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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Scientific ELDP Project Highlight: The languages of northern Ambrym, Vanuatu

By ELAR Archive|August 31, 2018|ELDP Project Highlight|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, we are featuring a scientific highlight from ELDP grantee and ELAR depositor Mike Franjieh. Mike is documenting two Oceanic languages of Vanuatu – North Ambrym and Fanbyak, which are spoken in the northern part of Ambrym Island in Central Vanuatu. To learn more about North Ambrym and Fanbyak, visit Mike’s deposit on the ELAR catalog. Today on the blog, Mike talks specifically about an interesting linguistic aspect

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Scientific ELDP Project Highlight: The documentation of Ambel, an Austronesian language of Eastern Indonesia

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

Today on the ELAR blog, we are featuring a scientific highlight from ELDP grantee and ELAR depositor Laura Arnold. Laura has deposited an audio-visual documentation of Ambel, an endangered language with around 1600 speakers spoken in West Papua province, Indonesia: The scientific highlight of this project was the discovery that Ambel has a system of lexical tone. Prior to this project, Ambel was thought not to have tone (Remijsen 2001:

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

By ELAR Archive|July 20, 2018|ELDP Project Highlight|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, we are featuring a community highlight from ELDP grantee and ELAR depositor Lidia Napiorkowska. Lidia is researching Gargarnaye, one of the North Eastern Neo-Aramaic dialects in Iraq. To learn more about Gargarnaye and Lidia’s work, see the Gargarnayeon deposit on the ELAR catalogue.  The speakers of the Neo-Aramaic cluster of Gargarnaye are a community of Assyrian Christians living in the picturesque mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan. Neighbours

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

By ELAR Archive|July 6, 2018|ELDP Project Highlight|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, we are featuring a scientific highlight from ELDP grantee and ELAR depositor Jean Rohleder. Jean is researching Vamale, one of the smallest languages in New Caledonia.  We know very little about the inner workings of the Northern Caledonian languages. Location of speakers does not help, because of the catastrophic changes in post-contact New Caledonia (80- 95% population decline, the collapse of societal structures, the exodus of tens

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