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Project Profile: Zapal, an oral literature genre of the Bunaq Lamaknen

Today on the ELAR blog, Antoinette Schapper discusses her project ‘Documenting Zapal among the Bunaq people of Lamaknen in West Timor, Indonesia‘. Antoinette received an ELDP small grant at the University of Cologne. Background Bunaq is a Papuan language spoken in central Timor, straddling the border between independent Timor-Leste and Indonesian West Timor. The Bunaq […]

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On sociolinguistic fragility, language vitality, and changing patterns of multilingualism: The linguistic landscape of Babuyan Claro

This week on the ELAR Blog, ELDP Grantee Kristina Gallego writes about the linguistic landscape of Babuyan Claro. Kristina’s ELAR Collection ‘Consequences of contact: Documenting Ibatan within the multilingual landscape of Babuyan Claro’ can be accessed here. By Kristina Gallego Babuyan Claro is an island community in the far north of the Philippines, and it is

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ELDP Project Profile: Grammar of Minyag, a minority language of Western Sichuan

This week on the ELAR blog, ELPD grantee Agnes Conrad tells us about her project ‘Grammar of Minyag, a minority language of Western Sichuan‘. Can you give us some background on the language ecology in your area? Minyag (mvm) is an endangered Tibeto-Burman language spoken by somewhere around 10,000 people living in the vicinity of

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ELDP Project Profile: Documenting Ahamb, a Small Island Language of Vanuatu

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

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Project Profile: Amailon: the ritual language of the Nupa Maibi

Today on the ELAR blog, Karen Parker discusses her project documenting the Amailon  variety of Meitei, a liturgical genre spoken by the Maibi (also spelled Amaibi). This language is spoken by gender-diverse shamanic priestesses of the Sanamahi tradition in Manipur state, Northeast India. Karen is a 2016 ELDP grantee from La Trobe University in Melbourne,

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Project Profile: Simon Tabuni on Western Lani

Today on the ELAR Blog, new SOAS MA Language Documentation and Description student Simon Tabuni is talking about his prior work at the Center for Endangered Languages Documentation (CELD) in Manokwari on the Western Lani language.  Can you give us some background on the language ecology in your area? According to SIL, there are “more than 250 languages in

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Project Profile: Documenting Ramari Hatohobei, the Tobian language, a severely endangered Micronesian language

Today on the ELAR blog, Peter and Bobby Black discuss their  project documenting Tobian. Tobian (Ramari Hatohobei) is the language of Tobi, one of the Southwest Islands of the Republic of Palau, a Micronesian nation in the western Pacific. Severely endangered, Tobian is currently spoken by approximately 150 people. Tobian and the dialects of Sonsorol,

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Project Profile: A discourse-based documentation of San varieties in the Western Sandveld Region

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

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Project Profile: Description, Revitalization and Documentation of Nam Trik

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

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