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Brenda H. Boerger
Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (Dallas, TX 75236-5629)

Dynamic Language Infrastructure-Documenting Endangered Languages - Fellowships
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
6/1/2010 – 6/30/2011

Natugu: Grammar Sketch and Texts

The purpose of the research is to write a grammar sketch of Natugu based on past and future field data elicitation. Natugu is an endangered Oceanic language spoken by Melanesians on Santa Cruz Island in Temotu Province of the Solomon Islands, South Pacific. Both the language community and the Solomon Island government support language development work, with an eye to future vernacular education. Such documentation and description needs to be undertaken soon in light of language displacement stemming from increased use of Solomon Island Pijin. I have lived on Santa Cruz Island for 16 years doing linguistic, translation, and literacy work in Natugu. This proposal will provide support needed to synthesize my present data in the interest of determining what further structures need to be investigated and to conduct further fieldwork. Outcomes are expected to be a) a revised Natugu grammar for both linguists and Natugu speakers, b) digital recording of texts in audio and some video as well, c) interlinearized versions of the same texts, d) archiving of the grammar and texts, and e) an anthology of the texts for the Natugu community. (Edited by staff)