A dictionary of Eastern Penan

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.

Eastern Penan is a Western Austronesian language, exclusive to Sarawak in east Malaysia and neighbouring Brunei, in northeast Borneo. It is an endangered language with considerably less than 10,000 native speakers. There is increasing evidence of attrition of Eastern Penan and language shift among Penans in coastal areas of Sarawak. The main initial purpose of the project will be the production of a dictionary resource of around 5000 separate lexical items for Penans in their mother tongue, with equivalents in Malay and English, which are the two media of formal education in Sarawak (and throughout Malaysia). 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. Primary investigator: Peter Sercombe

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Location: Malaysia, South-Eastern Asia, Asia Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): Northumbria University Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £4,250.00 Commencement Date: 01/1999 Project Status: Active
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