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Jason W. Lobel
University of Hawaii at Manoa (Honolulu, HI 96822-2247)

Dynamic Language Infrastructure-Documenting Endangered Languages - Fellowships
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$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2016 – 7/31/2017

Documentation of Ponosakan, a Near-Extinct Austronesian Language of Sulawesi, Indonesia

Fieldwork and research for the preparation of a grammar and dictionary on the endangered Ponosakan language of Sulawesi, Indonesia.

This project is intended to continue work documenting and preserving Ponosakan, a near-extinct Austronesian language of Sulawesi, Indonesia. Once the majority language the town of Belang, Ponosakan has long since been fully supplanted in all contexts by Manado Malay, the regional lingua franca. There are now only four surviving communicatively-competent speakers, aged 71, 81, 87, and 91, and all four have expressed their willingess to continue working on this project. On several trips to Belang over the past nine years, Lobel has elicited wordlists and sentences, built a lexical database, made archive-quality digital audio recordings of the four surviving Ponosakan speakers covering a wide range of subject matter, and transcribed and translated these recordings. The main work to be performed during the fellowship period is: (1) to complete a full reference grammar; and (2) to complete a Ponosakan dictionary based on the PI’s lexical database, which currently contains over 2,200 roots. (Edited by staff)