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FN-50109-12

Aviva W. Shimelman
San Jose State University (San Jose, CA 95192-0001)

Documentation of the Five Southern Dialects of Yauyos, Parent Subgroup Quechua II A, Quechuan Family

The goal of this project is to document all five dialects of the southern variety of Yauyos, an extremely endangered Quechuan language. The need for documentation is urgent: with perhaps 1,700 speakers and rememberers, the language is nearly extinct and the materials available on and in the language are extremely limited, consisting, essentially, only of what the applicant has been able to collect to date. Specifically, this project will conduct fieldwork to record four of the five dialects in audio and video format; prepare a database of annotated recordings of the four dialects; and prepare a comparative lexicon and sketch grammar of all five dialects. (Edited by staff)

Project fields:
Linguistics

Program:
Documenting Endangered Languages - Fellowships

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2013 – 6/30/2014


FN-50099-11

Aviva W. Shimelman
San Jose State University (San Jose, CA 95192-0001)

Documention of Yauyos

The goal of this project is to document Yauyos, a nearly extinct Quechuan language. Yauyos is not a single language, but a "supralect," a set of seven or more more-or-less mutually intelligible dialects spoken in fourteen villages in the Cañete Valley of Peru, approximately 200 kilometers south-east of Lima. Investigators will conduct fieldwork to record Yauyos in audio and video format; prepare a database of annotated recordings of Yauyos; prepare a lexicon of Yauyos; prepare a sketch grammar of Yauyos; and conduct analysis of Yauyos in light of current theory in formal semantics, in particular with regard to its evidential and modal system. (Edited by staff)

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Project fields:
Linguistics

Program:
Documenting Endangered Languages - Fellowships

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2011 – 8/31/2012