Working with Coeur d'Alene Language Programs to make documentation accessible

University of Arizona Linguistics and Anthropology alumnus Shannon Bischoff (now Associate Professor at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne), Ivy Doak (University of North Texas), Amy Fountain (UA) and software engineer John W. Ivens (UA) traveled to Plummer, Idaho in July to meet with Coeur d'Alene Language Programs Director Audra Vincent and Language Teacher Michelle Clarke to further their collaboration on the Coeur d'Alene Online Language Resource Center (COLRC). The COLRC is designed to provide the learner community with access to documentation collected by linguists and anthropologists since the beginning of the 20th Century of the Coeur d'Alene (Snchitsu'umshtsn) language, a richly polysynthetic language of the Interior Salish family. The current version of the COLRC (created with the support of the National Science Foundation's Documenting Endangered Languages Program, awards BCS-1160394 and BCS-1160627) contains a searchable root dictionary, stem and affix lists, as well as over 1,200 pages of hand-written and typed fieldnotes, with interlinear glosses and free English translations, some with audio recordings, and all based on work conducted with a number of Coeur d'Alene experts during the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Planned improvements will result in increasingly powerful searching, more accessible presentation, and the addition of many more digitized resources, under the guidance of the Language Programs office. UA linguistics students with skills in database design, web development or other relevant areas of interest can contact Amy Fountain for more information about possible opportunities to participate in this collaboration.