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PhD Student Colleen Patton receives GPSC Research award for Video Documentation of Islay Gaelic

Colleen Patton, a 2nd year PhD student in the Language Revitalization major, has been awarded a $2000 research grant from the UA Graduate and Professional Student Council. "Islay voices: An Audio-video documentation of Gàidhlig, with special focus on local ecological knowledge" will be Colleen's first independent language documentation project, immediately following her participation as a research assistant during fieldwork on the Isle of Skye, for NSF grant #1500220: "Collaborative research: Creating an audio-video corpus of Scottish Gàidhlig to preserve and investigate linguistic diversity" (PIs Andrew Carnie, Ian Clayton, Michael Hammond, and Muriel Fisher.) This collection of Gàidhlig as spoken on the Isle of Islay will center on local knowledge of the island and be conducted with the support of the Ionad Chaluim Chille Ilè, the Gàidhlig language and culture center on Islay, who hope to offer an excursion-based Gàidhlig language and culture course about local wildlife and landscape features in the near future. The award funds will be used to purchase audio and video recording equipment, to purchase data storage equipment, and to pay 10 language consultants.