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Alice Taff
University of Alaska, Southeast (Juneau, AK 99801-8623)

Dynamic Language Infrastructure-Documenting Endangered Languages - Fellowships
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$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2019 – 3/31/2021

Value-Added Tlingit Conversation Videos (tli)

Preparation of almost fifty hours of video recordings in Tlingit, an endangered language of Coastal Alaska for archiving and online access (transcription, translation, annotation, and post-production).

The vitality of Tlingit, a member of the Na-Dene family, is rated 8a – moribund (Alaska Native Language Center 2007) on the EGIDScale (Lewis and Simmons 2010). Between 2007 and 2013, the Tlingit Conversation Documentation project, NSF-DEL # 0651787 and # 0852788, recorded spontaneous Tlingit conversations. The production exceeded the project’s goals, leaving additional material to be completed. For the fellowship proposed here, the PI, with five or more L1 Tlingit speakers, University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) Tlingit language faculty, and undergraduate students in advanced Tlingit courses will use ELAN software to complete the remaining 27.9 hours of Tlingit transcription, 7.5 hours of English translation, and preparation of a Tlingit/English print version for each of the 96 recordings in the 48.5 hour corpus. We will prepare the remaining 20 hours of bilingual subtitled videos for web posting of the recordings. We will archive all results from this fellowship with the previously recorded material at the Alaska State Library, Archives, and Museum and the Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) William L. Paul, Sr. Archive. Because of its broad range of content, this primary source video material from the mouths of L1 Tlingit speakers, with the added value of translation and transcription, will be of use by linguists, ethnographers, archeologists, historians, anthropologists, artists, musicologists, and others. (Edited by staff)