Documentation of four varieties of Baima
Katia Chirkova, International Institute for Asian Studies
Individual Postgraduate Fellowship. Duration: 2007-2009. £84,397
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 traditional cultural contexts in which they are used and to the degree of completion achievable in the time span of a two-year project.
In addition to audio, video and text data and in continuation of Dr Chirkova's current work on Baima, another outcome of the project will be the first ever grammar of Baima in English, accompanied by a trilingual glossary and a collection of over 30 traditional stories.