Endangered Languages Projects
Projects funded by ELDP grants
- A comprehensive comparative grammar of the Turung and Singpho languages of Assam
- Stephen Morey, La Trobe University
This project will document two related languages of the Jinghpaw group within Tibeto-Burman: Turung, with perhaps 1000 speakers and Singpho, with perhaps 2500 speakers. Both languages are under ... more
- A Conversational Database of the Arapaho Language in Video Format
- Andrew Cowell, The University of Colorado. 2008-2010.
This project will create a video database of Arapaho conversational interaction, with extensive linguistic and cultural annotation. The database will be created using the ELAN platform, which is part ... more
- A Corpus-based Reference Account of the Morphology of Puma
- Narayan Sharma, SOAS. 2010-2013.
This project aims to carry out in-depth analysis of a corpus-based reference account of the morphology of Puma (ISO 639-3 code:pum), a seriously endangered southern Kiranti language spoken mainly in ... more
- A Culturally Informed Corpus of Dalabon: Descriptions of the Person as a Body and as Kin
- Maïa Ponsonnet, Australian National University. 2010-2013.
Dalabon is a severely endangered Australian language of southwestern Arnhem Land (ISO-639ngk, -13.43, 133.94), numbering about five masterspeakers. As part of a team effort to document Dalabon (S. ... more
- A Description and Documentation of Avatime
- Saskia Van Putten, Leiden University. 2008-2008.
The purpose of this project is to describe and document Avatime. Avatime is an underdescribed and undocumented language spoken in the Volta region of Ghana. The language is threatened by the regional ... more
- A descriptive grammar of two Magar dialects: Tanahu and Syangja Magar
- Karen Grunow-Harsta, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 2006-2007.
The project will result in a comprehensive grammar, dictionary and transcribed texts from two dialects of Magar: Syangja and Tanahu. Magar is an endangered Tibeto-Burman language of Nepal. It is a ... more
- A dictionary of Eastern Penan
- Peter Sercombe, Northumbria University. 2003-2004.
Eastern Penan is a Western Austronesian language, exclusive to Sarawak in east Malaysia and neighbouring Brunei, in northeast Borneo. It is an endangered language with considerably less than 10,000 ... more
- A Documentation of Cashibo-Cacataibo of San Alejandro (Pano) with a Focus on Information Structure
- Daniel Valle, University of Texas at Austin. 2012-2015.
This project will produce a collection of transcribed and analyzed narratives and conversations from the San Alejandro dialect of Cashibo-Cacataibo (CBR), an endangered Panoan language spoken by 1500 ... more
- A documentation of Gun-nartpa texts
- Margaret Carew, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE) . 2012-2013.
Gun-nartpa, a Burarra dialect, is spoken in the Cadell river region of north-central Arnhem Land. There are approximately 300 speakers and the language is still learned as a first language by young ... more
- A documentation of Kujireray and research into its nominal and verbal derivational morphology
- Rachel Watson, SOAS. 2011-2012.
Kujirerai is a Jola language spoken in the Casamance region of Senegal, spoken by only a few hundred people in the village of Brin and the surrounding area. Although the language is vital within this ... more
- A documentation of North Ambrym, a language of Vanuatu and research into its possessive structures
- Mike Franjieh, SOAS. 2009-2012.
North Ambrym is an undocumented language spoken on Ambrym Island, Vanuatu. There are approximately 3000 speakers located along the coastal and inland areas of Northern Ambrym. The documentation aims ... more
- A documentation of the Tomárâho variety of Chamacoco, a language of the Paraguayan Chaco, and research into its verbal morphosyntax.
- Tracy Carro de Noya, SOAS. 2011-2014.
Chamacoco [ceg] is a Zamucoan language with approximately 1,300 speakers in the Alto Paraguay department of Paraguay. The rich mythological and sociocultural system of the Chamacoco has long ... more
- A documentation of the Upper Belt variety of Minyong (Adi), Arunachal Pradesh, North East India
- Mark Post, James Cook University. 2010-2011.
This project will fund a six-month fieldtrip to document the Upper Belt variety of Minyong, a language of the Adi cluster of Eastern Tani languages (ISO-639 adi). Spoken by approximately 20,000 ... more
- A first appraisal of Bainouk and its main contact language Mandinka
- Friederike Luepke , SOAS. 2008-2008.
The project consists of a sociolinguistic survey of the highly endangered Atlantic language Bainouk, and a first step towards its documentation, taking into account the main contact language ... more
- A first Kayardild audiovisual text corpus, with prosodic annotations
- Louis Goldstein, Yale University
Kayardild has eight remaining fluent speakers, all elderly, on Mornington and Bentinck Islands, Australia. The language is described in a grammar, a dictionary, and an initial intonational phonology, ... more
- A pan-dialectal documentation of Laz (South Caucasian)
- René Lacroix, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 2010-2012.
This project will document the four dialects of Laz, a non-written South Caucasian language spoken in North-East Turkey (ISO-639 lzz, +41° 19' 12.39", +41° 15' 37.90"). Estimates of the number of ... more
- A pan-dialectal documentation of Wik-Ngathan and Wik-Ngatharr: Cape York Peninsula, Australia
- Louise Ashmore, SOAS. 2010-2011.
Wik-Ngathan and Wik-Ngatharr/Wik-Alken are Paman language varieties spoken on the west
coast of Cape York Peninsula (CYP), Australia. Speaker numbers (approx. 100) have
significantly declined as ... more
- A Pan-dialectal documentation of Wik-Ngatharr, Cape York Peninsula
- Louise Ashmore, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. 2007-2009.
The aim of the project is to document Wik-Ngatharr (also called Wik-Ngatharra, Wik-Alkanha or Wik-Elken), an endangered Paman language variety spoken in Cape York Peninsula, Australia. ... more
- A preliminary audiovisual documentation of Ha, a language of Vanuatu
- Murray Garde, Australian National University. 2012-2013.
The Ha language is spoken in a single village of approximately 150 people on the southern tip of Pentecost Island in Vanuatu. It is the southernmost variety of the language known as Sa, but with ... more
- A preliminary documentation of Danau, an endangered language of Myanmar (Burma)
- Aung Si, Australian National University. 2012-2013.
The Danau language of the Shan State of Myanmar (Burma) was reported to be "dying" as long back as 1965. Anecdotal evidence from the field suggests that since the language has no official protection ... more
- A preliminary documentation of Siluyana: comparing Mbowe and Mwenyi
- Nancy Kula, University of Essex
This project provides a preliminary documentation of Mbowe and Mwenyi (14°S, 22°E) of the Siluyana dialect cluster in the Western Province of Zambia. The main dialect Luyi is no longer spoken with ... more
- A preliminary linguistic survey of the Tagoi language, Nuba Mountains, Sudan
- Susan Alamin Mubarak, University of Khartoum. 2011-2012.
The Tagoi language is spoken by 13,000 people (SIL 1982) in the Nuba Mountains, Sudan. Tagoi was classified by Greenberg (1966) as a Kordofanian language. Its genetic status as a Kordofanian language ... more
- A reference grammar of Choguita Raramuri (Tarahumara)
- Gabriela Caballero , The Research Foundation, Stony Brook University. 2008-2010.
The project seeks to describe and document Choguita Raramuri (Tarahumara), an endangered, underdescribed Uto-Aztecan language of the Taracahitan branch spoken in the northwest of Mexico. The ... more
- A text documentation of N|uu
- Tom Güldemann, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany. 2007-2010.
The project aims at a fuller text documentation of N|uu, the last South African San language and the only surviving member of the !Ui branch of the isolate family Tuu. The language is highly ... more
- A Video and Text Documentation of Mangetti Dune !Xung
- Amanda Miller, The Ohio State University
Mangetti Dune !Xung is a member of the Northern Branch of the Juu subgroup of the Ju-+Hoan family spoken in northeastern Namibia and in Schmittsdrift, South Africa. The language was originally spoken ... more
- Aleut Conversation Corpus
- Alice Taff, The University of Washington. 2003-2005.
The Aleut language, indigenous to the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands, Alaska, USA, is a branch of the Eskimo-Aleut language family. To preserve the manner and content of Aleut discourse, this project ... more
- An Arapaho analytical dictionary and concordance
- Lisa Conathan, University of California at Berkeley. 2004-2006.
Documentation and production of an analytical and cultural dictionary which include, in addition to English-Arapaho and Arapaho-English glosses, morphological analysis, etymology (including ... more
- An Integrated Approach to Teotepec Chatino Language Documentation through History and Culture
- Justin McIntosh, University of Texas at Austin. 2010-2012.
This project will produce an integrated corpus of transcribed and
analyzed texts from Teotepec
Chatino, a highly endangered Otomanguean language of Oaxaca, Mexico. A strong
on speaker ... more
- Arandic Songs project
- Myfany Turpin, University of Queensland. 2006-2008.
This project will record and document ceremonial performances from the northern Arandic group of languages of Central Australia as a resource for maintaining traditions and for appropriate research. ... more
- Barupu grammar and lexicography
- Miriam Corris, University of Sydney. 2003-2005.
Ms Corris aims to complete her doctoral dissertation; a descriptive grammar of Barupu, including glossed texts and a word list. Barupu is a previously undescribed non-Austronesian language, spoken by ... more
- Ceq Wong and Mah Meri: the documentation of two Aslian languages of the Malay Peninsula
- Nicole Kruspe, University of Melbourne. 2005-2007.
Documentation of Ceq Wong, producing a comprehensive grammatical description, trilingual dictionary and text collection. Documentation of Mah Meri will produce a shorter grammar, text collection and ... more
- Ceremonial song-poetry of the Arandic region in Central Australia
- Dr Myfany Turpin, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. 2010-2010.
Awelye is a genre of women’s songs of Central Australia. The genre is highly endangered and the ceremonies struggle to find a place in contemporary society. In the past people learnt through frequent ... more
- Cha'palaa Documentation Project
- Connie Dickinson, Universidad San Francisco de Quito. 2006-2006.
The project will document the culture and language of the Chachi, an indigenous group living in northwestern Ecuador. Videos from a wide range of contexts and genres will be transcribed, translated, ... more
- Choguita Raramuri (Tarahumara) documenation and description
- Gabriela Caballero Hernandez, University of California, Berkeley. 2006-2008.
Choguita Raramuri (Tarahumara) is an underdescribed,endangered Uto-Aztecan language spoken in Northern Mexico. In cooperation with community members, this project will produce documentation in the ... more
- Cicipu documentation: five festivals of the Acipu people
- Stuart McGill, School of Oriental and African Studies. 2011-2011.
This project aims to augment an existing corpus of the Cicipu language, spoken by approximately 20,000 people in northwest Nigeria (ISO 639-3 awc, co-ordinates roughly 11.0 N, 5.6 E). The project ... more
- Classical song traditions of contemporary Western Arnhem Land in their multilingual context
- Linda Barwick, University of Sydney. 2006-2009.
The classical song traditions of Western Arnhem Land are amongst the foremost examples of verbal art in the nine endangered languages of the region, but few people are now competent to perform or ... more
- Collection of sound files for inclusion in a dictionary of Korana and eventual integration with a corpus of heritage texts.
