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 project will document the culture and language of the Chachi, an indigenous group living in northwestern Ecuador. Videos from a wide range of contexts and genres will be transcribed, translated, and analyzed in Toolbox and then combined with the media files in ELAN. During this process an electronic dictionary database will also be created. Much of the work will be carried out by trained Cha'palaa speakers. The material will be archived with the Chachi community, the Universidad de San Francisco and with ELDP and will be of interest not only to researchers but to the Chachi community itself.
Primary investigator: Connie Dickinson