Publication of the First-Ever Textbook of Duoxu

By Martha Tsutsui|January 11, 2018|Uncategorized|0 comments

Katia Chirkova and Han Zhengkang, two ELDP grantees, have written the first-ever textbook of Duoxu, accompanied by sound files on a CD. The textbook was funded by ELDP (MDP 0257) and the Sichuan Research Institute for the Nationalities (四川省民族研究所). Duoxu (/do³³-ɕu³³-na³¹/, Duōxù 多续 or Duōxū 多须 in Mandarin Chinese) is a little-known and virtually undescribed Tibeto-Burman language, spoken in Mianning county (冕宁县), which is located in the Liangshan Yi Autonomous

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

By Martha Tsutsui|December 18, 2017|Uncategorized|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: Depositor Profile

By Martha Tsutsui|December 7, 2017|Uncategorized|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog we are congratulating Wang Dehe (王德和), a native speaker of the Ersu language. Wang is a 2017 ELDP grantee 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 (typically outside the academic sphere of professional linguists) for the benefit of their community’s language. Wang has collaborated with

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Project Profile: Simon Tabuni on Western Lani

By Martha Tsutsui|November 3, 2017|Uncategorized|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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European Day of Languages at SOAS

By Martha Tsutsui|September 20, 2017|Uncategorized|0 comments

Come and celebrate European Day of Languages with the SOAS World Language Institute on Tuesday, September 26th, between 4pm and 8pm at Senate House (SOAS). Following the success of the European Year of Languages in 2001, the Council of Europe declared a European Day of Languages to be celebrated on the 26th of September every year. This occasion aims to celebrate the linguistic diversity of Europe, to raise awareness of European minority

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SOAS We Talk

By Martha Tsutsui|April 6, 2017|Uncategorized|0 comments

To celebrate 100 years of SOAS in 2016, SOAS We Talk was proposed in collaboration with the SOAS World Language Institute. SOAS We Talk is for anyone who is passionate about language, culture and SOAS, and highlights the great diversity of the school. As SOAS started its centenary celebrations, Language Documentation and Description students wanted to contribute to the festivities with a project of their own. SOAS We Talk was

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Celebrate Linguistic Diversity Online With the Mother Language Meme Challenge

By Martha Tsutsui|February 2, 2017|Uncategorized|0 comments

Join the Mother Language Meme Challenge by creating a humorous or reflective internet meme in your native tongue. Starting today and running through February 21st, we invite you to take part in this fun online campaign to commemorate International Mother Language Day. International Mother Language Day was founded to promote and celebrate linguistic and cultural diversity around the world, with a special emphasis on indigenous, minority, heritage, and endangered languages. With

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