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.
Babuyan Claro, an island in the northern Philippines, is home to a dynamic multilingual community of people proficient in at least three languages - Ibatan, the local language, Ilokano, the regional lingua franca, and Filipino, the national language. This project documents Ibatan within this multilingual landscape, which continues to shape the language. Language choice and use for Ibatan's 2,500 first- and second-language speakers reflects participation in social networks that maintain connections across the island. A sociolinguistically-informed documentation that considers speakers' linguistic repertoires provides an understanding of the emergence, development and current use of Ibatan through processes of language continuity and change.
Primary investigator: Maria Kristina Gallego