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 will produce a collection of transcribed and analyzed narratives and conversations from the San Alejandro dialect of Cashibo-Cacataibo (CBR), an endangered Panoan language spoken by 1500 people in Peru. The narratives and conversations will be the source for a sketch grammar, a description of Information Structure and a vocabulary of the language which will be distributed to the community and Cashibo-Cacataibo organizations. The urgency of a documentation of this dialect is motivated by rapid socio-economic changes which threatens the vitality of the language. Native speakers will be trained in basic linguistics and language documentation
Primary investigator: Daniel Valle