Alaska Native Place Names
The Alaska Native Place Names Project represents an ongoing effort to consolidate Indigenous place name documentation housed at ANLA. With support from Alaska EPSCoR in 2011 a pilot project was initiated focusing on the Lower Tanana Athabaskan language. In 2014 with support from NSF-OPP 1415603 the project is being expanded to integrate historic maps and manuscript data with place name information within an extensible, open-source geodatabase. This project will provide a foundation for use by both researchers and community members, contributing to a better understanding of environmental knowledge while at the same time helping to preserve and promote Indigenous place names in Alaska. [project website]
Origins of the Alor-Pantar Languages
Origins of the Alor-Pantar Languages (2009-2016) is an NSF-funded project which seeks to unravel the linguistic prehistory of the non-Austronesian (Papuan) languages the of Alor-Pantar archipelago of southeastern Indonesia. This international project, conducted under the aegis of the European Science Foundation EuroBABEL programme, has vastly increased our knowledge of the previously under-documented Alor-Pantar language family. A volume of papers detailing the results of this project was published in 2014 as The Alor-Pantar Languages: History and Typology (Marian Klamer, ed.). This volume was published through Language Sciences Press, a new open-access, peer-reviewed venue; hence, the individual papers can be freely downloaded.
2016-2017 field work will focus on the documentation of ethnobotany in Abui, a language of Alor. [project website]