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FN-279311-21

Ivy Grace Doak
Unaffiliated Independent Scholar
Coeur d'Alene (cda) Narratives Project

Research and writing a linguistic analysis of a collection of stories narrated by the last first-language speakers (L1) of Coeur d’Alene Salish (snícumšcn/Snchitsu’umshtsn), a Native American language of the Pacific Northwest region.

The Coeur d’Alene (cda) Narratives Project aims to provide a complete linguistic analysis of a collection of 40 stories told between 1985 and 1998 by three of the last first-language speakers of Coeur d’Alene Salish (sncícu?mšcn/Snchitsu’umshtsn). No living L1 speakers remain. The analysis will include audio recordings time-aligned to each line of text. The collection contains stories of several genres, including traditional Coyote stories, historical and political narratives, songs, and personal adventures. It will provide a necessary resource for research on Coeur d’Alene phonology, morphology, syntax, and discourse; in comparative Salish linguistics; and in native American literature. The analyzed collection will be archived in the Pacific Northwest Collection at the University of Washington Libraries and will be available online to anyone interested. The Coeur d’Alene Tribe will hold copyright.

Project fields:
Linguistics

Program:
Dynamic Language Infrastructure-Documenting Endangered Languages - Fellowships

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
8/1/2021 – 7/31/2022