- Menan Du Plessis, University of Cape Town
The project will collect sound files of Korana, or !Ora, a South African Khoesan language of the KHOE family, which may be the direct descendant of the variety spoken by inhabitants of the Cape when ... more
- Community-Based Digital Documentation of Ju|'hoan (ktz) and =X'ao-||'aen (aue):Audio, Video and Text Archives of Language and Culture Diversity
- Megan Biesele, University of Texas at Austin. 2011-2014.
Project proposed is ongoing Ju|’hoan language documentation begun by Biesele in 1970 that is now a community-based initiative, the Ju|’hoan Transcription Group (JTG). Project is sited in Namibia, ... more
- Comparative Documentation of the Myene language cluster
- Dr Mark Van de Velde, Llacan (UMR 8135 of the CNRS). 2010-2013.
The comparative documentation of the Myene language cluster will result in a large and
diverse set of recorded and transcribed communicative events, a lexicological database and a
dialectological ... more
- Comprehensive Documentation and Analysis of Two Endangered Siberian Languages: legacy data and last speakers of Eastern Khanty and Southern Selkup
- Balthasar Bickel, University of Zuerich. 2012-2015.
The cooperative proposal between the University of Zurich and Tomsk State Pedagogical University builds on extended research experience with the respective languages, and relevant documentation ... more
- Comprehensive documentation of two dialects of endangered SHE language in China, with traditional Environment Knowledge (TEK) vocabulary and discourse centred
- Junjun Fan, Jinan University. 2012-2013.
She language(shx) is a minority language, spoken in a few villages within Luofu Mountains (23°13'N,114°02'E) and Lianhua Mountains (23°03'N,115°10'E) in South China. It has about 1500 speakers(2010). ... more
- Corpus and Lexicon development: Endangered genres of discourse in Tu'un isavi (Mixtec) of Yoloxochitl, Guerrero
- Jonathan D Amith, Gettysburg College. 2008-2009.
This project focuses on endangered discourse genres and threatened domains of cultural knowledge in Yoloxochitl Mixtec to create the first extensive, archival quality corpus of recorded and expertly ... more
- Corpus and lexicon development:: Endangered genres of discourse and domains of cultural knowledge in Tu'un isavi (Mixtec) of Yoloxchitl, Guerrero
- Dr Jonathan Amith, Gettysburg College. 2010-2013.
This project focuses on endangered genres of discourse and threatened domains of cultural knowledge in
Yoloxóchitl (16º 48' 58''N, 98º 41' 12''W) Mixtec (xty), spoken in four villages within a 12 km ... more
- Corpus expansion for Miahuatec Zapotec of San Bartolomé Loxicha: Child language, Spontaneous conversation, and Ethnobotany
- Emiliano Cruz Santiago, Academic and Cultural Center San Pablo (Centro Académico y Cultural San Pablo), Fundación Alfredo Harp Helú. 2012-2013.
This project will expand the existing corpus of Miahuatec Zapotec language documentation materials, focusing on currently unrepresented genres like child language acquisition and multi-participant ... more
- Corpus of grammar and discourse strategies of deaf native users of Auslan (Australian Sign Language)
- Trevor Johnston, Macquarie University . 2004-2007.
Auslan (Australian Sign Language) is the native signed language of the deaf community in Australia. It has evolved from forms of British Sign Language, which were brought to Australia in the 19th ... more
- Cross-Varietal Documentation and Descriptive Study of Tamang
- Tom Owen-Smith, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). 2010-2013.
Tamang (ISO-639: taj) is a Tibeto-Burman language spoken over a large but sparsely populated area in Central and Eastern Nepal (27°5’N, 85-86°E), and exhibiting considerable geographical variation ... more
- Dalabon Oral Histories Project
- Sarah Cutfield, Monash University. 2006-2008.
Dalabon is a severely endangered Australian Aboriginal language of a diaspora population which lives in southern and western Arnhem Land, Australia. As a result of the grantee's contact with this ... more
- Dene Text Collection with a Special Focus on the Relationship between the Language and the Land
- Ingeborg Fink, University of Cologne. 2011-2011.
The overall goal of the research is to begin work for my Ph.D. dissertation on the grammar of space. In order to do this I will work with an ongoing project in Déline,Canada to establish a multimedia ... more
- Description and documentation of Ashéninka Perené (Arawak)
- Elena Mihas, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 2015-2014.
The objective of this doctoral dissertation project is to complement the results of initial description and documentation and carry out later stages of documentation as part of the long-term program ... more
- Description and Documentation of Ayutla Mixe
- Rodrigo Romero Mendez, University at Buffalo
This project seeks to collect data for the description and documentation of Ayutla Mixe. This language is spoken in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, and belongs to the Mixean branch of the ... more
- Description and documentation of Lelepa, an endangered language of Central Vanuatu
- Sebastien Lacrampe, Australian National University
Lelepa is spoken by less than 400 people on the island of Lelepa, Vanuatu. It is surrounded by closely related and much larger languages. Both missionisation in the 1800s and recent, rapid ... more
- Description and Documentation of Sekpele
- Cephas Delalorm, SOAS. 2011-2014.
A Description and Documentation of Sekpele is a project that seeks to solicit for sufficient data on Sekpele for its analysis, description and documentation. Sekpele is a language spoken primarily by ... more
- Description of Apurinã (Arawak)
- Sidney Facundes, Universidade Federale do Pará. 2003-2005.
The purpose of the project is to accomplish detailed description and documentation of the Apurinã language (Arawak family).
This highly endangered language is spoken in the Amazon region of ... more
- Dictionary of Archi (Daghestanian) with sound files and cultural materials
- Greville Corbett, University of Surrey. 2004-2007.
Our purpose is to create a dictionary of Archi, a highly endangered language spoken in one village of a remote mountain region in Daghestan. Archi is remarkable both for linguistic reasons, and in ... more
- Digital Archiving Yami Language Documentation
- Der-Hwa Victoria Rau, Providence University, Taiwan
The goal of this project is to prepare digital archive materials, with a team from Providence University in Taiwan, to document the Yami language and facilitate preservation and dissemination of the ... more
- Digital Documentation of Jul'hoan Language and Culture: Field research for Audio, Video and Text Archives
- Megan Biesele, University of Texas at Austin. 2008-2009.
This project in digital documentation of Jul'hoan San language and culture is the culmination of 37 years of audio/video recording and language activism by anthropologist Megan Biesele, Jul'hoan ... more
- Discovering Mafea: texts, grammar, and lexicon
- Valérie Guérin, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. (UHM)
This project proposes to record and describe Mafea, an Austronesian language spoken by about 200 people on Mafea island, northern Vanuatu. To date, the only publication about the language is a ... more
- Documentation and analysis of Haisla and Henaaksiala (North Wakashan) of Kitamaat Village, British Columbia
- Emmon Bach, SOAS. 2004-2006.
The primary purpose of the project is to gather and analyze new materials on Haisla and Henaaksiala, Northern Wakashan language varieties (dialects) of Kitamaat Village, British Columbia. The project ... more
- Documentation and Analysis of Kabardian as Spoken in Turkey
- Ayla Applebaum, University of California, Santa Barbara. 2008-2011.
Kabardian is a typologically rare and threatened Northwest Caucasian language. Preliminary research by the author established phonetic differences between Kabardian spoken in Russia and Turkey, and ... more
- Documentation and Comparative Study of two Endangered Languages in Tibet: Wutunhua, Daohua
- Yeshes Vodgsal Acuo, University of Nankai. 2004-2006.
Daohua and Wutunhua are isolated linguistic islands within the vast Tibetan-speaking area. Daohua is spoken by approximately 2,600 people in eastern Tibet, and Wutunhua is spoken by about 2000 people ... more
- Documentation and description of Bierebo, a Southern Oceanic language of Vanuatu
- Peter Budd, School of Oriental & African Studies
Bierebo is an undescribed Oceanic language spoken on the island of Epi in Vanuatu. There are an estimated 800 speakers who live in several villages mainly on the west coast. Working in conjunction ... more
- Documentation and Description of Cappadocian (Asia Minor Greek)
- Mark Janse, University of Patras. 2007-2007.
Cappadocian (also known as Asia Minor Greek) is a Greek-Turkish mixed language thought to have died in the 1960s until its rediscovery in 2005. According to our present knowledge, there are an ... more
- Documentation and description of Dulong
- Ross Perlin, SOAS. 2008-2010.
Dulong is a Tibeto-Burman language variety spoken in Gongshan Nu and Dulong Autonomous County, Yunnan Province, China, in villages alongside the Nu and Dulong rivers. With under 10,000 speakers, the ... more
- Documentation and Description of Dulong
- Ross Perlin, Leiden University
- Documentation and description of Ikaan, a language in Southern Nigeria
- Sophie Salffner, SOAS. 2007-2008.
The project aims to produce a collection of annotated audio recordings of Ikaan, a Benue-Congo language spoken in Southern Nigeria. Ikaan is only sparsely described but a documentation and more ... more
- Documentation and description of Karo, Brazil
- Nilson Gabas Jr. , Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi. 2004-2006.
The aim of this project is to document and continue the
description of Karo, a Tupian language spoken by approximately 130 Arara Indians in the Amazon region of Brazil.
Although Karo is still ... more
- Documentation and Description of Kove
- Hiroko Sato, University of Hawai'i. 2010-2011.
This project focuses on documenting Kove (IS0639-3:kvc),
spoken in Papua New Guinea. According to the 2007 National Census, about 8,000 people live in Kove in Northeastern New Guinea (5°32'S ... more
- Documentation and description of Kuna: a community-based approach to documentation and grammar-writing.
- Wikaliler Smith, University of Texas at Austin. 2009-2011.
This project is a response to the limited documentation and description available to the
community members of Kuna, a Chibchan language spoken mostly in the Panamanian-Colombian
border area, with ... more
- Documentation and Description of Malto
- Chaithra Puttaswamy, School of Oriental and African Studies. 2005-2006.
The aim of this project is to document and describe Malto. Malto is spoken around the Rajmahal hills in Eastern India. The low literacy rate and absence of written documents often confines the ... more
- Documentation and description of Ngarinyin, a language of the Kimberley region of Western Australia
- Stef Spronck, Australian National University. 2011-2012.
For centuries Ngarinyin has been the main language of the Northern central Kimberley Region of Western Australia, being spoken over an area of up to 45,000 km2. Nowadays, however, only about a dozen ... more
- Documentation and Description of Nihali, a critically endangered language isolate of India
- Shailendra Mohan, Deccan College Post-Graduate & Research Institute. 2012-2013.
This project focuses on documenting Nihali language ( ISO 639-3: nll), a critically endangered language isolate, spoken in India. According to Ethnologue, about 2000 speakers live in Jalgaon-Jamod ... more
- Documentation and description of Nivacle dialects
- Analía Gutiérrez
, University of British Columbia. 2012-2013.
Little is known about regional and generational dialectal differences among Nivacle speakers. This project aims to document dialectal data of Nivacle (ISO 639-3), an endangered Matacoan language ... more
- Documentation and Description of Numèè, an endangered language of Southernmost New Caledonia
- Sophie Rendina, SOAS. 2007-2009.
Numèè is a poorly described language of Southernmost New Caledonia, whose speakers (1814 in 1996) are shifting to French and Tayo (Creole). Working with the community, the cultural centre and the ... more
- Documentation and description of Papitalai, an Oceanic language of Papua New Guinea
- Jessica Cleary-Kemp, University of California, Berkeley. 2010-2013.
