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Ayla Applebaum
University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA 93106-0001)
Phonetic and Phonological Documentation of Hatkoy

This project extends the on-going work of the applicant in documenting Circassian languages to include Hatkoy, an endangered and typologically unusual variety of Circassian which is no longer spoken in the Caucasus. The primary goals of the project are to create a linguistically analyzed and accessible database of recorded Hatkoy speech, and to investigate several hypothesis’s concerning Northwest Caucasian languages. The Hatkoy speech data will include 20 hours of audio materials, with time-aligned transcriptions, multi-tier annotations, “morpheme-to morpheme” and free translations into both English and Turkish. A second outcome of the project will be pedagogical materials for promoting language revitalization; this will be done considering the community’s strong interest in this aspect. The pedagogical materials will consist of wordlists, parts of speech, basic grammar and small texts (e.g. poems, songs). The applicant has prior data archived at the Endangered Languages Archive (ELAR) at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, and is discussion with the Endangered Language Archive (ELAR) and the Documentation of Endangered Languages program (DOBES) for arrangements to archive the data from the proposed project. The data will also be made available to the community in Turkey by the Caucasus Federation in Ankara. (Edited by staff)

Project fields:

Documenting Endangered Languages - Fellowships

Research Programs

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

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 12/31/2016