Thursday, October 3, 2013

NEH and NSF Support Effort to Preserve Languages Threatened by Extinction

Penobscot Indian Baskets. An NEH Documenting Endangering Language
 grant will support the creation of a comprehensive Penobscot Dictionary.
Photo Courtesy of Maine Folklife Center, The University of Maine.
September 10, 2013.
"The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announce $3.7 million in awards as a part of the Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) program....
The collaboration between NEH and NSF in support of endangered language documentation funds the creation of analytic dictionaries, reference grammars, and digital archives of endangered language corpora which include audio and video data.  For example, an award to the University of Maine will allow Pauleena MacDougall,James Francis, and Conor Quinn to produce a digital dictionary of the Algonquian language, Penobscot, creating a resource for comparative research in the historical reconstruction of the Algonquian language family."- National Endowment for the Humanities

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