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.
From 2000 until 2014, Erich Kasten and his local research partners had recorded Koryak, Even and Itelmen texts in Kamchatka. These were meant at the outset to investigate anthropological research questions and, at the given time, without the purpose to create a well-structured language repository. Over the years however, the text corpus has aggregated up to 119 hours local language recordings on video tapes. With this project the documented precious and often unique language data will be made discoverable and accessible for research as well as for community use - with positive effects for the perservation of the given endangered languages on Kamchatka.
Primary investigator: Erich Kasten