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FYI: 2005 Endangered Language Fund Grant Awardees

Author: Nick Emlen

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Language Documentation

FYI Body: The Endangered Language Fund is happy to announce the 2005 grant awardees:

Laureano Segovia - Documenting Wichi Language and Traditional Culture
Wichi is a Matacoan language spoken in Argentina and southeastern Bolivia.
The goal of the project is to document the last speakers of Wichi. Based on
the recorded interviews, the researcher will produce a website and a
printed collection of their accounts. Ethnologue code: [WLV]

Elena V. Perekhvalskaya, St. Petersburg State University - Online
Documentation of Udihe
The Udihe language is spoken by fewer than 100 people in the Russian Far
East. This project proposes to create a multimedia collection of linguistic
and cultural information on Udihe available for public use on the internet.
Ethnologue code: [UDE]

Andrew Garrett, University of California, Berkeley; Melodie George, Hoopa
Valley High School; Victor Golla, Humboldt State University / University of
California, Davis - A Returning Fluent Hupa Speaker: Documentation and
Digital Language Materials
Hupa, an Athabaskan language spoken in and near Hoopa Valley in
northwestern California, has eight fluent speakers, all of whom are
elderly. This year, a fluent Hupa speaker who has not been part of the
speech community for many decades will work with the tribal language
program. This project will document the returning speaker's language, and
will help with the development of the recordings as educational resources.
Ethnologue code: [HUP]

Joel Nasveira Simo, Vanuatu National Language Committee - Reviving
Vanuatu's Dying Languages
The Mores language, spoken by around 75 people, is one of 32 languages
spoken on the island of Santo in Vanuatu. Mores has never been studied, and
there has never been an attempt to develop an orthography for the language.
The researcher plans to make recordings of the language to be used for
analysis of the grammar and phonology, as well as an archive of the oral
history. He will also develop an orthography and literacy materials to be
used in Mores language classes. Ethnologue code: [LMB]

Mark Turin, University of Cambridge - Thangmi Shamanic Chants: Preserving
An Endangered Ritual Language And Tradition From Nepal
Thangmi is spoken by a small ethnic group in Nepal, India, and Tibet. The
researcher has collected over 100 oral narratives from the Thangmi shamans,
which constitute the oral history of the people. In this project, Turin
will transcribe and analyze these texts and prepare a glossary of the
ritual lexicon and terminology used by Thangmi shamans for publication in
print and online. Ethnologue code: [THF]

Pastor Dawari Braide - Documentation And Preservation Of The Kalabari
Language For Posterity
Kalabari is a Niger-Congo language spoken in the Niger River delta of
southern Nigeria. The researcher plans to develop a web-based bilingual
lexicography of the Kalabari language to be used by the speakers,
especially those in the Diaspora. He also intends to set up study centers
in the urban centers and organize essay-writing competitions. Ethnologue
code: [IJN]

Rosa Vallejos, University of Oregon - Documenting The Language Of The
Kokama-Kokamilla People
The purpose of this project is to conduct fieldwork in two Kokama-Kokamilla
communities in the Peruvian Amazon and to collect text data from some of
the estimated 1,500 remaining native speakers. Products of the project will
contribute to ongoing language revitalization efforts and will be available
to members of the community. [cod]

Gratien Gualbert Atindogbe, University of Buea - A Reference Grammar Of Barombi
The Barombi is a language spoken by about 3,000 people in Cameroon. Barombi
belongs to the Benue-Congo branch of the Bantu language family, and there
has not yet been a thorough documentation of the language. This project
aims at providing the Barombi speakers and any other interested researchers
with an exhaustive grammatical study of the Barombi language. Atindogbe
also hopes to clarify the relationship between the Barombi and Bankon
languages, and between the other Bantu languages of Cameroon. Ethnologue
code: [BBI]

John P. Boyle, University of Chicago - Hidatsa Language Documentation and
Hidatsa is a Siouan language spoken by about 75 people, almost exclusively
on the Ft. Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota. The researcher will
develop a package of educational materials to be used by the middle and
high school programs in Mandaree and New Town, North Dakota. Ethnologue
code: [HID]

Jorge Gomez Rendon, University of Amsterdam - Documented Survey of Sia
Pedee and Development of Basic Teaching Materials
Sia Pedee (also known as Epera) is a Chocoan language spoken in northern
Ecuador. Rendon plans to conduct a linguistic and sociolinguistic survey
and documentation of the language, which will include the development of an
orthography for the language. He will also make an accurate assessment of
the number of speakers, currently estimated at 250, and he will examine
various aspects of the use and viability of the language. Selected
recordings will be elaborated and incorporated as teaching materials to
support a pilot bilingual education program. Ethnologue code: [SJA]

Zelealem Leyew, University of Addis Ababa - Recording the Last Fluent
Speakers of Kemantney
The Kemant people live 800 miles northwest of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The
goal of the research is to document the language by producing a dictionary
and transcribed texts, which will be made available as a resource to the
members of the community who are interested in maintaining the use of the
language. Ethnologue code: [AHG]

Tyler Peterson, University of British Columbia - Video Documentation of
Gitksan Narratives: Legends, Life Stories, and My Day
The Gitksan language is spoken by approximately 50 people in northwestern
British Columbia, Canada. The researcher will document three specific
manifestations of narrative form, none of which have been previously
documented: traditional narratives and legends which have been passed
through the generations, a story of the significant events of some of the
speakers' lives, and the use of narratives related to daily living, which
will reveal how the language has been adapted to express modern-day
realities. Ethnologue code: [GIT]

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