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.
The purpose of this project is to describe and document Avatime. Avatime is an underdescribed and undocumented language spoken in the Volta region of Ghana. The language is threatened by the regional language Ewe, which is used in all domains except at home. We plan to gather audio and video recordings of different genres, out of which we will annotate at least four hours in detail. Other outcomes of our project will be a multilingual Avatime-Ewe-English wordlist, grammar notes and two MPhil theses on Avatime space, event representation and/or categorisation.
Primary investigator: Saskia Van Putten