Jeff Mielke secured a $250,000 National Science Foundation grant for his project “Phonetic and Phonological Documentation of Kalasha, an Endangered Indo-Aryan Language.” Mielke along with Qandeel Hussain will bring together a team of linguists and local language documentation researchers to describe the sound system of Kalasha (3000–5000 speakers), an endangered Dardic language of Northern Pakistan. They will also develop flexible speech analysis tools, and make data and findings available through existing cross-linguistic databases and archives.
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