Language Fest! International Mother Language Day 2017

By ELAR Archive|March 21, 2017|Event & Training Recaps|0 comments

On February 21st, 2017, students, staff, community members and researchers came together to celebrate International Mother Language day at SOAS in the Paul Webley Wing, Senate House. This event showcased not only the linguistic and cultural diversity of our school, but also some of the great work being produced in the areas of language teaching and Linguistics at SOAS. In addition to the contributions of students and staff, we collaborated

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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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Where in the World is ELAR? DOCIP and ELAR Oral History Project Collaboration in Geneva

By ELAR Archive|March 2, 2017|Where in the World is ELAR?|0 comments

This past November, ELAR partnered with the Indigenous Peoples’ Centre for Documentation, Research and Information (Docip) to create an online archiving platform using Mukurtu CMS. Senior Archive Assistant, Martha Tsutsui spent four weeks in Geneva, Switzerland, interning at the Docip headquarters as a consultant on the Oral History Project. The materials archived included digital heritage items collected from two symposiums (2013 and 2015) that brought indigenous peoples from all over

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Video Installation Project at Language Fest 2017

By ELAR Archive|February 20, 2017|Event & Training Recaps|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, Remi and Anna Sowa from Chouette Films talk about the video installation project they created in collaboration with ELAR. Please tell us about yourselves (background) and about your language installation project? The initial discussion about the language installation project will always be memorable for us. We met Mandana during the AHRC award ceremony at the BFI in November 2015, where our film ‘Kanraxël – The Confluence of

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Language Fest at SOAS on February 21st, 2017

By ELAR Archive|February 15, 2017|Event & Training Recaps|0 comments

ELAR and the SOAS World Languages Institute (SWLI) are excited to announce the Language Fest on 21 February 2017 at SOAS, University of London. This will be a special one day language festival, inviting members of the SOAS and wider community to experience SOAS’s work with languages. Dr Sheena Shah, Dr Hannah Gibson and Dr Mandana Seyfeddinipur, the organisers of the event, have brought together SOAS staff, students and artists

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Celebrate Linguistic Diversity Online With the Mother Language Meme Challenge

By ELAR Archive|February 2, 2017|ELDP Special Event/Output|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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Project Highlight: Ayoreo Publication

By ELAR Archive|January 26, 2017|ELDP Project Highlight|0 comments

During 2016, within the frame of the documentation project IGS0205, a book was published and distributed between the Ayoreo communities in Paraguay and Bolivia. The work in question is a bilingual story book (Ayoreo-Spanish) that features 19 tales of cultural relevance, most of them set before contact with non-aboriginal groups. This publication is intended to help preserve the narratives of a now elderly group who lived half their lives before

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FLEx Tips for New Language Documenters

By ELAR Archive|January 19, 2017|Documentation Software & Tools|0 comments

FieldWorks Language Explorer (FLEx) is a program that has built upon previous software designed for documentary linguists (perhaps some of you remember ToolBox)? As a result, FLEx is a very useful and powerful lexicon building tool. For those of you who have found our beloved FLEx but need a few hints to get you started, hopefully these tips will be helpful! NEW LISTS ARE AUTOMATICALLY CREATED FOR YOU If your

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Community Member Bio: Jean Paul Kendele, Jacob Kedjewe, Isaac Ngoleng & Esaie Tahbai, Tchouvok community (Cameroon) Part Two

By ELAR Archive|January 10, 2017|Community Member Bios|0 comments

This week on the ELAR blog, ELDP grantee Dadak Ndokobai interviews four language consultants who are working with him to document the Cuvok language in Cameroon. Interview de Kendele Jean Paul Peux-tu brièvement parler de toi et de ta langue? « Je suis né à Tchouvok et je m’appelle Kendele Jean Paul. J’ai 37 ans  marié et père de 6 enfants. Je suis forgeron et ma mère est la sagefemme du

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