Project for the Documentation of the Languages of MesoAmerica

Proyecto para la Documentación de las Lenguas de MesoAmérica

Object Details

Collection LanguageChontal, Tabasco
Nahuatl
Nahuatl, Istmo-Pajapan
Popolocan
Mixe
Otomanguean
Tepehua, Huehuetla
Uto-Aztecan
Zapotec, Coatec
Zoque
Zoque, Tecpatán
Popoluca, Sayula
Matlatzinca
Totonacan
Zapotec, Chichicapan
Zapotec, Lachixío
Zapotec, San Baltázar Loxicha
Zoque, Copainalá
Chatino, Eastern, Santiago Yaitepec
Zoque, Texistepec
Zoque, Soteapan
Zoque, Santa María Chimalapa
Zoque, San Miguel Chimalapa
Zoque, Ayapaneco
Zapotec
Zapotecan
Zapotec, Zaniza
Zapotec, Miahuatlán/Cuixtla
Zapotec, Amatlán
Zapotec, Isthmus
Zapotec, Choapan
Zapotec, Atepec
Totonac, Highland
Totonac
Tlahuica
Tepehua
Popoloca, San Felipe Otlaltepec
Nahuatl, Sierra de Zongolica
Nahuatl, Highland Puebla
Nahuatl, Istmo-Mecayapan
Nahuatl, Tabasco
Mixe-Zoque
Mixe, Totontepec
Mixe, Isthmus
Mayan
Lacandon
Chatino, Zenzontepec
Chatino
Huasteco
Popoluca, Oluta
Zapotec, Zoogocho
Ixcatec
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Title [Indigenous]
Language of Indigenous Title
TitleProject for the Documentation of the Languages of MesoAmerica
Country(ies)Mexico
Collector(s)Project for the Documentation of the Languages of MesoAmerica
Kaufman, Terrence
Depositor(s)Kaufman, Terrence
Project/Collector Websitehttp://www.albany.edu/ims/pdlma-web/
Description [Indigenous]
Language of Indigenous Description
DescriptionThis collection contains materials related to the Project for the Documentation of the Languages of MesoAmerica (PDLMA) which was a large-scale effort to document many of the languages of southern Mexico. From 1993 until 2010, the PDLMA (which went by different names in its earliest and latest iterations) functioned by bringing together speakers of indigenous Mesoamerican languages with academic linguists for summer field sessions in various locations, including Fortín de las Flores, Veracruz; Catemaco, Veracruz; Oaxaca City, Oaxaca; and San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas. Researchers' activities were guided and supervised by Kaufman and other PDLMA personnel, and occasionally, materials were recorded in the speakers' home communities. The researcher(s) and the year(s) that each language was studied are given below:
  • Chatino, Yaitepec --- Jeffrey Rasch 1996-1998, 2010
