies, New Orleans, LA. (February 25, 2016)
  • Mirzayan, Armik, Boyle, John P., Kasak, Ryan, Lundquist, Sarah, Torres, Jonnia, Williams, Brittany. A Preliminary Study on Accentuation in Hidatsa. Presented at the Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of America, Washington, D.C.. (January 10, 2016)
  • Mirzayan, Armik. Morpho-Phonemically induced Pitch in Wichita Morphology. Presented at the 35th Siouan and Caddoan Languages Conference , Tunica-Biloxi Reservation, Marksville, LA. (June 14, 2015)
  • Mirzayan, Armik. Tone in Wichita Morphology : An Acoustic Analysis at the Edges of Bound Morphemes. Presented at the 34th Siouan and Caddoan Languages Conference , University of Wisconsin, Madison. (May 25, 2014)
  • Mirzayan, Armik. Pitch in Wichita Morphology, Phonology, and Phonetics. Presented at the 33rd Siouan and Caddoan Languages Conference , Sitting Bull College, Ft. Yates, ND. (June 13, 2013)
  • Mirzayan, Armik. Lakota/Dakota Language Revitalization Processes, Prospects, and Challenges. Presented at the Language Meeting on Veteran's Day , Wagner, SD. (November 12, 2012)
  • Mirzayan, Armik. Phonological Pitch Range Relations in Lakota. Presented at the High Desert Linguistic Society Conference, Albuquerque, NM. (November 1, 2012)
  • Mirzayan, Armik, Ringersma, Jacquelijn. Wichita Lexicon in LEXUS. Presented at the RELISH, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. (August 5, 2010)
  • Mirzayan, Armik. Pitch Accents and Phrase Accents in Lakota. Presented at the LabPhon 12, University of New Mexico. (July 9, 2010)