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Simeon Floyd
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (Nijmegen 6525 XD Netherlands)
A Grammar of Cha'palaa, with an archival corpus

The goal of this project, "A grammar of Cha'palaa," is to produce the first comprehensive grammatical description of Cha'palaa (cbi, Barbacoan, Ecuador), as well as the preservation of historical documents on the language and the improvement of an already-existing natural speech video corpus, which will constitute the primary data for the grammar. This project will build on previous work on the language (2007-2012), bringing its documentation into the final stages by systematically processing existing data (100+ hours of video, controlled stimulus responses, field notes, historical documents) to produce a comprehensive grammar. The work will involve onsite and remote collaboration with native speaker consultants, two field trips to Ecuador, and a visit to the UC Berkeley rare books collection to work with historical manuscripts. Materials will be archived at the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO, Ecuador) with backups in the Max Planck Institute (MPI), Nijmegen, including a digital version of the grammar. (Edited by staff)

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Project fields:

Documenting Endangered Languages - Fellowships

Research Programs

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

Grant period:
7/1/2014 – 6/30/2015