Discovering Mafea: texts, grammar, and lexicon
Valérie Guérin, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. (UHM)
Individual Graduate Studentship. Duration: 2005-2007. £12,292
This project proposes to record and describe Mafea, an Austronesian language spoken by about 200 people on Mafea island, northern Vanuatu. To date, the only publication about the language is a 300-word list collected by Jacques Guy and published in Tryon 1976.
Two objectives guide this research: (i) to produce linguistic documentation for the Mafea language, in the form of a descriptive grammar, a lexicon, and a collection of digitized (and subsequently glossed) texts; and (ii) to convert digital documentation into literacy material (such as story books), in order to assist Mafea-speaking children and adults in developing L1 literacy skills.
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Material from the project is available here