ELAR to work with Mahidol University on digital archive project

By Rebekah Hayes|March 14, 2019|ELDP Special Event/Output, Event & Training Recaps|0 comments

ELAR is collaborating with the Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia (RILCA) at Mahidol University, Thailand to set up a digital archive for the long-term preservation and dissemination of indigenous linguistic materials and cultural heritage in Thailand. The small-scale digital archive will focus on developing measures to preserve cultural heritage and linguistic diversity by local scholars and community themselves, building capacity at a local level. The project will

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International Women’s Day 2019

By Rebekah Hayes|March 8, 2019|ELDP Special Event/Output|0 comments

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2019, we asked our depositors to share stories of amazing women they have worked with in communities around the world. Many of these contributions are collected here – scroll through and learn more about women around the world who are supporting and leading language documentation and revitalisation projects. Anu Jebisow (contributed by Vijay D’Souza, Documentation and Description of Hrusso Aka Language of Arunachal Pradesh) Anu

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ELDP Project Highlight: Documenting varieties of Kun-barlang, Northern Australia

By Rebekah Hayes|March 7, 2019|Uncategorized|0 comments

This week, we are featuring highlights from the project ‘Comprehensive pan-varietal, ethnobiological, anthropological record of Kun-barlang’ by Isabel O’Keeffe, Carolyn Coleman, Linda Barwick, Ruth Singer, Janet Mardbinda, Sandra Makurlngu, Nathalia Gumurdul and Talena Wilton. The project is documenting the remaining varieties of Kun-barlang (ISO 639-3:wlg), a highly endangered language spoken in northwestern and central Arnhem Land, Northern Australia. Fewer than fifty full speakers remain and most are elderly. The deposit is available

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Language Fest: Celebrating International Mother Language Day at SOAS

By Rebekah Hayes|February 28, 2019|Event & Training Recaps|0 comments

To celebrate International Mother Language Day on 21 February, SOAS World Languages Institute and ELAR organised Language Fest with SOAS staff, students and friends showcasing their work on languages. 2019 is also the UN’s International Year of Indigenous Languages, raising awareness and promoting and ensuring access to indigenous languages. Visitors listened to flash talks throughout the day, learning about languages like Manchu, Tamil and Gikuyu. Mandana Seyfeddinipur and Gema Zamora

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ELAR joins launch of UN’s 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages

By Rebekah Hayes|January 31, 2019|Where in the World is ELAR?|0 comments

The UN’s 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages has launched with a global event on 28 January. Mandana Seyfeddinipur attended the celebration, representing both ELAR and ELDP at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris. The International Year of Indigenous Languages global launch event gathered a range of attendees, including indigenous peoples, government officials, academics, media organisations and documentation institutions. The celebration was also a chance to address safeguarding, promoting and providing access

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Last Whispers installation on language loss begins 2019 tour

By Rebekah Hayes|January 24, 2019|Video Installation|0 comments

Made in close collaboration with SOAS World Languages Institute and ELAR, Lena Herzog’s Last Whispers is an immersive video & sound installation and virtual reality experience, addressing the loss of world’s linguistic and cultural diversity. After its premiere at the Living & Dying Gallery of The British Museum adjacent to The Rosetta Stone, it is now scheduled to show at various museums, theaters and concert halls in 2019. Last Whispers will be shown as

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ELDP Project Highlight: Documentation of the Oral Literature of the Tai Khamyang Community in Upper Assam, India

By ELAR Archive|January 17, 2019|ELDP Project Highlight|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, we are featuring ELDP grantee Palash Kumar Nath’s project, ‘Documentation of the oral literature of the Tai Khamyang community in Upper Assam, India’. Palash deposited a collection with ELAR of the Tai-Khamyang language (ISO 639-3:ksu); a highly endangered language of the Tai-kadai family spoken in the Upper Assam area of Northeast India. On language revitalization: One of the significant highlights of this project is the

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ELDP Project Highlight: The Endangered Papuan Languages of Merauke-Indonesia: ethnobiological and linguistic documentation

By ELAR Archive|January 10, 2019|ELDP Project Highlight|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, we are featuring Wayan Arka’s project: ‘The Endangered Papuan Languages of Merauke-Indonesia: ethnobiological and linguistic documentation‘. This project is an ethnobiological documentation of two endangered Papuan languages of the Wasur National Park, Merauke-Indonesia: Marori and Smärky Kanum. On the impact on community/speakers: The impact of our project can be described in terms of the following categories: (i) improved awareness of language endangerment and importance of

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Guarayu Community Event from Gizac Project

By ELAR Archive|December 7, 2018|ELDP Special Event/Output|0 comments

Today on the ELAR Blog, Swintha Danielsen shares on a community event she hosted at a local school during her fieldwork in Bolivia. To learn more about Swintha’s work, visit her deposit on the ELAR catalogue. In Urubichá, Guarayos, Bolivia, Swintha Danielsen hosted a contest at the local school for the best story writers in the Guarayu language. On July 16th the stories were handed in, and on July 21st,

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Trainee Responses to the MENA Fall School

By ELAR Archive|November 23, 2018|ELDP Special Event/Output|0 comments

Last month, ELDP held a one-week long fall school on theory and methods in modern language documentation focusing on the Middle East and North Africa region from October 10th-17th. The school was held in collaboration with and hosted by the Zentrum fuer Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS) in Berlin, Germany. Today on the ELAR blog, we are sharing some of the participants’ feedback on the training: The Fall School of Documentary Linguistics equipped

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