LINGUIST List 15.3344

Tue Nov 30 2004

Jobs: Yokuts/Lang Description: Descriptive Linguist, CA

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        1.    Lindsay Jones, 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

Date: 29-Nov-2004
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 
                           Yokuts 
 
 Description:
 
 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.
 
 Typical Duties:
 - 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    
    language community.
 - Train or recommend training for interested community members in linguistic   
    analysis and encourage maximum community ownership of  language   
    revitalization work.
 
 Typical Qualifications:
 - 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  
    background check.
 - 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 
 
 Contact Information:
 
  Program Director Laura Grant 
  Email: languageovcdc.com 
  Phone: (760) 872-3604 
  Fax: (760) 873-7665 
  Website: http://www.ovcdc.com
 
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