Dr. David J. Costa is the Program Director for the Language Research Office at the Myaamia Center. He completed his B.A. in linguistics at UCLA in 1985, and his Ph.D. in linguistics at U.C. Berkeley in 1994 with his dissertation on the Miami-Illinois Language. A revised version of his dissertation was published through the University of Nebraska Press in 2003. He has been studying the Miami-Illinois language since 1988, and has worked extensively with the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma on language revitalization since 1995.
Dr. Costa just completed Myaamia neehi peewaalia aacimoona neehi aalhsoohkaana. Myaamia and Peoria Narratives and Winter Stories, a collection of traditional Miami, Wea, and Peoria narratives, published through the Myaamia Project. He is also working on a fully annotated collection of interlinearized Miami-Illinois texts, hopefully to be finished in the next few years. Additionally, he is continuing to add to his ongoing etymological dictionary database of Miami-Illinois.
In addition to his work on Miami-Illinois, Dr. Costa has also done extensive research on the Shawnee language, the Algonquian languages of southern New England, and comparative Algonquian. Dr. Costa is a third-generation northern Californian and lives in El Cerrito, California, with his wife and daughter.
Dr. Costa’s full list of publications can be read here.