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Expanding the documentation and description of conversational Cahuilla


Language Cahuilla (ISO639-3:chl)
Depositor Ray Huaute
Affiliation University of California, San Diego
Location United States
Collection ID 0612
Grant ID SG0599
Funding Body ELDP
Collection Status Online
Landing Page Handle


Summary of the collection

This collection contains audio and video recordings with transcriptions and photos of speakers of the Desert dialect of Cahuilla from the Torres-Martinez Reservation located near Thermal, California. The data in the collection is the result of fieldwork conducted between October 2019 and February 2020.


Group represented

The collection focuses on documenting the speech of the Desert dialect of Cahuilla. Specifically, the variety spoken on the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indian Reservation.


Language information

The Cahuilla language, also known as ‘Ivilyu’at, is part of the Takic group of languages, which form a branch of the larger Northern Uto-Aztecan language family. The languages most closely related to Cahuilla are Luiseño and Cupeño. Together with Cahuilla, these three languages make up a subgroup of Takic known as the Cupan languages. Historically, there are three documented regional dialects: the Mountain, Desert and Pass. Cahuilla was and continues to be spoken in a large geographic area of Southern California that spans most of modern-day Riverside County, which includes the Coachella Valley, the San Gorgonio Pass area and the San Jacinto and San Gorgonio Mountain ranges.


Collection contents

This initial collection contains 8 hours of audio and video recordings with transcriptions and photos, which covers the following topics and speech genres:

• Elicitation: 7.5 hours of previously under-documented reduplicative verbs forms
• Narratives: .5 hours Traditional stories and personal narratives

Other materials include:
• Time-aligned transcriptions of the audio files in ELAN
• Still photos from elicitation sessions
• Metadata files containing information about speaker, recording conditions and circumstances


Acknowledgement and citation

Users of any part of the collection should acknowledge Ray Huaute as the primary data collector and researcher. Individual speakers whose words and/or images are used should be acknowledged by respective name(s) or pseudonym(s). Any other contributor who has collected, transcribed or translated the data or was involved in any other way should be acknowledged by name. All information on contributors is available in the metadata.

To refer to any data from the collection, please cite as follows:

Huaute, Ray. 2020. Expanding the Documentation and Description of Conversational Cahuilla. Endangered Languages Archive. Handle: Accessed on [insert date here].

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