From 2013 to 2016, I coordinate the research project:
Ersu and Xumi: Comparative and Cross-Varietal Documentation of Highly Endangered Languages of South-West China
The project entails fieldwork in a multi-ethnic and multi-lingual region in western Sichuan Province in the People’s Republic of China, where the four team members analyze two language clusters:
All languages and varieties in these two clusters are endangered. The moribund Duoxu language currently has 4 remaining speakers, and the severely endangered Xumi language has circa 1,000 proficient speakers.
Katia and Duoxu language consultant Jin Wanxiang
(Mianning, Sichuan Province, China, April 2013; photo by Wang Dehe)
Our project produces corpora of audio, video, and text data. In addition, the following output is planned:
The work of professor Wang Dehe, one of our project members, inspired the publication of several lushly illustrated articles in Chinese popularizing journals (see the above two examples). For more publications that resulted from our project, see the publications page on this website.