The Navajo Language Academy, Inc. is a non-profit educational organization devoted to the scientific study and promotion of the Navajo language. The NLA is a joint effort by professional language teachers and linguists. The NLA has hosted Navajo linguistics workshops for scholars every summer since 1997. Click here to download our brochure.

We need your support. The NLA is a unique organization that cannot continue its work without generous support. Your tax-deductible contributions will be most gratefully received. Make checks payable to:

Navajo Language Academy, Inc.
PO Box 5411
Window Rock, AZ 86515

Workshop News:

We are sorry to say that the 2020 NLA Workshop wis CANCELLED due to COVID-19. We expect to hold the next workshop in 2021. Please be safe.
Research Projects:
Navajo Reference Grammar
Navajo Conservations
Ken Hale Archive of Navajo Linguistics
Bibliography of Navajo Linguistics

How is the NLA different from other organizations?
The NLA does not duplicate the work of the Division of Diné Education, Diné College, or the Navajo Language Teachers Association. Like these organizations, we support Navajo language education. However, the NLA approach is to teach people how to do scientific research on the Navajo language, to discover the rules and principles underlying the grammar. Our work covers complicated areas of grammar that are beyond the scope of courses offered elsewhere. Our courses teach students how to apply the scientific method to language studies, allowing them to build analytical skills, something not emphasized at other institutions.

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