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Adam Roth Singerman
University of Chicago (Chicago, IL 60637-5418)

Dynamic Language Infrastructure-Documenting Endangered Languages - Fellowships
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$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 8/31/2021

Creating a reference grammar with texts for Tupari [tpr], an endangered Tupian Language of the Brazilian Amazon

Fieldwork and analysis to produce a reference grammar and literacy materials to revitalize the endangered indigenous Tupari language of the Amazonian Basin.

This fellowship will contribute to the documentation of Tuparí [tpr], an endangered Amazonian language spoken in the Brazilian state of Rondônia by approximately 350 people. Building upon the field research which I conducted as a PhD student, this fellowship will focus on the completion of a Tuparí reference grammar accompanied by a series of native language texts. This reference grammar will contribute to scholarly understanding of the Tuparí language in particular and to our broader knowledge of the Tupían family as a whole. Although Brazilian languages have seen an upsurge in documentation in recent years, few full reference grammars have been produced for members of the Tupían family. My work on Tuparí will provide badly needed information on an under-documented corner of Amazonian linguistic diversity. The description and analysis in the grammar should prove interesting for theoretical linguists, typologists, and South Americanists. In that the grammar will be accompanied by a series of annotated and translated native language texts, this project has the potential to set a new documentary standard for Tupían studies. All recordings and transcriptions will be archived at the Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA) and in the digital archive of the Linguistics Division of the Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi. (Edited by staff)