Verónica Grondona

Eastern Michigan University


The Mocoví lexicon contains over 1500 entries and is based on fieldwork done in Argentina in 1991-2003 by Dr. Verónica Grondona.

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Dr. Verónica Grondona collected the data on Mocoví during a combined period of six months between 1991 and 2003 in Colonia "El Pastoril," Villa Angela, Chaco, Argentina. She worked mainly with three native speakers of the language, all of whom spoke Spanish as a second language: Juan José Manito, born in 1943 and 'president' of the community between 1991 and 1993; Roberto Ruiz, born in 1939; and Valentín Salteño, born in 1966. Mr. Ruiz and Mr. Salteño are both 'bilingual helpers' at the local elementary school. The data Professor Grondona collected makes up a database of about 3000 items, 300 sentences, and 8 interlinearized texts by various native speakers. The recordings each have a duration of about five minutes. Approximately 3,500 of these lexical items are represented in the Mocoví lexicon.

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