A Grammar of Oroha

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.

I am creating a reference grammar of Oroha, a critically endangered Austronesian language (7 on the EGIDS scale) spoken fluently by fewer than one hundred people; it is one of the most endangered languages in the Solomon Islands. Four villages on Small Malaita host all the fluent speakers of Oroha, the majority of those speakers are middle-aged or older, there are semi-speakers of Oroha found in other cities such as Auki and Honiara. Oroha has a rich deictic system that is little understood, and a limited range of morphology which leads to TAM being resolved in the language's analytic syntax. Primary investigator: Darren Flavelle

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Location: Solomon Islands, Melanesia, Oceania Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): Victoria University of Wellington Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £30,053.00 Commencement Date: 01/2015 Project Status: Active
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