Houma Language Project.
In the 1700s, the Houma people lived on the banks of the Red River and Mississippi River, speaking a language similar to that of the Bayougoula. Presently, there are no known speakers of this language, and sparse information compiled on the language from the 1700-1800s. The goal of the Houma Language Project is to facilitate restoring this Houma language. The efforts use language as a form of cultural participation and representation. through our aims, the project hopes to provide a Houma language that reflects the historical culture.
The project has three primary aims:
- Gather language information from living citizens
- Find primary and secondary sources
- Compile a central archive of information
The first aim is to gather and preserve existing information, specifically, gathering examples of language from documents and native speakers. The Houma Language Project is concerned with finding data sources and designing a collection in an accessible form. This archive should also serve as a point of contact for the project.
- Delegate and aid academic research on language
- Compile grammar, vocabulary and syntax
- Define and express the language
- Create modern examples of language use
The second aim of the project is to reconstruct language and create contemporary examples. This functions to facilitate linguistic and anthropological research. The aim is to provide a legitimately sourced description of grammar, vocabulary and syntax.
- Develop an intuitive format for communicating language information
- Seek community participation through designing outreaches
- Employ language as primary form of expression
The third aim is to engage this language as a form of community and cultural expression. It aims to apply then language into an accessible format, and encourage a community use of language.