Elicitation and Speech Acts in the Maskwacîs Spoken Cree Dictionary Project

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  • The Maskwacîs Spoken Cree Dictionary Project is a collaboration between Miyo Wahkotowin Education and the University of Alberta's ALTLab. I describe how the project adapted the Rapid Word Collection Method to supplement the existing Maskwacîs Cree Dictionary and create recordings of lexical items and sentences. Treating the elicitation genre as its own genre of communication, I attempt to capture the elements of interaction and negotiation by creating an elicitation speech act taxonomy from a detailed annotation of a single elicitation session. I identify typical and non-typical task sequences and verify the sequences with samples from additional elicitation sessions. The report illustrates the regularity and uniqueness of the elicitation analysis from a discourse perspective and serves as a practical case study for researchers undertaking related projects.

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