Papitalai [ISO-639 pat] is an Oceanic (Austronesian) language spoken by several hundred people on Manus Island, approximately 200 miles off the north coast of the Papua New Guinea mainland (2"03'S, ... more
- Documentation and description of Paresi-Haliti (Arawak): a grammar and text collection
- Ana Paula Brandao, University of Texas at Austin. 2012-2014.
Project Summary: The goals of the project are to advance the linguistic understanding of Paresi, and to provide urgent documentation of the Paresi language and culture by organizing an archive with ... more
- Documentation and Description of Sia Pedee, Ecuador
- Jorge Gomez Rendon, University of Amsterdam. 2007-2007.
The aim of the project is to continue the documentation of the Sia Pedee language (Embera, Choco) as part of a long-term revitalization process. The main goals include: (1) time-aligned annotation of ... more
- Documentation and description of sign language in Côte d’Ivoire
- Tano Angoua Jean-Jacques, University of Cocody at Abidjan. 2010-2013.
Like in several countries in West Africa, at least two sign
languages are used in Ivory Coast. American Sign Language (ASL) is used in Deaf education and by educated Deaf adults. Deaf people with no ... more
- Documentation and Description of Siriono, a highly endangered language of Bolivia
- Noé Gasparini
, Laboratoire Dynamique Du Langage (CNRS/Université Lyon2). 2012-2015.
This project aims at describing and documenting Siriono (Tupi-Guarani family), an underdescribed and endangered language of lowlands Bolivia. In a small area lived nearly thousand Siriono with less a ... more
- Documentation and description of Tena Kichwa and research into the use of evidentials in the language.
- Karolina Grzech, SOAS. 2012-2015.
Tena Kichwa is an endangered Quechuan variety, used by several thousand speakers in the
Ecuadorian Amazon. The linguistic and cultural practices of the Amazonian Kichwa differ significantly from ... more
- Documentation and Description of the Fas language of Papua New Guinea
- Tom Honeyman, Australian National University. 2011-2012.
This project is to build a corpus of materials on the Fas (or Momu as it is referred to locally) language. Fas is spoken in Sandaun Province, Papua New Guinea. There are approximately 5000 speakers ... more
- Documentation and Description of the Nahavaq Language
- Laura Dimock, Victoria University of Wellington. 2007-2008.
The aim of this project is to document and describe the Nahavaq language of Malakula, Vanuatu (approximately 600 speakers, no first-language literacy). The goals are to collect 20 hours of recorded ... more
- Documentation and Description of the South Eastern Huastec, a Mayan Language from Veracruz, Mexico
- Ana Kondic, University of Sydney. 2007-2008.
This project aims to provide a comprehensive documentation of the Southeastern Huastec (HSF) Language by creating a detailed grammatical description, a trilingual Huastec-Spanish-English word list ... more
- Documentation and Description of the Yanomama of Papiu, an Endagered Yanomami language of Brazil
- Helder Perri Ferreira, CNRS - CELIA. 2010-2010.
The project aims to continue the documentation and support of the Yanomama of Papiu, Brazil. The main goals are: (1) to record, transcribe and translate 20 hours of audio and/or visual material of a ... more
- Documentation and description of Thok Reel – a fieldwork trip to Southern Sudan.
- Tatiana Reid, The University of Edinburgh. 2010-2011.
The project is concerned with documentation and description of Thok Reel – a minority language of Southern Sudan spoken by approximately 50,000 people known as Atuot (Lakes State, Yirol West; ... more
- Documentation and description of Ukaan, a language of Southern Nigeria
- Sophie Salffner, SOAS. 2006-2007.
The project aims to produce a collection of audio and video recordings of Ukaan, a Benue-Congo language spoken in Southern Nigeria, which is yet undocumented and only sparsely described. All ... more
- Documentation and Description of Wanyjirra, a language of Northern Australia
- Chikako Senge, The Australian National University. 2009-2013.
Wanyjirra (ISO 639:gue) is a little-known and endangered Pama-Nyungan language spoken in the Northern Australia. At least two fluent speakers currently live in Halls Creek, Western Australia (located ... more
- Documentation and establishment of a local archive for Milang, an endangered Tibeto-Burman language of North East India
- Yankee Modi, James Cook University. 2010-2011.
To document Milang, a highly endangered and virtually unknown Tibeto-Burman language of North East India. Spoken by around 2,000 people in the far north-east of Arunachal Pradesh State at around +28 ... more
- Documentation and grammatical description of Chechen including the Cheberloi dialect
- Zarina Molochieva, University of Leipzig. 2007-2008.
The goal of this project is twofold: (a) to complete a reference grammar of Chechen (of which 20% is already drafted), which will be submitted as a PhD dissertation at the University of Leipzig; (b) ... more
- Documentation and Grammatical Description of Opuuo
- Mellese Gelaneh Alemu, Addis Ababa University. 2012-2015.
Opuuo (Shita) is a Koman language family and Nilo-Saharan phylum language. This language is spoken in western part of Ethiopian border in Gambela region and Ethio-South Sudan Border. It has 1,750 ... more
- Documentation and Grammatical Description of the Shabo Language: A Very Endangered Isolate Language of Southwestern Ethiopia
- Kibebe Tsehay, Addis Ababa University. 2010-2012.
This project aims at documenting and describing the seriously endangered language Shabo (also called Mikeyir, Mekeyer). Shabo (ISO 639-2/3 Cod: sbf) is a language of Ethiopia spoken by about 600 ... more
- Documentation and grammatical description of Yakkha, Nepal
- Diana Schackow, Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 2012-2014.
Yakkha (ISO-639: ybh) belongs to the Kiranti family (Tibeto-Burman) and is spoken in the Sankhuwasawa District in Nepal. Though officially 14,000 people still speak it, the language is prone to ... more
- Documentation and lexicography of semi-nomadic and sedentary Pite Saami lifestyles
- Joshua Wilbur, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. 2013-2014.
The Pite Saami language, also known as Arjeplog Saami, is spoken by around 30 mostly elderly speakers from the Arjeplog municipality in Swedish Lapland. Due to the dominance of Swedish language, ... more
- Documentation of 'Olekha, with a Focus on Traditional Ethnobotanical Knowledge
- Gwendolyn Hyslop, Australian National University. 2012-2013.
The Olekha language has five remaining speakers living in the remote Rukha village of south central Bhutan. Most of the community today speaks Dzongkha, the national language.Phobjip is spoken just ... more
- Documentation of Ayere, an endangered and undocumented minority language of the Nigerian Middle Belt
- Anja Moemeke-Choon, SOAS. 2007-2009.
The purpose of this project is a documentation and description of Ayere, a minority language in Nigeria, which is highly threatened by Yoruba and mainly undocumented and undescribed. Work already ... more
- Documentation of 3-4 Endangered Non-Austronesian Languages of Alor and Pantar, Eastern Indonesia
- Louise Baird
, Leiden University. 2004-2004.
All of the languages in this project are previously undescribed non-Austronesian languages spoken in the Alor archipelago in south-eastern Indonesia. Klon is spoken by approximately 5,000-6,000 ... more
- Documentation of a Dialect of Mongghul and a Dialectological Survey of Mongghul
- Burgel Faehndrich, University of Hawaii at Manoa. 2006-2007.
The goal of this project is to produce a sketch grammar of one variety of Mongghul, including a description of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and a wordlist. Information on language contact ... more
- Documentation of A'inage (Cofan)
- Rafael Fischer, University of Amsterdam. 2008-2009.
The main aim of this project is to compile a dictionary of A’ingae and to produce language materials pertaining to various types of media. These include audio and video recordings, a collection of ... more
- Documentation of Amurdak, an endangered language from Northern Arnhem Land (Australia)
- Robert Mailhammer, Arizona State University
The purpose of this project is to document Amurdak, an endangered language, traditionally spoken in Northern Arnhem Land, Northern Australia (ISO code amg). The current number of speakers is ... more
- Documentation of archaic Akha, the register of the shaman, with a comparison to modern spoken Akha
- Jake Terrell, University of Hawaii. 2009-2010.
This project focuses on documenting archaic Akha, a code that is not mutually intelligible with modern Akha (ISO 639-3: akh). There are about 500,000 speakers of Akha in Burma, China, Laos, Thailand ... more
- Documentation of Baba'1, a Bantu language from the Grassfields of Cameroon
- Anne Vilain, University Stendhal/Institut de la Communication Parlee, Grenoble, France. 2006-2006.
Baba'1 is a non-written language spoken by a community of people in the village of Baba'1, in the Ndop plain, North West province of Cameroon. Work has started on the phonetics and phonology of the ... more
- Documentation of Baskeet song, verbal art and ceremonial language
- Yvonne Treis, LLCAN. 2011-2013.
Baskeet (bst) is a little known Omotic language spoken by about 60,000 speakers at the fringes of the Ethiopian highlands in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples' Region of Ethiopia (6.34N ... more
- Documentation of Bedik
- Adjaratou Sall, Institut Fondamental d'Afrique Noire (IFAN) Dakar University. 2008-2010.
The Bedik are an ethnic minority comprising about 3500 inhabitants living in villages on the mountains of eastern Senegal. Bedik is classified as a member of the Mande branch within the Niger-Congo ... more
- Documentation of Bésiro, the endangered language of the Chiquitano people of Lowland Bolivia
- Pierric Sans, Laboratoire Dynamique Du Langage (DDL) UMR 5596 (CNRS/Université Lyon2). 2010-2013.
This project aims at documenting and describing Bésiro (ISO-639: cax), an under-described language spoken by the Chiquitanos in the Bolivian low-lands (Lat: -16, 7; Long: -61, 4). The collection ... more
- Documentation of Betta Kurumba
- Gail Coelho, School of Oriental & African Studies
Betta Kurumba is an endangered Dravidian language spoken in the Nilgiri-Wynaad region of southern India. The Betta Kurumbas (pop. 2-6,000) lived for centuries in relative isolation as a ... more
- Documentation of Blablanga, Santa Isabel, Solomon Islands
- Radu Voica, SOAS. 2007-2010.
Blablanga is an endangered and undescribed Oceanic language with about 1800 speakers on Santa Isabel, in the Solomon Islands. This project aims to create a transcribed, translated and annotated ... more
- Documentation of Cameroon Sign Language (CamSL)
- Sam Lutalo-Kiingi, Kyambogo University. 2012-2014.
Project Summary: This project aims to document and compare two languages: the rural sign language referred to here as Extreme North Cameroon Sign Language (ExNorthCamSL), which is used in and ... more
- Documentation of Central Tseltal: creation of a broad corpus for multiple uses
- Gilles Polian, CIESAS-SURESTE. 2006-2006.
This project proposes documentation of Central Tseltal (a Mayan language spoken in Chiapas, Mexico), a language that has been the focus of a previous linguitic research but without any available ... more
- Documentation of Chatino, an Otomanguean language group of Oaxaca, Mexico
- Anthony Woodbury, University of Texas at Austin. 2007-2010.
Chatino is a group of closely related language varieties belonging to the Zapotecan branch of the Otomanguean language family. It is spoken by most of the 29,000 Chatinos of Oaxaca, Mexico’s, Sierra ... more
- Documentation of Chuxnaban Mixe: Texts, Dictionary and Grammar
- Carmen Jany, California State University, San Bernardino. 2008-2009.
