Research Programs: Dynamic Language Infrastructure-Documenting Endangered Languages - Fellowships

Period of Performance

11/1/2010 - 1/31/2012

Funding Totals

$50,400.00 (approved)
$50,400.00 (awarded)

Documenting the Me'phaa Genus

FAIN: FN-50079-10

Stephen A. Marlett
Unaffiliated Independent Scholar (Tucson, AZ 85739)

This project will undertake a broad and multifaceted documentation and description of the Me'phaa genus (Otomanguean family; Guerrero, Mexico), including digital recordings (video and audio); vocabulary, grammar, and texts; and provide the basis for ongoiong language development and linguistic study. The Me'phaa genus has many interesting features that are still relatively unknown and insufficiently documented. More complete documentation of Me'phaa will contribute to the linguistic community generally and to the study of proto-Otomanguean. It will also contribute to the Me'phaa community as parts of it will be published in Spanish and English. (The Me'phaa community uses Spanish as their language of wider communication.) The publications and public presentations in Mexico will be an important link between this project and three communities in particular: Me'phaa teachers and writers, new researchers from different discipline, and the general public in Mexico. (Edited by staff)