A Documentation of the North-Eastern Neo-Aramaic dialect cluster of Gargarnaye

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 aims at documenting a highly endangered dialectal cluster of Neo-Aramaic called Gargarnaye spoken originally in several villages in south-eastern Turkey by Assyrian Christians and encompassing at present around 30 families. The focus of the documentation will be on linguistic variation within the cluster on the one hand, and on the characteristic features of the dialect among the Christian Neo-Aramaic varieties on the other. The resulting collection of media will include also the extra-linguistic aspects of the community life so that in addition to preservation of the dialect also the speakers’ enthusiasm for their own language will be enhanced. Primary investigator: Lidia Napiorkowska

Project Details

Location: Iraq, Middle East, Asia Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £90,015.00 Commencement Date: 01/2009
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