The project aims at documenting and describing Chuxnaban Mixe, a previously undocumented Mixe language spoken by 900 people in one village in Oaxaca. Bilingualism with Spanish is on the rise, as ... more
- Documentation of Dâw, a Nadahup language of Brazil
- Pattie Epps, University of Texas at Austin. 2013-2014.
This project will undertake the documentation of Dâw, a Nadahup language of the northwest Amazon. Dâw is spoken in a single community of about 100 people, near São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Brazil. The ... more
- Documentation of Desano - Eastern Tukanoan
- Wilson Silva, University of Utah. 2008-2009.
The goal of this project is to undertake fieldwork to document Desano, an endangered Eastern Tukanoan language. Desano is spoken in both Brazil and Colombia; this project, for various practical ... more
- Documentation of Dirge songs among the Uruan people in Nigeria
- Eno-Abasi Urua, University of Uyo
This project documents the dirge, a ritual funeral eulogy performed by elderly women and professionals at the death of a family or community member, and also during a catastrophic event, as practised ... more
- Documentation of Ecuadorian Secoya
- Anne Schwarz, Center for General Linguistics / Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS). 2012-2014.
This project serves the extensive documentation of the endangered Amazonian language Secoya (sey), a West Tucanoan language that is presently still spoken by around 1,000 people devided by the ... more
- Documentation of Effutu
- Nana Agyeman, SOAS. 2010-2013.
This project seeks to document one of the three dialects of Effutu, (ISO-639: afu, estimated population: 20-30 thousand), which is spoken in Winneba, a coastal town in the Central Region of Ghana, ... more
- Documentation of endangered Tungusic languages of Khabarovskij Kraj
- Elena Kalinina, Lomonossov Moscow State University. 2004-2005.
Recording extensive text data and providing comprehensive grammar descriptions and dictionaries for unified documentation of the four ... more
- Documentation of endangered Tungusic languages of Khabarovskij Kraj
- Elena Kalinina, Moscow State University. 2007-2009.
The project aims at the fullest possible documentation of three Tungusic languages: Negidal, Kur-Urmi and Ulcha.
The main objectives of the project are:
a) recording an extensive text corpus in ... more
- Documentation of Enets: digitization and analysis of legacy field materials and fieldwork with last speakers
- Bernard Comrie, Max Planck Institute. 2007-2010.
The project will document Enets, an almost extinct Northern Samoyedic language spoken on the Taimyr Peninsula, Siberia (about 30 speakers, all over 45). It will be devoted both to digitizing of ... more
- Documentation of fishing practices among the Dwang
- James Essegbey, University of Florida. 2013-2013.
This project proposes to document practices related to fishes (including catching, processing, marketing and consumption) among the Dwang communities who inhabit the south of the Volta Lake. Dwang ... more
- Documentation of five Paman languages of Cape York Peninsula, Australia
- Jean-Christophe Verstraete, University of Leuven. 2006-2009.
The aim of the project is to document five highly endangered Paman languages of Cape York Peninsula (Australia): Kugu Muminh, Kuku Thaypan, Umbuygamu, Umpila and Wik Ngathan. The project is a team ... more
- Documentation of formal and ceremonial discourses in K’ichee’
- Telma Can Pixabaj, University of Texas at Austin. 2010-2013.
This project will document formal and ceremonial discourses in natural contexts in three K’ichee’ (quc) communities: Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán, Nahualá, and Santa Lucía Utatlán, Sololá (14° 46´26´´ ... more
- Documentation of four moribund Moluccan languages
- Margaret Florey, Monash University. 2003-2005.
This project will provide rich descriptions of four languages from the eastern Indonesian province of Central Maluku — a region with both high linguistic diversity and the highest level of language ... more
- Documentation of four varieties of Baima
- Katia Chirkova, International Institute for Asian Studies. 2007-2009.
The project aims at the fullest posssible audio, video and text documentation of all four varieties of Baima, an endangered Tibeto-Burman language spoken in the South West of China, in the ... more
- Documentation of Gaviao and Surui Languages in whistled and instrumental speech
- Julien Meyer, Fundacao Instituto para o Desenvolvimento da Amazonia. 2008-2010.
The project is to undertake the linguistic documentation and analysis of highly endangered traditional speech practices in two endangered Tupian languages of Brazilian Amazon: Gaviao and Surui. ... more
- Documentation of Glavda in rural and urban contexts
- Jonathan Owens, University of Bayreuth. 2009-2010.
This project documents Glavda, a small, largely unstudied Central Chadic language of considerable phonological, morphological and syntactic complexity spoken in Northeastern Nigeria. Beyond ... more
- Documentation of Goemai
- Birgit Hellwig, SOAS, University of London. 2003-2005.
This project documents the Goemai language (a West Chadic language spoken in Central Nigeria) in the form of a reference grammar, a dictionary and an annotated text corpus. The grammatical analysis ... more
- Documentation of Inati, an Endangered Negrito Language of the Central Philippines
- Jason Lobel, University of Hawai'i. 2009-2009.
This project aims to create archive-quality audio and video recordings of Inati, an endangered Negrito language on Panay Island in the Philippines. Speakers are bilingual in neighbouring lowland ... more
- Documentation of Ingrian: collecting and analyzing fieldwork data and digitizing legacy materials
- Fedor Rozhanskiy, University of Tartu. 2011-2014.
The project will document Ingrian, a Finnic language spoken in the Leningrad district of Russia (~150 speakers, average age is 80, ISO 639-3: izh; 59°43´ N, 28°28´ E). The main goals of the project ... more
- Documentation of Kanamari Language and culture
- Stefan Dienst, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University. 2010-2012.
Kanamari (knm) is a language of the Katukinan family spoken by 2,000 people in Brazil’s Amazon region (7°3'30"S 69°41'30"W). This documentation will include audio and video recordings, especially of ... more
- Documentation of Koryak Ethnopoetics: Stories from Speakers of Non-standard Varieties of Koryak and Nymylan Koryak
- Alexander King, University of Aberdeen. 2012-2014.
This project will document two varieties of Koryak (kpy, Kamchatka, Russia) ignored by contemporary linguists. We will capture a variety of genres, including conversation, songs, riddles & sayings, ... more
- Documentation of Malaccan Portuguese Creole
- Stefanie Pillai, University of Malaya
The project will build a corpus of Malaccan Portuguese Creole, which is spoken by about 1000 people in the Portuguese Settlement in Melaka, Malaysia. The purpose of this project is to create a ... more
- Documentation of Matanvat (Nese): A highly endangered Northern Vanuatu language
- Lana Takau, University of Newcastle
The Matanvat (Nese) language (less than 20 speakers) is an under-documented Oceanic language spoken in the north eastern coast of Malakula in central Vanuatu. Pressure from Bislama along with other ... more
- Documentation of Moor, an Austronesian language of Cenderawasih Bay, Indonesia
- David Kamholz, University of California, Berkeley. 2010-2013.
Moor (ISO-639 mhz) is a virtually undescribed Austronesian
language spoken by about 1000
people in southeast Cenderawasih Bay. It is under heavy influence from Indonesian
youngest ... more
- Documentation of mythology and shamanic songs of the Nahua, Panoan speaking of Peruvian Amazon
- Conrad Feather, University of St. Andrews. 2008-2010.
I will work with Nahua language assistants to complete the transcription of over 130 hours of myths, shamanic healing songs, laments and love songs. The result will be the first ever substantial ... more
- Documentation of N'kep (north Vanuatu): Structure and variation
- Miriam Meyerhoff, University of Auckland. 2010-2013.
This project documents the use and structure of N'kep, a variety of Sakao (ISO 639-3 sku), spoken by c.800 people at Hog Harbour, Vanuatu (15º 8' 0" South, 167º 6' 0" East). N'kep is typologically ... more
- Documentation of Nalu, Tristão islands, Guinea (Atlantic, Niger-Congo)
- Frank Seidel, University of Florida. 2010-2012.
Nalu (ISO 639-3: naj) is an endangered Atlantic language spoken on the littorals of Guinea and Guinea-Bissau. In Guinea, most Nalu speakers live north of the river Nuñez on the Tristão islands, ... more
- Documentation of Ongota
- Graziano Sava, Universita degli Studi di Napoli "l'Orientale". 2008-2010.
Ongota is the traditional language of a hunter-gatherer community in Ethiopia. It is being abandoned in favour of neighbouring Ts’amakko (Cushitic) and is only spoken by Ongota elders. The language ... more
- Documentation of Ratahan, an endangered Austronesian language of North Sulawesi
- Anthony Jukes, School of Oriental & African Studies
Toratán (Ratahan) is spoken by the older generation in a handful of villages located in southern Minahasa, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. It is an isolated member of the Sangiric language family, ... more
- Documentation of Reyesano, an almost extinct language of Bolivia (South America)
- Antoine Guillaume, Institut des Sciences de l'Homme. 2004-2006.
The project is to undertake linguistic documentation of Reyesano, the most endangered and least known language of the Takana family from the Amazonian rainforests of northern Bolivia and eastern ... more
- Documentation of San Jerónimo Acazulco Otomi, Ocoyoacac, Mexico
- Nestor Hernandez-Green, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro. 2009-2010.
This project aims to document the Otomi linguistic variant spoken in San Jerónimo Acazulco, Ocoyoacac, Mexico, including tales, instructions, rituals, and routine descriptions. This Otomi language ... more
- Documentation of Santa Ana Hueytlalpan Otomi, Tulancingo, Mexico
- Maria de Jesus Selene Hernandez Gomez, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro. 2010-2010.
This pilot project aims to document the Otomi language spoken in the community of Santa Ana Hueytlalpan, (Tulancingo, Hidalgo, Mexico). This is a language belonging to the Otomi linguistic family of ... more
- Documentation of Seke (Ske) - an undescribed and endangered language of Pentecost Island, Vanuatu
- Kay Johnson, SOAS. 2007-2009.
Seke is an undescribed, Austronesian language of Pentecost Island, Vanuatu. It is spoken by approximately 600 people in an area surrounded by speakers of the dominant local language. The project aims ... more
- Documentation of the BOGOŊ (Cala) language
- Ulrich Kleinewillinghöfer, Mainz University. 2005-2006.
BogoN is a Gur language spoken by the Chala people in Ghana. The language is poorly documented and severely threatened with extinction. In all but one of the five locations in the Volta Region where ... more
- Documentation of the Ese Ejja language of the Amazonian region of Bolivia
- Marine Vuillermet, CNRS. 2007-2007.
About 1200 Ese Ejjas live in the Amazonian region of Bolivia and Peru. Though declining fast, language vitality is still high in Portachuelo, their Bolivian nucleus where the documentation will be ... more
- Documentation of the language and lifestyle of the Galesh, province of Golestan, Iran
- Helen Jahani, Uppsala University. 2008-2009.
The Galesh are herdsmen in the Alborz mountains. Their total number is unknown, but diminishing rapidly due to the modernisation of the Iranian society. This project attempts to find out if the ... more
- Documentation of the Mayoruna languages of western Amazonia: A compilation of recordings of oral history narratives and other speech genres
- Dr David Fleck, University of Oregon. 2010-2013.
