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Christine M. Beier
University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA 94704-5940)

Dynamic Language Infrastructure-Documenting Endangered Languages - Fellowships
Research Programs

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$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2015 – 8/31/2016

Documenting Iquito: Text Corpus and Archiving

Iquito is a critically endangered Zaparoan language of northern Peruvian Amazonia. There are now only 18 fluent speakers of Iquito, the youngest of whom are in their late 60s. A DEL fellowship will support my ongoing work to document Iquito. Central to meeting this goal is my collaboration with Lev Michael. I will 1) prepare a large corpus of existing Iquito texts for publication, including a small number of new Iquito texts, and 2) archive all existing and new texts and some of their derivative materials with two internet-accessible digital archives, the Archive of Indigenous Languages of Latin America and the California Language Archive. Michael will 1) prepare Iquito-English and Iquito-Spanish bilingual dictionaries and 2) prepare a detailed description of Iquito morphology. Our collaboration will produce two principal types of data: audio recording of texts and their derivatives (my primary responsibility) and a FLEx database [designed for morphologically segmenting and glossing texts] and its outputs (Michael’s primary responsibility). From those data, our work will result in the following products: a publication-ready collection of transcribed, translated, and annotated texts (one set Iquito-to-Spanish; another Iquito-to-English); a publishable Iquito-to-English dictionary, including a detailed morphological description; and a complete Iquito-to-Spanish dictionary, ready for copyediting by a native Spanish speaker. We have the full permission of all relevant parties and authorities in the speech community to carry out the work and meet the objectives described in our collaborative proposals. We, our consultants, and the broader Iquito speech community all feel that it is urgent to bring the documentation of Iquito to a successful conclusion within the next few years. (Edited by staff)