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.
This project aims to carry out in-depth analysis of a corpus-based reference account of the morphology of Puma (ISO 639-3 code:pum), a seriously endangered southern Kiranti language spoken mainly in Khotang district (Latitude, 27.0167 and Longitude, 86.8500) of eastern Nepal for its preservation. It is estimated that there are about 4000 Puma native speakers. Materials on the language have just been collected by the Chintang and Puma Documentation Project (CPDP) funded by the Volkswagen DoBeS project. This research is aimed not only to describe Puma, but also help in the development of a school grammar and preparation of pedagogic and teaching materials for mother tongue education.
Primary investigator: Narayan Sharma