Professor of Anthropology & Linguistics, University of Kansas, USA.
Linguistic anthropology, linguistics and education, language endangerment and maintenance, culture theory and culture change; U.S. Southwest & Southeast, East Asia.
Akira has been active in bringing language communities together, as well as bringing together professional communities so that the cultures can have a long lasting language and culture renewal program. Akira has been a chairperson on the Linguistic Society of Americas Committee on Endangered Languages and Their preservation. His most recent accomplishment came when he joined the language revitalization efforts of Venezuela-based group.
Akira has had many major accomplishments during his life. Most of these accomplishments have come later in his career. His first major award came in 1985 when he received the University of Kansas Louise E. Byrd Graduate Educator Award. His next outstanding award came in 1986 when he was recognized as an outstanding Linguistics Educator. He was recognized at the international Conference of Native American Language Issues Institute in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. After he received this award he later received recognition for being an outstanding Contributor to the Maintenance of American Indian Languages in 1988. In 1989, Akira received the Outstanding Educator Award from the University of Kansas Mortar Board. In 1993, Akira received the Byron T. Shutz distinguishing teacher award. His next award came in 1997, which is the W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence Award. His last accomplishment came in 2000. Akira was nominated for the Graduate Mentor Award.
Akira has written many publications and books. He has written five books. The first book that he wrote is called the Hualapai Reference Grammar, which was written in 1982. The Kickapoo Reference Grammar is the second book that he wrote in 1988. A Haiku Menagerie is the third book that he wrote in 1992. This is a book about living creatures and poems. A Haiku Garden is the fourth book that he wrote. This book contains four seasons in poems and prints. Haiku People is Akira's last book, which contains poems and prints.
Akira taught many different types of classes. The courses that Akira has taught include: Peoples of Japan & Korea, Japanese Society through Films and Literature, Japanese Life Cycle; Popular Images in Japanese Culture, Literature and Films; Japanese Ghosts and Spirits; Seminar on Edo, Structure of Japanese.
Akira has a special interest in his community wherever he resides. He has been a member of the Yavapai Language Program with the Prescott Yavapai Indian Tribe in Arizona since 1992. He has also been a member of the Hualapai Language Program in the Peach Springs School District #8 in Peach Springs, Arizona since 1975. He has been a member of the Yuchi Language Program in Sapulpa, Oklahoma since 1994. The last membership, which Akira is currently pursuing, is the Loyal Shawnee Language Program in White Oak, Oklahoma. He has been with this organization since 1995. Akira Yamamoto has made many significant contributions to the field of Linguistic Anthropology.
A Haiku Garden: The four seasons in poems and prints (with Stephen Addiss and Fumiko Y. Yamamoto). New York: Weatherhill, 1996.
A Haiku Menagerie: Living creatures in poems and prints (with Stephen Addiss and Fumiko Y. Yamamoto). New York: Weatherhill, 1992.
"Local reaction to perceived language decline" (with Lucille J. Watahomigie). Language 68, 1: 10-17, 1992.
"Communication in Culture Spaces," in Language and Society: Anthropological Issues, ed. By William C. McCormack and Stephen A. Wurm, 145-161. The Hague: Mouton, 1979.
"Presuppositional Culture Spaces" (with C.F. Voegelin, F.M. Voegelin, and F.Y. Yamamoto). Anthropological Linguistics 19,7:320-353.