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ChoCo: a multimodal corpus of the Choctaw language

Abstract

This article presents a general use corpus for Choctaw, an American indigenous language (ISO 639-2: cho, endonym: Chahta). The corpus contains audio, video, and text resources, with many texts also translated in English. The Oklahoma Choctaw and the Mississippi Choctaw variants of the language are represented in the corpus. The data set provides documentation support for this threatened language, and allows researchers and language teachers access to a diverse collection of resources.

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  1. https://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2010/cph-t/t-6tables/TABLE%20(1).pdf.

  2. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/17/2017-00912/indian-entities-recognized-and-eligible-to-receive-services-from-the-united-states-bureau-of-indian.

  3. http://choctawschool.com/language-lessons/rules/rule-2.aspx.

  4. The irony is not lost on the authors that due to poor character support in LaTeX, these symbols in the present document also use non-standard encodings and special fonts.

  5. https://www.bible.com/bible/1927/GEN.37.CHTW.

  6. https://www.bible.com/bible/1927/MRK.1.CHTW.

  7. https://archive.org/details/choctawlanguag00byinrich.

  8. https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=loc.ark:/13960/t49p4bh1f.

  9. http://www.amphilsoc.org/collections/view?docId=ead/Mss.Rec.120-ead.xml.

  10. https://globalrecordings.net/it/program/A04680.

  11. https://macx-youtube-downloader.en.uptodown.com/mac.

  12. http://www.language-archives.org/language/cho.

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Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Timothy Vizthum for his invaluable work to correct the OCR errors in the Allen Wright lexicon. The first author was supported by a National GEM Consortium fellowship and a USC Graduate Research Enhancement fellowship. This work was sponsored in part by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) under contract number W911NF-14-D-0005. Statements and opinions expressed and content included do not necessarily reflect the position or the policy of the United States Government, and no official endorsement should be inferred. We thank the anonymous reviewers for their helpful suggestions and feedback on this work.

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Brixey, J., Artstein, R. ChoCo: a multimodal corpus of the Choctaw language. Lang Resources & Evaluation 55, 241–257 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10579-020-09494-5

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Keywords

  • American indigenous language
  • Endangered languages
  • Multimodal
  • Corpus