ELDP Project Highlight: Totonac ethnobotanical knowledge

By Rebekah Hayes|May 9, 2019|ELDP Project Highlight|0 comments

On the blog today, we’re featuring ELDP grantee David Beck’s project ‘Totonac ethnobotanical knowledge: Documentation traditional ecological knowledge across communities’. The project documents threatened traditional ecological knowledge in eight Totonac communities in the Sierra Norte of Puebla State, Mexico. By bringing together the expertise of native speaker linguists, historians and botanists, the collection documents indigenous uses of flora and documents eight different varieties of Totonac, some mutually intelligible with other varieties.

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Tanzanian community event on language documentation and endangerment

By Rebekah Hayes|April 29, 2019|ELDP Project Highlight, ELDP Special Event/Output|0 comments

On 16-17 July 2018, representatives from four different central Tanzanian ethnic groups met in Babati to discuss the changes currently experienced by their communities and the effects on their languages and cultures, as well as potential ways to combat any negative changes. These groups included the Gorwaa and Ihanzu, who had been invited by ELDP grantee Andrew Harvey, a linguist and ELDP grantee who is documenting these languages and R. Lindfield,

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ELDP Project Highlight: Vanuatu Cultural Centre tape digitisation

By Rebekah Hayes|April 17, 2019|ELDP Project Highlight|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, we are featuring ELDP grantee Nick Thieberger’s and Richard Shing’s project, ‘Vanuatu Cultural Centre tape digitisation’. This deposit is a collection of analog recordings held by the Vanuatu Kaljoral Senta, dating back to the early 1960s. The project digitised a portion of the 500+ tapes in the VKS audio archive in Port Vila. The VKS, the national cultural agency for Vanuatu, has recordings in a

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ELDP Project Highlight: Documentation of Ulwa, an endangered language of Papua New Guinea

By Rebekah Hayes|April 11, 2019|ELDP Project Highlight|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, we are featuring ELDP grantee Russell Barlow’s project, ‘Documentation of Ulwa, an endangered language of Papua New Guinea’. Russell’s collection with ELAR focuses on the Ulwa language (ISO 639-3:yla), a previously undocumented and severely endangered language spoken by fewer than 700 people in the East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea. The deposit has contributions from the Ulwa community of Manu village, which is in the

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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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Two Project Highlights on Community Collaboration

By ELAR Archive|November 15, 2018|ELDP Project Highlight|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, we are sharing two project highlights from collections which have been funded by ELDP. Both of these highlights emphasize community collaboration in language documentation. From Esteban Diaz Montenegro’s project ‘Documentation and description of Nasa Yuwe, the vernacular language of the Nasa people of the Colombian Andes’ in Colombia: The Munchique – Los Tigres authorities are concerned with the increasing loss of Nasa Yuwe within the

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Two Community Highlights From the Endangered Languages Archive

By ELAR Archive|November 2, 2018|ELDP Project Highlight|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, we are sharing two community highlights from collections which have been funded by ELDP. Community highlights relate to the impact of the documentation on the welfare of the communities and cover a variety of aspects of the documentation projects. From Isabel Compes’ project ‘Zaghawa-Wagi: Towards documenting the Sudanese dialectal variant of Zaghawa’ in Sudan: There is a group of young people (6 men and 1

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International Day of Sign Languages at ELAR

By ELAR Archive|September 23, 2018|ELDP Project Highlight|0 comments

Last year, the United Nations General Assembly declared the 23rd of September as International Day of Sign Languages on the 19th of December, thus marking today the first official International Day of Sign Languages (as part of the International Week of the Deaf). Worldwide, it is unclear exactly how many languages are signed, and sign languages are particularly vulnerable to language endangerment and extinction, as languages spoken by oft-minoritized communities. The Endangered

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Scientific ELDP Project Highlight: Documentation of the North-Eastern Neo-Aramaic dialect cluster of Gargarnaye

By ELAR Archive|September 17, 2018|ELDP Project Highlight|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, we are featuring a scientific highlight from ELDP grantee and ELAR depositor Lidia Napiorkowska. Lidia is documenting Gargarnaye, a North Eastern Neo-Aramaic (NENA) dialect, in Iraq. To learn more about Gargarnaye, visit Lidia’s deposit on the ELAR catalogue. Today on the blog, Lidia is talking about potential language change in the language:  Researching dialects and languages featuring high internal diversity pose some challenges to linguists, while also providing invaluable insights into

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