Of the five extant languages in the Mayoruna branch of the Panoan family, only Matses and
Matis have been described, but even for these no archived recordings or text databases are
available. ... more
- Documentation of the Namuyi Language
- Chenglong Huang, Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. 2008-2010.
This project is a comprehensive multi-media documentation of Namuyi, an endangered Qiangic language of the Tibeto-Burman family spoken along the lower reaches of the Yalong River in south-western ... more
- Documentation of the Neverver language, Malakula, Vanuatu
- Julie Barbour, University of Waikato. 2004-2007.
This project will focus on the documentation of the Neverver language of Malakula, spoken by fewer than 1000 people in two inland villages. The intention of this project is to provide a detailed ... more
- Documentation of the Ofayé Language
- Eduardo Ribeiro, Universidade Federal de Goiás. 2003-2006.
The main purpose of this project is to document the Ofayé language (Macro-Jê stock), spoken by approximately fifteen individuals in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. Ofayé is an extremely endangered ... more
- Documentation of the Oro Win language
- Joshua Birchall, Radboud University Nijmegen. 2011-2012.
The Oro Win language (ISO-639 orw, -11.088, -64.078) is an underdescribed and severely endangered member of the Chapacuran family. It is spoken by six elders living along the headwaters of the Pacaás ... more
- Documentation of the Paresi-Haliti Language (Arawak)
- Glauber Romling Da Silva, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). 2009-2011.
The project will document the Paresi-Haliti language (Arawak), variant of Formoso River, spoken in Southern Brazilian Amazonia. This language shows clear signs of endangerment, especially in the ... more
- Documentation of the Qatareu language, Lakona Bay, Gaua Island, Vanuatu
- Hans Schmidt, University of Hamburg. 2004-2006.
Lakona Bay lies in a remote part of Gaua island in North Vanuatu. Its 300 inhabitants live along the coast and still speak the languages (or dialects) of their original hamlets in the interior. The ... more
- Documentation of the Saru dialect of Ainu
- Anna Bugaeva, Chiba University. 2007-2009.
I propose to undertake a two-year documentation of the Saru dialect of Ainu which is nearly extinct at present, as only a couple of persons aged 80-90 on the South of Hokkaido Island in Northern ... more
- Documentation of the Southern Tujia Language of China
- Shixuan Xu, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. 2004-2007.
This project will investigate and document one of the endangered languages of China: Southern Tujia. This language is spoken in the mountainous area of central south China, and has no literate ... more
- Documentation of the Syntax and Specialized Uses of Q'anjob'al (Maya)
- Eladio Mateo-Toledo
, The University of Texas at Austin
This project will document the syntax of complex predicates and endangered specialized uses of Q'anjob'al. The syntactic description focuses on complex predicates such as adverbial clauses, ... more
- Documentation of the Vurës Language, Vanua Lava, Vanuatu
- Catriona Hyslop, La Trobe University. 2004-2006.
This project will focus on the documentation of Vurës, an Austronesian language spoken by approximately 1,000 people on the island of Vanua Lava in northern Vanuatu.
Proposed outcomes are ... more
- Documentation of the Ye'kwana language in the Caura Basin
- Natalia Caceres, CNRS, Universite Lumiere Lyon 2. 2008-2009.
The Ye'kwana are a geographically extended group of about 6,000 people in the Amazonian region on the border between Venezuela and Brasil. Through still vital, the community is already being ... more
- Documentation of three dialects of Helong: an endangered language of eastern Indonesia
- John Bowden, Australian National University. 2007-2010.
The primary aim of this project is to compile a comprehensive documentation of Helong, an endangered language spoken by a few thousand people in the region of Kupang, in eastern Indonesia. An ... more
- Documentation of Traditional Warlpiri Ceremony
- Carmel O'Shannessey, Regents of the University of Michigan. 2008-2009.
In response to expressed wishes of community elders, the project will record on video a traditional annual Warlpiri ceremony in Lajamanu community. During the ceremoney the men sing and the women ... more
- Documentation of two Eastern Tukanoan languages: Wanano and Waikhana (Piratapuyo)
- Kristine Stenzel, Museu Nacional, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 2007-2011.
This project will document Wanano and Waikhana (Piratapuyo), two closely related Eastern Tukanoan languages spoken in north-western Amazonia. The project is designed to be both highly ... more
- Documentation of Two Gelao Varieties: Zou Lei and A Hou, South West China
- Jinfang Li, Central University of Nationalities. 2006-2010.
The project will document Zou Lei and A Hou, two varieties of Gelao,a member of the Tai-Kadai family in South West China. One of the most endangered languages in China, Gelao is now used by only ... more
- Documentation of Two Mayan Languages of Guatemala: Uspanteko, Sakapulteko
- Nora England, OKMA. 2003-2006.
This project seeks to document two of the most severely threatened Mayan languages for which inadequate documentation exists: Uspanteko and Sakapulteko, both of the K’ichee’ branch. A reference ... more
- Documentation of Under-Represented Genres of Passamaquoddy-Maliseet Linguistic Practice
- Conor Quinn, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Linguistics and Philosophy. 2006-2008.
This two-year project will document under-represented genres of speech, particularly conversation, in Passamaquoddy-Maliseet, an Eastern Algonquian language with approximately 500 speakers (all forty ... more
- Documentation of Urgently Endangered Tupian Languages
- Dennis Moore, Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi/MCT. 2003-2006.
This project aims at the study and documentation of five of the most urgently endangered native languages of Brazil, which have no other possibility for documentation. These languages are: Mondé, ... more
- Documentation of Yan-Nhangu, an undescribed language of North-Eastern Arnhem Land, Northern Australia
- Claire Bowern, Australian National University. 2004-2006.
Yan-nhangu is spoken by members of a few families at Milingimbi Aboriginal Community in Eastern Arnhem Land, in Australia's Northern Territory. It is the least described language of the area, with ... more
- Documentation of Zacatepec Chatino language and culture
- Stéphanie Villard, The University of Texas at Austin. 2010-2013.
This project will produce transcribed and analyzed texts from Zacatepec Chatino (CTZ), a moribund and highly conservative Chatino language desperately lacking description. It is only spoken in San ... more
- Documentation of zapal 'folk stories' in Bunaq, a minority language of West Timor
- Antoinette Schapper, University of Cologne. 2013-2014.
Bunaq is a Papuan language of the Timor-Alor-Pantar family spoken in central Timor, straddling the border of Indonesian West Timor and independent Timor-Leste. Like other minority languages in this ... more
- Documentation of Zenzontepec Chatino Language and Culture
- Eric Campbell, University of Texas at Austin. 2009-2011.
This project will produce transcribed and analyzed texts from Zenzontepec Chatino (CZN), the most divergent Chatino language (Otomanguean), spoken in the southern Sierra Madre of Oaxaca, Mexico ... more
- Documentation of Ös: A Turkic Language of Siberia
- Gregory Anderson and David Harrison, Swarthmore College. 2005-2008.
The Siberian Turkic language known to its speakers as Ös (the name they also call themselves and the river which they live along) is known to science as "Middle Chulym." Both the language and its ... more
- Documenting and Analysing Uncunwee - An Endangered Sudanese Language
- Robert Williams P.I., Angelika Jakobi, Jade Comfort, Abdelbagi Daida, American University in Cairo. 2008-2011.
This project works to describe and document Uncunwee, an endangered and underdescribed dialect of the Kordofan Nubian dialect cluster, primarily spoken in an area south of the town of Dilling in the ... more
- Documenting and describing Ecuadorian Siona
- Martine Bruil, LUCL, Leiden University. 2011-2011.
Ecuadorian Siona [snn] is a highly endangered language with less than 200 speakers left. It is spoken in six communities in the Cuyabeno reserve and on the banks of the Aguarico, the Eno and the ... more
- Documenting Bih, an Austronesian language of Vietnam
- Tam Nguyen, University of Oregon. 2008-2010.
Bih is a Chamic language spoken in the Southern highlands of Vietnam, closely related to Ede (also called Rade, Rhade). Bih is spoken by only around 1000 speakers and is nearly undocumented. The ... more
- Documenting Caac, an endangered language spoken in the north of New Caledonia
- Aurélie Cauchard, University of Manchester. 2010-2013.
The project will document Caac (ISO 639-3 msq), a Southern Oceanic language spoken by the Mwelebeng people (1050 speakers in 2003) living in the region of Hoot ma Waap, northern New Caledonia (21 30 ... more
- Documenting conversation and the pragmatics of the Kiksht
- Nariyo Kono, Portland State University. 2008-2010.
This project will document conversation among several speakers of the highly endangered language: Kiksht. The project team will overcome the enormous challenge of producing a natural-discourse ... more
- Documenting cultural events in Cangin, a Noon language of Senegal
- Hamine Wane, Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar. 2011-2013.
The project’s aim is to document cultural events in Cangin, a dialect of Noon (ISO 639-3:snf), whose population is estimated at 9000. Noon is spoken in the Thiès area, a region in the west of Senegal ... more
- Documenting drums and drum language in Ibibio traditional ceremonies
- Bassey Okon, University of Calabar. 2012-2013.
The use of drums and drum language is a phenomenon found in most African, Asian and other continents of the world. it is a valuable means of communication for man right from the traditional era into ... more
- Documenting endangered Tseltal cultural activities: an Ethnographic and Discursive Audiovisual Corpus
- Gilles Polian, CIESAS-SURESTE. 2007-2010.
This project will gather an audiovisual corpus of 300 hours (100 hours transcribed and translated, 50 hours fully annotated) of endangered speech practices (prayers, speeches related to traditional ... more
- Documenting information structure in Isthmus Zapotec
- Juan Bueno Holle, University of Chicago
This project is concerned with the linguistic documentation, description and analysis of naturally-occurring discourse in Isthmus Zapotec, a Zapotecan language spoken by approximately 80,000 people ... more
- Documenting Kurtoep in a Historical Perspective: a Grammar, Dictionary and Texts
- Gwendolyn Hyslop, University of Oregon. 2007-2009.
This discourse-based descriptive and historical grammar of the endangered Kurtoep language will provide one of the first descriptions of language in Bhutan. The proposed research will be conducted in ... more
- Documenting Language and Interaction in Kula
- Nicholas Williams, University of Colorado, Boulder. 2012-2015.
This project will provide extensive documentation of Kula, an endangered and undocumented non-Austronesian language spoken by approximately 5,000 people in the eastern highlands of Alor, Indonesia. ... more
- Documenting libation rituals in Kiong, South-Eastern Nigeria
- Eyo Mensah, University of Calabar. 2012-2013.
The project sets out to document the language of libation rituals in Kiong, a language with less than 100 speakers in Akamkpa and Odukpani local government areas of Cross River State, Nigeria. The ... more
- Documenting MalakMalak, an endangered language of Northern Australia
- Dorothea Hoffmann, University of Chicago. 2012-2014.
MalakMalak is a northern Daly language spoken in the Daly River area in north-western Australia. Today it has an estimated eight remaining speakers. This project aims to complement existing sketch ... more
- Documenting Michif Variation
- Olivia Sammons, University of Alberta. 2011-2014.
