Linguistics Department

New Grants for Dissertation Research on Endangered Languages

Thu, March 10, 2011
New Grants for Dissertation Research on Endangered Languages

Two doctoral students in descriptive-documentary linguistics have just been awarded dissertation improvement grants from the Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) section of the National Science Foundation. Gabriela Garcia's project is the "Documentation of Southeastern Tepehuan: A Corpus of Annotated Texts;” she has been awarded $11,792. While she is building her corpus, Gaby will continue fieldwork for her dissertation project on clause union in Southeastern Tepehuan, a Uto-Aztecan language spoken in Durango, Mexico. Her dissertation supervisor is Nora England.

Ryan Sullivant's project, titled “Doctoral dissertation research on Tataltepec de Valdés Chatino,” will fund text- and elicitation-based fieldwork leading to a grammar of Tataltepec de Valdés Chatino, an Otomanguean language of Oaxaca, Mexico. Ryan’s project has been awarded $10,705. This language is spoken by 2000 people, nearly all over 30, in just one municipality near Oaxaca's Pacific coast, and as such is the most severely endangered among the three  Chatino languages. Tony Woodbury is his dissertation supervisor.

Ms. Garcia has also been awarded a second grant from the Foundation for Endangered Languages. She will receive $1,182 to support the preparation of documentation and learning materials on Southeastern Tepehuan.

Ryan Sullivant

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