A preliminary linguistic survey of Yucuna, an endangered language of Colombia.

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 Yucuna (ISO 639-3: ycn), a definitely endangered North Amazonian Arawakan language spoken in Colombia by approximately 1.800 persons. A corpus of transcribed audio recordings will be produced with the help of community members living around the Miriti-Parana River. This study will constitute the basis for a more comprehensive project whose ultimate aim is to produce a grammatical description as well as a literacy handbook to be used in a community-owned education program. Primary investigator: Magdalena Lemus Serrano

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Location: Colombia, Cuba, Colombia, Caribbean, South America, Americas Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): CNRS - Laboratoire Dynamique du Langage (DDL), Université Lyon 2 Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £6,544.00 Commencement Date: 01/2011
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