ELDP Project Profile: Documenting Ahamb, a Small Island Language of Vanuatu

By ELAR Archive|June 1, 2018|Project Profiles|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, Tihomir Rangelov is writing about his current ELDP project documenting the Ahamb language in Vanuatu. Can you give us some background on the language ecology in your area? Ahamb is one of around thirty languages spoken on Malakula and its offshore islands. With a population of around 25,000, Malakula is one of the most linguistically diverse places in the world. Ahamb is most closely related

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Project Profile: Amailon: the ritual language of the Nupa Maibi

By ELAR Archive|December 18, 2017|Project Profiles|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, Karen Parker discusses her project documenting the Amailon  variety of Meitei, a liturgical genre spoken by the Maibi (also spelled Amaibi). This language is spoken by gender-diverse shamanic priestesses of the Sanamahi tradition in Manipur state, Northeast India. Karen is a 2016 ELDP grantee from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Can you give us some background on the language ecology in the area you

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Wang Dehe, Taking Documentation Further

By ELAR Archive|December 7, 2017|Project Profiles|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog Katia Chirkova introduces Wang Dehe (王德和) a speaker of the Ersu language and language activist and her close collaborator on her ELDP documentation project. Since 2017 Wang Dehe is a 2017 ELDP grantee himself and the winner of the 2018 Linguistic Society of America‘s (LSA) Excellence in Community Linguistics Award, an award that recognizes outstanding contributions by members of language communities.   Wang’s story is inspirational, as

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Project Profile: Simon Tabuni on Western Lani

By ELAR Archive|November 3, 2017|Project Profiles|0 comments

Today on the ELAR Blog, new SOAS MA Language Documentation and Description student Simon Tabuni is talking about his prior work at the Center for Endangered Languages Documentation (CELD) in Manokwari on the Western Lani language.  Can you give us some background on the language ecology in your area? According to SIL, there are “more than 250 languages in West Papua” and they are basically classified into two major groups – Austronesia and Non-Austronesia/Papua.

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Project Profile: Documenting Ramari Hatohobei, the Tobian language, a severely endangered Micronesian language

By William Harvey Parker|June 8, 2017|Project Profiles|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, Peter and Bobby Black discuss their  project documenting Tobian. Tobian (Ramari Hatohobei) is the language of Tobi, one of the Southwest Islands of the Republic of Palau, a Micronesian nation in the western Pacific. Severely endangered, Tobian is currently spoken by approximately 150 people. Tobian and the dialects of Sonsorol, Merir, and Pulo Anna, the other three Southwest Islands, are closely related to the languages

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Project Profile: A discourse-based documentation of San varieties in the Western Sandveld Region

By ELAR Archive|March 16, 2017|Project Profiles|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, ELDP grantee Lee Pratchett discusses his project documenting San varieties in the Western Sandveld Region (Central district, Botswana). Lee is currently away on field work in Botswana and was kind enough to give us a look into his current work. Can you give us some background on the language ecology in your area? This project focuses on the scantly documented and highly endangered languages spoken

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Project Profile: Description, Revitalization and Documentation of Nam Trik

By ELAR Archive|March 9, 2017|Project Profiles|1 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, Geny Gonzales Castaño writes on her work documenting Nam Trik, a Barbacoan language spoken in the Colombian Andes. Geny’s work has also included revitalization efforts, such as literary workshops and a workbook for the community. On the language contexts: Nam Trik, also known as Guambiano, is a Barbacoan language spoken in the Colombian Andes. Traditionally, Nam Trik’s speakers have lived in four resguardos (settlements recognized

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Project Profile: Documentation of the Beth Qustan Dialect of the Central Neo-Aramaic language, Turoyo

By ELAR Archive|December 8, 2016|Project Profiles|0 comments

This week on the ELAR blog, Mikael Oez writes about his ELDP project on Turoyo, a Neo-Aramaic language spoken in south eastern Turkey.  Can you give us some background on the language ecology in your area? The Turoyo language of the mountainous region of Tur ‘Abdin (the mountain of worshippers), south eastern Turkey, is known to its indigenous speakers as ‘Surayt’ or ‘Turoyo’, that is, ‘the language of the Tur

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