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The Boise Language Project

The Boise Language Project (BLP) was inaugurated in Spring 2010. Its main goal is to document the languages spoken by those arriving to Boise as refugees while serving that community through outreach activities. Since its inception, undergraduate students and faculty have worked on several documentation projects involving Somali-Chizigula (Bantu; G.311; xma), Maay (Cushitic; ymm), Ebembe (Bantu; D.54; bmb), Tshiluba (Bantu; L.31; lua), Kikoongo (Bantu; H.16; kng), and Kifuliiru (Bantu; D.63; flr).

Initial funding for the BLP is provided through an Arts and Humanities Block Research Grant from the College of Arts and Science. Since then, several projects have been funded by grants and fellowships from the Arts and Humanities Institute at Boise State, in addition to the Idaho Humanities Council.

BLP-RELATED RESEARCH:

Presentations:

Temkin Martinez, Michal and Haley Boone (undergraduate student). 2016, May. On the presence of voiceless nasalization in apparently effaced Somali Chizigula prenasalized stops. Presented at the 171st Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), Salt Lake City, UT.

Thornes, Tim, Lucas Holmgren (undergraduate student), M. Kamulete (community collaborator), Alexandre Ilungu Muzaliwa (community collaborator). 2016, March. Tulibi M’Ebembe: Features of Ebembe Proverbs. Presented at the 47th Annual Conference on African Linguistics. University of California, Berkeley.

Holmgren, Lucas (undergraduate student), M. Kamulete (community collaborator), Alexandre Ilungu Muzaliwa (community collaborator), and Tim Thornes. 2016, March. Melodic Tone in Ebembe. Presented at the 47th Annual Conference on African Linguistics. University of California, Berkeley.

Holmgren, Lucas (undergraduate student), Alexandre Ilungu Muzaliwa (community collaborator), and Tim Thornes. 2015, March. Beyond the Lubunga: The Documentation of Ebembe Proverbs. Presented at the 46th Annual Conference on African Linguistics. University of Oregon.

Mukuna, Albert Romain Bantumbakulu (community collaborator), Kelly Nuttall (alumna), and Stephanie Todd (alumna). 2015, March. Semantic Mapping of Adpositional Notions: The Tshiluba Prepositional System. Presented at the 46th Annual Conference on African Linguistics. University of Oregon.

Temkin Martinez, Michal and Tim Thornes. 2015, February. Language documentation as a tool for post-baccalaureate success. Presented at the 4th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation (ICLDC), Honolulu, HI.

Temkin Martinez, Michal. 2015, February. Language Documentation and Resettlement – Collaborations Between New Americans and Linguists. Keynote talk at the UTA Student Conference in Linguistics and TESOL (UTASCILT). University of Texas, Arlington.

Temkin Martinez, Michal. 2014, July. Integrating Teaching, Research and Service – The Boise Language Project. Plenary talk at the Idaho Conference on Undergraduate Research. Boise, Idaho.

Temkin Martinez, Michal and Vanessa Rosenbaum (undergraduate student). 2014, April. Acoustic and Aerodynamic Data of Somali Chizigula Stops. Presented as part of the workshop on Africa’s Endangered Languages: Documentary and Theoretical Approaches at the 45th Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL 45), Lawrence, KS.

Temkin Martinez, Michal. 2014, March. Doing “Fieldwork” in our own Backyards: Research Collaborations with Refugees in the Boise Area. Arts and Humanities Institute and Honors College’s Interdisciplinary Lunch Series. BSU.

Temkin Martinez, Michal. 2013, February. Documenting refugee languages in the diaspora: The Boise Language Project. Presented at the 3rd International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation (ICLDC), Honolulu, HI.

Temkin Martinez, Michal and Nicole Molumby. 2013, February. Documentation of Mushungulu (Chizigula) linguistic and musical folklore: a collaboration of faculty and students in linguistics and music. Poster presentation at the 3rd International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation (ICLDC), Honolulu, HI.

Temkin Martinez, Michal, Tim Thornes, and Mwaliko Mberwa (community collaborator). 2013, February. Documenting Refugee Languages at Boise State University. Paper presentation at the Idaho Conference on Refugees, Boise, ID.

Publications:

Dayley, Jon P., Mwaliko Mberwa (community collaborator), Michal Temkin Martinez. Chizigula-English/English Chizigula Dictionary. Estimated date of completion: December 2015.

Temkin Martinez, Michal and Vanessa Rosenbaum (undergraduate student). Under review. Acoustic and Aerodynamic Data for Somali Chizigula Stops. Submitted to Africa’s Endangered Languages: Documentary and Theoretical Approaches. Kandybowicz, Jason and Harold Torrence (eds.).

Temkin Martinez, Michal. A Model for Documenting Refugee Languages in the Diaspora: The Boise Language Project. To be submitted to Language Documentation and Conservation April 2015.

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