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.
Gweno (ISO 639-3 gwe) is a highly endangered Bantu (E65) language spoken by about 2,500 speakers in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania. Transmission of the language to children is extremely limited as the community is shifting to Swahili and Asu. This project focuses on documenting the subsistence strategy of cattle herding and recently developed agricultural practices, which are central to Gweno culture, producing a rich multimodal corpus with time-aligned transcriptions, annotation, translation of video recordings, and a collection of specialized vocabulary. The corpus will feed into descriptive work on verbal predicates for Alexandrine Dunlap's master's thesis.
Primary investigator: Alexandrine Dunlap