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

By Martha Tsutsui|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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Community Member Bio: Pierre Tahbai, Ezechiel Ltouteved & Felix Amadou, Tchouvok community (Cameroon) Part One

By Martha Tsutsui|January 3, 2017|Community Member Bios|0 comments

This week on the ELAR blog, ELDP grantee Dadak Ndokobai interviews three language consultants who are working with him to document the Cuvok language in Cameroon. This blog post has been split into two parts; the second part will post next week on the ELAR blog. Interview de Tahbai, Pierre Peux-tu brièvement parler de toi et de ta langue? « Je m’appelle Tahbai Pierre, consultant dans le projet de documentation de

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Community Member Bio: Simeon Angel Martínez Torres, Pech Community (Honduras)

By Martha Tsutsui|December 29, 2016|Community Member Bios|0 comments

Claudine Chamoreau is an ELDP grantee studying the Pech language of Honduras (ISO639-3:pay).  This highly endangered Chibchan language has around 300 speakers and is no longer spoken by young people.  In addition to producing a descriptive grammar, Claudine’s research aims to produce a large digital corpus including transcribed recordings of ceremonial speech and descriptions of cooking and medicinal practices. Claudine has generously shared some rich snapshots of her work with this

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A Day in the Field- Andrew Harvey

By Martha Tsutsui|December 22, 2016|A Day in the Field|0 comments

Andrew Harvey is an ELDP grantee documenting Gorwaa, (South-Cushitic, Afro-Asiatic), a previously undocumented language, spoken by approximately 15,000 individuals in Babati District, Manyara Region, Tanzania.  Please tell us a bit about where you are doing your fieldwork.  The area where my fieldwork is being carried out has traditionally been inhabited by the people of the Gorwaa ethnic group.  Following an old regional convention, I often refer to this place as

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Where in the World is ELAR: ELDP Yunnan Training

By Martha Tsutsui|December 15, 2016|Where in the World is ELAR?|0 comments

This week on the ELAR blog, Sophie Mu recaps the Endangered Language Documentation Project training in Yunnan, China.  ELDP regularly runs in-country training courses targeting local scholars and language documenters. This year we had our first in-country training courses in Yuxi, China. ELDP and our co-host Yuxi Normal University welcomed thirty successful applicants from all over China to participate in a two-week training in Yuxi, Yunnan from October 24th– November 4th. We

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Project Profile: Documentation of the Beth Qustan Dialect of the Central Neo-Aramaic language, Turoyo

By Martha Tsutsui|December 8, 2016|Project Profiles|0 comments

This week on the ELAR blog, Mikael Oez writes about his ELDP project on Turoyo, a Neo-Aramaic language spoken in south eastern Turkey.  Can you give us some background on the language ecology in your area? The Turoyo language of the mountainous region of Tur ‘Abdin (the mountain of worshippers), south eastern Turkey, is known to its indigenous speakers as ‘Surayt’ or ‘Turoyo’, that is, ‘the language of the Tur

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Reasons you should use video in language documentation

By Martha Tsutsui|November 24, 2016|Documentation Software & Tools|0 comments

At CoLang this year I was invited to come and talk with the group in the Recording and using video in language documentation class. I shared some of my favourite reasons why I always try to use video in a language documentation project, which gave me a chance to mention some of my favourite research on gesture, and talk to people about their experiences with filming. I thought I’d write up four of my

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ELDP Project Highlight: Documentation of Northern Alta, a Philippine Negrito Language

By Martha Tsutsui|November 17, 2016|ELDP Project Highlight|0 comments

This week on the ELAR blog, Alexandro Garcia-Laguia shares a look into his ELDP project. Alexandro is researching Northern Alta, an endangered language spoken along the rivers of Aurora province in the Philippines. Reconstructing an old Alta song: The speakers of Alta have reported that their parents did not teach them any songs in Alta (n_alta054.42). However, one day, at a gathering with six women in Barangay Dianed, the ladies

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Open Access and Open Data in Language Research and Documentation: Opportunities and Challenges

By Martha Tsutsui|November 10, 2016|Event & Training Recaps|0 comments

SOAS World Languages Institute collaborated with University and City Library of Cologne and the Cologne Center for e-Humanities to hold the international workshop: Open Access and Open Data in Language Research and Documentation: Opportunities and Challenges in Cologne, Germany from October 10-12, 2016. Open Access (unrestricted online access to publicly funded peer-reviewed publications), has become a major movement in the academic world in the past decade. While Open Access to publications is

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Helpful Tips for New ELAN Users

By Martha Tsutsui|November 3, 2016|Documentation Software & Tools|1 comments

This week on the ELAR blog, Sarah Dopierala (MA Language Documentation and Description, SOAS) gives linguists who are new to ELAN five quick tips for using the software. It is a fact well-observed that some of us are more tech savvy and some of us – not so much. For a documentary linguist trying to make the most of software like ELAN, ignorance perhaps isn’t bliss. For those of you Not-So- Much-ers

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