Menominee language translation and revitalization
Monica Macaulay, a linguistics professor and president of the Endangered Language Fund, has worked with the Menominee tribe since 1998. Her latest project is the creation of a set of language texts that will be used in the tribe’s efforts to revitalize their endangered language. While language is taught in schools on the reservation, there is a need for greater conversational fluency and grammar training. Macaulay and researchers will revise a body of texts published almost a century ago, first transliterating them into a modern spelling system. They will then annotate the texts and retranslate them into colloquial modern English. With this, teachers will be able to better educate students and create more materials to teach the language.