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Mark Sicoli
University of Alaska, Fairbanks (Fairbanks, AK 99775-7500)

Dynamic Language Infrastructure-Documenting Endangered Languages - Fellowships
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
5/1/2011 – 8/31/2012

Lachixio Zapotec Conversations: Audio-Visual Archive and Transcription Collection

Lachixio, a Zapotecan language within the Otomanguean language stock, is the last spoken language of West Zapotec, an endangered branch of the Zapotecan language family. Today Lachixio is the only sub-branch of West Zapotec where people interact conversationally in Zapotec. It exhibits uses of voice qualities for pragmatic functions that are found in few other places in Meso-America. The project's main goal is to enrich transcriptions of videotaped Lachixio Zapotec conversations. During the fellowship, I will complete 24 hours of transcription that remain in a 40-hour video corpus and develop a print collection of transcriptions using standards of conversation analysis. The products of this fellowship--a streamable multimedia archive with an accompanying monograph of select transcriptions--will provide local language activists with materials to aid their language maintenance efforts and protect their linguistic heritage in a language archive. The online archive will allow speakers and researchers access to the original video that corresponds to the text transcriptions and translations from which speakers and researchers can develop their own projects based on the corpus. The fellowship will support cooperation with members of the Lachixio community, who have been involved in the video production, transcription, and translation and will continue to be involved during the fellowship year. (Edited by staff)