Corpus expansion for Miahuatec Zapotec of San Bartolomé Loxicha: Child language, Spontaneous conversation and Ethnobotany
|Depositor:||Emiliano Cruz Santiago|
Group represented The Zapotec community of San Bartolomé Loxicha, Oaxaca, México.
Miahuatec Zapotec (Spanish: zapoteco miahuateco, Zapotec: dí'zdéh) is a Southern Zapotec language. The variety documented here is only spoken in the municipality of San Bartolomé Loxicha and is one of at least five distinct dialects of Miahuatec.
This collection will expand the existing corpus of Miahuatec Zapotec language documentation materials (see "Linguistic and cultural documentation of Miahuatec Zapotec of San Bartolomé Loxicha" by Rosemary Beam de Azcona), focusing on currently unrepresented genres like child language acquisition and multi-participant spontaneous conversation, and boosting the documentation of under-represented lexical material, mainly through the collection of ethnobotanical samples with accompanying terminology and descriptions in Zapotec. This will be achieved through audio and video documentation, transcription and glossing, using computational tools including Toolbox.
A collaboration began between Rosemary Beam de Azcona and Emiliano Cruz Santiago in 2005, when Cruz Santiago was still a prep school student and signed on to work with Beam de Azcona as a linguistic consultant. On the second day of work, Cruz Santiago mentioned that the 260-day Mesoamerican calendar was still being used in his community, and also made linguistic and cultural observations that are rare among non-academics.
It became clear that the community of San Bartolomé Loxicha provided unique opportunities not only for linguistic but also for cultural documentation. With the support of ELDP, rituals related to the calendar were filmed, a dictionary was compiled, and Cruz Santiago's work on the project helped support him through an undergraduate Linguistics program, following which he went on to earn an ELDP grant in his own right. This collection is an addition to the work previously done.