Corpus and lexicon development:: Endangered genres of discourse and domains of cultural knowledge in Tu'un isavi (Mixtec) of Yoloxchitl, Guerrero

The Endangered Language Documentation Programme (ELDP) provides grants worldwide to for the linguistic documentation of endangered language and knowledge. Grantees create multimedia collection of endangered languages. These collections are preserved and made freely available through the Endangered Languages Archive (ELAR) housed at the library of SOAS University of London.

This project focuses on endangered genres of discourse and threatened domains of cultural knowledge in Yoloxóchitl (16º 48' 58''N, 98º 41' 12''W) Mixtec (xty), spoken in four villages within a 12 km radius incoastal Guerrero, Mexico. It will build upon a successful pilot initiative (100 recordings and time-codedtranscriptions totaling 38 hours; a 1,500-stem lexicon) to produce an additional 110 hours of ethnographicallyrich recordings and parsed, glossed, and freely translated transcriptions. The lexicon will minimally compriseall lemmas in the corpus. The results will create the first extensive, archival quality Mixtec corpus andestablish a foundation for future Mixtec studies, particularly in phonetics, phonology, and syntax, areas inwhich Yoloxóchitl Mixtec (YM) is of typological interest. Primary investigator: Jonathan Amith

Project Details

Location: Mexico, Mexico, Philippines, Central America, South-Eastern Asia, Mexico, Asia, Americas, United States of America Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): Gettysburg College Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £126,963.00 Commencement Date: 01/2005
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