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Digital Library Projects at the American Indian Studies Research Institute. Raymond J. DeMallie, Director — Douglas R.Parks, Associate Director Wallace Hooper, Director of Software Development. Digital Library Collaborations at AISRI.

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Digital Library Projects at theAmerican Indian Studies Research Institute

Raymond J. DeMallie, Director — Douglas R.Parks, Associate Director

Wallace Hooper, Director of Software Development


Digital Library Collaborations at AISRI

  • Plains Indian Languages Consortium — professional linguists with related research interests seeking to provide data and resources over the web

  • Dakota Indian Foundation — Digital Archives Project. The Ella DeLoria Papers.

  • Lakota Language Consortium — Development of curriculum and instructional materials for use in Lakota school districts under the sponsorship of the Oglala Nation Education Consortium.


Lakota Language Consortium Schools


Mission of AISRI

  • Anthropology, linguistics and ethnohistory of the North American Plains Indians

  • Language documentation — concentrations in Siouan and Caddoan languages

  • Language stabilization and revitalization

  • Development of useful computer applications and resources


Publication Programs

  • Studies in the Anthropology of North American Indians — 24 titles

  • Sources of American Indian Oral Literature —7 titles

  • Smithsonian Handbook of North American Indians, Plains Volume

  • Anthropological Linguistics, quarterly journal


State of Native American Languages—Case of Lakota


Language Documentation

  • Elicitation of lexical data for the construction of reference dictionaries

  • Collection of texts, oral literature, and use of historical linguistic sources

  • Establishment of sound archives — AISRI’sCenter for the Documentation of Endangered Languages


Indiana Dictionary Database Processor


IDD Browse Screen


IDD Entry Screen


IDD Gloss Screen


Annotated Text Processor


Language Instruction

  • Traditional pedagogical model: certified teacher team-teaching with a tribal elder

  • Use of computer-based instructional aids

  • Teacher training

  • Immersion


Arikira Lessons—Sample Dictation Exercise Page


Arikara Lessons—Sample Sentence Patterns Exercise


Arikara Lesson—Cultural Lessons


Preparing Digital Library Materials: Data modeling in the Indiana Text Lab


TextLab Model for an IDD Dictionary


TextLab Model for a Grammar


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