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.
The Brahui Language of Ruedbar-Jonub is the prevalent language in "Tom-Meyri" village, located in the southern part of Roudbar town in Kerman province. Brahui of Ruedba-Jonub is one of the non-Iranian languages spoken in Iran. The majority of its speakers live in Sistan and Baluchistan region, but a group with a population of about 750 people inhabit in the southern part of Ruedbar town. The data were collected through interviews with speakers and recording their speeches. The project aims at comprehensive videography-based documentation through a text corpus with audio-visual recordings of naturally generated discourse occurring around extinguishing lifecycle rituals, distinguishing feature, and a dictionary with terms, traditional arts and crafts.
Primary investigator: Fatemeh Sheybanifard