Author Archives: Martha Tsutsui

ELAR Autumn Recap

By Martha Tsutsui|October 12, 2017|Event & Training Recaps|0 comments

What a busy autumn we’re having at ELAR! We started September with our anual training for ELDP grantees here in London. We had the opportunity to meet a wide range of excellent researchers from all around the world. Some of them had received ELDP grants to carry out fieldwork for their PhDs, while others are already experienced researchers wanting to deepen their knowledge in the latest tools for language documentation.

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Guardianes de la Lengua: Documentary Series on Latin America’s Endangered Languages

By Martha Tsutsui|October 6, 2017|ELDP Special Event/Output|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, ELDP grantee Santiago Durante shares on a documentary series about endangered languages which he has been working on for Argentinean public cultural television channel, Canal Encuentro.  Please tell us a bit about the documentary series. This documentary series is called Guardianes de la Lengua (guardians of the languages), and it is about Latin America’s endangered languages. It consists of eight episodes, one per language: Chana

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Community Member Bio: Daria Ivanovna Nadeina, Galina Ivanova Kandakova, Alexandra Egorovna Truba & Antonina Vasil’evna Kazarova

By Martha Tsutsui|September 29, 2017|Community Member Bios|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, Natalia Aralova and Brigitte Pakendorf intervew four of their consultants in the Far East of the Russian Federation. Natalia and Brigitte’s documentation project is Documentation of Negidal, a nearly extinct Northern Tungusic language of the Lower Amur. We interviewed four of our Negidal speakers individually, and then compiled their answers to each question and translated the responses into English. Daria Ivanovna Nadeina (DIN) was born

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European Day of Languages at SOAS

By Martha Tsutsui|September 20, 2017|Uncategorized|0 comments

Come and celebrate European Day of Languages with the SOAS World Language Institute on Tuesday, September 26th, between 4pm and 8pm at Senate House (SOAS). Following the success of the European Year of Languages in 2001, the Council of Europe declared a European Day of Languages to be celebrated on the 26th of September every year. This occasion aims to celebrate the linguistic diversity of Europe, to raise awareness of European minority

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Community Member Bio: Elisha Yunana

By Martha Tsutsui|September 15, 2017|Community Member Bios|0 comments

This week on the ELAR blog, ELDP grantee and ELAR depositor Mirjam Möller interviews community member Elisha Yunana. Mirjam and Elisha work together on a documentation project on Baa, an Adamawa language of Nigeria. Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your language? My name is Elisha Yunana. I’m married, and have two children, and live with my family in Lagos. I was born and brought up in Gyakan in

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A Day in the Field: Jean Rohleder

By Martha Tsutsui|August 10, 2017|A Day in the Field|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, Jean Rohleder who does fieldwork in New Caledonia talks about his research and his field trip he took late last year. Please tell us a bit about where you are doing your fieldwork. New Caledonia, the “Island of Eternal Spring”, is home to about 270,000 people, on 18,000 km² (roughly half of Switzerland). Rainy in the East, dry in the West, never colder than 18

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Video Documentation of the Barayin language

By Martha Tsutsui|July 27, 2017|Documentation Software & Tools|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, Joey Lovestrand discusses his use of video in his language documentation work on the Barayin language in Chad. When I first went to Chad in 2010 and began working with speakers of the Barayin language, the idea of video documentation seemed unreasonable. I didn’t have the funds for the equipment or space to store the data, and I wasn’t sure how people would react to

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Communities in Control: Learning tools and strategies for multilingual endangered language communities

By Martha Tsutsui|July 6, 2017|Event & Training Recaps|0 comments

The Mercator Research Centre, SOAS World Languages Institute, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Social and Language Documentation and the Foundation for Endangered Languages cordially invite scholars, community organisations and community members working on the revitalization of endangered languages, its documentation and archiving to join the International Conference on “Communities in Control” that will take place in Alcanena, Portugal, on October 19-21 2017. This conference is organised together with the Foundation of

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A Day in the Field: Azeb Amha

By Martha Tsutsui|June 29, 2017|A Day in the Field|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, depositor and ELDP grantee Azeb Amha gives readers some insight into the daily routine of her documentation project, documentation of house construction and terrace farming in Zargulla, an endangered Omotic language.  1. Please tell us a bit about where you are doing your fieldwork. My fieldwork is based in ɗimalle k’ebele[1] in the Bonke district of Gamo-Gofa Zone. ɗimalle is approximately 500 km south-west from

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Community Member Bio: Nelita Cristobal

By Martha Tsutsui|June 22, 2017|Community Member Bios|0 comments

 This week on the ELAR blog, ELDP grantee Alexandro Garcia Laguia interviews Nelita Cristobal, an Alta speaker who is working with him to document the Northern Alta language in the Phillipines. Thank you to Alexandro and Nelita for providing this interview! 1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your language? My name is Nelita Cristobal, but most people here call me ‘Ate Tikkay’. I was born in in 1962

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