Michif, the language of the Métis, is a contact language integrating French and Algonquian (Cree, Ojibwe) elements. Varieties are found in Canada (Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan) and the United ... more
- Documenting Oral Genres in the Bolga Dialect of Gurene (Northern Ghana)
- Samuel Atintono, University of Manchester. 2010-2011.
The project aims to collect an audio-visual corpus of oral genres in the Bolgatanga dialect of Gurene (ISO 639-3: gur), a Gur language in northern Ghana spoken by about 22,000 people. The ... more
- Documenting Pilagá language (Guaycuruan): Bilingual dictionary with grammatical and ethnographic notes
- Alejandra Vidal, Universidad Nacional de Formosa
This project intends to complete the necessary research for a Pilagá-Spanish bilingual dictionary. Building on Vidal's PhD work, the tasks to be undertaken are recording, text-glossing and the ... more
- Documenting Ririo and Papapana: the two most highly endangered Northwest Solomonic languages
- Bill Palmer, University of Newcastle Australia. 2010-2013.
The project will document the two most endangered languages of the Northwest Solomonic region: Ririo (79 speakers, Solomon Islands), and Papapana (120 speakers, Bougainville). These languages share a ... more
- Documenting Rongga
- I Wayan Arka, Australian National University . 2004-2006.
Rongga is a marginalized small language of south-central Flores, Indonesia
This three-year documentation project, based at the Australian National University, aims to set up a comprehensive ... more
- Documenting Tabaq, a Hill Nubian language of the Sudan, in its sociolinguistic context
- Gerrit J. Dimmendaal, University of Cologne. 2011-2013.
Tabaq (kko) is a Hill Nubian language spoken by 800 speakers in the Nuba Mountains (N 11°55'53'' E 29°26'34'') of the Sudan. This entire region is characterized by an extreme linguistic diversity, ... more
- Documenting the Bayot language (a west-African language of the Joola group)
- Mbacké Diagne, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique . 2004-2006.
Bayot is a Niger-Congo, West-Atlantic, Bak language of the Joola sub-group. This language is spoken in a Senegalese South-West zone that covers the prefecture of Nyassia, and mainly comprises three ... more
- Documenting the Durvud dialect of Oirat in Western Mongolia
- Tsendee Yunger, Mongolian Business Institute. 2012-2013.
Documenting the Durvud dialect of Oirat in Western Mongolia
will document the Durvud dialect of Oirat, a variety spoken in vast, but sparsely populated regions in western Mongolia such as Uvs, ... more
- Documenting the Krim and Bom Languages of Sierre Leone (DKB)
- Tucker Childs, Portland State University. 2007-2009.
The DKB will document two dying languages spoken in the coastal tidelands of south-eastern Sierra Leone. Only a few score speakers use Krim while even fewer know Bom; all are bilingual in Mende. ... more
- Documenting the Mandaean's Rituals
- Sabah Aldihisi, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. 2008-2009.
To record transcribe and translate speech and rituals of the Mandaeans with the aim of preserving these for future generations and to enable young members of the Mandaean community to learn the ... more
- Documenting the moribund language Mmani, a Southern Atlantic language of Niger-Congo
- Tucker Childs, Portland State University. 2004-2006.
This project will produce vital records for the dying language Mmani, once widely spoken in the coastal Samou region of Guinea (Conakry) and Sierra Leone. Many other of the less widely spoken ... more
- Documenting the Ngan'gi language
- Nicholas Reid, University of New England. 2013-2014.
Ngan'gi is a severely endangered language spoken by less than 200 people in the Daly River region of Australia's Northern Territory. The exists some description of this language, but no real ... more
- Documenting the Royal Honorific Language of Bafut, a Grassfields Bantu Language of North West Cameroon
- Ayunwi Neba, University of Buea. 2011-2012.
The project documents the culturally rich but highly endangered system of Bafut royal honorifics. We will collect audio and video data on the use of honorifics in ancestral songs, palace ceremonies ... more
- Documenting traditional agricultural songs and stories of the Sumi Nagas
- Amos Teo, Australian National University
Sumi (ISO: nsm) is a Tibeto-Burman language spoken in Nagaland, Northeast India (+25° 65’ 5.00”, +94° 12’ 9.00”) by an estimated 100,000 speakers. Its use is in a state of decline as a result of ... more
- Documention of Animere, Ghana (Kwa, Niger-Congo): A Pilot Study
- Bryan Gelles, University of Florida. 2012-2013.
Animere (ISO 639-3: anf) is a critically endangered Ghana-Togo Mountain language (Kwa, Niger-Congo) spoken north of the Volta Region, Ghana. A recent sociolinguistic survey of the language estimated ... more
- Endangered Language Situation of the Upper-Lozva Voguls in Ivdel, North-West Siberia, Russia
- Gabor Szekely, University of Pécs
Vogul (Mansi) language belongs to the Uralic family of languages. The Voguls used to have a dominant role in domesticating horses in the Uralic region in the first millennium BC and in fur hunting in ... more
- Enriching the media corpus for Western Pantar (Lamma), a Papuan outlier language of Eastern Indonesia
- Gary Holton, University of Alaska Fairbanks. 2008-2008.
This project will enrich primary linguistic data in support of efforts to assemble comprehensive documentation of Western Pantar (Lamma), a Papuan outlier language of Eastern Indonesia. The project ... more
- Ersu and Xumi: Comparative and Cross-Varietal Documentation of Highly Endangered Languages of
- Ekaterina Chirkova, Centre de Recherches Linguistiques sur l'Asie orientale (CRLAO, UMR 8563), Centre National de la
Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). 2013-2016.
The project studies two language clusters of multi-ethnic and multi-lingual western Sichuan (China): (1)
Ersu, comprising the mutually unintelligible Ersu, Tosu, and Lizu languages; (2) Xumi, ... more
- Expanding the Documentation and Description of Hupa (Athabaskan)
- Amy Campbell, The Regents of the University of California. 2008-2010.
With fewer than five first-language speakers remaining, Hupa (Pacific Coast Athabaskan) is a critically endangered language traditionally spoken in Hoopa Valley in Northern California. Although Hupa ... more
- Farming, food and yam: language and cultural practices among Ikaan speakers
- Sophie Salffner, SOAS. 2011-2013.
Ikaan, a dialect of Ukaan, is spoken in two villages in south-western Nigeria. This project will investigate phonetic and phonological variation among speakers based on a documentation of language ... more
- Guraferdan Sheko: linguistic treasures of a forgotten dialect
- Anne-Christie Hellenthal, Addis Ababa University. 2013-2014.
The variety of Sheko spoken by an estimated nine thousand people in Guraferda, SW-Ethiopia, differs drastically from the main variety. However, an influx of settlers with a dominant language and ... more
- Indigenous language documentation in Guernsey, Channel Islands
- Julia Sallabank, SOAS. 2009-2010.
There are probably 2-300 (mainly elderly) fluent speakers of Dgernesiais, the indigenous language of Guernsey, Channel Islands, which is categorized by the 2009 UNESCO Atlas as ‘severely endangered’. ... more
- Initial Documentation of Na'ahai, a language of Malakula, Vanuatu
- Anastasia Riehl, University of South Pacific. 2008-2009.
Na’ahai is an undescribed language of the southwest coast of Malakula Island in Vanuatu, spoken by less than 1000 people. There are two central aims to this project. One is to undertake initial ... more
- Investigating an undocumented sign language in a Chatino speech/sign community
- Lynn Hou, University of Texas at Austin. 2012-2013.
Chatino Sign is an undocumented emergent sign language located in the villages of San Juan Quiahije and Cieneguilla in the Southern Sierra Nevada mountains of Oaxaca. Chatino Sign is the language ... more
- Investigation and documentation of the morpho-syntax of Anindilyakwa
- Marie Van Egmond, University of Sydney. 2009-2011.
The two aims of this project are: (1) to document the morpho-syntax of Anindilyakwa, spoken by about 1500 people living on Groote Eylandt, Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia; and (2) create a basic ... more
- Investigation of an endangered village sign language in India: a pilot study
- Sibaji Panda, University of Central Lancashire. 2001-2030.
The pilot study investigates an endangered sign language in a southern Indian village in Karnataka. 250 people in the village are deaf out of a population of 14,000. The sign language used in the ... more
- Iquito Language Documentation Project
- Nora England, University of Texas, Austin. 2003-2006.
The ILDP continues the documentation of Iquito, a Zaparoan language of the Peruvian Amazon spoken by 25 people. It is partnered with ongoing language revitalisation efforts in the Iquito community of ... more
- Jawoyn Cultural Texts, Dictionary and Grammar (southern Arnhem Land)
- Francesca Merlan, Australian National University. 2003-2005.
The aim is to complete and make available an extensive corpus of material on Jawoyn, a language of southern Arnhem Land.
Professor Merlan has prepared a large corpus of materials on Jawoyn, an ... more
- Kalmyk/Oirat; Development of teaching materials for Kalmyk national schools; Comparative studies of Kalmyk and Oirat
- Elena Indjieva, University of Hawaii
Over the last century the linguistic and cultural heritage of Kalmyks (a small nation in Russia) has been rapidly disappearing. The recent socio-linguistic studies indicate that the proportion of ... more
- Kari'nja Dictionary and Video Documentation
- Raquel Yamada, University of Oregon. 2007-2008.
This project will produce 3 short films documenting the Aretyry dialect of Kari’nja as well as cultural practices. Films will be recorded, edited, transcribed, translated, and subtitled. In ... more
- Knowledge of endangered languages in the Sudanese Community, Melbourne Australia
- Simon Musgrave, Monash University. 2008-2009.
Large parts of Sudan are currently inaccessible to researchers, in particular the southern region of the country and the Darfur region. In both of these areas, but especially in the south, there are ... more
- Kokama-Kokamilla: texts, grammar and lexicon
- Rosa Vallejos, University of Oregon. 2006-2007.
Kokama-Kokamilla is a deeply endangered language spoken in the Peruvian Amazon. The need for documentation is urgent as nearly all of the estimated 1500 remaining speakers are elderly people, and ... more
- Kubeo Documentation Project
- Thiago Chacon, University of Utah. 2010-2011.
Kubeo (cub) is spoken in the multilingual region of the Vaupes and Ayari rivers, upriver from Sao Gabriel, Brazil, and downriver from Mitu, Colombia (lat.0-1, 75N, long.69>71W). The ELDP grant will ... more
- Lakota grammar
- Regina Pustet, Institute of General and Typological Linguistics
The goal of this project is the completion of an almost finished grammar of Lakota (Siouan language family, North America), which will be between 700 and 1000 pages and thus, the most complex ... more
- Language and Culture of the Urarina People
- Knut Olawsky, La Trobe Univerisity. 2003-2005.
Urarina is a language isolate spoke by less than 3000 people in the Province of Loreto, Peru. Recent contact with oil companies and traders has led to cultural loss and linguistic shift to Spanish in ... more
- Language endangerment in Tanzania: Documenting the Dowe language
- Karsten Legère, University of Vienna. 2012-2013.
