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President and Fellows of Harvard College (Cambridge, MA 02138-3846)
Jonathan D. Bobaljik (Project Director: September 2017 to present)
Bogoraz's Itelmen Notebooks

The digitization, transcription, and transliteration of Vladimir Bogoraz’s handwritten notebooks of Itelmen language-related material.  Published in hard copy and online with an introduction and linguistic commentary, the material would be made freely available and would supplement an Itelmen dictionary currently in development.

(edited by staff) We propose to transcribe, edit, and publish, in hard copy and online, a collection of Itelmen (itl; probably Chukotko-Kamchatkan) texts and related material in the notebooks of Vladimir Bogoraz, held in the archives of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg. The Itelmen texts were originally intended to be published in 1917, under the editorship of Franz Boas, but the Russian revolution disrupted publication plans and the material was afterwards effectively lost to scholarship and to the Itelmen community.  We have located and viewed (copies of) the notebooks.  This past summer, we secured permission to publish them, made an arrangement with an appropriate publisher/web repository, and have assembled a team with the expertise and interest to prepare the material.  In addition to a facsimile and transcription of the 399 notebook pages, the book will include an introduction and linguistic commentary by the project director, who has worked with the Itelmen community since 1993.

Project fields:

Documenting Endangered Languages - Preservation

Preservation and Access

$40,322 (approved)
$40,322 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 7/31/2022