Kayla Begay

Assistant Professor


Dr. Kayla Begay is an Assistant Professor of Native American Studies at Cal Poly Humboldt. Her research is focused on Dene Languages, California Indian Languages, language variation, historical linguistics and community-based language revitalization and reclamation. Her previous fieldwork experience includes work with speakers of Hupa, Karuk, Yucatec Maya and Sereer. Dr. Begay’s continuing research focuses on historical-comparative linguistics for language revitalization within Wailaki and Hupa communities.

Dr. Begay is an enrolled member of Hoopa Valley Tribe with grandparents enrolled in the Karuk and Yurok tribes. She is also a boardmember with the Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival (AICLS). She received her Ph.D. (2017) and M.A. (2012) in Linguistics from the University of California Berkeley, and B.A. (2010) in Linguistics from Stanford University. She is also a traditional basketweaver and singer.

Areas of Interest: 

Language Revitalization, Language Endangerment, Language Reclamation, Sociolinguistics, Language Variation, Historical Linguistics, California Indian Culture & Community-based Research.

Kayla Begay
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