A culturally informed corpus of Dalabon: descriptions of the person as a body and as kin

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.

Dalabon is a severely endangered Australian language of southwestern Arnhem Land, numbering about five masterspeakers. As part of a team effort to document Dalabon (S. Cutfield, Prof. N. Evans), this project will enlarge the Dalabon corpus, focusing on two interconnected, linguistically and culturally significant domains, of which a semantic analysis will be articulated as a PhD thesis. The first domain is body descriptions (body-parts and - functions), and the metaphors using these elements to represent emotional and intellectual aspects of the person. The second domain is kinship, also a culturally central domain connected to the notion of self. Primary investigator: Maïa Ponsonnet

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Location: Australia, Australia and New Zealand, Oceania Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): Australian National University Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £18,133.00 Commencement Date: 01/2006
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