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Masha directs student project on polysynthetic languages

Through her NSF grant on "Cleaning, Organizing, and Uniting Linguistic Databases," Maria Polinsky, together with Judith Klavans, is directing three undergraduate students in linguistics and computer science – Oliver Bentham (UMD), Theresa Phan (UMD), and Abraham Nygren (U of Alaska) – who are working to create computational means of data annotation and analysis for several polysynthetic languages, most of them endangered: Arapaho, Kwakwala, Chukchi, Inuktitut, and others. August 20-26 in Santa Fe, the students will attend the International Conference on Computational Linguistics, where they will meet and interview researchers working on these languages.