The Penobscot Dictionary project, a collaborative effort of the Penobscot Indian Nation, the University of Maine, and the American Philosophical Society, plans to revise and publish an existing unpublished dictionary manuscript of the Penobscot language, the most solidly documented dialect of Eastern Abenaki (SIL code: aaq), which is a member of the Eastern Algonquian branch of the Algonquian language family. The unpublished manuscript was created in the 1980s under the direction of Frank T. Siebert (1912-1998) with funding from the NSF and the NEH. The project serves as a model of endangered language documentation in that it is of benefit to and has the full participation of both the heritage language community and the archival and scientific community.


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