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    Racquel-María Sapién

    Racquel-María Sapién is the editor of Language Documentation & Conservation (LD&C). She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma (OU). She works primarily with speakers and heritage learners of languages that have fallen out of regular use due to both voluntary and involuntary shifts. Her interest is in supporting work to reclaim spaces for languages that have been minoritized. Her research foci include developing field research methodologies that are inclusive of community members who have a vested interest in work with their languages. She continues to work in collaboration with members of Kari’nja (Cariban) and Lokono (Arawakan) communities in Suriname to document, analyze, and support the reclamation of these and other languages. In addition to mentoring OU students working with their own heritage languages, she has taught at institutes such as the Northwest Indian Language Institute (NILI) at the University of Oregon, the Institute on Collaborative Language Research (CoLang), and the Oklahoma Breath of Life.