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Loretta M. O'Connor
Unaffiliated Independent Scholar (Portland, OR 97209-1026)

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

Grant period:
7/1/2009 – 6/30/2010

Documentation Enhancement: Lowland Chontal Archive and Dictionaries

The primary objective of this project is to enrich the basic documentation of Lowland Chontal of Oaxaca, a highly endangered indigenous language of southern Mexico. Lowland Chontal is one of the two surviving sisters of Oaxaca Chontal, a small and still unclassified language family spoken in the language-rich state of Oaxaca. I have worked with the lowland variety since 1997, with accomplishments that include a theoretically-oriented doctoral dissertation and, together with archeologist Peter Krofges, the establishment of a documentary electronic archive housed at Max Planck Institute in Nijmegen. Fellowship tenure will be dedicated to the linguistic annotation of the digitized materials in the archive and the production of dictionaries from the lexical database enriched by that annotation. One dictionary will be Chontal-English-Spanish, geared to academic linguists; the second will be Chontal-Spanish, designed for the Chontal community. (Edited by staff)