Atakapa-Ishak language book

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Yil tol, wi šokipen (Good day, my friends)

We are in the final stages of preparing our Atakapa-Ishak Grammar and Dictionary. I truly hope to have it published and available by fall of this year. But in the meantime, Justin and I would still like to ask for your help in getting us to the finish line. As you know, we are preparing this book for the benefit of the Atakapa-Ishak nation so that the Atakapa-Ishak people can relearn their heritage language. We, like I’m sure many of you, would like to hear the language spoken again. But the Atakapa-Ishak nation is not in a financial position to fund this work, and we have no grant funding, so Justin and I are preparing this book at our own expense in the limited amount of time we each have as we work on other jobs and projects to get our bills paid.

I will let Justin speak for the details of what he is still working on with the Grammar, but as for the Dictionary, my part of the book, I continue adding vocabulary items, some of which are well hidden in the forest of Swanton’s (1932) long, meandering entries. I’m also adding example sentences to various entries, adding cultural information where it is known, cross-referencing vocabulary items for ease of look-up, and, perhaps most importantly, undertaking the tedious task of inserting Swanton’s page number to each entry of my Dictionary so that one can easily find Swanton’s original entry in the original 1932 dictionary. Also, I will add appendices for numbers, plant and animal names, kinship terms, etc., that will allow you to easily look these up without searching the whole Dictionary. (These sections can also easily be copied for use in a classroom or for the individual learner.)

So, once again we ask you, our generous supporters who have helped us in the past, if you’d be willing to make another donation to us and this project so we can buy printer ink, paper, and other supplies to keep us going. We are asking for a total of $400, which, as usual, Justin and I will share, splitting donations in half evenly (thus $200 each, if we get the whole amount).

Thank you for your support, and please pass this along to anyone you think might be able to help us out!

Hiwew-cel (We thank you)!

David Kaufman and Justin Southworth
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Yil tol, We still need $100 to fulfill our campaign goal of $400 for the Atakapa language book. I realize it can be tough to donate, but we are putting a lot of our own time and energy into trying to see that the Atakapa-Ishak language is spoken again. We are getting no other funding or pay for doing this time-intensive and tedious hard work. Thanks to all of you who have donated! We are grateful to have your support. Please pass this along and share with anyone who may be interested in supporting the hard work we are doing of trying to bring a language back to life. Thank you.
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Hi all, We still need just $100 to achieve our goal for the Atakapa-Ishak book. Thanks to all of you who have donated, finding our work worthy of support. If you can spare a few dollars, we are nearing our goal and need your help. Thank you!
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Hi, We currently have $275 toward our goal of $400. Thanks to all of you who have donated. I can say from experience that producing a dictionary is very hard work, especially from 1932 materials! So your support and donations mean a lot! The book will make an excellent user-friendly resource for the Atakapa-Ishaks who want to revitalize their language and want to re-establish their connection to their rich ancestry.
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Hi all, we are still $170 short of our goal of $400 for the Atakapa-Ishak Grammar and Dictionary, which we would like to publish soon. We are putting a lot of effort and work into this book and we are receiving no other funding for it, so if you could make a small donation, we would appreciate it. Thank you!
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