Developing a collaborative research project with the last speaker of aonekko ‘a’ien (TEH) from Patagonia

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.

Aonekko ‘a’ien, or Tehuelche (TEH), is a Chonic language of Argentinian Patagonia currently only known to be used by a single elderly speaker. Working with her is, therefore, a patient but fun task of elicitation which produces meaningful, yet often unexpected results. Our collaborative documentation project intends to add to the existing sparse documentation by creating a repository of common conversational language used in everyday discourse, as well as community and personal histories. This will rekindle communicative language use and be a resource for the small but persistent community who would like to reclaim their heritage language. Primary investigator: Javier Domingo

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Location: Argentina, South America, Americas Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): Université de Montréal Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £8,940.00 Commencement Date: 01/2014
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