A first Kayardild audiovisual text corpus, with prosodic annotations

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.

Kayardild has eight remaining fluent speakers, all elderly, on Mornington and Bentinck Islands, Australia. The language is described in a grammar, a dictionary, and an initial intonational phonology, but we still lack any annotated documentation beyond a Kayardild has eight remaining fluent speakers, all elderly, on Mornington and Bentinck Islands, Australia. The language is described in a grammar, a dictionary, and an initial intonational phonology, but we still lack any annotated documentation beyond a handful of texts. This project will begin building an audiovisual corpus of Kayardild, as well as recovering metadata for older recordings, and sounding out directions for further documentation in the near future. It will produce audiovisual data with time-aligned interlinear, rhythmic and intonational annotations and translations. Prosodic transcription will be transparent for widespread use, but accompanied also by a more technical, ToBI-like key. Primary investigator: Louis Goldstein

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Location: Australia, Australia and New Zealand, Oceania Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): Yale University Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £6,329.00 Commencement Date: 01/2001
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