  • Chatino, Zenzontepec --- Troi Carleton 1996-1997; Eric Campbell 2007-2010
  • Yokot'an --- Brad Montgomery-Anderson 2003-2005, 2010
  • Lakandon --- Henrik Bergqvist 2003, 2005
  • Matlatzinka --- Terrence Kaufman 1997; Nancy Koch 1997-1999; Thomas Larsen 1997
  • Mije, Isthmus --- Giulia Oliviero 1996-1998
  • Mije, Oluteco --- Roberto Zavala 1994-1996
  • Mije, Sayula --- Dennis Holt 1994; Richard Rhodes 1994, 1996-1997, 2003; Terrence Kaufman 2006, 2008
  • Mije, Totontepec --- Dan Suslak 1996-1998, 2002-2003
  • Nawa, Pajapan --- Valentín Peralta 2002-2005, 2009
  • Nawa, Sierra de Zongolica --- Sergio Romero 1999-2000, 2002; Steffen Haurholm-Larsen 2009
  • Nawa, Tacuapan --- Una Canger 2002, 2004, 2009-2010
  • Popoloka, San Felipe Otlaltepec --- Michael Swanton 1999-2000, 2002
  • Tepewa, Huehuetla --- Susan Smythe Kung 1999-2000, 2005
  • Tlawika --- Terrence Kaufman 1998; Nancy Koch 2005
  • Sapoteko, Atepec --- Yuka Kurihara 1995; Craig Hilts 1999-2000, 2003
  • Sapoteko, Chichicapan --- Thom Smith-Stark 1995-1997, 1999-2001, 2003
  • Sapoteko, Choapan --- Michael Galant 1995; Paula Rogers 1999; Paula Shenk 2002; Zuzana Tomkova 2006; Erin Donnelly 2009
  • Sapoteko, Coatec --- Rosemary Beam de Azcona 1995-1998
  • Sapoteko, Isthmus --- Terrence Kaufman 1995-1996; Marilyn Feke 1999; Gabriela Pérez Báez 2003-2004, 2007, 2009-2010
  • Sapoteko, Lachixío --- Felicia Lee 1995; David Monje 1996; Mark Sicoli 1997-1999, 2007
  • Sapoteko, Zaniza --- Indira Bakshi 1996; Natalie Operstein 1999-2000, 2003, 2008
  • Sapoteko, Zoogocho --- Carey Benom 2000
  • Soke, Ayapaneco --- Giulia Oliviero 2002; Suslak 2004-2005, 2007, 2009
  • Soke, Copainalá --- Mary Swift 1995; Cliff Pye 1996-1998
  • Soke, San Miguel Chimalapa --- Heidi Johnson 1994-1995; Terrence Kaufman 1994-1995, 1999-2005, 2007-2009
  • Soke, Santa María Chimalapa --- Terrence Kaufman 1994-1995, 1999-2005, 2007-2009; Lorena O'Connor 1995
  • Soke, Soteapan --- Valerie Himes 1994-1996; Terrence Kaufman 1999-2005, 2008
  • Soke, Tecpatán --- Roberto Zavala 2000, 2002-2005, 2007-2010
  • Soke, Texistepec --- Cathy Bereznak 1994-1996; Ehren Reilly 2001-2004
The bulk of the materials were given to AILLA by Terrence Kaufman for digitization and preservation in 2012. Some born-digital materials were given to AILLA beginning at that time. After processing, physical media was returned to Kaufman beginning in May 2018.

