Scientific ELDP Project Highlight: The languages of northern Ambrym, Vanuatu

By ELAR Archive|August 31, 2018|ELDP Project Highlight|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, we are featuring a scientific highlight from ELDP grantee and ELAR depositor Mike Franjieh. Mike is documenting two Oceanic languages of Vanuatu – North Ambrym and Fanbyak, which are spoken in the northern part of Ambrym Island in Central Vanuatu. To learn more about North Ambrym and Fanbyak, visit Mike’s deposit on the ELAR catalog. Today on the blog, Mike talks specifically about an interesting linguistic aspect

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Scientific ELDP Project Highlight: The documentation of Ambel, an Austronesian language of Eastern Indonesia

By ELAR Archive|August 17, 2018|ELDP Project Highlight|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, we are featuring a scientific highlight from ELDP grantee and ELAR depositor Laura Arnold. Laura has deposited an audio-visual documentation of Ambel, an endangered language with around 1600 speakers spoken in West Papua province, Indonesia: The scientific highlight of this project was the discovery that Ambel has a system of lexical tone. Prior to this project, Ambel was thought not to have tone (Remijsen 2001:

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 ELDP Project Highlight: Documentation of the North-Eastern Neo-Aramaic dialect cluster of Gargarnaye

By ELAR Archive|July 20, 2018|ELDP Project Highlight|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, we are featuring a community highlight from ELDP grantee and ELAR depositor Lidia Napiorkowska. Lidia is researching Gargarnaye, one of the North Eastern Neo-Aramaic dialects in Iraq. To learn more about Gargarnaye and Lidia’s work, see the Gargarnayeon deposit on the ELAR catalogue.  The speakers of the Neo-Aramaic cluster of Gargarnaye are a community of Assyrian Christians living in the picturesque mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan. Neighbours

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ELDP Project Highlight: Documentation and description of Vamale, an endangered language of New Caledonia

By ELAR Archive|July 6, 2018|ELDP Project Highlight|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, we are featuring a scientific highlight from ELDP grantee and ELAR depositor Jean Rohleder. Jean is researching Vamale, one of the smallest languages in New Caledonia.  We know very little about the inner workings of the Northern Caledonian languages. Location of speakers does not help, because of the catastrophic changes in post-contact New Caledonia (80- 95% population decline, the collapse of societal structures, the exodus of tens

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Extracting .wav from .mp4 with ffmpeg

By ELAR Archive|June 18, 2018|Documentation Software & Tools|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, we are sharing another post from ELDP grantee, Nick Williams on extracting .wav from .mp4 with ffmpeg. Nick works in Indonesia researching Kula, an endangered non-Austronesian language spoken in the eastern highlands of Alor.  In addition to concatenating and converting our original video files, we also need to extract the audio files. This is very easy with ffmpeg and the best thing about it is we can

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Combining .mov files with ffmpeg (on a mac)

By ELAR Archive|June 15, 2018|Documentation Software & Tools|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, we are sharing a post from ELDP grantee, Nick Williams on combining .mov files with ffmpeg (for Mac users). Nick works in Indonesia researching Kula, an endangered non-Austronesian language spoken in the eastern highlands of Alor.  video version: https://youtu.be/c1YWg-5LCYw I am currently working as a postdoc on a project focused on video documentation of multilingualism and everyday interaction in the northwest Amazon, focusing on two East Tukano languages,

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Duoxu Vocabularies and Texts by Wu Wancai

By ELAR Archive|June 8, 2018|ELDP Special Event/Output|0 comments

From 2013 to 2017 three ELDP grantees; Katia Chirkova, Han Zhengkang, and Wang Dehe worked on the documentation and description of a critically endangered Tibeto-Burman language, Duoxu, as part of the “Comparative and Cross-Varietal Documentation of Highly Endangered Languages of South-West China” (MDP0257) project, funded by the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme. The research team’s documentation work consisted of recording the speech of the last fluent Duoxu speakers, supplemented by vocabulary

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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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Linguistic map making: Drawing polygons

By ELAR Archive|May 21, 2018|Documentation Software & Tools|0 comments

Hedvig has written on how Ethnologue has become even more restricted than it already was, and what resources are out there that could be used instead. One of the things I miss from Ethnologue are its maps – although at least recently it was still possible to access most of these, by downloading them instead of viewing them on your browser. In her post, Hedvig points out that Langscape can

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Äiwoo Dictionary

By ELAR Archive|May 14, 2018|ELDP Special Event/Output|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, we are featuring the Äiwoo dictionary created by ELDP grantee Åshild Næss. Äiwoo is also known as Reefs or Ayiwo. It belongs to the Reefs-Santa Cruz language group, which in turn is classified as belonging to the Temotu first-order subgroup of Oceanic. The language has a total of 7-8,000 speakers, of which 5-6,000 live in the Reef Islands, the rest on Santa Cruz or in

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