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Verdena Parker and the Preservation of the Hupa Language

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Transcript of Verdena Parker and the Preservation of the Hupa Language

Hupa Restoration Efforts
About Verdena Parker
About Hupa
an Athabaskan language spoken by the Hoopa Valley Tribe in northern California
References
http://www.native-languages.org/help.htm

http://linguistics.berkeley.edu/~survey/languages/hupa.php

http://linguistics.berkeley.edu/~survey/activities/projects.php

http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~jar/RIL_7.html
Verdena Parker and the Preservation of the Hupa Language

Was last fluent speaker until restoration efforts -> One of last
Child -> No boarding school -> Raised with grandma -> Spoke Hupa
Adult -> Spoke with Mother daily
2008: Parker has worked with UC Berkeley and Stanford to provide recordings of spoken Hupa.
What is makes a language Athabaskan?
consistent sound correspondences, extensive shared vocabulary, and similar verb and noun morphology
Pre-Contact
~ 1000 Hupa speakers, ~ 1000 Chilula and Whilkut combined (dialects)
Since the 1970s, many people have developed a degree of second-language proficiency.
Grammatical Information
elaborate verb morphology
stem preceded by a potentially large number of prefixes
example: Subject agreement is split between two positions: first and second person subjects are marked close to the stem, while third person subject prefixes occur farther away.
ni
wh
kya:w
'I'm big' versus
ch'i
ning
kya:w
'he's big
does not have rigid word order.
verb stems change form depending on semantic properties of their arguments such as number, shape and texture.
*Only surviving California Athabaskan language!
2008: Berkeley graduate students Amy Campbell and Lindsey Newbold were awarded a grant to continue coverage of Hupa.

Along with native speaker Verdena Parker and linguists Kayla Carpenter (Stanford University) they are compiling annotated and analyzed texts from a variety of speech genres.
The major outcome of this research: a multimedia language resource, accessible via a web interface and including links to an existing online dictionary and audio and video recordings!
Closing Thoughts
How effective is once a week? Parents at home?
Think about the language you "learned" in HS.
Is there anything we can do?
http://www.native-languages.org/help.htm
write or speak any Native American languages
fluent in French
computer skills
monetary contributions
learn the language
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