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Jason W. Lobel
University of Hawaii at Manoa (Honolulu, HI 96822-2247)
Documentation of Ponosakan, an Austronesian Language of Sulawesi, Indonesia: Transcription and Translation of Recordings

The purpose of this project is to continue the PI’s work documenting and preserving Ponosakan, an Austronesian language spoken in northern Sulawesi, Indonesia. Once the majority language throughout the town of Belang, Ponosakan has long since been fully supplanted by regional lingua franca Melayu Manado. There are now only four surviving speakers who are communicatively-competent, ages 70, 80, 86, and 90, and all four have signed a letter expressing their willingness to continue working on this project.  The only scholar to have conducted ongoing language research on Ponosakan, the PI has made several trips to Belang over the past eight years, assessing the competency of the remaining speakers, eliciting wordlists and sentences, building a lexical database, and making dozens of hours of archive-quality digital audio recordings.  The main work to be performed during the fellowship period is: (1) to transcribe and translate around 20 hours of the digital audio recordings; (2) to expand the lexical database with all of the new vocabulary found in the transcribed recordings; and (3) to expand the Ponosakan sketch grammar. (Edited by staff)

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Project fields:

Dynamic Language Infrastructure-Documenting Endangered Languages - Fellowships

Research Programs

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

Grant period:
8/1/2015 – 7/31/2016