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Neil A. Walker
San Joaquin Delta College (Stockton, CA 95207-6370)
Documenting Pomoan Languages: Textual Dictionary of Southern Pomo and Dictionary and Grammatical Sketch of Northeastern Pomo

The seven Pomoan languages of Northern California are mutually unintelligible and now moribund or extinct. The PI has worked extensively with two of these languages, Southern Pomo and Northeastern Pomo and is the last linguist to interact with a native speaker of Southern Pomo (who passed away in 2014).  The PI will archive previously collected data and produce a textual dictionary of Southern Pomo, based on a corpus of traditional narratives.  The PI has also been gathering extant data on Northeastern Pomo, whose last speakers passed away forty years ago.  He will produce a dictionary database and grammatical sketch exploring the unique grammatical and phonological features of Northeastern Pomo, an enigmatic member of the Pomoan family.  The proposed project would make crucial data on Southern Pomo and Northeastern Pomo available to scholars and the public for the first time. (Edited by staff)

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Project fields:

Documenting Endangered Languages - Fellowships

Research Programs

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

Grant period:
8/1/2015 – 7/31/2016