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Professor Andrew McKenzie awarded National Science Foundation Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) grant

Friday, July 7, 2017

Professor Andrew McKenzie has recently been awarded a 3-year National Science Foundation Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) grant (Investigations in the Semantics of Kiowa, a Native American language of Oklahoma) for $112,455. The funding supports projects to develop and advance knowledge concerning endangered human languages. This study will document the semantics of the Kiowa language, a severely endangered language spoken by members of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma. Led by McKenzie, a linguist who is also a tribal member, this project will conduct an in-depth investigation into Kiowa semantics, eliciting language judgments from native speakers of the language. The project will also record and examine new texts that document naturalistic language use, especially in underrepresented cultural domains. The Kiowa language includes multiple areas of interest to formal semantics, such as evidentiality, modality, incorporation, quantification, and degree. This project will result in both a reference grammar and teaching materials that will greatly aid programs for researchers, teachers, and learners. 



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