Saving recordings from 1960s and 1970s in Valoc’

By ELAR Archive|April 9, 2020|Digitisation of Legacy Materials|0 comments

By Fabio Scetti DIPRALANG – Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3  Since 2016, I have been in charge of the documentation and description of Valoc’, a variety of the Lombard dialect spoken in Val Masino, lower Valtellina, Northern Lombardy in Italy. I founded a Research Panel named VVV (Vocabulary of Valoc’ of Val Masino), the lateral valley of Valtellina where it is spoken. Together with my colleagues, Stefano Bisello and Federica Salamino,

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ELDP Project Highlight: Documentation of Nahuatl Knowledge of Natural History, Material Culture, and Ecology

By ELAR Archive|April 2, 2020|ELDP Project Highlight|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, we are featuring ELDP grantee Jonathan Amith’s project ‘Documentation of Nahuatl Knowledge of Natural History, Material Culture, and Ecology‘. Jonathan’s collection with ELAR focuses on three interrelated domains of endangered cultural knowledge and linguistic expression: nomenclature, classification and use of plants in Nahuatl communities in the municipality of Cuetzalan, Puebla, Mexico; the creation of objects of daily use from regional flora, and traditional ecological knowledge. The Nahuat variety spoken

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Harvesting an archival deposit for your linguistics dissertation

By ELAR Archive|March 26, 2020|Research|0 comments

By Jonas Lau This week on the ELAR Blog, ELAR depositor Jonas Lau tells us about his experience working with somebody else’s ELAR deposit for his MA dissertation. After finishing his MA in Language Documentation and Description at SOAS, Jonas went on to study a PhD in Linguistics at the Universität zu Köln, receiving an ELDP grant for his field work. His ELAR deposit can be accessed here. If you

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World Poetry Day – Poems from the Edge of Extinction

By ELAR Archive|March 19, 2020|Showcase|0 comments

This week on the ELAR Blog we want to celebrate World Poetry Day by sharing recordings of some of the beautiful poems from our collections with you. The selected poems were published in ‘Poems from the Edge of Extinction: An Anthology of Poetry in Endangered Languages‘ last year. The volume was edited by National Poetry Librarian Chris McCabe, and introduced by Mandana Seyfeddinipur and Martin Orwin. UNESCO’s World Poetry Day on 21

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Call for Papers: New Contexts for the Use of Minoritized Languages/Varieties NEWCON 2020

By ELAR Archive|March 12, 2020|Conference|0 comments

We are pleased to announce that New Contexts for the Use of Minoritized Languages/Varieties NEWCON 2020 will take place at the University of Zadar 28-30 September 2020. New Contexts for the Use of Minoritized Languages/Varieties (NEWCON) is an international linguistics conference organized by the Linguistics Department of the University of Zadar, the SOAS World Languages Institute at the University of London, Mercator European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning and

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ELDP Project Highlight: Documentation of five Zoquean languages spoken in Mexico

By ELAR Archive|March 5, 2020|ELDP Project Highlight|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, we are featuring ELDP grantee Roberto Zavala Maldonado’s project ‘Documentation of five Zoquean languages spoken in Mexico‘. The project documents the languages San Miguel Chimalapa, Jitotoltec, Highland Popoluca, Chiapas Zoque, and Santa María Chimalapa. This is the last year of our project and we are finishing up as much as we can. We recruited a new PhD student who is doing field work in Santa Maria

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Virtual Language Fest

By ELAR Archive|February 27, 2020|Event & Training Recaps, Uncategorized|0 comments

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.

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Tongue Tied – Do you speak your mother’s tongue?

By ELAR Archive|February 20, 2020|Showcase|0 comments

By Adékúnmi Ọlátúnjí As part of our Virtual Language Fest in celebration of International Mother Language Day on 21 February, Adékúnmi Ọlátúnjí tells us about her experiences recording a podcast episode enquiring after people’s mother tongues. Her podcast episode forms part of a series of podcasts produced by SOAS World Languages Institute to celebrate UNESCO’s International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019. Producing this podcast episode was a lot of fun

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Wireless Mics in language documentation

By ELAR Archive|February 13, 2020|Documentation Software & Tools|0 comments

Today on the ELAR Blog, ELDP Grantee Bill Parker tells us about the usefulness of wireless mics in language documentation.   Wireless Mics in language documentation By Bill Parker The use of wireless mics is an industry standard in film and television, however in language documentation we largely rely on wired mics. For most of us, this is likely due to cost concerns and fear of unexpected technical problems. In this

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ELDP Project Highlight: Videography-based documentation of the language of Parsis in Gujarat and Maharashtra

By ELAR Archive|February 6, 2020|ELDP Project Highlight|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, we are featuring ELDP grantee Anton Zykov’s project ‘Videography-based documentation of the language of Parsis in Gujarat and Maharashtra‘. Anton’s collection with ELAR focuses on Parsi Gujarati, an endangered language spoken exclusively by the Zoroastrian community living in India. Impact on community/speakers highlight: The project and its coverage triggered a correspondence between community members about the need to revive the level of knowledge and social prestige of

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