The UPPPP! project is focused on documenting and describing the phonetics and phonology of the Mayan language Uspanteko, as well as developing corpora and computational resources to further this task. This work is funded by the National Science Foundation (BCS/DEL-1551043/1551666).
Robert and Ryan, in concert with Dr. Pedro Mateo Pedro, organized a three day workshop on practical phonetics at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Campus Altiplano. Topics included basic acoustic phonetics, IPA, principles of recording, and an introduction to phonetics software (e.g. Praat). The workshop was well attended, with speakers of more than 5 different Mayan languages, including, of course, Uspanteko.
Ryan and Robert were in Uspantán in June / July 2016 to run the first in a set of experiments on the prosody of Uspanteko. The team was graciously hosted by the Comunidad Lingüística Uspanteka. Twenty-two speakers were recorded over two weeks from multiple Uspanteko-speaking communities in the area.