Much of my career has involved the reshaping and transformation of knowledge of language and history shared with me by indigenous people who had made it a life's project to acquire, remember, and pass on this heritage. A consideration of the meaning of these encounters is interwoven with an autobiography of my scholarly formation and research career, the role of generationally shaped good luck in this career, and what it taught me about how speakers in diverse circumstances exploit the structural resources of their languages to protect and advance their interests.


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