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Sheri Wells-Jensen and ENG 5800 students win service learning award

Posted by bgsuenglish on April 13, 2011

Linguistics and ESL professor Dr. Sheri Wells-Jensen and her English 5800: Seminar on Language Preservation & Language Death class have been awarded the Office of Service Learning Group Excellence Award. The individual recipients are Dan Fawcett, Urska Klancnik, Juli McCarroll, Sarah Price and Alexander Reichholf.

After spending the first 2/3 of the semester learning about language death, bilingual dictionary construction, and the necessary linguistics of non-European languages, ENG 5800 took the Oroha documentation project as its topic for the semester. Oroha (spoken on the Solomon Islands) has fewer than 40 native speakers remaining. Via Skype, the class worked with Mr. George Clay, one of the last native speakers of Oroha and helped in editing and expanding the only dictionary of Oroha that currently exists. They worked with the only written records of Oroha folktales and edited some of the only known recordings of the language. Their results are slowly being integrated into the existing grammar sketch which is currently available here.



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