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 focuses on the documentation of Piaroa, an indigenous language spoken in the Venezuelan Amazon, and serves to support ongoing community efforts towards preserving TEK and specialized speech genres. The project will result in a documentary corpus of audiovisual recordings of culturally relevant communicative events and a bilingual dictionary, both with potential to be mobilized in community-led literacy efforts. In addition to shedding light on typologically-rare aspects of Piaroa grammar, two other important contributions of the project are the use of innovative documentation methodologies such as oral annotation and the focus on capturing dialectal and intergenerational variation.
Primary investigator: Jorge Rosés Labrada