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Yupik Language Dictionary and Processing Software

Status Current
Seeking Researchers No
Start Date 07/01/2010
End Date 06/01/2011
Funding Source Undergraduate Research Grant
Funding Amount
Community Partner
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Last Updated 04/08/2010 04:25PM
Keywords Alaska Native, yup\'ik, yupik, indigenous, language, technology


  Frank Moore

Student Researchers
  Eric Somerville


Alaska Native languages have been in steady decline for generation after generation. Many of these languages will fade into the pages of history if steps aren't taken now to preserve them. If technological tools could be developed to reconnect with this generation of Alaska Natives, it would go a long way toward revitalizing Alaskan indigenous languages. This dictionary project is the first step of a larger project to develop tools for indigenous Alaskans to use technology, globalization, and the information age for the protection of their language.

The primary goal of this project is to develop a data structure to define and store a digital dictionary for the Central Yup'ik language. The Yup'ik word-building grammar will be examined first, as it is necessary to use this process in creating a functional dictionary. This structure should provide the framework to develop a simple Yup’ik spell checking application.

Shared Project Files (e.g. papers, presentations)

File name Description Uploaded by
Progress Report 2010-5-2.pdfMy project has been broken into tasks. Included are the results from Task 1: Define Yup'ik word-forming grammar.esomervi
Spring, 2010 Dictionary Poster.pptThe poster I created for the 2010 Symposium Poster Fair, 20-23 April.esomervi