The contents of this collection include the following numbers of folders and media files for each of the languages listed below. Note that folders and files can be labeled with more than one language.
Mayan languages:
  • Yokot'an (Tabasco Chontal) --- 41 folders, 348 audio recordings, 4 video recordings, 136 PDF documents
  • Lakandon --- 40 folders, 91 audio recordings, 2 video recordings, 141 PDF documents, 5 transcriber files
  • Wasteko --- 10 folders, 58 audio recordings, 16 PDF documents
  • Mayan (family) --- 6 folders, 44 PDF documents
Mije-Sokean languages:
  • Mije, Isthmus --- 173 folders, 223 audio recordings, 38 PDF documents, 8 text files, 1 image
  • Soke, Santa María Chimalapa --- 115 folders, 17 audio recordings, 4 video recordings, 147 PDF documents, 26 text files
  • Soke, Soteapan --- 95 folders, 115 audio recordings, 2 video recordings, 175 PDF documents
  • Soke, Ayapaneco --- 77 folders, 92 audio recordings, 169 PDF documents, 25 text files
  • Soke, Texistepec --- 65 folders, 2545 audio recordings, 3 video recordings, 133 PDF documents, 8 text files
  • Mije, Sayula --- 64 folders, 15 audio recordings, 2 video recordings, 73 PDF documents
  • Mije, Totontepec --- 36 folders, 83 audio recordings, 52 PDF documents
  • Soke, San Miguel Chimalapa --- 29 folders, 74 audio recordings, 3 video recordings, 101 PDF documents
  • Mije, Oluta --- 26 folders, 25 audio recordings, 99 PDF documents
  • Soke, Copainalá --- 22 folders, 134 audio recordings, 74 PDF documents
  • Soke, Tecpatán --- 19 folders, 34 audio recordings, 2 video recordings, 91 PDF documents
  • Mixe-Zoque (family) --- 8 folders, 49 PDF documents
Otomanguean languages:
  • Chatino, Zenzontepec --- 168 folders, 227 audio recordings, 2 video recordings, 185 PDF documents
  • Sapoteko, Lachixío --- 134 folders, 567 audio recordings, 7 video recordings, 74 PDF documents
  • Sapoteko, Choapan --- 108 folders, 153 audio recordings, 1 video recording, 126 PDF documents
  • Sapoteko, Isthmus --- 97 folders, 352 audio recordings, 1 video recording, 259 PDF documents
  • Sapoteko, Atepec --- 73 folders, 98 audio recordings, 94 PDF documents
  • Sapoteko, Chichicapan --- 50 folders, 341 audio recordings, 130 PDF documents
  • Sapoteko, Coatec --- 46 folders, 47 audio recordings, 32 PDF documents
  • Chatino, Eastern, Santiago Yaitepec --- 43 folders, 22 audio recordings, 137 PDF documents
  • Tlawika --- 39 folders, 243 audio recordings, 52 PDF documents
  • Sapoteko, Zaniza --- 35 folders, 73 audio recordings, 2 video recordings, 103 PDF documents
  • Sapoteko, San Baltázar Loxicha --- 25 folders, 23 audio recordings, 5 PDF documents
  • Matlatzinka --- 24 folders, 146 audio recordings, 5 video recordings, 345 PDF documents, 1 image
  • Sapotekan (branch)--- 22 folders, 7 audio recordings, 1 video recordings, 45 PDF documents
  • Popoloka, San Felipe Otlaltepec --- 17 folders, 224 audio recordings, 70 PDF documents
  • Sapoteko, Miahuatlán/Cuixtla --- 11 folders, 24 audio recordings, 24 PDF documents
  • Sapoteko, Zoogocho --- 9 folders, 40 audio recordings, 1 video recording, 37 PDF documents
  • Iskateko --- 6 folders, 13 audio recordings
  • Sapoteko, Amatlán --- 2 folders, 4 PDF documents, 1 image
  • Popolokan (branch) --- 2 folders, 47 PDF documents
  • Otomanguean (family) --- 1 folders, 4 PDF documents
Totonakan languages:
  • Tepewa, Huehuetla --- 13 folders, 57 audio recordings, 2 video recordings, 93 PDF documents
  • Totonako, Highland --- 11 folders, 44 audio recordings, 1 video recording, 6 PDF documents
  • Totonakan (family) --- 6 folders, 63 PDF documents
Yuto-Nawan languages:
  • Nawa, Sierra de Zongolica --- 189 folders, 225 audio recordings, 75 PDF documents
  • Nawa, Istmo-Pajapan --- 34 folders, 141 audio recordings, 231 PDF documents
  • Nawa, Highland Puebla --- 28 folders, 54 audio recordings, 12 video recordings, 142 PDF documents
  • Nawa, Istmo-Mecayapan --- 7 folders, 18 audio recordings, 11 PDF documents
  • Nawa, Tabasco --- 1 folder, 4 PDF documents
Interactive Google maps showing locations of languages present in this and other Terrence Kaufman collections in AILLA are available
Many items in this collection are Public Access, whereas others are Restricted. Refer to AILLA's Access Levels and Conditions of Use for more information.

The digitization and preservation of this collection was supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. BCS-1157867. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
ReferencesKaufman, Terrence. 1999. The work of the Project for the Documentation of the Languages of MesoAmerica. Public lecture sponsored by Department of Linguistics, University of Pittsburgh.

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