ELAR & ELDP Autumn Recap: Part 1

By Francesca Brown|December 5, 2019|ELDP Special Event/Output, Event & Training Recaps|0 comments

We’ve had a very busy and exciting Autumn this year at ELAR! From Language Documentation Training in Brazil to Film premiers in Paris, today on the ELAR blog we will share all we’ve been up to these past few months. *** In October 2019, Mandana Seyfeddinipur ran an intensive 2 week long intensive training in both the University of São Paulo and the Universidade Federal do Pará in Belém, Brazil.  In both

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ELDP and EMKP Joint Call for Grant Applications

By Leonore Lukschy|November 26, 2019|ELDP Documentation Grants, Uncategorized|0 comments

This year the British Museum’s Endangered Material Knowledge Programme (EMKP) and SOAS’ Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP) are delighted to announce a joint call for grant applications. Funded by Arcadia – a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin – EMKP and ELDP jointly offer grants for collaborative projects that combine language and material knowledge documentation. This call is in response to the recognition that cultural knowledge of the

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ELDP Grant Round now open

By Leonore Lukschy|November 26, 2019|ELDP Documentation Grants|0 comments

The application system for grants opened on the 15th October, and is accessible through the ELDP website. ELDP offers four documentation grants; small grants, individual graduate scholarships, individual postdoctoral fellowships, and major documentation projects. Additionally, ELDP funds Legacy Materials Grants, which support the digitization and archiving of legacy materials. Applications must be submitted online by 15th January 2020, 5pm GMT. ELDP made offers to 47 projects that applied in the

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World Digital Preservation Day: ELDP Legacy Materials

By Francesca Brown|November 7, 2019|ELDP Special Event/Output, Showcase|0 comments

Today is World Digital Preservation Day (#WDPD2019), and here at the Endangered Languages Archive  we are celebrating by showcasing our deposits that were funded by the Legacy Material Grant from ELDP.  It is estimated that there are 6,500 languages spoken in the world today, and that 50% of them will be gone by the end of the century. Due to globalization, the speed in which languages are shifting and disappearing

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ELAR Showcase: Day of the Dead

By Francesca Brown|November 1, 2019|Showcase|0 comments

The Day of the Dead is one of Mexico’s most iconic festivities. It is celebrated every year from the 31st of October to the 2nd of November, corresponding to the catholic holidays of All Saints (Todos Santos) and All Souls (Fieles Difuntos). The Day of the Dead celebrations as practiced by the indigenous communities of Mexico were inscribed by UNESCO on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of

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ELDP Project Highlight: Documentation and description of Vamale, an endangered language of New Caledonia

By Francesca Brown|October 24, 2019|ELDP Project Highlight|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, we are featuring ELDP grantee Jean Rohleder’s project ‘Documentation and description of Vamale, an endangered language of New Caledonia‘. Jean’s collection with ELAR focuses on the Vamale language, an almost undescribed language of New Caledonia with around 100 speakers.  Jean Rohleder, from the University of Bern, gives us his community and scientific highlights from his research from 2017, 2018 and 2019. Community Highlight: ‘These pictures are from late

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ELDP Project Highlight: Expanding the documentation of Chini language and culture

By Francesca Brown|October 17, 2019|ELDP Project Highlight|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, we are featuring ELDP grantee Joseph Brooks’ project ‘Expanding the documentation of Chini language and culture’. Joseph’s collection with ELAR focuses on the Chini language, spoken by 60 people in inland Madang Province, Papua New Guinea. Joseph Brooks, from the University of California, Santa Barbara, gives us his community and scientific highlights from his research from 2016. Impact on the community and speakers: ‘At this point in time, I

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VLACH Endangered Language Documentation Training

By Francesca Brown|October 10, 2019|Event & Training Recaps|0 comments

ELDP Archive Support and Development Officer Vera Ferreira joined with ELDP Grantee Alex Garcia and Chouette Films team Anna & Remi Sowa to train participants on language documentation as part of the Vlach Training, that took place in Vienna on the 30th September until the 5th October 2019. On the ELAR blog this week, we give an overview of all the talks and activities that were given throughout the week-long intensive training! On

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Happy International Day of Sign Languages!

By Francesca Brown|September 24, 2019|ELDP Special Event/Output|0 comments

As a part of the International Week of the Deaf, 23rd September is celebrated worldwide as the International Day of Sign Languages. For this special day, we look at four of our collections from the ELAR archive about signed languages of the world! Kata Kolok Kata Kolok is a sign language used by about 1200 signers in rural Indonesia. It has been in use for over 5 generations of signers and

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2019 Annual ELDP Documentation Training

By Francesca Brown|September 16, 2019|Event & Training Recaps|0 comments

Earlier this month, ELDP brought participants from 19 countries, working on over 25 languages, to SOAS University of London for the annual week-long intensive training! The first day was kicked off with seminars on Language Documentation and Audio Recording by Mandana Seyfeddinipur and Gema Zamora. We were very pleased to have former ELDP grantee Eric Campbell from UCSB joining us as a trainer. On Day 2, he gave a seminar

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