Karuk Language Grant
andrekar at NCIDC.ORG
Sun Nov 23 20:26:32 UTC 2008
The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) recently announced that
the Karuk Tribe has been awarded a three-year grant to document the
Karuk language, a recent press release announced.
The Karuk Master-Apprentice Documentation Project, run by the Karuk
Language Program, aims to document some of the last remaining elder
and fluent speakers of Karuk using apprentice learners.
The project will train five Master-Apprentice teams, each consisting
of a fluent Master speaker and an Apprentice learner, who will work
together closely to make audio and video recordings of spoken language.
Apprentices will use these recordings to expand the online Karuk
dictionary and create video podcasts of spoken Karuk to share with
other language learners.
According to the release, the tribe will receive $143,167 from the ANA
for the first year of the project. Additional support for the project
comes from the Karuk Tribe, the Advocates for Indigenous California
Language Survival, UC Berkeley and numerous local organizations and
The Language Program is currently seeking Karuk Master-Apprentice
teams to participate in the project. Participants will gain skills in
language documentation, transcription and analysis as well as audio
and video production. No previous documentation experience is
necessary, but a strong commitment to the Karuk language is required.
The application deadline for Master-Apprentice teams is Friday, Dec.
19, 2008 and training will begin in January 2009.
For questions or for application information, contact Ruth Rouvier
the Karuk Language Program Coordinator at 1(800) 505~2785, ext. 2205
or e-mail to rrouvier at karuk.us
rrouvier @ karuk.us (take out spaces)
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