Documenting conversation and the pragmatics of Kiksht

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 will document conversation among several speakers of the highly endangered language: Kiksht. The project team will overcome the enormous challenge of producing a natural-discourse context with the few remaining speakers. The project team is currently running a pilot documentation project and has already initiated a distinctive methodology by recording staged, naturalistic conversations with the few remaining speakers. This project teams seeks to expand the documentation of the pilot project and supplement that initiative with transcriptions from old manuscripts to provide guidelines for recordings of these stories. Basing further research on the new recordings, the project team will re-visit a Kiksht grammar (Dyk, 1933; Millstein, 2002) to analyse pragmatic and sociolinguistic features of Kiksht. In addition, the team will use the data for the enhancement and creation of further teaching materials. Primary investigator: Nariyo Kono

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Location: United States, Northern America, Americas Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): Portland State University Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £75,754.00 Commencement Date: 01/2004
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