Documentation and description of Bierebo, a Southern Oceanic language of Vanuatu
Peter Budd, School of Oriental & African Studies
Individual Graduate Studentship. Duration: 2005-2007. £27,629
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 with local community members, the project aims to assemble a corpus of audio and video data to be transcribed, annotated and analysed.
Specific research products would include a practical orthography for the language, basic literacy materials for use in primary education, and a trilingual dictionary with Bislama (the national language) and English as target languages. In addition, a sketch grammar of the language is planned.
Project archive deposit
Material from the project is available here