SOAS World Languages Institute, ELAR and ELDP host a virtual celebration of International Mother Language Day! International Mother Language Day was proclaimed by the General Conference of UNESCO in November 1999 “to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world”. The idea to celebrate International Mother Language Day was the initiative of Bangladesh, where 21 February is a national holiday commemorating the Bengali Language Movement.
‘Which Language Should I Document? Some concrete suggestions from diversity and endangerment’ by Harald Hammarström
Which Language Should I Document? Some concrete suggestions from diversity and endangerment Harald Hammarström, December 1, 2019 Are you looking to do a description of an endangered un(der)documented language but you are not sure which to choose? Then this may be the document for you. Let us take as point of departure the idea that we want to prioritize to document (i) the most endangered language which is (ii) not
This year the British Museum’s Endangered Material Knowledge Programme (EMKP) and SOAS’ Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP) are delighted to announce a joint call for grant applications. Funded by Arcadia – a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin – EMKP and ELDP jointly offer grants for collaborative projects that combine language and material knowledge documentation. This call is in response to the recognition that cultural knowledge of the
On May 27, 2019 a Symposium on Indigenous Languages was organized at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, the oldest and largest university in Bulgaria. The event was part of the calendar of 2019 – the International Year of Indigenous Languages, declared by UNESCO. The symposium was also part of a series of events dedicated to May 24 – the Day of the Cyrillic Script and Bulgarian Language, which is a public
On the ELAR blog this week, we’re featuring videos from Eli Timan’s deposit “Jewish Iraqi spoken language documentation”  . Eli’s collection contains personal stories, songs and descriptions of life in Iraq in the first half of the 20th century as told by Jewish Iraqi speakers in London, Canada and Israel. A wide variety of topics are covered, including life in Baghdad, schools, marriage, and historical events affecting the life
For International Women’s Day 2019, we asked our depositors to share stories of amazing women who they have worked with in communities around the world. Unsurprisingly, we got so many contributions and we weren’t able to share them all at the time. Today on the ELAR blog, we are sharing even more contributions on our blog to highlight the variety of stories we received. Inés Nemonte Nenquimo (contributed by Connie
This week, we are featuring highlights from the project ‘Comprehensive pan-varietal, ethnobiological, anthropological record of Kun-barlang’ by Isabel O’Keeffe, Carolyn Coleman, Linda Barwick, Ruth Singer, Janet Mardbinda, Sandra Makurlngu, Nathalia Gumurdul and Talena Wilton. The project is documenting the remaining varieties of Kun-barlang (ISO 639-3:wlg), a highly endangered language spoken in northwestern and central Arnhem Land, Northern Australia. Fewer than fifty full speakers remain and most are elderly. The deposit is available