The Dowe language (autonym Chidowe, xenonym Kidoe, Doe) is a small Bantu language of Guthrie’s G zone. It is spoken in the hinterland of the Indian Ocean coast in some villages of Msata and Miono ... more
- Language Practices of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana: A Documentation of Koasati
- Stephanie Hasselbacher, The College of William and Mary Grants and Research
Koasati (IS0 639-3:cku) is the language of the Coushatta Tribe of Lousiana, still spoken fluently by approximately 200 people, the majority of whom live on or near the Coushatta Reservation outside ... more
- Language socialisation and the transmission of Qaqet Baining (Papua New Guinea): Towards a documentation project
- Birgit Hellwig, La Trobe University
Qaqet is spoken by 6000 speakers in Papua New Guinea in highly multilingual settings. These settings have consequences for the transmission - and hence the long-term survival - of the language: ... more
- Language Variation and Social Identity in Kanjimei, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
- Darja Hoenigman, Australian National University. 2011-2012.
Awiakay is an undescribed Papuan language, belonging to the small Arafundi group, spoken by about 300 people living in Kanjimei village in the East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea. This project ... more
- Langue des Signes Malienne: documentation and description
- Victoria Nyst, Leiden University. 2007-2010.
African sign languages are severely under researched. This project aims at documenting the Langue des Signes Malienne (LSM). In the absence of deaf education, LSM has emerged naturally. Once deaf ... more
- Linguistic and cultural documentation of the Miahuatec Zapotec of San Bartolome Loxicha
- Rosemary Beam de Azcona, University of California. 2008-2010.
This project will document the San Bartolomé Loxicha variety of Miahuatec Zapotec. Digital video recordings will be made with multiple speakers on a variety of subjects and in different contexts (at ... more
- Linguistic and Cultural Documentation of Urgently Endangered Sadu Language in Yuxi City
- Xianming Xu, Yuxi Normal University. 2011-2014.
Sadu group, with a population of 1,505 (2009), live in three villages of Yuxi Municipality,Yunnan Province, China, roughly at longitude of 102°17′32″E and latitude of ... more
- Linguistic and ethnographic documentation aimed at identifying loci of cultural and linguistic reproduction in two communities speaking endangered Bantoid languages
- Pierpaolo Di Carlo, University at Buffalo. 2011-2013.
Ajumbu and Mungbam are two neighboring endangered Bantoid languages spoken in Lower Fungom, one of the most linguistically diverse areas of the Cameroonian Grass?elds. The documentation of oral ... more
- Linguistic and Ethnographic documentation of Akuntsú
- Carolina Coelho Aragon, University of Utah. 2010-2011.
Akuntsú (a Tupían language) is spoken by only six people, all monolinguals, located near the
Omerê River in Rondônia, Brazil (S.12.49’49.0’’ W.61.06’31.4’’). The six are the only survivors
of ... more
- Linguistic and Ethnographic documentation of Kayardild
- Erich Round, Yale University. 2006-2007.
The Kayardild language of the Queensland, Australia is the last of the Tangkic languages to be spoken. The four remaining,elderly speakers are also the last people well versed in many areas of ... more
- Linguistic and ethnographic documentation of the Baram language
- Kansakar, Tribhuvan university. 2007-2010.
This project aims to document Baram, a seriously endangered language of Nepal, for its preservation and promotion. For this purpose, we will develop a corpus of the various texts of the Baram ... more
- Linguistic Documentation of Garuwi
- Gerardo Barbera, SOAS. 2007-2009.
The goal of this project is to document Southern Baškardi (Hormozgan, Southeast Iran), focusing on the endangered dialect of Garu.
Baškardi has received very little attention in Iranian studies so ... more
- Linguistic Documentation of Pingilapese Language
- Ryoko Hattori, University of Hawaii at Manoa. 2006-2007.
This project will document Pingilapese, a language spoken by approximately 2,000 speakers mainly in the Federated States of Micronesia. To date there has been very little documentation of ... more
- Linguistic Documentation of the variety of Berber spoken in the Siwa Oasis (Egypt)
- Valentina Schiattarella, EPHE-Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes
My goal is the documentation of the Siwi language (Berber language family, Afroasiatic phylum), a variety of Berber spoken in the Siwa oasis (Egypt) considered “definitely endangered” by the Atlas of ... more
- Linguistic Fieldwork in Northern-Ural: A Comprehensive Documentation and Description of Upper-Lozva Mansi Language
- Gabor Szekely, University of Pecs. 2007-2008.
The project aims to produce a collection of digital sound and video recordings of Vogul language (they call themselves Mansi) as the result of three field trips to the eastern part of the ... more
- Linguistic Fieldwork in Sanduan Province, Papua New Guinea
- Matthew Dryer, University at Buffalo. 2003-2006.
This project involves the continuation of field research that has already begun on two languages in Sandaun Province in Papua New Guinea. The primary goals of the project are twofold: to complete a ... more
- Longitudinal Documentation of Sign Language Acquisition in a Deaf Village in Bali
- Connie de Vos, International Institute for Sign Languages and Deaf Studies (iSLanDS). 2011-2012.
Kata Kolok is a sign language indigenous to a Balinese village which has a high incidence of hereditary deafness. There are currently 48 deaf signers, and 1,200 hearing community members use Kata ... more
- Lower St'at'imcets Documentation
- Kimary Shahin, Simon Fraser University. 2009-2011.
The Lower St'át'imcets Documentation project will document the extremely endangered Lower dialect of St'át'imcets, an Interior Salish language. Lower St'át'imcet has only a handful of fluent ... more
- Mawng Dictionary Project
- Ruth Singer, University of Melbourne. 2008-2009.
The aim of the field trip is to collect data that will extend the existing Mawng dictionary shoebox database. Some of the data collected will take the form of both texts recorded in order to collect ... more
- Multimedia Documentation of Ixil Maya Ritual Speech
- Maria Luz Garcia, University of Texas at Austin. 2011-2012.
This project joins with community initiatives to document public performances of Ixil Maya traditional ritual discourse. These forms have been scarcely documented and include poetic forms, lexical ... more
- Multimedia documentation of the endangered Vasyugan and Alexandrovo Khanty dialects of Tomsk region in Siberia
- Andrey Filchenko, Tomsk State Pedagogical University. 2007-2008.
Field documentation of language data and meta information of two adjacent and related endangered dialects of Khanty in the Tomsk region of Russia: Vasyugan and Alexandrovo (under 100 speakers). ... more
- Multimodal documentation of interactive speech in Kwak’wala
- Daisy Rosenblum, University of California, Santa Barbara. 2012-2015.
K?ak'?ala (ISO 639 kwk), indigenous to Northern Vancouver Island and the surrounding areas, is one of 4 Northern Wakashan languages spoken in British Columbia. It is severely endangered, with less ... more
- Nar and Phu (Tibeto-Burman, Nepal): Field Research for an Audio-Visual Archive of Comparative Lexical and Discourse Material
- Kristine Hildebrandt, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. 2010-2011.
Nar-Phu (Ethnologue: NPA, ca. 500 speakers, 84°15E; 28°40N) is a Sino-Tibetan language of
Nepal which has shown a sharp decline in speakers due to emigration and the influence of national
and other ... more
- Narrative art: multimodal documentation of speech, song, sign, drawing and gesture in Arandic storytelling traditions from Central Australia
- Jennifer Green, University of Melbourne. 2011-2013.
In Central Australia the expressive potentials of verbal and visual art forms are combined in multimodal narratives that incorporate speech, song, sign language, gesture and drawing. These stories ... more
- Natural Discourse of the warm Springs Last Speaker of Kiksht
- Nariyo Kono , Portland State University. 2007-2007.
This project will document the natural discourse of a highly endangered language: Kiksht; overcoming the enormous challenge of producing this context with only a few speakers. Based on ‘best ... more
- Northern (Massett) Haida Toponymy and Geographic Knowledge
- Marianne Ignace, Simon Fraser University. 2006-2006.
The Haida language, spoken by the indigenous people of Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada, has only about 30 remaining fluent speakers, almost all in their 70s and 80s. This project will document ... more
- Palawan-Tagalog-English Dictionary
- Charles Macdonald, CNRS. 2006-2007.
The aim of this project is to prepare a 3000 entries (citation forms) lexicon (vocabulary) of the Palawan language of Palawan Island, Philippines, as a preliminary stage to completing a 5000 to 10000 ... more
- Palawan-Tagalog-English Dictionary
- Charles Macdonald, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. 2008-2008.
This is an application for phase two of the Palawan-Tagalog-English Dictionary project-phase one of the same project has already been supported by the ELDP for the year 2006-2007 and has been ... more
- Paunaka documentation project (PDP)
- Swintha Danielsen, University of Leipzig; Institute of Linguistics. 2011-2013.
Paunaka is a critically endangered Southern Arawakan language, spoken in the Bolivian Chaco (16°46’15” S, 61°27’15” W). Until recently Paunaka (ISO-Code non-existent – qpa?) and its possibly close ... more
- Pilot Project for Koegu, a highly endangered language of the Lower Omo Valley, South Western Ethiopia
- Moges Yigezu, Addis Ababa University. 2007-2007.
Koegu is a highly endangered language spoken in the rift valley of south-western Ethiopia. The overall aim of this project is to do a survey on the last surviving speakers of Koegu living amongst the ... more
- Preliminary Documentation and Description of Gyalsumdo, an undocumented Tibetan Language of Manang, Nepal
- John Joseph Perry, University of Cambridge. 2012-2013.
This project aims to document and describe the Gyalsumdo language, an endangered, undocumented Tibetan language spoken in Manang district, Nepal, spoken by approximately 200 people. The project will ... more
- Preservation of Lakota Language: Translation of Songs and Speeches
- Jurgita Saltanaviciute, University at Oklahoma
The Lakota language is an endangered Native American language still spoken in North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Montana, and Minnesota. At the end of the twentieth century Lakota was spoken by 6,000 ... more
- Preservation of the spoken Jewish Iraqi – Phase 2
- Eli Timan, School of Oriental and African Studies. 2010-2011.
The project adds to my previous work on Jewish Iraqi by actively involving the speaker community in the preservation of the language. A second generation Jewish Iraqi will be trained in Israel in ... more
- Preservation of the spoken language of Iraqi Jews
- Eli Timan, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. 2008-2009.
To record, transcribe and translate speech and customs of the Iraqi Jewish community. After 2,500 years of continued existence in Mesopotamia (Iraq), no Jewish human or culture trace is left there. ... more
- Sakun (Sukur) Language Documentation Project
- Michael Thomas, University of Colorado, Boulder. 2010-2011.
The Sakun (Sukur) Language Documentation Project will provide a discourse-based corpus of
an endangered and undocumented language of the Mandara mountains, Nigeria.
Sakun is spoken by approximately ... more
- Seeing Voices: Documenting the Gitskan Narrative
- Tyler Peterson, University of British Columbia. 2006-2006.
Gitksanimx is the language spoken by the First Nations people who live in northwestern British Columbia, Canada. Gitksan is known to have different speech registers, manifested through a variety of ... more
- Shangaji. A Maka or Swahili Language of Mozambique. Grammar, texts and wordlist
- Maud Devos
, Leiden University. 2004-2006.
The project aims at an extensive documentation of Shangaji, a Bantu language spoken in the Nampula province of Mozambique. Shangaji is an endangered language and hitherto undocumented. This project ... more
- Signing in a "deaf family" - documentation of Mardin Sign Language, Turkey
- Ulrike Zeshan, University of Central Lancashire. 2010-2012.
