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Keywords: Achumawi (ALL of these words -- matching substrings)

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FN-50116-13Research Programs: Dynamic Language Infrastructure-Documenting Endangered Languages - FellowshipsBruce E. NevinBuilding an Achumawi Linguistic Database6/1/2013 - 5/31/2014$50,400.00BruceE.Nevin   Unaffiliated Independent ScholarEdgartownMA02539-7401USA2013LinguisticsDynamic Language Infrastructure-Documenting Endangered Languages - FellowshipsResearch Programs504000504000

This project will complete a linguistic database for Achumawi, the highly endangered language of the Pit River Tribe of northern California, in the northern subgroup of the controversial and poorly understood Hokan superstock. In extensive linguistic fieldwork in 1970-1974 the applicant established a sizeable collection of written and audio records of the language. In this project the applicant will enter these materials into a computer database, which will bring together material on the language from diverse repositories, more or less difficult to access in geographically separate locations, and create a single self-consistent, cross-checked, searchable resource that will be made freely available to researchers and community members. Members of the tribe will be trained to participate in fieldwork with remaining speakers, and to participate in identifying and extracting pedagogically useful material from the database and from the correlated audio recordings. These materials will be used for language revitalization programs funded by the Pit River Tribe. (Edited by staff)

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.