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

By Martha Tsutsui|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 Martha Tsutsui|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 Martha Tsutsui|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 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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Project Highlight: Ayoreo Publication

By Martha Tsutsui|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 Martha Tsutsui|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 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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