Discourse-based Language Documentation of the Baja California Yuman Languages Kumeyaay and Ko’alh Through Transcription of Narratives

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.

We propose to continue our ongoing documentation of two Baja California Yuman languages, Kumeyaay and Ko\'alh, placing emphasis on discourse. We will will work with native speakers to transcribe, translate, and analyze as many as possible of the 42 texts we have already collected and use the results to expand our Ko\'alh-Kumeyaay comparative dictionary database and write a grammatical sketch of Ko\'alh. Primary investigator: Margaret Field

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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): San Diego State University Research Foundation Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £93,879.00 Commencement Date: 01/2009
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