Field of Flowers (Wichita Mountains, Oklahoma, USA)
Project for the Documentation of Endangered Languages
This project is part of a set of projects for the documentation of endangered languages funded by the Volkswagen Stiftung.
The aim of the Wichita Documentation Project is to provide linguistic and cultural information about the older and modern day Wichita language and Wichita people. Wichita is a North Native American language of the Caddoan branch, spoken near Anadarko, Oklahoma, USA. It is structurally prototypical of polysynthetic languages; i.e. most of the information in an utterance is contained in bound verbal morphology (consult the Sketch of Wichita Grammar for more details). There are 2100 enrolled Wichita tribal members but only about 10 elderly people actually speak the language.
The project has two fundamental components. The
The technical tools and support for the Wichita project is provided
by the project DOBES,
at the MPI for Psycholinguistics
at Nijmegen (NL).