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Kristine S. Stenzel
University of Colorado (Boulder, CO 80303-1058)
Investigating interaction in two endangered East Tukano languages: Kotiria [gvc] and Wa'ikhana [pir]

Analysis, annotation, and archiving of recordings of interactional dialogue among speakers of the Kotiria and Wa'ikhana languages from the northwestern Amazonian region.

This research will advance analysis of the data resulting from the NSF-DEL-funded project Grammar and multilingual practices through the lens of everyday interaction in two endangered languages in the East Tukano family. This successful project has produced an extensive documentary corpus of everyday interaction and a set of sociolinguistic interviews involving members of the Kotiria (or Wanano) and Wa'ikhana (or Piratapuyo) language communities in the multilingual Vaupes region of northwestern Amazonia. This large collection of primary linguistic and sociolinguistic data provides vital empirical input for more detailed investigations of research questions related to (i) multilingual speech practices and language contact phenomena; (ii) grammatical structures; and (iii) universal and language-particular properties of everyday informal conversation. The proposed work during the fellowship will result in enhanced annotation of recordings (including English translations, interlinear grammatical analysis, and interactional features) and collaborative production of detailed transcripts from which collections of pertinent instances of structures and actions can be drawn for a variety of planned publications. The project will additionally enhance the documentation archive, deposited at ELAR, to make it more searchable and accessible, with all archival materials open access. (Edited by staff)

Project fields:

Dynamic Language Infrastructure-Documenting Endangered Languages - Fellowships

Research Programs

$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2021 – 4/30/2022