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A podcast about linguistic fieldwork, where seasoned fieldworkers share their stories from the field of language documentation & description.

Field Notes Martha Tsutsui Billins

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A podcast about linguistic fieldwork, where seasoned fieldworkers share their stories from the field of language documentation & description.

    Ep 34: Ana D. Alonso Ortiz on Zapotec Language Documentation & Revitalization

    Ep 34: Ana D. Alonso Ortiz on Zapotec Language Documentation & Revitalization

    Ana D. Alonso Ortiz is a Zapotec researcher and translator from Oaxaca, Mexico. She is an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director of the Amerindian Studies and Bilingual Education master’s program at the University of Queretaro. Her research focuses on the language description and language revitalization of Yalalag Zapotec, specifically promoting the language by working with child language acquisition.


    She is currently developing a language course of Zapotec as a Second Language. Ana has worked on the production of educational materials in Zapotec in coordination with the Dill Yel Nbán Collective, a group of Zapotec scholars who seek to promote the Zapotec language. Ana received her PhD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2021.


    Things mentioned in this episode:


    Zapotec Languages 

    Yalálag Zapotec

    Ana on Academia

    Ana on Twitter: @AnaAlonsoOrtiz
     





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    Ep 33: Azeb Amha on Afroasiatic language documentation & description

    Ep 33: Azeb Amha on Afroasiatic language documentation & description

    This month's episode is with Dr. Azeb Amha from the University of Leiden. Azeb is a linguist with interest in the morphology and syntax of Afroasiatic languages, linguistic typology and in the interdisciplinary fields of anthropological linguistics and sociolinguistics. She has worked extensively on the documentation of  languages in Ethiopia, inclunding  Oyda, Wolaitta and Zargulla. She is an ELDP grant recipient, and a depositor with Dobes and the Endangered Languages Archive. 


    Things mentioned in this episode:


    Oyda language

    Aramaic language

    Wolaitta language

    Amharic language

    Semitic language family

    Omotic language family

    Cushitic language family

    Zargulla language deposit at ELAR:
    Documentation of house construction and terrace farming in Zargulla, an endangered Omotic language

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    Ep 32: Michael Karani on Arusa Ideophone Documentation & Description

    Ep 32: Michael Karani on Arusa Ideophone Documentation & Description

    This month's episode is with Michael Karani from the University of Dar es Salaam. Michael teaches linguistics and communication studies at Dar es Salaam. He holds a BA and an MA in Linguistics from the University of Dar es Salaam and a PhD in African Languages from Stellenbosch University. Michael conducted fieldwork for his native language, Arusa, which is a Maasai dialect spoken in Arusha, northern Tanzania, where he studied the Arusa verb system during his MA studies. For his PhD research he investigated verb morphology and argument structure in the Parakuyo dialect, another Maasai dialect spoken in northern and coastal areas in Tanzania.


    In this episode, we discuss Micheal's current research with Dr Alexander Andrason (Stellenbosch University) on Arusa ‘expressive grammar’, particularly ideophones, interjections and gestures.


    Things mentioned in this episode:


    Maasai language

    Swahili

    The Arusa Verb System by Micheal Karani (2013)

    Micheal on Academia, Google Scholar & ResearchGate

    Ep 20: Andrew Harvey & Richard Griscom on Teamwork in the Field

    Field Notes Patreon

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    Ep 31: Catalan Language Normalization with Guillem Belmar

    Ep 31: Catalan Language Normalization with Guillem Belmar

    This month’s episode is with Guillem Belmar from UC Santa Barbara. Guillem focuses his research on language revitalization strategies as well as documentation of endangered or minoritized languages. He has worked on language promotion for many European languages and runs the #europeminoritylanguages project on social media. He is currently involved with the project Maintaining Indigenous Languages within Immigrant Oaxacan Communities in the United States.


    In this episode we discuss Guillem’s work with his native language, Catalan, as well as Basque and Frisian. 


    Next month Field Notes will be taking a short break, if you’d like to hear more from the pod, check out the Field Notes Patreon. 


    Things mentioned in this episode:


    Catalan language 

    Indo-European language family 

    Frisian language 

    Basque language 

    Galician language 

    Amami Ōshima language

    Ergative–absolutive alignment 

    Guillem on twitter: @GuillemBelmar

    Guillem’s website

    • 40 min
    Ep 30: Pedro Mateo Pedro on Mayan Language Research & Revitalization

    Ep 30: Pedro Mateo Pedro on Mayan Language Research & Revitalization

    This month's episode is with Pedro Mateo Pedro from University of Toronto.


    Pedro is a native speaker of Q’anjob’al, a Mayan language of Guatemala. His research focuses on the documentation and description of Mayan languages, specifically language acquisition, Mayan languages in contact and dialectal variation. 


    Pedro received his PhD in linguistics at the University of Kansas in 2010 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University. Pedro has taught at universities in Guatemala, Mexico and the United States. 


    Additionally, Pedro has worked on the production of educational materials in Mayan languages in coordination with different institutions in Guatemala, such as the Ministry of Education and the Academy of Maya Languages of Guatemala (ALMG in Spanish). In 2019, Pedro received an award as a distinguished professor at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Campus Altiplano.


    Things mentioned in this episode




    Mayan language family

    Qʼanjobʼal language 

    Yucatec Maya language

    Chuj language

    Kʼicheʼ language

    Mam language

    Guatemala Field Station

    • 35 min
    Ep 29: Jaime Pérez González on Tseltal & Mocho' language documentation in Mexico

    Ep 29: Jaime Pérez González on Tseltal & Mocho' language documentation in Mexico

    Jaime Pérez González is a Tseltal (Maya) researcher, writer, and translator from Tenango, Ocosingo, Chiapas, Mexico. He is a PhD candidate in Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his master’s in American-Indian Linguistics at the Center for Research and Higher Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS, Mexico). 


    Since 2008, he has worked on different Tseltal language documentation projects as a collaborator and as a research assistant, and as a researcher. Among the topics he has worked on during these projects are Dialectology and Lexicography (building dictionaries). He started to work on Mocho’ (a cousin Mayan language) in 2015, and he is currently the Principal Investigator of the project “Documentation of Mocho’ (Mayan): Language Preservation through Community Awareness and Engagement” sponsored by the Endangered Language Documentation Programme (ELDP). His research goes from Descriptive Linguistics, Language Documentation and Language revitalization. He has written about fieldwork methodologies, and he is currently working on a Descriptive Grammar of Mocho’. 


    Things mentioned in this episode:


    Tseltal language

    Mochoʼ language

    Yucatec Maya language

    Quechua language family

    Mayan language family

    Jaime's ELAR deposit: Documentation of Mocho’ (Mayan): Language Preservation through Community Awareness and Engagement

    Jaime's Academia page

    Mocho' materials at AILLA

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