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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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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Duoxu Vocabularies and Texts by Wu Wancai

By ELAR Archive|June 8, 2018|ELDP Special Event/Output|0 comments

From 2013 to 2017 three ELDP grantees; Katia Chirkova, Han Zhengkang, and Wang Dehe worked on the documentation and description of a critically endangered Tibeto-Burman language, Duoxu, as part of the “Comparative and Cross-Varietal Documentation of Highly Endangered Languages of South-West China” (MDP0257) project, funded by the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme. The research team’s documentation work consisted of recording the speech of the last fluent Duoxu speakers, supplemented by vocabulary

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Äiwoo Dictionary

By ELAR Archive|May 14, 2018|ELDP Special Event/Output|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, we are featuring the Äiwoo dictionary created by ELDP grantee Åshild Næss. Äiwoo is also known as Reefs or Ayiwo. It belongs to the Reefs-Santa Cruz language group, which in turn is classified as belonging to the Temotu first-order subgroup of Oceanic. The language has a total of 7-8,000 speakers, of which 5-6,000 live in the Reef Islands, the rest on Santa Cruz or in

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BIG Cities, Small LANGUAGES – BISL 2018

By ELAR Archive|April 30, 2018|ELDP Special Event/Output|0 comments

The SOAS World Languages Institute (UK), Mercator Research Centre, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Social and Language Documentation and the Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS) cordially invite scholars, community organisations and community members to join the International Conference on “BIG Cities, Small LANGUAGES” that will take place on November 14-16 2018, at the ZAS in Berlin, Germany. By now it is generally known that linguistic diversity of humanity is on the rapid

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Sociolinguistic Survey of Ersu

By ELAR Archive|March 13, 2018|ELDP Special Event/Output|0 comments

Katia Chirkova and Wang Dehe, two ELDP grantees, have conducted – in collaboration with James N. Stanford of Dartmouth College – a sociolinguistic survey of the Ersu language, aimed at investigating consonantal variation in this language. The survey was part of the “Comparative and Cross-Varietal Documentation of Highly Endangered Languages of South-West China” (MDP 0257) project, which was funded by the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP) and lasted from 2013

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A Mehri ebook: ‘Selim and the Dom-Fruit’

By ELAR Archive|March 2, 2018|ELDP Special Event/Output|4 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, we are featuring the newly-released eBook ‘Selim and the Dom-Fruit’. The ebook is in Mehri, as spoken by Bayt Qhoor, a sub-tribe of Bayt Thuwar in Central Oman. The book was made in Salalah. It was first written by Abdullah al-Mahri and Janet Watson in October 2017, and completed with photographs in 2018. Abdullah produced the voice over. Janet, an ELDP grantee, is here on

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Speak SOAS Language Exchange App

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

This week at ELAR, we celebrated International Mother Language day on February 21st! On the same day, SOAS World Languages Institute launched it’s long awaited language-exchange app for Android, Speak SOAS. SOAS is home to over 100 languages, so this app is perfect for SOASians looking to learn both large and small languages. This app allows SOASians to find language exchange buddies within the university. Users may choose up to

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