Endangered Language Documentation Programme Awards Scholarship to Eric Campbell
Award Supports Field Research on Zenzontepec Chatino, a Language of Oaxaca, Mexico
Posted: August 5, 2009
The Endangered Language Documentation Programme at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London has awarded a scholarship to doctoral student Eric Campbell in support of his dissertation research on the "Documentation of Zenzontepec Chatino language and culture." Zenzontepec Chatino is the most divergent of the Chatino family of languages and is spoken in the Sierra Madre mountains of the state of Oaxaca in Mexico. Currently, Zenzontepec Chatino has approximately 8,000 speakers, but communities are shifting to Spanish. This award to Eric Campbell will support his fieldwork in Oaxaca and his preparation of a grammar, tri-lingual dictionary, and archived corpus of texts. As part of his project, Campbell will train native speakers in methods of language documentation.