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PD-250041-16Preservation and Access: Documenting Endangered Languages - PreservationEndangered Language Fund, Inc.Achumawi (Pit River; acv) Linguistic Database6/1/2016 - 5/31/2019$200,000.00BruceE.Nevin   Endangered Language Fund, Inc.New HavenCT06511-6660USA2016 Documenting Endangered Languages - PreservationPreservation and Access20000002000000

The completion of a linguistic database for the nearly extinct language Achumawi, a heritage language of the Pit River tribe in Northern California.

(edited by staff) The primary aim of this project is to complete a linguistic database (DB) for the critically endangered Achumawi language, integrating and normalizing archival data from diverse locations.  The poor quality of published data has hampered researchers, and the substantial archival data will be essentially useless forever to the Tribe and to researchers unless this work is done. The PI is uniquely qualified to do this, having 45 years experience working with the language and people, support from tribal organizations and individuals, and possession of the original and archival field records, audio recordings, and transcriptions. The result will be completion of a single consistent, cross-checked, searchable resource that is freely available to researchers and members of the Tribe. The PI is training tribe members to participate in identifying and extracting pedagogically useful material from the database and from the correlated audio recordings, and in eliciting and recording material from the very few elders who retain even limited command of the language.