Willem De Reuse Collection

Languages Represented: The collection materials are in Plains Apache and English.

Extent: 21 items

Collection Date Range: 1965 - 2004

Creators: Willem De Reuse 

Collection Identifier: WDR

Abstract: The Willem De Reuse Collection features reproductions and original audio recordings, field notes and manuscripts documenting the Plains Apache language.

Acquisition Information: These records came to the Sam Noble Museum from Willem De Reuse and were deposited in 2013 and 2014.

Access Restrictions: The materials are open for research. Contact the NALC at 405-325-3332 or language.samnoblemuseum@ou.edu.

Cite As: [title], [catalog number], Willem De Reuse Collection, Sam Noble Museum Department of Native American Languages.

Collection Scope and Contents: Willem De Reuse is a linguistic consultant and research professor at the College of Information, University of North Texas, Denton. Born in Leuven, Belgium, in 1955, he received a Licence en Philologie Germanique in 1978 from the Université Catholique de Louvain, an M.A. in Linguistics in 1983 from the University of Kansas and a Ph.D. in Linguistics in 1988 from the University of Texas at Austin.

Specializing in the description of Native American languages and fieldwork, Willem De Reuse taught at the University of Chicago, the University of Iowa, Ball State University and the University of Arizona. In addition, he has served as visiting fellow at the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology at La Trobe University in Australia and at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany.

De Reuse is a prolific researcher and writer, having written countless articles on morphological theory, language contact, and historical phonology and philology, in addition to the books “Siberian Yupik Eskimo: The Language and its Contacts with Chukchi,” “A Practical Grammar of the San Carlos Apache Language” and “Handbook of Descriptive Linguistic Fieldwork.” He is the review editor of the International Journal of Linguistics and is currently documenting the Han Athabascan language of Alaska with support of the University of Alaska and the National Science Foundation.

His work in documenting the Plains Apache language is the foundation of the Willem De Reuse Collection at the Sam Noble Museum. Established in 2013, the collection features materials spanning the years 1965 – 2004, including original audio recordings of vocabulary and language lessons along with session recordings and interviews with Alfred Chalepah. The collection also includes reproductions made by the Native American Languages Collection in 2014 of a Plains Apache pedagogy and field notes originally written by De Reuse, language sessions and correspondence by Pam Innes, and the writings of Michael Krauss, William Bittle and Howard Soontay.

Catalog #Title
WDR-001Food, Colors and Objects in Apache
WDR-002Apache Verbs
WDR-003Apache Verbs, Animal Review, Sentences and Review
WDR-004 Apache Sentences and Review
WDR-005Animals in Apache
WDR-006Plains Apache
WDR-007Plains Apache Nouns and Sentence
WDR-008 Plains Apache Vocabulary and Sentences
WDR-009Plains Apache Language Review, New Words, Body Parts and Adjectives
WDR-010Plains Apache Words, Sentences and Problems
WDR-011 Apache Language Sessions
WDR-012Willem DeRuse Interview with Alfred Chalepah (Plains Apache), April 3-4, 2004
WDR-013 Plains Apache Pedagogy, by Willem DeRuse
WDR-014 Plains Apache Language Sessions and Correspondence, by Pam Innes
WDR-015Plains Apache Language Documentation, by Michael Krauss
WDR-016Apache Texts from Apache Tribe of Oklahoma Apache Tribe's Culture Program 1998
WDR-017Plains Apache Field Notes, Volume 1&2
WDR-018 Plains Apache: Homosexuality; Language; Paradigms; Songs; Words Pertaining to the Manatidie; Music; Words
WDR-019 Notes on Bittle's Plains Apache Texts
WDR-020 Howard Soontay, Apache, Oklahoma, Speaks Apache
WDR-021Kiowa-Apache by William Bittle