A comprehensive documentation of Panare, a Cariban language of Venezuela

The Endangered Language Documentation Programme (ELDP) provides grants worldwide to for the linguistic documentation of endangered language and knowledge. Grantees create multimedia collection of endangered languages. These collections are preserved and made freely available through the Endangered Languages Archive (ELAR) housed at the library of SOAS University of London.

Panare is a Cariban language spoken by most individuals in a group of 4,700 people who live in small villages scattered along the Guaniamo and Cuchivero river basins in Venezuela. This project aims at compiling a modern documentary corpus in collaboration with members of the community representing different variants of the language. It will involve the collection, annotation and archiving of new audiovisual recordings of a variety of speech genres and culturally important activities, in addition to the annotation of heritage materials collected mainly during the 1970s and 1980s, the training of community documenters, and a digital dictionary. Primary investigator: Natalia Cáceres Arandia

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Location: Venezuela, Cuba, Venezuela, Caribbean, South America, Americas Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): Structure et Dynamique des Langues (SeDyL - UMR 8202) Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £185,461.00 Commencement Date: 01/2015 Project Status: Active
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