A documentation of North Ambrym, a language of Vanuatu and research into its possessive structures

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.

North Ambrym is an undocumented language spoken on Ambrym Island, Vanuatu. There are approximately 3000 speakers located along the coastal and inland areas of Northern Ambrym. The documentation aims to collect a range of text materials in audio and video format that will be given time-aligned transcriptions, translations and annotations. The project’s aim will be the completion of my PhD in Field Linguistics, which will include a sketch grammar and a detailed analysis of the structure and encoding of nominal possession in North Ambrym. The map reference of Ambrym is Latitude: -16.25, Longitude: 168.116. Primary investigator: Michael Franjieh

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Location: Vanuatu, Melanesia, Oceania Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): SOAS, University of London Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £47,820.00 Commencement Date: 01/2005
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