Research Programs: Fellowships for University Teachers

Period of Performance

1/1/2006 - 11/30/2006

Funding Totals

$40,000.00 (approved)
$40,000.00 (awarded)

Linguistic Documentation of Eastern Cagayan Agta

FAIN: FA-52148-05

Laura C. Robinson
University of Hawaii (Honolulu, HI 96822-2247)

This doctoral dissertation will undertake the documentation of Eastern Cagayan Agta, a Philippine Negrito language

Media Coverage

Linguistics students document disappearing langauges (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Tracy Matsushima
Publication: Malamalama
Date: 10/1/2010

Associated Products

Archiving directly from the field (Book Section)
Title: Archiving directly from the field
Author: Laura C Robinson
Editor: Nicholas Thieberger
Editor: Linda Barwick
Abstract: Field work presents special hazards to the researcher and their data, so researchers planning spend extended periods in the field should consider archiving their materials directly from the field. Archiving from the field requires that both power and equipment. Power requirements will vary depending on field situation, but in the worst case scenario, the researcher will need to rely completely on their own source of power. This chapter presents a simple solar setup. In short, all the researcher needs is the solar panels, a battery purchased in-country, and a few adaptors. In order to archive from the field, however, the researcher also requires the means to create and send media to the archive. Since audio and video files are quite large, the only practical means of sending them is by postal mail in the form of DVDs. This means that the researcher must possess a laptop with a DVD burner and a supply of blank DVDs. Moreover, the transfer of video on a laptop is very time-consuming, and as the technology stands today, there is no way to get high quality video when making the transfer in the field. Finally, there remains the question of what is actually archived. In order to maximize research time in the field, the researcher can simply submit the metadata for each of the data files, leaving the archiving of the transcription to a later date.
Year: 2006
Primary URL:
Publisher: Sydney University Press
Book Title: Sustainable data from digital fieldwork
ISBN: 1-920898-50-6

Solar power for the digital fieldworker (Article)
Title: Solar power for the digital fieldworker
Author: Laura C Robinson
Author: Tom Honeyman
Abstract: This article discusses the technical aspects of a solar power setup for remote field situations. It guides the reader through estimating power consumption and setting up a basic solar kit. The authors address picking a solar panel, using a charge regulator, and choosing a battery based on estimated power consumption and availability. They discuss two different types of power adaptors, how to connect the equipment, and the benefits and drawbacks of using multi-meters. They address the use of rechargeable batteries and finally, caution against too heavy a reliance on solar power.
Year: 2007
Primary URL:
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: Language Documentation & Description

Informed consent among analog people in a digital world (Article)
Title: Informed consent among analog people in a digital world
Author: Laura C Robinson
Abstract: This paper addresses the concept of informed consent when working with remote, non-literate groups. By examining both the legal and moral obligations of informed consent, it will be argued that "erring on the side of caution", for instance by not publishing on the Internet because the consultants/community do not have exposure to such things, is just as paternalistic as assuming that they would consent if they understood. It is further argued that the researcher has an obligation to explain the research to the consultants/ community as fully as possible and to engage in an ongoing negotiation of consent, but that the researcher must respect the autonomy of the consultant/community decision, even if the consent was not fully "informed".
Year: 2010
Primary URL:
Format: Journal

Dupaningan Agta: Grammar, vocabulary, and texts (Book)
Title: Dupaningan Agta: Grammar, vocabulary, and texts
Author: Laura C Robinson
Abstract: Dupaningan Agta is an Austronesian language spoken in northeastern Luzon, Philippines by approximately 1400 semi-nomadic hunter-gatherers belonging to the Negrito ethnic minority. The language is endangered, as it is beginning to lose child speakers. Dupaningan is spoken in some thirty-five scattered communities, both along the Pacific coast (Philippine Sea) and inland, on both sides of the Sierra Madre mountain range. This work is an overview of the basic grammar of Dupaningan Agta. The author has tried to write it in such a way that it is accessible to any trained linguist, whether versed in Philippine languages or not. Chapter 1 outlines the language situation. Chapter 2 examines the phonology of the language, both historical and synchronic. It outlines the most salient phonological changes from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian and shows the reflexes in modern Dupaningan. This chapter also includes a detailed phonological analysis, which begins by discussing the phonemes of the language, then addresses various phonological rules. Chapter 3 treats the Dupaningan noun phrase, discussing case markers, nominalization, pronouns, and adjectives. Chapter 4 is an overview of the verb phrase, and treats the topics of voice, aspect, and adverbs, including the enclitic adverbial particles. Chapter 5 addresses other syntactic issues of the Dupaningan sentence, dealing with word order, existential constructions, question formation, and clause combining. There are three appendices to the grammar: the first, Appendix A, is a short dictionary of Dupaningan vocabulary; the second, Appendix B, is a collection of selected texts in Dupaningan; and the third, Appendix C, is a list of the items of primary data upon which this work is based and which are archived at Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC).
Year: 2011
Publisher: Pacific Linguistics
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9780858836464
Copy sent to NEH?: No

The Northeastern Luzon subgroup of Philippine languages (Article)
Title: The Northeastern Luzon subgroup of Philippine languages
Author: Laura C. Robinson
Author: Jason Lobel
Abstract: This paper presents a survey of the languages of the northeastern part of the large northern Philippine island of Luzon—Dupaningan Agta, Pahanan Agta, Casiguran Agta, Nagtipunan Agta, Dinapigue Agta, Paranan, and Kasiguranin—the first five of which are spoken by Negrito Filipino groups. With the exception of Kasiguranin, these languages compose a subgroup called Northeastern Luzon. Evidence is presented to determine the internal and external relationships of these languages, including historical phonology, functors, and lexicon. It is argued that they are not members of the Northern Cordilleran subgroup, as has been previously suggested, but instead form a primary branch of the Northern Luzon (Cordilleran) subgroup.
Year: 2013
Access Model: subscription only
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: Oceanic Linguistics
Publisher: Oceanic Linguistics