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HAA-266482-19

Gettysburg College (Gettysburg, PA 17325-1483)
Jonathan D. Amith (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Mesolex: Lexicosemantic Resources for Mesoamerican Languages

Planning and early stages of development for an open-access portal of linguistic and cultural documentation of indigenous societies in Mexico and Central America.

Mesolex: Lexicosemantic Resources for Mesoamerican Languages (Level 1) is the first phase in creating an open-access portal of linguistic and cultural documentation of Indigenous societies in Mexico and Central America. The portal will have two basic modules. Mesoamerican Lexicons will disseminate lexical databases including both dictionaries and semantically specific lexicons (e.g., local names for flora; toponyms; body parts). This project will create a standardized data structure able to ingest lexical materials from a wide range of sources. It will also develop powerful search engines to discover data and flexible designs for language-specific online display. Mesoamerican Narratives will develop software to place audio or video recordings in native languages online, accompanied by transcriptions and translations that will be highlighted line-by-line in synchronization with audio or video playback. This Level 1 grant focuses on database design and creating the necessary software.

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Project fields:
Cultural Anthropology; Languages, Other; Linguistics

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$48,698 (approved)
$48,698 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 8/31/2022