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.
Mehri is spoken in eastern Yemen, southern Oman and parts of Saudi Arabia. This project focusses on the human-environment relationship in eastern Yemen through documenting and analysing nature-related texts in Yemeni Mehri. As al-Mahrah is the one safe enclave in a warring country, migration is increasing on a daily basis, exacerbating endangerment of both local language and ecosystems. The project will engage trained documenters from southern Oman to train local Yemeni community members in documentation, ethical research and archiving. Trained community members will produce 2 5 hours of audio/audio-visual recordings, including 2 hours of audio-visual recordings for gesture research.
Primary investigator: Janet Watson