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.
Project proposed is ongoing Ju|'hoan language documentation begun by Biesele in 1970 that is now a community-based initiative, the Ju|'hoan Transcription Group (JTG). Project is sited in Namibia, with Ju|'hoan [ktz] at Tsumkwe (Otjozondjupa Region) and closely related =X'ao-||'aen [aue] at Epukiro/Gobabis (Omaheke Region). Estimated speakers are 11,000 and 4000 respectively. Project goals are 1) further recordings/ transcriptions/ translations to extend Ju|'hoan archives at ELAR; 2) JTG progress toward sustainability, involving younger Ju|'hoan-speakers and scholars; and 3) linguistics Ph.D. research on dialect diversity in Ju-=Hoan language family, to describe both Ju|'hoan and =X'ao-||'aen, extending understanding of entire Ju language complex.
Primary investigator: Megan Biesele