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.
Sanapaná is an underdocumented language from the Enlhet-Enenlhet family, spoken in the Paraguayan departments Boquerón and Presidente Hayes. It has around 1000 native speakers (a third of the ethnic group), mainly in La Esperanza, the fieldwork site for this project, and Anaconda. Only in these communities is the language still transmitted to children. This project aims to initiate a documentation of Sanapaná historical narratives, particularly concerning the colonisation of the Chaco from a Sanapaná perspective. In order to capture different registers of language use, monologues, dialogues and conversations in larger groups will be video and audiorecorded.
Primary investigator: Jens Van Gysel