LINGUIST List 15.3344
Tue Nov 30 2004
Jobs: Yokuts/Lang Description: Descriptive Linguist, CA
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Yokuts/Language Description: Practical Descriptive Linguist, Owens Valley Career Development Center, CA, USA
Message 1: Yokuts/Language Description: Practical Descriptive Linguist, Owens Valley Career Development Center, CA, USA
From: Lindsay Jones <ljonesovcdc.com>
Subject: Yokuts/Language Description: Practical Descriptive Linguist, Owens Valley Career Development Center, CA, USA
University or Organization: Owens Valley Career Development Center
Department: Nüümü Yadoha Language Program
Job Rank: Practical Descriptive Linguist
Specialty Areas: Language Description; Yokuts Languages
Program: Nüümü Yadoha Program
Contract Position: Practical Descriptive Linguist
Pay Range: $15-$20/hour, up to full time
The Nüümü Yadoha Program is dedicated to preserving the languages of the
communities it serves and to teaching them in a community setting. Under
minimal supervision of the Nüümü Yadoha program director and in close
cooperation with the language team being served, the linguist will do academic
research, field elicitation, documentation, community instruction on language
structures, and practical linguistics as required by the language community. We
are currently seeking a linguist for the Wukchumni and Yowlumni (Yokuts) languages.
- Establish productive working relationships with elders, fluent speakers, and
other language team and community team members.
- Work with language community to devise and train community on a consistent,
phonologically appropriate writing system.
- Gather and review existing relevant linguistic materials and make them
accessible to the language community through training, creation of new
materials, and consultation.
- Elicit linguistic data from speakers for the creation of dictionaries,
descriptive/pedagogical grammars, and language lessons as required by the
- Train or recommend training for interested community members in linguistic
analysis and encourage maximum community ownership of language
- Adapt understanding of linguistic theory and field practice to fit the
specific needs of the language community.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills; excellent analytical,
organizational, and interpersonal skills; demonstrated computer skills;
ability to work as a team member.
- Ability to travel to and work at locations most practical for the language
community (Wukchumni and Yowlumni speakers and learners are concentrated
between Visalia and Porterville, CA).
- Ability to pass an in-depth background check, including Motor Vehicle Record,
Criminal Background check, work experience verification, and educational
- Understanding that community-based linguistic work is for the benefit of the
language community, and all language information is the intellectual
property of the language community. Work done for academic purposes will
need to be negotiated with the community
Education and Experience:
- Applicants must have at least a BA in linguistics. An MA or PhD is preferred.
- Previous field experience is preferred. Previous experience with endangered
and/or North American indigenous languages is preferred.
- Knowledge of Indian communities and sensitivity to Indian context required.
Preference will be given to Indian applicants.
Please contact Laura Grant, Angie Aukee, or Lindsay Jones at the
Nüümü Yadoha Program, languageovcdc.com, (760) 872-3604, for more
information or to receive an application.
Address for Applications:
Program Director Laura Grant
50 N. Paha Ln.
Bishop, CA 93514
United States of America
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Program Director Laura Grant
Phone: (760) 872-3604
Fax: (760) 873-7665
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