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Lev Michael
University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA 94704-5940)
Documenting Iquito: Lexicon and Morphological Description

Iquito is a critically endangered Zaparoan language of Peruvian Amazonia. With only 18 speakers remaining, at a median age of 70, timely documentation of Iquito is essential not only for knowledge of this remarkable language, but also for comparative work on Zaparoan, which will inform our knowledge of the deep social and cultural history of the Zaparoan peoples and western Amazonia more generally. During a DEL fellowship tenure, I will complete two key components of my ongoing work to document Iquito: 1) preparation of parallel English-Iquito and Spanish-Iquito versions of a bilingual Iquito dictionary, which already exists in draft form; 2) write an extensive morphological description of Iquito; and 3) collaborate with Christine Beier on parsing a large corpus of Iquito texts. Beier and I are each submitting DEL fellowship proposals to collaborate on a single documentation project in which we are responsible for complementary but integrated aspects of the overall project. Beier’s work centers on the Iquito text corpus, with the two projects overlapping on the morphological parsing of these texts. The fellowship will provide me with 11 months of support during my 2015-2016 sabbatical year. Beier and I and the Iquito consultants feel it is urgent to bring the documentation of Iquito to a successful conclusion within the next few years while the opportunity to work with multiple consultants remains. (Edited by staff)

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Project fields:

Dynamic Language Infrastructure-Documenting Endangered Languages - Fellowships

Research Programs

$46,200 (approved)
$46,200 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2015 – 7/31/2016