Mardin Sign Language exists in a unique setting, a group of ca.40 members of an extended family with a high incidence of hereditary deafness over five generations. "Dilsiz" is the Turkish word for ... more
- Sketch grammar, texts and dictionary of Enawene-Nawe (Arawak, Brazil)
- Ubiray Nogueira de Rezende
, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)
This project aims at documenting, as full as possible, the Enawene-Nawe language, which belongs to the Arawak family, the largest group of indigenous language in South America. Enawene-Nawe is the ... more
- Sone-Tu Chin Ritual Language Documentation Project
- Justin Watkins, SOAS. 2011-2012.
This project will record, translate and document material in Ritual Sone-Tu, a ritual form of Sone-Tu, known only by three spirit mediums now in their 70s or 80s. Sone-Tu is a Southern Chin ... more
- Stories from the Saltwater as told by the old Marra ladies
- Greg Dickson, Australian National University. 2010-2011.
There are five elderly Marra (lSO:mec, location: -15/135.5)
speakers who are defying language shift in the Roper River region of Northern Australia, where all other Marra people now use Kriol, an ... more
- Summer School on Documentary Linguistics in West Africa
- Felix Ameka, Leiden University. 2008-2008.
Documentation Training Event July 16-27 2008 held at University of Education, Winneba, Ghana. Participants are from Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Togo, Benin, Sierra Leone, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana ... more
- Surel and Sunwar narratives (Nepal). Four books with CDs
- Dorte Borchers, Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin. 2008-2009.
Surel and Sunwar are closely related, threatened Tibeto-Burman languages spoken in different regions of Eastern Nepal. This project will produce books and audio-CDs with Surel and Sunwar texts with ... more
- Survey, Description and Documentation of Tol (Jicaque) of Honduras
- Steffen Haurholm-Larsen, Aarhus University
This project has three goals. Firstly, a sociolinguistic survey will be administered aiming to uncover the current state of the Tol language, spoken in Central Honduras. In 1990 the number of ... more
- Talyshi documentation and description
- Gerardo De Caro, SOAS. 2006-2007.
The project aims to produce a collection of audio and video recordings of Talyshi, a North-western Iranian language spoken on the Caspian coastline between Iran and Azerbaijan. The language is ... more
- Talyshi Documentation Project (Completion)
- Gerardo De Caro, SOAS. 2008-2009.
Completion of the documentation project on Talyshi, a North-Western Iranian language spoken along the Caspian coastline on the border between Iran and Azerbaijan. The project focuses on the dialects ... more
- Telling and Re-telling: documenting Longgu (an Oceanic language of the Solomon Islands) folkloric stories and procedural narratives over time
- Deborah Hill, University of Canberra. 2012-2013.
This project documents folkloric stories and procedural texts of the Longgu (ISO 639-3: lgu) people (1,890 speakers), Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands (-9.64, 169.78). These texts augment legacy data ... more
- Temporal Reference in Lakandon Maya
- Henry Bergqvist, School of Oriental & African Studies
Lakandon Maya is an endangered and underdocumented language belonging to the Yukatekan branch of the Mayan language family. The Lakandones have been the subject of many publications devoted to their ... more
- Textual and Lexical Documentation of Ixcatec, a highly endangered Otomanguean language of Oaxaca, Mexico
- Denis Costaouec, University de Paris - Rene Descartes. 2009-2011.
Ixcatec is a highly endangered language belonging to the Popolocan branch of the Otomanguean language family. There are 9 fluent speakers all of whom reside in Santa Maria Ixcatlan, Oaxaca, Mexico. ... more
- The analysis of Golpa stories
- Juliane Kabisch-Lindenlaub, Leipzig University . 2011-2012.
The aim of the project is to produce an annotated and illustrated Golpa story book about the Golpa people, their land and culture. Golpa is a severely endangered Yolŋu language spoken on Elcho ... more
- The Documentation of Bark-cloth making: An endangered cultural activity among the Baganda
- Saudah Namyalo, Makerere University. 2012-2013.
The project will document the art of bark-cloth making; an endangered cultural activity practiced by the Baganda from the Central region of Uganda. It will particularly video record the art of ... more
- The Documentation of Gujjolaay Eegimaa an Atlantic-BAK Joola Language
- Serge Sagna, University of Manchester, UK. 2008-2010.
This documentation of Gújjolaay Eegimaa (an Atlantic language of Southern Senegal) aims at providing a representative digital corpus of audio and video data of 30 hours transcribed, annotated ... more
- The documentation of Gurindji Kriol, an Australian mixed language
- Felicity Meakins, University of Manchester. 2008-2010.
Gurindji Kriol (GK) is an endangered mixed language (ML) spoken in Australia. It fuses Gurindji (Pama-Nyungan), with Kriol (English-lexifier) to create a unique system. GK is an important language to ... more
- The documentation of Rama: a very endangered language of Nicaragua
- Colette Grinevald, Institut des Sciences de l'Homme (ISH). 2004-2006.
Production of a dictionary, a digitized collection of taped texts, videotaped samples of language use, and a DVD documentary for class use. The main focus will be a trilingual Rama – English – ... more
- The language of material culture in Baïnounk Gubëëher
- Amadou kane Bèye, Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar. 2011-2012.
I propose a pilot study of the vocabulary and linguistic practices associated with material culture in Gubëëher, one of the three principal Baïnounk languages. This language group is spoken in the ... more
- The Maku’a Pilot Project
- Aone van Engelenhoven, Leiden University. 2003-2003.
This project intends to: collect and edit all existing material on Maku’a in Portugal and in East Timor; assess the quantity and quality of remaining speakers in and around Tutuala (East Timor); ... more
- The painter's eye, the painter's voice: Language, art and landscape in the Gija world
- Eva Schultz-Berndt, University of Manchester, School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures. 2008-2011.
The goal of the project is to document significant aspects of the encyclopaedic knowledge of the natural and cultural world of the Gija, with a focus on the mythological, historical and ecological ... more
- The Pite Saami Documentation Project
- Joshua Wilbur, Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin. 2008-2010.
Pite Saami (also known as Arjeplog Saami) is one of around ten Saami languages (Finno-Ugric). It is spoken in the northern Swedish municipality of Arjeplog and has suffered severely under the ... more
- The Siti pilot project: description and documentation of an endangered language of Ivory Coast
- Jonathan Brindle, Institute of African Studies
The pilot project is concerned with a basic description and documentation of Siti -a definitively endangered language of Ivory Coast- which was claimed in 1981 to be spoken by 31 individuals. The ... more
- The System of Nominal classification in Gújjólay Eegima
- Serge Sagna, School of Oriental and African Studies. 2005-2006.
The goal in undertaking this fieldwork is to complement the data collected in 2004 on the nominal classification system of Gújjólay Eegima, and undocumented Joola language of Senegal. The fieldwork ... more
- The Tiefo Language: Grammar sketch, lexicon and collection of texts.
- Ibrahima Ouattara, Institut des Sciences de la Societe (INSS). 2008-2009.
The linguistic project aims to document the Tiefo language, a highly endangered language spoken in and around the main village of Daramandougou, Burkina Faso. The last speakers will soon be ... more
- Traditional biological and ecological information encoded in the Sholaga language
- Aung Si, Australian National University. 2010-2011.
The Sholaga people (ISO: sle) of Karnataka (+11° 59' 5.28", +77° 8' 35.76"), India, are a community of around 24,000 speakers. Traditionally a hunter-gatherer people, they have been relocated by the ... more
- Transmission and Continuity of Mexican Sign Language
- Claire Ramsey, The Regents of the University of California (San Diego). 2007-2009.
In Mexican Sign Language, transmission among deaf people, especially across generations, is undependable, posing a threat to continuity. Most of the world’s sign languages potentially face this ... more
- Tundra Nenets Grammar
- Tapani Salminen, Finno-Ugrian Society. 2003-2006.
Tundra Nenets belongs to the Samoyed branch of the Uralic language family. It is spoken by approximately 25,000 people in Arctic Russia and north-western Siberia.
The grammar of Tundra Nenets, ... more
- Typological aspects of Inuit Sign Language (Canada)
- Joke Schuit, University of Amsterdam. 2010-2011.
Inuit Sign Language is native to the culture of the Inuit of Nunavut, Canada’s Arctic territory. It
is the primary language of about 50 deaf Inuit, and the secondary language of many of their
- Typological, comparative and historical study of languages of the Southern Chaco
- Veronica Grondona, Eastern Michigan University. 2003-2006.
The main goal of this three year project is documentation of Chorote, Nivaclé and Kadiwéu, three poorly known endangered languages of southern Chaco (South America). Three specific needs guide the ... more
- Vanishing Voices from Ghana's 'middle belt'
- Mary Esther Dakubu, University of Ghana. 2012-2013.
he project documents endangered cultural and linguistic practices in Nterato and Mpur, which are at best remembered, and two cult languages still used in the Nawuri-speaking Balai community, one by ... more
- Vanishing Voices of the Great Andamanese
- Anvita Abbi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. 2004-2007.
Great Andamanese, a highly endangered language of the fifth language family of India, is a mixed language of ten disparate groups of a tribe that once inhabited the entire region of the Andaman ... more
- Variation in the TMA system of Bastimentos Creole English, Panama.
- Heidi Reid, University of Manchester. 2012-2013.
This project aims, on the one hand, to compile a rich set of digitally recorded speech acts (audio and video), as well as texts and stills, reflecting sociocultural life typical of the 600 speakers ... more
- Vedda Language Project
- Philip Baker, University of Westminster. 2003-2004.
The Veddas were established in Sri Lanka before the Sinhalese arrived (500 BC). Most have since become absorbed into the Sinhalese population but 200+ Veddas near Dambana have resisted this trend.
- Waorani Documentation Project
- Casey High, Goldsmiths, University of London. 2010-2013.
The collaborative Waorani documentation project aims to provide a comprehensive documentation of the still unclassified language and culture of the approximantely 2,000 Waorani living in the ... more
- Western Acipa documentation and description
- Stuart McGill, School of Oriental and African Studies. 2006-2007.
This project aims to produce a collection of audio and video recordings of Western Acipa, a West Kainji language spoken in northwest Nigeria. The language is undescribed apart from a 228-item ... more
- Western Desert Special Speech Styles Project
- Inge Kral, Australian National University. 2012-2013.
In the Australian Western Desert Aboriginal people use a rich repertoire of special speech styles incorporating speech, song, sign language, gesture and drawing. These speech styles, used in secular ... more
- Wichi: Documentation, Description and Training
- Veronica Grondona, Eastern Michigan University. 2007-2010.
This project proposes documentation of Wichi (northern Argentina,southeastern Bolivia; c.25,000 speakers), focusing on Central Pilcomayo Wichi. The project has extensive community support and a high ... more
- Working with the last native speakers of Lusese: The Documentation of Lusese legends
- Jackson Kizza Mukasa, Makerere University. 2012-2013.
Lusese is one of the highly endangered Bantu languages of the Niger-Congo spoken on Ssese islands of Lake Victoria in Uganda. It is estimated that the native speakers who are still surviving are 20 ... more
- Yakima language documentation and grammar
- Joana Jansen, University of Oregon
Yakima (or Yakama) Sahaptin is a Penutian language spoken in central Washington State, USA. Only a handful of fluent speakers remain, although there is growing interest in teaching and preserving ... more